Tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern (8 p.m. Central), Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ latest movie, A Joyous Christmas, will premiere. It’s a story of a bestselling author who returns to her hometown and finds strength from unexpected people. The movie stars Natalie Knepp, Michael Rady, and Bonnie Bedelia. After you read all about this movie and watch it, come back and share any comments or questions that you may have about the movie in our comments section below. Join in the discussion with other readers.
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If you miss the movie tonight, you’ll have lots of other times to catch it. Just visit here and click on “Showtimes” to find all the encore times.
The synopsis reads:
Just before Christmas, bestselling author Rachel Kennedy returns to her hometown to host an event for her upcoming book. Though being home is difficult since losing her parents and losing touch with her brother, David, she finds strength from unexpected sources, namely her local producer, Jack and a selfless stranger, Joy.
The movie stars Natalie Knepp as Rachel Kennedy. Knepp’s many previous TV and film appearances include Z: The Beginning of Everything, Sam, Orange is the New Black, Unforgettable, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, CSI: Miami, Damages, Gossip Girl, Coma, Old Friends, Think Tank, The Last Five Years, Bridge and Tunnel, and more.
Also starring in the movie is Michael Rady as Jack Nelson. Rady’s appearances include UnREAL, Atypical, Jane the Virgin, Intelligence, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants sequel, Sleeper Cell, ER, Greek, Melrose Place (the reboot), Emily Owens MD, House of Lies, The Guardian, J. Edgar, and more.
And Bonnie Bedelia stars as Joy. The Golden Globe and Emmy nominee’s previous credits include Designated Survivor, Parenthood, Love of Life, Heart like a Wheel, Violets are Blue, Needful Things, The Prince of Pennsylvania, Fat Man and Little Boy, Presumed Innocent, Die Hard, Die Hard 2, The Elizabeth Morgan Story, Any Mother’s Son, Switched at Birth, Locked in Silence, The Quiet Room, Sordid Lives, The Division, and more.
Other stars in the movie include:
- Steve Bacic as Stuart (Rachel’s management team)
- Marc Senior as Paul
- Chiara Guzzo as Bridget (Rachel’s management team)
- David Lewis as David (Rachel’s brother)
Here are some more photos to get you in the holiday mood, all courtesy of Crown Media: