THE GREAT CHRISTMAS SWITCH, Starring Sarah Lind and Dillon Casey
ROYALLY WRAPPED FOR CHRISTMAS, Starring Jen Lilley and Brendan Fehr
CHRISTMAS IS YOU, Starring Becca Tobin and Matthew MacCaull
NEW YORK, NY – September 22, 2021 – GAC Family today announced an expanded original programming lineup, adding three all-new movies to the “Great American Christmas” franchise. The Great Christmas Switch, starring Sarah Lind (“Edgemont,” “A Simple Curve”) and Dillon Casey (“Backpackers,” “A Perfect Christmas”) premieres November 6; Royally Wrapped for Christmas, starring Jen Lilley (“Days of Our Lives,” “A Little Daytime Drama”) and Brendan Fehr (“The Night Shift,” “Entertaining Christmas”) premieres on November 27; and Christmas Is You, starring Becca Tobin (“Turner & Hooch,” “GLEE”) and Matthew MacCaull (“Turner & Hooch,” “Hailey Dean Mysteries”) premieres November 28.
GAC Family is set to launch on September 27 under the tagline “Stories Well Told” and will feature programming that celebrates American culture, lifestyle and heritage with original holiday-themed, family-friendly movies and series.
Full movie descriptions can be found below. Additional holiday movies will be announced at a later date.
THE GREAT CHRISTMAS SWITCH
Starring Sarah Lind and Dillon Casey
Premieres: Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 8pm ET/PT
In “The Great Christmas Switch,” Kaelynn and Sophia are identical twins who have grown up believing the other has the more glamorous life. Kaelynn sometimes feels unappreciated in her non-stop world of kids and to do’s. Sophia is laid back to the point of paralysis and cannot seem to assemble the basics of life, including a healthy work/life balance and evolved relationships. When Sophia tells her twin she’s had to cancel her Christmas vacation to stay in San Diego to work, Kaelynn jumps at the chance to flee the frost of Ohio to take her sister’s place. With her sister’s kids with their dad for Christmas, Sophia believes her only job will be to watch holiday movies by the fire. Kaelynn feels confident her demanding day-to-day has prepared her for Sophia’s grinchy boss and flaky friends. Then, reality sets in! With the familiar turned upside down, it will take a Christmas miracle to make it all right again.
“The Great Christmas Switch” is executive produced by Brad Krevoy, Eric Jarboe, Amy Krell, Lorenzo Nardini, Amanda Phillips, Jimmy Townsend, Micheline Blais, and Susie Belzberg. Producer is David Anselmo. Supervising Producers are Byron Martin, Michael Beard, and Michael Shepherd. Associate Producers are Bonnie Adams and Kaitlyn Greenough. The film is directed by Ernie Barbarash from an original teleplay by Cara Russell.
ROYALLY WRAPPED FOR CHRISTMAS
Starring Jen Lilley and Brendan Fehr
Premieres: Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 8pm ET/PT
In “Royally Wrapped for Christmas,” Lindsay Peterson (Lilley) of Brooklyn, NY, heads up one of the most successful chapters of the Festive Heart Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to underserved children and founded by the Royal Family of Veronia. The foundation will commemorate its centennial this holiday and Lindsay is summoned to the kingdom to plan the celebratory gala. Before she embarks to Veronia, Lindsay meets the charity’s President, Willard, and a pleasant man, Aiden (Fehr), who Lindsay mistakenly believes is the organization’s accountant. Willard persuades Lindsay to join him and two other organizers from the global charity in Veronia. It is there Lindsay discovers the “accountant” is really Crown Prince Aiden who is to ascend the throne after his mother, Queen Rayna. Committed to the mission of the charity, Lindsay proposes a new idea based on a tradition she learned from her grandmother: each Christmas, two gifts must be given. One to keep, one to give. Veronia’s Parliament enthusiastically accepts Lindsay’s proposal for the charity, vowing to change the world in the kindest way. Now Prince Aiden must decide if the commoner from New York who has helped so many may have just stolen his heart.
Executive producers of “Royally Wrapped for Christmas are Brad Krevoy, Amanda Phillips, Eric Jarboe, Dawn Wolfrom, Amy Krell, Lorenzo Nardini, Jimmy Townsend, Susie Belzberg Krevoy, Michael Shepherd, and Kathy Ceroni. Producer is David Anselmo. Supervising Producers are David Lowe, W. Michael Beard, Allan Fung. Associate Producers are Bonnie Adams and Katilyn Greenough. Director is T.W. Peacocke from an original screenplay by W. Stewart.
CHRISTMAS IS YOU
Starring Becca Tobin and Matthew MacCaull
Premieres: Sunday, November 28, 2021 at 8pm ET/PT
In “Christmas Is You,” Emma Bloom is given an ultimatum by her boss Rachel at Old Town Records: go home for the holidays and convince former boyfriend and national recording star, Tyler Thorn, to sign with Rachel’s label or find another job. Emma is an organized assistant, but her job is a dead end in need of a turnaround and her real dream is to be a singer. Tyler is going home for Christmas for the first time in years after abruptly quitting his label. First, Emma and Tyler have a friendship to repair. Emma broke Tyler’s heart on Christmas Eve several years ago when she turned down his marriage proposal. When Emma and Tyler arrive in their hometown, they are immediately immersed in an all-hands-on-deck effort to save the annual Christmas Carol Celebration, where they first sang together as kids in the choir. Turns out, a trip down Memory Lane may hit all the right notes for Emma and Tyler.
Executive producers of “Christmas Is You” are Brad Krevoy, Amanda Phillips, Eric Jarboe, Lorenzo Nardini, Jimmy Townsend, Susie Belzberg Krevoy, Michael Shepard, and Doran Chandler. Co-Executive Producer is Mark Amato. Supervising Producers are Kay Metchie and Johnathan Shore. Producer is Donald Munro. Associate Producer is Jaden Babcock. Allan Harmon directs from an original screenplay by Jenna Thompson.
GAC Family Upcoming Premieres – All times 8pm ET/PT
Oct. 23 – An Autumn Romance, starring Chad Michael Murray, Jessica Lowndes, Dennis Andres, Moni Ogunsuyi and Michael Brown
Oct. 24 – Welcome to Great American Christmas, with hosts Debbie Matenopoulos and Cameron Mathison
Oct. 30 – Much Ado About Christmas, starring Susie Abromeit and Torrance Coombs
Nov. 6 – The Great Christmas Switch, starring Sarah Lind and Dillon Casey
Nov. 13 – Christmas Time is Here, starring Dewshane Williams, Rukiya Bernard and Tom Pickett
Nov. 20 – A Kindhearted Christmas, starring Cameron Mathison and Jennie Garth
Nov. 27 – Royally Wrapped for Christmas, starring Jen Lilley and Brendan Fehr
Nov. 28 – Christmas Is You, starring Becca Tobin and Matthew MacCaull
ABOUT GAC Media
GAC Media, LLC is home to Great American Channels: “GAC Family” Stories Well Told and “GAC Living” Life Well Lived. As the flagship service, GAC Family celebrates American culture, lifestyle and heritage with original holiday-themed, family-friendly movies and series. GAC Living is the unscripted companion to GAC Family that celebrates Great American family-friendly traditions every day and every season. GAC Media, LLC was established in June 2021 and was organized by Dallas-based Hicks Equity Partners LLC and Bill Abbott. Its ownership primarily consists of US-based family offices.