Join Megan and Wendy on their latest episode of Girls Gone Hallmark! This week, they chat about Luke Macfarlane’s return to Hallmark in “Notes of Autumn.” This highly anticipated movie also stars Ashley Williams, Marcus Rosner, and Peter Porte. Listen in to see what they liked, wished for, and the always funning “Did You See That!”
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- Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas is rumored to have a full slate of holiday movies this season despite the actors and writers strike. Read the Variety article here.
About “Notes of Autumn”
- This movie was originally called “Fall Swap.”
- Singer-songwriter Debbie Gibson served as an executive producer
- According to TV Fanatic, this is Debbie Gibson’s return to Hallmark. She starred in and produced “Summer of Dreams” in 2016 and in “Wedding of Dreams” in 2018.
- Ashley Williams stars as Ellie. She has 81 acting credits including “Five More Minutes: Moments Like These,” “Two Tickets to Paradise,” and “Love, Classified” all from 2022. She also starred in 10 episodes of “Amber Brown” on AppleTV which also starred Sarah Drew from last week’s “Guiding Emily.” Her instagram is delightful, if you’re not following her there.
- Luke Macfarlane co-stars as Leo. Luke took a small departure from the Hallmark Channel, he was last seen in “A Magical Christmas Village” last holiday season. At the time, he told the LA Times that his 17th Hallmark movie would likely be his last, saying that the channel “had been very good” to him but “how many firefighters can I play?” In the meantime, Macfarlane co-starred in a feature film called “Bros,” worked for AppleTV on a comedy called “Platonic” and was even offered a role in mega-hit Barbie but had to decline because of conflicts. Additionally, Macfarlane and his partner welcomed a baby girl named Tess in June of this year. So why is he back at Hallmark? He told The Hollywood Reporter that he “applauds” Hallmark for creating queer content. Perhaps an offer he couldn’t reuse?
- Marcus Rosner brings his signature BDE as Sam. We last same him as Austin McMurray in the series Ride. He was also in one of the fan favorite fall movie reviews, Autumn in the Vineyard, which dropped a few weeks ago. He’s got three Christmas-themed movies in the hopper according to IMDb. If you follow Rosner on Instagram, you’ll see he’s been on a long road to recovery since major leg surgery in November 2022.
- Peter Porte plays Matt. I’m complete unfamiliar with Porte but Hallmark fans are happy he’s back. He has 50 acting credits including “Rome in Love” and “A Gift for Christmas” for Hallmark. He’s also been on “Days of Our Lives,” “NCIS,” and the Neal Patrick Harris series “Uncoupled.”
- “When Calls the Heart” stars Pascale Hutton and Kavan Smith pop up throughout the movie playing Isabelle and Jack – fictional characters in Leo’s novel.
- The script was written by Rick Garmen who has 27 previous writing credits. His last three movies for Hallmark were “Groundswell,” “Christmas at Castle Hart,” and “You Had me at Aloha.” But, his last two movies were the CCB and Danica McKeller Christmas movies for GAF last year. He’s got a Jon Brotherton Christmas movie in the hopper too, according to IMDb. Interested to see where that one lands.
- Troy Scott is the director. This appears to be his third movie for the Hallmark Channel brand. He previously directed “The Christmas Ring” in 2020 and “All Saints Christmas” from last year. Many of his other directorial titles include movies like “My Husband’s Killer Girlfriend” and “My Husband’s Deadly Past” – Lifetime vibes.
Fan Favorite Fall Hallmark Movie Reviews
Get ready to welcome the fall season with your favorite Hallmark movies and Girls Gone Hallmark! This season, we are bringing plethora of fan favorites that you wouldn’t want to miss. Stay tuned as we release brand new movie reviews every Tuesday. Make sure to subscribe to our podcast, so you never miss out on any of our exciting reviews.
- Falling for You – Hallmark Movie Review starring Taylor Cole and Tyler Hynes
- Autumn in the Vineyard – Hallmark Movie Review featuring Brendan Penny and Rachel Leigh Cook
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