Hallmark Hall of Fame, the longtime TV movie franchise that ran on CBS for 16 years before it was dropped by the network in May, has landed a deal ABC beginning with the upcoming season. Under terms of the multiyear agreement announced today, ABC will premiere the movies exclusively, with encore broadcasts coming a week later on Hallmark Channel. The first movie under the deal will be Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith, starring Laurence Fishburne, Bradley Whitford and Martin Landau and directed by Jon Avnet. It will air before Christmas. The Hallmark franchise has been with ABC once before, as well as with NBC and most recently CBS. “We’re delighted our movies will premiere exclusively on ABC starting with our 61st television season,” Hallmark Hall of Fame president Brad Moore said. “Since our very first talks with ABC last year, we’ve looked forward to this announcement. Our agreement to follow ABC premieres with encores on Hallmark Channel is an exciting, unprecedented use of broadcast and cable.”
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