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  • Writer's pictureDeborah Yaffe

Happy Christmas to all!

Disaster averted! Collision avoided! Christmas catastrophe curtailed!

Last month, as blog readers will recall, it appeared that the Hallmark Channel’s latest Jane Austen-themed Christmas movie – Sense, Sensibility & Snowmen – had been scheduled in a pre-holiday time slot that overlapped with that of a different saccharine Christmas confection. How was this possible? What could be done?

Reader, they changed it. Instead of airing at 9 pm on Friday, November 29, a mere hour after a non-Austen movie entitled Christmas at the Plaza, SS&S will instead premiere at 9 pm the next evening. In case you want to make a night of it, Triple S will be preceded at 7 pm by A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love (woman nursing broken heart meets hunky out-of-towner and Learns to Love Again) and followed at 11:03 pm by A Christmas to Remember (woman crashes car on way to small-town retreat and is nursed through her amnesia by hunky local).* For an extra Janeite bonus, the star of A Godwink Christmas is Cindy Busby, who was so memorably terrible as the heroine of Hallmark’s first foray into Austen spinoffs, Unleashing Mr. Darcy.

Meanwhile, Christmas at the Plaza (woman works with hunky local on Christmas event at New York landmark) has been rescheduled for Thanksgiving night. Once again, however, Janeites have a special incentive to finish up their turkey in time to watch: the role of hunky local is played by Ryan Paevey, who was so memorably unmemorable as the eponymous hero of Unleashing Mr. Darcy.

Two Janeite crossovers and a new Austen-themed Hallmark movie, all in one long weekend! It really is the most wonderful time of the year, isn’t it?

* On the other hand, this movie stars a for-real Oscar winner, Mira Sorvino. Might that make it worth watching?

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