TCA16: Hallmark Sets Joel Osteen Special

Hallmark Channel will partner with pastors/inspirational speakers Joel and Victoria Osteen to produce and televise an original special set to air September 11.

The special, America’s Night Of Hope, will showcase an edited version of a Detroit-based event produced by the Osteens as part of their Night Of Hope inspirational-themed events that take place around the country, according to Hallmark.

“You think about 70,000 people crowding into an arena on the weekend, and it feels like you're going to a rock concert or a sporting event,’ said Bill Abbott, President & CEO of Crown Media Family Networks. “There is a reason why Joel Osteen is one of the most sought after thought leaders in the world. Joel and Victoria are voices for a new generation who draw millions to their universal messages about love and hope, a much- needed respite in today's troubled world."

The network also announced the first two movies produced for the Hallmark Hall of Fame series.

"The first movie, Christmas Angel in Training, will air Nov. 28 during the network’s Countdown To Christmas event and tells the story of the untimely death of a workaholic who is recruited to be a Christmas Angel to help others.

The second film, Love Lock, will run during the network’s “Countdown to Valentine’s Day” programming stunt in February 2017 and focuses on a young woman who returns to Paris to retrieve a love padlock placed by her parents on a soon to be destroyed bridge as well as tol look for the former love associated with her own padlock.

Alos, Hallmark Channel will air The National Christmas Tree Lighting special Dec. 2 as part a multi-year partnership with the National Parks Foundation, according to the network.

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