A Very Hallmark Christmas
Summary: Pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate and cozy up in front of that Balsam Hill Christmas tree! It's time for Season 2 of "A Very Hallmark Christmas." That's right: Loree and Rob are back for 37 brand-new, original Hallmark holiday movies. Which rugged men and flustered big city career women will make the cut and join the Hallmark Cinematic Universe in 2018? Tune in to find out.
It's the final episode of Season 2 of A Very Hallmark Christmas! Loree is joined by special guest Joseph Cohen to break down the typical run-of-the-mill holiday extravaganza "Memories of Christmas." Some highlights from a little town a couple of hours north of Detroit: boxes of money on porches, apple cider donuts, and a confusing marshmallow flirtation game.
Loree is joined by special guest Kayla Young to discuss "A Midnight Kiss," suspect seafood orders, and giant champagne inflatables. Plus, David's intense mansplaining and Mia's veil of perma-sadness.
Loree is joined by special guests Gabe Wohl and Dan Lattanzi to discuss "A Christmas for the Books." Serious questions include: is Joanna 20 or 50? Does Ted's reimagining of a famous Hamlet line ring true to the source material? Will Dell ever find true love with some spreadsheets? Is there such a thing as like at first sight? Let's get nutcrackin'!
Loree is joined by special guest (and former boss!) Tara Mastrelli to discuss "Northern Lights of Christmas." The two talk potentially magical reindeer, a curious coat switch, and Zoey's dubious financial decisions. Plus, a love letter that angers Loree to her core.
Loree invites back to the show frequent guest Rob Bricken to talk about "When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing." Rob didn't watch the movie!
It's the first-ever "A Very Hallmark Christmas" cross-pod! Loree is joined by Mark and Jess of Hallmark and Jess (psst–find them on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts) to discuss "Christmas Bells are Ringing." The team digs into photo opps in Cape Cod, Mike's citywide "Elf on a Shelf" project, and sadistic work-related competitions. Plus, a deep dive into Happy the Dog and Happy the Cat.
Loree is joined by special guest Tim Ward to discuss this year's Danica McKellar-starrer, "Christmas at Grand Valley." Select hot topics on the pod include: the Grand Valley school system, Cousin Mike's lightning hot chemistry with literally everyone, and the state of the art scene in Chicago.
Loree is joined by Jake Jarvis to discuss "Christmas Made to Order" and the logistics of sustaining a full-time, year-round holiday decorating business. Plus, the wisdom of ditching pre-med to pursue singing dreams in Utah and how Gretchen might decide to use her professional talents for West Virginia Day.
Brandi Bradley and Jamie Lynn Crofts join Loree to break down "Jingle Around the Clock." The team discusses college friends, illicit elevator hand-holding, and whether or not Jared Kushner did the honorable thing by stepping aside to give Elle a real shot for the job.
Loree is joined by special guest Jamie Lynn Crofts to discuss "A Small Town Christmas," Peter Thiel-libertarians, and the status of the patriarchy in Springdale, Wisconsin. Plus, Emmett's gorgeous gravelly voice and the podcast takes questions from West Virginia listeners. This episode is sponsored by champagne.
Loree invites longtime friend Jessica Brown on to the pod to discuss "A Gingerbread Romance." Loree and Jessica dig into the logistics and costs of a 10-day-long gingerbread baking contest, the tension in all those movie-ending face-mushes, and whether Hallmark's aim for diversity is hitting the mark. Plus, fashion commentary (berets and scarves!) and J. Brown offers a new entry into the holiday lexicon: "Hallmark blue balls."
Loree is joined by "A Very Hallmark Christmas" veteran guests Cara Stewart and Courtney Ham to discuss a film based off of a book based off of a song. Loree resists all attempts by the guests to turn the show into a Blake Shelton conspiracy theory podcast. Plus, the necessity (or lack thereof) of flirting in Hallmark movies.
Loree brings in big guns Erin Keane and Joe Sonka to discuss the complex journalism storyline in "Entertaining Christmas." The team digs in to John's ethical lapses as a Cedar Falls Gazette reporter and tries to pinpoint precisely what Candace's role is in the Livingstone media empire. Plus, football hero siblings, crushed velvet fashions and a gingerbread man with no hands.
Loree and Rob dig into "Welcome to Christmas," the heartwarming story of a small town begging a large corporate developer to rob it of its charm. Learn more about Annie, the hometown goth teen that loves A Christmas Carol, and Rachel, the refreshingly upfront local who is willing to go scorched earth to get Madeline out of town.
Another week, another former couple having to come together to plan the local high school's Christmas dance. Join Loree and Rob to discuss "Homegrown Christmas," Maddie's less admirable qualities, and one bananas cookie swap scene. Plus, negotiating a salary upon your return to the family business.