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Hallmark Channel explains Candace Cameron Bure and Danica McKellar departure to GAC Family

Hallmark is confidently looking ahead at its future without Candace Cameron Bure, Danica McKellar and others who left for GAC Family.

Best known for starring in Hallmark's Aurora Teagarden Mysteries franchise and annual Christmas movies, Candace exited the network in April. She appeared to follow in the footsteps of her co-star Danica who departed in October 2021. Fellow Hallmark leads like Jessica Lowndes, Trevor Donovan and Jen Lilley have also left for GAC throughout the past year. But according to Hallmark executives, the company isn’t sweating over it.

During a Television Critics Association press conference on Wednesday, Hallmark executive Lisa Hamilton Daly gave insight about their roster changing.

“We’ve kept a lot of our talent under options, save for Christmas movies. We’re looking for new talent all the time,” she said at the event, according to Variety. “I think there’s a lot of talent out there that we’ve worked with in the past that GAC is now working with.”

Lisa continued: “I think that we also are constantly trying to evolve the talent pool that we’re working with. We have, I think, retained almost everybody that we’re really excited to have. So that’s where we are.”

Hallmark President and CEO Wonya Lucas emphasized that the channel’s talent is also special because of their friendships, which remain intact after recent departures.

“Our talent, they know each other. They have a great relationship and that’s the secret sauce we have as Hallmark,” she said. “That continues today. We have existing talent that’s been with us a long time, and we have a new talent that we’re bringing in as well. And they all feel part of this Hallmark Channel love and so that that will be consistent; that is consistent in the past; that’s consistent today.”

Both Candace and Danica are set to star in and be executive producers for GAC Family and GAC Living content. Apart from acting, the Full House cast member will also help oversee and curate programming, plus create year-round seasonal TV shows and films.

That said, Danica signed a contract through 2023, which means she could return to Hallmark. But Candace seems to be all in with no end date in her involvement with GAC and no future appearances planned in the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries franchise, per Deadline.

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by Anonymousreply 44November 24, 2022 7:31 PM

Two right-wing fundie MAGATS.

I hope Hallmark is learning a lesson from this.

Stop indulging these fascists.

The more you give them, the more they'll take.

And if you don't do what they say, they'll turn on you like rabid dogs.

by Anonymousreply 1August 14, 2022 6:13 PM

I wouldn't have expected anything less from Candace, but Danica following her is really disappointing. I thought she was more open-minded.

by Anonymousreply 2August 14, 2022 6:14 PM

Those women are aging out of the lead roles. Let's get some fresh faces. Recycling a bunch of has been TV actresses was fine for a while. But the audience is demanding freshness in both story and talent.

by Anonymousreply 3August 14, 2022 6:15 PM

You realize that the REAL story behind this departure is because Hallmark was starting to embrace gay characters and gay storylines.

So Candace Cameron Bure threw a fit and decided that she didn't want to be associated with Hallmark any more.

Fuck this cunt!

by Anonymousreply 4August 14, 2022 6:18 PM

R4 100% accurate

by Anonymousreply 5August 14, 2022 6:20 PM

Danica went first so it's not like she is suddenly starting to court conservative values.

Fuck these two cunts. I liked Danica but she's just another con.

by Anonymousreply 6August 14, 2022 6:21 PM

Winnie Cooper is MAGA, Kevin Arnold is a sex pest...

Can I still like anyone from Wonder Years?

by Anonymousreply 7August 14, 2022 6:32 PM

Don't worry viewers, we have some bland, white-bread, moderately attractive newcomers waiting in the wings for their chance at recycled Christmas movies and murder-she-wrote knockoffs. You won't even notice the difference.

by Anonymousreply 8August 14, 2022 6:44 PM

Allison Sweeney better not reveal herself to be the same.

by Anonymousreply 9August 14, 2022 6:45 PM

Can dance and Danica are poor actresses.

Good Riddance.

And the GAC may think that they are getting something, but they will be the lesser for it.

by Anonymousreply 10August 14, 2022 6:55 PM

What in the hell is GAC anyway?

Never heard of it.

by Anonymousreply 11August 14, 2022 7:02 PM

I thought Danica was liberal and a LGBTQ+ ally.

We always knew Candace was a fundie cunt, but I'm really disappointed to learn Danica is as well.

by Anonymousreply 12August 14, 2022 7:12 PM

Great American Country, which was purchased by the guy who was bounced from Hallmark Channel when Card Hallmark couldn't ignore the homophobia and racism.

by Anonymousreply 13August 14, 2022 7:12 PM

Not true R4. Bob Saget came to me in a dream and told me to do it.

by Anonymousreply 14August 14, 2022 7:12 PM

Why do we care what this vapid self righteous cunt does?

by Anonymousreply 15August 14, 2022 7:18 PM

So we can cancel her, R15.

It's good to know our enemies.

by Anonymousreply 16August 14, 2022 7:41 PM

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries franchise.

Oh god.

by Anonymousreply 17August 14, 2022 7:55 PM

R9, isn't she married to a cop? I certainly wouldn't bet a stick of gum that she doesn't lean right.

by Anonymousreply 18August 14, 2022 8:44 PM

Personally, I'm glad to know who the Hollywood MAGATS are, so I can boycott them.

by Anonymousreply 19August 14, 2022 10:21 PM

Closet case Trevor Donovan is sealing his fate w/GAC.

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by Anonymousreply 20November 12, 2022 7:43 AM

[quote] You realize that the REAL story behind this departure is because Hallmark was starting to embrace gay characters and gay storylines. So Candace Cameron Bure threw a fit and decided that she didn't want to be associated with Hallmark any more. Fuck this cunt!

R4 Yep. She even stated in an interview that basically "she didn't really care for the new direction the channel was taking", which in reality was nothing more than finally bringing in some much needed diversity, in regards to race and sexuality.

So, if it wasn't that (which we all know it was), then what was it? ;)

by Anonymousreply 21November 12, 2022 7:50 AM

Who gives a shit honestly if boring white straight people want to watch Christmas movies about boring white straight people? Does everything have to be about validating the trans community or forcing the mainstream audience to sit through brown and black trauma narratives?

People are getting more and more entitled with how they tell other people how to spend their private time or what to watch.

by Anonymousreply 22November 12, 2022 8:08 AM

Is Jen Lilley the actress who played crazy scheming Theresa on Days of Our Lives?

by Anonymousreply 23November 12, 2022 8:13 AM

Yes r23. After a fan of Jen's posted about how she couldn't support her leaving Hallmark for GAC because she felt GAC was possibly bigoted. Jen responded to the fan by saying that GAC does God's work, that it's not true that GAC promotes bigotry and that it's actually very diverse.

When Candace was asked if there would be diverse content on GAC. Candace responded by saying that those decisions aren't completely up to her.

I believe Danica recently said something about GAC was feeling more like the old Hallmark than the Hallmark channel currently was.

Jesse Metcalfe and Torrance Coombs also left Hallmark for GAC r20.

by Anonymousreply 24November 12, 2022 9:08 AM

[quote] Who gives a shit honestly if boring white straight people want to watch Christmas movies about boring white straight people? Does everything have to be about validating the trans community or forcing the mainstream audience to sit through brown and black trauma narratives?

No one said anything about the ridiculous examples you're talking about, nor does Hallmark have any interest in that material anyway. All that's changed is that a handful of the newer Hallmark movies have main characters that are either not white, or not straight. That's it. It's still the same saccharine, mind-numbing, cutesy crap that Hallmark always puts out.

[quote] People are getting more and more entitled with how they tell other people how to spend their private time or what to watch.

Nobody is doing that, except for Candace and her evangelical demographic who are bothered by the slightest bit of inclusion, or not having people like themselves at the center of every story.

by Anonymousreply 25November 12, 2022 9:35 AM

I can't wait until Candace's cookie sniffing son is caught with a fat cock in his mouth by TMZ.

by Anonymousreply 26November 12, 2022 9:43 AM

[Quote] Fellow Hallmark leads like Jessica Lowndes, Trevor Donovan and Jen Lilley have also left for GAC throughout the past year.

[Quote] Jesse Metcalfe and Torrance Coombs also left Hallmark for GAC.

Such a big loss. How will Hallmark ever recover?

by Anonymousreply 27November 12, 2022 12:12 PM

In my friend Will Kemp’s new Hallmark movie, The Christmas Gift, his character’s best friends are a gay couple who even have a kiss during a Christmas party.

Will’s character also falls in love with an Indian English woman.

Bigot Jen Lilley and CCB would not approve.

by Anonymousreply 28November 12, 2022 12:45 PM

Someone said that Hallmark is like eating McDonalds: they indulge every now and again.

Thrilled that CCB left. She was always the weakest link, and I refused to have that on when she was there with her crap acting.

by Anonymousreply 29November 12, 2022 3:25 PM

Do the GAC fans know that Neal Bledsoe and Dan Payne both previously played homosexual characters.

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by Anonymousreply 30November 21, 2022 6:35 AM

They’re family friendly.. but not quite DL friendly. It’s a fine line really.

by Anonymousreply 31November 21, 2022 6:42 AM

Wonder what Jonathan Bennett thinks about Danica doing this. They did some movies together and he had her on his YouTube channel during the pandemic.

by Anonymousreply 32November 21, 2022 6:54 AM

I guess Trevor is apart of the team.

by Anonymousreply 33November 21, 2022 6:57 AM

Of course Trevor jumped ship, he'll do anything possible to keep people from noticing he's gay.

by Anonymousreply 34November 21, 2022 6:59 AM

Why are DLers so outraged and bothered by this? Like Hallmark Channel is a gay go to. I only ever watch shit on this channel to laugh at it. All garbage.

by Anonymousreply 35November 21, 2022 7:02 AM

[quote] Jessica Lowndes

Woah, that one hurts. Mary! I know. I loved her in the 90210 reboot playing some sort of Lindsay Lohan character, Adrianna.

Is this about money where the new channel pays better, or is it about Hallmark getting more gay friendly?

by Anonymousreply 36November 21, 2022 7:11 AM

As a Wonder Years fan I've followed Danica on and off for years. She's always seemed super sweet, if maybe a bit neurotic. But over the past few months I've noticed some changes: ever since she left Hallmark, she's been posting about CCB bringing her to church and how she's a newfound believer, and now she just up and moved her whole family to Tennessee from LA seemingly out of the blue. All the while standing by and saying nothing after all of this controversy. I remember Candace giving this batshit crazy sermon about how Kirk converted her by making her read the "Left Behind" series, and it makes me wonder of Candace didn't try a similar tactic with Danica. :(

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by Anonymousreply 37November 21, 2022 7:14 AM

Christmas is the gayest time of year! Except for gays!

by Anonymousreply 38November 21, 2022 7:49 AM

[quote]Bigot Jen Lilley and CCB would not approve.

Jen's DOOL character was one of the biggest whores in town! looool

Has Jen found God or something?

by Anonymousreply 39November 21, 2022 8:55 AM

Some first ratings battle

22 october

GAC: Destined at Christmas (starring Shae Robins and Casey Elliott) 333,000 viewers

vs

Hallmark: We Wish You a Married Christmas (starring Marisol Nichols and Kristoffer Polaha). 1,891,000 viewers vs Hallmark Movies and Mysteries: We need a little Christmas (Lynn Whitfield, Erica Durance and Patrick Sabongui). 781,000

29 October

GAC: Catering Christmas (starring Merritt Patterson and Daniel Lissing). Outside of top 150

vs

Hallmark: Jolly Good Christmas (Will Kemp and Reshma Shetty). 2,096,000 viewers

vs

Hallmark Movies and Mysteries: Christmas Bedtime Stories ( Erin Cahill, Steve Lund,, Charlie Weber) 755,000

5 November

GAC: A Royal Christmas on Ice (Anna Marie Dobbins, Jonathan Stoddard and William Baldwin). Outside of top 150

vs

Hallmark: Lights, Camera, Christmas (Kimberley Sustad and John Brotherton). 1,924,000

vs

Hallmark Movies and Mysteries: A Maple Valley Christmas (Peyton List and Andrew Walker) 1,041,000

6 November

GAC: Love at the Christmas Contest (Samantha Cope and Ross Jirgl). 276,000 viewers

vs

Hallmark: All Saints Christmas ( Ledisi and Roger Cross). 1,204,000

13 November

GAC: A Merry Christmas Wish (Jill Wagner and Cameron Mathison). 333,000 viewers

vs

Hallmark: Christmas at the Golden Dragon (Kara Wang and Osric Chau) . 1,807,000

19 November

GAC: Christmas at Pine Valley (Kristina Cole, Andrew Biernat). Outside of top 150

vs

Hallmark: Three Wise Men and a Baby ( Andrew Walker, Paul Campbell, Tyler Hynes). 3,626,000

vs Hallmark Movies and Mysteries: Long Lost Christmas (Taylor Cole and Benjamin Ayres) 918,000

20 November

GAC: My Favorite Christmas Tree (Emma Johnson vs Giles Panton). 221,000 viewers

vs

Hallmark: When I Think of Christmas (Shenae Grimes-Beech, Niall Matter and Beth Broderick). 1,982,000

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GAC movies are pulling below Hallmark Movies and Mysteries ones.

Hallmark Christmas Movies are down. Current average is 1,96m (14 movies so far) vs 2,3m in 2021 (31 movies in total). However, the last one with Andrew Walker had done better than any 2021 Hallmark move.

HM&M are also down (last year's average was 1,1m)

Lifetime Christmas movies are doing on average 400,000 viewers

by Anonymousreply 40November 23, 2022 9:26 AM

Candance said her dad wasn’t religious and didn’t want religion in the house. So she didn’t grow up with this. So WTF happened?

by Anonymousreply 41November 23, 2022 11:01 AM

[quote]GAC: A Merry Christmas Wish (...Cameron Mathison). 333,000 viewers

He's one too?

Sigh.

by Anonymousreply 42November 23, 2022 11:14 AM

Trevor Donovan on Candace and the controversy.

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by Anonymousreply 43November 24, 2022 6:07 PM

Exactly, Trevor. Those who are against gay marriage and felt voiceless now have a champion in you. I choose you, Trevochu.

by Anonymousreply 44November 24, 2022 7:31 PM
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