After shocking Hallmark fans that she was leaving the network in an exclusive deal with GAC, Danica McKellar’s first movie will be out in early January.
She is starring in a Royal romance along with a former Hallmark Christmas movie co-star, Neal Bledsoe.
Why did she leave Hallmark? Moreover, McKellar has shared a lot of very fun BTS scenes from The Winter Palace. What has she shared about this new GAC movie?
Why Did Danica McKellar Leave Hallmark For GAC?
Back In October, Hallmark fans were shocked when Danica McKellar announced she was headed to GAC Media in an exclusive deal.
Recently, The Wonder Years star spoke to the Wall Street Journal as to why she left Hallmark, where she was one of the three main stars, for GAC Media.
Turns out, it was due to Bill Abbott, former Hallmark CEO, and now CEO of GAC Media.
Abbott was known to be very instrumental in working with Danica McKellar, as well as Candace Cameron Bure, and Lacey Chabert.
All three were considered Hallmark’s Christmas Queens. Not only were their movies advantageously scheduled, but perhaps a little more promoted. In addition, they each starred in their own mystery series. Danica and Bill have had a longtime friendship and work relationship.
It is not clear whether McKellar will continue her Matchmaker Mystery series that she stars in along with Victor Webster. The GAC deal specifically states that “This deal encompasses all romcoms and holiday movies through 2023.”
While there is a bit of romance in the mystery series, they are not be considered romcoms, or holiday movies. So, that is always possible. However, it does not appear that she has filmed a new episode of the series with Webster since she signed the GAC deal.
Danica McKellar’s First GAC Movie Is The Winter Palace
Did you know that Danica McKellar will soon be in a brand new GAC Family movie? She is starring in The Winter Palace along with Neal Bledsoe (The Man In The High Castle, A Christmas Carousel).
There is very little information forthcoming. However, we know that the dashing Bledsoe is portraying a Prince, once again. He portrays Prince Henry, while Danica plays Emily Miller.
This is not the first time the two have been paired off. The pair previously starred in the 2017 Hallmark Christmas movie, Coming Home For Christmas.
Throughout filming, McKellar shared hilarious Instagram Stories. She hinted that there are “so many fun, awesome scenes” in this new GAC Family movie. Neal Bledsoe is a master at accents, and one story shows him trying out some of the accents that Prince Henry could have. Laughing, Danica is delighted. He is quite hysterical.
Unlike other wintery movies, they did film in Northern Ontario, where Bledsoe joked “It is 90 degrees below zero.” However, they contended that they preferred to wear coats and film a wintery movie in the cold, then in the middle of a hot summer.
Don’t miss the premiere of the new Danica McKellar and Neal Bledsoe movie, The Christmas Palace premiering on January 8, at 8 p.m. Eastern, on GAC Family.
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