Jen Lilley joins Y&R & AMC alum in Hallmark’s new Summer Nights movies
The days are hot and the nights are even hotter.
On the heels of Soaps.com’s announcement of the Hallmark Channel’s June Weddings event, we are excited to bring our readers new details for the network’s upcoming Summer Nights. The seasonal special will consist of four new original Saturday night movies beginning in August, three starring former “All My Children” and “Young and the Restless” actors. Mark your calendars with the following details, take a look at the actors’ behind-the-scenes social media photos and learn what scene led to one soap alum getting hurt on set.
Love at the Shore.
Starring “The Young and the Restless” alum Peter Porte (Ricky Williams, 2011 to 2012), “Love at the Shore” follows author and mother Jenna Thompson (Amanda Righetti) who meets Lucas McKinnon (Porte) – the stubborn, attractive surfer who lives in the adjoining duplex of her summer rental. It’s a case of opposites attract as Lucas spends time with Jenna and her two young children, where a softer side emerges and the old saying is proved… You can’t judge a book by its cover. The Hallmark Channel’s two year old adopted Jack Russell Terrier mix, Happy the Dog, stars as Lucas’ pup. Tune in Saturday August 5 at 9:00 PM.
Summer in the Vineyard.
A sequel to 2016’s “Autumn in the Vineyard,” the romance between Frankie Baldwin (Rachael Leigh Cook) and Nate DeLuca (Brendan Penny) continues in “Summer in the Vineyard” as the couple prepares to debut Sorrento Farms’ first vintage wine during the Summerfest celebration. Things get stressful after Nate volunteers Sorrento as a replacement host winery for the event, which leaves Frankie concerned whether or not they’ll be able to get their first Cabernet ready in time. In the end, they may just prove that business can be mixed with pleasure. The movie premieres on Saturday August 12 at 9:00 PM.
Eat, Play, Love.
Former “Days of our Lives” actress Jen Lilley (Theresa Donovan) stars as Veterinarian Dr. Carly Monroe in Hallmark’s “Eat, Play, Love.” Carly secretly has feelings for Dan (Jason Cermak), the owner of a local dog shelter that she frequents as often as possible. It isn’t until Dan makes plans to move to New York City and marry his glamorous TV personality girlfriend when his sister (Lucie Guest) takes matters into her own hands. Tune in for the premiere on Saturday August 19 at 9:00 PM.
At Home in Mitford.
Based on Jan Karon’s best-selling book of the same name, “Home in Mitford” stars “All My Children’s” Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery) and Andie MacDowell (“Cedar Cove”). When author and recent divorcee Cynthia Coppersmith (MacDowell) experiences writer’s block, she heads to the idyllic village of Mitford – a place she used to visit as a kid – to settle her deceased uncle’s affairs. Mitford’s surroundings might just be what Cynthia needs to regroup. When she meets Father Tim Kavanaugh (Mathison), the town’s bachelor rector, Cynthia is draw into the lives of Mitford residents and becomes torn between returning to her big city life or starting over again in the peaceful town full of hidden promises. The movie premieres on Sunday August 20 at 10:00 PM. Watch the video interview where Mathison reveals how he got hurt while filming the movie.
Sun, Sand and Romance.
“The Young and the Restless” alum Scott Elrod (Joe Clark) stars as Eric in “Sun, Sand and Romance,” where a publishing executive named Kate (Tricia Helfer) visits a summer resort with her boyfriend (Elrod) and runs into Shep (Paul Campbell), an old high school friend who heads the resort’s activities section. After Eric is called away on business, Kate gets involved with all the resort has to offer and finds herself pulled between Eric and Shep, a man who helps her stop hiding from the unknowns of life. Tune in Saturday August 26 at 9:00 PM.
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