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.
Memories of Christmas
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.
A Midnight Kiss
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.
A Christmas for the Books
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'!
Northern Lights of Christmas
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.
When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing
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!
Christmas Bells are Ringing
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.
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Update: I’ve been going back and catching up on some episodes I missed from season 1, and I still so enjoy this podcast. I really wish Loree and Rob would do a season 3 this year!
Loree and Rob bring just the right balance to these podcasts--they're not afraid to call out the movies' flaws, but they're also not afraid to admit when they're touched or amused by them. I find many Hallmark podcasts are overly gushing, but Loree and Rob match my attitude more closely: I like the movies (heck, I watched almost every premiere this Christmas season), but I also need to be able to step back and question/challenge the content sometimes. Loree and Rob also stay on topic more than some of the Hallmark podcasts, which can venture off on tangents for many minutes at a time. Finally, I love Loree and Rob's respectful, playful dynamic. The guests during Rob's illness have been great, but I look forward to his recovery and return very soon!
I don't miss an episode
I watch way too many Hallmark movies. But even if I skip a movie, I don't skip this podcast's corresponding episode. Whether I've seen the movie or not, I listen to every episode of A Very Hallmark Christmas. That's how much I love this show! Loree and Rob are so funny and so smart, and hearing their take on these cheesy, silly movies is entertaining and often thought-provoking. I now not only rate movies in gingerbread houses or magical snowglobes, but I also ask about the accuracy of legal and real estate issues addressed in each movie and whether or not anyone bothered to smash the patriarchy. Keep up the good work,Loree and Rob!