Hallmark Channel puts a new spin on the classic A Christmas Carol with a more comedic tone and starring Carrie Fisher, Carson Kressley and Emmanuelle Vaugier. This new original film premieres Sunday night at 8 P.M. with repeats airings throughout the month. The network also rolls out their slate of new holiday-themed films beginning this weekend.
Emmanuelle Vaugier (Two and a Half Men) heads a charming cast that also includes two-time Emmy® nominee Carrie Fisher (“30 Rock,” “Wishful Drinking”) and Emmy® winner Carson Kressley (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”).
Vaugier is Carol Huffman, a ruthless Chicago book publisher and not what anyone would call a nice woman. Her staff can’t stand the sight of this workaholic Scrooge. In fact, Fred (Kressley), one of her employees, is trying to rally the staff to revolt. Against this backdrop of seasonal gloom, Carol is shocked to run into her old boyfriend from 15 years before, Ben (Tygh Runyan, “SGU Stargate Universe”), a decent guy who craved a life rather than simply a career. Their meeting ends with Carol storming off in a huff.
But as she’s trying to re-gather her wits, she suddenly finds herself staring at the ghost of the publishing house’s beloved and very much deceased founder, Eve (Fisher). Now, she can’t get away, because Ghost Eve is determined to take Carol on a little journey back through her past, as well as her present and future. Don’t you just hate when that happens?
Well, Carol hates it, too, particularly when she can’t defend all of the misery she’s left in her wake. The good news is that after hanging with the ghost, Carol emerges determined to make amends beginning Christmas morning. Might she wind up happier? Could she find true love? Why, you bet your Bob Cratchit!
Sandi Berg is also a freelance journalist and writes about television for several magazines including Written By (Writer's Guild of America), Life After 50 and Whole Life Times Magazine.