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Hallmark’s ‘Countdown to Summer’ Has Begun — Take a Look at the Lineup Here!

Tune in on Saturday nights in May at 8/7c!


While it’s a known fact that the holidays aren’t the holidays without a cozy Hallmark romance to watch with a pairing of hot chocolate and popcorn, the rest of the year certainly isn’t lacking — and the Hallmark ‘Countdown to Summer’ proves it!

After the holidays, in the midst of the coldest and dreariest months of winter when we all were in need of a pick-me-up, the Hallmark Channel gave us a healthy dose of romance with ‘Loveuary,’ the month long celebration of love that provided us with five original films, four of which were Jane Austin inspired for the period-piece lover in all of us.

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Jill Wagner, Colin Egglesfield, Autumn Dreams, 2015
Jill Wagner, Colin Egglesfield, Autumn Dreams, 2015Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

When the frost began melting off the ground, Hallmark then gave us another boost we were in need of with their ‘Spring Into Love’ programming, which kicked off on March 23 with the premiere of Shifting Gears starring none other than Hallmark hottie Tyler Hynes, followed by five additional originals throughout the remainder of March and April.

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Tyler Hynes, Shifting Gears, 2024
Tyler Hynes, Shifting Gears, 2024©2024 Hallmark Media/Photographer: Albert Camicioli

The springtime fun concluded with the April 27 premiere of Branching Out, starring Sarah Drew and Juan Pablo Di Pace.

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Now, fans can ring in the summertime fun with Hallmark’s ‘Countdown to Summer’ for 2024. Throughout the month of May, fans can tune in on Saturday nights at 8/7c, where they can catch two brand new original movies, and two films premiering on The Hallmark Channel for the first time.

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Here, take a look at this month’s lineup for the Hallmark Countdown to Summer!

Hallmark Countdown to Summer movies

A Lifelong Love — Premiered May 4 at 8/7c

This programming series kicked off on Saturday, May 4 with the premiere of A Lifelong Love starring Andrea Brooks and Patch May.

The film follows Annika (Brooks), a poet, and her ex, Ryan (May), a photographer. In a professional rut, the two are given the opportunity to put their creativity and talent to use by documenting Annika’s grandfather’s journey to reunite with his first love, Ruth.

One of the refreshing things about this movie is it shows, in a sense, that you can restart your life,” said Andrea Brooks in an interview with Media Village.

“Things don’t have to end. The second chance aspect (at love) is pivotal and a cohesive piece of the plot that ties everything. Obviously, Annika and Ryan are taking a second chance as we’re pursuing this second chance for my grandfather. I think it’s an important element, and one I hope resonates with lots of people because there are a lot of people out there who take a second chance, start again, restart their life, find new love and move on. It’s really genuine, and really sweet to tell a story about that.”

A Whitewater Romance — Premiering May 11 at 8/7c

Maya (Cindy Busby) is a hardworking woman who, when presented with the opportunity to attend a whitewater rafting retreat in the Rocky Mountains by her CEO, accepts in the hopes that she will receive a promotion.

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While not exactly outdoorsy, upon arriving, she meets Matt (Benjamin Hollingsworth), who is far more acquainted with nature than she is and is also after the same promotion as her.

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As they pair up for a series of activities, despite being her competitor, the duo just might warm up to one another.

Everything Puppies — Premiering May 18 at 8/7c apart of the Hallmark Countdown to Summer

Pascal Lamothe-Kipnes plays a woman with big aspirations of creating the best dog treats on the market.

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Enter Stephen Huszar‘s character — an entrepreneur who can give her the shot she’s hoping for. As they get to know each other more, something more than puppy love might just come out of it.

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Big Sky River: The Bridal Path — Premiering May 25 at 8/7c apart of the Hallmark Countdown to Summer

In the sequel to Big Sky River, Tara (Emmanuelle Vaugier) and Boone (Kavan Smith) deal with the ups and downs of blending their families together.

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In an interview with Permanent Rain Press, Emmanuelle Vaugier talked her character’s growth since the last film and whether Tara has any doubts about leaving New York behind.

Taking a leap of faith and making big life changes can be challenging. But when Tara sees all the positive signs around her…a sense of community, quality of life, healthy relationships and a sense of peace…I can relate to how this would affirm you’ve made the right choice for yourself and your family.”

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