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April 23, 2024  50 
Danica McKellar & Oliver Rice To Headline ‘A Royal Christmas Ball’

Danica McKellar (A Royal Date for Christmas, Swing Into Romance) and Oliver Rice (Firefly Lane, Magic In Mistletoe) have booked their next flick for Great American Family. The duo will star in A Royal Christmas Ball, with waltzes choreographed by Dancing With the Stars pro Gleb Savchenko.

Production begins this week on the movie that will premiere this November as part of Great American Christmas 2024.

In A Royal Christmas Ball, Chelsea Jones (McKellar) is a dance instructor and studio owner in Chicago who inspires kids to find themselves through dance. Just before Christmas, Chelsea discovers a photo she’s never seen before. Chelsea thinks the young woman is her birth mother who passed away when she was only five years old. The woman is in a wedding dress tugging on the hand of a man wearing a wedding ring, but that is all that can be seen of the man Chelsea believes may be her father.

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The photo’s handwritten inscription reads, “Our place, Havenshire, December 23, 1984.” With only the internet, a plane ticket, and lifelong determination to go on, Chelsea now has four days in Havenshire to solve the mystery of her birth family. Along the way, she’ll have to sneak into a castle, teach a stubborn Prince how to dance, and be in just the right place on Christmas Eve when the bells toll.

“Royal movies are among our viewers’ favorites,” said Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Great American Media. “Finding love when and where you least expect it is the heart of royal fan fiction and Danica and Oliver do a brilliant job of making heartfelt wishes come true.”

“Oliver Rice exudes a dashing Cary Elwes-vibe,” added McKellar. “Oliver grew up in London and graduated from Oxford School of Drama and brings genuine nobility to the role of Prince Phillip. I cannot wait for fans to see him in the film.”

A Royal Christmas Ball is executive produced by Brad Krevoy, Amy Krell, Vince Balzano, McKellar, Jimmy Townsend, Susie Belzberg Krevoy, and Don McBrearty. Producer is David Anselmo. Supervising producers are Kelly Martin, Michael Shepard, Michael Beard, and James Mou.

A Royal Christmas Ball is written by Marcy Holland. Story is from McKellar and Marcy Holland.

Source – Deadline





January 31, 2024  66 
Danica McKellar and Trevor Donovan are set to host the 31st Annual MovieGuide Awards

Great American Family stars Danica McKellar and Trevor Donovan are set to host the 31st Annual MovieGuide® Awards Gala, Friday, February 9 at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood, CA. MovieGuide® honors the best in family-friendly entertainment across linear, streaming, and theatrical films and will be broadcast exclusively on Great American Family, Thursday, March 7 (8 p.m. ET).

“Danica and Trevor bring tremendous talent and joy to every role, and we know they will bring the same caliber of excellence to hosting the MovieGuide® Awards,” said Robby Baehr, MovieGuide® CEO. “Talent and a passion for creating values-oriented content makes Danica and Trevor the perfect fit to host our annual awards show,” Baehr concluded.

The MovieGuide® Awards Gala is the premiere awards event in Hollywood that exclusively honors movies, television, and streaming content that promotes inspiring and positive interactions, morals and values, and Biblical teachings.

Dr. Ted Baehr, Founder and Publisher of MovieGuide® said, “For more than 40 years, MovieGuide’s extensive research has proven that movies with more inspirational content that include biblical values such as redemption, forgiveness, self-sacrifice, and good conquering evil, outperforms content at the box office that contains excessive violence, language and sexual content.”

Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Great American Media said, “MovieGuide® showcases and rewards content that uplifts, inspires, and encourages us all to be the best that we can be. We are grateful to Ted and Robby and the entire MovieGuide® organization for remarkably positive contributions to our culture, and we celebrate our mutual commitment to content the entire family can watch together.”

Iconic TV star Danica McKellar said, “I’m incredibly grateful to make movies for Great American Family because of the joy and inspiration each provides to audiences. What a thrilling opportunity to co-host the MovieGuide® Awards with my friend, Trevor Donovan, and to celebrate film and television that uplifts and inspires.”

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March 20, 2023  114 
Danica McKellar Is Ready to Flex Her ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Muscles in New Rom-Com

Danica McKellar is ready to shake and shimmy into her next role!

PEOPLE can exclusively reveal that The Wonder Years alum, who competed on season 18 of Dancing with the Stars in 2014, will be putting those skills to the test once more in the coming months as she films Swinging into Romance, her latest rom-com movie for Great American Family.

According to the network, the film follows former dancer Christine Sims (McKellar) when she temporarily returns to her hometown for the Fall Festival and learns that her family’s General Store is struggling. In order to help save the business, Christine will need to dust off her dancing shoes and face her ex-fiancé — and she may even find love in the process.

“I’ve been wanting to dance in a movie since I was on Dancing with the Stars in 2014, but I’ve always loved dancing,” McKellar, 48, tells PEOPLE. “My mom was a professional dancer before I was born, so the love of dance is in my genes.”

McKellar is one of the executive producers on the film, which hits very close to home for her since her husband, Scott Sveslosky, wrote the story!

“Back in 2017, I told my husband that I wanted to play a math teacher in a movie, and he wrote the story for a movie that ended up being called Campfire Kiss, and I did that for Hallmark,” McKellar explains. “More recently, I said, ‘I really want to dance in a movie,’ and he wrote this story.”

She adds, “He’s not a writer! He’s a lawyer. He just is good at putting together ideas when I really want to do something. And it’s just fun to have that knowledge that he’s a part of this.”

Asked if those ideas stem from a conversation, or if he surprises her with a story, the actress is quick to recognize Sveslosky’s romantic gesture.

“More or less, he will surprise me with it,” she says. “He’ll say, ‘Hey, so remember when you were talking about how you wanted to do a movie about dance?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah.’ And he says, ‘Well I wrote this 10 pages of a story. What do you think?’ So it’s really all him. Again, it’s not his day job, so the fact he will take to time to do that is really cool. He’s so romantic. I hit the jackpot.”

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February 15, 2023  112 
Danica McKellar Books Next Holiday Movie For Great American Family Based On Story She Co-Wrote

Danica McKellar, who inked a multi-picture deal with Great American Family in 2021, is set to star in Royal Christmas Ball, an original holiday movie premiering as part of the network’s Great American Christmas 2023.

In addition to starring in the film, McKellar wrote the story with Marcy Holland and serves as one of the film’s executive producers.

In Royal Christmas Ball, Chelsea Shaw, a Chicago-based dance instructor whose adoptive parents have long since passed, travels to the small European country of Havenshire over Christmas break in search of her heritage… and maybe even family. Discovering that the only way to get access to information she needs on her quest is via the royal family, she accepts an offer to teach a very reluctant Prince a special Waltz for the traditional Royal Christmas Ball. By the end of this Christmas adventure, Chelsea finds love, answers to her deepest questions, and yes, family.

Royal Christmas Ball is executive produced by Brad Krevoy, Danica McKellar, Kathy Ceroni, and Kelly Martin. Producer is David Anselmo. Writer is Holland.

McKellar’s first movie for GAC was The Winter Palace, which she also exec produced. Previously, McKellar appeared yearly in a Hallmark Channel holiday movie since 2015.

Her GAC Media deal extends through this year.

Source – Deadline





October 27, 2021  81 
Danica McKellar Inks Multi-Picture Deal With GAC Media

Danica McKellar, longtime star of holiday movies for Hallmark Channel, is getting into business with GAC Media. McKellar has signed a four-picture deal to star in and executive produce original films for the company’s flagship networks, GAC Family and GAC Living. For her first project, McKellar stars in and executive produces the original movie, The Winter Palace premiering in January 2022 on GAC Family.

“Danica is a world-class talent who is among TV’s most beloved and enduring stars,” said Bill Abbott, President & CEO of GAC Media. “Her combination of creativity and passion is second to none, and I am thrilled to have her join GAC’s close-knit family.”

Abbott, former CEO of Crown Media Family Networks, parent of Hallmark Channel, has been bringing in established Hallmark Channel talent he worked with while running the network, and McKellar is the latest. She joins another well known Hallmark holiday movie star, Trevor Donovan, who recently signed a similar multi-picture pact with GAC.

Among the biggest draws to cable television during the holiday season, McKellar has appeared yearly in a Hallmark Channel holiday movie since 2015, most recently in You, Me and the Christmas Trees, which premiered last week on Hallmark Channel. Under the GAC Media deal, which extends through 2023, she will do rom-coms and holiday films for GAC Media exclusively.

McKellar recently guest starred on ABC comedy Home Economics and is set as a judge on Fox’s upcoming unscripted competition series Domino Masters, set for early 2022.

McKellar, who was first introduced to television audiences as Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years, is also the New York Times bestselling author of children’s books at McKellarMath.com, including Math Doesn’t Suck, Kiss My Math and, most recently, The Times Machine.
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July 20, 2021  70 
Double Puppy Trouble Coming April 5, 2022

Danica revealed the cover of her new Children’s book, Double Puppy Trouble! The book is coming out on April 5th, 2022 and is available for preorder now at Amazon!


The newest math-focused picture book from the New York Times bestselling author Danica McKellar is full of puppy-fueled chaos and a message of gratitude, with a double helping of fun!

Moxie Jo always wanted MORE. But soon, she’d get MORE than she bargained for!

Spunky and energetic, Moxie is just like any other girl–aside from the fact that she has to have the MOST of everything! If she doesn’t have the most toys, the most A’s on tests, or the most time on the swing, then she makes the MOST noise! So when Moxie finds a magic stick that can double anything, she doesn’t hesitate to use it–but when the button gets stuck, she may start to realize that less really is more! Teach the power of doubling through this playful puppy romp!