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Danica McKellar is ditching Hallmark Channel for GAC Family. The former Wonder Years star’s new movie, You, Me & the Christmas Trees just kicked off Hallmark’s “Countdown to Christmas” lineup. But it might be her last for the network. The actor has signed a new deal with Hallmark competitor GAC Family. 

Danica McKellar is leaving Hallmark Channel for GAC Family 

Danica McKellar wearing a red dress
Danica McKellar | Paul Archuleta/Getty Images

According to a report from Deadline, McKellar’s exclusive deal will see her star in and produce four movies for the recently launched GAC Family channel. The first, The Winter Palace, will premiere in January 2022. 

Former Hallmark Channel exec Bill Abbott launched GAC Family (formerly Great American Country) earlier in 2021. McKellar is one of several Hallmark stars who’ve announced projects for the new network, including Trevor Donovan and Cameron Mathison. GAC Family is also the new home of the Hallmark Movies Now series When Hope Calls.  

In a tweet, Abbott called McKellar⁩ “a world-class talent who’s among TV’s most beloved and enduring stars! Her combination of creativity and passion is 2nd to none, and I am thrilled to have her join ⁦@GACfamilyTV⁩ close-knit family.”

Danica McKellar has starred in seven Hallmark Christmas movies 

Danica McKellar hangs an ornament on a tree in 'You, Me & The Christmas Trees'
Danica McKellar in ‘You, Me & The Christmas Trees’ | Copyright 2021 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Ryan Plummer

McKellar has been a Hallmark Channel fixture for years, especially around the holidays. Since 2015, she’s starred in seven Hallmark Christmas movies. Here’s the complete list:

  • Crown for Christmas 
  • My Christmas Dream
  • Coming Home for Christmas
  • Christmas at Grand Valley
  • Christmas at Dollywood
  • Christmas She Wrote
  • You, Me & The Christmas Trees 

In addition to her many Hallmark Christmas movies, McKellar has also starred in a number of other movies for the channel, including Love and Sunshine, Love in Design, Very, Very Valentine, and Campfire Kiss. She also plays Angie in the Matchmaker Mysteries series on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. 

The ‘Wonder Year’s star recently explained why she loved working with Hallmark 


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McKellar chatted with TV Insider before the October 2021 premiere of her latest Hallmark movie, in which she plays an evergreen expert investigating an illness that’s killing Christmas trees. “I love that I get to play a scientist in it,” said the actor, who has a B.A. in mathematics from UCLA and is also the author of a series of math books for kids

In that conversation, McKellar also shed some light on why she loved doing holiday movies for Hallmark. 

“I love doing programming that makes people feel good,” she said. “And also to kind of model behaviors and traditions and things that might inspire families to be more connected. And that to me really feels like a gift to the world, in addition to just fun entertainment.”

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