Now that the 2023 Countdown to Christmas event on the Hallmark Channel is over, the network’s 24/7 Christmas movie marathon has also come to an end. Many fans, however, are sad to see the network return to a schedule that consists mostly of sitcoms like The Golden Girls. A new petition has just been launched asking Hallmark to air movies 24/7 on one of its channels all year round. All fans who want to see movies 24/7 are asked to sign it.
You can sign the petition here.
The Petition Seeks for Hallmark to Dedicate One of Its Channels to Airing Movies 24/7
The new petition was just launched on January 2 by Comfy Cozy TV, and it seeks to have Hallmark air its movies and original TV shows 24/7 on one of its channels. Once the petition has at leat 1,000 signatures, a PR campaign will begin to help it gain more momentum and attention. If it gains enough signatures, Hallmark representatives will be contacted for a response. Please note that the petition does not force anything to happen and it offers no guarantee that Hallmark would make any changes. It’s simply a forum for fans to get together and share their desire to see 24/7 programming.
At the moment, Hallmark’s weekday schedule is dominated by sitcom reruns now that the Christmas season has ended. This petition requests that original programming replace sitcoms 24/7 on one of the channels. This might also mean that fans could watch classic episodes of When Calls the Heart, Good Witch, Cedar Cove, Chesapeake Shores, and The Way Home on a Hallmark network too.
A typical weekday schedule starts with Golden Girls from 12 a.m. to 2 a.m. Central, followed by Frasier reruns from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m., then Cheers from 4 a.m. to 5 a.m., and Reba from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. Drop Dead Diva then airs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Fans still get to watch movies on the channel, just not 24/7. Starting at 11 a..m. until 9 p.m., at the moment, you can catch Hallmark movies. Then Golden Girls returns at 9 p.m. for the rest of the night.
Weekdays on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries are similar, with sitcoms airing from 12 a.m. 4 p.m., followed by movies from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Central time, and then more sitcoms.
The less-advertised Hallmark Drama channel shows sitcom reruns all day on the weekdays, at least according to the current schedule.
While there are streaming services available, including Hallmark Movies Now, where you can choose a Hallmark movie to watch any time of day, many viewers would love to be able to just turn to a specific channel any time of day or night and find a movie or Hallmark series to watch.
Viewers Have Been Expressing Sadness About ‘Countdown to Christmas’ Ending
As Countdown to Christmas came to a close, viewers couldn’t help but express sadness about the change back to sitcoms late at night.
In a public Facebook group, one viewer wrote: “Ugh! It’s only January 2nd and I already miss the Christmas movies! I wouldn’t even mind if there was one channel with 24 hour regular Hallmark movies.” In just seven hours, before comments were closed, the post already had more than 280 reactions and more than 145 comments.
Similar discussions have been ongoing.
One person wrote: “Hallmark’s 24/7 Christmas movie marathon of several months comes to an end this evening. It’s back to The Golden Girls and Murder She Wrote beginning at 10 and 11 pm most nights. As an insomniac I always love when Hallmark runs films around the clock even if I’ve seen most when they first premiered. Oh well.”
Another viewer posted: “I saw Golden Girls on tvs schedule for the 1st and about cried. Yuck. So sad.”
If you’re reading this and don’t want Golden Girls taken off the Hallmark Channel, there are a few solutions. Hallmark could air 24/7 movies on a different channel it owns, like Hallmark Movies & Mysteries or Hallmark Drama. Also, CMT airs Golden Girls reruns too, and the show can also be streamed on services like Hulu.
Stephanie Dwilson has been working in entertainment journalism for more than a decade. She's led teams of writers covering top TV show franchises like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Rick and Morty, and more. She's a veteran Hallmark journalist and runs a 60,000-member Facebook group dedicated to the genre.
Stephanie is a licensed attorney and she has a master's in science in science and technology journalism. You can reach her at [email protected].