Dog Named Christmas Premieres Tonight on CBS 11/29/09
"A DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS," A NEW "HALLMARK HALL OF
FAME" PRESENTATION STARRING BRUCE GREENWOOD, LINDA EMOND AND NOEL
FISHER, TO BE BROADCAST SUNDAY, NOV. 29 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK
A DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS, a new "Hallmark Hall of Fame"
presentation starring Bruce Greenwood (the newest "Star Trek"
movie and "Thirteen Days"), Tony Award nominee Linda Emond
("Life x 3," "Julie & Julia") and Noel Fisher
("The Riches," "Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit") will be broadcast Sunday, Nov. 29 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on
the CBS Television Network. The movie tells the tale of a developmentally
challenged young man with a penchant for caring for animals in need, who
sets out to convince his family - and their whole rural community - to
participate in a local shelter's inaugural "Adopt a Dog for Christmas
Todd McCray (Fisher), a responsible and developmentally challenged 20
year old, lives on a farm in Kansas with his loving parents, George
(Greenwood) and Mary Ann (Emond). Both Mary Ann and George are forever
inspired and impressed by the upbeat Todd, who assists with numerous
chores on the farm and is known for regularly rescuing and nursing wounded
wild animals back to health. George often describes Todd as having
"his own way of thinking about things." However, Todd's way of
thinking clashes with George's when a radio promotion for the local animal
shelter's first-ever "Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program" - which
entails caring for a dog during Christmas week and the option of keeping
the dog for good - creates a keen desire in Todd to adopt a lonely pup for
Though George stubbornly opposes the idea, Todd's special gifts of
persuasion result in their bringing home a yellow Labrador, whom Todd
names "Christmas" and bonds with immediately. Todd soon makes it
his mission to ensure that all of the shelter's numerous caged dogs are
brought into friendly homes for the holiday, and he uses creative and
persistent means of inspiring the families in his community to do their
Bruce Greenwood was seen most recently on the big screen as Captain
Christopher Pike in the latest installment of "Star Trek." His
additional film credits include "National Treasure: Book of
Secrets," "I'm Not There," "Déjà vu,"
"Being Julia," "Exotica," "The Sweet
Hereafter," "Ararat" and "Thirteen Days." In
2005, he earned a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his work in
"Capote." His feature "Mao's Last Dancer," for
director Bruce Beresford, premiered in September at the Toronto
International Film Festival.
Linda Emond can currently be seen in theaters as Simone Beck in
"Julie & Julia." Among her additional film credits are
"Stop-Loss," "North Country," "The Dying
Gaul" and "Pollock." She has a wealth of stage credits,
including Broadway productions "Life x 3," for which she earned
a Tony Award nomination, and "1776." Her numerous television
credits include the recent movie "Georgia O'Keeffe," a recurring
role on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and a
guest-starring role on "The Sopranos."
Noel Fisher began his professional acting career on television series
in his native Canada. Since moving to the U.S. in 2003, his television
credits include a lead role in "The Riches," a recurring role on
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," and guest-starring
roles on the CBS series "The Mentalist," "Cold Case"
and "Two and A Half Men." His feature film credits include
"Max Keeble's Big Move," "Final Destination 2" and the
acclaimed independent film, "After Sex." "Red," a film
in which he co-starred with Brian Cox, was an Official Selection of the
2008 Sundance Film Festival.
A DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS is a Hallmark Hall of Fame production. Brent
Shields ("The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler") is executive
producer; Peter Werner ("Front of the Class") is the director;
Jenny Wingfield ("The Man in the Moon") wrote the script based
on the novel by Greg Kincaid.