Channel Announces Movie "Smooch" to Premiere Valentines 2011
'MAD MEN' STAR AND TWO-TIME SAG AWARD-WINNER KIERNAN SHIPKA JOINS
EMMY(R) AWARD NOMINEE KELLIE MARTIN AND SIMON KASSIANIDES IN 'SMOOCH,' A
HALLMARK CHANNEL ORIGINAL MOVIE FOR VALENTINE'S 2011
Film Begins Production October 23 in Detroit
Two-time SAG Award-winning actor Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper,
"Mad Men") joins Emmy(R) nominee Kellie Martin ("Life Goes
On") and Simon Kassianides ("Quantum of Solace") in the
Hallmark Channel Original Movie "Smooch," which begins
production in Detroit on October 23 and is slated to premiere Valentine's
2011 on Hallmark Channel. The movie is an updated loosely-based,
live-action homage to the Brothers Grimm short story -- The Frog King --
in which a hapless Prince is turned into a frog by a witch's cruel charm.
He must convince a Princess to take him home and treat him like a king.
Reluctantly, she does, and on the third day, the Princess awakens to find
that her kindness has transformed the frog into a handsome Prince, and the
pair lives happily ever after.
In "Smooch," Shipka plays "Zoe," a young girl
obsessed by fairytales and happy endings who is searching for the perfect
man for her widowed mother Gwen (Martin). It is Zoe's belief in a frog's
potential charm that compels her to abduct one from her middle school
science class, carrying him to the San Francisco Bay in a water-filled
lunchbox where she intends to set him free. Having skipped class, Zoe is
surprised to see another schoolmate at the Wharf, and in her anxiety,
accidentally drops her green friend overboard. As she surveys the scene, a
male monarch (Kassianides) in full royal regalia emerges from a dinghy in
which he fell after a wild night of partying. The dazed prince looks more
like Humpty Dumpty, sporting a giant goose egg on his head, courtesy of
his fall from the pier. Though the prince has little memory of who he is
or how he got into such a predicament, he is in luck. Zoe knows precisely
how this fairytale ends.
"Smooch" is produced by Beantown Ranch Entertainment in
association with Silver Screen Pictures. Howard Burkons and Brenda Friend
are the executive producers. Rick Arredondo, Kyle Clark and Lisa Wong are
the producers. Robert Bloomingdale is co-executive producer. Ron Oliver
("Bridal Fever") is directing from a script written by Howard
Burkons and Terry Spencer Hesser.
Source: Hallmark Channel Press Release