Munich, 13 Nov. 2012. In Hallmark Channel's countdown to Christmas, the original movies The Wishing Tree and The Good Witch's Charm have bewitched viewers in the US. Nearly four million tuned in to watch wishes come true, making The Wishing Tree Hallmark Channel's highest-rated original movie of the year among households, women and adults between 25 and 54 years, and total viewers. Three million fell under the spell of the season, when good witch Cassie Nightingale (Catherine Bell "Bruce Almighty") arranged a happy ending in Good Witch's Charm, which ranked as the network's 2nd highest-rated original movie of the year among households.
In The Wishing Tree, a young English professor at a prestigious boarding school, struggling to move on after the death of his wife, agrees to teach several "orphan" students who have nowhere to go for the holidays. He quickly runs into a challenge when privileged bad boy Drew decides to take out his anger on the neighboring town's ancient Wishing Tree, a bare tree decorated with handwritten notes containing the townspeople's greatest holiday wishes. The movie stars Jason Gedrick ("Luck," "Necessary Roughness"), Richard Harmon ("The Killing"), Teryl Rothery ("Hellcats"), and Erica Cerra ("Eureka"). The Wishing Tree is a Pitchblack Pictures Production in association with Daniel H. Blatt Productions and Beta Film.
In The Good Witch's Charm, Cassie has her hands full juggling her new job as mayor while trying to spend quality time with her family. As Cassie plans a long overdue vacation, things go awry when a crime wave suddenly sweeps through town. Next to Catherine Bell are starring Chris Potter ("Heartland", "Law and Order: New York"), Catherine Disher ("The Border"), Hannah Endicott-Douglas ("Casino Jack"), Geordie Johnson ("Durham County"), and Janet-Laine Green ("Haven"). The Good Witch's Charm is a Whizbang Films Production in association with Lee Distribution, Inc. and Beta Film.