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Christmas Comes Early With Mariah Carey's 'A Christmas Melody'

Mariah Carey's "A Christmas Melody" debuted on Dec. 19, 2016.
Mariah Carey's "A Christmas Melody" debuted on Dec. 19, 2016.
Mariah Carey's "A Christmas Melody" debuted on Dec. 19, 2016.
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Mariah Carey's "A Christmas Melody" debuted on Dec. 19, 2016.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas – at least on the Hallmark Channel.

The cable channel owned by the greeting card company began celebrating Christmas on Oct. 29 – the Saturday before Halloween – with repeats of its original holiday movies.

"A Christmas Melody," the Mariah Carey movie filmed last year in Cincinnati and Wyoming, will repeat six times, starting Sunday Nov. 6.

Here are the dates:

Sunday, Nov. 6 --   6 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 10 -- 10 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 29-- 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 7-- 8 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 16 -- Midnight

Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24 -- Noon.

Mariah Carey during a break on stage at Kilgour Elementary School.
Credit Brian Douglas for the Hallmark Channel
Mariah Carey during a break on stage at Kilgour Elementary School.

The pop star directed and appeared in the film as a diva PTA mom organizing a grade-school holiday pageant where a talented child (Fina Strazza) sings "Oh Santa" (at Mount Lookout's Kilgour Elementary School with 10 young Cincinnati area students trained and choreographed by Lea and Drew Lachey.

Lacy Chabert ("Mean Girls," "Party of Five") plays the girl's mother; Kathy Najimy ("Veep," "Sister Act") plays the girl's Aunt Sarah who operates a café in Wyoming; and Brennan Elliott stars as the school music teacher.

Here is my story about watching Carey film at Kilgour Elementary School in Mount Lookout last year. You can see more of Brian Douglas' photos from the movie last December here.

One more thing: Watch for my huge Holiday Program Guide  listings coming later this month to WVXU.org.  

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