You’ve heard of the Dog Days of Summer? Well, for three doggone great evenings in November, the Hallmark Channel is inaugurating the Dog Nights of Autumn. The network is celebrating our favorite four-legged friends from Tuesday to Thursday, November 6 to 8, from 6 p.m. thru 12 a.m. ET/PT each night. And how are we celebrating? With dog movies, that’s what. Lots and lots of films featuring and starring canines of all breeds and temperaments.
The reason for all of the dogged cinema is Hallmark Channel’s special exclusive presentation of the 2012 American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards on Thursday, November 8 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C). But before and after that, it will be wall-to-wall dog friendly films.
The fur starts to fly on Tuesday at 6 p.m. with the 1996 live-action feature version of “101 Dalmatians,” starring none other than Glenn Close as everyone’s favorite villainess, Cruella De Vil. Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson and Joan Plowright co-star in the family tale of an evil woman who kidnaps puppies to sell them for their fur. Then at 8 p.m. that same night, Hallmark Channel presents an encore showing of “Puppy Love,” its hugely popular 2012 Original World Premiere Movie starring the lovely and talented Candace Cameron Bure in the story of a big sloppy dog who brings love to the life of a single mom and a handsome ballplayer (Victor Webster). That’s followed at 10 p.m. on November 6 by “You Lucky Dog,” a 2009 Hallmark Channel Original Movie featuring Natasha Henstridge, Harry Hamlin and Anthony Lemke – but whose real star is a sheepdog named Lucky. That inconvenient hound will become a hero before the charming film is done.
Then we move to Wednesday, November 7, when “You Lucky Dog” has an encore play at 6 p.m. Then at 8 p.m., audiences are treated to the moving 2009 feature “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale,” which stars the great Richard Gere and Joan Allen in the unforgettable story of one Akita’s magical loyalty to his master and the family that adopts him after tragedy strikes. At 10 p.m. that same night, viewers will experience the 2008 Hallmark Channel Original Movie “Accidental Friendship,” which stars Chandra Wilson of “Grey’s Anatomy” fame. Wilson gives a phenomenal performance as a homeless woman who befriends a police officer. Ben Vereen also makes a cameo in a movie that shows the special bond one woman has with her beloved dogs.
That brings us to Thursday, Nov. 8, when things get started at 6 p.m. with a repeat showing of “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale,” followed at 8 p.m. by the World Premiere of “Hero Dog Awards.” The awards, the second annual presentation, honors four-legged heroes for their service to mankind, paying tribute in categories including Service Dogs, Military Dogs, Guide Dogs, Emerging Hero Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, and Hearing Dogs. The evening wraps at 10 p.m. with a showing of “A Dog Named Christmas,” from the 2009 Hallmark Hall of Fame Collection. It features Bruce Greenwood in the sensitive tale of a developmentally challenged young man (Noel Fisher) who works to convince his rural community to participate in a local shelter’s inaugural “Adopt a Dog For Christmas” program.
You’ll just have to trust us that there won’t be a dry eye in your house by the conclusion of this one. Put it all together and it’s clear that at Hallmark Channel, we believe in giving everyone a new leash on life.
Tuesday, November 6
‘101 DALMATIANS’ (6:00 p.m. ET/PT, 5C)
‘PUPPY LOVE’ (8:00 p.m. ET/PT, 7C)
‘YOU LUCKY DOG’ (10:00 p.m. ET/PT, 9C)
Wednesday, November 7
‘YOU LUCKY DOG’ (6:00 p.m. ET/PT, 5C)
‘HACHI: A DOG’S TALE’ (8:00 p.m. ET/PT, 7C)
‘ACCIDENTAL FRIENDSHIP’ (10:00 p.m. ET/PT, 9C)
Thursday, November 8
‘HACHI: A DOG’S TALE’ (6:00 p.m. ET/PT, 5C)
‘2012 AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION HERO DOG AWARDS’ (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C)
‘A DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS’ (10 p.m. ET/PT, 9C)