Daniel Lissing, Lori Loughlin in ‘When Calls the Heart’ Holiday Special

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Together again! GAC Family will air an original one-hour surprise special, When Hope Calls: Hearties’ Christmas Gift, Sunday 12 December, after the premiere of Daniel Lissingthe film, A Christmas star.

The special event was filmed on the set of the When it calls the heart spin off, When hope calls, the first original series on the GAC family.

Lissing’s character Jack Thornton was killed in battle during When you call the heartthe finale of the fifth season. However, he will be returning in a guest star role for next season’s When hope calls, GAC Family announced last month, along with the news that Lori Loughlin will also return as Abigail Stanton.

“I know from experience with fans of When it calls the heart that the Hearties convention is a really fun way for everyone to get together to meet not just us actors but other fans as well. There has always been a nice community vibe with this group of fans, ”said Lissing, 40 Us Weekly exclusively.

When it calls the heart the fans – who have been nicknamed “Hearties” – are extremely passionate about the show – something the Aussie actor understands perfectly.

When you call the heart and its spin-off, When hope calls, have connected with the public for nearly a decade. It’s amazing when I think about it, actually. I believe people have continued to enjoy these programs for a variety of reasons, “he explained to We. “I think they fell in love with the characters, especially Jack and Elizabeth. This is what started it all for ‘Hearties’. Another reason is the fact that it’s not very easy to watch family shows like these shows out there. Although, based on the success of this model, we are starting to see many more shows in this light. “

This is a great weekend for last resort alum, who stars in Sunday’s A Christmas star next to Sara Canning.

“I really love every job that I take part in, but being on the shoot set A Christmas star it was a particularly fun project for me. The best part is the collaboration aspect. It’s always a team effort, “he explained.” It was easy to work with Sara. She was fun and professional but, above all, talented! We are both “giving” actors, so the scenes came to life because care was taken in every moment in history. I learned a lot working with her. “

A Christmas star airs on GAC Family Sunday December 12 at 8pm ET. When Hope Calls: Hearties’ Christmas Gift debuts soon after.

The premiere of the second season of When hope calls premieres Saturday, December 18 at 8 p.m. ET.

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