|December 3||Today Show|
A few days late, but I finally found Nicollette’s interview at The Today Show while promoting The Christmas Spirit. She talks about the movie, her upcoming projects and plays a quiz game with Hoda and Kathie Lee.
|November 27||Nicollette Sheridan Finds ‘The Christmas Spirit’|
|November 25||Visit to The Empire State Building|
Nicollette stopped by the 86th floor Observatory at The Empire State Building in New York to promote Hallmark Channel’s The Christmas Spirit. It looks like she didn’t bring Oliver along this time, but she had the good company of her best friend.
|November 24||Gallery Update: Talk Shows|
This week Nicollette has been busy promoting The Christmas Spirit on different tv shows. First she taped the holiday special of Hallmark Channel’s talk show Home & Family, which airs on November 25 8/7c; then she met with Mario Lopez on Extra and the following day she went back to Home & Family where she talked about what it is being behind the camera, what she’d like to happen next and acting alongside Oliver.
We can also finally enjoy the trailer for the movie, and if you’re a GetGlue user, don’t forget to check-in for some stickers.
|November 23||VIP: Nicollette Sheridan’s spooky ‘Christmas Spirit’|
Actress’ Hallmark Channel movie deals with the ghosts and the spirit world.
Nicollette Sheridan likes being the boss.
“It’s wonderful to have your fingers in all the different pots,” she says about producing and starring in the Hallmark Channel movie The Christmas Spirit, airing Dec. 1. Sheridan came up with the story and worked closely with the writer of the film, which involves the spirit world — a familiar topic for the actress.
“My grandmother was a spiritualist and a healer,” Sheridan, 50, reveals. “She’d have spirits visit her often, like Olympia Dukakis does in our movie.
And, Sheridan has had a spooky visit of her own.
“I had my experience with a spirit once. He appeared to be an Indian guide, very calm and very large. He came to my bedside at 3:04 a.m. Two minutes passed. and I closed my eyes and thought, ‘Thank you for coming to me. Please go away.’ I’ve not seen him again.”
Sheridan hopes her Christmas Spirit character will return in another holiday movie.
“I might write the next one,” she says, “and I’ll think about directing another one. … I was inspired by movies that touched my life, like It’s a Wonderful Life, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Mary Poppins,” Sheridan says. “I wondered, ‘Where did Mary Poppins come from, and where did she get her powers from?’ ”
|November 19||Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family Holiday Special’|
To promote her new movie, Nicollette attended Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family Holiday Special’ yesterday with Naomi Judd and Candance Cameron-Bure.
You can also see this On Location footage to get a sneak peek on what’s to come on December 1st.
And if you can’t watch it that day or you want to what it again, here are the showtimes:
|November 17||The Christmas Spirit Promos|
Only 2 weeks to go and we finally have some pictures of Nicollette’s upcoming movie with Hallmark Channel. Which also marks her debut behind the camera, as she is an executive producer and she came up with the story.
Remember to tune in Hallmark Channel on December 1st at 8/7c.
|October 20||Nicollette Sheridan Found Perfect Holiday Scenes In Lebanon|
How can you make a TV movie in three weeks?
By working very long days.
“To shoot a movie in 15 days, that’s just off the charts,” said Nicollette Sheridan during a break late Thursday from “The Christmas Spirit.” It premieres in six weeks, at 8 p.m. Dec. 1, on the Hallmark Channel.
“We’re shooting nine pages (of script) a day. That is record time. It really puts pressure on everyone, including the editing and laying in the music,” said Sheridan while relaxing in her trailer with Oliver, her golden retriever also in the film.
The three-week shoot ended late Friday – or early Saturday – inside a Mechanic Street home. Most of the movie about the journalist’s ghost (Sheridan) trying to stop a developer (Bart Johnson, “High School Musical”) from ruining her picturesque hometown was filmed in or near the Warren County seat.
“We’ve been so welcomed by everybody here, especially on the side street with the houses where we’ve been shooting until 3 in the morning,” she said.
Why wait until two months before December? “The Christmas Spirit” has “happened quite quickly” since she pitched the concept last December to the Hallmark Channel, said the former “Desperate Housewives” and “Knots Landing” star.
Sheridan, also an executive producer, hooked up in January with the Motion Picture Corporation of America (“Dumb and Dumber,” “Christmas at Castlebury Hall,” “Beverly Hills Ninja”) and director Jack Angelo, who wrote the script. They didn’t start searching for locations until August.
“The Christmas Spirit” landed in Lebanon, thanks to photos and a tour by Kristen Erwin Scholtman, Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission executive director.
“When I saw the pictures (from various locations), this one was my favorite,” she said. “After Jack arrived here, he told me he found everything he needed in this wonderful town of Lebanon. It really is as I imagined it would be.”
The local crew, cast and extras were “wonderful,” she said. “The shop owners actually put up their own Christmas decorations for us. Everything just fell in place. There is something magical in the air here.”
Scholtman also provided the star with weekend diversions from her exhausting movie schedule. She attended the Bengals-Patriots game, rode motorcycles around Indian Hill and toured the haunted Dent Schoolhouse.
Sheridan, who stayed at a Downtown hotel, jogged with Oliver in the mornings or “late at night, and we felt safe anywhere we went.” She also enjoyed eating at Boca, Sotto and the Golden Lamb.
The national TV audience for “The Christmas Spirit” will see many Mulberry Street and Broadway businesses, Berry Intermediate School, the old Warren County Courthouse and several homes – as the New England town of Laurel Springs.
“You should see the outside of the Golden Lamb,” said said, “but I believe they changed the name.”
|October 18||Case Dismissed|
A judge on Friday dismissed Nicollette Sheridan’s long-running wrongful termination lawsuit against ABC over her ouster from the hit television series “Desperate Housewives.”
Without ruling on the facts of the case, Superior Court Judge Michael Stern determined the actress should have exhausted her claims to a labor commissioner before pursuing a trial.
The ruling stalled Sheridan’s push for a retrial on claims filed in 2010 that she was fired after she complained that show creator Marc Cherry struck her on the head on the set in 2008.
Last year, a jury deadlocked 8-4 in favor of Sheridan lawsuit alleging ABC had retaliated against her and cut her Edie Britt character due to her complaints about Cherry.
ABC denied it fired Sheridan or retaliated against her. Cherry and several executives with the show and the company previously testified that the decision to kill off the role was made before the incident with Cherry.
Cherry denied hitting the actress, claiming he tapped her on the head for artistic direction.
“It’s the right result,” ABC’s attorney Adam Levin said after the hearing.
David Crochetiere, an attorney for Sheridan, said the ruling would be appealed. He noted that a majority of jurors sided with Sheridan in a two-week trial that focused on the behind-the-scenes intrigue and personalities involved in “Desperate Housewives.”
Sheridan had been seeking roughly $6 million from her former employers.
An appeals court ruled in August 2012 that ABC and Touchstone Television had not wrongfully terminated Sheridan from the show. However, the ruling allowed her to keep pursuing retaliation claims.
|October 4||Behind The Scenes Of The Christmas Spirit|
Filming has begun on Nicollette’s new movie for Hallmark Channel.
As soon as actress Nicollette Sheridan arrived for her first scene Thursday, the sun broke through rain clouds which had soaked downtown Lebanon all morning.
“It’s the Christmas spirit!” she told director Jack Angelo.
That’s also the name of her Hallmark Channel movie to premiere on Sunday, Dec. 1.
The former “Desperate Housewives” star shot her first outdoor scene for “The Christmas Spirit” here on Mulberry Street, a block away from the Golden Lamb, after set designers had worked all morning in a downpour putting cotton along buildings for fake snow.
Street lamps were decorated with lighted wreaths and red banners with green Christmas trees reading “Holiday Greetings.”
“The city put the wreaths up for us. They’ve been great,” said producer Brad Southwick. Movie staffers also picked all the leaves off trees on the north side of Mulberry to make it look like winter.
Down the street, Halloween items were hidden inside the Jam and Jelly Lady shop by owner Sonya Staffan, when she put a Christmas tree in the front window.
“It’s fun to watch them,” said Staffan about the three dozen crew members who descended on downtown Monday. She remembers watching the filming of “Harper Valley PTA” here in 1977 with Barbara Eden, and Melanie Griffith’s “Milk Money” in 1993.
“But I never thought I’d be in one. I was shocked when they called me a few days ago and asked if I’d audition – in my own store — for the role of the Jam Lady,” Staffan said.
She got the part, and was filmed sweeping the sidewalk in front of her business between cloud bursts Thursday.
The homemade jelly store was the type of small town business which drew the Hallmark movie to the picturesque Warren County seat, said executive producer Alex Coscas.
“The Jam and Jelly Lady is a perfect example of the kind of town we wanted, where everyone knows everybody. Lebanon has a very homey feel to the movie world,” Coscas said.
Producers toured Lebanon Labor Day weekend with Kristen Erwin Schlotman, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission.
“This was the first place she brought us to, and it was perfect,” Coscas said.
“The Christmas Spirit” began filming Monday with Sheridan at Deaconess Hospital in Cincinnati. Diner scenes were shot Wednesday at the Country Kitchen restaurant near the Interstate 71 interchange with Ohio 123, east of town. Production wraps Oct. 18.
Sheridan plays journalist Charlotte Hart, who returns to her small hometown for the holidays and discovers that a greedy real estate developer (Bart Johnson, “High School Musical”) wants to buy out downtown shop owners and modernize the town.
During her visit, Hart is injured in a car crash which leaves her body in a coma, “but her spirit is very much awake,” according to Hallmark. So as a ghost, she tries to thwart the developer.
The morning rain didn’t detract from the first Lebanon scene. The wet brick sidewalk made it look like the ice-melt had done its job, Southwick said.
After shooting five takes, production assistants rolled up the cotton and shoved it into black trash bags while cameras were moved into the LCNB Bank a few doors away at Mulberry Street and Broadway for the next scene.
Movie magic truly comes to town next week when “snow men” from Wisconsin bring in machines to make Mulberry Street look like winter in October, Southwick said.
“We’ve brought in some people from Wisconsin, because we know they know snow. It will be a mix of artificial snow and shave ice,” Coscas said. “But on film, it will look like wintertime in Lebanon. It will look beautiful.”