Hallmark Hall of Fame is an anthology program on American television, sponsored by Hallmark Cards, a Kansas City based greeting card company. The longest-running primetime series in the history of television, it has a historically long run, beginning during 1951 and continuing into 2013. From 1954 onward, all of its productions have been shown in color, although color television video productions were extremely rare in 1954. Many television movies have been shown on the program since its debut, though the program began with live telecasts of dramas and then changed to videotaped productions before finally changing to filmed ones. The series has received eighty Emmy Awards, twenty-four Christopher Awards, eleven Peabody Awards, nine Golden Globes, and four Humanitas Prizes. Once a common practice in American television, it is the last remaining television program such that the title includes the name of the sponsor. Unlike other long-running TV series still on the air, it differs in that it broadcasts only occasionally and not on a weekly broadcast programming schedule.
The Blackwater Lightship is a 2004 Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie adaptation of the novel The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Tóibín. It aired on CBS on February 4, 2004. The movie stars Angela Lansbury, Gina McKee, Sam Robards, Dianne Weist, and Keith McErlean. Lansbury received an Emmy nomination for it in 2004.
Adaptation of the novel by Kent Haruf.
Adaptation of the novel by Anne Tyler. Since her husband's death after only six years of marriage, Rebecca has single-handedly raised his ever-challenging and now adult daughters, Nono, Biddy, and Patch, as well as one of her own, Min Foo. Rebecca also inherited her husband's uncle, 99-year-old Poppy, a crotchety old man whose total focus is his upcoming 100th birthday. A party planner by trade, Rebecca is always cheerful and upbeat, but even after many, many years, she's still not really sure about her standing in this bizarre family. As she questions how her life might have been different if she hadn't jilted her former boyfriend Will for her husband, Rebecca decides to contact him. Seeing Will, now a divorced college professor living a structured life, only adds to Rebecca's dilemma. As her family life continues to swirl around her, Rebecca begins to understand how much they rely on her and, in their own unique way, truly appreciate her.