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My name is Gary Zidek. Welcome to The Arts Section. Tune into the radio program every Sunday morning on WDCB 90.9 & 90.7 FM or listen to it online here. I'll be showcasing a variety of arts & entertainment, as well as.highlighting some creative ideas.

Hallmark Channel Superfans Create Loving Parody of Made-For-TV Holiday Movies

Hallmark Channel Superfans Create Loving Parody of Made-For-TV Holiday Movies

WDCB’s Gary Zidek catches up with Cassie Belek & Phylicia McLeod, the co-creators of the new comedy, A SNOW GLOBE KISSMAS: A HALLMARK CHRISTMAS MOVIE PARODY.

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“Dead moms, every time there’s a dead mom. Big city girl going to a little town, gets stranded. Any sort of winter-themed competition or festivity, any time it snows … any time it snows on cue.” - Cassie & Phylicia talking about their favorite made-for-tv holiday movie tropes.

Phylicia McLeod & Cassie Belek, the co-creators of the new comedy, A SNOW GLOBE KISSMAS: A HALLMARK CHRISTMAS MOVIE PARODY.

Phylicia McLeod & Cassie Belek, the co-creators of the new comedy, A SNOW GLOBE KISSMAS: A HALLMARK CHRISTMAS MOVIE PARODY.

An estimated 85 million people will watch the Hallmark Channel and it’s annual COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS between Halloween and New Year’s. But Hallmark is not the only game in town, Lifetime, ION and Netflix are all creating original made-for-tv movies this season.

These folks look happy

These folks look happy

Inspired by their mutual love of made-for-tv holiday movies, friends Phylicia McLeod & Cassie Belek decided to create a parody stage production. And A SNOWGLOBE KISSMAS: A HALLMARK MOVIE PARODY was born.

Cassie Belek & Phylicia McLeod in A SNOWGLOBE KISSMAS. Photo credit Jeremy Hill.

Cassie Belek & Phylicia McLeod in A SNOWGLOBE KISSMAS. Photo credit Jeremy Hill.

In addition to writing the script, Belek and McLeod star in the parody as … identical sisters. What follows is a classic story of two sisters looking for romance in the form of “cowboy types” and elves.

Image from A SNOWGLOBE KISSMAS: A HALLMARK MOVIE PARODY. Photo credit Jeremy Hill.

Image from A SNOWGLOBE KISSMAS: A HALLMARK MOVIE PARODY. Photo credit Jeremy Hill.

If you’ve never watched a made-for-tv Christmas movie, here are some recommendations that emerged from Gary’s conversation with Cassie and Phylicia: SNOWGLOBE, anything with Danica McKellar and HATS OFF TO CHRISTMAS!

Danica McKellar doing Christmas things in a Hallmark movie

Danica McKellar doing Christmas things in a Hallmark movie

A SNOW GLOBE KISSMAS: A HALLMARK CHRISTMAS MOVIE PARODY will be presented December 14 and 21 at the The Blackout Cabaret at The Second City (230 W. North Ave, 2nd Floor, Piper’s Alley).

Head over to secondcity.com/tickets for more details.

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