Christmas in Conway

Christmas in Conway is a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie. The film premiered on ABC on December 1, 2013 and starred Mary-Louise Parker, Andy Garcia, and Mandy Moore. It was directed by John Kent Harrison (The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler) and written by Stephen P. Lindsey (Hachi: A Dog's Tale) and Luis Ugaz.[1]

Christmas in Conway
Written byStephen P. Lindsey
& Luis Ugaz
Directed byJohn Kent Harrison
StarringAndy Garcia
Mandy Moore
and Mary-Louise Parker
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Andrew Gottlieb
Running time96 minutes
Production company(s)Hallmark Hall of Fame
Original networkABC
Original release
  • December 1, 2013 (2013-12-01)


When terminally ill Suzy Mayor (Parker) leaves the hospital to spend her last days at her home in Conway, South Carolina, her grouch of a husband, Duncan (Garcia) is beside himself with concern for her and with annoyance at everyone else, including Natalie (Moore), the live-in hospice nurse who has come home with Suzy. When Duncan decides to build a Ferris wheel in the backyard as a Christmas present for Suzy, in honor of the place where Duncan proposed to her, the neighbors and townspeople of this quiet Southern town are quick to object.[2]



The film was shot in and around Wilmington, North Carolina in August 2013.[3]


During its premiere broadcast on December 1, 2013, the episode received a 1.1 rating and a 3 share in the key 18- to 49-year-old adult demographic. It was viewed by 6.45 million total viewers.[4] The ratings were considered to be poor,[5] and they were lower than a comparable Hallmark broadcast the previous year.[6]

Awards and nominations

The film was nominated for two MovieGuide Awards in 2014: the Faith and Freedom Award (Television), and the Free Enterprise Prize. It did not win in either category.[7]


  1. "Hallmark Hall of Fame Presents 'Christmas in Conway'". Hallmark corporate press release. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  2. "Christmas in Conway synopsis". Hallmark Hall of Fame online Press Room. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  3. Foss, Cassie. "Mary-Louise Parker to star in Hallmark movie filming in area". Wilmington StarNews online. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  4. Kondolojy, Amanda. "TV Ratings Sunday: 'Once Upon a Time' Stays at Low + 'Bob's Burgers' & 'American Dad' Fall". TVByTheNumbers. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  5. Salem, Mitch. "The Sked Network Scorecard - 12/1/13". Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  6. Faughnder, Ryan. "TV ratings: NBC wins night with falling NFL numbers; 'Amazing Race' up". Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  7. Appelo, Tim (February 8, 2014). "'Shark Tank,' 'Duck Dynasty,' 'The Bible' Win Faith & Values Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
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