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Kenny Rogers’ Book Inspires
Hallmark Channel Movie of the Week

Country Legend’s Heartwarming Christmas in Canaan Adapted
for the Small Screen; Set to Air Saturday, December 12, at 8/7c

Country-music legend, versatile actor and respected author Kenny Rogers brings his 2002 tale of an unlikely friendship and holiday redemption to television, as the Hallmark Channel premieres the original film Christmas in Canaan on Saturday, December 12, at 8/7c.
With a screenplay written by Rogers’ co-author Donald Davenport, Christmas in Canaan tells the story of two young boys—one black, one white—who overcome their racial animosity while caring for an injured dog. Country star and actor Billy Ray Cyrus (DocHannah Montana) turns in a sterling performance as Daniel Burton, the single father of DJ, a hot-headed boy who gets into a scuffle with classmate Rodney on the school bus. Burton devises an unconventional plan to help the boys learn mutual respect: DJ and Rodney will each take turns living at the other’s home.
Set against the backdrop of Civil Rights Era Texas, Christmas in Canaan is just the latest television project for Grammy Award winner Rogers. He famously starred in the 1980 TV-movie The Gambler, along with its subsequent sequels, and recently appeared on the CBS hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother. An author specializing in Christmas tales, Rogers’ other books include The Gift and The Toy Shoppe.


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