Hallmark Channel kicks off its annual Countdown to Christmas two-month programming spectacular Saturday night with Christmas at Pemberley Manor, a fresh take on the classic tale Pride and Prejudice. There might be momentary confusion for dedicated Hallmarkies as a new Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy make their debut on the channel, but Jessica Lowndes, who portrays Elizabeth Bennett, wants it known that only the names remain similar to the characters featured in Hallmark's hugely popular movie Unleashing Mr. Darcy and its sequel, Marrying Mr. Darcy, which starred Cindy Busby and Ryan Paevey. "I don't think people will get confused," she explained during an exclusive interview with MediaVillage. "They are different characters in a standalone story with a different take and entirely different premise.
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