Earlier this year, MediaVillage welcomed dashing actor Robert Buckley to the Hallmark Channel family, dubbing him the Paul Newman of the network and a welcome addition to its roster of talent. At the time Buckley mused that his Hallmark debut was a long time coming, but as he then put it, “Better late than never.” Fast forward seven months, and Buckley has turned into the Darryl F. Zanuck of the network, writing, pitching, executive producing and starring in one of its most significant projects to date, The Christmas House. “It's definitely surreal,” he admitted when MediaVillage recently spoke to him. “If you’d asked me [then] could you see yourself doing all those things, I wouldn’t have thought it was very likely, and not on the radar at all. But everything kind of lined up, there was a cool story that sort of fit with the stories Hallmark tell, and a lot of things came together in the right way. I actually pitched The Christmas House last August and found out the first week of January that it had been greenlit to go into development. I couldn’t talk about it then on the off chance it didn't happen.”
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