FINDING JOHN CHRISTMAS, a new
television movie starring two-time Emmy Award-winner Peter Falk ("A Town Without
Christmas"), Valerie Bertinelli ("Touched By An Angel"), David Cubitt
("Robbery Homicide Division") and William Russ ("Mister Sterling"),
will be broadcast as the "CBS Sunday Night Movie"on Sunday, November 30
(9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The heartwarming holiday drama is the story of a
woman who searches for her brother, a former fireman hero, who has come back home after
mysteriously disappearing many years before.
Former fireman Hank
McAllister (Russ) just wants to slip into town and leave quietly, but that becomes
impossible when a picture of him wrapping a tattered American flag around a shivering dog
is splashed on the cover of the local newspaper as the "face of Christmas." The paper offers a reward for his identity and
whereabouts, labeling him "John Christmas."
Everyone wants to find this mysterious man, particularly Kathleen
(Bertinelli), an emergency room nurse who is fighting to keep her hospital open in the
wake of budget cuts. She believes this
anonymous man is her brother, who disappeared 25 years earlier. Noah (Cubitt), the newspaper photographer whose
photo started it all, has his own reasons for finding him. Together, Kathleen and Noah
search for answers from the elusive "John Christmas."
to them, three strangers are being driven towards each other by something more powerful
than their own curiosity. Along the way, Hank,
Kathleen and Noah unite with help from an angel named Max (Falk, reprising his role from
the CBS movie "A Town Without Christmas"), in this story of love, reunion and
As a television star, Peter Falk is
best-known for his Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning role as Lieutenant Columbo in the
ongoing television series "Columbo," and in addition to the Columbo films,
Falk's TV movie credits include "A Town Without Christmas," "A Storm in
Summer," "Pronto" and "The Sunshine Boys." Among his many winning feature film credits
spanning four decades are "Tune In Tomorrow", "The In-Laws",
"Around the World in 80 Days", "Cookie", "Corky Romano,"
"Roommates," "Princess Bride", "The Player" etc.
Bertinelli most recently starred as Gloria in the CBS drama "Touched By An
Angel." In addition, Bertinelli won a
Golden Globe Award as Best Supporting Actress in 1981 and 1982 for her role as Barbara
Cooper in the long-running CBS series "One Day at a Time." Bertinelli's television credits also include the
series "Sydney," also on the CBS Television Network, and "Café
Americain." Among her television movie
credits are "Murder of Innocence," "In a Child's Name" and
"Personally Yours," all on the Network, "Silent Witness,"
"Shattered Vows," "Two Mothers for Zachary" and "Ordinary
Heroes." She also starred in the mini-series "Night Sins" and "I'll
Take Manhattan," both on the Network.
Cubitts television credits include starring roles in the series "Robbery
Homicide Division" and "Turks," on CBS, as well as "American
Embassy," "Lonesome Dove," "Traders" and "E.N.G." He also had recurring roles in "Thats
Life" and "Michael Hayes," both on the Network. His television movie credits include "Major
Crime" and "A Killer Among Us," on the Network. Cubitt received a Gemini Award for Best Performance
by an Actor in a Dramatic Series for his portrayal of Larkin in the series
"Traders." His feature-film credits include "Ali," "The Perfect
Son," "Alive," "I Shot a Man in Reno," "K-2,"
"Run" and "Swan."
William Russ is probably best known for
his roll as Alan Matthews on the sitcom "Boy Meets World." He most recently starred in the drama "Mister
Sterling." His other appearances include
guest starring roles on "Robbery Homicide Division," "Touched By An
Angel," both on the Network, and "Ally McBeal."
JOHN CHRISTMAS, a Daniel H. Blatt Production, is produced by the same creative team that
produced "A Town Without Christmas," the
most-watched television movie in the 2001-2002 television season. Daniel H. Blatt is the executive producer; Michael
Mahoney and Ken Gross, the producers. Andy
Wolk directed the drama from a script by Michael J. Murray.
RATING: To Be Announced
MAX - Peter Falk
Max is the mysterious angel from the 2001 CBS telefilm, "A Town Without
Christmas." He has a habit of showing up as different characters in the most
surprising places, with the mission of reuniting families. Christmas Eve is a busy night
KATHLEEN McALLISTER - Valerie Bertinelli
Kathleen McAllister is a dedicated ER nurse and a champion of lost causes. As a child, she
looked up to her big brother Hank for inspiration and encouragement. He taught her to
dream big and promised that she could have a family heirloom watch if she went to nursing
school. Kathleen was devastated when Hank suddenly disappeared twenty years ago, and her
life never fully recovered from the loss. Newly divorced, she's moved back in with her
mother and is fighting to keep her ER open in the face of budget cutbacks. When she sees
the photo of "John Christmas" in the newspaper, she is convinced that the man is
Hank, and vows to find her long lost brother.
HANK McALLISTER - William Russ
Hank was a hometown hero who survived a horrible tragedy. But none of his friends or
family members, including his sister Kathleen, knew he was having a difficult time
recovering from the ordeal. He began drinking and gambling and fell deeply into debt.
Finally, one day he just disappeared. Since leaving Bay City two decades ago, Hank has
worked as a carpenter and handyman, saving every dollar he's earned. Now he's come home to
take care of some unfinished business.
NOAH GREELEY - David Cubitt
Noah Greeley is a photojournalist with an eye for great images and a reputation for
controversy. A single parent, Noah has brought his daughter Socorro to Bay City in hopes
of connecting to the community and establishing a home. He shoots a seemingly innocent
holiday picture while on assignment for The Bay City Tribune, but the photograph of
"John Christmas" and his dog takes on a life of its own. As Noah searches for
John Christmas, he is confronted with his own past, from which he's been running since