Hallmark Movies & Mysteries gives Jill Wagner a ‘Christmas Miracle’


Former ‘Wipeout’ co-host stars in a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries holiday tale

Luke Macfarlane and Jill Wagner star in “Karen Kingsbury’s Maggie’s Christmas Miracle” Sunday, Dec. 10, on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

With her third Christmas cable movie in as many years now under her belt, there’s little doubt Jill Wagner enjoys such stories.

The former “Wipeout” co-host and “Teen Wolf” semi-regular also has a best-selling author’s plot to work with this time, as she stars in “Karen Kingsbury’s Maggie’s Christmas Miracle” Sunday, Dec. 10, on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Wagner plays a New York lawyer whose son (Lauren Guci) reunites her at the holidays with the person (Luke Macfarlane, “The Night Shift”) who was her summer love when they were in their teens – and if they can transfer that relationship to adulthood, it really will be her Christmas miracle.

Jill Wagner stars in “Karen Kingsbury’s Maggie’s Christmas Miracle” Sunday, Dec. 10, on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

“My grandmother loves Hallmark’s Christmas movies anyway,” the lively Wagner reports, “and then she really gets a kick out of me being in one of them. In fact, she picked the first Hallmark movie I did (‘Autumn Dreams’) out of the scripts that I sent her. Because this one was a book first, I got her the book. She’s an avid reader.”

Admitting she hasn’t read the novel herself, Wagner explains, “The only reason I don’t read is that I always fall asleep within the first two pages. It has nothing to do with what I’m reading. I like to listen to them in my car, have them read to me. I know that’s lazy, but that’s what helps me get through them.” Wagner adds that she met author Kingsbury, “and she is lovely! Actually, her daughter plays my assistant in the film, and it was really nice to get to work with her.”

Wagner has found a home with the Hallmark channels, having also starred in “A Harvest Wedding” recently and “Christmas Cookies” before that. She’s becoming a producer there by developing a film about her own love story, which strongly mirrors “Maggie’s Christmas Miracle”: Wagner also reconnected with a boyfriend from her youth (former pro hockey player David Lemanowicz), and married him and became his young daughter’s stepmother earlier this year.

”I’m hoping that will film in the beginning of next year,” Wagner says of her autobiographical movie. “We’re already in the scriptwriting process. Producing is a completely new side of things for me, and I think it’s really interesting. I’m very proud of my work with Hallmark. As long as they’ll have me, I’d love to continue a long-term relationship with them.”


Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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