John Kiesewetter reports:
If you missed “The Christmas Spirit” premiere Sunday, you can catch the Nicollette Sheridan movie shot in Lebanon Friday or Saturday on the Hallmark Channel.
It airs 6 p.m. Friday, and at 2 p.m. Saturday (NOT at 4 p.m. Saturday as listed in our Sunday holiday TV listings; we were given bad info by our listings service).
I was surprised and impressed with the quality of “The Christmas Spirit,” knowing it was shot in just 15 days in October. And the residents of Lebanon, and the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission, should be very pleased with the film, and the way it showcases Lebanon.
Sheridan stars as a journalist Charlotte Hart in her small hometown of Laurel Springs, which is threatened by greedy developer (Bart Johnson, Coach Bolton from “High School Musical”). Their cars collide, they wake up in a coma in a hospital (shot on an empty Deaconess Hospital floor), and they end up as ghosts. So as a spirit, Charlotte tries to stop the developer and help her nephew, niece and townspeople.
You can guess how it ends — even if you’ve never watched a Hallmark Channel movie. But “The Christmas Spirit” looks great, and so does the city. The fake snow that I watched them make on a hot sunny day in October didn’t look fake at all.
Here are some of the locations seen in the film, which was shot here after Film Commission executive director Kristen Erwin Schlotman gave producers a tour of the city (and other picturesque small towns in the area in early September):