I have to admit….I was surprised. I adore JT Hodges both his personality and his amazing voice. His remake of the song, “Joy to the World” is on constant replay in my house. However, I wasn’t expecting much from his acting debut. Its not him….it was simply my assumption. Many country music artists have tried to cross to the small screen… and failed miserably.
I loved “Finding Christmas” which premiered on the Hallmark Channel on Monday. JT was believable from the beginning. You would have never known it was his first TV gig. He was seemingly comfortable and complimented his costars perfectly. Apparently I wasn’t alone. The New York Times had this to say:
“Finding Christmas” is most notable, though for the presence of J.T. Hodges, normally a country singer but here an actor. Mr. Hodges, a newcomer to the acting thing, is surprisingly good, and the script also leads his character to an open-mike night in which he sings a delightful “Joy to the World…..”
The story, a warm holiday tale of risk and love, shot the Hallmark Channel into one of the highest rated weeks in history. Nearly 6 million people tuned in and the show earned Hallmark Channel the top ad-supported cable movie of the week and took the highest spot of shows that day.
Hodges was interacting with fans on twitter throughout the entire movie. He seemed genuinely grateful for the positive reaction. He said “It was an amazing opportunity that allowed me to show another side of myself and I am very excited about how successful it was for my viewers and fans”.
We agree JT and hope to see more of you in roles like this.
If you missed the show the first time it will be rebroadcast on Thursday, December 19th (10pm ET), Saturday, December 21st (4pm ET), Sunday, December 22nd (12 Noon ET), Tuesday, December 24th (12 Noon ET) and Christmas Day December 25th (7:30am ET).
If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and download JT Hodges rendition of “Joy to the World”!
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