Mark Steines of “Home and Family” admits that this week’s first prime time special edition of the show he cohosts with Cristina Ferrare was “a daunting task” to pull off — but more than worth it. “We’re happy about the vote of confidence this prime time outing represents,” he says, especially since he has been told that the Hallmark higher-ups expect some 80 million viewers to sample at least some of their 1200 hours of Countdown to Christmas programming.
The “Home and Family” holiday special has everything from such Hallmark Channel movie faves as Nicolette Sheridan, Naomi Judd, Alan Thicke and Candace Cameron Bure guesting, to a high school choir, a turkey cooking, and even an ice skating rink at the show’s highly-decorated house on the Universal Studios lot in Hollywood. “It’s like the Griswold’s house, every inch of it is lit,” he says.
Steines is proud of the show that is making it in the hotly-contested daytime world, where many a star has been vanquished by season two. The veteran of 17 years of “Entertainment Tonight” now finds that doing “Home and Family” is changing him.
“I’ve completely revamped decisions in life about what food I eat, raising kids, what to feed kids — all that stuff based on what we’ve had on our show. I never thought a guy from Dubuque, Iowa would be juicing, but I do my own juicing.” Best of all, his 10 and 11-year-old sons are “starting to take care of themselves, starting to work out and watch what they eat, which is great.”
ALSO: Candace Cameron Bure, who plays the daughter of Alan Thicke on the Nov. 30-debuting “Let It Snow” Hallmark Channel Movie, tells us that “everyone has different thoughts” when it comes to her former cast mates talking about the idea of a “Full House” reunion. In case you weren’t aware, a recent posting had it that there was a series in the works that would have the daughters from that 90’s sitcom now grown up and living together. It provoked a storm of excitement on the internet. But it was a joke. Bure says she and her former cast mates have talked about the phenomenon, and they’re amazed by the response, but she doesn’t expect such an idea to ever bear fruit.
Hallmark did not come to her about the project, she says. “I actually asked them. I was talking to Hallmark and I love being part of the Hallmark family, and I said, ‘okay, for my next movie, I would really like to do a Christmas movie,’ because those are my favorite. I’m the target demographic, because I sit and watch them all. Then they sent me this script and it was perfect.”