After a sweet 16 years together, CBS has decided not to renew its relationship with Hallmark for the telefilm franchise “Hall of Fame.” This marks the diamond anniversary for the series which first aired in 1951 with “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” an opera by Gian Carlo Menotti.
Over the decades, the series has won 80 Emmys, nine Golden Globes, 11 Peabodys and four Humanitas awards. “Hall of Fame” was a programming staple on NBC until 1978, then shifted to PBS and ABC before landing at CBS in 1995.
Two Sundays back, CBS aired the 243rd “Hallmark Hall of Fame” movie, “Beyond the Blackboard,” an inspirational story of a young teacher (Emily VanCamp) who takes homeless children under her wing. In January, the franchise showcased seven-time Emmy champ Betty White in the heartwarming “The Lost Valentine.”