‘In Merry Measure’ Is the Hallmark Christmas Movie Version of 'Glee'


Nov. 11 2022, Published 2:54 p.m. ET

Patti Murin and Brendan Penny in 'In Merry Measure'
Source: Hugh Tull/Hallmark Media

Romantic tension, familiar faces, yuletide vibes, picturesque filming locationsIn Merry Measure has it all! The Hallmark Channel movie premieres on Friday, November 11, at 8 p.m. ET, and we’ve got the intel on the production below.

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For starters, In Merry Measure follows Darcy, a one-hit-wonder pop star, as she returns to her hometown in Ohio to help out her widowed sister.

And it’s there that Darcy finds out her niece has been snubbed a spot on The Herald Angels, a high-school caroling team. Darcy was once a member of The Herald Angels, but now her old rival Adam is leading the group.

‘In Merry Measure’ features good-looking actors against good-looking filming locations.

Brendan Penny and Patti Murin in 'In Merry Measure'
Source: Hugh Tull/Hallmark Media

Brendan Penny and Patti Murin in 'In Merry Measure'

Patti Murin, Brendan Penny, and Jennifer Robertson lead the cast of In Merry Measure.

Patti, who plays Darcy in the movie, might be familiar to Disney buffs: She originated the role of Anna in the Broadway musical adaptation of Frozen. Her other Broadway credits include stints in Xanadu, Lysistrata Jones, and Wicked.

On TV, she starred in the Hallmark movies Love on Iceland and Holiday for Heroes and had a recurring role on Chicago Med.

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Brendan, meanwhile, is another Hallmark veteran. The actor, who plays Adam in In Merry Measure, starred as Kevin O’Brien in the Hallmark Channel drama Chesapeake Shores. Earlier, he starred in the CTV police procedural Motive and recurred on the Fox comedy-drama BH90210.

As for Jennifer, Schitt’s Creek fans know and love her as Jocelyn Schitt, but the actress also stars in the Netflix comedy Ginny & Georgia and appeared in the Netflix holiday film Single All the Way. In In Merry Measure, she plays Gretchen, Darcy’s sister.

The In Merry Measure cast also includes Chris Carson (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Alexander Jones (Five More Minutes), Garfield Wilson (Ivy + Bean), Jude Wilson (A Million Little Things), and newcomer Cassidy Reichman.

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The movie filmed in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, this summer. The area’s scenic mountains and coastline have also been the backdrop for other Hallmark productions, including Just One Kiss, Right in Front of Me, and A Glenbrooke Christmas.

Garfield and Jude — who are father and son! — posed for a selfie on their first day of filming in Vancouver on Aug. 5, and writer Russell Hainline recently posted a selfie he took on the movie’s set in nearby Langley, British Columbia.

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The movie follows two rival high school choirs finding “newfound harmony.”

In Merry Measure, directed by Paula Elle, is for the show-choir star in all of us!

In the movie, Darby and Megan, her niece, form a choir of their own and bring on other singers who didn’t make the cut for The Herald Angels. The two teams agree to a sing-off to determine who will represent the high school at the county’s annual Christmas Carol Competition.

But the students on both teams decide to collaborate instead of compete, as Hallmark explains.

“With the competition approaching, the students realize they have a better chance of winning if they combine groups, which forces the competing coaches to put their differences aside and work together,” the cable channel adds in a synopsis.

"Darcy and Adam’s relationship goes from rivalry, to friendship and soon, to something more. But an unexpected opportunity threatens to upend their newfound harmony."

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