Tugging on heartstrings as it pines for more time with those we love most, fans always knew the Scotty McCreery hit “Five More Minutes” felt like a Hallmark movie … but we never thought it would actually become one.
Even so, that’s just what has happened, as the new TV movie Five More Minutes comes to the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel on November 20.
Part of the network’s Miracles of Christmas lineup, the heartwarming story brings a story based around McCreery’s 2017 single to life. That double-Platinum Number One was written by the former American Idol champ with Frank Rogers and Monty Criswell, and has been reimagined for film by screenwriters Nikki Deloach and Megan McNulty.
“It was a special day writing this one,” McCreery recalls of the song. “We all sat down, and at first, I was just talking about my granddaddy. I always believed in it and thought it was a story that everyone could relate to — I feel like everyone has these things that they go back to and wish they had more time. We worked on this song for three or four different days, and a lot changed, and it took a while, but I wanted it to be perfect.”
Starring Deloach and David Haydn-Jones, the movie will pick up that same thread of story — but with a Hallmark twist. Deloach plays an art teacher who comes home for the holidays, only to stumble across her late grandfather’s journal, revealing a romance she never knew about and helping bring her own Christmas wish true. McCreery is not in the film, but serves as an Executive Producer.
Five More Minutes will premiere on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries this Saturday, November 20, at 10 pm ET (9 pm CT). McCreery’s new single “Damn Strait” follows his fourth-consecutive Number One, “You Time,” which both come from his new album, Same Truck.