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Here’s how Kilgour Elementary School, a Wyoming shop and young Cincinnati area performers will look in Mariah Carey’s “A Christmas Melody” premiering 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, on the Hallmark Channel.

You can also ask questions about Mariah’s movie  -- and Cate Blanchett’s “Carol,” and other movies recently filmed here – when Kristen Erwin Schlotman from the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission and “A Christmas Melody” choreographer Lea Lachey appear on “Cincinnati Edition” 1 p.m. Tuesday  on 917 WVXU-FM.

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Oh Santa! Get ready for Mariah Carey’s Merriest Christmas.

The Grammy-winning singer stars in a new holiday special, “Mariah Carey’s Merriest Christmas,” airing on the Hallmark Channel at 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, immediately following the premiere of her “A Christmas Melody” movie filmed here in October.

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Emmy-winner Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”) and Billy Gardell (“Mike & Molly”) will perform in the one-hour special.

“A Christmas Melody” cast members Lacey Chabert, Brennan Elliott and Fina Strazza also will appear to share their “holiday memories and experiences from working with Mariah on-set during production of the movie,” according to the Hallmark Channel release.


1:30 P.M. UPDATE MONDAY OCT. 19: Be on the lookout for Kathy Najimy. She’s also in Mariah Carey’s “A Christmas Melody” Hallmark Channel movie. She plays Aunt Sarah to Kristen (Lacey Chabert). Sarah owns the diner where Kristen often goes to eat.

3:20 p.m. Thursday Sept. 24 update: The ramp from I-75 southbound to Second Street will be closed 3 a.m. to 11 am. Saturday for filming a commercial, the  Ohio Department of Transportation announced Thursday.

A company named Shooterz requested the permit, says Elizabeth A. Lyons, Ohio Department of Transportation public information specialist. "They stated it was to shoot a commercial. That’s all we’ve got; they didn’t specify what the commercial was for," she said. 

Original post 12:15 p.m. Thursday: The ramp from I-75 southbound to Second Street will be closed 3 a.m. to 11 am. Saturday for filming, the Ohio Department of Transportation announced Thursday morning.

The road closure is needed “to film a commercial for an upcoming movie being filmed in Cincinnati,” says Elizabeth A. Lyons, Ohio Department of Transportation public information specialist.

She did not identify the movie. Filming starts Friday on “Marauders,” the bank theft thriller starring Bruce Willis, Dave Bautista, Chris Meloni and Johnathon Schaech.  

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Pop star Mariah Carey will make her directorial debut while starring in a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie here in October.

The Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission announcement of Carey’s “Melody & Mistletoe” comes five days after news of the Bruce Willis-Dave Bautista “Marauders” movie to be filmed here later this month.

Both films, which could be shooting at the same time, need extras and crew. 

Debbie Macomber is the author of the New York Times bestselling series of Cedar Cove novels, and her newest one, The Inn at Rose Harbor, is now out. The author joins Kelly Blewett on the phone to talk about the popularity of this series as well as the Hallmark Channel series based on her books.