Inside the Wonderful World of Hallmark Channel Fandom

A handsome shirtless man appeared and a room full of women went absolutely crazy.

No, it was not an experiment in a magic mike Las Vegas show. This was the scene on the opening night of RomaDrama Live! in West Palm Beach, Florida, a three-day made-for-cable romantic comedy convention that ran from June 24-26. (The shirtless man, by the way, was Ryan Paevey in feel-good summer movie Two tickets to paradise.)

While talent from the Lifetime and GAC Network projects were in attendance, the biggest draw was Hallmark Channel stars, including popular actors like Andrew Walker and Tyler Hynes. What Comic-Con is for those who attend midnight screenings of every MCU installment, RomaDrama is for people whose TVs stay on Hallmark all year, whether watching their “Countdown to Christmas” movies or their other seasonal offers. (Fall Harvest and Spring Fling are just a few.)

Although arguably not as tall or vocal as The Lord of the Rings stans, devotees of Hallmark’s heartwarming lineup are equally passionate — and for RomaDrama Live! co-founder Gabrielle Graf Palmerwho came up with the idea for a romance lovers convention when she met the cast of Foreign at Wizard World Comic-Con in 2018, they were an underserved community.


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