'Christmas' plans at CBS

Hallmark special based on Greg Kincaid's novel

Hallmark Hall of Fame has started production on its next presentation for CBS, "A Dog Named Christmas."

Bruce Greenwood ("Star Trek"), Noel Fisher ("The Riches") and Linda Emond ("Julie & Julia") are set to star in the holiday movie based on Greg Kincaid's novel.

"Christmas" centers on Todd (Fisher), a developmentally challenged young man with a penchant for caring for animals in need. He sets out to convince his parents (Greenwood, Emond) and their rural community to participate in a local shelter's Adopt a Dog for Christmas program, which entails caring for a dog during Christmas week, with the option of keeping the dog for good.

Todd eventually brings home a yellow Labrador he names "Christmas" and bonds with immediately.

Peter Werner ("Front of the Class") is directing "Christmas" from a script by Jenny Wingfield ("The Man in the Moon"). Brent Shields ("The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler") is executive producing the telefilm, which is filming in Saskatchewan.

Greenwood is repped by Gersh and Binder & Associates. Fisher is with UTA and New Wave. Tony nominee Emond is repped by the Susan Smith Co.