Gibson returns for ‘dream come true’ sequel
In 2016, ’80s teen pop idol Debbie Gibson joined the Hallmark Channel family with the entertaining ratings smash “Summer of Dreams.” Now she’s back with a sequel, “Wedding of Dreams,” an even better movie that solidifies Gibson and Hallmark Channel as a dream pairing.
Once again, Gibson plays Debbie Taylor, a former teen pop star who left behind her music career to teach music at a high school in Youngstown, Ohio, after reconnecting with her sister (Pascale Hutton) and falling in love with the school’s counselor, Noah (Robert Gant). Things are going so well for Debbie that she and Noah become engaged. But when Debbie’s career takes an exciting turn, she’s forced to juggle planning her wedding with a possible comeback. So, it’s only a matter of time before Noah starts to feel left out and Debbie starts to wonder if Noah would be happier with someone else. But with this being a Hallmark Channel movie, you can bet the credits won’t roll without a happy ending.
In “Wedding,” Gibson once again shows incredible chemistry with her leading man, Gant, as she gives an effortless performance as a fictionalized version of herself. Writer
Cole Baxter does an excellent job of weaving in Debbie’s real-life experiences into the script and it’s always a thrill to hear Debbie sing her music, including a version of “Lost In Your Eyes” that will melt your heart.
I had the opportunity to ask Gibson just why she wanted to do a sequel. “I knew it would be fun to see these characters evolve more and to see Debbie Taylor enter into a real serious relationship with all of her inexperience and fears in this area of life,” Gibson said via email. “I also just love this cast and these characters and didn’t want to leave them behind just yet.”
Gibson credits the team at Hallmark Channel for giving her such a positive experience she wanted to repeat. “I can’t say enough about how honored I am to be a part of this family,” she said. “As a creative outlet, it allows me to bring all of me to the table as a creator, executive producer, musician, and actor. It truly is a dream come true to work with them.”
And, thankfully, Gibson may not be done with Hallmark just yet as she told me she’s already discussing possible future plans with the network. She’s also working on new music and is currently on tour in Asia with fellow ’80s teen pop star Tiffany.
Earlier this summer marked the 30th anniversary of Gibson’s classic “Foolish Beat” hitting number one on the Billboard music chart. That achievement at the age of 17 made her the youngest artist to write, produce and perform a number one single entirely on her own — a record she still holds to this day. I asked her what it means to her to still have so many fans following her career after all this time.
“The loyalty factor is insane to me,” Gibson said, “and never fails to amaze me and touch my heart.”
“Wedding of Dreams” premieres at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 on Hallmark Channel.