Charlie & Me
|Charlie & Me|
|Written by||Karen Struck|
|Directed by||David Weaver|
|Theme music composer||Ron Ramin|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Producer(s)||Gerald W. Abrams
|Running time||120 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Cypress Point Entertainment|
|Original network||Hallmark Channel|
|Original release||January 5, 2008|
Charlie & Me is a made-for-TV movie that premiered on Hallmark Channel on January 5, 2008. Filmed on location in Ontario, Canada, the movie stars Tom Bosley as the title character and Jordy Benattar as his granddaughter.
Casey Baker (Jordy Benattar) is a 12-year-old girl whose best friend is her grandfather, Charlie (Tom Bosley). Charlie has been like her surrogate parent since she was 4 years old, when Casey's mother died. Her still-grieving father, Jeffrey (James Gallanders), has kept his distance. When Jeffrey is away on a business trip, Charlie has a heart attack, and Casey finds herself alone making some critical decisions for her grandfather.
To drive viewers to their website, Hallmark Channel had a special prologue filmed that shows Casey as a grownup. The site also contains clips of a "video diary", where Casey (to camera) discusses such topics as public speaking, her pet iguana Louis, her dad, her mom, her crush at school, and her grandfather Charlie.
- In 2008 Jordy Benattar was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series.
- Karen Struck was a finalist for the 2008 Humanitas Prize in the Feature Film Category for the script, originally titled "When You Listen".