Tuesday, June 20, 2017

"The Christmas Cure" a Hallmark Channel Christmas (in July!) Keepsake Movie!



MOVIE REVIEW

Movie: The Christmas Cure

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: July 15, 2017

*A Christmas Keepsake Movie!

*See the Christmas in July Schedule - Here!







CAST:

Brooke Nevin ... Vanessa
Steve Byers ... Mitch
Patrick Duffy ... Bruce
Charlie Jean Boyle ...








PLOT:

Storyline via Hallmark: An emergency room doctor returns home for Christmas after many years to find that her father has decided to retire. After reuniting with her high school sweetheart and spending an emotional Christmas with her family, she must decide if she will stay in her hometown and takeover her father’s practice.


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*images via: Hallmark Crown Media

Monday, June 19, 2017

"Home for Christmas Day" a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Gold Crown Christmas Movie!


MOVIE REVIEW

Movie: Home for Christmas Day

Network: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Original Air Date: July 16, 2017

*A Gold Crown Christmas Movie!

*See the Christmas in July Schedule - Here!







CAST:

Catherine Bell ... Jane McKendrick
Victor Webster ... Jackson Hart
Matreya Fedor ... Betsy McKendrick
Aliyah O'Brien ... Tyler Sloan
Chiara Zanni ... Meg
Chanelle Peloso ... Gina
Kelly-Ruth Mercier ... Dr. Adelaide Roberts
Michelle Choi-Lee ... School Principal
Nicole Anthony ... Choir Director
Devielle Johnson ... Ray Skyler
Stefania Indelicato ... Professional Woman
Kendra Westwood ... Soldier








PLOT:

Storyline via Hallmark: When a young woman falls in love and develops a long-distance relationship with a soldier in active duty, her protective mother tries her best to steer her daughter away from heartache. Little do they know they are about to learn important lessons of the heart and that taking chances can make this Christmas one they will cherish forever.


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*images via: Hallmark Gold Crown Media

"Bad Date Chronicles" - a PixL TV Movie with several Hallmark Stars!


MOVIE REVIEW

Movie: Bad Date Chronicles

Network: PixL

Original Air Date: July 1, 2017


Bad Date Chronicles - on the set image via instagram
pictured: Matt Bellefleur, Gina Holden, Merritt Patterson, and Justin Kelly

Bad Date Chronicles - image via imdb.com
pictured: Lanie McAuley, Gina Holden, Matt Bellefleur, Merritt Patterson, Giles Panton, Justin Kelly


Note #1: You are sure to recognize several actors/actresses in "Bad Date Chronicles" from previous Hallmark movies, including: Merritt Patterson ("A Royal Winter"), Justin Kelly ("For the Love of Grace"), Giles Panton ("Three Bedrooms, One Corpse: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery" and "Tulips in Spring"), Gina Holden ("How to Fall in Love" and "Christmas Comes Home to Canaan"), and Matt Bellefleur ("When Calls the Heart" and "A Bride for Christmas").

Note #2: This movie was written by Rick Garman, who also wrote the Hallmark movies "Christmas in Homestead" and "The Perfect Bride." Plus, he has more movie projects coming up on PixL this year - "Once Upon a Date" and "Same Time Next Week." ((Extra juicy details: Jewel Staite ("Call Me Mrs. Miracle" and "The Christmas Ornament") and Travis Milne ("Summer Love" and "A Gift Wrapped Christmas"), more Hallmark stars, will star in "Same Time Next Week," a movie about PIE! Stay tuned! "Once Upon a Date" is a romantic comedy starring Katrina Bowden, Dean Geyer, and Marci T. House ("Christmas Cookies" and "Love by Chance"). Details to come!))


CAST - Bad Date Chronicles:

Merritt Patterson ... Leigh
Justin Kelly ... Conner
Lanie McAuley ... Erin
Giles Panton ... Brad
Gina Holden ... Allison
Matt Bellefleur ... Milo


PLOT:

Storyline: Leigh runs the website "Bad Date Chronicles," which allows people to anonymously post horrible date experiences. When rival blogger Conner becomes the subject of one of her posts, they agree to date each other to see which one is the "bad dater."


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Friday, June 16, 2017

What to Watch on TV "Father's Day" Weekend- New Hallmark Movie Sequel, June Wedding Movies, Mystery Movies, Christmas, Golf, Classic "Father" Films & More!!!


June 17, 2017 Saturday-

It's a full day of Hallmark Channel Wedding Movies (see the "June Wedding" schedule - HERE!) leading up to the premiere of Jack Wagner and Josie Bissett in the movie sequel...


*You can also see the first movie - "The Wedding March" on Hallmark just before the sequel, at 7pm/6c.!

Storyline "Wedding March 2: Resorting to Love" via Hallmark: "College sweethearts Olivia and Mick unexpectedly reunite after 25 years and become partners in running a wedding resort. As they work side by side, they learn..." Click Here to Read More...

Actor Jack Wagner ("When Calls the Heart") will also premiere a new original song during the movie!

Saturday June 17, 2017
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel


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*Saturday is also a full day of Aurora Teagarden Mystery Movies on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, leading up to the most recent new mystery premieres - A Bundle of Trouble: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery and Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery.
A Bundle of Trouble: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery



June 18, 2017 Sunday-

Happy Father's Day!

See an encore of Wedding March 2: Resorting to Love, Sunday night at 7pm/6c. after another full day of Hallmark Wedding Movies (see the "June Wedding" schedule - HERE!)


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*Sunday is another full day of Mystery Movies on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries with Hailey Dean Mystery Movies in the morning, and the rest of the day filled with yummy mysteries with "Murder She Baked." There's also a little bit of Christmas, (Yes, I said Christmas!) with the Christmas themed "Murder She Baked" movie - "Murder, She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery."

Murder, She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery


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On Father's Day, Sunday... TCM will air some dear classic Father films, including "Andy Hardy's Dilemma" A Lesson In Mathematics - And Other Things (a short film, 1938) , Judge Hardy And Son (1939), Reluctant Debutante (1958), The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963), Life With Father (1947), Father Of The Bride (1950), Father's Little Dividend (1951), and more!!!

Life With Father (1947)


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Throughout the weekend, there will also be various sporting events fathers typically like to watch, including Nascar, Baseball, and U.S. Open Golf. So, get into the swing of things and enjoy this Father's Day Weekend!!!

I must share... I am immeasurably blessed to have such an amazing Daddy! I hope many of you have (or have had) that same blessing in your life. My father is always hardworking and caring, gentle, yet so strong! Both of my parents, are such a wonderful example of Christ's love for His children, always giving us their undivided attention, wisdom and advice, and best of all, their amazing, unconditional love! *I Love You, Daddy, to the moon and back!*

On this Father's Day, we can all give thanks to our Heavenly Father, for the incredible gifts he has given us, and choose to walk with Him each and every day!

God's Blessings
to all the Fathers who visit here...
*Happy Father's Day!*


Psalm 103:13 ~
"As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him." (NIV)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Tricia Helfer, Paul Campbell, and Sadie Robertson to Star in New Hallmark Movie "Sun, Sand & Romance"


Hallmark Press Release:

PRODUCTION BEGINS
IN CANCUN, MEXICO ON
‘SUN, SAND & ROMANCE’
HALLMARK CHANNEL NEW,
ORIGINAL MOVIE STARRING
TRICIA HELFER AND PAUL CAMPBELL

Part of the Network’s Annual
“Summer Nights” Programming Event

“Duck Dynasty’s” Sadie Robertson Also Stars
Tricia Helfer and Paul Campbell images via - Hallmark Crown Media Family Networks
Sadie Robertson image via: newswire.com


STUDIO CITY, CA – June 15, 2017 – Production has begun on “Sun, Sand & Romance,” reuniting “Battlestar Galactica” castmates Tricia Helfer (“Lucifer,” “Suits”) and Paul Campbell (“Knightrider”). Shooting on location in Cancun, Mexico, the movie will premiere during Hallmark Channel’s annual “Summer Nights” programming event, featuring four new, original movie premieres celebrating the fun of the season. “Duck Dynasty’s” Sadie Robertson also stars.

Kate (Helfer), a driven accounting executive, heads to Cancun with her boyfriend Eric, an equally ambitious land development executive, for some much-needed rest and relaxation. But the getaway they agreed would be 90 percent romance and just 10 percent work becomes anything but that. Upon arrival, Eric learns a prominent real estate developer is a guest in their resort. Wanting to seize the opportunity for potential business, Eric chases this new venture and leaves Kate to her own devices time and again. Luckily, Shep (Campbell), the resort’s activities director, is an old friend of Kate’s from her camp counselor days and more than willing to help fill her solo hours with fun and adventure. As the old friends spend more time together and reconnect, Kate is reminded of dreams she used to have and finds herself wondering if it’s time to change course.

“We are thrilled to film in Cancun, Mexico. The location mixed with the talents of Tricia Helfer, Paul Campbell and Sadie Robertson will be a sunny combination our audience will love,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks.

“Sun, Sand & Romance” is a Crown Media Production. Stan Spry serves as executive producer. Anthony Fankhauser is co-executive producer. Mark Rosman directs. Writers are Jennifer Barrow & Rich Tabach and Gregg Rossen & Brian Sawyer.

ABOUT HALLMARK CHANNEL
Hallmark Channel is Crown Media Family Networks’ flagship 24-hour cable television network, distributed nationwide in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to 88 million homes. As the country’s leading destination for quality family entertainment, Hallmark Channel delivers on the 100-year legacy of the Hallmark brand. In addition to its signature new, original movies, the network features an ambitious lineup of other new, original content, including scripted primetime series, such as “Good Witch,” “When Calls the Heart” and “Chesapeake Shores”; annual specials including “Kitten Bowl” and “Hero Dog Awards”; and a daily, two-hour lifestyle show, “Home & Family.” Additionally, Hallmark Channel is the exclusive home to world premiere presentations of the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise. Dedicated to helping viewers celebrate life’s special moments, Hallmark Channel also offers annual holiday programming franchises, including “Countdown to Christmas,” “Countdown to Valentine’s Day,” “Summer Nights,” “Fall Harvest” and “Winterfest.” Rounding out the network’s diverse slate are some of television’s most beloved comedies and series, including “The Golden Girls,” “The Middle,” “Last Man Standing” and “Frasier.”

Hallmark Cards, Inc. owns and operates Crown Media Family Networks.


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My *Quick* Take:

I'm ecstatic to see Paul Campbell return to make a new Hallmark movie! It's been too long since we have had his comedic genius grace our TV screens! Like many of you, I first took notice of Paul when he starred in "Window Wonderland" - and no matter the movie, his character always shines. I remember loving him just as much as Gridley in "Surprised by Love." So, it goes without saying that I cannot wait to see him in this new one!

Tricia Helfer was wonderful in last year's Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Christmas movie drama "Operation Christmas" and past Christmas movies "Mistletoe over Manhattan" and "Finding Christmas." I will look forward to seeing her as Paul's opposite in this romantic comedy!

Sadie Robertson is just as sweet as she can be! She's like the All-American girl with her Duck Dynasty roots... and grounded deeply in her faith. Sadie also starred alongside two popular Hallmark stars - Melissa Joan Hart and Jesse Metcalfe, in 'God's Not Dead 2.' I cannot wait to see her, as well, in this new Hallmark movie. I hope this will be the beginning to many more!!!

"Sun, Sand & Romance" sounds like the perfect title for a Hallmark Movie right in the midst of "Summer Nights!"

Here are a couple set pics, via social media...

image via: instagram

image via: instagram

Please share your thoughts in comments below!

Hallmark Channel begins Production on "Summer in the Vineyard" starring Rachael Leigh Cook, Brendan Penny,


Hallmark Channel Press Release...

ROMANCE IS BACK
AMONG THE VINES
PRODUCTION BEGINS ON

‘SUMMER IN THE VINEYARD’
HALLMARK CHANNEL NEW, ORIGINAL MOVIE
STARRING RACHAEL LEIGH COOK
AND BRENDAN PENNY

Part of the Network’s Annual “Summer Nights” Programming Event






STUDIO CITY, CA – June 15, 2017 – Principal photography began this week in Okanagan Valley, British Columbia on the romantic comedy “Summer in the Vineyard.” The film reunites Rachael Leigh Cook (“Perception”) and Brendan Penny (“Motive”) who reprise their roles as Frankie Baldwin and Nate DeLuca. The movie will premiere during Hallmark Channel’s annual “Summer Nights” programming event, featuring four new, original movie premieres celebrating the fun and carefree days of summer.

The movie is the follow up to the successful “Autumn in the Vineyard,” and continues the romance between Frankie Baldwin (Cook) and Nate DeLuca (Penny). As their first year at Sorrento Farms is coming to a close, they are looking forward to debuting their first vintage wine during the town’s annual ‘Summerfest’ celebration. When the host winery for Summerfest pulls out at the last minute, Nate volunteers Sorrento to replace them, thinking it will be great publicity for their fledgling operation. Frankie, however, is more concerned with whether she can have their first Cabernet ready on time. The pressure is on them both to make a big splash for Sorrento at Summerfest to ensure the viability of their winery going forward. These two headstrong paramours are about to find out if you really can mix business with pleasure, because the course of love never does run smooth when grapes are involved. Then again, if they learn to work together, they just might find that love and wine are the perfect summer combination.

“We are excited to have Rachael and Brendan back in the vineyard for this story that is ultimately about making dreams come true,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Publicity. “’Summer in the Vineyard’ is a wonderful addition to our ‘Summer Nights’ programming that includes four all new, original movies celebrating the fun of the season.”

The movie is produced by Muse Entertainment in association with Head First Productions. Executive producers are Jim Head, Joel S. Rice, Michael Prupas, and Shawn Williamson. Jamie Goehring and Trevor McWhinney are the producers. Martin Wood directs from a script written by Julie Sherman Wolfe based on the book by Marina Adair.

ABOUT HALLMARK CHANNEL

Hallmark Channel is Crown Media Family Networks’ flagship 24-hour cable television network, distributed nationwide in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to 90 million homes. As the country’s leading destination for quality family entertainment, Hallmark Channel delivers on the 100-year legacy of the Hallmark brand. In addition to its signature new, original movies, the network features an ambitious lineup of other new, original content, including scripted primetime series, such as “Good Witch,” “When Calls the Heart” and “Chesapeake Shores”; annual specials including “Kitten Bowl” and “Hero Dog Awards”; and a daily, two-hour lifestyle show, “Home & Family.” Additionally, Hallmark Channel is the exclusive home to world premiere presentations of the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise. Dedicated to helping viewers celebrate life’s special moments, Hallmark Channel also offers annual holiday programming franchises, including “Countdown to Christmas,” “Countdown to Valentine’s Day,” “Summer Nights,” “Fall Harvest” and “Winterfest.” Rounding out the network’s diverse slate are some of television’s most beloved comedies and series, including “The Golden Girls,” “The Middle,” “Last Man Standing,” and “Frasier.”

Hallmark Cards, Inc. owns and operates Crown Media Family Networks.


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My Take:

When a sequel is made, it is always refreshing to see so many original cast members return. From "Autumn in the Vineyard" (2016) to "Summer in the Vineyard" (2017)... returning cast members for this Hallmark movie include: Rachael Leigh Cook, Brendan Penny, Jeremy Guilbaut, and Marcus Rosner.

As mentioned above, in Hallmark's release, this sequel/teleplay was written by screen writer Julie Sherman Wolfe. If you, like me, have loved any of her other Hallmark movies, including "The Birthday Wish," "Wedding Bells," etc... then I'm sure we are in for another treat and will also enjoy this one, as well!

Many members of the “Summer in the Vineyard” cast have been sharing some fun on-the-set images while filming...

 on set - "Summer in the Vineyard"
Rachael Leigh Cook, Tegan Moss, Lindsay Pilkey - set image via: instagram
set image via: instagam
on set - "Summer in the Vineyard"
 Brendan Penny, Rachael Leigh Cook, Tegan Moss, and Marcus Rosner
image via: instagram
on set - "Summer in the Vineyard"
Jeremy Guilbaut, Brendan Penny, and Marcus Rosner image via: instagram

Hmmmmm??? I'm seeing a lot of lovely white in the vineyard... could this possibly mean there's a wedding in the vineyard?

Guess, we will have to wait, watch, and see! I hope many of you will join me in looking forward to seeing the sequel "Summer in the Vineyard" during Hallmark Channel's "Summer Nights" event!


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

See Hallmark Stars Battle it Out on ABC’s reboot of Battle of the Network Stars!


"Battle of the Network Stars" logo via: ABC
Images: Cameron Mathison, Catherine Bell, Joey Lawrence, and Jill Wagner
via Hallmark Crown Media Family Networks

There's a long list of former and current Hallmark stars who will be challenging themselves to this renewed, reboot version of "Battle of the Network Stars" competition, including:

  • Joey Lawrence (Hitched for the Holidays),
  • Catherine Bell (Home For the Holidays),
  • Cameron Mathison (Murder, She Baked, A Christmas to Remember, The Christmas Ornament, etc...),
  • Kevin Sorbo (The Santa Suit, Shadow on the Mesa),
  • Jill Wagner (Autumn Dreams, Christmas Cookies),
  • Lisa Whelchel (For Better or For Worse, Hearts of Spring),
  • Kim Fields (For Better or For Worse),
  • Donna Mills (12 Gifts of Christmas),
  • Marlee Matlin (Sweet Nothing in My Ear, Hallmark Hall of Fame),
  • Corbin Bernsen (A Time to Dance, Love's Complicated),
  • Joely Fisher (Cupid, Inc.),
  • Chad Lowe (Fielder's Choice),
  • Greg Evigan (Shadow on the Mesa, Once Upon a Holiday),
  • Ted McGinley (The Bridge Part 1 and 2, The Note 1, 2, and 3),
  • Jackee Harry (Broadcasting Christmas),
  • Tom Arnold (Moonlight and Mistletoe),
  • Willie Aames (Harvest Moon, Every Christmas has a Story),
  • Deidre Hall (Lucky in Love, My Christmas Dream),
  • Benjamin Hollingsworth (Signed Sealed Delivered Movie, Lucky in Love, A Wish Come True),
  • Vivica A. Fox (Summer in the City, Looking for Mr. Right),
  • Julie Benz (Uncorked, The Long Shot), and
  • Ryan Paevey (Unleashing Mr. Darcy)

I wish all of our Hallmark actors and actresses well as they take on their competition. They will be on different teams, so many will be competing against one another!

In the end, I hope they all have a fun, friendly competition, as they forge many friendships to take on their competitors!

See "Battle of the Network Stars"
when it debuts June 29, 2017 at 9 p.m. on ABC.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hallmark's Christmas Keepsake & Gold Crown Christmas in July 2017 TV Schedule is Here!!!


Santa extends Vacay!
Hallmark’s *Christmas in July* Keepsake Week
& Gold Crown Christmas Dates!


You may recall, when “The Christmas Card” aired in April on the Hallmark Channel, as the “Meow Madness” bracket winner, launch dates for both Christmas Keepsake Week on the Hallmark Channel and Gold Crown Christmas Week on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries were announced in promo commercials. All devoted Hallmark Christmas movie fans, like myself and most of you here reading this now, were elated and took note!

Since then, however, we have all learned the start dates for Hallmark’s Christmas in July have been changed. (delayed, just a little!) So, in case you haven’t, yet… you will want to update your calendars! Santa gets an extra week on vacation!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE “Gold Crown Christmas” and “Christmas Keepsake” Schedules on the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries!


The *Hallmark* Christmas in July dates are:

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries –

Gold Crown Christmas” July 7 – July 16

*With the premiere of “Home for Christmas Day” on Sunday July 16, 2017


Hallmark Channel –

Christmas Keepsake” July 14 – July 23

*With the premiere of “The Christmas Cure” on Saturday July 15, 2017


Hold on to your “Santa” hat…
Christmas in July is coming soon!!!


CLICK HERE TO SEE THE “Gold Crown Christmas” and “Christmas Keepsake” Schedules on the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries!


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Monday, June 12, 2017

HALLMARK Announces 8 MORE CHRISTMAS MOVIES for 2017 and JACK RETURNS on When Calls the Heart!!!


And now... there are 33 Christmas Movies!!! The beans were previously spilled by various WCTH cast members, but now Hallmark has officially released the news via EW! A "When Calls the Heart Christmas!" movie is in the works - once again!

image via: When Calls the Heart Christmas

Here are the EIGHT NEW CHRISTMAS MOVIES:

Evergreen Inn (Hallmark Channel)
Starring: Alison Sweeney
“Sophie Bennett begins a new holiday tradition of spending every holiday at the Evergreen Inn and Ski Lodge, which she inherited from her parents. Evergreen Inn is a special place filled with people who cannot make it home for the holidays or who have had such wonderful experiences that it has become their home-away-from-holiday-home. This Christmas, Sophie will meet an unforgettable family, and her own life will be forever changed.”

Kiss for the New Year (Hallmark Channel)
“That first kiss of the New Year is special: It’s supposed to signify that special person with whom we’ll spend the next year, and possibly, forever. So it’s wise not to squander those affections. When everyone else just puckers up to the nearest set of lips, Robin has always kept her wits — and her mouth — to herself. An established photographer at a lifestyle website, she’s assigned to work on a New Year’s Eve story with a new hire, Todd. When she confides in Todd that she has never kissed anyone as the clock strikes midnight, he sets about to correct this, by finding someone for Robin to kiss at the magic hour. His theory is a kiss is just a kiss, and she should enjoy the moment. Ultimately, they are both right. Todd finds a man for her to smooch, and Robin does find the right man. And guess who fits the bill?”

Never Too Late for Christmas (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
“Rebecca, a businesswoman who has let go of her joy of Christmas, is trying to secure her next big deal and promotion to executive vice president before the end of the year. When she’s sent on assignment to a remote town, she meets the handsome widower John, owner of the Holly & Ivy Inn, which is named after his two daughters. It’s not long before Rebecca’s all-business exterior begins to thaw and she finds her Christmas spirit returning just in time.”

Enchanted Christmas (Hallmark Channel)
Starring: Alexa and Carlos PenaVega
“Weeks before Christmas, interior designer Laura is sent to her hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico to remodel a landmark hotel. As Laura is kept busy with the renovations, her 8-year-old daughter Nicole is introduced to the art of salsa dancing at a local dance studio. Laura is surprised to find that the studio’s owner is Ricardo, her old high school sweetheart and former salsa dance partner. When Laura and Ricardo reconnect, sparks fly on and off the dance floor. The beautiful Christmas traditions of New Mexico become the backdrop for spirited dancing and unexpected romance.”

Snow Globe Wishes (Hallmark Channel)
“Snow globes can have a magical, mesmerizing sway over those who concentrate on them. No one knows that better than residents of Evergreen, Vermont. In this bucolic burg, where families have lived for generations and take care of each other, there’s a belief that if you wish upon the snow globe in the local cafĂ©, that wish will come true. The only catch is the wish must be completely sincere. When the town veterinarian wishes that this will be her most romantic Christmas ever, she figures that will happen with her longtime beau. Stranded in an airport, she befriends a businessman and his daughter, who had made her own wish on the snow globe. The magical Christmas they share turns out to be more than anyone wished for.”

When Calls the Heart Christmas! (Hallmark Channel)
Starring: Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing, Lori Loughlin, Martin Cummins, Jack Wagner, Pascale Hutton, and Kavan Smith
“A loved one returns, Christmas spirit is renewed, and children’s wishes are granted in this heartwarming Christmas movie featuring the series’ beloved characters. Elizabeth’s fiancĂ©, Jack, surprises her, coming on home on leave and bringing a young Mountie desperately searching for Christmas inspiration. The community of Hope Valley works together to aid this young man with the help of an enchanted Wishing Tree. And as mayor, Abigail is pretty busy. Recognizing that, her newly adopted son, Cody, engages classmates in creating the town’s annual Christmas Celebration. While Sheriff Bill Avery forges a relationship with the disgraced former mayor, Henry Gowen, Rosemary and Lee are reminded that family is the true meaning of Christmas.”

Secret Santa (Hallmark Channel)
“Just how secret does an office secret Santa have to be? In Melanie’s case, she finds it’s just a little too covert. The assignments were distributed for Secret Santa, and Melanie is a little worried but very excited that she was given her crush, Donovan. She comes up with thoughtful gifts and spot-on notes. Donovan is so taken by his Secret Santa, he starts to fall in love — only someone else is stealing her credit, pretending to be his Secret Santa. Now Melanie must work to prove to Donovan that she is the right one as far as Santas and girlfriends go.”

Magical Christmas Ornaments (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
“A book editor, Marie had always adored Christmas, but that love faded when her marriage ended on Christmas Eve four years ago. To rekindle Marie’s love of the season, her mom sends a family Christmas ornament every day. Marie decorates her tree and feels her spirits lift with each ornament. Though she’s still limiting her seasonal festivities, Marie reads to children at a hospital, where she meets an attractive nurse, Nate. Marie is delighted when she gets to work with her favorite author on his new children’s book. She also happily organizes a book drive with Nate. Maybe mom’s ornaments are magical after all. But Marie jeopardizes her job when she refuses to edit her ex-husband’s book and starts to feel rather negative again — until her mom reminds her that the magic isn’t inside the ornaments but inside her.”

*All details above via EW!


My *Quick* Take:

I am excitedly going over all of this new Christmas movie news above! (thank you to the Anonymous commenter who shared the EW link!) We were expecting 32 Christmas movies and now WCTH makes 33! One more new Hallmark movie! Why not? Maybe by Christmas we will have 50! Just kidding! Even still, it's Christmas... the More the Merrier!!!


Joy and Blessings to you all, Net

Cameron Mathison & Andie MacDowell to Star in the Hallmark Movie Adaption of Jan Karon's "At Home in Mitford"


Hallmark Press Release:


HALLMARK CHANNEL ANNOUNCES
PRODUCTION START FOR

‘AT HOME IN MITFORD,’

A HALLMARK CHANNEL
ORIGINAL MOVIE STARRING

ANDIE MACDOWELL AND
CAMERON MATHISON

PREMIERES EXCLUSIVELY
ON HALLMARK CHANNEL,
AUGUST 19 (2017)

Photo: AndieMacDowell - Crown Media Family Networks
Photo: Cameron Mathison - Crown Media Family Networks

STUDIO CITY, CA – June 12, 2017 – Hallmark Channel announces the start of production of its newest Hallmark Channel Original Movie, “At Home in Mitford,” starring three-time Golden Globe Nominee Andie MacDowell (“Magic Mike XXL” “Cedar Cove”) and four-time Daytime Emmy Nominee Cameron Mathison (“Entertainment Tonight,” “Murder She Baked”). The World Premiere of “At Home in Mitford” is Saturday, August 19 (9 p.m. ET/PT, 8c) exclusively on Hallmark Channel.

“At Home In Mitford” is based on the best-selling novel by Jan Karon.
The film tells the romantic and inspirational story of best-selling author Cynthia Copperstone (MacDowell), a woman who’s learning there is more to life and love than completing checklists. With her cat (and muse), Violet in tow, Cynthia leaves Boston to spend some time in her late uncle’s small town of Mitford, North Carolina, in hopes of alleviating some career-damaging writer’s block. Cynthia soon finds the heart and soul of the southern town in Father Tim Kavanagh (Mathison), a pastor in Mitford. As the pair works together to help a young boy Dooley (Nicholas Holmes) who has recently lost his family, Cynthia and Pastor Tim find solace, comfort, even romance.

“At Home In Mitford” is a Mitford Films, Inc. production. Andie MacDowell and Howard Braunstein are Executive Producers. Christian Bruyere is Producer. Gary Harvey directs from an original screenplay written by Margaret Oberman and Pam Wallace. Script is based on the beloved novel of the same name by Jan Karon.


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My Take:

I am absolutely delighted to see the book At Home in Mitford finally become a movie! (especially a Hallmark Channel movie!) Jan Karon's work is an engaging masterpiece, a grand puzzle of many pieces that fit all together- in the way she beautifully weaves all of these stories to bring together so many of the townspeople, in the fictional town of Mitford, with their unique, run-of-the-mill, yet fascinating everyday lives! It is sincerely amazing! A true gift from God!

Since this is a bestseller, I'm sure many of you are also familiar with these stories. My first introduction to the At Home in Mitford series was from my Momma (several years back!)... who learned about it from Focus on the Family's Radio Theatre! Without any hesitation, after hearing an excerpt on the radio, we ordered the audio set - based on the first book. It was beyond wonderful! In the audio adaption, Dean Jones (popular from the classic Disney Movies, such as: "Herbie, the Love Bug," "Snowball Express," "That Darn Cat," etc...) voices the character of Father Timothy Kavanagh, a single bachelor Episcopal priest. It is certainly more, though, then just a voice... there's a deep warmness in Dean Jones' tone, a gentle spirit, whose faith exudes in his every word. And, then you add in the precocious, abandoned young boy Dooley who winds up at Father Tim's doorstep... well, from there, as you might guess, I was hooked, line and sinker!

For this upcoming Hallmark movie adaptation, I am pleasantly surprised by the casting choices. Cameron Mathison has a sweet-tempered quality about him that would fit Father Tim nicely (*However, I agree with comments below - he doesn't quite fit the age or image we think of for Father Timothy, from the books) and Andie MacDowell has that honeyed southern charm quality about her that will be interesting to see in the role of author Cynthia Copperstone. (*Not sure, however, how well these two will match up!) (Another Note: Andie MacDowell is a Southerner and Cynthia Coppersmith (that is her last name in the books) is not. That's why I said it would be interesting to see Andie portray this non-Southern character in the fictional Southern town/village of Mitford, nestled in the North Carolina mountains.)

Now, I just wonder if Hallmark's famous "Happy the Cat" will portray Cynthia's cat, Violet! In the stories, she is a white fluffy cat, so I don't think that will work, unless they decide to change her character up for the movie, too.

The Mitford book series has been so widely popular... that it has spawned off cookbooks (includes Louella's Cinnamon Rolls, Lottie Greer's Fried Chicken and Country Biscuits, Cynthia's Lasagna, etc...), childrens books (about Violet, Cynthia's cat), plus Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments, etc!!! And, now a Hallmark movie!

I hope you will join me in looking forward to seeing "At Home in Mitford" this August 19th on the Hallmark Channel! Please share your thoughts in comments below! I would love to know... Are you new to these books? Or, have you read this series? If so, where did you learn about them? Or, anything else you would like to share about this upcoming Hallmark Movie!

Blessings to you all, Net




Here are some wonderful quotes from the book -
At Home in Mitford:


“Lord, make me a blessing to someone today.”
― Jan Karon, At Home in Mitford


“Are you reading your Bible?”
"Ah, well...I was."
"And then you quit."
"You got it."
"Then, you can expect to be weak on one of your flanks, and that's precisely where the Enemy will come after you with a vengeance.”
― Jan Karon, At Home in Mitford

“Well, I'm going to church. But I've got to tell you that it's full of hypocrites.”
“My friend, if you keep your eyes on Christians, you will be disappointed every day of your life. Your hope is to keep your eyes on Christ.”
― Jan Karon, At Home in Mitford




Click Here for the Jan Karon Mitford Book Series!

Friday, June 9, 2017

This Weekend - Premiering June 10th! Here Comes "The Perfect Bride" starring Pascale Hutton & Kavan Smith!


The Question everyone will be asking their TVs this weekend...

Is that Rosemary and Lee?

Yes & No!

It's actually When Calls The Heart's Pascale Hutton & Kavan Smith
in a New Hallmark "June Wedding" Movie!!!

Saturday June 10, 2017 -

See IF an exercise in Bridal Boot Camp can produce...



Storyline via Hallmark: "Fitness trainer/former marriage counselor Molly White (Pascale Hutton) runs Bridal Boot Camp classes combining fitness and yoga with pre-marital counseling exercises to brides and grooms before their big day. While struggling with marital issues from her past, Molly meets the handsome Nick Dyson (Kavan Smith)..." Click Here to Read More...

Catch the Bouquet... (*wink) I mean, Catch the Premiere of...
Saturday June 10, 2017
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel
(See Encore Airing - Sunday June 11 7pm/6c.)


Have a Wonderful,
Blessed and Beautiful Weekend, Everyone!
Net


I will leave you with this relevant scripture about love...

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails..."

-1 Corinthians 13:4-8
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