Wednesday, March 29, 2017


*'Tis the Season!*

"It's a Wonderful Movie" -


with the annual Family Movie Awards!

Third POLL....

Please see the complete list of Nominees from the 2016 Christmas Season, pictured and listed in alphabetical order below, with their movie posters + trailers! Choose which ones were your favorites and then Vote by taking the Poll listed in the right column of this blog. (Be sure to click the word Vote - after you have checked all of your favorites! 1 voting process please - per person!)

POLL #3:
Favorite Christmas TV Movie Nominees from 2016:

(You may Vote for ALL of Your Favorites - in the Poll listed in the right column of this web-site.)

Click on the Movie Titles below for more details on each film!

Nominees for Favorite 2016 Christmas TV Movie:
(20 nominees in alphabetical order)

1. Broadcasting Christmas
2. Christmas Cookies
3. Christmas List
4. Christmas of Many Colors
5. A Christmas to Remember
6. A December Bride
7. Falling for Christmas
8. Finding Father Christmas
9. I’ll be Home for Christmas
10. Journey Back to Christmas
11. Love Always, Santa
12. Love You Like Christmas
13. Mistletoe Promise
14. My Christmas Dream
15. My Christmas Love
16. A Nutcracker Christmas
17. Operation Christmas
18. Season’s Greetings
19. When Calls the Heart Christmas
20. A Wish for Christmas


1. Broadcasting Christmas

2. Christmas Cookies

3. Christmas List

4. Christmas of Many Colors

5. A Christmas to Remember

6. A December Bride

7. Falling for Christmas

8. Finding Father Christmas

9. I’ll be Home for Christmas

10. Journey Back to Christmas

11. Love Always, Santa

12. Love You Like Christmas

13. Mistletoe Promise

14. My Christmas Dream

15. My Christmas Love

16. A Nutcracker Christmas

17. Operation Christmas

18. Season’s Greetings

19. When Calls the Heart Christmas

20. A Wish for Christmas

Congratulations to ALL of the Nominees above and
the Networks -
who aired ALL of these Wonderful CHRISTMAS Movies on TV!

Thank You to Everyone who Participates by Voting!

Please VOTE in the Poll on the right and Stay Tuned next week for the TOP THREE RESULTS (in alphabetical order) on Wednesday, April 5th! This Voting will extend one more day! The Ultimate Winner of this round will remain a Mystery until all the final results are given at the end!

Please Note: There will NOT be any Monetary or Physical Award given out.
This is simply our way of honoring our Favorite TV Movies... Thank You!

Hallmark retells "My Fair Lady" with Movie "The Art of Us" starring Taylor Cole and Steve Lund!






Co-Star “Vincent the Dog” Part of Crown Media Family Networks’ Global Initiative
to End Pet Homelessness

images: Crown Media Family Networks
Steve Lund (“Christmas Incorporated”) and
Taylor Cole (“Christmas at Homestead”)

STUDIO CITY, CA – March 29, 2017 – Taylor Cole (“The Originals,” “Christmas at Homestead”) and Steve Lund (“Schitt’s Creek,” “Reign”) star in Hallmark Channel’s “The Art of Us,” a new original movie premiering Saturday, May 20 (9 p.m. ET/PT). The film also has a prominent story arc for “Vincent the Dog” and other adorable canines, part of Crown Media Family Networks’ (home of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) global pet initiative and the company’s steadfast commitment to end pet homelessness by using entertainment to show the joys pets bring to our lives every day. Crown Media Family Networks produces pet-centric original movies and specials (“Kitten Bowl,” “Meow Madness,” “Hero Dog Awards”) to create awareness for the beautiful animals at local shelters waiting to find a forever home.

“The Art of Us” is a modern retelling of “My Fair Lady.” Dr. Harper Higgins (Cole) is determined to land a tenured position at Boston College, and she is counting on curating a big art gallery at the university to do so. But when Higgins loses her showcase artist and can find no one else, she turns to her recently hired dog walker Tom Stone (Lund) who, unbeknownst to anyone, is a very skilled painter. Transforming Tom into a credible, respected artist is going to take work, but Dr. Higgins feels up to the challenge. The only complication comes when professor and artist fall for each other during the charade and risk being outed by a competing professor.

“We are fortunate to continue developing innovative content while simultaneously partnering with tremendously talented actors such as Taylor Cole and Steve Lund,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Publicity.

“Taylor Cole and Steve Lund radiate the screen and we have no doubt they will create a masterpiece together with ‘The Art of Us,’” Vicary concluded.

“The Art of Us” is an Art of Us Films Inc production. Howard Braunstein and Sydell Albert are executive producers. Christian Bruyere is producer. Kristoffer Tabori directs from the teleplay by Karen Berger, based on the book by Teri Wilson.


Hallmark Channel is Crown Media Family Networks’ flagship 24-hour cable television network, distributed nationwide in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to 88.5 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.”


My *Quick* Take...

I love the original "My Fair Lady" movie starring Audrey Hepburn - so I can't wait to see this modern "twisted" re-telling of this classic film, on the Hallmark Channel! If you recall, there was a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, "The Makeover," which also had a plot twist on the original "My Fair Lady" movie. In it, the characters also flipped gender roles, as actress Julia Stiles portrayed Hannah Higgins, actor David Walton portrayed Elliot Doolittle, and Camryn Manheim portrayed Colleen Pickering. Should be interesting to see how different or similar this movie is to that one!

So -- What do you think of this movie storyline and the pairing of Hallmark regulars Taylor Cole (“Christmas at Homestead”) and Steve Lund (“Christmas Incorporated”)? Potentially a good match-up, I think, but I would love to know your thoughts on it!?!?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


As I revealed last week, the Ultimate Winner of this round will remain a Mystery until all the final results are given at the end! Until then, all of you sleuths - will have three clues - as I promised to share the TOP THREE RESULTS (in alphabetical order)!

However, this time around, there was a tie for 2nd place, so I will actually be revealing 4 movies, which placed 1st, 2nd (2 movies), and 3rd!

(in Alphabetical Order)

Which ONE of these Movies won TOP MYSTERY?!?!

The WINNER will be revealed at the end of this Polling - so stay tuned!!!

Next up... CHRISTMAS MOVIE Nominees!!!

"Like Cats & Dogs" - a Hallmark Channel Original "Spring Fling" Movie!


Movie: Like Cats & Dogs

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: April 15, 2017


Cassidy Gifford ... Lara Hales
Wyatt Nash ... Spencer
Hayley Sales ... Susan Vance
Gwynyth Walsh ... Ellen
Drew Tanner ... Tyler


Storyline via Hallmark: Spencer is a cat person. Lara is a dog person. Spencer is headed to a beach town to work on his thesis. Lara is coming to the same beach town to escape the shambles of her life. Their personalities couldn’t be more different, but when a reservation screw up lands them – and their pets – in the same vacation rental house, they all have to figure out how to get along with each other.

Movie Review:


See or Skip:



INSP Films Shores up Casting for “Christmas on the Coast”


(Indian Land, SC – March 28, 2017) INSP Films is finalizing casting of its newest film, Christmas on the Coast, a romantic drama currently being filmed in St. Simons, Brunswick and Darien, Georgia. The announcement was made by Gary Wheeler, Vice President of Original Movies at INSP Films.

In Christmas on the Coast, Drucinda “Dru” Cassadine is a best-selling romance novelist whose sales and fan base are on the decline. She is forced to head back to her hometown, the idyllic Harbor Pointe for Christmas to write “the novel of her life” by the end of the holiday season. However, she isn’t quite prepared for what awaits her when she gets there.

Julie Ann Emery image via:
Burgess Jenkins image via: - Sean Smith / JPI Studios
Cait Pool image via: - © Deidhra Fahey
Bonnie Bedelia image via:
Clarence Gilyard Jr. image via: / Walker, Texas Ranger

Cast in the leading role as Dru Cassadine is Julie Ann Emery (Better Call Saul, Fargo, Major Crimes). Brysen Flynn will be played by Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans, Nashville, Army Wives). Cait Pool (Sun Records, Vice Principals) is set to play Brysen’s daughter, Peyton. The movie is slated to feature veteran actors Bonnie Bedelia (Parenthood, Die Hard, The Division) as Ellie Cassadine and Clarence Gilyard Jr. (Walker, Texas Ranger, Matlock, Top Gun) as Fletcher Reese.

“This is a warm, family-friendly, holiday romance with a great cast. Christmas on the Coast offers the viewer a story of hope, escape, and reconciliation. The movie reminds us to take stock of those things in life that are truly important, and to let go of what isn’t," said Wheeler. "Most of this movie was captured on Georgia's beautiful southern coast so we wanted to feature the stunning scenic views for this charming story. The cinematography is amazing and the authentic coastal southern textures beautifully sets the stage. This heartwarming tale is a great complement to our consistently growing library of family-friendly films; and it is sure to resonate with audiences long after the movie has ended."

Christmas on the Coast is produced by INSP Films and will be distributed by Imagicomm Entertainment. The movie is scheduled for release in September 2017.


About INSP Films
INSP Films is a theatrical motion picture production company owned by television network INSP. Founded in 2015, it produces films that are dramatic, inspiring and family-friendly.


My Thoughts...

Set in the beautiful countryside of Georgia's southern landscape, “Christmas on the Coast” sounds like it will be a wonderful family Christmas film! It is interesting to see in the press release above- it will be released in September! I am wondering if that means for special early showings - around the location where they filmed, etc... and then it will premiere on the television network INSP - sometime during the Christmas season! That's just my hunch!

As for the cast, the lead female role is portrayed by Julie Ann Emery, who also starred as the mother who adopted the young girl in the touching Hallmark Hall of Fame film "Pictures of Hollis Woods!" That is such a wonderful movie, that tugs at every heart string and even ends with a warm Christmas scene! Julie's character was an integral part of what made that movie so special... so I'm definitely looking forward to seeing her in this!

The leading male role in the “Christmas on the Coast” film is portrayed by Burgess Jenkins, who starred as the father in the uplifting, inspiring UP premiere television movie "I Am Potential." This is, yet, another poignant, emotionally moving heartwarming film and Burgess Jenkins' role in it was compelling!

The rest of the “Christmas on the Coast” cast, is also filled with familiar faces from entertainment - so I'm sure you will want to see this All New Family Christmas Movie - “Christmas on the Coast” when it comes later This Year on TV - exclusively on INSP!!!

EMMA FIELDING MYSTERIES is Coming to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries! Get the Scoop Here!






New Mystery Series Based on Dana Cameron’s Best-Selling Novels

 Courtney Thorne-Smith image via:


STUDIO CITY, CA – March 28, 2017 – Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, the #1 cable TV destination for suspense and mystery, announces the World Premiere of the first installment of the network’s newest mystery movie franchise “Emma Fielding Mysteries” based on the series of novels by famed historical archeologist turned fiction writer Dana Cameron. Courtney Thorne-Smith (“Life with Jim,” “Melrose Place”) stars as Emma Fielding in “Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery,” a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original World Premiere, Sunday, May 21 (9 p.m. ET/PT).

In “Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery,” Emma (Thorne-Smith) is a brilliant, dedicated, and driven archaeologist who discovers artifacts that have been lost for hundreds of years--and she's very, very good at it. Emma has recently unearthed evidence of a possible 17th century coastal Maine settlement that predates Jamestown, one of the most significant archaeological finds in years. But the dead body she uncovers on the site pushes Emma into a different kind of exploration. Her dig site is suddenly in jeopardy of being shut down, due to the meddling of local treasure-hunters and a second suspicious murder. Emma must team with the handsome FBI Agent investigating the case to dig up dirt on the killer, before Emma and her excavation are ancient history.

“We are so thrilled to bring Courtney Thorne-Smith to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries to play the multi-dimensional character of Emma Fielding, an archeologist with a knack for unearthing more than antiquities,” says Michelle Vicary, EVP of Programming.

“Courtney will bring objective reasoning, deftness, and a keen sense of humor to Emma Fielding, and we expect the series will have the same stellar success our other mystery movie franchises enjoy,” Vicary concluded.

“Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery” is a Muse Entertainment Production. Joel Rice, Courtney Thorne-Smith, and Michael Prupas are Executive Producers, with Kellie Martin as Co-Executive Producer. Harvey Kahn will Produce from a screenplay adapted by Suzette Couture, based on the series of novels by author Dana Cameron.


With sister cable television network Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is the second 24-hour linear channel under the Crown Media Family Networks umbrella. Distributed in both (HD) and standard definition (SD) in 68 million homes across the United States, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is one of the fastest growing networks in cable and a leading destination for quality, family friendly entertainment. Launched in 2008 as Hallmark Movie Channel, the network was re-branded in fall of 2014, transitioning into Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. True to its name, the channel brings the lighter side of the suspense and mystery genres into focus with rich, dramatic, and thought-provoking storytelling. The network’s programming lineup features a unique mix of new, original movies, presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library, and such time-honored acquired series as “Murder, She Wrote,” “Matlock,” “Hart to Hart” and “Diagnosis Murder.” The channel is also home to the annual, eight-week holiday programming event “Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas,” which helps viewers celebrate the season with new, original movies and beloved holiday classics, including “A Christmas Carol,” “Holiday Affair,” “Babes in Toyland,” and “Christmas in Connecticut.” Hallmark Cards, Inc. owns and operates Crown Media Family Networks.


My Take...

In the Press Release above it mentions one of Courtney Thorne-Smith's acting credits as "Life with Jim." Instead, it should be "According to Jim." Courtney starred as the wife of actor Jim Belushi in that half hour sitcom series for 8 seasons, from 2001–2009. One of her co-stars in the series was actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who will be starring in her own Hallmark movies this year, one of them being a Christmas movie with her sister Ashley - Lights, Camera, Christmas: Part One and Part Two!

As mentioned above, this all new mystery series starring Courtney Thorne-Smith, is based on the book series by Dana Cameron. I am not personally familiar with her stories, but you can read more about her work on Amazon- which has lots of reviews!

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