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Friday, June 21, 2024

🍧Get Your Weekend TV Scoop🍧 It's Merry Movie WeekπŸŽ„ "When Calls The Heart" Season 11 Finale❤️ Two New Rom-Com's And More πŸ”— SEE HERE:

Happy Summer
πŸŽ„Merry Movie WeekπŸŽ„

It's CHRISTMAS in JUNE, and I'll give you the Scoop!🍧

Grab yourself a cool, frosty drink and a scoop or two of ice cream, keep cool during this intense Summer heatwave, and enjoy Christmas movies on Hallmark Mystery!

Details on Hallmark's *Merry Movie Week* are included below, along with the new movie premieres this weekend on the Hallmark Channel and UPtv, and what we can expect in the When Calls the Heart Season 11 Finale!

Keep scrolling for more info...


Friday, June 21st - Friday, June 28th:

on Hallmark Mystery

You'll find in the schedule the Christmas movies pictured above and much more!

*Merry Movie Week* will officially begin airing on Friday, June 21st at 3pm/2c. on Hallmark Mystery and will end a week later on Friday, June 28th.

The Hallmark Channel picks up from there and begins its Christmas in July movie event on Friday, June 28th!

Visit the Christmas TV Schedule to see what's airing during Hallmark's *Merry Movie Week* and *Christmas in July*!


Saturday, June 22, 2024:

Storyline: When an American chef travels to a quaint village in Italy for inspiration, she falls in love with the flavors, culture, gelato, and the Italian gentleman who helps her discover it all.

Premieres Saturday, June 22, 2024
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel


Sunday, June 23, 2024:

Storyline: An archeology professor must team up with a dig-first-ask-questions-later treasure hunter to find the long-lost crown of Helen of Troy.

Premieres Sunday, June 23, 2024
at 7pm/6c. on UPtv


Sunday, June 23, 2024:

Episode 12 - “Anything for Love” :


Storyline: A wedding celebration brings heightened emotions and surprises. Nathan and Elizabeth exchange secrets. Rosemary and Lee pitch Lucas an idea for the future of Hope Valley.

Premieres Sunday, June 23, 2024
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel

*Click here to stream When Calls the Heart Season 11.


Also, if you haven't already, be sure to place your vote in the *It's a Wonderful Movie* poll for Best Rom-Com TV Movie from 2023.

Vote Here:


Programming Notes:

(Now that it's officially Summer and everyone is becoming increasingly busy... I'm highlighting just a few of the special classic movies airing this weekend.)

Great American Family:


Christmas at the Drive-In - 10pm

Hallmark Channel:

Fa-La-La- Friday-

Santa Summit - 7pm
My Norwegian Holiday - 9pm

Hallmark Mystery:

Reminder: See the Christmas TV Schedule for the classic Christmas movies airing during *Merry Movie Week*!!!


Have a great weekend, everyone!

I'm looking forward to spending some special, quality time with my family, and on Sunday evening - we'll be watching the conclusion of When Calls the Heart's Season 11, as it wraps up with the wedding of Mike and Mei, the return of Fiona, Rosemary and Lee's offer to the betterment of Hope Valley, surprises, secrets, and more! Will there be a cliffhanger? Oh, I sure hope not, but... we'll see! I just want to say how much I have enjoyed watching this family-friendly show week after week with my family. It's rare these days to have a wholesome program that everyone can watch together, and I'm grateful we've had this relaxing, entertaining hour every week. I will definitely miss it come next Sunday, but I'm glad we'll have the Christmas movies then!

Here in the Midwest, we've been experiencing quite the heatwave, and I'm sure many of you across the U.S. and elsewhere have been/are encountering the same sizzling temps! Hopefully, Hallmark Mystery's *Merry Movie Week* and Christmas in July will put us all in a cooler state of mind. I'm sooo looking forward to catching some of my favorite Christmas movies here and there throughout the weekend. Two movies I'm especially hoping to see are Miracle in Bethlehem, PA. and A Veteran's Christmas!

Please know, I haven't prescreened the new TV movies airing this weekend, Hallmark Channel's Passport to Love movie, Two Scoops of Italy, and UPtv's June Grooms movie, Discovering Love. If you'd like to share a review after they air, please do so in comments below.

Have a Blessed, 
Wonderful Weekend!


"A merry heart 
doeth good like a medicine..."
~Proverbs 17:22

Wednesday, June 19, 2024


"It's a Wonderful Movie"

is honoring TV Movies from 2023

with the Annual TV Movie Awards!

It's that time, everyone! I've had many requests to continue the annual It's a Wonderful Movie poll... so here it is!

Please see the complete list of Nominees for TV Movies from 2023, pictured and listed in alphabetical order below, with their movie posters! Choose which films are your favorites, and then please vote by taking the poll below!

Be sure to click the word VOTE - after you have checked ALL of your movie favorites! Please know, you can vote for as many movies as you like, but this is set-up to be ONE voting process per person!

( scroll down below images to vote... )


Poll Maker Forms


I'm grateful for your participation. Please feel free to share this poll with family and friends on social media. Voting for this poll will end on Wednesday, June 26th.

*Share this link: https://itsawonderfulmovie.blogspot.com/2024/06/its-a-wonderful-movie-awards-favorite-romantic-comedy-poll-2023.html

Nominees are chosen based on various factors, including family-friendliness, ratings, and movie reviews.

Three additional movie polls will continue after this one is completed- Mystery, Faith/Inspirational, and Christmas! Stay tuned!

Blessings to you all, 

Monday, June 17, 2024

πŸŽ„*Christmas in July* Is Coming In June!πŸŽ„ *Merry Movie Week* Begins This Friday On Hallmark Mystery! 🌟 See Schedule Here:

Merry Movie Week 
is almost here! 
We're just days away!

Hallmark Mystery gets a jump on Christmas in July in June, beginning this Friday! Catch a week of inspirational, mysterious, and romance-filled Christmas movies during this special annual event!

You'll find these Christmas movies and more:

πŸŽ„Miracle in Bethlehem, PA
🌟Time for Her to Come Home for Christmas
πŸŽ„Heaven Down Here
🌟Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas
πŸŽ„Long Lost Christmas
🌟Journey Back to Christmas
πŸŽ„A Christmas to Remember
🌟A Little Christmas Charm
πŸŽ„A Veteran's Christmas
🌟The Christmas Secret

and many more!

While Hallmark Mystery begins their Christmas movies on Friday, June 21st, the Hallmark Channel begins their Christmas in July movie event on Friday, June 28th, and Great American Family gets in the Christmas Spirit, too, on July 1st!

You can see all the family-friendly Christmas movies for ALL three networks in my *Christmas Movie Schedule*!

Happy Merry Movie Week!

Friday, June 14, 2024

⛳πŸ”¨ Father's Day Weekend 2024 - Catch TV Movies, Sports, Marathons, And More ⚾⛳ SEE HERE:

Happy Father's Day Weekend, Everyone!

This weekend, there's a mix on TV of New and Classic Movies, Wedding Mysteries, Marathons, and more!

You'll find new movies on the Hallmark Channel and UPtv, plus Father-themed movies, a special 70th Anniversary tribute to a beloved family sitcom... and more!

I hammer out all of the details below...


Saturday, June 15, 2024:

Storyline: After a recent setback, Abby heads to Greece to visit her mom and decide what's next. While there, she meets Theo, and they team up to open a restaurant. But will Abby be able to stay?

Premieres Saturday, June 15, 2024
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel

Movie Review:

Happy to say that A Greek Recipe for Romance is a clean movie! -Maria


Sunday, June 16, 2024:

Storyline: An acclaimed medieval romance novelist is hired to be a matchmaker for a real-life prince in a desperate attempt to find true love before the fixed royal wedding date.

Premieres Sunday, June 16, 2024
at 7pm/6c. on UPtv

Movie Review:

πŸ’ Reel One's A Match for the Prince is clean. (streaming on Peacock). -Maria


Sunday, June 16, 2024:

Storyline: Nathan and Bill take charge when a notorious gangster threatens the town. Rosemary teams up with her competition to uncover the truth. Elizabeth and Nathan take a leap of faith.

Premieres Sunday, June 16, 2024
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel


Father's Day TV Specials:

Antenna TV:

See a special Father's Day weekend "Father Knows Best" 70th Anniversary Marathon!

The marathon will include 70 of the best episodes of "Father Knows Best" over two days starting Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 6pm.

Promo Video:



Fathers are at the forefront of these classic films...

A Family Affair - 4:30pm
The Courtship of Eddie's Father - 5:45pm
Life with Father - 8pm
Father of the Bride - 10:15pm



For all of you Dads out there who enjoy sports, there's a lot going on this weekend on TV: the U.S. Open Golf, the Olympic swimming trials, Nascar, MLB baseball, Soccer, Hockey, Basketball, and more!

However, the best sports or games for fathers are the ones that they can do with their children, such as: play catch, cornhole, horseshoes, checkers, cards or anything at all. I hope many of you are able to do that, as well!


Programming Notes:
(highlighting some of this weekend's classic movie stand-outs...)

Great American Family:

Friday: A Prince in Paradise, A Christmas Blessing

Hallmark Channel:

Friday (Fa,La,La Friday): A Heidelberg Holiday, A Merry Scottish Christmas

Saturday: Love and Sunshine, The Perfect Bride, A Greek Recipe for Romance (Premiere!), and more

Sunday: The Blessing Bracelet, Over the Moon in Love, Season for Love, The Wedding Veil Journey, A Greek Recipe for Romance (Encore), The Presence of Love, and more

Hallmark Mystery:

Saturday: Wedding Mystery Marathon

Catch a day full of wedding mystery movies, including Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Garage Sale Mysteries, Picture Perfect Mysteries, Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, and Curious Caterer

Hallmark Family:

Sunday: Tulips in Spring, One Summer and more.

Merit Street:

See encores of these movies from Great American Family.

Saturday: A Prince in Paradise, 10 Steps to Love

Sunday: An Hour Behind, Retreat to Paradise


Saturday: A Vineyard Romance, Mechanics of Love, and more

Sunday: A Bridesmaid in Love, A Whirlwind Wedding, A Match for the Prince (Premiere), and more


Happy Father's Day weekend to all of the fathers and grandfathers who visit here! May you get all the love and attention that you so richly deserve.

If any of you are watching the new or classic movies over the weekend, I hope you enjoy that. A special thank you to our friend and loyal reviewer Maria for providing TWO very helpful reviews of the new movies - see above. (Maria, I'm so grateful for you, and I know many here also appreciate you so much - as I certainly do!)

As for what I'm watching this weekend, I'll likely be recording the new movies and When Calls the Heart to watch later, as I'll be enjoying some special time with all of my family, especially my precious Daddy, who is a strong, hardworking farmer who works every day with his hands. One of the greatest Biblical lessons he has taught me in life is... "We reap, what we sow." I may be a little biased, but I think my Daddy is the bestest, and I love him dearly! He is genuine and kind, funny, friendly, and honest, as the day is long. Most importantly, he's a man who seeks God's heart. My family and I are blessed beyond words!

Of course, we are all blessed to have a heavenly Father who loves us and calls us His children. God wants each of us to have a personal relationship with Him. He is simply a prayer away.

I hope you all have a pleasant and peaceful Father's Day weekend!

God's blessings to you all! 



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

Thursday, June 13, 2024

πŸ“ͺ Merritt Patterson And Christopher Russell Star In "A Vintage Christmas" This Holiday Season On Great American Family πŸŽ… SEE HERE:

Our Christmas movie wish to Santa came true!

"A Vintage Christmas" is coming to Great American Family this holiday season!

This all-new Christmas movie revolves around vintage letters to Santa and stars two actors who are well known to TV movie followers. Both Merritt Patterson and Christopher Russell have been seen in a variety of romantic-comedies and Christmas movies through the years; however, this is the first time these two have been paired together on screen.

See all of the details of "A Vintage Christmas" in the press release below.

(Left to right) Director Colin Budds, producer Kylie Pascoe,
Merritt Paterson, Christopher Russell on the set of 'A Vintage Christmas'.
Photo credit: Mark Taylor.

Press Release via Great American Family:

NEW YORK, June 13, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Great American Family, an industry leader in producing quality family and faith-filled holiday films, announced fan favorites, Merritt Patterson (Jingle Bell Princess, 'Twas the Text Before Christmas) and Christopher Russell (Peppermint and Postcards, A Dash of Christmas), star in the Original holiday movie, A Vintage Christmas, part of Great American Christmas 2024.

In A Vintage Christmas, Tessa (Patterson) is a dedicated historian and preservationist in her hometown of Oak Creek, an old-fashioned and passionate protector of the nostalgic. Sparks fly when a business developer, Noah (Russell) arrives in Oak Creek with plans to tear down an abandoned Post Office and replace it with a sleek, modern office complex. There are internal and external struggles among many in the community to arrive at a solution that serves the greater good for all concerned. As the clock ticks toward Christmas, the race to settle the dispute through concessions and compromise is on.

"This Christmas season, Great American Family is once again assembling the most high-profile talent that is sure to delight viewers," said Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Great American Media. "Familiar faces like Merritt Patterson and Christopher Russell, are a big reason Great American Christmas has become so popular, so fast," Abbott concluded.

Great American Family is America's premiere destination for quality family-friendly programming, including original holiday movies, rom-coms and fan-favorite series that celebrate faith, family and country. Great American Family is home to year-round seasonal celebrations including Great American Christmas, the network's signature franchise featuring holiday themed movies and specials. Founded in 2021, Great American Family is part of the Great American Media portfolio of brands.

Follow Great American Family on
Twitter: @GAfamilyTV Facebook: @GAfamilytv Instagram: @greatamericanfamily

(************ End of Press Release ************)

Merritt Paterson, Christopher Russell on the set of 'A Vintage Christmas'

My Quick Take:

I hope you enjoyed reading this Christmas movie news as much as I enjoyed sharing it!

Do any of you remember writing letters to Santa? My siblings and I did EVERY Christmas. We would shop in catalogs and at our local mall, but then we would always come home and make our list, using red and green crayons, colored pencils, or markers (depending on our age at the time). Those are sweet memories I will always cherish, and I believe these nostalgic feelings will make this movie extra special.

Please share your thoughts and memories in comments below.

May Your Day Be
Merry & Bright!