Tuesday, March 28, 2023

๐ŸŒธ Hallmark Announces MAY 2023 Movie Schedule ๐ŸŒธ SEE DETAILS:

Hallmark Media revealed today via ET... Hallmark will be premiering FOUR NEW MOVIES in MAY, two on each network. Two romantic-comedies will premiere on the Hallmark Channel, and two mysteries are set to premiere on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. See all the details below...

All premieres are at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Dream Moms

Starring: Tamera Mowry-Housley, Chelsea Hobbs, Roger Cross and Andrew J. Hampton

Premieres: Saturday, May 13

Danielle (Mowry-Housley), a one-time off-Broadway performer and former backup singer, and Claire (Hobbs), a once-aspiring dancer, both had dreams of making it to the Broadway stage. Many failed auditions and years later, Danielle is married Mark (Cross), a successful lawyer, and has a ballerina daughter, who is positioned for NYC ballet, living in the Upper East Side. Claire is a single mother raising two sons and working as a bookkeeper in the Garment District. Now consumed with motherhood, they no longer have time for themselves and have deferred their own dreams. Danielle’s brother RJ (Hampton) introduces the two after Claire begins taking classes at his dance studio. He is impressed with Claire’s dance technique and wants to bring the women together to compete in a nationally televised talent contest. As they start practicing for the show, Danielle and Claire begin to regain their sense of self and passion they once had as performers. When competing priorities arise with their families and cause them to reconsider, the pair ultimately realize they need to show up for themselves and set an example to never give up your dreams. They compete in the talent contest and with the support of their families, Danielle and Claire learn it’s never too late to become what or who you want to be.

Love in Zion National: A National Park Romance

Starring: Cindy Busby and David Gridley

Premieres: Saturday, May 20

Lauren (Busby) is an assistant curator who is out to prove a set of ancient vases belongs with the Pueblo Nation. She journeys to Zion to find what she needs to make her case and along the way meets Adam (Gridley), a native Puebloan park ranger, who helps her on mission.

All premieres are at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

A Jane Da Silva Mystery: Case of the Broken Song (working title)

Starring: Jodie Sweetin and Stephen Huszar

Premieres: Sunday, May 14

Singer Jane DaSilva (Sweetin) inherits the family foundation which is a non-profit detective agency that helps people who aren’t able to help themselves. Jane’s Aunt Sadie (Paris Jefferson) and Detective John Cameron (Huszar) act as her mentors as she takes on her first case surrounding a mother’s untimely death years before. As Jane investigates a multi-level marketing company that took advantage of her client’s (Danielle Smith) fragile mom, she realizes that digging up the past can be dangerous...

image: via Cameron Mathison instagram

Carrot Cake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery (working title)

Starring: Alison Sweeney, Cameron Mathison and Barbara Niven

Premieres: Sunday, May 21

The discovery of a skeleton amid the rubble of a building undergoing renovation reveals that one of Lake Eden’s beloved citizens is not who he claimed to be. Much to the dismay of her fiancรฉ, Detective Mike Kingston (Mathison), Hannah (Sweeney) begins to investigate the case on her own. As she tries to piece together the events that led to the murder and tries to learn the victim’s true identity, Hannah even calls on her mother Delores (Niven) as she works to bring the killer to justice and uncover the truth.


There are not as many movie premieres in May, probably due to no movie premieres on Memorial Day weekend. Interesting to see Jodie Sweetin's opposite in her new mystery movie is Stephen Huszar, who starred alongside Taylor Cole in Ruby Herring Mysteries, and he was also Candace Cameron Bure's first love interest in the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries series.

Please share your thoughts in comments below.

Happy movie watching, Net

Monday, March 27, 2023

๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ Where to Find * The Blessing Bracelet * Seen in the New Hallmark Faith-Based Easter Movie! ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ Details Here:

The Blessing Bracelet, seen in the new Hallmark movie on actress Amanda Schull, was inspired by the uplifting, inspirational jewelry brand, Made As Intended by founder Dawn Sprong. According to the brand's website, the Blessing Bracelet began as a gift to friends, a reminder of the power of gratitude. Today, over 1 million Blessing Bracelets have been shared around the world, and you can own one (or more) and gift them to family and friends, too.

Each Blessing Bracelet includes this encouraging, thought-provoking message: 

“This is a Blessing Bracelet. Whenever you wear it, acknowledge one blessing in your life for each pearl on the bracelet. Each time you are drawn to the bracelet, silently find four people or things you can be grateful for.

Be grateful for: Your children, a flower, your dog, a perfect cup of coffee, a roof over your head – just find something. The more you wear the bracelet and the more blessings you find, the more you will be blessed. In one year, if followed, you will be aware of a profound change in your life.”

I personally love that there's a deeper message in this faith-based film, The Blessing Bracelet, which is a DaySpring Presentation. DaySpring is a well-known greeting cards and gifts company whose mission statement is "to bring you resources that are biblically true, spiritually relevant, and life-giving." The blessing bracelet reflects that same mission in being more than simple jewelry; it's a wonderful, beautiful reminder to look for and seek out all of the blessings in our lives, big or small, which in turn, will deepen our faith and spiritual journey.

The Blessing Bracelet storyline: Dawn Spencer (Amanda Schull) approaches the Easter holiday trying to balance being a single parent while working to get out of the debt left behind by her ex-husband. Feeling overwhelmed, Dawn unearths a bracelet she made years earlier and stored away. She created it using four beads with the intention of using each one as a reminder to count the blessings in her life. As Dawn begins to focus on the good, her faith is renewed, and her life takes a positive turn. Thanks to the support of Dawn’s church community and the encouragement by Ben (Carlo Marks), who recently came into her life, the blessing bracelets help take her down a path she never could have imagined.

The bracelets come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, so you can personalize what style suits you!


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Amanda Schull's lovely Easter dress with embroidered hummingbirds is the Ted Baker Aleksa Fortune Fit & Flare Dress. You can find it at Ebay! Also available in a long sleeve version - see at Ebay.

"The Blessing Bracelet" Trailer:

"The Blessing Bracelet" movie premieres Easter Sunday, April 9th at 7pm/6c. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries!

This is the second Hallmark production released under the DaySpring banner; the first was the touching, heartfelt Christmas film, The Gift of Peace.

You can shop even more Blessing Bracelets from the Made As Intended online shop- here!

The Blessing Bracelet would make a wonderful gift for Easter, Graduation, Birthdays, Mother's Day, etc...

I hope the "The Blessing Bracelet" movie
will be an inspiration to you!

God's Blessings to you all, 

✝ Coming This Good Friday on Great American Family! *See UPDATE in Post...


Candace Cameron Bure posted a special video in her Instagram stories showing her Pastor Dudley Rutherford of Shepherd Church.

In the video, Candace shared with her followers (and Great American Family reposted), the text on the screen reads: "The Passion Play will be on Great American Family Channel Good Friday!!"

Each year the Shepherd Church in Los Angeles, California, puts on a musical about the life of Jesus Christ, depicting His crucifixion and resurrection. Candace has shared on her Instagram that this special production of the Passion Play "should be on Broadway because it’s that good!" Apparently, we will all have an opportunity to watch when this stage production of the Passion Play airs on Great American Family - this Good Friday, April 7th!

Back in 2022, Candace invited Danica McKellar to this same Passion Play. Shortly after, Danica shared with her followers that she had become a Christian and from there, she began her faith journey.

I am so blessed to hear and share this Passion Play news with all of you! What a wonderful gift Great American Family is giving to us viewers at Easter time to share the true meaning of this Holy Holiday - the resurrection of Jesus!

It is such an encouragement to see GAF airing inspirational programming, along with their family-friendly films. Please stay tuned for more details. Great American Family recently shared on their Facebook page that we viewers can "Enjoy upcoming movies for EVERY Season! ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ„❄️" on their channel! So... I'm looking forward to seeing what they are planning for this Spring, Summer, and beyond!

Happy Easter to you all! Net

UPDATE: On April 7th, Good Friday, The Passion Play will air at 4pm/3c. on Great American Family, followed by two Christmas movies - "A Christmas... Present" at 6pm/5c. and "A Christmas Miracle for Daisy" at 8pm/7c.!

Friday, March 24, 2023

๐Ÿ“ท Can You PICTURE Watching These NEW MOVIES This Weekend?

Happy weekend, everyone! It's been a rainy week for us - with more rain on the way. I'm hearing a lot of places have been experiencing flooding across the U.S., so if that's you or near your area, please be safe. This just might be a good weekend to stay inside and watch a movie or two. I've been catching up with some of the UPtv rom-coms, and I finally watched/streamed the first episode of A Thousand Tomorrows, the new bull-riding series on Pureflix. You can read my review on it below, plus check out details on the new movies...


Saturday, March 25, 2023:

Storyline: Beth (Rhiannon Fish) unwittingly becomes the subject of an award-winning magazine’s cover and goes on a quest to uncover the true identity of the mystery photographer who snapped her photo.

Premieres Saturday, March 25, 2023
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel

Rhiannon Fish and Tyler Hynes movies on DVD:


Saturday, March 25, 2023:

Happy *Mark the 25th* Day of the Month 
as we Countdown to Christmas!

It's now 9 months 'til Christmas! Here at "It's a Wonderful Movie," we highlight EVERY 25th Day of the Month TOGETHER as we Countdown to CHRISTMAS DAY! You can join along simply by choosing something Christmassy to watch on this day.

Since Great American Family is currently doing their Jingle Bell Bracket and since we are getting closer to Easter, I decided my movie choice will be the faith-based Christmas movie A Christmas... Present, starring Candace Cameron Bure and Marc Blucas. The movie has a beautiful message of being present at Christmas, letting go of the stress, and being still in the midst of all the busyness while recognizing the true Gift of the season... Jesus!

If you'd like to Countdown to Christmas with us and join in the Christmas movie watch party, please share your Christmas movie pick to *Mark the 25th* in the comment section below!

Great American Family Christmas movies on DVD:


Sunday, March 26, 2023:

Crossword Mysteries Movie Marathon

Crossword Mysteries Movie Marathon
on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries:


Crossword Mysteries on DVD:


Sunday, March 26, 2023:

UPtv's Amish Movie Marathon:

UPtv Marathon Schedule:


Amish Movies on DVD:


Sunday, March 26, 2023:

*NOTE: This is a little different than the average movie. The Confession Musical is a stage adaptation of the New York Times best-selling book series “The Heritage of Lancaster County,” written by Beverly Lewis. This program airs for THREE HOURS - from 7pm/6c. to 10pm/9c.

Storyline: In this musical adaptation of Beverly Lewis’ beloved novels, two worlds collide when a young Amish girl discovers she was adopted by a wealthy family. As she seeks her birth mother, she must overcome the obstacles of a lost fiance and a crafty gold-digger who seeks the fortune of her birth mother.

Premieres Sunday, March 26, 2023
at 7pm/6c. on UPtv


My Thoughts on Ride and A Thousand Tomorrows:

For those of you who have been asking, the new Hallmark Channel television series Ride does premiere this Sunday night; however, I wanted you to be aware one of the characters, Tuff McMurray (portrayed by Jake Foy), is an openly gay cowboy. Tuff is the youngest son of Isabel (Nancy Travis), so it appears he will be one of the major characters throughout the series. Due to my own moral and religious beliefs, I will not be watching or promoting this series.

As I mentioned in my intro, I finally had the chance this week to stream A Thousand Tomorrows on Pureflix, the new streaming series based on Karen Kingsbury's book. Well, I was hoping this series might be the family-friendly alternative to Ride, since both are series about bull riding, country life, horses, romance, etc..., but for me, personally, it wasn't. I can understand needing to show character development and change from being a sinner to finding redemption, but 10-15 minutes into the first episode, we see the main lead male character, Cody Gunner, in a bar drinking with his friends after a rodeo competition. As Cody pays his bill for the drinks, a random woman is sitting next to him at the bar, and at first, Cody doesn't seem interested, but then she asks if he wants to "talk," and he finally gives in, and they leave together. None of the intimacy part is shown, but the next morning we can clearly see they've had a one-night stand. I was absolutely floored and shocked, as this was definitely not something I was expecting to see just minutes into a series on Pureflix that I was watching with my family. Needless to say, I was extremely disappointed. After seeing this content and the way the other bull riders constantly talked about women in a lustful sort of way, the rest of the series is a pass for me.

New Movies:

Hopefully, the new movies airing this weekend will be good, and you all will get a chance to check them out. I'm quite curious about The Confession Musical on UPtv. I'm not sure if I'll get a chance to see ALL 3 HOURS of it Sunday night, but I will watch a little and record the rest.

Please note: I haven't pre-screened the NEW movies listed above. If you'd like to post a review on whether a film is family-friendly, please share in comments.

I hope you have a nice weekend!
Blessings to you all,


"Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day He will be raised to life!”

~Matthew 20:17-19

Disclaimer: Please know when I share a movie, this is NOT an endorsement of any of the actors involved, personally or professionally, with their other TV/film projects.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

See Inspirational Christmas Movies this Easter on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries!

It's a Miracle... Miracles of Christmas, that is, as Christmas movies return this Easter to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries! I was pleasantly surprised when I first saw Christmas movies, like Project Christmas Wish, and all of the Godwink films, appear in the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries schedule for April. Recently, for the month of March, HMM removed their regular Thursday night airings of holiday films, so it was wonderful to see these Christmas movies appear in their scheduling guide. I've been watching their listings closely ever since seeing this, and I've been hoping more Christmas movies would be added in the weeks thereafter, but unfortunately, no more Christmas movies are currently scheduled after Easter week on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries in April. Hopefully, the network will end up bringing the Christmas movies back again for another holiday or special event, like Memorial Day weekend or, of course, Christmas in July!

As for now, we can look forward to these Christmas movies airing on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Easter week:

Thursday, April 6, 2023:

Project Christmas Wish ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 7 PM

Saturday, April 8, 2023:

A Godwink Christmas ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 1 PM
A Godwink Christmas: Miracle of Love ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 3 PM
A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 5 PM
A Godwink Christmas: Second Chance, First Love ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 7 PM
The Gift of Peace ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 PM

I hope you enjoy watching these special Christmas movies again or for the first time! Project Christmas Wish, starring Amanda Schull, is such a heartwarming story about a little girl's wish at Christmastime to bring joy back to her father and have "Christmas like it used to be." The faith-based Godwink movies are filled with beautiful stories of moments and meetings that are more than just happenstance. The Gift of Peace is the first DaySpring Presentation; it's an emotional, heartwarming story about life, loss, and rediscovering love again.

Easter is such a wonderful time to watch these inspirational, uplifting Christmas films. Plus, be sure to also look for actress Amanda Schull in the new faith-based Easter movie, The Blessing Bracelet, the second DaySpring Presentation, premiering Easter Sunday, April 9th, at 7pm/6c.

God's Blessings to you all, Net

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Christmas movies on DVD:

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