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~ James 1:17

Friday, June 24, 2022

🌟This Weekend on TV: Enjoy Christmas MoviesπŸŽ„, a Summer Destination Rom-Com🌴, a June WeddingπŸ’ and more! SEE HERE:

Two NEW rom-coms are premiering this Saturday and Sunday... Hallmark has Two Two Tickets to Paradise and UP will have Planning on Forever.

You don't need a ticket, however, to enjoy all the new and classic movies airing on TV this weekend! Take a trip to Hawaii, attend a wedding, go on a wintery adventure - all from the comfort of your home. See what's airing on GAC Family, the Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and UPtv!

Details below...


Saturday, June 25, 2022:

Happy 6 Months 'til Christmas!!!

There are plenty of options to *Mark the 25th Day* of the month as we "Countdown to Christmas* this Saturday! You can watch *Merry Movie Week* on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries or GAC Family's Saturday Christmas movie, A Christmas Star!

I personally hope to catch Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday (with one of my faves, Jen Lilley!) and A Christmas Star (with Daniel Lissing!). And... I hope to see lots more of HMM's Merry Movie Week!

Don't miss any of your favorites! See the listings of Christmas movies airing this weekend - *here*.

How will you *Mark the 25th*? Here at "It's a Wonderful Movie" we highlight every 25th day of the month - TOGETHER! - as we Countdown to Christmas! You can also join along! Simply share your Christmas movie pick for the day (or weekend) in comments below.

Speaking of Jen Lilley, she shared images of herself on Instagram with the crew filming special segments at the lovely Thornbridge Hill Estate for GAC Family's *Great American Christmas* in July - coming July 2-4!

Here are those pics...

Jen Lilley with the crew - filming for GAC Family's
*Great American Christmas* in July!
Jen Lilley (pictured on the right) with Jennifer Borthwick Horowitz,
the owner of the Thornbridge Hill Estate in Texas.


Saturday, June 25, 2022:

See Hallmark Channel's *Summer Nights* movie premiere...

Storyline: Two strangers meet on what feels like the worst day of their lives. Hannah (Williams) and Josh (Paevey) have both been stood up at the altar. While shocked and devastated, they happen to meet at the park, which turns out to be the morale boost they need to commit to taking their honeymoon vacations. They realize they are going to the same honeymoon resort and keep crossing paths in tropical paradise. Seeing the futility of fighting fate, Hannah and Josh eventually join forces and help learn from one other to enjoy their vacations.

Premieres Saturday, June 25, 2022
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel


Saturday, June 25, 2022:

GAC Family's
Saturday Movie Marathon

🌟The Office Mix-Up - 8am
🌟The Winter Palace - 10am
🌟Harmony from the Heart - 12pm
🌟Save the Wedding - 2pm
🌟The Office Mix-Up - 4pm
🌟The Winter Palace - 6pm
🌟A Christmas Star - 8pm
🌟Harmony from the Heart - 10pm
🌟Save the Wedding - 12am

*The Waltons Reunion Movies will air all day Sunday on GAC Family!


Sunday, June 26, 2022:

Catch UPtv's June Grooms Movie Premiere...

Storyline via UPtv: Emma, an events planner with no time for love, agrees to plan her sister's wedding - in just six weeks - with the help of Liam, who Emma had a disastrous blind date with years ago.

Premieres Sunday, June 26, 2022
at 7pm/6c. on UPtv


Sunday, June 26, 2022:

premieres for the first time on the Hallmark Channel

Storyline: Elizabeth (Reeser), with the support of her mother-in-law, Nonna (McCormack), is doing everything she can to keep her late husband’s once-acclaimed -- but now struggling -- Italian restaurant afloat. With business going downhill, she is forced to work with a professional restaurant consultant, Ben (Hynes), to see if they can turn things around. At first, Elizabeth resists the changes Ben believes will save the restaurant, but as they get closer, Elizabeth realizes that not all change is bad. She rediscovers her passion for baking and might even open her heart to new love.

Encores Sunday, June 26, 2022
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel


I hope you all have a beautiful weekend... filled with sunshine and blue skies! We are having a bit of a drought here in the Mid-west, though, so we would be grateful for some cloudy skies and rain. Our fields look good right now, but they are needing moisture. Please pray rain comes our way. What's your weather like in your area?

As I stare at the calendar here at my desk (yes, I'm old school... I keep a real paper calendar), I can hardly believe this is the last weekend in June. I'm planning to enjoy some of the movies airing this weekend (especially Christmas!) and spend some quality special time with my family and soak up every bit of Summer that I possibly can. Do you have any special plans this weekend or movies you hope to see (old or new)?

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 below. Thank you!

UPDATE: I have learned there will be a same-sex relationship in the upcoming Christmas in July movie, Campfire Christmas. Due to my own personal faith and beliefs, I will not be promoting this film. I wanted to be certain you all were aware.

Keep cool, everyone, in this Summer heat...
Blessings to you all! Net



"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

~Romans 15:13

Thursday, June 23, 2022

πŸŽ…⏰ It's Time for *Christmas in July* in June!πŸŽ„πŸ”” *Merry Movie Week* Begins Today on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries! 🌟

Starting TODAY! Santa is no longer on Vacay! Hallmark Movies & Mysteries gets a jump on Christmas in July in June! Catch a week of non-stop 24/7 Christmas movies during *Merry Movie Week* on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries! That's right... the holiday movies will be airing all day and all night for this one special week!

Look for your favorite Christmas movies in the Christmas TV Schedule!

You'll find movies, such as:
🌟USS Christmas
πŸŽ„A Joyous Christmas
🐦Two Turtle Doves
πŸ””A Glenbrooke Christmas
⏰Time for You to Come Home for Christmas
πŸ˜‡Once Upon a Christmas Miracle
πŸŽ„The Angel Tree
🌟Journey Back to Christmas
and many more!

While Hallmark Movies & Mysteries begins their Christmas movies today, June 23rd, the Hallmark Channel begins their Christmas in July movie event, which lasts all month long, on July 1st, and GAC Family gets in the Christmas Spirit 24/7, too, on July 2nd, during the Fourth of July holiday weekend!

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

πŸŽ… Happy Merry Movie Week! Net πŸŽ…

Wednesday, June 22, 2022


The *It's a Wonderful Movie* Awards 
are HERE!

We will be honoring TV Movies from 2021 with four different polls:

This is Poll #1! Please see the complete list of Nominees for FAITH-BASED / INSPIRATIONAL TV Movies, pictured with their movie posters and listed in alphabetical order below. Choose your favorite movies and then VOTE by taking the POLL below!

Be sure to click the word VOTE - after you have checked ALL of Your Movie Favorites.

Please Note: I have decided to make this poll - One Voting Process Per Person, so please be sure to choose ALL of your favorites before clicking Vote, as you'll only be able to do it once.


( scroll down below images to vote... )

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This poll began on Wednesday, June 22nd and ends one week later on Wednesday, June 29th at noon. Look for the next poll, *Mystery*, on June 29th!

Blessings! Net

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

πŸŽ„Jen Lilley to host GAC Family's 'Great American Christmas in July' Event!πŸŽ„ See Here:

GAC Family is making the first day of Summer 
- even merrier and brighter!!!

Exciting news today from GAC Family... Jen Lilley (“Royally Wrapped for Christmas,” “USS Christmas”) will be hosting their Christmas in July movie marathon event, which airs July 2nd - July 4th! And if that wasn't special enough, GAC Family will be giving us sneak peeks of their upcoming 2022 Christmas movies!

Thus far, GAC Family has only officially announced two holiday films, "Catering Christmas," starring Merritt Patterson and Daniel Lissing, and "The Christmas Farm," starring Jill Wagner and Cameron Mathison. I'm excited to see if they may announce others... possibly with Danica McKellar, Trevor Donovan, Candace Cameron Bure, Susie Abromiet, Jessica Lowndes, and of course, Jen Lilley! (These actors all have contracts with the network.) I think it's a good possibility we might hear something about Jen Lilley's new Christmas movie, especially with her hosting the event and all!

See even more details in GAC Family's press release below...




24/7 Christmas Movie Event Kicks Off July 2

NEW YORK, NY – June 21, 2022 – GAC Family, America’s family-friendly destination for holiday movies and seasonal rom coms, today announced Jen Lilley (“Royally Wrapped for Christmas,” “Days of Our Lives”) is set to host the network’s first-ever Great American Christmas in July programming event, which kicks off July 2 and features 24/7 Christmas movies throughout Independence Day weekend. Fans of holiday romantic comedies will be able to celebrate Christmas early with encore presentations of GAC Family’s original Christmas movies, as well as first look previews of all-new holiday films planned for Great American Christmas 2022.

Programming highlights for Great American Christmas in July include encores of Christmas Time Is Here, The Great Christmas Switch, A Christmas Star, Jingle Bell Princess, A Kindhearted Christmas, A Christmas Miracle for Daisy, Royally Wrapped for Christmas, Joy for Christmas, A Lot Like Christmas, Angel Falls Christmas, and Much Ado About Christmas. The programming event also includes holiday movie fan-favorites, Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle, Debbie Macomber’s Call Me Mrs. Miracle, A Cinderella Christmas and A Match Made at Christmas.

GAC Family previously announced that Great American Christmas, the network’s holiday programming franchise, will return October 28 with an all-new slate of original Christmas movies.

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GAC Media, LLC is home to Great American Channels: GAC Family: Stories Well Told and GAC Living: Life Well Lived. As the flagship service, GAC Family features family-friendly series, original holiday movies and seasonal romcoms that celebrate faith, family and country. GAC Living is the unscripted companion to GAC Family that celebrates Great American family-friendly traditions every day and every season. GAC Media, LLC was established in June 2021 by Bill Abbott and a group of US-based family offices.

My Take:

I'm delighted to see GAC has acquired the rights to Debbie Macomber’s two original "Mrs. Miracle" movies starring the incredible Doris Roberts ("Everybody Loves Raymond")! I absolutely love those two films; it will be truly wonderful to see them both air on TV again! In the words, of Mrs. Miracle... they're "off the hook!"

Also, announced in the press release, is the premiere of "A Match Made at Christmas" on GAC Family! This movie was released in 2021 via streaming sources. I haven't had the chance to watch it, yet, myself; however, we received a great review of this movie from Amy Lama, who is a loyal follower and friend here at 'It's a Wonderful Movie'. I've included Amy's review of "A Match Made at Christmas" below and a synopsis of the film.

"A Match Made at Christmas" synopsis:
"Holly's lifelong dream was to fall in love with the perfect guy, so when she meets skeptical, Christmas-hater, Chris, she's not interested. That doesn't stop Great Aunt Lillian (who's never wrong) from "pairing" them together in front of a crowd. Real feelings start to emerge for both Chris and Holly as their friends and family find ways to throw them together, but Holly's mistakes and Chris' stubbornness drive a wedge that seems too overwhelming to overcome. But their time together will teach both Chris and Holly lessons about honesty, family, and love."

Amy's review of "A Match Made at Christmas":
πŸŽ„"I just wanted to let you all know about a movie called “A Match Made at Christmas” streaming on Amazon Prime and Pure Flix. I am personally acquainted with the filmmakers and a lot of the people who were extras in the film, and my brother even has a mention in the credits because he was an investor for the movie! It’s rated 13+ on Amazon, probably because the “drama” in the movie makes it more geared to teenagers and adults, and there is also a bachelorette party scene at a bar (nothing too wild). The filmmakers are Christians, so there is nothing of concern as far as suggestive content and language (unless you count a single use of the word "crap"). The story is more of a drama than a comedy and has some depth and realism to it. It centers around a young woman whose brother is marrying her best friend, her relationship with said best friend, and her rocky relationship with her brother's best man. The leading woman and the woman who plays her best friend are very good. The leading man I thought was less good, but my mom and I both liked him better on a second viewing. There are some great scenes, and I enjoyed the movie a lot. ~Amy Lama

(Thank you, again, Amy... for giving us this wonderful review!)

I've also learned that GAC Family will air the movie "Christmas in Carolina," which was first released in 2020. It is rated PG and available on DVD at Amazon.

"Christmas in Carolina" synopsis:
After losing her parents in a car accident, Elle (Moore) a career driven investment banker has given up on love and Christmas until she meets Wesley (Saxon) a former NBA player and CEO of a small marketing firm. Wesley invites Elle to his hometown in South Carolina, with hesitation she accepts and is thrown for a loop where she falls in love and finds the spirit of Christmas again.

πŸŽ„'Great American Christmas in July' on GAC FamilyπŸŽ„ 
is certain to be a fun, exciting movie event!

May your day be Merry & Bright!🌟

Happy first day of Summer, everyone!
Blessings, Net

Monday, June 20, 2022

🌼🌴Aloha! It's Official: Lacey Chabert to Star in Hallmark Movie ‘Groundswell’ - filmed in Hawaii🌴🌺

Deadline made this Hallmark movie announcement today: "EXCLUSIVE: Lacey Chabert (Christmas at Castle Heart) and Ektor Rivera (Sugar Plum Twist) are set to lead the Hallmark film Groundswell. The project is set to premiere on August 21 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Groundswell is an adaptation of Katie Lee Biegel’s debut novel. Beigel serves as executive producer on the project and will make a cameo appearance.

In Groundswell, on the heels of a personal and professional setback, Atlanta chef Emma (Chabert) travels to Hawaii where she meets Ben (Rivera), a handsome, reclusive surf instructor whose lessons help her to regain her footing."

My Quick Take:

Finally, this movie is officially announced by Hallmark today, although, many of us have known about it for some time now. Lacey Chabert shared the above image on her Instagram on their 8th day of filming in Hawaii.

Over the years... Lacey has starred in many destination type movies on Hallmark - from Italy ("Christmas in Rome") to Romania ("A Royal Christmas") to Africa ("Love on Safari")! Hope this one is just as good as all of those! What is your favorite Lacey Chabert destination movie, thus far? Mine would have to be "Love, Romance, and Chocolate" with Will Kemp, which was filmed in Belgium.

Happy movie watching! Net πŸŒΊ

images credit: 
Lacey Chabert: Instagram 
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