Saturday, January 21, 2017

Don't Miss the Party -- Hallmark's "The Birthday Wish" Premieres This Weekend!

Saturday January 21, 2017

Winterfest concludes on the Hallmark Channel with...

Storyline via Hallmark: Gwen Turner, a young TV commercial director who plans every detail of her life, hopes her boyfriend, Alex Stone, will finally propose and fulfill her goal of being engaged by the time she's thirty. Gwen meets Dave McKinley, a charming commercial director with a spontaneous approach to life, when an upscale ad agency pairs them to work together. When Alex does not propose, a disappointed Gwen makes a birthday wish... Click Here to Read More...

See the premiere of The Birthday Wish
Saturday January 21, 2017
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel

A Very Special Happy Birthday to ALL,
who are Celebrating their Birthdays this Weekend,
and Cathie, who is a regular visitor here-
a member of the "It's a Wonderful Movie" Family!!!

May all your Birthday Wishes Come True!!!

Blessings!!! Net :)

"Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground" -- a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original Movie!


Movie: Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground

Network: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Original Air Date: February 19, 2017
(Premiere date is according to Hallmark's current TCA Night press release. Stay tuned for any  updates!)


Eric Mabius ... Oliver O’Toole
Kristin Booth ... Shane
Crystal Lowe ... Rita
Geoff Gustafson ... Norman
Gregory Harrison ... Joe O’Toole


Storyline via Hallmark: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans handyman and blues singer-songwriter, Gabe Recolte was left homeless before he had the chance to express his love for club owner Hattie. Oliver and his team retrieve Gabe's love letter years later and face challenges in solving the mystery.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

"A Dash of Love" -- a Hallmark Channel Original "Countdown to Valentine's Day" Movie!


Movie: A Dash of Love

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: February 11, 2017


Jen Lilly ... Nikki Turner
Brendan Penny ... Paul Dellucci
Peri Gilpin ... Holly Hanson
Kandyse McClure ... Angela
Frances Flanagan ... Trish Dellucci
Eric Pollins ... Marty Dellucci
Antonio Cayonne ... Jerrod
Benjamin Wilkinson ... Henry Seagar
Kelly-Ruth Mercier ... Beth
John Innes ... Gus
Guy Christie ... Food Critic
Frank Zotter ... Manager #1
Lisa Kimberley ... Assistant


Storyline via Hallmark: A young woman who dreams of opening her own restaurant lands a job at a prominent restaurant whose head chef becomes her unlikely ally when the restaurant's unscrupulous owner, a Master Chef herself, plots to return the place to its former glory by presenting her new assistant's recipes as her own.

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images credit: Copyright 2017 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Monday, January 16, 2017

HALLMARK CELEBRATES WINTER TCA 2017! (See what your favorite actors & actresses wore on the red carpet!)

 "On Saturday, January 14, 2017 Crown Media Family Networks, home of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, celebrated historic success and unveiled new stars and programs at Tournament House in Pasadena, CA with 300 members of the media, talent and creative community at the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour." (via Hallmark)

Here is a look now at some of the Hallmark actors & actresses who graced the red carpet this past Saturday to promote their upcoming Hallmark movies and television series - including Cameron Mathison, Ashley Williams, Barbara Niven, Brennan Elliott, Candace Cameron Bure, and many more...

Ashley Williams - image via:

Kimberly Williams Paisley - image via: celebmafia

Cameron Mathison - image via: Hallmark Crown Media Press

Barbara Niven - image via: Hallmark Crown Media Press

Andrew Francis - image via: Hallmark Crown Media Press

Emilie Ullerup - image via: Hallmark Crown Media Press

Jesses Metcalfe - image via: Getty Images

Meghan Ory - image via: Hallmark Crown Media Press

Brendan Penny - image via: Hallmark Crown Media Press

Rachel Boston - image via: gotcelebs

Kristin Booth - image via: Hallmark Crown Media Press

Eric Mabius - image via: Getty Images

Geoff Gustafson - image via: Getty Images

Crystal Lowe - image via: Getty Images

Jill Wagner - image via: gotceleb

Brennan Elliott - image via: Hallmark Crown Media Press

Colin Ferguson - image via: Hallmark Crown Media Press

Bailee Madison - image via: Hallmark Crown Media Press

Jerry O''Connell - image via: Getty Images

Alicia Witt - image via: Hallmark Crown Media Press

Pascale Hutton - image via: Hallmark Crown Media Press

Daniel Lissing - image via: Hallmark Crown Media Press

Candace Cameron Bure - image via: FabMansion

Marilu Henner - image via: Getty Images

Niall Matter - image via: Getty Images

Bill Abbott and Michelle Vicary - image via: Getty Images

A special thank you to Bill Abbott (President and Chief Executive Officer of Hallmark) and Michelle Vicary (Executive Vice President, Programming and Network Publicity) - for all they do to bring us Family Friendly Films on the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries all throughout the year!!!

During this special TCA (television critics association) event, Hallmark announced MANY UPCOMING MOVIES - Some are Soon to Premiere, others are Currently Filming or Filming Soon, and then, there are many more in the Production/Development Phase! Three more "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" movies are coming this Year (Thank you Hallmark for delivering once again!), Chesapeake Shores was renewed for Season 2, and if you would like to see even more on the upcoming Hallmark projects coming our way this year- then you will definitely want to check out these jam-packed press releases... "HALLMARK CHANNEL RIDES HISTORIC RATINGS SUCCESS INTO 2017 WITH AN AMBITIOUS SLATE OF ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING" and "HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES ANNOUNCES SLATE OF NEW ORIGINAL WORLD PREMIERE MOVIES FOR 2017".

The schedule for the Countdown to Valentine's Day Premiere Movies was also revealed! See details - Here!

As for COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS, Hallmark is planning on premiering 30 All New Original Christmas Movies across both networks, including one by actress Alicia Witt (she will star and create a new song for it!), plus Rachel Boston will star in Angel Falls (wt)by Bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz and I wouldn't be surprised, at all, if we saw more Hallmark regulars and some new faces, too, in these upcoming 30 New Christmas Movies!

For a list of ALL the New Movies, click HERE!

Saturday, January 14, 2017


Hallmark Press Release...


Popular Franchises Commemorating Celebrations
and Seasons, the Return of Original Primetime Series
and More Adorable Kittens in Store

PASADENA, CA – January 14, 2017 – Hallmark Channel’s record ratings in 2016 are owed to its programming surrounding celebrations and seasons along with stellar performances by its original, primetime series and specials. This program strategy catapulted the 15-year-old network to historic audience levels and has positioned it to ride this success into the new year. A robust slate of new, original movies plus brand-new seasons of original, primetime series as well as specials will bring more original content to the network than ever before.

“Viewers have embraced our programming and we work hard to make sure our content not only stays true to the Hallmark Channel brand but also provides the audience with a television experience they can’t find on any other network,” remarked Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Network Programming and Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks.

Hallmark Channel kicks off 2017 with its second annual “Winterfest” line-up of original movie premieres keeping viewers cozy on cold, snowy nights. Next, Cupid takes center stage with the popular “Countdown to Valentine’s Day” event starting with the premiere of “Love Locks,” the next offering from the Hallmark Hall of Fame, starring real-life husband and wife Rebecca Romijn (“The Librarians,” “Skin Wars”) and Jerry O’Connell (“Scream Queens,” “Mistresses”). As the country enters the waning days of winter, “Spring Fling” emerges from the frost with fresh stories in sunnier spaces. Not far behind, here comes the bride with “June Weddings,” a month-long celebration of all things love and matrimony, including “The Wedding March 2,” the follow-up to last year’s hit with stars Josie Bissett (“Melrose Place”) and Jack Wagner (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) reprising their roles.

Thirty weeks of Sunday night series drove Hallmark Channel’s historic 2016 ratings and are set to do so again in 2017. The network’s most socially engaged fan base (#Hearties) will enjoy 10 all-new episodes of “When Calls the Heart,” starring Erin Krakow (“Army Wives”), Lori Loughlin (“Fuller House,” “90210”), Daniel Lissing (“The Last Resort”), Jack Wagner, Pascale Hutton (“Sanctuary”), Kavan Smith (“Supernatural”), Niall Matter (“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”) and Paul Greene (“A Wish for Christmas”). The most dramatic, emotional season in the series’ history begins February 19 (9 p.m. ET/PT).

This will be followed by “Good Witch,” on April 30 (9 p.m. ET/PT), returning for a third season of magical adventures and romance. Based on “The Good Witch” movie franchise, the most successful in the network’s history, the series stars Catherine Bell (“Army Wives,” “JAG”), Bailee Madison (“Northpole: Open for Christmas,” Just Go with It, Trophy Wife ) and James Denton (“Desperate Housewives,” “Devious Maids”) and introduces new characters that take the show in an exciting direction.

Recently renewed for a second season, “Chesapeake Shores” premieres its first of 10 new episodes on July 23 (9 p.m. ET/PT). The most-watched series in the network’s history among W25-54 and A25-54 on a L+3 basis, fans of the show will be treated to 10 new episodes that continue the story of the multigenerational O’Brien clan that viewers fell in love with. The series stars Jesse Metcalfe (“Dallas”) stars alongside Meghan Ory (“Once Upon A Time”), Golden Globe® nominated actor Treat Williams (“Everwood,” “Hair”), Academy Award® nominee Diane Ladd (“Wild At Heart”), Barbara Niven (“Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”), Laci Mailey (“Falling Skies”, Emilie Ullerup (“Sanctuary”), Brendan Penny (“Supernatural”) and Andrew Francis (“Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”).

As football season draws to a close, Hallmark Channel also gets into the game with “Kitten Bowl IV,” premiering Sunday, February 5 (12 p.m. ET/PT) featuring a stadium full of adoptable, furry felines as they pounce on the gridiron and strut their cuteness from goal post to goal post. A new addition to the network’s pet-centric programming this year is the recently announced “Meow Madness,” premiering Monday, April 3, a special that will showcase 100 adorable, adoptable “catl-letes” purr-fect an unstoppable zone defense while taking shots from the “flea throw” zone as each team claws its way to “The Final Fur.” Both programs are part of the network’s Pet Project initiative, aimed at raising awareness of the plight of homeless animals and shining a spotlight on the joy they bring to our everyday lives.

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 89 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 Press Release...

FOR 2017

(including...) Al Roker and Holly Robinson Peete
Mystery Wheel Franchises in Development
New Movies for Returning Popular Mystery Franchises
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” “Gourmet Detective,”
“Aurora Teagarden,” “Murder She Baked” and
“Hailey Dean Mysteries”

PASADENA, CA, January 14 – Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, the premiere television destination for thrilling mysteries and poignant dramas, will present an unprecedented slate of new, original world premiere movies on its 2017 program schedule. Cable television’s fastest-growing network unveiled plans for new movie installments of its returning popular mystery franchises, new dramatic world premiere movies and many exciting projects in development for 2017. The announcement was made today to a semi-annual gathering of the Television Critics Association in Pasadena. The network announced development projects with Al Roker based on his book series of murder mysteries featuring Billy Blessing, a celebrity chef turned amateur detective as well as a new mystery franchise series with Holly Robinson Peete.

New installments from “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” “Gourmet Detective,” “Aurora Teagarden,” “Murder She Baked” and “Hailey Dean Mysteries” will also premiere in 2017. “Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ original content continues to drive the tremendous growth of the network,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming and Publicity. “We are excited about expanding our library of mysteries and partnering with high caliber talent such as Al Roker, Holly Robinson Peete and Kathie Lee Gifford.”

Additional information on upcoming original programming is detailed below:


“Framed for Murder: A Fixer Upper Mystery” – Sunday, January 15 (9 p.m. ET/PT) Stars: Jewel (“Ride with the Devil,” “Ring of Fire”) and Colin Ferguson (“Eureka”).
In the small resort town of Lighthouse Cove, everyone knows that the best man for the job is a woman. And that woman is Shannon Hughes (Jewel), owner of Hughes Restoration and an expert in Victorian home restoration. Through her work, she stumbles across clues hidden in the old homes, uncovering past secrets and becoming an unlikely sleuth to crack unsolved mysteries. In the premiere movie of the franchise, Shannon Hughes gets a partner in crime-solving when her new client offers to help hammer out the details of her friend and neighbor’s untimely death. The “Fixer Upper Mysteries” movies are based upon New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle’s novels. **”Fixer Upper: Crown and Moldering” will premiere in April 2017.

“An Uncommon Grace” – Sunday, February 12 (9 p.m. ET/PT) Stars: Jes Macallan (“Mistresses”), Sean Faris (“Pretty Little Liars,” Never Back Down ), Kelly McGillis ( Witness, Top Gun )
Grace Conner, a military nurse formerly stationed in Afghanistan, hopes that moving to a farm in rural Ohio will help her recover from the ravages of war. Levi Troyer finds his pacifist beliefs challenged when he discovers his stepfather has been killed and his mother wounded by an unknown intruder. Levi and Grace are thrown together when she comes to his family's rescue and saves his mother's life. A deep attraction develops - even though a relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Levi belongs to the most conservative and isolated of all Amish sects - the Swartzentruber Amish. Even before meeting Grace, Levi had begun to question some of their teachings. He has considered leaving, but knows he will be banned forever from contact with his younger siblings and widowed mother - who need him to survive. He is torn between his love for Grace and his responsibility to his family. Grace considers leaving her beloved farm and reenlisting rather than continuing to live near the man she loves but cannot have. And a murderer must be caught. When lifelong allegiances are tested, can love and justice prevail?

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground” – Sunday, February 19 (9 p.m. ET/PT) Stars: Eric Mabius (“Ugly Betty”), Kristin Booth (“Orphan Black”), Crystal Lowe (“Smallville”), Geoff Gustafson (“Primeval: New World”) **Special guest stars: Gregory Harrison (“Trapper John, M.D.,” “Rizzoli & Isles”), Mark Valley (“Boston Legal”), Keb’ Mo’ (Grammy award winning singer/songwriter – “Hot Pink”) and Karen Holness ( C hicago ).
Featuring inspirational music by Grammy Winner Keb’ Mo’, “Signed Sealed Delivered: Higher Ground” begins in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, where local New Orleans handyman and blues singer-songwriter Gabe Recolte (Keb' Mo’) was left homeless and broken hearted. The storm came right before he had a chance to express his love for club owner Hattie (Holness). As he is forced to evacuate and relocate, Gabe wrote a heartfelt letter to Hattie. The POstables face unusual challenges in solving the postal mystery in post-Katrina New Orleans. Oliver grapples with his unexpressed feelings for Shane while Norman and Rita’s relationship continues to get stronger.

“Aurora Teagarden: Dead Over Heels” (wt) – Sunday, March 19 (9 p.m. ET/PT) Stars: Candace Cameron Bure (“Christmas Under Wraps,” “Fuller House”), Marilu Henner (“Taxi,” “Brooklyn 99”)
Librarian and real crime buff Aurora “Roe” Teagarden never liked Detective Sergeant Jack Burns, but she also never wanted to see him dead but when he winds up murdered, she can't help but get involved. When other strange things happen around her, ranging from peculiar (her irascible cat turns up wearing a pink ribbon) to violent (her assistant at the library is attacked) to potentially deadly (her former boyfriend is stabbed), she must decipher the personal message in the madness before it’s too late.

“Murder She Baked 5” (wt) – Sunday, March 26 (9 p.m. ET/PT) Stars: Alison Sweeney (“Days of Our Lives”), Cameron Mathison (“All My Children”), Barbara Niven (“Chesapeake Shores”) Hannah Swensen’s winter heats up when her pet project leads to murder. The televised Hartland Flour Bake-Off that Hannah organized is a fun diversion for Eden Lake and a great opportunity for a new baker to become a star... until one judge, high school coach Len Bishop, is killed in a bizarre hit and run with a twist. As Hannah and Detective Mike Kingston uncover suspects and unravel the mystery of Bishop's life and murder, a close call for Hannah ups the ante in their romance.

“Stay at Home Dead” (wt) Stars: Brennan Elliott (“UnREAL,” “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”) **Based on the book series by Jeffrey Allen
Ex-football star and stay-at-home father, Deuce Winters, finds the dead body of his high school rival in the back seat of his mini-van. As the number one suspect in the court of public opinion, Deuce is determined to clear his name and must reconnect with people from his past to find the real killer. With the help of his savvy lawyer wife and the small town’s only private detective, Deuce will have to untangle a slew of clues to find the true culprit and get back to his quiet life.

“Hailey Dean Mystery 3” (wt) - April 2017 Stars: Kellie Martin (“Mystery Woman,” “Hello It’s Me”) **Based on the book series by Nancy Grace.
After her fiancĂ© is murdered, Hailey Dean (Martin) becomes one of the country’s most revered felony prosecutors. When the former attorney-turned-therapist helps her close friend Pam sell the estate of Pam’s grandparents, she falls head-first into a harrowing mystery. Without notice, Pam disappears on a “dream vacation.” But that dream vacation quickly turns into a nightmare for Hailey, who’s convinced her long-time friend is a victim of foul play. Then, Pam’s beau is left for road-kill after a hit-and-run, and Hailey’s love interest falls mysteriously ill. It all goes sideways when Hailey’s intuition takes over. It’s a race against the clock as crimefighter Hailey Dean puts her own life on the line!


“The Midnight Show Murders” Al Roker Mystery Franchise
This mystery wheel franchise revolves around a fictional TV morning show, like “Home & Family.” Billy Blessing is the food anchor for the show and owner of a successful local bistro. After the mysterious death of one of the network execs, Billy’s life takes a turn as he becomes the main suspect in the murder investigation and he is forced to investigate to clear his name. Billy solves a new mystery in each movie. Based on the mystery books written by Al Roker.

“When God Winks at You” Kathie Lee Gifford and SQuire Rushnell
This is about true stories demonstrating that God communicates with us, making incredible things happen in our lives every single day. As you read the riveting accounts of everyday and famous people – you will begin to recognize that God winks in your own life, both past and present. Through these tangible signposts from God, we receive personalized messages that reassure us, stop us from worrying, chart our path in life and help us keep the faith.

“Darrow and Darrow” Kimberly Williams-Paisley (“According to Jim,” Father of the Bride )
Three generations of women aspire to share a house, a law practice and their feelings. Claire Darrow, an idealistic lawyer, fights for what’s right, regardless of whether it makes her a dime. Naomi is her estranged mother, whose view of the law is more elastic and profitable. They clash on nearly everything, but especially on the best way to raise Claire’s daughter, Louise, a bright 12-year-old with an older soul. Louise takes after her mother in brilliance but takes after her grandmother in knowing what makes people tick. The three of them make an unbeatable team.

“Emma Fielding Mysteries” Courtney Thorne-Smith (“Two and a Half Men,” “Melrose Place”)
Brilliant, dedicated, and driven, archaeologist Emma Fielding finds things that have been lost for hundreds of years – and she’s very, very good at it. A soon-to-be-tenured professor of archaeology, she has recently unearthed evidence of a 17th century coastal Maine settlement that predates Jamestown, one of the most significant archaeological finds in years. But the dead body that accompanies it – a corpse washed ashore near the site – has embroiled Emma and her students in a different kind of exploration. With her reputation suddenly in jeopardy due to the ruthless machinations of a disgruntled rival and a second suspicious death heartbreakingly close to home, Emma must unearth a killer among the artifacts. But that means digging deep into her past to dark secrets buried in the heart of the archeological community – which, in turn, could bury Emma Fielding. (more)

“The Beach House” Andie MacDowell (“Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”)
Cara Rutledge receives a letter from her mother asking her to visit the South Carolina island on which she spent most of her summers growing up. Though she is skeptical, the timing couldn’t be much better for Cara as she was recently sacked from her high-powered job at an ad agency and doesn’t have much of a life outside of work. Cara also learns the devastating news that her mother is dying and won’t live past the summer. This news flips a switch in Cara, who suddenly realizes that she doesn’t have much time to make amends with the woman who she’s spent so much of her life resenting. Finally seeing clearly Cara moves into the beach house with a new outlook on what is important in life.

“J.L. Family Ranch 2” Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan”), James Caan ( The Godfather ), Teri Polo ( Meet the Parents ) Trevor Donovan (“90210”)
“J.L. Family Ranch 2” picks up where the movie left off…Veteran rancher and former sheriff John Landsburg (Voight) and his family are holding their ground in a tense face off with the federal bureaucracy regarding ownership of the Landsburg family ranch. The Landsburg family will not go down without a fight. Tap Peterson (Caan) is seeking revenge over a decades-old grudge and has the Feds on his side.

“Gourmet Detective 4” Stars: Dylan Neal (“Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”), Brooke Burns (“The Chase”)
The “odd couple” at the center of the Gourmet Detective series are beautiful, tenacious Detective Maggie Price (Burns) and dashing Henry Ross (Neal), an ex-chef with an eye for detail who helps her solve any crime occurring in the food world. Their bickering and bantering masked a mutual attraction about which they were both in denial until Henry finally made a move and they shared their first kiss. Their adventures in crime-solving – and, now in romance – continue in the fourth installment of the popular franchise.

ABOUT HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES 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 67 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.
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