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~ James 1:17

Friday, September 22, 2023

Let Your Hearts be Captured by a New "When Calls the Heart" and Fall Movies This Weekend... SEE HERE:

Happy weekend, everyone!

This Sunday night's episode of When Calls the Heart is sure to be filled with a lot of heart, emotion, and anticipation, as Nathan is kidnapped and the Governor comes to Hope Valley for a visit.

There are more new Fall-themed movie premieres on Great American Family and the Hallmark Channel this Saturday night and a new Hallmark Mystery on Friday. See all of the details below...


Friday, September 22, 2023:

Storyline: A new teacher at an Irish prep school is shocked to find a ghost haunting her house. She decides to help solve his murder in the hopes that it will allow him to move on.

Premieres Friday, September 22, 2023
at 9pm/8c. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries


Saturday, September 23, 2023:

Storyline: Nicole Borden, the owner of a quaint arts and crafts store called The Crafty Companion, is faced with an ultimatum when the owner of Mitchell’s Art and Craft Supplies tells her she must either sell her store or be forced out of business.

Premieres Saturday, September 23, 2023
at 8pm/7c. on Great American Family


Saturday, September 23, 2023:

Storyline: Abby and Sean were best friends in high school until they had a falling out at their graduation party. Years later, when Abby’s friend Rachel brings her to a wilderness retreat, she is shocked to run into Sean. This chance reconnection only results in the old friends butting heads even more. However, when the pair becomes separated from the group on a hiking trip, they must work together to find their way back to the campsite. As the walls come down, they'll face the reality of why their friendship and their lives fell apart and come to learn that maybe the way forward is together.

Premieres Saturday, September 23, 2023
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel


Sunday, September 24, 2023:

Storyline: Everyone helps Rosemary as the Governor visits early. Meanwhile, Nathan is called away to help with land trouble only to find himself in unexpected danger and with surprising intel.

Season 10 - Episode 9
airs Sunday, September 24, 2023
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel


 Programming Notes:

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries:

Saturday -
Mystery 101 Marathon

Sunday -
Murder, She Baked Marathon


Sunday -
*The Warrant - encore airing at 2pm/1c. (*Please Note: "The Warrant" includes a lot of war-type violence, shootings, and death. This movie is NOT for young viewers.)

The sequel film, The Warrant: Breaker's Law - will premiere on October 1, 2023 on INSP.

 Christmas Movies are Coming Soon!πŸŽ„

We are now 4 WEEKS AWAY from Friday, October 20th, when Christmas movies begin airing on Great American Family, the Hallmark Channel, and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries!

And we are 6 WEEKS Away from UPtv Christmas movies, as their holiday season returns on Friday, November 3rd!


I hope you all have a fabulous Fall weekend. This looks like it will be the ideal time to visit the local pumpkin patch or apple orchard. Our weather is sunny and pleasant; we have drifted back into more Summer-like temps, which I love, as long as it's not humid.

As for the movies this weekend, the mystery movie Haunted Harmony Mysteries: Murder in G Major does have a character who obviously portrays a ghost. I'm not one for such movies, unless it's one of the multiple A Christmas Carol movies, but if you happen to watch, I would like to know your take on it. From the previews I've seen, the film's setting in Ireland looks incredible, with it's rugged coastlines, steep cliffs, and bountiful green fields.

Great American Family's new movie, Craft Me a Romance, has a true Fall feeling this weekend. I know some of you are planning to opt out, due to Jodie Sweetin's comments, while others will watch to support Great American Family. There has been some tension for a while between Jodie and Candace based on their differing beliefs, but I was delighted to see the two of them laughing together again (see picture below), like old times, during the recent 90's Con, which took place this last weekend, September 15th-17th. I pray they have been able to make amends and be friends again, in spite of their differences. It makes the little girl in me who grew up watching them on Full House - so happy to see them smiling and happy again!

Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Andrea Barber
attend the 90's Con for Full House

Hallmark Channel's next Fall movie premiere, Retreat to You, looks like it could be kinda cute, but I can't help from feeling like I've seen Emilie Ullerup do a similar story before in Nature of Love, with Christopher Russell. Anyway, that movie was sweet, so hopefully, this one will be fun, too.

Then, there's When Calls the Heart Sunday night, which has quite the dramatic preview with Nathan being kidnapped and Elizabeth expressing emotionally through heavy tears, "I can't do this again!" It's hard for me to guess what the writers are doing, but I feel like Elizabeth is still grieving over Jack. All the old memories of losing him keep flooding in. As much as I really like Nathan (I've always been strongly Team Nathan!), I still feel like Elizabeth has made her choice with Lucas. It would be awfully nice, though, for Nathan to move on and find true love, instead of teasing us relentlessly with the possible love triangle again. Regardless, I'm still all-in for the new WCTH episode on Sunday night; I can't wait to see what happens next!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Please note: I have not 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.

Blessings to you all,


"The light shines in the darkness, 
and the darkness has not overcome it." 
~John 1:5

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, 
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 
gentleness, self-control; 
against such things there is no law."
~Galatians 5:22-23

images via: Great American Media/Hallmark Media

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

πŸ”Ž Attention: Sleuthers πŸ”Ž Two MYSTERY Book Series πŸ“š to become TV MOVIES πŸ‘€ See WHO Acquired Them:

I have some juicy mystery movie news today! Get the scoop below, Sleuthers, on TWO mystery book series- soon-to-be TV movies!

Author Nancy Robards Thompson posted this exciting movie news to her followers on Instagram:

My Wedding Bell Mysteries series has a TV/movie deal. I’m over the moon!! πŸŽ¬πŸΏπŸ˜‚

Nancy shared this news with this image below, which gives further details:

Author Nancy Robards Thompson's book A Crime of Fashion (The Wedding Bell Mysteries):

A special thank you to Denise, who is a thoughtful and wonderful friend here at It's a Wonderful Movie, for sharing with me this news on A Crime of Fashion becoming a TV movie - to share with all of you!

After learning this tip, I did a little more sleuthing and discovered Author Candace Havens shared some similar news with her Instagram followers:

"Very excited about my first tv/movie deal for my Ainsley McGregor series. :)"

Candace Havens shared this news with this image below, which gives further details:

Author Candace Havens' book A Case for the Winemaker (Ainsley McGregor Book 1):

If you read both descriptions in the images above closely, you will see that both writers have made a book series/movie deal with Candy Rock Entertainment!

Candy Rock Entertainment is (according to their website)... "a joint-venture between award-winning actress, producer and New York Times Best Selling Author Candace Cameron Bure and the full-service development and execution team behind Redrock Entertainment."

In 2022, Candace filmed her Great American Family Christmas movie, A Christmas... Present, with Candy Rock Entertainment and produced Christmas on Candy Cane Lane, which starred her friend and fellow Full House cast member, Andrea Barber.

This year, Candace's new military-themed Christmas film, My Christmas Hero, was produced by Veteran Productions in association with Candy Rock Entertainment and Syrup Studios. Candace also produced another Christmas film this year with Candy Rock Entertainment, A Christmas for the Ages, starring her daughter, Natasha Bure, Kate Craven, and legendary actress, Cheryl Ladd, of Charlie's Angels!

Please know - I have not read either book mentioned above, but I would love to hear your thoughts in comments below if you've read one or both.

Some of the best-loved mystery series on TV were inspired by book series, including Garage Sale Mysteries, Murder, She Baked, Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, and more!

It's unclear who may be cast in these new mystery projects, but I have a hunch or two! How 'bout you? It appears both mystery series will be coming at a future date to Great American Family. We'll have to see how the actor's strike will affect these future filming projects until a deal is made.

If you have any clues or guesses, please share your thoughts in comments below.

Stay tuned for more details, Sleuthers!
Happy movie-watching!

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

πŸŽ„ HALLMARK CHANNEL'S 2023 *Countdown to Christmas* Movies with Lacey Chabert, Wes Brown, Kristoffer Polaha, Bethany Joy Lenz, Andrew Walker, and Many More! πŸŽ„ SEE HERE:

The Hallmark Channel has released their full slate of Christmas movies for 2023! Check the list once or twice - and be sure to share your top Christmas movie picks in the comments below!

Hallmark Channel's
Countdown to Christmas 2023


Checkin' it Twice

Premieres: Oct. 20, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Kim Matula, Kevin McGarry

Official description: "A journeyman hockey player (McGarry) falls for a real estate agent (Matula) in a career crisis when he's traded to her hometown and moves into the cottage in her hockey loving family's backyard."


Where Are You, Christmas?

Premieres: Oct. 21, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Lyndsy Fonseca, Michael Rady, Jim O'Heir, Julie Warner

Addy (Fonseca) wishes for a year without Christmas and she wakes up in a world of black and white. She must work together with the town mechanic (Rady) to restore Christmas.


Under the Christmas Sky

Premieres: Oct. 22, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Jessica Parker Kennedy, Ryan Paevey

Kat (Kennedy) is an esteemed astrophysicist, who is scheduled for her first trip into space next year until an accident grounds her. While on leave, coming to terms with the reality that her dream of being an astronaut is over, she volunteers at the local planetarium. There, she is paired up with by-the-book David (Paevey) to work on an exhibit opening right before Christmas. Will the stars align to bring these two together at the holidays?


Christmas By Design

Premieres: Oct. 27, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Rebecca Dalton, Jonathan Keltz

A fashion designer (Dalton) gets accepted into a Christmas challenge to create a new holiday-themed collection and not only finds the inspiration for her next line but decides to redesign her approach to what's most important in life.


Mystic Christmas

Premieres: Oct. 28, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Jessy Schram, Chandler Massey, Patti Murin, William R. Moses

Juniper (Schram) travels to Mystic, Connecticut during the holidays to work at the rehabilitation center and aquarium. She reconnects with Sawyer (Massey), the owner of the pizza shop.


Joyeux Noel

Premieres: Oct. 29, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Jaicy Elliot, Brant Daugherty

When a romantic painting of a Christmas market captures the imagination of copy editor Lea (Elliot), she is sent to France with pragmatic reporter Mark (Daugherty) to uncover the mystery behind the artist.


Flipping for Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 3, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Ashley Newbrough, Marcus Rosner

It's almost Christmas when busy realtor Abigail (Newbrough) agrees to help her sister with the 'simple flip' of a recently inherited home. Unfortunately, co-beneficiary Bo (Rosner) has other plans in mind.


Never Been Chris'd

Premieres: Nov. 4, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Janel Parrish, Pascal Lamothe-Kipnes, Tyler Hynes

Home for the holidays, BFFs Naomi (Parrish) and Liz (Lamothe-Kipnes) reconnect with high school crush Chris Silver (Hynes). A complex love triangle forms, forcing them to take stock of their lives and find the value of friendship.


The Santa Summit

Premieres: Nov. 5, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Hunter King, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Amy Groening, Stephanie Sy

Jordin (King), Ava (Groening) and Stella (Sy) are three best friends who head out for a night on the town to take part in the annual Santa Summit, an event where revelers don Santa suits and visit local spots on the circuit to eat, drink and be merry in true holiday fashion… and set out to find a secret Santa (Hollingsworth) Jordin connected with at the start of the night's festivities.


Everything Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 10, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Katherine Barrell, Cindy Busby, Corey Sevier, Matt Wells

Lori Jo's (Busby) love for Christmas takes her on a road trip to Yuletide Springs with her roommate Tori (Barrell), where Christmas is celebrated year-round, to participate in a longstanding town tradition to honor her late grandmother. Along the way, the friends meet Carl (Sevier) and Jason (Wells), and the foursome make stops during their journey to enjoy more small-town Christmas attractions. But when a series of events puts a damper on their plans, a little Christmas magic may put this trip back on the right path.


Christmas Island

Premieres: Nov. 11, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Rachel Skarsten, Andrew Walker

When a snowstorm diverts Kate's (Skarsten) first private flight en route to Switzerland to Christmas Island, she must team up with an air traffic controller (Walker) to secure her dream job as the family's pilot.


A Heidelberg Holiday

Premieres: Nov. 12, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Ginna Claire Mason, FrΓ©dΓ©ric Brossier

Heidi Heidelberg (Mason) receives the dream opportunity to sell her beautiful, handmade glass ornaments at the prestigious Heidelberg Christmas Market in Germany. While there, she meets Lukas (Brossier), a local artisan who helps her reconnect with her lost heritage.


Navigating Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 17, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Chelsea Hobbs, Stephen Huszar

Recently divorced Melanie (Hobbs) and her son Jason visit a remote island for Christmas, only to find themselves running a real working lighthouse where she connects with the curt but cute owner (Huszar).


A Merry Scottish Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 18, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Lacey Chabert, Scott Wolf

When estranged siblings, Lindsay (Chabert) and Brad (Wolf) Morgan travel to Scotland at Christmas to reunite with their mother Jo, a big family secret is revealed.


Holiday Hotline

Premieres: Nov. 19, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Emily Tennant, Niall Matter

After leaving London, Abby (Tennant) connects with an anonymous caller while working at a cooking hotline. The caller is single dad 'John' (Matter) who Abby unknowingly has become smitten with in real life.


Catch Me If You Claus

Premieres: Nov. 23, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Italia Ricci, Luke Macfarlane

Avery Quinn (Ricci) is an aspiring news anchor who's finally getting her big break on her station's Christmas morning newscast. But that's put in jeopardy when she captures an intruder in her home wearing a red suit claiming to be Chris (Macfarlane), Santa's son, who is on his first mission. A night of adventure ensues as they find themselves being pursued by the police as well as some shady characters. Along the way, they connect over living in the shadow of their parents and inspire each other to go after their dreams.


Letters to Santa

Premieres: Nov. 24, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Katie Leclerc, Rafael de la Fuente

When young siblings receive a magic pen from Santa that appears to be granting wishes, they request a Christmas gift they want more than anything – for their separated parents (Leclerc, de la Fuente) to reunite.


Holiday Road

Premieres: Nov. 24, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Warren Christie, Sara Canning

When bad weather leaves each of them stranded at the airport for the holidays, a tech entrepreneur (Christie), a travel writer (Canning), a devoted mother (Enid-Raye Adams) and her son (Kiefer O'Reilly), a stubborn senior (Trevor Lerner), an enigmatic woman with a hint of mystery (Brittany Willacy), a couple traveling from Beijing (Sharon Crandall, Ryan Mah) and a social media influencer (Princess Davis) all agree to rent a shared van to embark on a road trip to Denver. When their unexpected journey brings them into uncharted territory, they navigate a series of misadventures together and form a deeper bond that just might change the trajectories of each of their lives. Inspired by true events.


Christmas in Notting Hill

Premieres: Nov. 25, 6 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Sarah Ramos, William Moseley

Famous soccer star, Graham Savoy (Moseley), has always been too busy for love, but when he comes home to Notting Hill for Christmas, he changes his mind after meeting Georgia (Ramos) – a visiting American and the one person who has no idea who he is.


Haul Out the Holly: Lit Up

Premieres: Nov. 25, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Lacey Chabert, Wes Brown, Stephen Tobolowsky, Melissa Peterman, Ellen Travolta, Seth Morris, Jennifer Aspen

As the holidays approach, Emily (Chabert) and Jared (Brown) are looking forward to celebrating the holidays together again, this time as a couple. Emily, now embracing Evergreen Lane's uniquely festive spirit, is ready to work with Jared, Ned (Tobolowsky), Mary Louise (Travolta) and Pamela (Peterman) to make this year's Christmas celebrations the best yet – even if being the HOA president's girlfriend doesn't stop those dreaded decorating citations. When a house on the block goes up for sale, it causes quite a stir with residents. When the soon-to-be neighbors turn out to be holiday royalty (Morris, Aspen), it looks like this year's competition is about to heat up. As the welcoming committee prepares for the new arrivals, only one thing is certain – this Christmas, Evergreen Lane is going to sleigh!


Our Christmas Mural

Premieres: Nov. 26, 6 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Alex Paxton-Beesley, Dan Jeannotte

Olivia (Paxton-Beesley) is a single mom who returns home for Christmas. Her mom secretly enters her into a mural contest; she wins but partners with teacher Will (Jeannotte) to create a Christmas masterpiece.


A Biltmore Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 26, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Bethany Joy Lenz, Kristoffer Polaha, Jonathan Frakes, Robert Picardo

Lucy Hardgrove (Lenz) is a screenwriter who lands the job of a lifetime when she's hired to pen the script for a remake of the beloved, holiday movie classic, His Merry Wife!, which was filmed in 1947 at the beautiful, historic Biltmore House. When the head of the studio isn't satisfied with the ending Lucy wrote because it deviates from the original's feel-good conclusion, he sends Lucy to Biltmore Estate for research and inspiration. While there, she unwittingly discovers the ability to travel to the 1947 set of His Merry Wife! through the help of an hourglass. While on set, she and Jack Huston (Polaha), one of the film's stars, spend time together and become close. But her sudden appearance has set off a chain of events that put the production in jeopardy. Before she can return to the present, Lucy must make things right or threaten to alter the future forever.


My Norwegian Holiday

Premieres: Dec. 1, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Rhiannon Fish, David Elsendoorn

JJ (Fish), grieving the loss of her grandmother and seeking dissertation inspiration, stumbles upon an unexpected holiday destiny. Meeting Henrik (Elsendoorn), a Norwegian from Bergen, their connection deepens when he discovers she has a troll figurine from his hometown. To explore the troll's history and her grandmother's ties, JJ agrees to join Henrik on a journey to Norway. In Bergen, they're drawn into Henrik's family Christmas and wedding traditions, with his sister's wedding the day before Christmas Eve. JJ embarks on a holiday adventure, uncovering the troll's origins and finding her own path to healing, love and family.


A Not So Royal Christmas

Premieres: Dec. 2, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Brooke D'Orsay, Will Kemp

Tabloid journalist Charlotte (D'Orsay) attempts to land an interview with a reclusive Count. In response, the royal family has a groundskeeper (Kemp) pose as the Count since the real one fled years ago.


Christmas With a Kiss (working title)

Premieres: Dec. 3, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Mishael Morgan, Ronnie Rowe Jr., and Jaime M. Callica

A Mahogany presentation. A woman (Morgan) returns home to help with her family's Christmas Carnival and romance ignites. A photojournalist (Rowe) curates a surprise reunion.


Magic in Mistletoe

Premieres: Dec. 8, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Lyndie Greenwood, Paul Campbell

Official description: "Harrington (Campbell) is the author of a popular book series but commercial success has left him a bitter recluse. As he returns to his hometown for an annual Christmas festival celebrating his books, he's joined by April (Greenwood), a publicist for the major publishing house he works with. April is there for damage control after Harrington's recent comments on social media have ruffled some feathers. But as she gets to know him better, hope springs that April can unlock Harrington's guarded heart and help him rediscover the spirit of the holiday.


Christmas on Cherry Lane

Premieres: December 9, 2023

Cast: Catherine Bell, Jonathan Bennett, John Brotherton, Erin Cahill, James Denton, Vincent Rodriguez III

A young couple preparing to welcome their first child (Brotherton, Cahill); an empty-nester (Bell) and her fiancΓ© (Denton) ready to start a new chapter; and a couple (Bennett, Rodgriquez III) who unexpectedly have the chance to expand their family on Christmas Eve celebrate the holiday as they navigate these turning points in their lives.

(Please note: This movie will feature a same sex couple.)


Round and Round

Premieres: Dec. 10, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel
Cast: Bryan Greenberg, Vic Michaelis, Rick Hoffman

Rachel's (Michaelis) stuck in a time loop, reliving the night of her parents' Hanukkah party. Can Zach (Greenberg), the 'nice boy' Grandma's trying to set her up with, help her make it to tomorrow?


The Secret Gift of Christmas (working title)

Premieres: Dec. 15, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Meghan Ory, Christopher Russell

Bonnie (Ory) is a personal shopper who helps her new, widowed client Patrick (Russell) reconnect with his young daughter. Though Bonnie and Patrick's ideas of shopping couldn't be more different, she is determined to get Patrick and his daughter everything on their wish list.


Sealed With a List

Premieres: Dec. 16, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Katie Findlay, Evan Roderick

This holiday season, festive Carley (Findlay) sets out to conquer her list of abandoned resolutions from last year. Aided by coworker Wyatt (Roderick), she finds love and the confidence to chase her dreams.


Friends & Family Christmas

Premieres: Dec. 17, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Hallmark Channel

Cast: Humberly Gonzalez, Ali Liebert

Daniella (Gonzalez) has recently moved to New York to pursue an art career and decides to stay in town to share the holidays with her circle of artist friends, instead of going home to see her sweet, if overbearing parents. Amelia (Liebert) is a talented entertainment lawyer trying to stay focused on her work after a broken engagement. When Bridget and Amelia are set up by their parents, they agree to pretend that they are dating, to appease them for the holidays. However, as they spend time in each other's worlds, they soon build a connection that is deeper than either of them could have hoped for.

(Please note: This movie will feature a same sex couple.)



Rescuing Christmas (working title)

Premieres: Dec. 7, Hallmark Movies Now

Cast: Rachael Leigh Cook, Sam Page, Patrick Thomas O'Brien, Bailey Stender, T. Mychael Rambo Contains: Three magic wishes, a woman who isn't feeling festive, saving the holidays before it's too late Official description: "In a world where Santa (Rambo) is real and wants to drum up some holiday spirit, two of Santa's elves, Chuck (O'Brien) and Debbie (Stender), devise a plan to grant one human on Earth three wishes to kickstart the holidays. Unfortunately, that human is Erin (Cook), who has lost all affection for the season. Even a blind date set up by her sister, with the affable and charming Sam (Page), won't change her mind about Christmas. But when she makes the mistake of wishing Christmas would 'just disappear,' Erin wakes up to a world where the holiday never existed! Horrified, she realizes that she's taken away everyone's joy, so she enlists Sam to help her reinvent the festivities from scratch. In the process, Erin learns just how much this holiday and its traditions have meant to everyone around her — and how much Sam has come to mean to her.


An Ice Palace Romance

Premieres: Dec. 14, Hallmark Movies Now

Cast: Celeste Desjardins, Marcus Rosner

Official description: "A journalist (Desjardins) faces old fears when she returns to her hometown ice rink to cover a story. With the help of the owner (Rosner) and his young daughter, she begins to reevaluate her life's purpose.


My Take:

I hope you find some Christmas movies you look forward to seeing on the Hallmark Channel during this Christmas Season. I'll be adding more images above as they are released. So... stay tuned!

The Christmas movies that have piqued my interest, thus far, are Where Are You, Christmas?, Mystic Christmas, Everything Christmas, Christmas Island, A Merry Scottish Christmas, A Not So Royal Christmas, and A Biltmore Christmas. Even though these films interest me, overall, I feel less connected to the Christmas movies Hallmark is offering this year. What are your thoughts on this year's line-up?

Note: I haven't pre-screened these Christmas movies; therefore, I don't know, yet, which movies will be family-friendly. Thank You to ALL of the awesome reviewers who visit here and contribute movie reviews at Christmastime and all throughout the year. Please feel free to share your own review at any time in the comments below

Joyous Christmas Blessings to You All!
God bless us, everyone!

🌟 HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES 2023 “Miracles of Christmas” Movies with Laura Vandervoort, Benjamin Ayres, Barbara Niven, Lucas Bryant, Nikki DeLoach, Brennan Elliott, and More! 🌟 SEE HERE:

'Tis the Season for Christmas movies once again on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries! The network has 9 All-New Christmas movie premieres, including a new DaySpring inspirational film and a new Time to Come Home for Christmas movie.

See all of the details below...

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Miracles of Christmas Movies 2023

*All of the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Christmas movies will begin at 8pm EST.


Ms. Christmas Comes to Town

Premieres: October 26, 2023

Cast: Erica Durance, Brennan Elliott, Barbara Niven

Synopsis: A shopping channel host known as Ms. Christmas (Niven) receives a terminal diagnosis, which inspires a multi-city excursion set to spread Christmas cheer before her farewell broadcast.


My Christmas Guide

Premieres: November 2, 2023

Cast: Amber Marshall, Ben Mehl

Synopsis: After losing his eyesight, a college professor (Mehl) adopts a seeing eye dog from a guide dog trainer (Marshall). As they all begin to spend time together, his confidence returns and his heart begins to open.


Mystery on Mistletoe Lane

Premieres: November 9, 2023

Cast: Erica Cerra, Victor Webster

Synopsis: New to town, Heidi Wicks (Cerra) and her kids discover a Christmas mystery in their historic home. Local handyman and historian David (Webster) helps along the way, finding his own surprising connection.


A World Record Christmas

Premieres: November 16, 2023

Cast: Nikki DeLoach, Lucas Bryant, Aias Dalman

Synopsis: Charlie (Dalman) is an autistic boy determined to set a Guinness World Record by stacking 1400 Jenga blocks. His mother Marissa (DeLoach) and stepfather Eric (Bryant) encourage him to reach for his dream and they all celebrate when he gets the good news that he'll have his chance on Christmas Eve. In the spirit of the holiday, they organize a fundraiser giving the townspeople an opportunity to donate and decorate a Jenga block, with the proceeds going to benefit kids with autism. Charlie's journey to setting the Jenga world record gives them all the chance to learn more not just about themselves, but about what family really means.


A Season for Family

Premieres: November 22, 2023

Cast: Brendan Penny, Stacey Farber, Benjamin Jacobson, Azriel Dalman

Synopsis: Maddy's (Farber) adopted son Wesley (Jacobson) has just one Christmas wish — to meet his brother Cody (Dalman), who was adopted into a different family. Cody's father Paul (Penny) is a widower who is not ready to have this conversation with his son, so he turns down a meeting. However, circumstances bring the two brothers unknowingly together and they become fast friends, while sparks fly between Maddy and Paul.


Time for Her to Come Home for Christmas

Premieres: November 30, 2023

Cast: Shenae Grimes-Beech, Chris Carmack, Grace Leer

Synopsis: Facing her first Christmas without her mother and looking to avoid loneliness, Carly (Grimes-Beech) heads to a quaint town to lead the church choir at Christmas. Once there, Carly meets Matthew (Carmack), a man back in town after serving in the army. As she gets to know Matthew, the choir and townspeople, she stumbles across clues that suggest she may have been brought here for a life changing reason. As the mystery unravels one thing is clear, this journey will teach Carly about true love, learning to trust, and that forgiveness is needed to finally heal.


To All a Good Night

Premieres: December 7, 2023

Cast: Kimberley Sustad, Mark GhanimΓ©

Synopsis: A small-town photographer (Sustad) saves the life of a mysterious man (GhanimΓ©), who may just be in town to buy her family's parkland — which is also the location of the annual Christmas celebration.


Heaven Down Here

Premieres: December 14, 2023

Cast: Krystal Joy Brown, Tina Lifford, Juan Riedinger, Richard Harmon, Phylicia Rashad

Synopsis: Inspired by Mickey Guyton's song of the same name, Heaven Down Here tells the story of four disparate people who find themselves stranded in a local diner on Christmas Eve when a snowstorm hits the town. Imami (Brown) is a widowed mother of two who's having trouble making ends meet and reluctantly agrees to work the Christmas Eve shift, where she clashes with her boss Dan (Harmon), who doesn't exactly embody the Christmas spirit. Felix (Riedinger) is a local pastor desperately trying to secure food for parishioners while his faith is challenged by his alienation by his son. Clara (Lifford) is a hospice nurse with an obstinate patient (Rashad) and whose daughter is moving away, causing her to question her place in this world. Throughout the evening, these four bicker, bond and unwittingly provide each other with the answer to their respective prayers.


Miracle in Bethlehem, PA

Premieres: December 21, 2023

Cast: Laura Vandervoort, Benjamin Ayres

Synopsis: A new DaySpring movie. Successful and fiercely independent, Mary Ann Brubeck (Vandervoort) adopts a baby girl to raise on her own just before Christmas. Due to weather, she and the baby get stuck in Bethlehem, PA for the holidays. When there is no room at the inn, her only option is to stay with the innkeeper's brother Joe (Ayres), a quintessential bachelor who lives in a house that he treats like a barn. As Mary Ann learns the value of community by spending time with Joe's family and participating in the local church's Christmas events, Joe starts getting his act together with new motivation…and the two begin to see each other in a new light.


My Take:

The movie that stands out to me here is the DaySpring movie, Miracle in Bethlehem, PA. I have found DaySpring's previous Christmas films to be filled with faith, deep emotion, and uplifting moments. I'm hoping the same will be true for this film, which clearly reflects the Savior's birth.

As for the other movies, there is great potential here for more heartwarming films that may become forever favorites. We'll just have to wait and see.

Please Note: At this point, we don't know which movies will be family-friendly. Throughout the Christmas Season, I will do my best to inform you about various storylines, and if any of you who follow here would like to share a review - please be sure to share in the comments below.

Joyous Christmas Blessings, 

Monday, September 18, 2023

πŸŽ„ GREAT AMERICAN FAMILY'S 2023 CHRISTMAS MOVIES with Candace Cameron Bure, Jen Lilley, Trevor Donovan, Jill Wagner, Danica McKellar, Chad Michael Murray and Many More! πŸŽ„ *SEE HERE:

Press Release via Great American Family:



As Gift to Viewers, Full Slate of Movie Premiere Dates Coming Soon

NEW YORK, NY – September 18, 2023 –Great American Family today announced the company’s highly-rated and highly-anticipated annual holiday program event, Great American Christmas, returns Friday, October 20, with the first premiere of the season, Saturday, October 21. The full slate of World Premiere dates will be announced soon so that holiday movie fans can mark premiere dates in the Great American Christmas Movie Checklist App. The 2023 edition of Great American Christmas features 20 high-quality original holiday movies and around the clock, 24/7 holiday films from the network’s library on Great American Family, the nation’s fastest-growing cable television network for the past 10 consecutive months.

Talent audiences know and love star in stories destined to become holiday classics will provide viewers an unparalleled entertainment experience that promises to make the season bright. Great American Christmas originals feature beloved stars such as Candace Cameron Bure, Danica McKellar, Chad Michael Murray, Trevor Donovan, and Jill Wagner, to name a few.


Great American Christmas Original World Premiere Movies 2023 Include:

12 Games of Christmas

Starring: Johnny Ramey and Felisha Cooper.

In 12 Games of Christmas, a group of old friends and neighbors are transported into a Christmas-themed board game during a Christmas party.


A Christmas Blessing

Starring Lori Loughlin, James Tupper, and Jesse Hutch

A TV chef (Loughlin) is divinely inspired to take over her late aunt’s charity with help from a new friend (Hutch) and handsome business associate next door (Tupper).


A Christmas Commission (wt)

starring Sarah Fisher and Simon Arblaster

Two rival realtors (Fisher and Arblaster) are forced to work together to sell one special house before Christmas.


A Christmas for the Ages

starring Natasha Bure, Anna Ferguson, Kate Craven, and Cheryl Ladd

Prompted by their youngest granddaughter (Bure), four generations celebrate family and what Christmas was like in the 40s, 60s, 90s, and present day.


A Dash of Christmas

starring Broadway’s Laura Osnes and Christopher Russell

A marketing exec (Osnes) must learn a recipe to get her dream job and ends up entered in a holiday bakeoff with a dream baker (Russell).


A Model Christmas (wt)

starring Ash Tsai and Joey Heyworth

While on a charity press tour, a model (Tsai) ends up stranded by the weather at the family home of the driver (Heyworth) she hired to assist her for the week.


A Paris Christmas Waltz

starring Jen Lilley and Matthew Morrison

A novice dancer (Lilley) pairs with a professional (Morrison) to enter a renowned dance competition…in Paris! The next story in The Christmas Waltz universe, the highest-rated Christmas rom com of 2020, from Michael Damian and Janeen Damian.


A Royal Christmas Holiday

starring Brittany Underwood and Jonathan Stoddard

In search of her big break, a reporter (Underwood) arranges a Christmas interview with a European Prince (Stoddard) visiting the states. Will the reporter’s big story become her love story?


A Royal Christmas Romance (wt)

starring Danica McKellar and Damon Runyan

When a European Duke (Runyon) arrives in the US, he realizes that his bags have been lost in transit. He has no choice but to be styled, and ultimately inspired, by Bella (McKellar) the owner of a local boutique.


A Time Capsule Christmas (wt)

starring Jillian Murray and Daniel Lissing

A father (Lissing) bonds with his daughter and stumbles upon an unexpected romance (Murray) while tracking down the original owner of a Christmas time capsule.


Bringing Christmas Home (wt)

starring Jill Wagner and Paul Greene

A professor of military history (Wagner) teams with an antique store owner (Greene) to track down the original owner of a historic WWII uniform and the love letters left in its pockets.


Christmas on Windmill Way

starring Christa Taylor Brown and Chad Michael Murray

To save her family’s legacy windmill, a woman (Taylor Brown) must remind her ex-boyfriend (Michael Murray) of the best of their hometown.


Destined 2: Christmas Once More

starring Shae Robbins and Casey Elliott

In this sequel, Theo (Elliott) continues to miss connecting with his girlfriend, Kim (Robbins) as he attempts to propose at Christmas.


Mistletoe Moments

starring Susie Abromeit and Liam McIntyre

With her career on the line, a decorator (Abromeit) must work with an unexpected partner (McIntyre) to showcase a house for an upcoming Christmas gala.


My Christmas Hero

starring Candace Cameron Bure and Gabriel Hogan

An army reserve doctor (Bure) tracks down her family’s military history with the help of a new romance (Hogan).


Our Christmas Wedding

starring Holly Deveaux and Drew Seeley

In the sequel, roles reverse as Nicole’s boss plans newly engaged Nicole (Deveaux) and Michael’s (Seeley) wedding in two weeks at Christmas.


Peppermint & Postcards

starring Ella Cannon and Christopher Russell

When a Christmas letter concerning her love life goes viral, one mom discovers that romance might be right at her door.


Santa, Maybe (wt)

starring Aubrey Reynolds and Sam Whitten

Can theater director Lila (Reynolds) rise to the challenge of putting on the perfect Christmas ballet, while also discovering her office Secret Santa in the process?


The Christmas Regift (wt)

starring Erin Agostino and Marshall Williams

A city manager (Williams) recruits the help of a childhood friend (Agostino) in setting right his town’s Christmas Charity event, while she sets to work setting him up with her close friend.


‘Twas the Text Before Christmas

starring Merritt Patterson and Trevor Donovan

An unexpected text message sent to the wrong number (Patterson) sets into motion a Christmas tradition with a new family (Donovan) over three separate years.


Stay tuned for announcements on Christmas movie premieres coming to the company’s streaming service, Great American Pure Flix.


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: @gactv

Pam Slay
Network Program Publicity

My Take:

2023 is sure to be another heartwarming and cozy Christmas movie season with Great American Family's faith and family movies. I'm so excited to see so many of our favorite TV movie stars return to the network for their 3rd annual Christmas movie event!

If Santa asked me to put my top 5 must-see Great American Family Christmas movies on a list, I would have to refuse, because it's too hard to choose - they ALL look so good!

I simply can't wait to see the new Christmas movies with Candace Cameron Bure, Jen Lilley, Trevor Donovan, Jill Wagner, Danica McKellar, Chad Michael Murray, Lori Loughlin, Daniel Lissing and many more!

Also, some key things to notice... There are two sequel films - Our Christmas Wedding is a sequel to My Boss' Wedding and Destined 2: Christmas Once More is a sequel to Destined at Christmas.

A Christmas for the Ages is from Candy Rock Entertainment, in which Candace Cameron Bure is one of the producers. Candace's daughter Natasha Bure will star in this all-new holiday film that spans various eras at Christmastime! Also starring in the movie is Cheryl Ladd, of Charlie's Angels fame.

I hope you find many delightful Christmas movies you are looking forward to seeing during this Christmas Season! Please share your thoughts in comments below...

Joyous Christmas Blessings to You All!

God bless us, everyone! Net