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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Series & Streaming News + Happy (early) 8 Months 'til Christmas!

Today's post is a round-up of What's New on TV this week and in Streaming, and you're invited to Countdown to Christmas with us as we *Mark the 25th Day* of the Month -Tomorrow!


Catch the third episode of Elkhorn - on Thursday night at 9pm/8c on INSP.

Episode 3 ∙ Rustlers

Details via INSP: Theodore Roosevelt's early efforts to become a cattleman are jeopardized when a neighboring rancher accuses his men of rustling cattle. To save Elkhorn's reputation, Roosevelt and his men must capture the real thief and return the stolen livestock.

Previous episodes of Elkhorn can be seen on INSP's YouTube page - Season 1 and Season 2.


Heartland returns with Season 17 in the U.S. on the streaming service, UP Faith & Family and the season premiere episode is also the 250th Episode of Heartland!

Details via UP Faith & Family: The commercial-free subscription streaming service UP Faith & Family, the leader in uplifting entertainment, will be the first place in the U.S. to premiere Heartland season 17 and the only place fans can stream until early next year. Beginning April 25, the service will add new episodes weekly with a three-week break after episode five. During the hiatus, UP Faith & Family will debut all-new exclusive content for fans.

Season 17. Episode 1-
Available April 25th on UP Faith & Family

EPISODE 1701: “The Path Less Traveled” 250th Episode:

Synopsis: Amy is surprised when a very pregnant Mallory shows up at the ranch with a wild horse. Jack and Tim face new competition, and Lou grapples with a familiar opponent in her campaign to be re-elected.


Hallmark Movies Now (Hallmark's streaming service) has a new promo out for May, which gives clips of an all-new mystery titled, Tipline Mysteries: Dial 1 for Murder. The new mystery will premiere on the streamer- Thursday, May 16th, and will star Chris McNally (When Calls the Heart) and Holland Roden (Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas).

More details to come!

Here's the new Hallmark Movies Now video promo:


Happy (early) 8 Months 'til Christmas!

Tomorrow is April 25th, and if you've been a follower here at It's a Wonderful Movie for a while, then you know on each 25th day of the month we highlight the day as we Countdown to Christmas! 

In honor of the 25th, we try to watch something Christmassy on this day - a movie, cartoon, etc... If you'd like to participate, simply share what Christmas movie/show you plan to watch to *Mark the 25th* in comments below.

My schedule is a little busy this week, so I'm going to try to catch some of Call Me Mrs. Miracle, in honor of the fact that Eric Johnson will be Candace Cameron Bure's co-star in her upcoming Great American Family Christmas movie, A Christmas Less Traveled. I just adore that Hallmark movie classic!

Also, the Hallmark Channel has some fun Christmas movies airing Friday night - here are two I recommend-

It's Christmas, Eve - 7pm/6c
Three Wise Men & a Baby - 11pm/10c


Have a Wonderful Day, Everyone!

Stay tuned for my weekend movie post on Friday and something special tomorrow!

Blessings to you all,

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Danica McKellar and Oliver Rice To Star In Great American Family's 'A Royal Christmas Ball' - DETAILS HERE:

Prepare to get swept off your feet this upcoming Christmas season in Great American Family's new holiday premiere, A Royal Christmas Ball. The film stars Danica McKellar, who is well-known for the sitcom Wonder Years and her movies Crown for Christmas, A Royal Date for Christmas, Swing Into Romance, and more.

Joining Danica in the film and on the dance floor is Oliver Rice, who you'll surely recognize from Chesapeake Shores, Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Heist and Seek, and more recently in One Bad Apple: A Hannah Swensen Mystery, to name a few.

Get the full scoop on this all-new Christmas movie production coming this holiday season to Great American Family in the press release below...



NEW YORK, NY – April 23, 2024 – Great American Family, one of the nation’s leading producers of original holiday content, announced Danica McKellar (A Royal Date for Christmas, Swing Into Romance) and Oliver Rice (“Firefly Lane,” Magic In Mistletoe) are set to star in, A Royal Christmas Ball (wt), which begins production this week. A Royal Christmas Ball, with waltzes choreographed by “Dancing With the Stars” professional dancer Gleb Savchencko, premieres this November as part of Great American Christmas 2024.

In A Royal Christmas Ball, Chelsea Jones (McKellar) is a dance instructor and studio owner in Chicago who inspires kids to find themselves through dance. Just before Christmas, Chelsea discovers a photo she’s never seen before. Chelsea thinks the young woman is her birth mother who passed away when she was only five years old. The woman is in a wedding dress tugging on the hand of a man wearing a wedding ring, but that is all that can be seen of the man Chelsea believes may be her father. The photo’s handwritten inscription reads, “Our place, Havenshire, December 23, 1984.” With only the internet, a plane ticket, and lifelong determination to go on, Chelsea now has four days in Havenshire to solve the mystery of her birth family. Along the way, she’ll have to sneak into a castle, teach a stubborn Prince how to dance, and be in just the right place on Christmas Eve when the bells toll.

“Royal movies are among our viewers’ favorites,” said Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Great American Media. “Finding love when and where you least expect it is the heart of royal fanfiction and Danica and Oliver do a brilliant job of making heartfelt wishes come true,” Abbott concluded.

“Oliver Rice exudes a dashing Cary Elwes-vibe,” said star, Danica McKellar. “Oliver grew up in London and graduated from Oxford School of Drama and brings genuine nobility to the role of Prince Phillip. I cannot wait for fans to see him in the film,” McKellar concluded.

A Royal Christmas Ball (wt) is executive produced by Brad Krevoy, Amy Krell, Vince Balzano, Danica McKellar, Jimmy Townsend, Susie Belzberg Krevoy, and Don McBrearty. Producer is David Anselmo. Supervising producers are Kelly Martin, Michael Shepard, Michael Beard, and James Mou. A Royal Christmas Ball is written by Marcy Holland. Story by Danica McKellar and Marcy Holland.


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.

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My Quick Take:

Well, first of all, congratulations to Danica McKellar for seeing this film idea of hers finally coming into fruition. I know it has been many years in-the-making, and I'm most happy for her.

I did have a hunch that professional dancer Gleb Savchencko (who was Danica's dance partner on “Dancing With the Stars”) might be involved with this production, since I was expecting Danica's movie to revolve around dancing. And I must say Gleb's performance in Swing into Romance with Danica was excellent. In fact, I believe he's just as good as an actor, as he is on the dance floor. However, it doesn't sound as if he'll be in front of the camera at all for this movie, which is unfortunate if that ends up being the case.

Actor Oliver Rice has the honor of playing opposite of Danica in A Royal Christmas Ball, and I must admit, I'm still getting used to the idea. Honestly, he wasn't on my bingo card to play Danica's opposite this year. I was thinking of perhaps Matthew Morrison, Drew Seeley, or Joey Lawrence, based on the fact that dancing will be majorly involved, and I know all three are phenomenal dancers. However, I can definitely imagine Oliver playing the role of the stubborn prince while using his English accent.

So, I look forward to hopefully seeing some sneak-peeks of Danica and Oliver acting/dancing together, as they will be filming their Christmas movie for Great American Family soon!

Please be sure to share your thoughts in comments below.

Have a Merry Day!

ICYMI: Great American Media CEO Bill Abbott on Faith, Family, and Country - SEE HERE:

In Case You Missed It: Great American Media CEO Bill Abbott recently had a sit-down interview with NewsNation host Adrienne Bankert during her 'One Nation Under God' segment. I personally enjoyed how their discussion delved into the strategy behind what Great American Family is creating for their viewers and what drives their mission in creating these films.

During the interview, Abbott expressed, "I think people are ready and looking for alternatives, because the dark (referring to the film entertainment industry) has gotten so dark..."

When asked what the best part of launching this network (Great American Family) was, Bill Abbott responded, "I think it is really leaning into faith overtly, and not just having it bolt on - not just having a cross on as a decorative piece on someone, or just a church, somebody going to church. I think it's an intentional celebration of faith, an intentional celebration of family, and of country..."

Enjoy the full interview in the YouTube video below...

Great American Media CEO on faith, family, and working with Candace Cameron Bure after Hallmark:

I hope you enjoyed this interview. Perhaps it will encourage us all to be even more supportive of Great American Family as we anticipate more new content and movies to come. We can be reassured that they are working diligently behind the scenes to create wholesome and faith-filled content.

Stay tuned!
Blessings to you all,

Friday, April 19, 2024

Which Movie/Series Will You Fall For This Weekend? 🎬 SEE HERE:

Hey there, movie friends! This weekend, we have drama, romance, mystery, and adventure - in the new movie and series episodes!

Plus, for all of us POstables, we have a very special treat - an entire weekend movie marathon (minus the Christmas movie, bummer!) of Signed, Sealed, Delivered! Seeing the older movies always gets me even more excited about the two new SSD movies to come - one this year and the other movie coming in 2025! See the marathon schedule below.

Hallmark's new *Spring into Love* movie, Falling in Love in Niagara takes place at the gorgeous Niagara Falls. Have you ever been to Niagara Falls to see it in person? Or, have you seen another waterfall? Please share in the comments below. I give my answer to this at the end of this post.

Here are the details on the weekend premieres...


Saturday, April 20, 2024:

Storyline: After her fiancΓ© leaves her before their wedding, MADELINE goes to Niagara Falls to honeymoon without him. There, she reconnects with her adventurous side, learns to let go, and finds new love.

Premieres Saturday, April 20, 2024
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel

Note: An Anonymous reviewer shared that this movie is clean, and Maria also shared this review below...

Movie Review:

🌼 I got to watch Falling in Love With Niagara early, and I LOVED it!! –Maria

If you like Jocelyn Hudon's fashions seen in Falling in Love With Niagara, then be sure to visit the lovely blog It's a Wonderful Lifestyle for details!


Sunday, April 21, 2024:

Episode 3 "Heels and Faces" :

The shady promoter of a local pro wrestling alliance is found dead under the ring at the Blue Ridge High School. As Justin and the team dig into his past, they find that almost everyone he knew had a motive to kill.

Season 1, Episode 3
Premieres Sunday, April 21, 2024
at 8pm/7c. on the Cowboy Way Channel


Sunday, April 21, 2024:

Season 11 - Episode 3 - “Steps Forward” :

Storyline: Rosemary and Bill team up to investigate a case they believe shouldn’t be closed. The women of Hope Valley start a daycare. Hickam and Mei celebrate a milestone.

Season 11 - Episode 3
Airs Sunday, April 21, 2024
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel


Programming Notes:

*Into the Wild Frontier will not have a new episode this Sunday on INSP; however, a new episode will premiere next weekend. Stay tuned for details.

*Catch the Signed, Sealed, Delivered Movie Marathon all weekend long on Hallmark Mystery!

Signed, Sealed, Delivered Marathon Schedule -


Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Movie (Pilot Episode) - 11am

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love - 1pm

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth be Told - 3pm

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Impossible Dream - 5pm

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From the Heart - 7pm

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: One in a Million - 9pm


Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Lost Without You - 11am

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground - 1pm

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Home Again - 3pm

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Road Less Traveled - 5pm

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: To the Altar - 7pm

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Vows We Have Made - 9pm

*See the complete chronological order of the Signed, Sealed, Delivered series - *here*.


Okay, so I asked above if you have ever been to Niagara Falls or seen a waterfall in person? Please give your response in the comments below.

As for myself... I have not seen Niagara Falls in person, yet, but while on a trip with my family once, we happened to see a sign that was for a large waterfall. Well, we had some extra time, and the waterfall was in a small town, so we followed the signs, and there it was! I remember that exhilarating feeling of awe as we walked over to see it closer up. It was one of those solemn moments when everyone is quiet and just takes it all in. Words can hardly express. The waterfall was gorgeous, breathtaking, and magnificent... another masterpiece by God! I remember seeing all the various vivid colors of white and blue mixed together and the loud slushing sound of rushing water falling over the rocky ledge. It was truly an incredible sight to behold, peaceful and soothing. I don't recall the specific name of the waterfall, but its beauty and that special moment shared with my family will remain with me for a lifetime.

Whatever you watch or do, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend planned.

If you'd like to share a review of the new Hallmark movie or any of these series, please share in the comments below.

Blessings to you all!



"Deep calls to deep 
in the roar of your waterfalls; 
all your waves and breakers 
have swept over me."

~Psalm 42:7

What does Psalm 42:7 mean? via bibleref.com:

The phrase "deep calls to deep" can reflect a few possible meanings. One is that the deep waves and waterfalls are being followed by other, equally deep waves. This would imply a constant barrage: an unending chain of these overwhelming feelings and experiences. Another interpretation is that the depths of the psalmist's desire for God (Psalm 42:1) call out for an intense response from the Lord. Either connects to similar phrasing used in the book of Jonah, when Jonah recalls his experience being swallowed by a sea creature (Jonah 2:3).

When trials sweep over a believer, he can take courage, knowing that the Lord has a purpose in allowing those trials. Trials have the capacity to draw believers closer to the Lord if they see them as serving the Lord's purpose. In Romans 5:3–5, Paul explains that "we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." In love, God allows trials to inflict believers, not to make them bitter, but to make them better.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Reminder: "Elkhorn" Airs Thursday Nights on INSP

Today, I'm sharing a reminder that the series "Elkhorn," which follows the life and struggles of a young Theodore Roosevelt before he became President of the United States, is now airing weekly - Thursday nights on INSP, at 9pm/8c.

If you missed the first episode last Thursday night, you can watch it in full directly from *INSP's YouTube page*.

See episode details below for this week and upcoming episodes.


Episode 1 ∙ The Greenhorn
Thu, Apr 11, 2024
After suffering a great personal loss, 25-year-old Theodore Roosevelt abandons New York for the wild frontier. In the lawless Dakota Badlands, he establishes the sprawling Elkhorn Ranch and attempts to remake himself into a cattleman.

Episode 2 ∙ The Frenchman
Thu, Apr 18, 2024
Before it's up and running, Theodore Roosevelt's new Elkhorn Ranch is threatened by a powerful neighbor who attempts an underhanded land grab. To save his ranch, Roosevelt confronts his neighbor, the Marquis de MorΓ©s, and his beguiling wife, Medora.

Episode 3 ∙ Rustlers
Thu, Apr 25, 2024
Theodore Roosevelt's efforts to become a cattleman are jeopardized when a neighboring rancher accuses his men of rustling cattle. To save Elkhorn's reputation, Roosevelt and his men must capture the thief and return the stolen livestock.

Episode 4 ∙ The Stranglers
Thu, May 2, 2024
After Theodore Roosevelt's new horses are stolen, he joins a posse of vigilantes to hunt down the thieves. When they capture a lone outcast who swears his innocence, Roosevelt learns firsthand that frontier justice isn't always just.

Episode 5 ∙ Desperate Measures
Thu, May 9, 2024
Just as Theodore Roosevelt is finally getting his cattle operation up and running at Elkhorn Ranch, his health takes a turn for the worse, and his trusted ranch manager must race to a Sioux village to find a cure before it's too late.

Episode 6 ∙ On the Hunt
Thu, May 16, 2024
Looking for a distraction from his tasks at Elkhorn Ranch, Theodore Roosevelt decides a hunting expedition to the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming might settle his mind, but he soon finds himself face to face with a man-eating grizzly bear.

Episode 7 ∙ Bandits
Thu, May 23, 2024
Storyline - TBA

Episode 8 ∙ Crossroads
Thu, May 30, 2024
Storyline - TBA

Episode 9 ∙ The Roundup
Thu, Jun 6, 2024
Storyline - TBA

Episode 10 ∙ A Man for All Seasons
Thu, Jun 13, 2024
Storyline - TBA

"Elkhorn" is filled with adventure and the rugged tails of the American frontier.

I hope many of you will enjoy this historical series from INSP. It truly is a window back in time to America's history.

Blessings, Net