Tuesday, June 6, 2023

πŸŒŸπŸŽ„ Great American Family Announces PARIS CHRISTMAS WALTZ Starring Jen Lilley and Matthew Morrison πŸŽ„πŸŒŸ

It's official! The newest "Christmas Waltz" will premiere on Great American Family THIS Christmas and will star Jen Lilley (Royally Wrapped for Christmas, USS Christmas) and Matthew Morrison (Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Musical Live!)

See all of the details via 
Great American Media's press release:





NEW YORK, NY – June 6, 2023 – Great American Family today announced the legacy of Michael and Janeen Damian’s beloved Christmas Waltz franchise is coming to Great American Christmas with the all-new Paris Christmas Waltz, starring Jen Lilley (B&B Merry, “Days of Our Lives”) and Emmy® and Golden Globe Award® nominee, Matthew Morrison (“Glee”). Shot on location in the world’s most romantic city, Paris Christmas Waltz, sweeps viewers into the magic of the city’s most iconic destinations and is already creating buzz as the year’s most anticipated holiday original movie. Great American Christmas returns October 21 with new holiday movie premieres every Saturday and Sunday and 24/7 Christmas movies through the end of the year.

Michael Damian and Janeen Damian have collaborated on 17 original movies, including the highest-rated holiday film of 2020, The Christmas Waltz. The prolific team has written all 17 films together with Michael Damian having directed all except two of the films, Falling for Christmas and Irish Wish, which Janeen Damian directed. The pair is also the auspices behind the Great American Christmas hit of 2021, A Hot Cocoa Christmas.

In Paris Christmas Waltz, Emma relinquishes her job so a colleague with a family will keep his. Contemplating life’s next steps, Emma meets a professional dancer, Leo whose love for competitive dancing is waning, until a once in a lifetime opportunity arises for the novice to join the pro and sweep all of Paris off its feet.

Paris Christmas Waltz is executive produced by Brad Krevoy, Amy Krell, Jimmy Townsend, and Lorenzo Nardini. Janeen Damian produces. Michael Damian directs from an original screenplay by Janeen Damian and Michael Damian. Brad Krevoy’s MPCA Films is the leading producer of holiday movies.


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

Mead Rust

My Quick Take:

I'm so happy we finally have confirmation that Matthew Morrison is, indeed, Jen Lilley's opposite/love interest/dancing partner in Great American Family's "Paris Christmas Waltz!"

Matthew Morrison was my last guess, and I know many of you thought it was Matthew, too! Thank you to all who participated in trying to guess Jen Lilley's co-star. That was a lot of fun. Was Matthew your guess, too? Please share in comments below.

And now that they just began filming yesterday, I know we'll look forward to seeing this movie this Christmas season on Great American Family!

Have a Merry Day!

Monday, June 5, 2023

🌟 Answers Revealed for the Patriotic Christmas Movie Challenge 🌟

Thank you to all who participated in the latest *It's a Wonderful Movie* Christmas Movie Challenge!

For our Christmas game on May 25th, which marked 7 months 'til Christmas, the challenge was to guess 10 Patriotic Christmas movies (since it was close to Memorial Day) - based on the images/screen grabs given for each movie.

(If you want to see the challenge without the answers, see the original game - here.)


Keep scrolling down to see the ANSWERS...


The Christmas Card (2006)
Starring Ed Asner, John Newton, Alice Evans, and Lois Nettleton


USS Christmas (2020)
Starring Jen Lilley, Trevor Donovan, Barbara Niven


A Veteran's Christmas (2018)
Starring Eloise Mumford and Sean Faris


The Christmas Note (2015)
Starring Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Leah Gibson, and Greg Vaughan


Holiday for Heroes (2019)
Starring Marc Blucas and Melissa Claire Egan


Christmas Homecoming (2017)
Starring Julie Benz and Michael Shanks


Write Before Christmas (2019)
Starring Torrey DeVitto, Chad Michael Murray, Drew Seeley, Geoff Gustafson, Lolita Davidovich, Grant Show, Madison Smith, and Lanie McAuley


A Homecoming for the Holidays (2019)
Starring Laura Osnes and Stephen Huszar


Operation Christmas (2016)
Starring Tricia Helfer and Marc Blucas


Journey Back to Christmas (2016)
Starring Candace Cameron Bure, Oliver Hudson and Tom Skerritt

Here are the scores of those who played the Patriotic Christmas Movie Challenge...

Abigail - 10

Namegirl - 4

Jersey Joe – 9

Allie B – 10

Paula – 9

CJ – 6

Chris – 6

Joyce in Carolina – 9

Anonymous – 10

Maria – 7

Debbie – 10

Dani – 10

dstoutholcomb – 9

Rob - 10

Alison Pearson - 10

(You can see their individual responses in the comment area under the original post with the game - here.)

Thank you, again, to all who participated!

Since this was a patriotic game that honored our military, I also want to share how grateful I am to those who serve our country every day and defend our freedom.

In addition, I want to express a special message of gratitude to Debbie, who played this game and shared with us that she is a veteran who currently works for the Army. Thank you, Debbie, for your bravery, sacrifice, commitment, and service to this country. May God bless you and protect all of our active military and veterans!

I hope you all had fun with this game. Look for the next Christmas challenge on June 25th!

May your day be
Merry & Bright!
Net πŸŽ„

Friday, June 2, 2023

πŸ‘‘πŸŽ„ Hallmark Announces 2 NEW Christmas Movies for Christmas in July + More July Movie Premieres and "When Calls the Heart"

Hallmark Media officially announces their *Christmas in July* New Movies! The network will make a splash this Summer with TWO Christmas Movie Premieres!

The NEW July movie premieres for the Hallmark Channel are: 

🌟A Royal Christmas Crush
starring Katie Cassidy and Stephen Huszar

🌟The Christmas Reboot (wt)
starring Vanessa Lengies and Corey Sevier

When Calls the Heart Season 10 is also coming to the Hallmark Channel on Sunday, July 30, 2023! See details below via Hallmark Media's press release...

Hallmark's *Christmas in July* New Movies...

A Royal Christmas Crush
Previous Working Title: Winter Castle Royal Romance
Saturday, July 8, 2023
Starring Katie Cassidy and Stephen Huszar

Storyline: Ava (Cassidy) accepts the opportunity of a lifetime to work at the Royal Ice Hotel which leads her to a surprise whirlwind romance with the most important guest of all, the Royal Prince (Huszar) himself.

The Christmas Reboot
Saturday, July 15, 2023
Starring Vanessa Lengies and Corey Sevier

Storyline: A Christmas wish gives Renee (Lengies) the successful life she’d always dreamed of. This new reality is perfect, except for one thing… she is no longer married to her husband Aaron (Sevier). Now, Renee must race against the clock to win him back before Christmas Eve.

Aloha Heart
Saturday, July 29 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Taylor Cole, Kanoa Goo

Storyline: Sara (Cole) is a conservationist, who joins her best friend in Hawaii to serve as her maid of honor. While staying in a boutique Hawaiian hotel, she meets the property’s new manager (Goo) who is trying to make his family’s business more competitive. Though Manu initially resists Sara’s input on his hotel, they soon form a partnership… and something more… that enriches their shared dream of making the world a better place.

Season 10, Episode 1001 – “Carpe Diem”
Sunday, July 30 (8 p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Erin Krakow, Pascale Hutton, Jack Wagner, Kavan Smith, Chris McNally, Kevin McGarry, Andrea Brooks, Martin Cummins, Kayla Wallace, Loretta Walsh, Viv Leacock, Amanda Wong, Johannah Newmarch, Natasha Burnett, Ben Rosenbaum, Hrothgar Mathews

Hope Valley faces an economic downturn together. Meanwhile, Elizabeth (Krakow) and Bill (Wagner) learn that the children of Hope Valley have made a discovery that could change the future of the town.


A Lifelong Love
Friday, July 21 (9 p.m. ET/PT)
Starring: Andrea Brooks, Patch May

Storyline: While trying to reunite her grandfather with his lost love, Annika (Brooks) teams up with college sweetheart Ryan (May) to create a book about the experience, documenting different love stories along the way.

My Quick Take:

A Royal Christmas Crush was previously known as Winter Castle Royal Romance. While I like the addition of Christmas to the title, I personally rather miss the words Castle and Romance.

This is also not the first time Vanessa Lengies and Corey Sevier have starred in a Christmas movie together. The two previously starred in the 2020 holiday rom-com, Heart of the Holidays. They also worked together as children in 1997 on the Lassie TV series.

Based on the Christmas movie storylines we were given, I think I like the plot of A Royal Christmas Crush best, even though it does have a royal theme, but we'll see. I think Stephen Huszar could be believable as a handsome prince.

Vanessa Lengies and Corey Sevier were cute together, in my opinion, in Heart of the Holidays, so they may win me over again. Although, I'm not big on the story tropes where people wake up in alternate lifestyles. Maybe, it's just me. What do you think? Please share your take in comments below...

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries begins airing Christmas movies on June 23rd and the Hallmark Channel begins their Christmas in July event on July 1st - airing movies every day from 10am to 10pm EST! See the Christmas TV Schedule for more details. I'll be adding even more Christmas movies to the schedule as they are released.

Happy (almost) Christmas in July!!!

Leading the Way in June - a New Dancing MysteryπŸ”Ž and 2 Wedding Movies...πŸ’’ See Here:

Happy first weekend in June, everyone!

When I think of June, I think... school's out, summer's almost here, June Weddings, Flag Day, Father's Day, and vacation time!

With the new wedding movies and dancing mystery premiering Friday through Sunday... hopefully, you'll have a little downtime, and one of the new movies will sweep you off your feet!

See all of the movie details below...


Friday, June 2, 2023:

Watch Lacey Chabert in two Crossword Mysteries movies - leading up to the premiere of her new mystery...

Storyline: Sparks fly when a no-nonsense detective (Lacey Chabert) must reluctantly team up with a charismatic British dance star (Will Kemp) in order to solve a murder, literally one step at a time, at a stunning luxury resort in Malta!

Premieres Friday, June 2, 2023
at 9pm/8c. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

*Encores Sunday, June 4th at 5pm/4c.


Saturday, June 3, 2023:

Enjoy a full day of classic wedding rom-coms on the Hallmark Channel leading up to the premiere of...

Storyline: Trish is a journalist who is on back-to-back bridesmaid duty for her three best friends. When her date is unable to join, she pairs up with photographer Ryan, the brother of her best friend.

Premieres Saturday, June 3, 2023
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel


Sunday, June 4, 2023:

Here comes the Bride(?) in UPtv's premiere of...

Storyline: A diehard romantic sets a date for her wedding despite still being single. As she goes on a quest to find a fiancΓ©, she’s unaware true love might be right under her nose.

Premieres Sunday, June 4, 2023
at 7pm/6c. on UPtv

*Read Florence's movie review of The Wedding Wish - here!


Sunday, June 4, 2023:

See a special encore presentation on the Hallmark Channel of the faith-based film...

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

Encores Sunday, June 4, 2023
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel

*Read movie reviews of The Blessing Bracelet from Maria, Allie B, Joan, Joyce in Carolina, Donna, Namegirl, and myself - here!


I hope you all have a pleasant weekend ahead! If your temps are going to be really hot, like mine, be sure to keep cool (as much as possible!) and stay hydrated.

I'm looking forward to taking a break from the heat and watching Lacey Chabert and Will Kemp's new movie together! I adore their previous films - Love, Romance, and Chocolate and Christmas Waltz, so I'm hopeful this one will be just as good!

Please Note: I haven't screened the new movies. If you'd like to share a review, please do so in comments below...

For those of you who haven't had the opportunity to see The Blessing Bracelet yet, I highly recommend it! The movie is such a beautiful story of faith and redemption. I pray it also blesses and inspires you!

Have a wonderful, blessed weekend, everyone!


"The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you..."

~Numbers 6:24-25

Click on the Blessing Bracelets below for more details...

Thursday, June 1, 2023

πŸŽ„ Great American Family Announces Premiere Date for "A Belgian Chocolate Christmas" 🍫

Great American Family made an official announcement today regarding their Christmas in July movie event! The network also gave a premiere date for "A Belgian Chocolate Christmas," their new Christmas in July movie premiere!

See the full press release below...

Press Release via Great American Media:


NEW YORK, NY – June 1, 2023 – The whimsical season of enjoying hot cocoa and Christmas cookies on blazing 100-degree days is upon us, as ‘Great American Christmas in July’ returns to Great American Family on June 30. Along with 24/7 holiday films, ‘Great American Christmas in July’ features the World Premiere of A Belgian Chocolate Christmas, starring Jaclyn Hales and Zane Stephens, Saturday, July 8 at 8 pm ET.

In A Belgian Chocolate Christmas, a photographer takes her best friend’s place at a Belgian culinary school at the holidays and connects with the chocolatier leading the class. As romance begins to bloom, the only problem is a case of mistaken identity.

Great American Family recently announced the network’s sustained ratings growth streak after closing out April 2023 as TV’s fastest-growing network for six consecutive months.

Photo: Jaclyn Hales, Zane Stephens (© Great American Family)


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

Mead Rust

My Quick Take:

So... that's certainly exciting news that we will be able to see the premiere of "A Belgian Chocolate Christmas" on July 8th! That leaves plenty of time for encore airings throughout the month. 

And I'm delighted we now have this confirmation that movies will air 24/7!!!

*Christmas in July* is certainly going to be a fun event this year on Great American Family!

May your day be Merry & Bright!