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Friday, February 28, 2014

The Voting has Ended...

Itโ€™s a Wonderful Movie... your Guide to Family Movies

The Voting for the Annual
"It's a Wonderful Movie" Awards has ended.

Thank you! Thank you!

To everyone who participated by voting in these polls.
I appreciate you all taking your time to share your favorites. 

Please Stay Tuned for the results!
Coming Soon...


Movieguide Awards 2014

Movieguide is a Christian family guide to movies and entertainment. This weekend, they will be giving out awards to those in the entertainment industry, they feel, best deserve this recognition.

See the one hour show on the REELZ Channel – Saturday, March 1st and a repeat airing, Sunday March 2nd at 2 PM est/ 1c.

Appearing on the awards program will be “The Bible’s” Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie and Korie Robertson, Writer/Director Corbin Bernsen, “American Idol” winner, Jordin Sparks, “Grace Unplugged” stars James Denton and AJ Michalka, and many more…

Among the nominated TV shows and movies are: “Grace Unplugged,” Hallmark Hall of Fame Movies “Christmas in Conway” and “Remember Sunday,” “Duck Dynasty,” “42,” “Frozen,” “Despicable Me 2,” “Man of Steel,” “The Bible,” “Blue Bloods,” and Tim Allen's “Last Man Standing,” and more…

You may have also heard the controversy around the previously Oscar Nominated Song, “Alone yet not Alone”, sung by Joni Erickson Tada, who is a quadriplegic, writer, and amazing artist. The song was disqualified for an Oscar, supposedly, because one of the song’s composers sent an email, promoting the film, to voting members during the voting time. Joni will sing “Alone yet not Alone”, the title song for this movie, during the Movieguide awards show.

Dr. Ted Baehr is the co-founder and chairman of Movieguide.
See more about the Movieguide awards here: http://movieguideawards.com/.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Enjoy your next family movie night!

February 2014 Family Schedule Archive

This is an Archive of the Family Schedule from February 2014, created for our future reference.

Click Here for the updated Family TV Schedule!

We also remembered Ralph Waite, (the father from The Waltons series) this month,
with Special TV Tributes from UP, INSP, and the Hallmark Channel.
These networks gave special tribute to Mr. Waite, after his passing on February 13, 2014.
From our Home and Family, Goodnight John Walton...


February 1, 2014 - Saturday

When Calls the Heart (Episode 4 : The Television Series) ... Hallmark Channel ... 9 PM *NEW PREMIERE
(see a re-airing of this episode on Feb. 7th, Friday Night!)

February 2, 2014 - Sunday

Hallmark Channel's Inaugural Kitten Bowl ... Hallmark Channel ... 12 PM - 12 AM *NEW PREMIERE
Puppy Bowl X ... Animal Planet ... 3 PM *NEW PREMIERE
Cloud 9 ... Disney Channel ... 6:45 PM *ENCORE

February 3, 2014 - Monday

Step Dogs ... Disney XD ... 5 PM *NEW PREMIERE

February 7, 2014 - Friday

When Calls the Heart (Episode 4 : The Television Series) ... Hallmark Channel ... 9 PM *ENCORE

February 8, 2014 - Saturday

Chance at Romance ... Hallmark Channel ... 7 PM *NEW PREMIERE
When Calls the Heart (Episode 5 : The Television Series) ... Hallmark Channel ... 9 PM *NEW PREMIERE
Chance at Romance ... Hallmark Channel ... 10 PM *ENCORE

February 9, 2014 - Sunday

*Special Valentines Marathon of "The Waltons" on INSP ~ "Romance Walton's Style"

Chance at Romance ... Hallmark Channel ... 12 PM *ENCORE
The Waltons - "The Love Story" ... INSP ... 2 PM
The Waltons - "The Matchmakers" ... INSP ... 3 PM
The Waltons - "The Woman" ... INSP ... 4 PM
The Waltons - "The Collision" ... INSP ... 5 PM
The Town that came a Courtin' ... UP ... 5 PM *ENCORE
The Waltons - "The Wedding" ... INSP ... 6 PM
When Calls the Heart (Episode 5 : The Television Series) ... Hallmark Channel ... 7 PM *ENCORE
Far From Home ... UP ... 7 PM *NEW PREMIERE
Chance at Romance ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *ENCORE
The Town that came a Courtin' ... UP ... 9 PM *ENCORE
When Calls the Heart (Episode 5 : The Television Series) ... Hallmark Channel ... 10 PM *ENCORE
Far From Home ... UP ... 11 PM *ENCORE

February 12, 2014 - Wednesday

My Gal Sunday ... Hallmark Movie Channel ... 7 PM *ENCORE

February 13, 2014 - Thursday

My Gal Sunday ... Hallmark Movie Channel ... 1 PM *ENCORE

February 14, 2014 - Friday

Valentines Day!

*Special Valentines Marathon of Various Shows, including "Little House", "The Waltons", "Dr. Quinn" and More on INSP!

INSP's Valentine Marathon of Romantic Themed Episodes ... INSP ... 10 AM - 12 AM
The Lost Valentine ... Hallmark Channel ... 4 PM
Be My Valentine ... Hallmark Channel ... 6 PM
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown & A Charlie Brown Valentine ... ABC ... 8 PM
Chance at Romance ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *ENCORE
The Town that came a Courtin' ... UP ... 8 PM *ENCORE
June in January ... Hallmark Channel ... 10 PM *ENCORE
The Town that came a Courtin' ... UP ... 10 PM *ENCORE

February 15, 2014 - Saturday

Love Comes Softly Marathon on the Hallmark Channel!

Love Finds a Home ... Hallmark Channel ... 1 PM
Love Begins ... Hallmark Channel ... 3 PM
Love's Everlasting Courage ... Hallmark Channel ... 5 PM
Love Comes Softly ... Hallmark Channel ... 7 PM
When Calls the Heart (Episode 6 : The Television Series) ... Hallmark Channel ... 9 PM *NEW PREMIERE
Love's Enduring Promise ... Hallmark Channel ... 10 PM

February 16, 2014 - Sunday

*Special Valentines Marathon of "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman" on INSP ~ "Dr. Quinn in Love"

TV Tributes to Ralph Waite:
Sunday, February 16th at 6 PM
"The Waltons Reunion Special" 
a special episode of "The Waltons"
and "Old Henry".
Sunday, February 16th:
"A Wedding on Walton's Mountain" at 9 AM
"A Walton Wedding" at 11 AM

Chance at Romance ... Hallmark Channel ... 2 PM *ENCORE
Dr Quinn - "Best Friends" ... INSP ... 2 PM
Dr Quinn - "Return Engagement" Part 1 ... INSP ... 3 PM
Dr Quinn - "Return Engagement" Part 2 ... INSP ... 4 PM
Dr Quinn - "Ready or Not" ... INSP ... 5 PM
When Calls the Heart (Episode 6 : The Television Series) ... Hallmark Channel ... 10 PM *ENCORE

February 17, 2014 - Monday

Cloud 9 ... Disney XD ... 6 PM *ENCORE

February 20, 2014 - Thursday
TV Tribute to Ralph Waite:
Thursday, February 2Oth:
Two Special "Pa" Episodes of "The Waltons" at 8 PM & 9 PM
February 21, 2014 - Friday

When Calls the Heart (Episode 6 : The Television Series) ... Hallmark Channel ... 9 PM *ENCORE

February 22, 2014 - Saturday

TV Tribute to Ralph Waite:
Hallmark Channel
The Waltons Reunion Movie Marathon 1 PM - 9 PM

When Calls the Heart (Episode 7 : The Television Series) ... Hallmark Channel ... 9 PM *NEW PREMIERE

February 23, 2014 - Sunday

Signed, Sealed, Delivered ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *ENCORE
When Calls the Heart (Episode 7 : The Television Series) ... Hallmark Channel ... 10 PM *ENCORE

February 26, 2014 - Wednesday

Heartland (The Television Drama Series returns) ... UP ... 8 PM *NEW SEASON

February 28, 2014 - Friday

When Calls the Heart (Episode 7 : The Television Series) ... Hallmark Channel ... 9 PM *ENCORE


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Hallmark & UP give us 5 New Original TV Movies

"The Redemption of Henry Myers"

(Click on the Movie Titles for more details...)

*Drew Waters and Erin Bethea star in Hallmark Movie Channel Western "The Redemption of Henry Myers"

*Bonnie Somerville stars in Hallmark Channel Movie
"Mother's Day Off"

*Kimberly Elise stars in UP Original Movie
"Apple Mortgage Cake"

*Lea Thompson stars in UP Original Movie
"My Mother's Future Husband"

*Sarah Lancaster stars in the UP Original Movie
"Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio"

In addition to these new Movies, the Hallmark Channel has changed the premiere dates for two of their movies in April. Lucky in Love will now air on April 5th and A Lesson in Love will air on April 19th.

I hope you all enjoy your next "Family Movie Night!"

Drew Waters and Erin Bethea star in Hallmark Western Movie "The Redemption of Henry Myers"


The Redemption of Henry Myers

Network: Hallmark Movie Channel

Original Air Date: March 23, 2014


Drew Waters ... Henry Myers
Erin Bethea ... Marilyn
Jaden Roberts ... Laura
Ezra Proch ... Will
Beau Smith ... Clay
Rio Alexander ... Mac
Luce Rains ... Sheriff Tom
Dylan Kenin ... Bob
Vic Browder ... Prisoner
Marc Comstock ... Arthur
Robert H. Doudell ... Wacky Saloon / Person
Susie Gillespie ... Townsperson / saloon
Chad Gundersen ... Mr. Clancy
John Hardman ... Bartender
Kimberly Kiegel ... Margret
Richard Kimberley ... Blacksmith
Dustin Lane ... Blacksmith's Son
Michael McCabe ... Pastor
Melissa McCurley ... Mrs. Clancy
Mike Miller ... George
Mike Ostroski ... Jim
Tish Rayburn-Miller ... Maribell
Kevin Wiggins ... Frank
Wayne D. Wilkinson ... Trapper
Harry Zimmerman ... Murvin


via Hallmark:

Henry Myers is living a hard life, surviving on the frontier any way he can - even if it means robbing a bank. After his latest heist backfires and his partners betray him and leave him for dead, Henry's life takes a surprising turn when he finds kindness and compassion from a widow and her children.

Movie Review:

Every man can change. Every man has choices. These are some of the powerful messages you will find in the movie, The Redemption of Henry Myers.

All his life, Henry has never known the love of family or God, until he is at the end of his rope.

Henry and his partners, Clay and Mac, scheme to steal money from the bank. Although, Henry is a thief, he does not intend to be a murderer and actually tries to protect the bank teller from his trigger happy friends. Henry succeeds in getting the bank money and runs to hide it at the church. In the process, he hears someone approaching, he trips backwards and the gun goes off in his hand, hitting the minister, who has just walked into the room. Henry rushes over to him in obvious distress. The minister, shocked and wounded, hands him his Bible and whispers his last words to Henry, "You can change."

One year later, on the run from Clay and Mac, dirty, unshaven, and wounded by gunshot, Marilyn, a widow, and her children Will and Laura find Henry Myers, a complete stranger, lying in the woods and take him into their home. They care for all of his needs, dress his wounds, and extend their prayers and great kindness. Henry is reluctant to accept, but is too weak to leave in his condition. Laura, from the start, is taken with Henry, and is the first to extend her love, by giving him an arm sling, made out of one of her old dresses.

Henry, eases into his new life with this family... in turn, he teaches Laura to play the guitar, and helps the boy with his shooting... and day by day, he becomes closer to the family. It is easy to see, from his clean-shaven face, to the way he responds to Marilyn and the children, he is becoming, little by little, a changed man.

Later, when Henry is well, he shares with them that he saw God's love through them, when they took him in, and the story of the Good Samaritan. One day Henry asks Marilyn if she believes a man can really be forgiven. She says yes, but has no idea how her faith will be tested.

Henry starts to believe that perhaps he can change, he can become a new man, and be forgiven, but a new revelation comes to light and his old partners Clay and Mac are getting closer to tracking him down, once again, in search still of that bank money.

Can Henry ever find that peace he's been seeking and the forgiveness he has always longed for?

In the end, it is a Powerful Story. Amazing. Deep. Full of Hope and Promise. And God's Amazing Love!

See or Skip:

Absolutely see! If you love series such as Love Comes Softly or When Calls the Heart, then you will enjoy this emotionally stirring film, as well.

My one caution: This is a true western with gunfights, etc... so please be aware of this before viewing. Probably best for mature children 10 and up.

A wonderful story about faith and forgiveness and, of course, redemption!


Kimberly Elise stars in UP Original Movie "Apple Mortgage Cake"


Apple Mortgage Cake

Network: UP

Original Air Date: April 27, 2014

Actress Kimberly Elise
image via: UP TV
Kimberly Elise ... Angela Logan
Kevin Hanchard ... Melvin
Darlene Cooke ... Grandmother Nellie
Millie Davis ... young Angela Logan
A.J. Saudin ... Marcus
Stephan James ... William
Lamar Johnson ... Nicolas
Gabrielle Miller
Joanne Boland
Paul De La Rosa
Catherine Disher
Peter Williams
Siobhan Murphy
Barry Flatman


via UP TV:

A five-year-old Angela Logan (Millie Davis) is in her grandmother Nellie’s (Darlene Cooke) kitchen in Teaneck, New Jersey learning how to make apple cake and discovering the joys of baking.

Nellie tells Angela: “Cake makes people happy. One bowl, one mixer, and the right company, and you’re set for life.”

Thirty-five years later, Angela (Kimberly Elise) is a single, working mom with three teenage boys, Marcus (A.J. Saudin), William, (Stephan James) and Nicolas (Lamar Johnson). She juggles various jobs and helps with employment counseling at the local Mission. While thrilled to be in the family home where she learned to bake, the house is falling apart, with sections deemed uninhabitable by inspectors after storm and flood damage. Plus, the car just decided not to start – and the boys all still need shoes, books and food.

She has always made due until now – when her lender calls in the mortgage loan and puts her into foreclosure. Angela has 10 days to come up with $4000 or she loses her home.

The UP original drama, Apple Mortgage Cake, is based on the true story of a woman who decides to bake 100 apple cakes and sell them at $40 each in order to save her home – and how this idea completely changes her and her family.

As word of her “bake sale” ripples out through neighbors, friends, her church and even old flames, such as Melvin (Kevin Hanchard), the story soon spreads to the news, locally, nationally and internationally. Orders fly in from all over the world. Angela is taken off guard by the overwhelming support.

But soon, this fiercely independent woman learns to depend on the kindness and love of others that comes her way, particularly when the community and local businesses rally around Angela to help her finish and ship the initial stack of orders.

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Bonnie Somerville stars in Hallmark Movie "Mom's Day Away"


Mom's Day Away

Also Known As: Mother's Day Off

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: May 10, 2014


Bonnie Somerville ... Laura Miller
James Tupper ... Michael
Ona Grauer ... Trish
Kevin McNulty
Toby Levins
Iain Belcher
Kaitlyn Bernard


via Hallmark:

Stay-at-home mom Laura Miller (Somerville) chose family life over a glamorous career. Her husband Michael (Tupper), a workaholic realtor, eternally conducts business on his cell phone while her 17-year old son (Belcher) and 12-year old daughter (Bernard) are absorbed in their young life dramas. It’s Mother’s Day weekend and still nobody is paying attention to Laura’s needs. Excitement is injected into Laura’s life when her dazzling and affluent BFF Trish (Grauer) shows up and whisks her off on an adventure-filled trip to a lavish resort.

Over this Mother’s Day weekend, Laura has an awakening, making up for lost time by overindulging in the resort’s luxurious offerings and rekindling her career aspirations when Trish’s wealthy client (McNulty) encourages her to follow her dreams. As Trish begins to realize her jet-setting lifestyle may not be as fulfilling as settling down with the love of her life (Levins), Laura learns that living her dreams won’t bring true happiness unless her family is along for the adventure.

Bonnie Somerville and James Tupper
"on set" pic - via Twitter

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Lea Thompson stars in UP Original Movie "My Mother's Future Husband"


My Mother's Future Husband

Network: UP

Original Air Date: May 11, 2014


Lea Thompson ... Rene
Lochlyn Munro ... Scott
Matreya Fedor ... Headly
Sebastian Spence ... Andrew
Burkely Duffield ... Bodie
Rachel Hayward ... Mitzi
Jacob Tremblay ... Connor
Gig Morton ... Willis
Ben Wilkinson ... Eric
Frank Cassini ... Chuck
Rene Pierre ... Wayne
Sigourney Wallace ... Student
Everick Golding ... Lou
Gemma Martini ... Mrs. Donnely
Chelsea Leung ... Bianca


via UP:

A mother and widow of five years, Rene Anderson (Lea Thompson, Back to the Future , “Caroline in the City”), has thrown herself into running her cozy bistro with friend, cook and co-owner Lou (Everick Golding) and wrapped her entire social life around being her 15-year old daughter Headly’s (Matreya Fedor) BFF. While Headly still grieves the loss of her dad, she’s also discovering boys – specifically Bodie Miller (Burkely Duffield), the handsome jock who recently returned to town – and songwriting. Determined to get out of fancy dinners and zumba lessons with mom, Headly sets some secret romantic goals for them both – help Rene find love and get her own first meaningful kiss – before summer arrives. With her astronomy-obsessed best friend Willis (Gig Morton), Headly concocts a variety of schemes to find her mother’s “future husband,” from interviews in the park for “a Social Studies project” to creating an online profile and video link of Rene talking about herself and looking very pretty. After successfully maneuvering several nice guys into the bistro, sparks seem to fly with windowed dad Andrew (Sebastian Spence), but a misunderstanding threatens to derail Headly’s plans. Meanwhile, Headly discovers dating is more challenging than expected. With summer looming, Rene and Headly ultimately find that they must first deal with the past in order to open their hearts to the romantic possibilities in front of them.

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"on set" pic via Matreya Fedor's Twitter


Sarah Lancaster stars in the UP Original Movie "Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio"


Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio

Network: UP

Original Air Date: June 1, 2014

*Based on the Book, Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio by Author Serena B. Miller.


Sarah Lancaster ... Rachel Troyer
Kelly McGillis ... Bertha Troyer
Tom Everett Scott ... Joe Matthews
Thomas Kapanowski ... Bobby Matthews
Annie Kitral ... Lydia Troyer
Marianna Alacchi ... Anna Troyer
Nicole Badaan ... Kim
Geoffrey Hoffman ... Dylan Matthias
Madison Blake ... Young Rachel Troyer
Mary Anne Prevost ... Mary Anne, Bank Teller
Joe Kurak ... Head Official
Andrew Kuebel ... Baseball Fan
Kris Leiter ... Umpire
Christopher Kaczmarek ... Pedestrian
Greg Violand ... Ed Spencer
Thomas W Wolf ... Police Officer
Brian Briggs ... Bank patron
Tiffani Hilton ... Amish Girl
Sue Danna Myer ... Bank Patron
Katherine DeBoer ... Chloe Styles
Kevin Fox ... Steinstossen Fan / News Camerman #2
Steven Miller ... Baseball Fan #1
Ryan Stockham ... Baseball Fan #2
Al LaFleur IV ... Officer Tim Hunter
Jocelyn Jae Tanis ... Reporter
Theresa Wylie ... Police Officer


via UP:

Rachel Troyer (Sarah Lancaster) is a smart, focused, single policewoman in the quaint town of Sugarcreek, nicknamed “The Little Switzerland of Ohio” and located about an hour south of Akron, in the heart of Amish country. She frequently looks in on her three kindly Amish aunts Bertha (Kelly McGillis), Anna (Marianna Alacchi) and Lydia (Annie Kitral), who raised Rachel from girlhood after she was orphaned and are the proprietors of a picturesque, although faded, farmhouse inn.

When a mysterious stranger, Joe (Tom Everett Scott), shows up on the inn’s doorstep with his five-year-old son, Bobby (Thomas Kapanowski), the aunts insist on taking the pair in as a matter of faith and good will. Rachel’s police instincts immediately tell her that this seemingly broke outsider is much too refined to be the drifter he presents himself to be. So, while the aunts welcome Joe as a handyman and enjoy having a child around the Sugar Haus Inn again, a wary, suspicious – yet attracted – Rachel becomes determined to uncover his identity. Her digging not only reveals his surprising identity, but the fact that he’s run away from his home, his life, and a shocking unsolved murder. Unfortunately, Rachel’s digging doesn’t go unnoticed, which brings Joe’s past – and its violence – right into this quiet Amish community.

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