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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My Interview with Writer Dandi Daley Mackall, of the Hallmark Channel Original Movie... MY BOYFRIENDS' DOGS!

I am delighted to share with you all today...

My Exclusive Interview with Writer,
Dandi Daley Mackall,
who has written over 400 books...
including a novel titled:
My Boyfriends’ Dogs, that has become
a Hallmark Channel Original Movie!

Writer Dandi Daley Mackall is from the Midwest, residing with her family and beloved pets, in rural Ohio.

From a young age, growing up amidst a family of storytellers, Dandi knew she always wanted to be a writer. And now, those horizons have broadened even further, to movie making!

Please see all the exciting details (below) of Dandi’s new TV movie, in her interview, with me!

Writer Dandi Daley Mackall, on the set of My Boyfriends' Dogs,
with the stars of the movie:
Adam, Shirley, and Eve

The Interview....

1. First of all, since the Hallmark Movie My Boyfriends’ Dogs is based on your book, by the same name, can you share with us some of your other popular book titles? Do you, perhaps, have a favorite?

Thanks for asking that (though it’s a bit like asking me to name my favorite child….). THE SILENCE OF MURDER, Knopf/Random House, won an Edgar Award. LOVE RULES is a novel I’d love to see as a movie. THE SECRETS OF TREE TAYLOR, Knopf/Random just released, and I hope it will be popular because it’s the most autobiographical thing I’ve written, which is a bit scary. But the one that’s sold over half a million copies is WINNIE THE HORSE GENTLER.

2. What was your reaction when you first learned the Hallmark Channel wanted to turn your book My Boyfriend’s Dogs into a movie?

Honestly, I hung up the phone and screamed, “I’m going to be a movie!” Then I spent the next hour trying to convince family and friends that I wasn’t kidding. I was naΓ―ve enough to believe that when a book is optioned, it will certainly be a movie. Not true. Since then, I’ve discovered how rare, even miraculous, it is for that option to lead all the way through to the screen. I’ve also been grateful to join the ranks of Hallmark. I knew the story would remain family-friendly. And as it turned out, Hallmark made sure the movie stayed very close to the book.

3. Do you, personally, have any dogs? Or, other animals?

I grew up riding bareback, with a couple of dogs tagging along behind me. A writer’s adage is: Write what you know about. I know horses and dogs, and besides the WINNIE books, I’ve written HORSEFEATHERS! series, BACKYARD HORSES series, and STARLIGHT ANIMAL RESCUE, plus easy reader children’s books, BOB THE HORSE. Now we’re down to one horse, a paint, Cheyenne. And we have two wanna-be Shih-Tzu pups, Moxie and Munch, plus a host of outside cats and wildlife visitors.

4. Where do you find inspiration for your stories/characters? Does your faith play a role?

What a lovely question, in an age that doesn’t always want to talk about faith—yes, my faith plays a major role in my writing. I came to a faith in Christ a bit later than many and after quite a struggle.
I don’t think I’ve ever been didactic or faith-in-your-face in any of my books, but I think if we’re writing from our heart and our characters are authentic, what we believe becomes a natural part of everything we do, including writing. Inspiration is everywhere—the morning call of a mourning dove, a broken chair in the middle of a corn field, the guy on the bus, the woman in the check-out line, the smell of an attic in summer, not to mention my quirky family and friends.

5. Did you visit the set of My Boyfriends’ Dogs during filming and meet the cast?
Actress Erika Christensen
on the set of My Boyfriends Dogs
with Dandi Daley Mackall

Yes! What a wonderful experience that was—surreal to see characters who started in my head, now walking around and saying my words! My sister from Oklahoma and I (from Ohio) flew to Vancouver to see the final days of filming. I was afraid we’d be fifth-and-sixth wheels, but the phenomenal cast and crew treated us like royalty. Marcy Gross and Ann Weston, producers, drove us from set to set. Erika Christensen and the rest of the cast couldn’t have been more gracious. And I loved those dogs! I’d always imagined movies being filmed from beginning to end. Instead, we got to see the climax, the wedding scene, then skip to one of Bailey Daley’s boyfriends, then skip to the yoga scene (where you can see me sitting on a park bench . . . if you don’t blink).

6. What do you hope viewers will take away from watching your Hallmark Channel movie My Boyfriends’ Dogs?

First of all, I’d love for an entire family to have a great time watching the movie together. It still feels unbelievable to think of families all over watching my little story in their living rooms. Blows my mind. Beyond that, there is a theme about unconditional love, about waiting for someone who will accept you the way you are and love you just like that. If only we could all be more like dogs—they’re always happy to see you; they forgive you; and they love you unconditionally.

My Boyfriends' Dogs, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie

Thank you so much, Dandi, for sharing your passion for Writing Stories and exciting Movie Experience with all of us!

I absolutely loved your response... to the question, “Where do you find inspiration?”. It is a joy to “meet” another believer in Christ and with the very mention of the “broken chair in the middle of a corn field”, you spoke directly to my “country girl” heart. Then, as any good writer does, you took me back to my childhood, playing in my Grandmother’s home, with the simple mention of “the smell of an attic in summer…” It’s amazing how words, smells, and even peaceful silence… can carry our hearts and imaginations to somewhere else. Thank you for blessing all of us with your lovely words!

Thank you to everyone... who just read my interview with writer Dandi Daley Mackall. I hope you enjoyed it and will take away something just as beautiful and meaningful, as I did!

Also, I truly hope you will all enjoy her new Hallmark Channel Original MovieMy Boyfriends’ Dogs. As Dandi wrote above... "If only we could all be more like dogs—they’re always happy to see you; they forgive you; and they love you unconditionally."

Gather your family & dogs, too, and enjoy a family movie night of watching My Boyfriends’ Dogs - premiering October 18th on the Hallmark Channel!

Until next time... God bless, Net

You can follow writer Dandi Daley Mackall on -
Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, her Web-site, and her Blog.

See my post on “My Boyfriends’ Dogs” for more Movie Details!

Please share your thoughts on this Interview by clicking on "Comments" or "Post a Comment", below...

*Pictures above via: Dandi Mackall and Hallmark Crown Media Family Network.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries - New Look! New Name!

Today "Hallmark Movie Channel"
official changes it's name and becomes
"Hallmark Movies & Mysteries"!

image via: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

via Hallmark: "Get ready for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries! On September 29th (2014) Hallmark Movie Channel becomes Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, with more original movie premieres and mysteries that will keep you guessing!"

Watch this Video Clip...
which highlights what is to come for
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries -
with stars Candace Cameron Bure, Lori Loughlin, Dylan Neal, and more...

I am hoping this change of name will make this station more widely available to all cable and satellite providers!

If you do not have Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, please join me in calling our cable/satellite providers and asking them for the newly named Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel!

  • Call DirecTV at 1-800-531-5000. Please ask them to make Hallmark Movies & Mysteries available in SD, standard definition, like the DISH network does.

  • Call AT&T u-verse at 1-800.288.2020. Please ask them to give you the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Perhaps, with this change of name, more cable providers will "get a clue" and give its customers the channels they are seeking!

My take...
In any given Mystery, when a character disguises or changes his or her name, he may have something to hide... however,  Hallmark is just the opposite... I believe this new development - the recent changing of name, will make the newly branded Hallmark Movies & Mysteries shine even brighter, from out of the shadows, and eventually gain it's way into more of our homes!

Congratulations to...
Everyone at Hallmark, for this newly branded name and direction for your channel. It looks like many exciting adventures lie ahead for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries!

Friday, September 26, 2014

MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE starring Autumn Reeser premieres this weekend on the Hallmark Channel!

It's a Cinderella story...
when a Young Woman meets her Prince Charming...

Hallmark Channel
Premieres Saturday September 27, 2014 at 9PM/8c.
See the Family TV Schedule for encore airings. 

Storyline: A beautiful, young businesswoman’s life takes a turn when she inherits a billion-dollar candy company. On Halloween night, she shares a dance with a handsome and mysterious “prince” at a masked costume ball and yearns....
 I hope you all enjoy this Fairy Tale Movie!

Let's hope...
"they live happily ever after…"

*Visit the Midnight Masquerade page for more details
on this movie!


Cedar Cove - Only 2 episodes remain...

Season 2 - Episode 11
 Airs Saturday September 27, 2014 at 8PM/7c.
Repeats immediately following Midnight Masquerade at 11PM/10c.
Storyline: Season 2, Episode 11- STAND AND DELIVER --
As Jack relapses and spends even more time in Seattle, an oblivious Olivia worries his writing is taking too much of a toll. While she thinks of a way to take the pressure of Jack's job off their relationship, the return to Cedar Cove of both Warren's corrupt business partner and Peggy's menacing harasser causes tension and danger to mount.
*Be sure to watch for...
Author Debbie Macomber, who will have a cameo role in this week's episode.
*Please Note: Cedar Cove does, at times, contain Adult Content and Situations. I have seen many comments of concern over this on Hallmark Channel's Facebook page. I share a lot of those concerns myself. I like the actors, the setting, and characters of Cedar Cove; however, as Hallmark fans, I know many of us turn to this station, in order to turn away from the usual dramas on network TV and cable that are filled with sex, drugs, and violence. We want wholesome adult entertainment that uplifts and inspires... which is what we are used to expecting from the Hallmark Channel... with When Calls the Heart, Signed Sealed Delivered, and all the many wonderful original movies!
Please share in the comments below your thoughts on Cedar Cove's Season 2.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Greetings Christmas Movie Watchers!!!


See the Christmas Movie Schedule below...

You will find in the Christmas TV Schedule below...

Throughout the Christmas season you will see Christmas Movie Premieres from... Great American Family, the Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (HMM), UPtv, BYU, INSP, Lifetime, and ION! Plus, I will be posting many of the Christmas Movies, Specials, Parades, Cartoons, etc... from your Local TV stations: ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, etc... and TCM, AMC, and more!!!

Throughout the year I will be promoting the Christmas movies airing on Great American Family, the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and any other network, if they choose to play them.

My goal here is...to only promote Family-Friendly Christmas Programming. Please check ratings before viewing any of the Christmas Movies below and be sure to check back for any updates or changes made to the schedule throughout the year! All times listed below are in Eastern Standard Time. 

Thank you for visiting *It's a Wonderful Movie*. I hope you enjoy the Christmas TV Schedule today!

God Bless Us, Everyone!
Net πŸŽ„

*TIMES/TITLES below are subject to change, please check back for updates!!

(See the previous ARCHIVED - 2023 Christmas TV Schedule - *Click Here*)



APRIL 2024

Friday, April 5, 2024:

On the 12th Date of Christmas ... Hallmark Channel ... 7pm
Three Wise Men and a Baby ... Hallmark Channel ... 9pm

Wednesday, April 17, 2024:

The Royal Nanny ... Hallmark Channel ... 9pm

Friday, April 19, 2024:

Cross Country Christmas ... Hallmark Channel ... 7pm
A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas ... Hallmark Channel ... 9pm
A Cozy Christmas Inn ... Hallmark Channel ... 11pm

Friday, April 26, 2024:

It's Christmas, Eve ... Hallmark Channel ... 7pm
Three Wise Men and a Baby ... Hallmark Channel ... 11pm


MAY 2024

Friday, May 3, 2024:

'Tis the Season to be Merry ... Hallmark Channel ... 7pm

Friday, May 10, 2024:

Everything Christmas ... Hallmark Channel ... 7pm
The Santa Summit ... Hallmark Channel ... 9pm

Thursday, May 16, 2024:

A Little Christmas Charm ... Hallmark Mystery ... 3pm
Project Christmas Wish ... Hallmark Mystery ... 5pm
Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas ... Hallmark Mystery ... 7pm
A Season for Family ... Hallmark Mystery ... 9pm

Friday, May 17, 2024:

A Royal Christmas Crush ... Hallmark Channel ... 7pm
Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas ... Hallmark Channel ... 9pm

Monday, May 20, 2024:

Mystery on Mistletoe Lane ... Hallmark Mystery ... 9pm

Tuesday, May 21, 2024:

The Santa Stakeout ... Hallmark Mystery ... 5pm

Friday, May 24, 2024:

A Fabled Holiday ... Hallmark Channel ... 7pm
Northern Lights of Christmas ... Hallmark Channel ... 9pm

Wednesday, May 29, 2024:

The Royal Nanny ... Hallmark Mystery ... 9pm

Friday, May 31, 2024:

Christmas on My Mind ... Hallmark Channel ... 7pm
Christmas Island ... Hallmark Channel ... 9pm

Thank you for stopping by today to visit! Be sure to sign up for e-mail alerts (near top right) for the latest Christmas TV Movie news!

*If you would like to know more about Made-for-TV Christmas Movies, click on the Christmas Movies page where all the movies are listed, from this year, and several years back.

*ARCHIVE - 2024 Christmas TV Schedule

*ARCHIVE - 2023 Christmas TV Schedule

*ARCHIVE - 2022 Christmas TV Schedule

*ARCHIVE - 2021 Christmas TV Schedule

*ARCHIVE - 2020 Christmas TV Schedule

*ARCHIVE - 2019 Christmas TV Schedule

*ARCHIVE - 2018 Christmas TV Schedule

*ARCHIVE - 2017 Christmas TV Schedule

*ARCHIVE - 2016 Christmas TV Schedule


You will find on the Christmas TV Schedule above... Christmas Movie Premieres from... Great American Family, the Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (HMM), UP, INSP, Lifetime, ION, and Freeform! Plus, I will be posting many of the Christmas Movies, Specials, Parades, Cartoons, etc... from your Local TV stations: ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, etc... and TCM, AMC, and More!!!

*Please Note: Both Hallmark networks do update and change their schedules often throughout the Christmas Season. I will do my best to update along the way. If you catch any changes, please e-mail me at: itsawonderfulchristmas@yahoo.com and I will update as soon as possible!

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*I appreciate all of your Support and Suggestions in creating the "Christmas TV Schedule" throughout the Christmas Season! If you hear any news on a new Christmas Movie or see a schedule released from any network, please e-mail me, and let me know!

Thank you to all my faithful followers!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!

God Bless Us, Everyone... Net

PAPER ANGELS, an UP Original Christmas Movie


Paper Angels

Network: UP

Original Air Date: November 16, 2014

*This Movie is based on the song and story Paper Angels by country singer and songwriter Jimmy Wayne.

*The song Paper Angels is available for download at Amazon.

Jimmy Wayne with Paper Angels cast members
on set image via: instagram




Josie Bissett ... Lynn Brandt
Matthew Settle ... Kevin Morrell
Rustin Gresiuk ... Thomas Brandt
Kendra Anderson ... Jenny Morrell
Farryn VanHumbeck ... Sara Brandt
Burkely Duffield ... Vic West
Danny Wattley ... Pastor Graham Cody
Anja Savcic ... Cassie Bale
Jim Byrnes ... Bill Price
Russell Porter ... Darryl Brandt
Dolores Drake ... Captain Hannah Chambers
Manny Jacinto ... Jamie Lang
Chris Gauthier ... Murphy
Lindsay Maxwell ... Jill Newbry
Ecstasia Sanders ... Beth Anne Wilson


via UP --

Paper Angels will make its world television premiere on UP in November 2014 as the Salvation Army’s Angel Trees arrive in malls and other locations coast-to-coast.

In Paper Angels, abused wife Lynn (Josie Bissett), leaves her alcoholic husband Darryl (Russell Porter), with her two kids, Thomas (Rustin Gresiuk) and Sara (Farryn Van Humbeck) and move to another town where she works as a waitress to make ends meet. In that same town, we meet Kevin (Matthew Settle), whose Marketing & Design company is on the brink of shutting down due to the economy. Plus, Kevin’s wife Jenny (Kendra Anderson) is in a difficult pregnancy with twins. Thomas starts a new school and becomes the target of a bully who is threatened by how well he plays basketball. Unable to join the high school team, Thomas goes to the community center where he meets Kevin and the two of them become unlikely friends through pickup basketball games. Little do they know the tremendous impact they will have on each other’s families this Christmas through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. Inspired by the hit holiday song by country star Jimmy Wayne and book by Wayne with Travis Thrasher.  


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on set image of  cast members on Paper Angels, via: instagram


A Christmas Tree Miracle, an UP Original Movie



A Christmas Tree Miracle

Network: UP

Original Air Date: November 26, 2014


Kevin Sizemore ... David George
Claudia Esposito ... Julie George
Terry Kiser ... Henry Banks
Jill Whelan ... Cindy Cruthers
Barrett Carnahan ... Nick George
Emily Capehart ... Natalie George
Siomha Kenney ... Nina George
Michael Guy Allen ... Senator John Cutter
David Gray ... William George
Michael Meredith ... Mr. King
Jill Tighe ... Tessa
Lou Wegner ... Oliver
Jennifer Dillon ... Alicia
Robbie Barnes ... Colleen
Angela Blair ... Liz
Erika Toderic ... Molly
Klint Tomlinson ... Kel
John Williamson ... Mr. Kelly
Annie Kitral ... Marlene
J.W. Myers ... Tom Bowling
Frank Wilson ... Mr. Alderton
Frederick Taylor ... Hotel Manager
Rick Montgomery Jr. ... Photographer
Heidi Wilhelm ... Mail Carrier
Laura Lukasik ... Waitress


For the George family – accustomed to the luxuries of a privileged suburban life – Christmas has become a season of taking rather than giving. With dad preoccupied with work, mom on edge, and self-involved teens Nick and Natalie fixated on their ever-growing wish lists, the youngest, six-year-old Nina, is the only one with any true Christmas spirit. When their dad loses his job just before the holidays, the family ignores the severity of the situation and continues to live above their means. When the consequences catch up with them, they are left with nothing and nowhere to turn. Taken in by an eccentric Christmas tree farmer, the family learns that miracles can come true…if you believe!

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12 Dog Days Till Christmas, an UP Original Movie


12 Dog Days Till Christmas

Network: UP

Original Air Date: November 28, 2014


Reginald VelJohnson ... Art Stephenson
Vincent Giovagnoli ... Jack Whitley
Grainne McDermott ... Ryan
Lexi Giovagnoli ... Blair
Chandler Parnell ... Hillary
Peggy Barnell ... Josie
Lunden De'Leon ... Tina Stephenson
Lilly Nelson ... Martha Whitley
Frederick Lamonte Gause ... Trevor
Ahmad Tyron Gause ... Tony
Steve Earnest ... Lou
Austin Querubin ... Frankie
Jeffrey M. Miller ... Mr. Banks
Deborah Rogers ... Ms. Rose
Julie Norman ... Woman at Pet Store
Matthew W. Croshaw ... Pet Store Manager
Charlie Vaughn ... Father in Park
Pete Lutz ... Crazy Driver
Kailey Mixer ... Jennifer
Terrance McAllister ... Bryce
Robert Bacon ... Dr. George
Malcolm Evans ... Terry
Jada Rae Evans ... Ill Child
Samuel Musgrove ... Scaredy Cat
Triza Cox ... Art's Daughter
Stacie H. Davis ... Joanna
Steven Evans ... Ill Child's Father
Kylie DeBari ... Ariel the Elf Girl
Vanesa Lavado ... Pet Store Patron
Bronte Cunningham ... Jackie the Elf Girl
Lowell Koch ... Elderly Husband
Tinia Legette ... Tasha the Elf Girl
Klay Baker ... Son in Park
Chuck Barrow ... Santa
Anthony Lester II ... Bryce's Son
Jeremy Jones ... Husband
Robert Henry ... Jack's Neighbor
Devita Knight ... Nun
Kelli Jackson ... Shelter Woman
Brenda Henderson ... Shelter Woman
Pat Koch ... Elderly Wife
Michaela Ryhal ... Misty the Elf Girl
Heather Evans ... Ill Child's Mother
Sybil Slinker ... Nun
Rebekah Jones ... Wife
Christina F. Davis ... Bryce's Wife
Jonathan D. Burns ... Bryce's Son


When a foster teenager, who can’t seem to stay out of trouble, is assigned to work at a no-kill animal shelter for his community service, he finds a sense of responsibility and real connection to the true spirit of Christmas for the first time in his life. The shelter’s owner finds that she can no longer afford to fund the shelter and the clock begins to tick to get all the dogs placed in loving homes before Christmas.

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The Movie NATIVITY! on UP-TV



Network: UP

Original Air Date: November 29, 2014


Martin Freeman ... Paul Maddens
Marc Wootton ... Mr. Poppy
Jason Watkins ... Gordon Shakespeare
Ashley Jensen ... Jennifer Lore
Pam Ferris ... Mrs. Bevan
Alan Carr ... The Critic
Ricky Tomlinson ... Mayor
Rosie Cavaliero ... Miss Rye
John Sessions ... Mr. Lore
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Lore
Clarke Peters ... Studio Boss
Geoffrey Hutchings ... Father Tom
Matt Rippy ... Harrison
Rhydian Jones ... Studio Receptionist
Selina Cadell ... Oakmoor Headmistress


This Christmas, primary school teacher Paul Maddens (Martin Freeman) is charged with producing the school's nativity play. Competing against the posh rival school for the honor of best reviewed show in town, the stakes are raised when Paul idly boasts that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer (Ashley Jensen), a Hollywood producer, is coming to see his show with a view to turning it into a film. The only trouble is they haven't spoken in years. With eccentric assistant Mr. Poppy (Marc Wootton) fueling his “little white lie,” Maddens suddenly finds himself a local celebrity and at the center of quarreling parents and over-excited children desperate in their bid for fame and fortune. Maddens' only hope is to get back in touch with Jennifer and lure her to town so that everybody's Christmas wishes come true.

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The Movie NATIVITY 2: Danger in the Manger! on UP-TV


NATIVITY 2: Danger in the Manger!

Network: UP

Original Air Date: November 29, 2014



David Tennant ... Donald / Roderick Peterson
Marc Wootton ... Mr. Poppy
Jason Watkins ... Gordon Shakespeare
Joanna Page ... Mrs. Peterson
Ian McNeice ... Mr. Peterson's Dad
Jessica Hynes ... Angel Matthews
Pam Ferris ... Mrs. Bevan
Rosie Cavaliero ... Miss Rye
Jake Rollins ... Rhys



This Christmas, the unforgettable pupils of St. Bernadette's have set their hearts on competing in the national choir contest, "A Song For Christmas." But with the headmistress not in favor of the plan, new class teacher Mr. Peterson, along with his expecting wife, has his hands full trying to curb the enthusiasm of the kids, not to mention Mr. Poppy.

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