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Tuesday, August 27, 2019


Hallmark Press Release:


Hallmark Movies Now, Crown Media Family Networks’ fast-growing subscription streaming service, now has season one of Hallmark Movies Now first, original series, “When Hope Calls,” airing new episodes every Friday starting August 30th through October 25th, as well as 8 additional Hallmark movies, as it offers subscribers a fresh slate of programming during the month of September.

Highlights of debuts on Hallmark Movies Now throughout the month of September:

“When Hope Calls” - Season One
Stars: Morgan Kohan, Jocelyn Hudon, Ryan-James Hatanaka, Greg Hovanessian

“When Hope Calls” tells the story of sisters Lillian (Morgan Kohan) and Grace (Jocelyn Hudon) who open an orphanage in the 1916 Western town of Brookfield. Caught between the traditions of cattle ranchers and the ambitions of a growing town, they strive to find romance and happiness while overcoming the challenges of helping the children in their care. Throughout their journey, they discover community, acceptance and love as they create the family they always longed to have.

Original series premieres Friday, August 30, 2019. The first two episodes will be available Friday, August 30 with new episodes premiering every Friday through October 25, 2019.

•Ep 1 “New Hope” – Premieres Friday, August 30, 2019.

•Ep 2 “From the Ashes” – Premieres Friday, August 30, 2019.

•Ep 3 “Out of the Past” – Premieres Friday, September 6, 2019.

•Ep 4 “Lost and Found” – Premieres Friday, September 13, 2019.

•Ep 5 “A House United” – Premieres Friday, September 20, 2019.

•Ep 6 “The Search” – Premieres Friday, September 27, 2019.

“Hello, It's Me”
Stars: Kellie Martin, Kavan Smith

Two years after her husband dies in a sudden accident, Annie (Kellie Martin) and her two children are left to cope with the loss. Annie can't imagine falling in love again, until she meets a wealthy bachelor who is drawn to her free spirit. Afraid to love again, she longs for guidance when she starts to develop feelings for this new man. Her prayers are answered when she starts receiving communications from her late husband that encourage her to follow her heart.

“Darrow & Darrow: Body of Evidence”
Stars: Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Tom Cavanagh, Wendie Malick

An earnest young policeman believes a local woman has been wrongly convicted of murder and turns to defense attorney Claire Darrow (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) and D.A. Miles Strasberg (Tom Cavanagh) for help. Laura Graham has steadfastly denied killing her husband Tom, but was unable to rebut the powerful evidence tying her to the crime. That evidence, however, did not include a corpse: Tom’s body was never found. As Claire and Miles’ investigation leads them down unexpected paths, Claire is increasingly certain of Laura’s innocence - and not at all certain that a murder even took place.

“An Hour Behind”
Stars: Emily Rose, Barry Watson

The time change and a case of mistaken identity result in a wonderful blind date for Trish (Emily Rose) and Parker (Barry Watson), but is it enough to keep them together?

“Undercover Bridesmaid”
Stars: Brooke Burns, Nicole Paggi, Justin Baldoni, Gregory Harrison

An agent, who was once jilted at the altar, goes undercover to protect a mogul's daughter, a bride-to-be, from death threats. But the agent soon finds herself embroiled with the groom's questionable, yet charming best friend, and unable to separate her bitter feelings from her past to survive this assignment. Between the aunt who is depleting the family scholarship fund, the playboy cousin with an inheritance at stake, and a very angry business partner, almost every wedding attendee is a legitimate suspect.

“A Feeling of Home”
Stars: Jonna Walsh, Nathan Dean Parsons

Host of a New England web series, Abby (Jonna Walsh) is set to launch her own line of home products. All she needs is a few more authentically northeastern webisodes and the deal is done. But Abby's roots are actually in Texas, and now she must return to her dad's ranch to help him. Surprised to find her former boyfriend Ryan (Nathan Dean Parsons) is the ranch manager, Abby is soon swept up in their old chemistry. Torn between her Texas roots and her New England aspirations, Abby must decide where she belongs - with work in the northeast, or deep in the heart of Texas.

“After All These Years”
Stars: Wendie Malick, Martha Burns, Andrea Martin, Gregory Harrison

After 30 years of marriage, a woman is shocked when her husband leaves her for a younger woman. This shock pales in comparison to the next surprise: finding him stabbed to death on her kitchen floor. When the police name her as their prime suspect, she skips town to find the real killer, and to save her own life. As she questions her ex-husband's inner circle, she finds unexpected allies and enemies - and a growing list of suspects. She must hurry to solve the mystery before the police - hot on her tail - apprehend her and close the case for good.

“Love Surreal”
Stars: Shiri Appleby, Nick Zano

A man (Nick Zano) falls for an art student (Shiri Appleby) who invented an imaginary boyfriend to cure her loneliness.

“Wedding Planner Mystery”
Stars: Erica Durance, Andrew Walker, Brandon Beemer, Chelan Simmoms

When a young wedding planner is framed for a crime, she finds herself engulfed in a real life murder mystery. As she struggles to clear her name, she learns that true love does not always arrive in a pretty package.



I have heard great enthusiasm over the new "When Hope Calls" series! In fact, many Hearties ("When Calls the Heart" fans) are most excited to see this new prairie series, with the addition of "WCTH" Hope Valley visitors, Mountie Nathan Grant (Kevin McGarry), plus Lee and Rosemary Coulter (Kavan Smith and Pascale Hutton).

The rest of the Hallmark movies listed above, newly added to Hallmark Movies Now, are all ones I have seen, and are mostly appropriate for family viewing. I say mostly - because the mystery films are not always suitable for young viewers. Please use caution there. Also, "Hello, It's Me," with Kellie Martin and Kavan Smith is a sweet love story, but I want to foreworn, it has a somewhat odd super natural twist, that may be confusing for children.

At first, I wasn't certain I had seen "Love Surreal," but after looking it up, I realized it was previously titled "Everything You Want," and it initially aired on ABC Family in 2005 with a TV-PG rating. I recall it now with that title, and I remember the movie being strangely peculiar. I looked up some reviews from Amazon, which pretty much verified my memories of the film (see here). In short, they shared: this movie is mostly clean... cute with issues... a tad silly... a bit odd... with random inappropriate, out of context remarks..., plus, a pretend boyfriend who appears to be living with the lead girl.

The only film above, I've yet to see is "An Hour Behind," so I decided to also read some Amazon reviews on it. From what reviewers have shared, it appears to be a decent film for all ages, so I'm looking forward to watching it sometime - hopefully soon! Barry Watson, who plays the leading man, has been a favorite of mine since his days on the family drama "7th Heaven." He also starred in the Hallmark movie, "Kiss at Pine Lake." The lead actress is Emily Rose, of Hallmark's "The Thanksgiving House."

Those of you who subscribe to Hallmark Movies Now, or are planning to, it looks like there will be lots of wonderful films, in addition to "When Hope Calls" to look forward to in September! Enjoy!

Blessings! Net


  1. I totally forgot about The feeling of Home, I wonder why they never play it on HM? That was one of the better movies from last fall.

    Ok, Net, I have to tell you this, I am NOT a fan of Mitch on Heartland. Maybe cause I still hold out hope for a Peter/Lou reunion, but not feeling Mitch and Lou.

    1. Yeah, I was surprised to see “A Feeling of Home,” which just premiered in May - during Countdown to Summer, move so quickly to Hallmark Movies Now. With it's country charm and farm setting, it would've fit right in with the other Fall Harvest films on the Hallmark Channel this Autumn. Anyway, I guess we won't be seeing it on TV any longer. If we like something, we better keep it on our DVRs, cause you never know, it may never play again.

      As for Heartland... I totally get your take on Mitch and Lou. It's definitely a rocky road there. I'm not sure how far you are, but their relationship definitely has lots of ups & downs.

    2. Net -- I agree. Even though "A Feeling of Home" was a Countdown to Summer movie, it could easily fit into Fall Harvest because of the farm. I'm surprised they didn't keep it on the channel through at least the end of Fall Harvest, and then move it to HMN in 2020.

      I know that "A Feeling of Home" was not well-received by a lot of people on social media. I saw many complaints. I wonder if that had something to do with the hasty move to HMN. But Hallmark has moved other movies to HMN that were not as poorly received -- such as "Truly, Madly, Sweetly," which was only 4-6 months past its premiere on the Hallmark Channel when it was suddenly moved to HMN -- so who even knows at this point? lol

  2. I am so grateful to you for doing research on some of the movies from the past i.e. "Love Surreal" and have let us know how appropriate you feel they may be for family. I know that you used your valuable time looking for the reviews...and many of us really want to know if there are themes or scenes or "supernatural" stuff that would confuse young ones. And as an adult, I want to be careful with what I read and see. Blessings and thanks again!

    1. Thank you for your thoughtful, uplifting comment. Bless you! That means so much to me.

      When making a decision on what to watch my faith and morals are the two utmost important factors in my decision making. I remember the sweet, simple song we used to sing as children in Sunday school -

      "O be careful little eyes what you see
      O be careful little eyes what you see
      There's a Father up above
      And He's looking down in love
      So, be careful little eyes what you see

      O be careful little ears what you hear
      O be careful little ears what you hear
      There's a Father up above
      And He's looking down in love
      So, be careful little ears what you hear..."

      There are more verses, but those are the two that have stuck out to me and remained in my mind and heart all these years. The words may have been simple then, but they are still true today. Once we see things and hear things, we can never take it back, so it's good to be aware and guard our hearts, even in, or perhaps, especially in this world we live in today.

      I'm so glad you feel the same about what you watch. Thank you, again, for sharing! God's Blessings to you!

    2. Hey Net,

      Yes, I remember that simple little song too! I love how these songs for children convey a message that can have such meaning for us adults too!

      There are three additional verses to this tune:
      O be careful little hands what you do...
      O be careful little feet where you go...
      O be careful little mouth what you say...

      Now you can sing the whole song for all to hear!! :)


    3. Thank you, Mark25, for sharing this memory with me! I do recall those additional verses, as well. What a beautiful message. Isn't it wonderful how these songs and sweet words root themselves into our souls at such an early age. If only more children were taught them, it would be a much better world.

      Blessings! Net

  3. I saw 'An Hour Behind' on Amazon for free! LOL. It was a cute movie. I guess the movies listed just don't interest me enough to get Hallmark Now. But, I hope you guys enjoy the 'When Hope Calls' show.


    1. Hello Misty! Thanks for the movie review on "An Hour Behind." I've been hearing good things on this one - and now I can't wait to watch!

      I noticed when checking reviews that it was available to watch free through my Amazon Prime. I love that. I'm definitely going to do that.

      Thank you so much for sharing!

      For others interested in watching, too- here is a direct link to watch "An Hour Behind," with your Amazon Prime membership: https://amzn.to/2KZeOh8. (Please note: this Prime offer may be a limited time.)


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