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~ James 1:17

Friday, October 23, 2020

Catch the *Christmas Spirit* Early with 7 All New CHRISTMAS MOVIES this Weekend - Friday to Sunday! DETAILS HERE:


images: Lifetime / Hallmark Crown Media

Friday, October 23, 2020:

It's the first all NEW Lifetime Christmas Movie premiere...



Story-line via Lifetime: Storyline via Lifetime: Courtney Bennett (Abigail Klein), a former US figure skating hopeful, runs the city’s public skating rink but when the Mayor (Will Lyman) announces its closing, Courtney is heartbroken but determined to save it. After Courtney’s attempts to warm the Mayor’s Scrooge-like heart fail, she enlists the help of Noah Tremblay (Ryan Cooper), a former professional hockey player and single dad, who owns the new indoor skating center, to help her, and together they find more than just the spirit of holidays on the ice.

Friday, October 23, 2020
at 8pm/7c. on Lifetime



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Saturday, October 24, 2020:

Travel to Alaska as the Hallmark Channel premieres their first NEW Christmas Movie...



Story-line via Hallmark: Wedding planner Jessica Perez (Julie Gonzalo) travels to a remote town in Alaska to find a rare flower for a celebrity client and is charmed by the small town during Christmas, as well as the handsome local (Ronnie Rowe Jr.) helping her.


Saturday, October 24, 2020
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel



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Saturday, October 24, 2020:

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries strikes the right note with their first NEW Christmas Movie starring Alicia Witt and Andrew Walker in...



Story-line via Hallmark: Music store owner Meg (Alicia Witt) spearheads the community effort to save the Christmas Tree Lane shopping district from demolition. As she finds herself falling for Nate (Andrew Walker), a recent acquaintance, she’s thrown when she learns his surprising tie to the developer.


Saturday, October 24, 2020
at 10pm/9c. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries 



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Saturday, October 24, 2020:

Lifetime gifts viewers another new Christmas Movie premiere...



Story-line via Lifetime: From executive producer Tiffany Haddish, Christmas Unwrapped follows Charity (Amber Stevens West), an ambitious reporter, who learns the true meaning of Christmas when she investigates Erik Gallagher (Marco Grazzini), a beloved member of the town who insists all the gifts he provides are from none-other than Santa himself.


Saturday, October 24, 2020
at 8pm/7c. on Lifetime



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Sunday, October 25, 2020:

Christmas music is in the air in...



Story-line via Hallmark: Margot (Merritt Patterson), a world-renowned pianist, returns to Chateau Newhaus to spend the holidays with her family and is reunited with an ex (Luke Macfarlane) who helps her rediscover her passion for music.


Sunday, October 25, 2020
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel



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Sunday, October 25, 2020:

Chelsea Hobbs and Christopher Russell star in the Lifetime Christmas movie...



Story-line via Lifetime: When workaholic reality TV producer Sophie (Chelsea Hobbs) starts working on a holiday-season show about Will (Christopher Russell), a wildly sexy guy who celebrates Christmas every day of the year, she finds herself falling for her mysterious, unlikely new star, renewing her long-lost faith in Christmas in the process.


Sunday, October 25, 2020
at 8pm/7c. on Lifetime



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Sunday, October 25, 2020:

Will love arrive on time in the NEW Christmas Movie...



Story-line via Hallmark: Bakery owner Molly (Alvina August) meets Josh (Eion Bailey), a widower who recently moved to town with his young son, but she is also charmed by a mysterious client whom she’s never met in person and she doesn’t realize that they’re the same man.


Sunday, October 25, 2020:
at 10pm/9c. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries



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I hope you are ready to jump into Christmas movies this weekend - with lots of good ole Christmas classics and NEW Christmas movies, too! I can hardly believe we are getting SEVEN new ones - this weekend alone from 3 different networks! About 10 years ago - that might be close to the total number we would have had for the entire Christmas season! Are you planning to watch/record them all? I'm going to try to catch as many as possible.

*Please Note: I have NOT pre-screened these NEW Christmas movies; therefore, I do not know if they all will be family friendly. If you catch any content of concern, please share in comments. I know all who visit here would appreciate it very much.

I'm so looking forward to flipping back & forth between the stations to see so many Christmas movie favorites from over the years! HO, HO, HOpe you enjoy watching, too! The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is Here!!!


Joyous Christmas Blessings! Net

Thursday, October 22, 2020

CHRISTMAS MOVIES are HERE 24/7!!!


images: Hallmark Crown Media


Hallmark Movies & Mysteries begins their 24/7 Christmas Movie launch TONIGHT – Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 10pm/9c. with a special encore airing of “Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas!” Classic Christmas movies will follow all night long on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and into the new day – around the clock!

The Hallmark Channel begins their 24/7 Christmas coverage bright and early on Friday, October 23, 2020 with “Cherished Memories: A Gift to Remember 2” at 6am/5c.! Then, you may want to tune in to Home & Family at 10am/9c – for interviews with actor Trevor Donovan from “USS Christmas,” Hallmark actress Merritt Patterson shares her new Hallmark Channel movie, “Chateau Christmas,” plus Hallmark actress Alicia Witt from “Christmas Tree Lane!” Christmas movies resume on the Hallmark Channel at 12pm/11c. and will play day and night - all Christmas Season long!

Lifetime also gets into the Holiday Spirit with their Christmas lineup beginning at 6pm/5c with the comedy movie, “Christmas with the Kranks.” Hallmark Drama will also have one Christmas movie every night at 9pm/8c. “What I Did for Love” airs Thursday night and “The Christmas Heart” Friday night.

With all of these channels airing classic and new Christmas movies all day long - we will, thankfully, have plenty of choices! In the next few days, I’m so looking forward to “Christmas Under the Stars,” “Matchmaker Santa,” “Picture a Perfect Christmas” and so much more! Hope you enjoy watching all of the Christmas, too, and it fills your heart with peace and joy!

See the Christmas TV Schedule - for the NEW Christmas Movies airing this year!


Joyous Christmas Blessings! Net




Tuesday, October 20, 2020

No More CHARLIE BROWN Cartoon Specials on TV - in 2020? Oh, Good Grief!



I've been checking and re-checking the schedules the last few weeks - searching for the annual airing of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and "You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown." Typically these two episodes air together around Halloween and just before the Election. Well, news has just been coming out (thank you for emailing that article, Jim!) that the reason we can't find Charlie Brown on ABC's schedule this year is because Apple TV+, which is a streaming service, has purchased the rights to the Peanuts Cartoons.

So... this means not only will we NOT see "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" on TV, but that means "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" are gone from ABC, too. I feel like Lucy just pulled the football away - just as we were getting ready to kick it. How could ABC let this happen? I can't even imagine Christmas without Charlie Brown saying "Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?" And then, of course, sweet Linus responds with, "Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is about... Lights, please!" The spotlight shines on Linus center stage as he shares the story of Jesus' birth straight from the scripture Luke 2:8-14...


"And there were in the same country
shepherds abiding in the fields,
keeping watch over their flocks by night.
And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,
and the glory of The Lord shone round about them,
and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them,
Fear not, for behold,
I bring unto you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day
in the City of David,
a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you;
you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes
and lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel,
a multitude of the heavenly host,
praising God, and saying,
'Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good will toward men'.


That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."


There's something so pure and innocent about Charlie Brown and all of the Peanuts beloved characters - Sally, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Franklin, Peppermint Patty, Marcy, Woodstock, Snoopy, the little red-head girl and many others! I'm afraid once this wholesome message is lost yearly on TV, a whole generation of children may grow up not really knowing what Christmas is all about. This may be the only exposure some children or even some adults get to the true meaning of Christmas.

Apple TV+ is offering these cartoons free, for a limited time, but I have a feeling it's just a way to get subscribers hooked into their streaming service. According to the article from cordcuttersnews.com, Apple TV+ is planning to create new specials for our Peanuts characters centered around Mother's Day, Earth Day, etc... I sure hope they don't try to politicize these characters that we love.

I'm also hearing the Charlie Brown cartoons will not be available to stream via Amazon or elsewhere; they are truly exclusive to Apple TV+. If you want to have them forever in your home and view them over and over again whenever you wish - for years to come, the best option is to buy them on DVD. There are various options you can see below, from buying them individually or in DVD sets. I personally own a Holiday DVD Collection, myself, but I am going to make certain I own every special Peanuts Episode!


Click on the DVD's below - available on Amazon:


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Peanuts Holiday Collection: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown / A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving / A Charlie Brown Christmas:




It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown:



A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving:



A Charlie Brown Christmas:




I am so thankful we still have these DVD options, and hopefully many people will still be able to enjoy these cherished cartoon classics this holiday season and years to come!

"Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!"
And EVERYONE who visits here! Net



Monday, October 19, 2020

Remembering our dear friend, Sherry...





Over my many years of blogging, I have met many wonderful people. One of those people was someone who became a dear friend, Sherry. You may recall she would often comment here with her name and state, Sherry from California. She was as great as any detective, finding clues to movies no one knew anything about, just yet, and sharing bits of information she would find on various Hallmark films in production. Sherry had a fantastic insight into figuring out which movies would be premiering next and who might star in them. She loved following the clues and was fantastic at doing so.

Unfortunately, I have learned that dear Sherry has passed away. My heart broke hearing this news, as we had become great friends –emailing and messaging one another back and forth about movies and things going on in our lives and in the world. Throughout the pandemic we would email our concerns with one another and do our best to uplift each other’s spirits.

Sherry and I talked endlessly this spring about when we anticipated film production would start up again; she was very much looking forward to the new “Aurora Teagarden” mystery and most of all, the upcoming slate of Christmas films. Alicia Witt was one of her favorite actresses; she was very much in tune to when she and Andrew Walker were filming “Christmas Tree Lane,” and was looking forward to this new premiere and numerous others.

Many of you may also know Sherry from Facebook, as well, since she would often share there to various Hallmark groups. Last year she joined Twitter- with the handle @HotlineHallmark – and Sherry was just that – an excellent source and ‘Hotline to Hallmark’ news. Sherry was always in the know on what was coming and what was in-the-works, whether it was a new movie, preview show, or special marathon.

I will so miss chatting with her on movies and all sorts of subjects, and I wanted to let all of you know we lost a dear member of this “It’s a Wonderful Movie” family. Sherry still visited here often and I know she was glad to share with so many of you – who were upbeat and positive about the lighthearted movies she loved.

I’ll always be grateful for Sherry’s thoughtfulness and kindness. My heart and prayers go out now to her dear family and friends.

We will miss you, Sherry!

Love you, my friend... Net



Friday, October 16, 2020

🍁 Rake in *Fall Harvest* Movies and *Christmas Preview Specials* ALL Weekend Long! 🍂🎄 SEE HERE:


Get ready to "Fall" in LOVE with the *Fall Harvest* movies one last time this weekend and through this week ahead! Then prepare yourself with a sneak peek of Christmas Movies on both Saturday & Sunday night - which begin (can you believe it?) 24/7 NEXT WEEK!!!! Ahhhhh!!!

Besides previewing the *Countdown to Christmas* movies on the Hallmark Channel, Candace Cameron Bure also stars in an all new "Aurora Teagarden" Mystery Movie this Sunday night and Jen Lilley and Trevor Donovan follow that new premiere with the *2020 Miracles of Christmas Preview Special*! Get all the details on when and where to watch below...



Saturday, October 17, 2020:

Catch the last Fall Harvest Movie on the Hallmark Channel...



Storyline via Hallmark: Aunt Dee splits her candy shop to her niece, Maggie, and maple farmer, Dex. Following letters Dee left, the two uncover the reason for her decision, during the Sweet Autumn festival.

See the premiere of "Sweet Autumn"
Saturday, October 17, 2020
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel





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Saturday, October 17, 2020:

2020 Countdown to Christmas 
Preview Special 
on the Hallmark Channel 
Hosted by 
Candace Cameron Bure 



Details via Hallmark: Hosted by Candace Cameron Bure, this one-hour special gifts viewers with a sneak peek into the all-new original holiday movie premieres filled with family, fun and romance that are sure to make everyone’s season merry and bright.

*Please Note: This pomotion does not mean I support all of the Christmas movies being previewed in this show. Please use your own discretion, if you plan to watch.

This Christmas Preview special 
airs immediately after "Sweet Autumn" 
Saturday, October 17, 2020 
at 11pm/10c. on the Hallmark Channel 




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Sunday, October 18, 2020:

Fall Harvest Movie Countdown 



Binge Watch all of your Fall Harvest favorites 
Sunday on the Hallmark Channel 
-begins at 8am/7c.! 




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Sunday, October 18, 2020:

Will love stand the test of time in...



Storyline: High school friends reunite to dig up their time capsule. When they open it, they make a pact to re-create all of their best high school moments. Little do they realize the capsule can heal broken hearts and inspire new relationships.

See the UPtv premiere of "Time Capsule"
Sunday, October 18, 2020 
at 7pm/6c. on UPtv




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Sunday, October 18, 2020:

Candace Cameron Bure stars in Hallmark's last All New Mystery for 2020...



Storyline via Hallmark: Aurora’s high school reunion turns deadly when a body is found in the hotel pool. Aurora and her Real Murders Club help investigate which classmate was most likely to kill.

See the premiere of 
Sunday, October 18, 2020 
at 9pm/8c. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries 




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Sunday, October 18, 2020:

2020 Miracles of Christmas 
Preview Special 
on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries 
Hosted by 
Jen Lilley and Trevor Donovan 



Details via Hallmark: Jen Lilley and Trevor Donovan team up for this one-hour special to preview this year’s lineup of all-new, original movie premieres offering inspiring stories of family, love and second chances that celebrate the heart and hope of the season.

*Please Note: This pomotion does not mean I support all of the Christmas movies being previewed in this show. Please use your own discretion, if you plan to watch.

This Christmas Preview special airs immediately after 
"Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Reunited and It Feels So Deadly" 
Sunday, October 18, 2020 
at 11pm/10c. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries




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I'm looking forward to the new movies this weekend, especially the new "Aurora" mystery! I feel like we've be waiting forever to see it, since filming production was halted for this movie at the early stages of the corona virus coming to North America in the Spring. Thankfully, they were able to wrap up the filming this summer, and we will finally be able to see it this Sunday!

*Please Note: As a pre-caution, I just want to let you know - I have not previewed the new movies above; therefore, I don't know, yet, if they will be 100% family friendly. Please use your own discretion when watching and if you see any content of concern, please share in comments below. Based on the information and trailers we've been given, I'm hopeful these movies will be good ones!

If you are getting more & more excited about the upcoming NEW Christmas Movies - check out the Christmas TV Schedule - HERE!


Happy Fall Harvest!

Blessings to you all! Net



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SHARING HIS LOVE:

"Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near."
~James 5:7-8 NIV

Time Change for Upcoming Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Christmas Movies!



In case you haven't seen this latest news, I wanted to alert you all that the NEW Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Christmas movies will be premiering this year at a different TIME - 10pm/9c. That means we can turn it directly from the Hallmark Channel movies airing 8pm/7c - 10pm/9c and not miss a thing!

I also want to say thank you those of you who have contacted me to share this time change. That was very helpful! Hallmark is always full of schedule surprises throughout the holiday season; therefore, we don't know if this time change will stick - so be sure to stay tuned for any additional updates! Plus, if you hear any thing... please feel free to share! See the Christmas Movie Schedule - HERE!

Joyous Christmas Blessings! Net

UPtv's Annual Thanksgiving TV Event is Coming...




My friends at UPtv asked me to share their special Thanksgiving week "Gilmore Girls" event with all of you. I have only watched a few episodes of this series over the years, so I am not as familiar with it as I am other series. I know many fans of this drama/comedy flock to UPtv annually around Thanksgiving for their GilMORE the Merrier binge-a-thon. If that's you, or if you're interested in checking it out this year, you'll want to see all the details about it below...

UPtv Press Release: 

UPtv’s 5th ANNUAL
GIL
MORE THE MERRIER

GILMORE GIRLS  BINGE-A-THON

RETURNS THANKSGIVING WEEK

 

KICKING OFF NOV. 22, THIS YEAR’S MARATHON WILL BE BIGGER THAN EVER WITH THE CABLE PREMIERE OF THE FOUR GILMORE GIRLS: YEAR IN THE LIFE  MOVIES ON NOV. 29

 

UPtv WILL AIR ALL 153 EPISODES OF GILMORE GIRLS  24/7 LEADING INTO THE DEBUT OF THE MOVIES

 

ATLANTA October 15, 2020 UPtv, the television home for uplifting entertainment, continues to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Gilmore Girls with the return of the network’s annual Thanksgiving week GilMORE the Merrier binge-a-thon. UPtv will air all 153 episodes of Gilmore Girls 24 hours a day and will feature a watch-and-win sweepstakes containing one prize every hour during the celebration plus ten grand prizes. All seven seasons of this year’s marathon will culminate with the cable premiere of the four Gilmore Girls: Year in the Life movies Sunday, Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. ET. The ultimate viewing event will begin Sunday, Nov. 22 at 11 p.m. ET and will conclude Monday, Nov. 30 at 3 a.m. ET.

 

Now entering its fifth year, UPtv’s award-winning GilMORE the Merrier continues to grow in popularity.

Fans will be able to binge their favorite series from true beginning to end, while enjoying exclusive behind-the-scene features with the cast and crew, trivia, watch and win contests and newly shot memories and insider insight from cast members Keiko Agena (“Layne”), Yanic Truesdale (“Michel”), Sally Struthers (“Babette”) and Liz Torres (“Miss Patty”). UPtv’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of Gilmore Girls provides must-see holiday binging for Stars Hollow fans and new viewers alike.

 

As the home for the Gilmore Girls on television, we look forward to the GilMORE the Merrier binge-a-thon Thanksgiving week tradition each year,” said Hector Campos, vice president content strategy & acquisitions for UPtv. “UPtv is a movie destination year-round, so as we celebrate the 5th year of GilMORE the Merrier and 20th anniversary of the show’s debut, we are thrilled to make this year’s ultimate fan experience bigger than ever with the addition of the Gilmore Girls: Year in the Life movies to our holiday offering.”

 

The weeklong social event brings families and fans together to watch at home and drives social engagement as they share and celebrate their beloved series. Since the first year of GilMORE the Merrier, the hashtag #GilmoreTheMerrier has trended in the U.S. and has received over 1.1 billion

impressions on Twitter. In 2019, 4.2 million viewers tuned into of UPtv’s GilMORE the Merrier binge-a-thon.1 The stunt continued setting records in its fourth installment by delivering UPtv’s highest rated week of the year in W1849 and W25542. The marathon has previously been hosted by Scott Patterson (“Luke”), Yanic Truesdale (‘Michel”) and Sean Gunn (“Kirk”).

 

Gilmore Girls, which aired from 2000-2007, is set in the storybook Connecticut town of Stars Hollow populated by an eclectic mix of dreamers, artists and everyday folk. The series starred Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Melissa McCarthy, Keiko Agena, Yanic Truesdale, Liza Weil, Jared Padalecki, Milo Ventimiglia, Sean Gunn, Kelly Bishop, with special appearances by the late Edward Herrmann and recurring guest star Liz Torres. The multi-generational drama about family and friendship centers on Lorelai Gilmore (Graham) and her daughter, Rory (Bledel). Lorelai owns the town's bed-and-breakfast, the Dragonfly Inn, with best friend/chef Sookie (McCarthy), and has weekly dinners with eccentric, well-off parents Richard (Herrmann) and Emily Gilmore (Bishop) who always have something to say about their daughter's life.

 

The series was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who serves as executive producer with Gavin Polone and Daniel Palladino. The series is from Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions, Hofflund/Polone in association with Warner Bros. Television.

 

Gilmore Girls: Year in the Life is set nearly a decade after the finale of the original series. The revival follows Lorelai, Rory and Emily Gilmore through four seasons of change. The Gilmore Girls: Year in the Life movies will begin Sunday, Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. ET. The full schedule is below.

 

Winter - Sunday, Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. ET (will repeat at 7 p.m. ET)

Fresh from a career high, Rory pays a visit to Stars Hollow to figure out her next steps. Emily copes with Richard’s death and the inn keeps Lorelai busy as she ponders her future.

 

Spring - Sunday, Nov. 29 at 1 p.m. ET (will repeat at 9 p.m. ET)

As Rory’s secret London love affair continues, working on her book proposal becomes increasingly difficult. Lorelai and Emily go to therapy together.

 

Summer - Sunday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. ET (will repeat at 11 p.m. ET)

Rory tries to save the Stars Hollow Gazette from shutting down. Lorelai sits on the advisory committee for Taylor’s musical, and Emily causes the other Gilmore Girls to worry.

 

Fall - Sunday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. ET (will repeat at 1 a.m. ET on Nov. 30)

At odds with the most important people in her life, Lorelai seeks wisdom in nature. Rory goes out for a wild night with an unexpected crowd.

 

 

Source:  Nielsen- L7 11/24-12/1/19; P2+ Reach1; LSD, CovAA% rank by week 2019, 11/24-12/1/19, W1849 & W25542.

 

About UPtv

UPtv, the television home for uplifting entertainment, is one of the premier brands from UP Entertainment, LLC. UPtv is the destination for exclusive premiere movies, box-office hit films and beloved series. UPtv’s award-winning pro-social initiative, “UPlift Someone,” has inspired over 200 million people to uplift others through its social videos and dedicated UPlift Someone Facebook page. Additionally, UP Entertainment is home to the subscription streaming service, UP Faith & Family, America’s favorite streaming service for families, as well as AspireTV, the leading network for Black and urban lifestyle programming.



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Thursday, October 15, 2020

TWO Heartwarming CHRISTMAS MOVIES to enjoy this week as we Countdown to Christmas!!! *PLUS, CHRISTMAS UPDATES!


This week's Christmas movie features are fan favorites on both Hallmark networks - "Two Turtle Doves" and "When Calls the Heart: Home for Christmas!"

Hopefully, both of these movies will fill our hearts with joy and peace, as we anticipate all of Christmas movies to come!


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Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
"Miracles of Christmas"
classic Christmas movie feature is
"Two Turtle Doves"
on Thursday, October 15th at 9pm/8c.

image: Hallmark Crown Media

Storyline via Hallmark: Neuroscientist Dr. Sharon Harper, who studies loss and grief, returns to her childhood home following the death of her beloved grandmother to get her affairs in order. She becomes reacquainted with Sam, the disheartened estate lawyer and single dad, grieving for his late wife. It’s both Christmas and her late grandmother’s Will and Testament that challenge Sharon with a quest for a long-lost family heirloom that leads them both to confront old memories with making new ones. When she is faced with choosing between her past and her future, she rediscovers what the holiday --and life-- is truly about.



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Hallmark Channel's
"Countdown to Christmas"
classic Christmas movie feature is
"When Calls the Heart: Home for Christmas"
on Friday, October 16th at 8pm/7c.



Storyline via Hallmark: Elizabeth prepares for Little Jack’s first Christmas and birthday, missing Jack more than ever. Nathan receives a prestigious job offer in Union City but weighs the downside of leaving Elizabeth and taking his niece away from Hope Valley. Lucas holds a Christmas festival to bring some of his family’s traditions to Hope Valley…and to impress Elizabeth. A detour on his way to see Faith leads Carson to a stranger in need of his help. Meanwhile, Rosemary and Lee search for the perfect gift for Little Jack, while Bill turns Hope Valley upside down looking for a special gift that he misplaced.



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I sure hope you all have time to enjoy the Christmas movies airing this week - or maybe, set your DVR for a later watch!


CHRISTMAS MOVIE UPDATES:

In case you missed these recent Christmas movie updates...

"The Key to Christmas" is the new movie title for "Christmas Homecoming," which stars Taylor Cole and Steve Lund.

"Swept Up by Christmas" (working title) will star Lindy Booth and Justin Bruening.

"Project Christmas Wish" will star Amanda Schull and Travis Van Winkle.

"Good Morning Christmas" is the new title for "A Bright and Merry Christmas," which stars Alison Sweeney and Marc Blucas.



MY CHRISTMAS MOVIE PICK of the Week:

Both Movies!

"Two Turtle Doves" absolutely swept my heart away with the beautiful love story with Sharon (Nikki Deloach) and Sam (Michael Rady), plus there's a precious AND precocious little girl and the mystery of a lost ornament!

As for "When Calls the Heart," what can I say? I just love this series so much and all of the wonderful people in Hope Valley played by such wonderful actors: Erin Krakow, Jack Wagner, Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith, Kevin McGarry, Paul Greene, Chris McNally, Martin Cummins and Andrea Brooks. This heartwarming movie shows the gift of family and friends, sacrifice and home!

What is your Christmas movie pick of the week?

Be sure to check my Christmas TV Schedule for even more Christmas movies airing throughout Christmas movie season!


Blessings to You All, Net





Tuesday, October 13, 2020

🌟 THREE Family-Friendly CHRISTMAS MOVIES You Must-See, if you haven’t already! 🌟



Christmas Movies will be returning to our TV's soon in full force - around the clock. Recently, I re-watched THREE Christmas movies from the past:

Christmas Manger, 
Wish for Christmas, 
and Christmas Jars!

After doing so, I must wholeheartedly recommend ALL THREE to my friends here! You may want to look for these movies on TV throughout the busy Christmas movie season, or get a copy on DVD or watch via streaming. (By the way, I have information on DVD and Streaming Video options for each movie in this post!)

If your like me and enjoy an inspirational movie that tells the true story of Christmas, or pulls at your heart strings, then you’ll want to see ALL THREE of these wonderful Christmas movies!


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See details on each movie below…



Christmas Manger –

Starring: Andrea Logan White, Steve J. Young, Randy Wayne, Taylor Bedford, Graham Schneider, and Tara Reid

Story-line: Fleeing an abusive relationship, Jessica is reunited with her estranged foster father, "Chap," a rough-around-the-edges rancher. With the help of a handsome neighbor, the group learns to trust again and discovers that there is hope and healing at the manger.

My Take: This is such a heartwarming movie – about an abused woman, Jessica, with two children, who moves back to the only secure home she's ever known, with her former foster father, Chap. Right away, there are obvious hurts from the past that may take time to heal. Jessica's daughter, Cassidy, will instantly capture your heart with her childlike innoncence and eager capacity to love and know more about the Christmas Manger story. She adopts Chap as her Grandpa and convinces him to not only build a Manger, but the entire Inn and town in Bethlehem. Can they convince Spencer, Jessica's teenage son, to help with the big project? In the meantime, Cassidy and Spencer's abusive father is looking for them. Will they be safe with Chap on his ranch this Christmas or will they have to run away - again?

This Pureflix movie will surely inspire your Christmas spirit. The story is a wonderful telling of the first Christmas and the beauty of family, by blood or chosen in the heart.

”Christmas Manger” is available at on DVD at Amazon

5 Movie Collection available on DVD at Amazon

Prime Video Streaming – Amazon




Wish for Christmas –

Starring: Joey Lawrence, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Anna Fricks, and Bill Engvall

Story-line: When a high school senior finds out from her parents that she has to miss the town's winter dance to attend Christmas Eve service at church, she successfully wishes their faith away, bringing disastrous consequences to her family and community.

My Take: This powerful story in “Wish for Christmas” shows what Christmas would be like, if there was no celebration of Christ’s birth during the holiday season when a selfish teenager, Anna MacLaren, gets her Christmas wish.

This element of the story, when Anna gets her wish, has an ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ feel to it. In the same way that George Bailey gets to experience Bedford Falls if he had never been born, Anna MacLaren gets the opportunity to experience Christmas without Christ.

There is a wonderful, impactful message in this film about how different our lives would be without the love of Jesus. When the celebrations and Christmas decorations that honor Jesus’ birth are suddenly gone and the light that was once there is now dark, Anna suddenly feels cold and empty without Jesus in her life. Is there a way for Anna to have her wish reversed and bring the true Joy and meaning of Christmas back?

“Wish for Christmas” will inspire you to embrace the first Christmas and remind you how the significance of Christ's birth touches everything we do throughout the Christmas season and every day of our lives.

This Pureflix movie is ideal for family viewing!

”Wish for Christmas” is available alone on DVD - Amazon

5 Movie Collection available on DVD - Amazon

Prime Video Streaming - Amazon 




Christmas Jars –

Starring: Jeni Ross, Markian Tarasiuk, Tara Yelland, Zerha Leverman and Ron Lea

Story-line: Based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Jason F. Wright. Hope is an aspiring reporter who has had her fair share of tragedy in life. Abandoned at birth, she's grieving the recent death of her adopted mother when her apartment is burglarized of all her possessions.

While reporting the burglary to the police, Hope discovers a jar full of money, labeled "Christmas Jar." Shocked and grateful for this act of kindness, Hope discovers that people all over her hometown of Columbus, Ohio have been receiving Christmas Jars for years during times of need. The jars are always anonymous and always contain different amounts. In this heartwarming Christmas classic, Hope goes undercover to discover the secret behind the Christmas jars, putting into motion a series of events that will change her life, and her community, forever.

My Take: When this movie premiered on BYU last Christmas (2019), I really didn’t know what to expect. Some of the past holiday movies I’ve seen on that network, have been lighthearted and wholesome, in a sweet simple way, so I wasn’t anticipating this incredible drama.

The acting in "Christmas Jars" was excellent and the story-line was deep and full of intrigue. The beginning of the movie, I admit, starts off rather sad and slow, so please prepare yourself for that, and there’s a bit of office silliness that’s surely meant to add a little comic relief, but for me, the story truly picks up around the secret of the Christmas Jars, and trust me, you’ll be completely taken in by that mystery! Reporter Hope Jensen is determined to discover who gives out the Christmas Jars each holiday and why– which leads to even more fascinating revelations and potential romance! Will revealing the true identity of the Christmas Jars giver, jeopardize Hope’s longing for love, family and friendship?


This heartwarming movie will not only warm your heart, it will bring tears to your eyes. It ended up being one of my absolute favorites from 2019!

"Christmas Jars" is available on DVD at Amazon
(By the way, I just checked the price and it's a lot more reasonable than it was previously.)

Prime Video Streaming - Amazon


I sincerely hope you'll enjoy these Christmas movies as much as I have. If you've seen any of these movies above, I would love to know your thoughts on them.

Also, if you have a family-friendly Christmas movie (old or new) to suggest - please share in comments below.

Joyous Christmas Blessings! Net


Thursday, October 8, 2020

It's *Picture Perfect* Timing for NEW MOVIES All Weekend Long!!!



image: Crown Media

Mystery is back 
and Fall Harvest returns... 

Grab a cozy blanket and enjoy some wonderful old movies, along with some BRAND NEW TV MOVIES - this Saturday and Sunday! I'll share several of my past favorites and, of course, the new premieres, too! (Please Note: I have NOT pre-screened the new movies.) See all the details below...


Saturday, October 10, 2020:

You'll want to "catch" (pun intended!) ...


image: Crown Media

Storyline via Hallmark: Josie Hughes is a hopeless romantic who believes in the kind of romance in black-and-white movies where the leading lady finds her one true love and gets swept off her feet. She also believes the wedding bouquet always finds its way to the right person when tossed by the bride, as proven time and again at weddings dating back to her childhood. But single Josie ends up with the bouquet at her friend Emma’s wedding instead of their not-single friend Athena and fears she’s wrecked her chances of getting engaged. But when Josie begins dating eligible bachelor Will after meeting at the reception – much to the dismay of her long-time friend Alex, who has secretly held a torch for her since college – she decides the bouquet is responsible for the budding romance and begins to think that Will is “the one.” As Josie clings to the notion that the bouquet is always right, she’s missing the real-world signs that her perfect match is someone else who’s been right in front of her all along.

See the premiere of My Best Friend's Bouquet
Saturday, October 10, 2020 
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel 

*Also, be sure to look for a Sneak Peek of the upcoming Christmas movie "Jingle Bell Bride" during "My Best Friend’s Bouquet!"



Saturday, October 10, 2020:

See some great movies from the past airing on Saturday...

Autumn Dreams - image: Crown Media

Hallmark Channel:
THE IRRESISTIBLE BLUEBERRY FARM
CHANCE AT ROMANCE
LOVE ON THE SIDELINES
WINTER LOVE STORY
COUNTRY AT HEART
AUTUMN DREAMS
MY BEST FRIEND'S BOUQUET


Hallmark Movies & Mysteries:
AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERIES: A BONE TO PICK
AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERIES: REAL MURDERS
AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERIES: THREE BEDROOMS, ONE CORPSE
AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERIES: THE JULIUS HOUSE
AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERIES: DEAD OVER HEELS
AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERIES: A BUNDLE OF TROUBLE
AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERIES: LAST SCENE ALIVE


UPtv:
WEDDING DAZE
ACCIDENTALLY IN LOVE
GROOMZILLA




Sunday, October 11, 2020:

Could it be a fairytale romance in...

Happily Never After

image: UPtv

Storyline via UP: A novelist believes her torturous writing days with her ex-boyfriend are long over, until her publisher demands a sequel to a book they wrote and old feelings start to surface.

See the premiere of Happily Never After 
Sunday, October 11, 2020 
at 7pm/6c. on UPtv 


Sunday, October 11, 2020:

The stage is set for an all new Mystery Premiere...

image: Crown Media


Storyline via Hallmark: While backstage on opening night of a new play by celebrated murder mystery author/director Neil Khan, photographer Allie Adams discovers the body of the show’s leading lady, murdered before the curtain went up. As Willow Haven PD Detective Sam Acosta launches his investigation, he invites Allie – who has been helpful in solving his first two murder cases since joining the force -- to unofficially assist him on the. case. However, Allie’s involvement makes her a target for murder herself when she gets too close to the truth.

See the premiere of
Picture Perfect Mysteries: Exit Stage Death

Sunday, October 11, 2020
at 9pm/8c. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

*Also, be sure to look for a Sneak Peek of the upcoming Christmas movie "Deliver by Christmas" during "Picture Perfect Mysteries: Exit Stage Death!"


Sunday, October 11, 2020:

See some great movies from the past airing on Sunday...

Murder, She Baked - image: Crown Media

Hallmark Channel:
UNLEASHING MR. DARCY
COUNTRY AT HEART
LOVE, ROMANCE & CHOCOLATE
MY BEST FRIEND'S BOUQUET *NEW
KAREN KINGSBURY'S A TIME TO DANCE


Hallmark Movies & Mysteries:
PICTURE PERFECT MYSTERIES: NEWLYWED AND DEAD
PICTURE PERFECT MYSTERIES: DEAD OVER DIAMONDS
MURDER, SHE BAKED: A CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE MYSTERY
MURDER, SHE BAKED: A PEACH COBBLER MYSTERY
MURDER, SHE BAKED: A DEADLY RECIPE
MURDER, SHE BAKED: JUST DESSERTS
PICTURE PERFECT MYSTERIES: EXIT STAGE DEATH *NEW


UPtv:
FAMILY PLAN
CHANGE OF HEART
HAPPILY NEVER AFTER *NEW




*Please Note: As a pre-caution, I just want to let you know - I have not previewed the new movies above; therefore, I don't know, yet, if they will be 100% family friendly. Please use your own discretion when watching and if you see any content of concern, please share in comments below. Based on the information and trailers we've been given, I'm hopeful these movies will be good ones!


It's hard to believe we are nearing the end of Fall Harvest movies and all of the NEW Christmas movies are fast approaching! Less than 2 weeks to go - before they all begin! If you're getting into the spirit, like I am, you can check out the Christmas TV Schedule - HERE! This year I've decided it will contain the new premieres, along with cherished, classic favorites - such as: It's a Wonderful Life, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and many more! You'll want to be sure to check back for updates & changes along the way - throughout the Christmas season. ( As we faithful Christmas movie watchers know... *sigh* ...there are always changes! )

The leaves on our trees here in the Midwest are still in the incredible turning stage. It is amazing to watch them gradually change daily from their light grassy green color to a pumpkin orange shade, with some rustic tones. What a wonderful reminder it is that "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven..." (Ecclesiastes 3:1)


I pray today is a beautiful season in your life! 

Blessings to you all! Net



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