Friday, May 28, 2021

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND - Patriotic TV Specials, Movie Marathons, and More!


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On this Memorial Day... let us remember our fallen soldiers and pray earnestly for those who serve our country today! What a blessing it is to live in a nation where we can celebrate our freedom and honor those who have fought for it. God bless America!

If you're relaxing at home this weekend, vacationing, or visiting with family and friends, there are some great patriotic specials on TV, past and present - you may want to set your DVR, so you won't miss...


UPtv Military themed movies



Saturday, May 29, 2021:

DECORATION DAY - 3pm
GENERATION GAP - 5pm
SWEET SURRENDER - 7pm
SOLDIER LOVE STORY - 9pm
LOVE, ALASKA - 11pm



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Hallmark Channel's
Memorial Day Weekend Event




Hallmark is celebrating the Memorial Day weekend with a Rom-Com-A-Thon Movie Event - All Day Sunday and Monday.

I personally recommend these movies:


Sunday, May 30, 2021:

One Perfect Wedding
The Convenient Groom
Perfect Match
June in January


Monday, May 31, 2021:

The Perfect Bride
My Boyfriend's Back: Wedding March 5
My Best Friend's Bouquet
From Friend to Fiancรฉ
A Country Wedding


*While I like many of the movies listed above, especially A Country Wedding, The Perfect Bride, June in January, etc... I think the Hallmark Channel missed a great opportunity here to play some movies that have a patriotic theme.



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Hallmark Movies & Mysteries - Special Marathons


Saturday, May 29, 2021:
 
Mystery 101 Marathon




Sunday, May 30 and Monday, May 31, 2021:

Vacation at the Shore-
with the Chesapeake Shores marathon
All Day Sunday and Monday






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Hallmark Drama


Look for patriotic themed movies throughout the weekend & Monday...



Saturday, May 29, 2021:
 
For Love & Honor


Sunday, May 30, 2021:
 
Duke


Monday, May 31, 2021:

Decoration Day
In Love and War
The Love Letter
The Magic of Ordinary Days
The Valley of Light
The Lost Valentine



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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Enjoy some Western Style Action Adventure with...

Wild West Chronicles



"The Legend of the Blue-Eyed Apache"

Wild West Chronicles airs
Sunday, May 30, 2021
at 5:30PM ET. on INSP



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National Memorial Day Concert
on PBS



Program Details via PBS: The National Memorial Day Concert honors our country’s veterans, service men and women and military families.

This years performers and speakers include: singers Gladys Knight, Vince Gill, Sara Bareilles, Alan Jackson, and Denyce Graves; actor Steve Buscemi; actresses Mary McCormack and Bailee Madison; Motown legends The Four Tops; the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly and more! Country music star and Grammy-nominee Mickey Guyton will open the show with a special performance of The National Anthem.

Actor Gary Sinise and Tony Award-Winner Joe Mantegna will host the National Memorial Day Concert.


(Please Note: I have found this particular Memorial Day Special to be a wonderful program over the years that honors our military, but please know, I personally do not condone some of the other programming on PBS.)

The National Memorial Day Concert airs
Sunday May 30, 2021
In most areas, it will air 8pm/7c.
Please check your Local PBS Listings for times


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TCM -

On this Memorial Day Weekend, TCM will air Military Movies that honor our servicemen and women who have served our country through many wars and conflicts.



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Whatever you watch or do...
I pray you all will have a
safe, joyous, reflective, relaxing
Memorial Day Weekend!!!

God Bless America -
as we pray for peace at home
and all around the world!!!

Blessings to You - One and All!!!
Net


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SHINING HIS LIGHT:

"Blessed is the nation
whose God is the LORD,
The people whom He has chosen
for His own inheritance."
~Psalm 33:12

Thursday, May 27, 2021

The Waltons' Homecoming Remake this Christmas with original John Boy - Richard Thomas!


Richard Thomas as John Boy


If you enjoy the family drama, The Waltons, then you are going to be interested in this news! The CW Network is bringing the story back this Christmas - with a whole new cast! 

This special coincides with a meaningful anniversary for the series. See all the details in the press release below...


Excerpt of CW Press Release:

The CW Heads Back to Walton Mountain 
with the Original Television Movie

“The Waltons’ Homecoming,” 
Starring Bellamy Young and Logan Shroyer

and Narrated by Richard Thomas

May 25, 2021 (Burbank, CA) ─ The CW Network announced today three original specials making their debut in fourth quarter 2021, including an original made-for-television movie THE WALTONS’ HOMECOMING, a brand new mystery in the all-new THE SCOOBY-DOO REUNION SPECIAL and a holiday adventure as BEEBO SAVES CHRISTMAS. All dates and times will be announced later.

THE WALTONS’ HOMECOMING is set in the 1933 Depression Era and told through the eyes of John Boy, the 17-year-old eldest child of John and Olivia Walton. His mother expects John Boy to help her raise his sisters and brothers, and his father expects him to follow in his footsteps to help support the family, but secretly, John Boy wants to be a writer. Times are hard enough in 1933, but to make matters worse, it looked to be the Waltons’ first Christmas without John Sr. When Olivia receives a letter that John Sr. is planning to make it home for Christmas after all, the family is thrilled and races to prepare for his homecoming. But when a storm threatens his arrival on Christmas Eve, and John Sr. is nowhere to be found, Olivia sends John Boy out into the night to find his daddy - a journey that will change John Boy’s life forever.

THE WALTONS’ HOMECOMING commemorates the 50th anniversary of “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story” television movie, which aired December 19, 1971, and launched the long-running series “The Waltons.” THE WALTONS’ HOMECOMING stars Bellamy Young (“Scandal”) as Olivia, Logan Shroyer (“This Is Us”) as John Boy and Richard Thomas, who originally starred as John Boy Walton in the beloved television series “The Waltons,” as “The Narrator.” The television movie is produced by Magnolia Hill Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producer Sam Haskell and writer/co-executive producer Jim Strain. Lev L. Spiro is the director. “The Waltons” original series was created by Earl Hamner, Jr.

Bellamy Young as Olivia and Logan Shroyer as John Boy 


--------- END of Press Release regarding The Waltons ---------


My Take:

I love love love The Waltons! Even though the series originally aired on TV before my time, I grew up watching them in reruns - and just fell in love with the show! In fact, before *It's a Wonderful Movie* was ever created or dreamed of, I had a web-site dedicated solely to The Waltons! Yes, I love show that much!

While part of me is thrilled to see this news, another part believes there is no way any actor today could compare to the fantastic actors who originally portrayed these characters. There was just something about them - pure, innocent, and natural - they all truly felt like family. It is encouraging, however, that Richard Thomas is a part of this production, which will hopefully add to the authenticity of this holiday remake.

Please share your thoughts in comments below...

Blessings, Net


Save the Wedding - a Hallmark Drama Movie Premiere


Movie: Save the Wedding

Network: Hallmark Drama

Original Air Date: June 11, 2021


Watch the trailer below!

*Images Credit: ©2021 Crown Media United States
LLC/Photographer: Courtesy of The Ninth House


Trailer:



Starring: Kasey Landoll and Travis Burns

Storyline via Hallmark: When a series of wedding-planning setbacks raises the bride’s doubts, Maid of Honor Meg and Best Man Tyler put their old differences aside to restore the couple’s faith in love with a walk down memory lane.


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*Images Credit: ©2021 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Courtesy of The Ninth House

Hallmark Christmas Movie gives Salute to the Troops! ๐ŸŽ„ SEE HERE:



Where can you find Christmas this week? On Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and the Hallmark Channel, you can find Christmas under the stars with Jesse Metcalfe and Autumn Reeser, AND you can find Christmas at a well known amusement park with Danica McKellar and Niall Matter.

As we approach Memorial Day weekend, I want to highlight a special scene in Christmas Under the Stars, where the Christmas tree lot owner, Clem, briefly speaks of losing his friend, who he met in the Air Force. Then Clem, as seen in the photo above, kindly greets a young service man who is heading out on duty for 6 months and wants to make this Christmas special.

See more details on the Christmas movies airing this week below...



Thursday, May 27, 2021:




Storyline: When Nick, a career-focused investment banker, is fired from his high-powered firm at Christmastime, he takes a job at a Christmas tree lot owned by a warmhearted, elderly man. There, he meets Julie, an astronomy teacher who’s always looked to the stars for hope. As the Christmas spirit washes over him — and he begins falling for Julie — the once self-centered Nick discovers the joy of helping others. When he learns that Julie and the tree lot owner are facing hard times, Nick strives to end their troubles in time for them all to share a Christmas under the stars.

Encores:
Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 8pm/7c.
on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries



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Friday, May 28, 2021:





Storyline:Event planner Rachel Davis returns to her Tennessee hometown to take on the biggest job of her career – Dollywood’s 30th Smoky Mountain Christmas celebration – and is teamed up with unimaginative operations director Luke Hakman to plan the event that has to be as bombastic and glamourous as Dolly Parton herself. And when Dolly gets involved in a little matchmaking, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas event lights up the sky with joy, laughter and love.

Encores:
Friday, May 28, 2021 at 8pm/7c.
on the Hallmark Channel



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Both of these Christmas movies airing this week are family friendly.

I like both of these Christmas movies, especially "Christmas Under the Stars!" The pairing of Jesse Metcalfe and Autumn Reeser is excellent; you'll instantly feel the warmth of this sweet rom-com when love is found at the Star Top Christmas tree lot.

Even though I love this movie, I am, however, a little surprised we are seeing it repeat again during the week... thankfully, *Christmas in July* will be coming soon in June and we'll get to see a little more variety of Christmas movies!

Please share your thoughts on these Christmas movies below...


You can check out more Christmas movies airing in June - here!


Joyous Blessings to You All,
Net






Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Happy MAY 25th - 7 Months 'til Christmas! ๐ŸŒŸ Hallmark Patriotic Christmas Movies to #MarkThe25th - SEE HERE:


 ๐ŸŽ„ Merry *Mark the 25th*! ๐ŸŽ„




On each 25th day of the month, here at *It's a Wonderful Movie*, we highlight this special day as we Countdown to Christmas!

Since we are just days away now from the Memorial Day holiday, I decided to make a list of Hallmark Christmas movies with a military theme and choose one to watch.

If you'd like to join in - to celebrate the day - all you have to do is choose something Christmassy to watch TODAY! It doesn't have to be from the list below. It can be a Christmas movie, cartoon, family sitcom or anything you like. (There's only one stipulation - it must be family friendly.) Then, please share in comments below your Christmas choice for the day! I can't wait to hear what you picked!




Hallmark's Patriotic Military-Themed Christmas Movies:

*The Christmas Card (2006)
*The Christmas Note (2015)
*Journey Back to Christmas (2016)
*Operation Christmas (2016)
*Christmas Homecoming (2017)
*Home for Christmas Day (2017)
*Christmas at Holly Lodge (2017)
*A Veteran’s Christmas (2018)
*Return to Christmas Creek (2018)
*Write Before Christmas (2019)
*Christmas Under the Stars (2019)
*Holiday for Heroes (2019)
*A Homecoming for the Holidays (2019)
*Time for You to Come Home for Christmas (2019)
*Deliver by Christmas (2020)
*The Christmas Doctor (2020)
*USS Christmas (2020)

Plus, from Lifetime…
*A Welcome Home Christmas (2020)

If you can think of another Patriotic Christmas Movie, please share in comments below...



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I am personally choosing my pick to *Mark the 25th"...

I chose this movie, not only because I love the way it honors our military, but I also enjoy the enriching stories and heartfelt community Grace discovers after returning home from her time in service.

The movie features two wonderful Hallmark stars - Sean Faris and Eloise Mumford, who previously starred together in "Chistmas with Holly." By the way, Eloise Mumford will also be starring in an upcoming Hallmark *Summer Nights* movie - "The Baker's Son."


*A Veteran's Christmas is available on DVD separately, in a Christmas DVD collection and through Amazon Prime Video.

If you are looking forward to the Christmas movies airing on TV this week and in June & July - see the Christmas Movie Schedule - *HERE*!

If you'd like to join in our *Countdown to Christmas* event, please share your *Mark the 25th* Christmas pick in comments below!

Joyous Blessings to You All! Net






Monday, May 24, 2021

VOTE for YOUR FAVORITE MYSTERY TV MOVIES from 2020 in the *IT'S A WONDERFUL MOVIE* AWARDS! ๐ŸŒŸ #ItsAWonderfulMovie #Vote #TVMovieAwards ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿ‘‰ VOTE HERE:


*It's a Wonderful Movie* graphic / Background image: freepik
 

"It's a Wonderful Movie"

is honoring MYSTERY TV Movies from 2020

with the Annual TV Movie Awards!



This is Poll #2! Please see the complete list of Nominees for MYSTERY TV Movies, pictured and listed in alphabetical order below, with their movie posters. Choose which ones were your favorites and then, please VOTE by taking the POLL below!

Be sure to click the word VOTE - after you have checked ALL of Your  Movie Favorites. (1 voting process please - per person!)


HAPPY VOTING!
( scroll down below images to vote... )


VOTE for Your Favorite MYSTERY TV MOVIES from 2020:
Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Heist and Seek
Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Reunited and It Feels So Deadly
A Beautiful Place to Die: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery
Crossword Mysteries: Abracadaver
Matchmaker Mysteries: A Fatal Romance
Mystery 101: An Education in Murder
Picture Perfect Mysteries: Dead Over Diamonds
Picture Perfect Mysteries: Exit Stage Death
Riddled with Deceit: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery
Roux the Day: A Gourmet Detective Mystery
Ruby Herring Mysteries: Prediction Murder
The Warrant
Created with QuizMaker



๐ŸŒŸ THANK YOU FOR VOTING! ๐ŸŒŸ

This poll began on Monday, May 24th and ends Tuesday, June 1st. (I'm extending it one more day, due to the Memorial Day holiday.) Stay tuned for the last poll - Christmas Movies!

Blessings! Net

Friday, May 21, 2021

Watch NEW "MORNING SHOW MYSTERY" and Rom-Com Classics this Weekend!




There may be only ONE New Movie Premiere airing this weekend; however, there are still plenty of wonderful TV movies to see, past and present, including: The Irresistible Blueberry Farm, Love Takes Flight, Moonlight in Vermont, Sweet Carolina and more!

See details below...



Saturday, May 22, 2021:

Catch these classic movies airing on Saturday, including The Perfect Catch...



Hallmark Channel:

A New Year's Resolution
Baby, It's Cold Inside
Love On the Sidelines
Paris, Wine & Romance
The Irresistible Blueberry Farm
Love Takes Flight
Moonlight in Vermont
The Perfect Catch


Hallmark Movies & Mysteries:

Rubbing Herring and
Mystery Woman marathon


UPtv:

Just for the Summer
Secret Millionaire
Cooking Up Love
Hint of Love
The Dating List



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Sunday, May 23, 2021:

Catch these classic movies airing on Sunday, including Bottled with Love...



Hallmark Channel:

Nature of Love
Sweet Carolina
Destination Wedding
Bottled with Love
Sweet Autumn


Hallmark Movies & Mysteries:

Picture Perfect Mysteries and
Morning Show Mysteries marathon


UPtv:

Back to You and Me
Diagnosis Delicious
Love by Accident



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Sunday, May 23, 2021:

INSP brings history to life with the...

Wild West Chronicles

Elfego Baca & the Frisco Shootout



*This is a 30 minute show that reenacts the old wild west. Caution: there will be violence.

"Elfego Baca & the Frisco Shootout" story via INSP: Though lacking in experience, young lawman Elfego Baca more than compensates with courage. Just days on the job as a sheriff's deputy, he battles a wealthy rancher's hired guns in a legendary battle that comes to be known as the Frisco Shootout.


Wild West Chronicles airs
Sunday, May 23, 2021
at 5:30PM ET. on INSP




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Sunday, May 23, 2021:

Holly Robinson Peete and Colin Lawrence are digging up a whole new mystery with...



Storyline via Hallmark: Following a shocking find in an old friend’s basement, TV host Billie Blessings (Robinson Peete) works with new-to-town detective Tyrell Hunter (Lawrence) to unearth a dark secret that threatens to unravel the lives of the most powerful people in her city.

Sunday, May 23, 2021
at 8pm/7c. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries



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Latest Movie News:

Since there was a lot of movie news added to the *It's a Wonderful Movie* site this week, I thought I would re-share some of the highlights...

(click on the subjects below for more details)




Plus, we started off the week with the *It's a Wonderful Movie TV Movie Awards*! Have YOU voted, yet? The poll ends early Monday, May 24th. Be sure to VOTE HERE today, if you haven't already.

I hope you all have a nice, peaceful weekend - filled with sunshine and pleasant weather!

Blessings to you all, Net


SHINING HIS LIGHT:

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself
give you peace always in every way.
The Lord be with you all.”
~2 Thessalonians 3:16



Thursday, May 20, 2021

๐ŸŽ„ Return to *EVERGREEN* for CHRISTMAS on HALLMARK this week! ๐ŸŽ„ See Here:


If you enjoy the magic and wonder of... Christmas caroling, baking Christmas cookies, building Snowmen, a Christmas themed wedding, and riding on a festive train to a Christmas town, then you'll want to check out the Christmas movies airing on Hallmark this week! See below...

Thursday, May 20, 2021:




Storyline: Novelist Katie meets Ben en route to picturesque Evergreen, where her holiday retreat is interrupted by an assignment to write an article about the town. Though Katie is skeptical about the town’s love of Christmas, she’s enchanted by Evergreen and Ben. Katie and Ben grow closer while enjoying Evergreen’s Christmas traditions, and even help unearth a time capsule hidden 50 years ago. Meanwhile, inn owner Hannah struggles to confess feelings for a long-time friend, and town mayor Michelle is happier than ever in her relationship. As Christmas approaches, Evergreen’s holiday magic holds promise and hope for each unique love story.

Encores:
Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 8pm/7c.
on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries



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Friday, May 21, 2021:





Storyline: When Joan’s son’s wedding planner unexpectedly quits, she must coordinate his Christmas Eve wedding with the help of Beau, the bride’s uncle. As they work alongside each other they discover their fates and pasts are intertwined.

Encores:
Friday, May 21, 2021 at 8pm/7c.
on the Hallmark Channel



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Both of these Christmas movies airing this week are family friendly.

Of the two choices this week, CHRISTMAS IN EVERGREEN: TIDINGS OF JOY is my pick! Maggie Lawson and Paul Greene have wonderful chemistry together, and I just love returning to Evergreen for the Christmas season and seeing so many familiar faces. Plus, I especially love the discovery of the Christmas Countdown Calendar / Time Capsule in this movie... it is spectacular! Hope you enjoy watching this movie, too!

You can also read some nice movie reviews of MEET ME AT CHRISTMAS from an Anonymous commenter, Jane and Misty - *HERE*.

Please share your thoughts on these Christmas movies below...


You can check out more Christmas movies airing in May and June - here!


Joyous Blessings to You All,
Net






CBS Announces TWO NEW ROM-COM CHRISTMAS MOVIES! *SEE HERE:


CBS has revealed their Fall line-up via The Wrap
and unveiled 2 new Christmas movies - 
“A Christmas Proposal” and “Christmas Takes Flight.”

"A Christmas Proposal" stars Jessica Camacho and Adam Rodriguez


Storylines via CBS/Yahoo Entertainment:

“A Christmas Proposal” - tells the story of a down-on-her-luck chef (actress, Jessica Camacho) who dreams of starting her own line of food trucks and agrees to pose as the girlfriend of a hotshot Seattle attorney (actor, Adam Rodriguez) visiting his family for Christmas, according to CBS’ description. Working together, they try to prove he’s the ideal candidate to take over the family firm, but their business arrangement is complicated by the magic of the season as real sparks begin to fly.

“Christmas Takes Flight” - tells the story of a handsome but frugal CEO who takes over a family-owned regional airline and plans to cut their annual Christmas charity event, while the original owner’s daughter, who is a pilot for the airline, rallies the community to save the event, and finds unexpected love in the process. No cast is attached to this project, yet.

Once again - Please note: We don't know, yet, which Christmas movies will be family friendly this upcoming Christmas season, but I hope we will have plenty to look forward to, as we did last year.


Blessings, Net

LIFETIME REVEALS CAST REUNIONS with TWO NEW MOVIES for the 2021 *IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFETIME* HOLIDAY MOVIE SLATE:


Looks like "we're all in this together" this holiday season as Lifetime brings together 2 popular casts to reunite this Christmas! See all the details in the press release below.


LIFETIME PRESS RELEASE:

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY AS
LIFETIME REUNITES CASTS AND REVEALS
TWO MOVIES FOR THE 2021
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFETIME
HOLIDAY MOVIE SLATE

BLENDING CHRISTMAS
DIRECTED BY MARLA SOKOLOFF
STARRING HAYLIE DUFF, AARON O'CONNELL,
BETH BRODERICK, TELMA HOPKINS, GREG EVIGAN
AND BRINGING BACK TOGETHER
THE BRADY BUNCH'S
BARRY WILLIAMS, CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, MIKE LOOKINLAND,
SUSAN OLSEN, JENNIFER ELISE COX AND ROBBIE RIST

A CHRISTMAS DANCE REUNION
FEATURES HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL CO-STARS
CORBIN BLEU AND MONIQUE COLEMAN

Network Also Announces
It’s a Wonderful Lifetime: Summer of Santas
Featuring Beloved Lifetime Holiday Movies
Avail on Video on Demand,
Lifetime's Official YouTube Channel,
Lifetime Movie Club App and
A Dedicated
I Love A Lifetime Movie Podcast Episode this July

Los Angeles, CA (May 19, 2021) – Santa’s sleigh is overflowing for Lifetime’s 2021 annual It’s a Wonderful Lifetime holiday slate. In addition to new movies featuring Reba McEntire (details soon!), and returning favorites Kelly Rowland, Melissa Joan Hart, Mario Lopez, Jana Kramer and more, the network is providing a sneak peek of what’s to come!

This year, Lifetime will reunite some memorable casts including High School Musical alums Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman in A Christmas Dance Reunion.

Additionally, Blending Christmas, directed by Marla Sokoloff, stars Haylie Duff, Aaron O’Connell, Beth Broderick, Telma Hopkins, Greg Evigan and former The Brady Bunch actors Barry Williams, Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland, Susan Olsen, Jennifer Elise Cox and Robbie Rist.

Descriptions of movies below.



A CHRISTMAS DANCE REUNION



Successful attorney Lucy Mortimer (Monique Coleman), along with her mother Virginia (Kim Roberts) return to the Winterleigh Resort to help celebrate the hotel’s final Christmas season before the resort closes its doors permanently. Once there, Lucy is reunited with the owner’s nephew and her childhood Christmas Dance partner, Barrett Brewster (Corbin Bleu). Though the resort has fallen on hard times and has stopped most holiday events, Lucy leads the charge in recreating the beloved Christmas traditions, including the popular Christmas Dance, to bring together new families and new hope to the resort. Now, Lucy must decide if she's willing to take a risk on love and partner up once more with Barrett for what could be the last Christmas Dance.

A Christmas Dance Reunion is produced by Off Camera Entertainment and Brain Power Studio with Stephanie Slack, Margret H. Huddleston and Beth Stevenson as Executive Producers. Megan Henry Herzlinger and Brian Herzlinger serve as writers. Brian Herzlinger also directs.




BLENDING CHRISTMAS



The holiday season is in full swing when Emma (Haylie Duff) learns that the resort where she used to spend Christmases with her family is being redeveloped. Her boyfriend Liam (Aaron O’Connell), hatches a plan to bring her to the resort one last time to propose! He secretly invites both their families to join them and Emma is delighted when she arrives to find the whole family bunch there. Of course, no holiday gathering is complete without drama, and soon the families are bickering over every detail! The added stress from trying to blend the two families eventually takes a toll on Emma and Liam, who start questioning their own relationship. Now just days before Christmas, the two families realize that they're going to have to work together in order to reunite Emma and Liam!

Blending Christmas is produced by Hybrid LLC. Marla Sokoloff directs from a script by Peter Sullivan and Adam Rockoff.



And because everyone needs some holiday happiness all year round, Lifetime launches It’s a Wonderful Lifetime: Summer of Santas offering some of the most beloved Lifetime holiday films all month long, including Lifetime's Official YouTube Channel, six on VOD, and twenty titles on Lifetime’s app LMC.


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It's fun to see both of these casts reuniting, especially, in my opinion - The Brady Bunch! I think most everyone has grown up watching The Brady Bunch, whether it was live or in re-runs. For me personally, it was in re-runs, weekdays in the summer and after school. Favorite episodes were: Peter's changing voice - Time to Change, Marcia and her Mother, Carol, singing "Together" at the Family Frolic Night, Something Suddenly Came Up date excuse, Amateur Night with two songs - "Sunshine Day" and "Keep On," Jan complaining about being in the middle and the infamous quote "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia," and so many more great episodes! How I wish Florence Henderson (Carol Brady) was still here to be a part of this.

Please note: We don't know which Christmas movies will be family friendly this upcoming Christmas season, but I hope we will have plenty to look forward to, as we did last year.

Are you excited about these two Christmas movies? Please share in comments below. And, if you have a favorite episode of The Brady Bunch, you can share that, too!

Joyous Blessings, Net


Wednesday, May 19, 2021

UPtv JUNE 2021 TV Movie Premieres ๐ŸŒž SEE HERE:


NEW Wedding Movies are coming Sunday nights to UPtv in June - for their movie event titled June Grooms!

The first movie to start the month off is "The Wedding Ring."

See details on the June Movie Premieres below...



The Wedding Ring

Original Air Date: June 6, 2021




Starring: Lauren Lee Smith and Dillon Casey

Story-line via UPtv: Kate Sterling’s entire life is about proposals. As a jewelry designer she’s created rings for more happy couples than she can count, however none for herself yet. At her sister’s marriage, Kate is given a second change to connect with her childhood sweetheart. Now she has to decide whether their feelings have changed, or if the wedding will re-kindle the sparks that once united them; giving Kate the ring she’s been waiting for her whole life!

Reviews:

๐Ÿ’• "The Wedding Ring was cute. I liked the new-to-me actors. Twelve days later and my soon-to-be-geriatric brain can't really remember any details from the movie - oops! But I'm pretty sure it was family friendly." ~~Jane


๐Ÿ’• "The Wedding Ring – This movie is lighthearted and family-friendly. The characters acted a bit silly, at times, but nothing too outlandish. Kate Sterling portrays a wedding ring/jewelry designer who owns her own shop, but she is offered a new job in the city where an old love interest currently lives. As they start to rekindle their relationship, Kate is torn between her career decision. Much of the movie is spent wondering – will she stay or will she go? It’s a lighthearted story overall. I enjoyed the flashbacks from their childhood and there is a satisfying, happy ending." ~Net




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The Perfect Wedding Match

Original Air Date: June 13, 2021




Starring: Jenna Michno and Tyler Courtad

Story-line via UPtv: Programmer for the ‘Plus Ones’ matchmaking app Maisie Jacobs is single and dateless for her little sister Ali’s wedding. Keen to avoid her family’s questions, Maisie uses the app to find her own plus one – but is sent the only person she would never date! Could the mix-up be her chance for true love?

Reviews:


๐Ÿ’• "The Perfect Wedding Match. Um. Um. Ummm. This movie. It was kind of cute and, yet, kind of cringeworthy. For me, it was like a train wreck that you just can't look away from. Several times I almost quit watching, but it was such a bizarre mess that I was kind of mesmerized to see if it would be like that all the way through. The characters and their dialogue and the situations they would be in were so over-the-top and sometimes ridiculous that I wondered if the directors were purposefully going for a parody type movie. I'm still not sure?? I kind of enjoyed seeing new-to-me actors and I actually think most of them did a really good job, I think they did exactly what the script or director told them to do, which would make them pretty good actors to pull off this parody style of movie (if that's what they were going for??). I wouldn't necessarily advise anyone to NOT watch it, but just know that if the over-the-top, silly stuff is kind of annoying you, it is not going to get any different as the movie goes on. Basically family friendly but there is one goofy relative that hides bottles of wine that they get out to drink and there were one or two vague comments implying that unmarried couples should travel together to see if they really get along well enough to get married or some such nonsense like that." ~~Jane


๐Ÿ’• "The Perfect Wedding Match – This movie was, indeed, something… the characters acted a bit wacky, at times. The overall flow was fine, but it lacked depth. Maisie needs a plus one for her sister’s wedding and ends up using a match through her own app. Of course, it ends up being someone Maisie knows and already has preconceived feelings of not liking. The movie was mostly family friendly, except for a few issues, such as: the hiding of wine bottles and a little adult dialogue. Overall, I thought there was very little romantic chemistry between any of the couples, and I found myself losing interest as I watched." ~Net




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A Whirlwind Wedding

Original Air Date: June 27, 2021




Starring: Morgan Kohan and Drew Nelson

Story-line via UPtv: Cassie, a talented event planner returns to her home town to plan her mother’s wedding. She’s having trouble accepting her stepfather-to-be and quickly Cassie’s obsession with perfection begins to clash with her mother’s wishes for a low-key celebration —especially when it comes to handsome and charming Kyle, the chef Cassie deems inadequate for catering the event. But as complications arise—both personal and professional—it’s Kyle who is able to help her pull off the big day and help her find the love she’s been looking for…

Review:

๐Ÿ’• "A Whirlwind Wedding. Cute. Formulaic. Sweet. A bit awkward in places. Lovely barn wedding set. For me, it was nice for a one-time watch but not a keeper; I think most folks here will enjoy the movie. Family friendly except for in the very beginning the lead actress and her friend are both talking about taking the next step with their respective boyfriends by moving in with them; it's a brief scene but it's definitely talked about." ~~Jane

๐Ÿ’• "A Whirlwind Wedding – The romance in this movie is somewhat slow, at first; however, it’s still very sweet to watch it build. I enjoyed seeing Morgan Kohan again (Lillian, from "When Hope Calls") and her mother, portrayed by actress, Laura Soltis, is recognizable from a number of Hallmark movies – notably in "Five Star Christmas," "Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle," "Framed for Murder: A Fixer Upper Mystery," and many others. One caution is when Cassie mentions to her friend her relationship plan to move in one day with her boyfriend. That brief comment was unnecessary to the rest of the story. It was fun, however, to watch Cassie (Kohan) plan her mother’s wedding in just a few days with the help of a local caterer, Kyle Billings, who is also handy with woodworking and construction. It's obvious Kyle and Cassie understand each other and bring out the best in one another – while they are creating the wedding space together in a country barn and trying to rediscover where their passion truly is with their work. Cassie’s current boyfriend is the type who is self-absorbed with his career, until he fears losing Cassie and makes a grand gesture. The country barn decorated with beautiful flowers and party lights for the wedding is beautiful! Plus, the outdoor wedding ceremony was also lovely, but it was quite odd how far the wedding couple stood apart and no kiss was ever shown. (I’m sure this was corona virus related, but the couple could have, at least, stood a little closer. They were nearer to each other in other scenes and later on - on the dance floor, so it was quite odd the distance they stood apart for the actual wedding.) After the wedding is successfully over, Cassie eventually discovers where her heart truly belongs. This is a family friendly, delightful movie; it is my top pick of UPtv’s June Groom movie offerings." ~Net




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Hope you enjoyed this movie information. I was most looking forward to seeing Morgan Kohan (from When Hope Calls) in A Whirlwind Wedding and after watching it, I must tell you - this family friendly, delightful movie was my top pick of UPtv’s June Groom movie offerings. Something about that poster and that country barn decorated with beautiful flowers and party lights - just drew me right in!

What do you think? Which movie are you looking forward to?

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Blessings on your day! Net


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