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Thursday, May 18, 2023

Enjoy an Extra Slice 🍰 of New Movies this Weekend - with Alison Sweeney, Cameron Mathison, Cindy Busby, Brittany Bristow, Rob Mayes and More 🎢 SEE HERE:

The three NEW movies airing this Friday to Sunday have a little bit of everything... adventure, mystery, baking, singing, and of course, all three have romance! You choose which one suits you best.

If you watch "Carrot Cake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery" on Friday night, be sure to save room for two more new movie slices on Saturday and Sunday night!

See all of the details below...

Friday, May 19, 2023:

Storyline: The discovery of a skeleton amid the rubble of a building undergoing renovation reveals that one of Lake Eden’s beloved citizens is not who he claimed to be. Much to the dismay of her fiancΓ©, Detective Mike Kingston (Mathison), Hannah (Sweeney) begins to investigate the case on her own. As she tries to piece together the events that led to the murder and tries to learn the victim’s true identity, Hannah even calls on her mother Delores (Niven) as she works to bring the killer to justice and uncover the truth.

Premieres Friday, May 19, 2023
at 9pm/8c. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

* "Carrot Cake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery" encores Sunday night at 7pm/6c. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.


Saturday, May 20, 2023:

Storyline: Lauren (Cindy Busby) is an assistant curator who is out to prove a set of ancient vases belongs with the Pueblo Nation. She journeys to Zion to find what she needs to make her case and along the way meets Adam (David Gridley), a native Puebloan park ranger, who helps her on mission.
Premieres Saturday, May 20, 2023
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel

* "Love in Zion National: A National Park Romance" encores Sunday night at 7pm/6c. on the Hallmark Channel.


Sunday, May 21, 2023:

Storyline: An emerging country star returns to his hometown to overcome his serious writer's block and reunites with his high school sweetheart. Together they rediscover love and learn that the best music is the music you make together.

Premieres Sunday, May 21, 2023
at 7pm/c. on UPtv

*You can read my full movie review of Just Jake - here!

* "Just Jake" encores Sunday night at 11pm/10c. on UPtv.


Programming Notes:


If you're in the mood for sleuthing, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries has two mystery movie marathons airing this weekend-
"Gourmet Detective Mysteries" marathon, starring Dylan Neal and Brooke Burns, airs on Saturday.

"Garage Sale Mysteries" marathon, starring Lori Loughlin, airs on Sunday.


The Friday night Christmas Movies Classics are...

When I Think of Christmas - Hallmark Channel

Mrs. Miracle - Great American Family

Just before the Christmas movie on Friday night, you can catch an encore airing of My Boss' Wedding starring Holly Deveaux, Drew Seeley, and Brigitte Kingsley at 6pm/5c, on Great American Family.

A sequel movie, with the working title, My Boss' Wedding 2, is currently filming and coming this Christmas! Actress Holly Deveaux shared this lovely image below while filming the sequel holiday movie.

Oh my goodness... I barely just finished the Christmas movies from last year, but I'm already excited about the new ones coming this year. How 'bout you? My Boss' Wedding is such a sweet, lighthearted movie. I wasn't anticipating a sequel, but now I'm delighted to know it's coming!!!

May you all enjoy a pleasant May weekend and a fun movie! I'm hoping the new Hannah Swensen Mystery is a good one, and I hope you all enjoy the family-friendly, musical film Just Jake as much as I did!



O sing unto the Lord a new song:
sing unto the Lord, all the earth.

Sing unto the Lord, bless his name;
shew forth his salvation from day to day.

Declare his glory among the heathen,
his wonders among all people.

For the Lord is great,
and greatly to be praised...

~Psalm 96:1-4



  1. My Boss Wedding 2 as referred to My Boss’ Christmas Wedding?

  2. I’m not so sure I’m going to watch mystery movie: A Carrot Cake Murder: A Hannah Swansen Mysteries without Hannah’s Sister; Andrea & Brother in Law Ben

    Hannah has another Sister; Michelle

  3. I heard about the My Boss's Wedding 2 news today as well, sure hope we get to see it on GAF this Christmas! -Maria

  4. You know me...I'm gonna watch the mystery! So glad they switched to Fridays! Now I can save my Sundays for worship.

  5. I really liked My Boss’s Wedding. Excited for a sequel!
    Jennifer R

    1. Me too! 😊 I hope Drew Seeley makes more movies for GAF after this. I love the picture of Holly in her bride gown!!!

  6. My Boss' Wedding - another unnecessary sequel Florence

  7. We’re waiting for Chronicle Mysteries 6 or more

  8. I’m not interesting to watch Hannah Swensen Mysteries anymore because it looks creepier than other mystery movies

    I’d like watch Chronicle Mysteries with starring Alison Sweeney & Benjamin Ayres. We’re waiting for Chronicle Mysteries 6 in works & more…

  9. Love in Zion National: A National Park Romance is family friendly about There’s spark fly between an Assistant Curator named Lauren Collins & an American In Park Ranger as they explore Zion National Park. Assistant curator named Lauren Collins whose works at National History Museum of Denver is out to prove a set of ancient authentic vases belong with the Pueblo Nation. While in Zion she meets Adam Proudstar is a native Puebloan park ranger, who helps her on her mission to seek out the last vase. They’re at Anasazi Tribal Museum with Milly Tillane. Set of 4 vases are authentic Anasazi Wedding Vases covered with glass at the Anasazi Tribal Museum

  10. Hannah Swenson Mysteries: Carrot Cake Murder...

    I was really, really enjoying the Hannah Swenson Mystery. It was family friendly, funny(I loved seeing her mother play detective, and she was good!), and it was good seeing Hannah and Mike happy together, and they mystery side of it was good as well. Even Michelle was growing on me. I don't want to give it away, but the way it ended made me upset. I don't understand why they did that, especially after Mystery101, apparently Hallmark didn't learn from their mistakes. Also why should Hannah be bothered by Norman dating someone else when she's engaged?! No wonder why they made that announcement about future movies, they were afraid of losing viewers.

    Also, remember how they changed to "Lake Eden?" Made me laugh but of and on they would say both Eden Lake/Lake Eden, and it was the same for signs.

    1. Yeah, that ending was rough. Now it makes sense why they announced this sequel movie so early after the Mystery 101 backlash.

      Since Cameron Mathison is also filming this and other projects, I wonder if he’ll be doing another GAF Christmas movie this year, or is he back on Hallmark for good?

    2. Hi Abigail,

      I also got a chuckle out of the mix of Lake Eden/Eden Lake. And, like you, I was really enjoyed the movie up until the last five minutes. I screamed out loud, at the TV! They better FIX that in the next movie or I will be so mad. I am really wondering where the writer's were thinking. Seriously not cool. :-(

    3. There’s another Hannah Swensen Mysteries - A Zest for Death: A Hannah Swensen Mystery

      Cameron Mathison has 2 more Hannah Swensen Mysteries to go

      There’s only 3 Hannah Swensen Mysteries

    4. Aww, Joan. You sound like me! I wish I could have watched it with you.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    5. Hi Abigail! Yes, I wish we could have watched it together. :-)

  11. Enjoyed the Love in Zion National:
    A National Park Romance movie.

  12. Thank you for including that beautiful scripture, Net. I needed that encouragement today. I will record Just Jake while I’m at evening church services and if we’re not too tired, we’ll watch later. It’s nice to know it’s family friendly before watching. Paula

  13. Are the Hannah Swensen mysteries over? The way it ended looks like they were bringing it to an end. Is there to be no more
    Cameron Mathison?

    1. No, they said this one will not be the last.

  14. Just Jake. I watched about 40 minutes of this movie and I think it’s pretty good. I like this quote from the movie. “ "If I want a greener pasture... I should just water the one I'm in!" #JustJake @UPtv

  15. Hannah Swensen (AKA still Murder She Baked to me) was great besides all the back and forth tension between Hannah and Mike. If this was a standalone movie, it would be plain awful. Thankfully, they are filming another.

  16. Just Jake - I really appreciated your review Net beforehand. This movie is.good family film and the music surprises keep coming (in a good way) when you least expect them. Brittany’s family is great and supportive, and it was nice to see scripture or statements of faith on the wall behind the family dinner scenes.

  17. So I watched the newest Hannah Swensen movie and it is family friendly. However if you read the books this movie is so far off of the book it's not even funny. I don't know which book this was suppose to be but the only elements from Carrot Cake is they mention the cat is acting weird. Like everyone else I didn't like the fight with Mike & Hannah and how it ended. Don't know how I feel about another movie coming. I liked Michelle a little better than in the previous movie but I still miss Andera and Bill.

  18. Joyce in CarolinaMonday, May 22, 2023

    I might be the odd ball here, but I do not like the Hannah Swenson series as good as Murder She Baked. Not even close! Just doesn't have the same warm fuzzy feel. Too many changes overall. Very disappointed with the series. Carrot Cake was a total disaster to me. Seeing way too much of Norman. Not letting Mike do his job. The ending was horrible and very childish to me on Hannah's part. The show is beginning to have a soap opera feel. It's too Hollywood! I have to say I believe this is Alison's doing because she owns the books now. Triangle should be long gone and Delores appears to have a crush on Norman herself. Can't help but compare to Garage Sale Mysteries. They have a health family relationship without all the drama!

  19. Cameron Mathison will be back for Christmas movies on GAFAM

  20. I absolutely adored "Just Jake". I loved everything about. The message, the fact they talked about faith and God without hesitation, the beautiful simplicity of the church, the relationships and the music. Oh, and the scenery! I have family, in Colorado Springs, and it a lovely part of the country. :-) I am definitely buying the dvd when it comes out. It made my hubby cry.


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