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Friday, April 19, 2024

Which Movie/Series Will You Fall For This Weekend? 🎬 SEE HERE:




Hey there, movie friends! This weekend, we have drama, romance, mystery, and adventure - in the new movie and series episodes!

Plus, for all of us POstables, we have a very special treat - an entire weekend movie marathon (minus the Christmas movie, bummer!) of Signed, Sealed, Delivered! Seeing the older movies always gets me even more excited about the two new SSD movies to come - one this year and the other movie coming in 2025! See the marathon schedule below.

Hallmark's new *Spring into Love* movie, Falling in Love in Niagara takes place at the gorgeous Niagara Falls. Have you ever been to Niagara Falls to see it in person? Or, have you seen another waterfall? Please share in the comments below. I give my answer to this at the end of this post.

Here are the details on the weekend premieres...



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Saturday, April 20, 2024:




Storyline: After her fiancΓ© leaves her before their wedding, MADELINE goes to Niagara Falls to honeymoon without him. There, she reconnects with her adventurous side, learns to let go, and finds new love.

Premieres Saturday, April 20, 2024
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel


Note: An Anonymous reviewer shared that this movie is clean, and Maria also shared this review below...

Movie Review:

🌼 I got to watch Falling in Love With Niagara early, and I LOVED it!! –Maria




If you like Jocelyn Hudon's fashions seen in Falling in Love With Niagara, then be sure to visit the lovely blog It's a Wonderful Lifestyle for details!


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Sunday, April 21, 2024:




Episode 3 "Heels and Faces" :

The shady promoter of a local pro wrestling alliance is found dead under the ring at the Blue Ridge High School. As Justin and the team dig into his past, they find that almost everyone he knew had a motive to kill.


Season 1, Episode 3
Premieres Sunday, April 21, 2024
at 8pm/7c. on the Cowboy Way Channel


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Sunday, April 21, 2024:






Season 11 - Episode 3 - “Steps Forward” :

Storyline: Rosemary and Bill team up to investigate a case they believe shouldn’t be closed. The women of Hope Valley start a daycare. Hickam and Mei celebrate a milestone.


Season 11 - Episode 3
Airs Sunday, April 21, 2024
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel


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Programming Notes:

*Into the Wild Frontier will not have a new episode this Sunday on INSP; however, a new episode will premiere next weekend. Stay tuned for details.



*Catch the Signed, Sealed, Delivered Movie Marathon all weekend long on Hallmark Mystery!

Signed, Sealed, Delivered Marathon Schedule -


Saturday:

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Movie (Pilot Episode) - 11am

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love - 1pm

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth be Told - 3pm

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Impossible Dream - 5pm

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From the Heart - 7pm

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: One in a Million - 9pm


Sunday:

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Lost Without You - 11am

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground - 1pm

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Home Again - 3pm

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Road Less Traveled - 5pm

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: To the Altar - 7pm

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Vows We Have Made - 9pm


*See the complete chronological order of the Signed, Sealed, Delivered series - *here*.




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Okay, so I asked above if you have ever been to Niagara Falls or seen a waterfall in person? Please give your response in the comments below.

As for myself... I have not seen Niagara Falls in person, yet, but while on a trip with my family once, we happened to see a sign that was for a large waterfall. Well, we had some extra time, and the waterfall was in a small town, so we followed the signs, and there it was! I remember that exhilarating feeling of awe as we walked over to see it closer up. It was one of those solemn moments when everyone is quiet and just takes it all in. Words can hardly express. The waterfall was gorgeous, breathtaking, and magnificent... another masterpiece by God! I remember seeing all the various vivid colors of white and blue mixed together and the loud slushing sound of rushing water falling over the rocky ledge. It was truly an incredible sight to behold, peaceful and soothing. I don't recall the specific name of the waterfall, but its beauty and that special moment shared with my family will remain with me for a lifetime.

Whatever you watch or do, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend planned.

If you'd like to share a review of the new Hallmark movie or any of these series, please share in the comments below.


Blessings to you all!
Net


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☀️ SHINING HIS LIGHT: ☀️


"Deep calls to deep 
in the roar of your waterfalls; 
all your waves and breakers 
have swept over me."

~Psalm 42:7


What does Psalm 42:7 mean? via bibleref.com:

The phrase "deep calls to deep" can reflect a few possible meanings. One is that the deep waves and waterfalls are being followed by other, equally deep waves. This would imply a constant barrage: an unending chain of these overwhelming feelings and experiences. Another interpretation is that the depths of the psalmist's desire for God (Psalm 42:1) call out for an intense response from the Lord. Either connects to similar phrasing used in the book of Jonah, when Jonah recalls his experience being swallowed by a sea creature (Jonah 2:3).

When trials sweep over a believer, he can take courage, knowing that the Lord has a purpose in allowing those trials. Trials have the capacity to draw believers closer to the Lord if they see them as serving the Lord's purpose. In Romans 5:3–5, Paul explains that "we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." In love, God allows trials to inflict believers, not to make them bitter, but to make them better.



Thursday, April 18, 2024

Reminder: "Elkhorn" Airs Thursday Nights on INSP




Today, I'm sharing a reminder that the series "Elkhorn," which follows the life and struggles of a young Theodore Roosevelt before he became President of the United States, is now airing weekly - Thursday nights on INSP, at 9pm/8c.

If you missed the first episode last Thursday night, you can watch it in full directly from *INSP's YouTube page*.



See episode details below for this week and upcoming episodes.

"ELKHORN" EPISODE DETAILS via INSP:

Episode 1 ∙ The Greenhorn
Thu, Apr 11, 2024
After suffering a great personal loss, 25-year-old Theodore Roosevelt abandons New York for the wild frontier. In the lawless Dakota Badlands, he establishes the sprawling Elkhorn Ranch and attempts to remake himself into a cattleman.


Episode 2 ∙ The Frenchman
Thu, Apr 18, 2024
Before it's up and running, Theodore Roosevelt's new Elkhorn Ranch is threatened by a powerful neighbor who attempts an underhanded land grab. To save his ranch, Roosevelt confronts his neighbor, the Marquis de MorΓ©s, and his beguiling wife, Medora.


Episode 3 ∙ Rustlers
Thu, Apr 25, 2024
Theodore Roosevelt's efforts to become a cattleman are jeopardized when a neighboring rancher accuses his men of rustling cattle. To save Elkhorn's reputation, Roosevelt and his men must capture the thief and return the stolen livestock.


Episode 4 ∙ The Stranglers
Thu, May 2, 2024
After Theodore Roosevelt's new horses are stolen, he joins a posse of vigilantes to hunt down the thieves. When they capture a lone outcast who swears his innocence, Roosevelt learns firsthand that frontier justice isn't always just.


Episode 5 ∙ Desperate Measures
Thu, May 9, 2024
Just as Theodore Roosevelt is finally getting his cattle operation up and running at Elkhorn Ranch, his health takes a turn for the worse, and his trusted ranch manager must race to a Sioux village to find a cure before it's too late.


Episode 6 ∙ On the Hunt
Thu, May 16, 2024
Looking for a distraction from his tasks at Elkhorn Ranch, Theodore Roosevelt decides a hunting expedition to the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming might settle his mind, but he soon finds himself face to face with a man-eating grizzly bear.


Episode 7 ∙ Bandits
Thu, May 23, 2024
Storyline - TBA


Episode 8 ∙ Crossroads
Thu, May 30, 2024
Storyline - TBA


Episode 9 ∙ The Roundup
Thu, Jun 6, 2024
Storyline - TBA


Episode 10 ∙ A Man for All Seasons
Thu, Jun 13, 2024
Storyline - TBA


"Elkhorn" is filled with adventure and the rugged tails of the American frontier.

I hope many of you will enjoy this historical series from INSP. It truly is a window back in time to America's history.


Blessings, Net


Wednesday, April 17, 2024

πŸš—πŸŽ„ Buckle Up! πŸŽ„πŸš— Join Candace Cameron Bure in a Road Trip Adventure in 'A Christmas Less Traveled' - Coming To Great American Family 🌟 SEE HERE:




Are we there, yet? 

Get ready to take a road trip this upcoming Christmas season with Candace Cameron Bure in Great American Family's A Christmas Less Traveled.

See all of the exciting details in the press release below...



Director Heather Hawthorn-Doyle, Eric Johnson, Candace Cameron Bure,
Photographer Pieter Stathis / image source: IG



Press Release:

GREAT AMERICAN FAMILY 
ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION WRAP ON
‘A CHRISTMAS LESS TRAVELED,’
STARRING 
CANDACE CAMERON BURE 
AND ERIC JOHNSON,
PART OF 
GREAT AMERICAN CHRISTMAS 
2024

NEW YORK, NY – April 15, 2024 – Great American Family announced it has completed production on what is sure to be one of the most anticipated new holiday films of the season – A Christmas Less Traveled, starring Candace Cameron Bure (My Christmas Hero, A Christmas Present) and Eric Johnson (Call Me Mrs. Miracle, “Flash Gordon”) which premieres this November as part of Great American Christmas 2024.

In A Christmas Less Traveled, “The Dine and Dash” diner has a stack of mounting unpaid bills, forcing its owner, Desi (Bure) to sell her beloved, mint condition, cherry red 1964 Ford F-100, a gift from her deceased father. As Desi visits the vintage truck one last time, she discovers a recorded message from her dad on an old audio cassette. Desi’s Dad’s voice sends her and “Old Red” out to retrace her family’s most memorable moments one last time. Just as the journey begins, Desi meets Greyson (Johnson) who offers her a generous payment in exchange for a ride to “close the most important deal” of his life. Little do Desi and Greyson realize the less traveled road will reveal more about each of them than they could have ever known.

“Filmmakers have been inspired by road trips for as long as movies have been made,” said Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Great American Media. “In A Christmas Less Traveled, viewers will go on a scenic journey with our characters to celebrate Christmas in communities and with acquaintances, treasuring every heartfelt moment of discovery or remembrance in a vintage vehicle that seems to magically know all the right places to stop,” Abbott concluded.

A Christmas Less Travelled gently challenges us to truly embrace every moment we share with our families, friends and loved ones. It reminds us that forgiving ourselves and others is the pathway to set ourselves free,” added Executive producer and CandyRock Entertainment CEO Candace Cameron Bure.

A Christmas Less Travelled is a Syrup Studios production in association with Candy Rock Entertainment being presented on Great American Family network under the Candace Cameron Bure presents banner. Costa Vassos Produces and Heather Hawthorn-Doyle directs a screenplay by Masey McClain, Justin D. James & Taylor Kalupa. Executive producers include Candace Cameron Bure, Jeffery Brooks, Ford Englerth, Eric Jarboe, Holly A. Hines, Gerald Webb, Heather Hawthorn-Doyle, and Trevor McWhinney. Supervising producers include Catherine Kretz, Michael Shepard, and Jonathan Shore with Doran S. Chandler and Trudi Thorwaldson as Associate producers.


ABOUT GREAT AMERICAN FAMILY

Great American Family is America’s premiere destination for quality family-friendly programming, including original holiday movies, rom-coms and fan-favorite series that celebrate faith, family and country. Great American Family is home to year-round seasonal celebrations including Great American Christmas, the network’s signature franchise featuring holiday themed movies and specials. Founded in 2021, Great American Family is part of the Great American Media portfolio of brands.


Follow Great American Family on

Twitter: @GAfamilyTV Facebook: @GAfamilytv Instagram: @greatamericanfamily


ABOUT CANDY ROCK ENTERTAINMENT

Candy Rock Enterprises is a joint venture between award winning actress, producer and New York Times best-selling author Candace Cameron Bure and the full-service development and execution team behind Redrock Entertainment, Ford Englerth and Jeffery Brooks. Candy Rock’s Entertainment division develops, produces, and distributes television projects, lifestyle programming and feature length films with an emphasis on family-friendly content. Instagram: @CandyRock.Entertainment


ABOUT SYRUP STUDIOS

Syrup Studios is a Canadian deficit-financing studio focused on exceptional films, series, and international co-productions for global audiences. Syrup’s highly tailored approach to developing, financing, producing, and distributing content through entrepreneurial business models brings each compelling story to life.

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My Quick Take:

I'm already loving the look of Candace's new movie, and I can't wait to go on this adventure with her and Eric Johnson, who I'm sooo glad to see is making movies again. Love him already in Call Me Mrs. Miracle, and I'm sure A Christmas Less Traveled will be another favorite!

Please share your thoughts in the comments below...

Have a Merry Day!
Net


INSP Greenlights 2nd Season of THE TALL TALES OF JIM BRIDGER




Press Release:

INSP Greenlights 
2nd Season of
THE TALL TALES 
OF JIM BRIDGER

Actor Rib Hillis Returns as Lead

(Indian Land, SC – April 17, 2024) – Today INSP announced the decision to renew The Tall Tales of Jim Bridger. The second season will begin production in Q2 of 2024. The announcement comes from Craig Miller, VP of Original Programming for INSP.

“We are thrilled to resume the journey with Rib Hillis as Jim Bridger,” said Miller. “The first season was a tremendous ratings success for INSP, and we are confident that Season 2 will continue to captivate viewers with larger-than-life adventures as we explore more of Bridger’s legendary tales.”

ABOUT THE SERIES
As a fur trapper and legendary mountain man, frontiersman Jim Bridger explored the entire distant West and survived countless hair-raising adventures. In The Tall Tales of Jim Bridger, the respected trail guide and army scout knows every river, mountain, and trail on the frontier. As new generations of settlers, soldiers, and speculators crowd the Bozeman Trail, Bridger's hard-won wisdom is more valuable than ever, even if his famous tall tales often sound more like exaggerated fiction than fact. But with danger lurking around every bend, the greenhorns heading west quickly realize they need Bridger's guidance for much more than the trail.

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About INSP

INSP is available nationwide to more than 55M households via MVPDs including DISH (channel 259), DIRECTV (channel 364), Comcast Xfinity, Cox Communications, Charter Spectrum, National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), Verizon Fios (channel 286), AT&T U-verse (channel 564) and on vMVPDs including SLING TV, fuboTV, Philo, Frndly TV, Vidgo and FreeCast. Click here to find INSP in your area. INSP provides a trusted viewing experience with a lineup of exclusive and original series, timeless Westerns, action-filled dramas, and films focused on adventure and heroic characters.



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I know many of you have been enjoying the westerns and historical dramas/series/movies from INSP, and I hope this is another series you'll want to add to your watch list.

Blessings,
Net


Tuesday, April 16, 2024

πŸŽ„❆ How COOL Is This? ❆πŸŽ„ Lacey Chabert and Kristoffer Polaha Pair Up for New Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas Movie!



Both Lacey Chabert and Kristoffer Polaha shared the same fun video from the icy-cold set of their all-new Christmas movie...
(click the video below to play)




UPDATE: Here's the movie scoop:

TVLine is reporting: Lacey Chabert and Kristoffer Polaha are set for a romantic treasure hunt in Hallmark’s The Christmas Quest.

The movie was shot on location in Iceland!

Storyline details: The story follows an archeologist (played by Chabert) and her ex-husband (Polaha), an expert in ancient Norse languages, who are “sent to Iceland at Christmastime to search for a legendary treasure,” per the official synopsis. “When others join in the hunt, the pair find themselves swept into a thrilling adventure as they race to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.”

Of course, 
The Christmas Quest will air during Hallmark Channel's annual Countdown to Christmas movie event!

Have a Merry Day!
Net 


Monday, April 15, 2024

🎬 Streaming Movie Reviews at It's a Wonderful Movie - See Here:




Hello, Movie Friends!

Over the years as I've been blogging here at It's a Wonderful Movie, my main focus has always been on seeking the family-friendly movies airing on TV; however, the streaming world has definitely taken off through the years- full steam (or stream!) ahead.

I didn't think the streaming option would ever work for me since our internet speeds used to be somewhat slow, but as those have improved, so has my own interest in streaming movies.

One of the first streaming companies I purchased was PureFlix, which has now become Great American Pure Flix. I highly recommend this company as a streaming option because it offers faith-based, family-friendly movies and shows with trusted content.

I've also tried or currently own other subscriber-based streamers- Hallmark Movies Now, UP Faith & Family, Amazon Prime, etc... Plus, I'm definitely a fan of FrndlyTV, which lets viewers stream and record. It's actually the one I use the most often, and it's super user-friendly.

There are also many companies that offer FREE movies, which is great, even if we have to watch a few ads here and there.

Given the popularity of streaming, I thought I would give all of us a centralized location to share movie reviews with each other from these streaming services with others.



Share MOVIE REVIEWS from these Streaming Sources:

Great American Pure Flix

UP Faith & Family

The Cowboy Way Channel

Hallmark Movies Now

Roku 

Xumo Play

Tubi

Crackle

Netflix

Amazon Prime

Paramount+

YouTube

and MORE!!!

(There are too many to mention!)



I have gone back through ALL of the comments submitted this year (so far) to collect all of the movie reviews from followers here - from these streaming sources. I am including these movie reviews below in order by date posted, and please feel free to share your streaming reviews in the comment section beneath this post. If you can give your streaming source, too, that would be great.


STREAMING MOVIE REVIEWS:

🎬 Xumo Loving Every Minute unfortunately is *NOT* family friendly. The main characters sister is marrying a woman. ~ Elizabeth Smith (January 8, 2024)

🎬 The Date Whisperer is not family friendly ~Anonymous (January 8, 2024)

🎬 The Date Whisperer - (watched on Dove Channel) In the first 10 minutes or so we learn the lead girl's father has left her mother after MANY years of marriage. The best man (the lead girl's love interest) gave the girl's father the advice to follow his heart - and he introduced him to his UNCLE Frankie. From watching the trailer, I learned the two men get married by the end of the movie. Thank goodness I only watched the first 10 minutes and the promo. ~Net (January 9, 2024)

🎬 Meet Me In New York - Starring Corey Savier & Brooke Nevin is certainly family friendly ~Anonymous (January 9, 2024)

🎬 We watched Love's Fast Lane on Xumo last night. I've no particular interest in cars but it was surprisingly good with a really sweet ending. ~Florence (January 10, 2024)

🎬 Far Haven - I happened upon this movie late last fall when it was on the Cowboy Channel, which we get as part of our paid-for Friendly TV app. I am not a western-type fan, but from the ads I’d seen for it, it looked like a truly wholesome movie and I knew some of the stars in it from other shows, so was really interested to see what it would be like. Well, I LOVED it. As a Christian myself, it had me sit up and take notice immediately when the main character is quoting some scriptures at the very start of the movie. Very cool!

I highly recommend your readers to watch this movie whenever they get a chance. It’s so worth it! And wonderful to fully support movies these days that not only truly wholesome, celebrating high morals and character, but are also well made like this one. ~Anonymous (February 1, 2024)

🎬 Reel One's Love's Fast Lane is clean and quite delightful! It'd make a great fit for UP TV! –Maria (March 13, 2024)

🎬 Reel One's The Perfect Man(icure) is a clean, delightful gem, would make a great fit for GAF or UP TV! (streaming on Xumo Play) –Maria (March 13, 2024)

🎬 Nicely's Law of Attraction is clean, and totally hilarious!! Would be a good fit for UP TV. (streaming on Pluto TV). -Maria (March 13, 2024 )

🎬 Reel One's The Wedding in the Hamptons is clean, beautiful, and AWESOME!! (streaming on Roku). –Maria (March 14, 2024)

🎬 Falling in Love in Niagara (Hallmark Movies Now) yes it's clean. ~Anonymous (March 15, 2024)

🎬 Reel One's Mr. Pawsitively Perfect is both clean and adorable! Would be a good fit for GAF or UP TV. -Maria (March 15, 2024)

🎬 Reel One's Just for Showmance is clean and quite nice. :) (streaming on Roku). –Maria (March 16, 2024)

🎬 Reel One's Steal your Heart is clean, hilarious and heartfelt. (streaming on Freevee). –Maria (March 16, 2024)

🎬 Reel One's The Beauty of Love is clean and delightful. (streaming on Fubo TV) –Maria (March 17, 2024)

🎬 Reel One's Love Amongst the Stars is clean and FANTASTIC!! Would make a perfect fit for GAF, UP TV or even Hallmark! –Maria (March 18, 2024)

🎬 The Beauty Of Love definitely worth a watch - there was good chemistry between the leads and I am a fan of Jonathan Stoddard anyway. Entertaining story. Too long ago now to give it a fair score but around 6/7 – Florence (March 19, 2024)

🎬 Love Amongst the Stars - Wasn't one of my favourite ROE movies. I like Patch May but thought he had an arrogant and unlikeable side to him.

The subject matter of astrology was a bit dry for me. From what I remember about a 5 – Florence (March 19, 2024 )

🎬 Reel One's The Wedding Arrangement is a clean, and perfectly delightful flick! Would be a perfect fit for GAF or UP TV. :) -Maria (March 19, 2024)

🎬 Reel One's Let Love Grow is clean, and so lovely! (yes, with today being the official start of spring, figured I'd watch some flowery themed movies.) (streaming on Roku). –Maria (March 19, 2024)

🎬 Reel One's Love Hacks is clean (with 1 small exception of the female lead trying to move in with her current boyfriend), funny and heartfelt. (streaming on Xumo Play). –Maria (March 19, 2024)

🎬 Reel One's The Love Gala has a gay best friend. –Maria (March 20, 2024)

🎬 Let Love Grow (watched on Xumo Play) reminded me a lot of Learning to Love, except she was the Landscaper instead of the Nanny. I liked the guy and the girls were sweet. The woman was a little pushy for me, though, and I didn't like how they incorporated her meditation to the universe. I think she also mentioned something about crystals, too, but she was talking really fast, so I'm not 100% sure. It was an okay one-time watch for me and thankfully, wholesome. Wish we could've seen more of them enjoying the lovely new garden. ~Net (March 20, 2024)

🎬 Reel One's "Sparks Over Brooklyn" is clean, but I had a hard time getting into it, almost like I couldn't really buy into the two leads actually falling in love. ~Alicia (March 20, 2024)

🎬 Tried to watch Reel One's Love at first Like on the Pluto TV app on my computer, but it kept messing up, and when I tried to fast forward a bit, it just froze and when I had to reload it a few minutes later, it wouldn't start again from where I left off at.

As far as I know, it's a clean movie. –Maria (March 20, 2024)

🎬 Reel One's The Love Issue is clean and pretty. –Maria (March 22, 2024)

🎬 Reel One's Signs of your Heart has a gay man. –Maria (March 24, 2024)

🎬 Scented with Love (2022) - (watched on Dove Channel) Super sweet and family-friendly. I enjoyed the chemistry between the leads (nice to see Marshall Williams from "When Hope Calls") and the delightful community and family in this film. ~Net (March 25, 2024)

🎬 Meet Me in New York (2022) - (watched on Dove Channel) First, this movie has excellent leads with Brooke Nevin and Corey Sevier. I really can't believe UPtv, Hallmark, or Great American Family hasn't snatched this one up! The chemistry is fantastic, it's funny, entertaining, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! There is one quick comment by Corey's character near the end about living with his previous girlfriend, but beyond that brief mention, the movie is completely G-rated and I loved the interaction between Corey and the young girl who portrayed his niece. This is one I'd love to have on DVD! ~Net (March 25, 2024)

🎬 From Italy with Amore (2022) - (watched on Roku Channel) Okay, I was enjoying this one at first with Rebecca Dalton and Marcus Rosner; it has great banter, love friction, and just really cute overall, but about 20 minutes in we learn that Marcus' brother in the movie is trying to adopt with his husband, Andrew. I quit watching from there. ~Net (March 25, 2024)

🎬 Hearts Under the Olive Tree (2023) - (watched on Xumo Play) I tried to watch this movie beyond 15 minutes, but the acting was rather bad, so I just had to give up. What I saw was family-friendly, but don't know beyond that. ~Net (March 25, 2024)

🎬 The Perfect Man(icure) (2023) - (watched on Plex) This movie is family-friendly and sweet. It's somewhat cheesy at times, but still cute enough for a one-time watch. ~Net (March 25, 2024)

🎬 Wedding in the Hamptons (2023) - (watched on Xumo Play) The lead girl in this is adorably clumsy, at times, which also makes her character likeable and charming. This movie is wholesome, except the lead girl, Jenna, pretends to be someone else (a popular social media influencer) to attend an extravagant wedding being held by a rich family. Overall, Wedding in the Hamptons is entertaining, but I'm not sure in this day and age with technology at everyone’s fingertips, that it's realistic that no one would recognize that Jenna is not who she says she is; however, the movie ended up being an enjoyable afternoon watch. ~Net (March 25, 2024)

🎬 A Royal Recipe for Love (2023) – (watched on Plex) Okay, yes this is a Royal movie and I know not everyone loves those, but in this case, it wasn’t that bad. Sure the king and queen were a bit stuffy and snobby, at first, but they softened up by the movie’s end. A baker in NYC, Emma, is invited by the Royal daughter to come bake for her family in Sanovia for her parent’s anniversary celebration. Once Emma arrives, she meets Oliver Batcher, the younger Royal son, who wants to be a chef – so Emma and Oliver have some tension working together in the kitchen. I truly enjoyed actor David Lafontaine as Oliver and his struggle to pursue a profession that he enjoyed, even if that job seemed beneath that of a royal. Initially, I always thought of actor David Lafontaine as the somewhat unlikeable, insensitive boyfriend in Christmas at the Plaza, but more and more, I have been enjoying seeing David and his caring/humorous side in various films as the lead. A Royal Recipe for Love is a delightful, family-friendly film. ~Net (March 25, 2024)

🎬 Reel One's Heart of the Manor is clean. (streaming on Roku). –Maria (March 27, 2024)

🎬 Reel One's Been there All Along is clean (if you ignore the office poster in the hallway with the small rainbow flag), goofy and charming. (streaming on Freevee). –Maria (March 28, 2024)

🎬 I got to watch Falling in Love With Niagara early, and I LOVED it!! –Maria (March 29, 2024)

🎬 Reel One's Vote One for Love is an AMAZING movie!! (streaming on Freevee). –Maria (March 30, 2024)

🎬 Reel One's Made for You with Love is a superb movie!! (streaming on Hoopla). –Maria (April 1, 2024)

🎬 Reel one's Love on the Reef (1 of Ansley's movies) is a cute, clean movie. (streaming on Freevee). –Maria (April 2, 2024)

🎬 Reel One's The PA and the Manhattan Prince is clean, and quite funny! (streaming on Tubi). –Maria (April 2, 2024)

🎬 Reel One's The Happiness Playbook is clean (just as long as you forget that the sister wants to move in with her unmarried boyfriend), and quite relaxing. –Maria (April 5, 2024)

🎬 Reel One's The Proposal Spot is hilarious, adorable, and clean (ish). (Very brief showing of rainbow hearts on the wall during a 'blink and you'll miss it' scene halfway through). (streaming on Roku). -Maria (April 5, 2024)

🎬 I watched the new film on Hallmark Movies Now titled "Legend of the Lost Locket" featuring some cast from WCTH and other familiar faces. It was such a nostalgic watch, very much reminded me of Hallmark the way it was many years ago. Family friendly and the best Hallmark film I have seen in a long time. ~Laura (April 5, 2024)

🎬 Reel One's Hearts Under the Olive Tree (not to be confused with the very similar sounding Hallmark movie from 2020!) is clean and charming. (streaming on Xumo Play). -Maria (April 10, 2024)

🎬 The Reel One Entertainment movie "Team Bride" appears to include 2 men in a relationship, who are in the supporting cast. ~Net (April 11, 2024)

🎬 "Team Bride" (in response to above comment) - Sadly this is so and they do have a fair amount of screen time. This is unfortunate because otherwise it's a decent little movie - Florence (April 12, 2024)

🎬 Net, I wanted to thank you also for a review. We saw Meet Me in New York was available to watch on Xumo Play, and I remembered your review, so we watched it and everyone loved it. Super cute family movie! Wonder why the networks haven’t picked this one up? ~Allie B (April 13, 2024)



A very special *Thank You* to those of you who shared a review above.

Please feel free, EVERYONE, to share your streaming movie reviews in the comments below.


Happy movie-watching!
Net


Friday, April 12, 2024

Seeking Something New To Watch? -- Discover Hallmark's Original Spring Premiere, INSP's New Western, Plus A Fresh Episode Of "When Calls the Heart," "Blue Ridge," and More - - See Here:




Happy Weekend, Everyone!

I hope yours will be bright and sunny! We have much warmer weather coming our way here in the Heartland, and I'm most ready for it!

*Spring into Love* continues on the Hallmark Channel with the all-new Saturday night movie premiere of Legend of the Lost Locket. 

Plus, look for INSP's new movie premiere, Far Haven, and three series will have new episodes this weekend: When Calls the Heart, Blue Ridge: The Series, and Into the Wild Frontier.

See all of the details below...


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Saturday, April 13, 2024:




Storyline: When an antiques expert takes on a quest to find a long-lost locket that promises to bring the wearer true love, she finds herself in conflict with, but also attracted to, the town sheriff.

Premieres Saturday, April 13, 2024
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel

NOTE: I also wanted to include Laura's wonderful early review of this movie...

Movie Review:

I watched the new film on Hallmark Movies Now titled "Legend of the Lost Locket" featuring some cast from WCTH and other familiar faces. It was such a nostalgic watch, very much reminded me of Hallmark the way it was many years ago. Family friendly and the best Hallmark film I have seen in a long time. ~Laura


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Sunday, April 14, 2024:




Storyline via INSP: After serving two years in the Yuma Territorial Prison, wrongfully accused Hunter Braddock (Bailey Chase - Longmire, Batman vs. Superman, S.W.A.T) is released, and attempts to start over with his two young children in Far Haven, Arizona. But when his father-in-law (Bruce Boxleitner - The Gambler, How the West Was Won, Gunsmoke) is brutally attacked by an unidentified raiding party, Braddock must take on the corrupt forces who are strangling his town to protect those that he loves the most. Also stars A Martinez (Longmire, The Cowboys, Bonanza), Martin Kove (The Karate Kid, Cagney & Lacey, Cobra Kai), Amanda Righetti (The Colony, The Mentalist, The O.C.), and Nancy Stafford (Scandal, Matlock, St. Elsewhere).

Premieres Sunday, April 14, 2024
at 9pm/8c. on INSP


NOTE: An anonymous person shared a movie review of this film (below), and I wanted to be sure to share this insightful review with all of you...

Movie Review:

I happened upon this movie late last fall when it was on the Cowboy Channel, which we get as part of our paid-for Friendly TV app. I am not a western-type fan, but from the ads I’d seen for it, it looked like a truly wholesome movie and I knew some of the stars in it from other shows, so was really interested to see what it would be like. Well, I LOVED it. As a Christian myself, it had me sit up and take notice immediately when the main character is quoting some scriptures at the very start of the movie. Very cool! I highly recommend your readers to watch this movie whenever they get a chance. It’s so worth it! And wonderful to fully support movies these days that not only truly wholesome, celebrating high morals and character, but are also well made like this one. ~Anonymous


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Sunday, April 14, 2024:

Into the Wild Frontier 
Episode 4


Episode 4, “Lucien Maxwell: Legend of New Mexico,” details via INSP:

Having explored the frontier with his good friend Kit Carson, Lucien Maxwell is eager to settle down with his family. But before he can establish a ranching empire in New Mexico, Maxwell must first survive a deadly clash with the Jicarilla Apache.


Into the Wild Frontier Episode 4
Premieres Sunday, April 14, 2024
at 6PM ET. on INSP


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Sunday, April 14, 2024:





Season 1- Episode 2 · The Legend of Oak Miller:

Storyline: Thrill-seekers stage a Western-style stickup on an old country road, attracting the attention of Justin and his team, as well as the retribution of a legendary bull rider with a reputation for violence.


*With Special Guest Star: Bruce Boxleitner.

Premieres Sunday, April 14, 2024
at 8pm/7c. on the Cowboy Way Channel



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Sunday, April 14, 2024:






Storyline: Elizabeth and Allie plan a birthday party for Nathan. Lee and Rosemary weigh business responsibilities against family time. Lucas settles into his role as governor.

Season 11 - Episode 2
Airs Sunday, April 14, 2024
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel


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Programming Notes:




Just in Time - Encore Showing
Starring Laura Osnes

Airs Saturday night at 6pm/5c. on Merit Street.

*Also, currently streaming on Great American Pure Flix.


So many wonderful movie reviews have poured in since Just in Time premiered on Great American Family that I had to take this opportunity to reshare them all.

MOVIE REVIEWS:

🌼Just in Time - Absolutely beautiful movie!! –Maria

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🌼Just in Time - This is a beautiful, moving film. It brought me to tears multiple times, and Laura Osnes was fantastic, as always. ~Allie B

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🌼Just in Time - This was such an Inspirational, Faith filled, a Blessing of a MovieπŸ™πŸ™

Congratulations to GAF, Candace and Laura on a Spectacular movie.

Laura, thanks to Hallmark- I have loved her since the first movie- "In the Key of Love"

Wished Greyston would have been in more scenes.

Peter Bryant was Brilliant also❤️

Whole cast, so many favorite supporting actors- Mark Brandon( Pastor) is always a joy!!

Spreading the True Reason of Easter:

Our Savior and Redeemer rising from the grave on the 3rd day after Dying on a Cross for all our Sins, can never be told enough....

Since GAF and Bill Abbott launched this channel, I have hoped that something Special would reflect the Commitment that had been promised. Please don't get me wrong, I have enjoyed some of the movies, but this one was Exceptional.

** I loved the "Old school Homemade Ice Cream" scenes and Buttercup❤️❤️ ~ Kathy❤️Texas

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🌼 "Just in Time - Yes, the movie was incredible. It motivated me to be more intentional about these 3 days around Easter. The movie was so heartwarming with such wonderful storytelling. People think these “coincidences” can’t happen but God has given me such moments in my life. I appreciated the STRONG sharing of Godly truth. ~Anonymous

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🌼 "Just in Time" is a truly beautiful movie. I don't have enough words to describe how much I loved it. The message was so powerful. Laura Osnes brought a range of such deep emotions into her character. Such a beautiful scenery. I especially liked Easter beach service. So many words of wisdom. I just want to share my favourite one with you, if you don't mind: "Imagine life as a vast ocean and we are the sailors on an unpredictable voyage. We set our sails hoping for smooth waters and sunny skies, but more often than not we are met with waves of adversity that threaten to swallow us. It's easy to feel disheartened, scared. But there's always a lighthouse. That lighthouse is God". I love lighthouses so much and this quote was just something I needed. This movie is indeed in my heart. ~Oksanka~

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🌼 Review: Just in Time -
Family-friendly? Of course -
Recommended? Most definitely! -

🌼 This movie is a winner from start to finish! So realistic and touching - how Laura's character goes from one who questions her faith to being a true believer in Christ! As Joan mentioned, both Laura and Peter were top-notch! I knew Laura was a good actress from her other films and stage roles, but here, she is fantastic - so convincing in all of the emotions she displays! You really feel the struggles she is going through! Also, Laura is a strong Christian in real life, and that is so evident here - you feel that her praying in this film is more than just her acting!

One minor quibble - if only they could have found a way to get her to sing! Oh well, maybe in her next film... ~Mark 25

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🌼 I loved the movie. Very Inspirational and uplifting. Very appropriate for the Easter season. Laura and Greyston were excellent together. Please have more uplifting movies like this. Thank you so much. ~Ernie Frasier

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🌼 My husband and I just finished watching "Just in Time". I can't get the movie out of my head. Wow! Just wow! What an incredibly realistic film. Laura and Peter both knocked it out of the park. I liked Greyston but I enjoyed the friendship between Laura and Peter more. Their dynamic was a sight to behold. :-) And, I got a kick out of seeing so many premier actors and actresses throughout the movie. :-) Candace should be very proud of this lovely gem of a movie. I understand why she was so passionate about sharing it with the world. In today's world, it is so refreshing to witness someone who is unafraid to be open and up-front about strong faith and belief in God. :-) ~Joan

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🌼 Candace Cameron Bure Presents: Just in Time is family friendly about Hannah & her Husband named Rowan are trying to have a baby. When Hannah receives a call from stranger named Franklin who claims to have discovered a long-lost heirloom from her family, she sees that the answers to all she seeks will be revealed in God’s time. Some yummy homemade ice cream 🍨. Hannah meets Irene & Isabella; Isabella mentions how to make a marriage works, Anniversary & inscription; “Those that put their trust in God will never be disappointed”, on gold watch. Mark Brandon as a Pastor at the beach. This movie is so beautiful. ~Anonymous

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🌼 Just in Time –Beautiful! This is one of those unique films that truly captures the heart of what Great American Family truly is! It’s not only a channel, but a special welcoming place that exudes warmth, love, emotion, and faith.

Laura Osnes truly shines in this all-new Easter film! The drama feels so real. The focus is on finding joy in life, while we place our trust in God to see us through any situation, good or bad.

Although Laura’s character, Hannah, often wavers in her faith, it’s obvious there’s still a glimmer of hope that remains in her heart. With profound interest, I followed the clues of the newly discovered watch, and how this journey of discovery sets Hannah on the path of new friendships and a brand new reawakening of her faith and marriage.

There are many memorable and touching scenes, but I’ll simply mention my two favorites. The first is when Hannah’s new friend, Franklin, does an act of kindness for two complete strangers, and explains, “Good Friday… Something was bought for me at a much higher price that I definitely did not deserve. Opportunities like this are just a small way to pay it forward.”

Another scene that I dearly loved was the beach sunrise church service. Words simply cannot express how beautiful this scene is that draws Hannah back to the Lord. It’s a must-see!

This faith-based film truly touched my heart, as I’m certain it will many others. “Just in Time” has a wonderful ensemble cast and a heartwarming story filled with inspirational pearls of wisdom. I very much enjoyed the pairing of Laura Osnes and Greyston Holt. I agree with Mark; my only drawback was my desire to hear Laura sing, and since Greyston is also a wonderful singer, I kept hoping for a special duet. Otherwise, this faith-filled movie is captivating, cozy, and heartfelt, a perfect addition to our annual Easter viewing or at any time! ~Net



Hailey Dean Mysteries Marathon
Starring Kellie Martin and Viv Leacock

Sunday, from 11am - 11pm (EST.)
on Hallmark Mystery



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I pray you all have a blessed, beautiful weekend!

We certainly have lots of excellent viewing choices on Saturday and Sunday - with the new movies and series episodes. I hope you all find something to enjoy!

I think it will be great fun to see Natasha Burnett and Viv Leacock paired together in this modern-day rom-com/mystery, Legend of the Lost Locket. I already love these two together on When Calls the Heart, so I have a feeling they will also be wonderful together in this. Plus, it was so nice to receive Laura's early review (see above).

Actor Bruce Boxleitner is on double duty this weekend, as he stars in Far Haven (See the anonymous review above) and will guest star in the second episode of Blue Ridge: The Series.

If you'd like to share a review of the new Hallmark or INSP movie or any of these series, please share in the comments below.

Blessings to you all!
Net


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☀️ SHINING HIS LIGHT: ☀️

Treasures in Heaven:

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

~Matthew 6:19-21


Thursday, April 11, 2024

🎬 GREAT AMERICAN MEDIA SIGNS JILLIAN MURRAY TO MULTI-PICTURE, MULTI-YEAR DEAL - SEE HERE:




There is more exciting news today from Great American Media: Actress Jillian Murray signs a multi-picture, multi-year deal across their various platforms. See all of the details in the press release below.

If you have a favorite movie starring Jillian, please share below in the comment section. I shared mine at the end of this post.



PRESS RELEASE:

GREAT AMERICAN MEDIA
SIGNS JILLIAN MURRAY
TO MULTI-PICTURE,
MULTI-YEAR DEAL

NEW YORK, NY – April 11, 2024 – Great American Media announced it has signed Jillian Murray (An Unlikely Angel, A Brush With Christmas, Christmas Keepsake) to a multi-picture, multi-year deal to star in original movies and content across the company’s vast media portfolio which includes Great American Family, Great American Faith & Living, Great American Pure Flix, Great American Adventures, and digital service Great American Faith & Home. Broader terms of the deal are not disclosed.

“It is a joy to welcome Jillian Murray to the Great American family,” said Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Great American Media. “Every film Jillian stars in does very well, and she has quickly become a viewer favorite and rising star,” Abbott concluded.

Murray is represented by CESD, Vault Entertainment and Meyer & Downs.

ABOUT GREAT AMERICAN MEDIA:

Great American Media is home to a family-friendly portfolio of brands including Great American Family, Great American Pure Flix and Great American Faith & Living. As the flagship linear TV network, Great American Family features original Christmas movies, rom-coms and classic series that celebrate faith, family and country. Great American Pure Flix is a leading faith and family streaming service that inspires, uplifts and entertains with content that you can confidently stream with the entire family. Great American Faith & Living features lifestyle programming that celebrates family-friendly traditions every day and every season. Great American Media is also home to FAST (free ad-supporting streaming TV) channel Great American Adventures, which offers scripted and unscripted content highlighting themes including cooking and DIY, and Great American Community, a free direct-to-consumer streaming app featuring short-form original series hosted by well-known lifestyle experts. Great American Media was established in June 2021 by Bill Abbott and a group of US-based family offices.


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This is certainly wonderful news for Jillian and Great American Media! I'm so thrilled for them both.

Jillian Murray shared this lovely response on social media: "Thrilled for this next chapter in my career. I’m so excited to develop projects I’m passionate about and bring fantastic scripts to life with incredibly talented writers, directors, and actors. I’m extremely grateful to have a network that believes in me and my creative vision. I’ve been eager to push for more rom-coms since it’s what I grew up watching so getting a chance to work in that genre feels very close to my heart and I look forward to finding timeless stories to share with everyone. And anyone that knows me understands how much I adore Christmas movies so I’m exuberant to continue making those as well."

My personal favorite movie starring Jillian Murray is Prescription for Love with Trevor Donovan. It is such a fun one, and I look forward to watching it every time it replays on Great American Family.

Please share your favorite movie starring Jillian Murray in comments below.


Happy movie-watching!
Net🎬