Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hallmark Channel's * Countdown to Christmas 2015 * ~ All NEW Thanksgiving Week!


If you've been searching for some Christmas TV Movie News -
then this Update below is definitely for You!

 
 
via Hallmark Press Release:

HALLMARK CHANNEL UPS THE STAKES IN HOLIDAY WITH THE LAUNCH OF COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS THANKSGIVING WEEK, FEATURING
5 CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS OF NEW ORIGINAL FILMS – A NETWORK FIRST 
 

Hallmark Channel, the Heart of TV, is building on its annual signature holiday programming franchise with a brand new tradition – Countdown to Christmas Thanksgiving Week. This new tentpole initiative will feature an unprecedented five consecutive nights of new original holiday movie premieres from Wednesday, November 25th through Sunday, November 29th.

In addition, beginning Monday, November 23rd, the network will celebrate the holiday with daily segments on the network’s Emmy® nominated daytime lifestyle series, Home & Family, and spotlight Thanksgiving-themed digital content – including recipes, entertaining tips, and more – on its websites and social platforms.

The event significantly extends Hallmark Channel’s original holiday programming footprint and offers new opportunities for advertisers to reach consumers on both the network’s linear and digital platforms during the most trafficked retail week of the year. This announcement comes on the heels of the company’s record breaking ratings results in Fourth Quarter 2014, which positioned Hallmark Channel as the #1-rated cable network among households and women 25-54 for over 8 weeks.

“Hallmark Channel has long been an integral part of viewers’ holiday traditions and every year ratings and delivery for Countdown to Christmas grow exponentially,” said Ed Georger, EVP Advertising Sales, Crown Media Family Networks. “In expanding the initiative to include Countdown to Christmas Thanksgiving Week, we are giving our loyal viewers more of the holiday fare they love, while creating new opportunities for our advertising partners to convey key marketing messages and reach their target audience during the most critical retail period of the year.”

For over a decade, Hallmark Channel has been the leading provider of quality family and holiday entertainment. Announcements about movie titles and talent are forthcoming.
 
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My take: Isn't this exciting Christmas Movie news! 5 all New Holiday movies for the week of Thanksgiving! I'm wondering if these movies will be Christmas or Thanksgiving themed? Perhaps, a mix of both? Until the next update, I guess we will have to wait and see!
 
I couldn't wait to share this Countdown to Christmas news with all of you!
 
Hope this update *brightens* up your day!
 
God Bless Us, Everyone! Net
 

Press details above via: Hallmark Crown Media
Background image above via: www.christmaswallpaperbackgrounds.com

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

INTERVIEW: Actor Cameron Mathison - starring in All New Hallmark Mystery Series!


I am excited to share with you all today my exclusive interview
with actor and television host, Cameron Mathison,
who is starring in the upcoming Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie:

all images via: Hallmark Crown Media
Cameron Mathison : 'Murder She Baked'
 


"Hallmark Movies & Mysteries announces its latest mystery movie series debut, “Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery,” based on the Hannah Swensen Mystery Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Joanne Fluke.

The film centers on free spirit Hannah Swensen, an expert baker who becomes a culinary detective when her shop, the Cookie Jar, becomes the scene of a crime, just as she is caught in a romantic mystery of her own." (via Hallmark Press Release)

Co-starring with Cameron Mathison in this all new "mouthwatering" mystery movie are Alison Sweeney (“Second Chances”), Barbara Niven (“Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”), and Gabriel Hogan (Christmas at Cartwrights).

Movie fans will certainly recognize actor Cameron Mathison from his Hallmark family films – ‘Along Came a Nanny ’, ‘My Gal Sunday’, ‘Window Wonderland’, and ‘The Christmas Ornament’.


TV viewers can look forward to seeing Mathison, in his new role as Detective Mike Kingston in the all new Mystery Movie Series ‘Murder She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery’, a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original World Premiere Saturday, May 2, 2015 (9pm ET/PT, 8C).


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INTERVIEW
CAMERON MATHISON
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First of all, thank you, Cameron Mathison, for joining me today, for a chat on “It’s a Wonderful Movie” on your upcoming Hallmark Movie project, ‘Murder She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery’. I must say it sounds deliciously suspenseful and I appreciate you giving us all an insight into this all new mystery movie!


It's a Wonderful Movie: Hallmark has created many new Mystery Movie projects, with some well-known actors & actresses, including Eric Mabius, Lori Loughlin, Candace Cameron Bure, Dylan Neal, and Brooke Burns. How amazing is it for you to be a part of this fresh venture they call “Hallmark Mystery Wheel”?

Cameron Mathison: It's just fantastic. The fact that each installment is its own stand alone movie, yet ties into the "wheel" of movies is so unique. Great to really dig your teeth into a full movie script, in contrast with an episode in a TV series. Really really fun:)


Cameron Mathison, Alison Sweeney, and Gabriel Hogan
in "Murder She Baked"

It's a Wonderful Movie: Oh, it does sound fun!

Could you tell us a little about your character, Detective Mike Kingston, in ‘Murder She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery’?


Cameron Mathison and Alison Sweeney
in "Murder She Baked"
Cameron Mathison: He is the big city detective that comes to the sleepy town in Minnesota to solve some mysterious goings on. Personally he is in need of some changes in his life, as his wife recently passed away. A new town, a new start for detective Mike. He definitely has a bit of the big city attitude, but Hannah quickly breaks that down:)


It's a Wonderful Movie: Hmmm, that sounds quite interesting.

What was it like working with Alison Sweeney, in this all new mystery series? Will there be a second ‘Murder She Baked’ movie, I understand it may become a potential on-going series…?

Cameron Mathison: Ali is so fantastic. We had crossed paths in the Daytime world, but never worked together. She is funny, smart, insightful, hard working and very very talented. Such a joy to work with. Man... I think I have a busy life, then I look at her:)

Yes, there will be several murder she baked movies!! Woo hoo!


It's a Wonderful Movie: Yay! That's great viewers can watch the first movie and look forward to more!

What does it mean to you – to create Hallmark movies that families can watch together?

Cameron Mathison
"The Christmas Ornament"
Cameron Mathison: That is one of the best parts of working with Hallmark. Well, there are many great aspects of working with Hallmark, but I LOVE the fact that my kids can watch my movies and love them. One of my Hallmark movies, The Christmas Ornament is their second all time favorite Christmas movie. Second only to Elf. Not bad right?


It's a Wonderful Movie: That is so sweet! Many viewers (myself and my family, included!) enjoy your portrayal of Tim, the Christmas Tree shop owner in Hallmark's 'The Christmas Ornament', and that is so special, your kids love your movie, too!

By the way, speaking of something children typically love... Since your new movie is a "Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery", I just have to ask, what is your favorite cookie?

Cameron Mathison: nothing like a freshly baked peanut butter cookie


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And, on that yummy note...

Thank you so much, Cameron Mathison, for taking the time to do this interview!

Congratulations on your home improvement shows ‘Game of Homes’ and ‘Cameron's House Rules’, as well as your hosting position at Entertainment Tonight and, of course, your ongoing detective role in upcoming 'Murder She Baked' mysteries!

Millions of TV viewers appreciate your Hallmark family movies – and many viewers (hopefully millions more!) will look forward to seeing you in ‘Murder She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery’, premiering Saturday May 2, 2015 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

It has truly been a real treat for me and all my followers to hear from you!

God Bless!
Net, It's a Wonderful Movie




*See my 'Murder She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery' page
for even more movie details, images, and more! 

*To learn more about Cameron Mathison, check out his official Facebook page.




Monday, April 27, 2015

Mystery Guest Coming!


I am excited to share with you all...

Tomorrow (Tuesday, April 28th) I will have an Exclusive Interview with an Actor from a Hallmark TV Movie!

I enjoyed hearing from him and reading about his experiences in creating his movie. I truly think you are going to enjoy it, too… and find him to be so down-to-earth and friendly!

So...
Who is he?
What Movie is he from?

Please stay tuned and be sure to visit “It’s a Wonderful Movie” tomorrow for a Mystery Guest Interview!

Have a great day and I’ll see you... Tomorrow!


**UPDATE: the Interview has been posted - CLICK HERE to see who it is!

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Premiere is Finally Here! "WHEN CALLS THE HEART" returns for Season 2 on the Hallmark Channel! ...Plus 2 Movies filled with Love & Grace...!


It's the Season 2,
long anticipated - 2 hour opening episode of
 
 
 
A sneak-peek of the storyline:
via Hallmark -- "In the exciting return to Coal Valley, Elizabeth and Jack are closer than ever after their first kiss, but their budding union barely has time to begin when Elizabeth receives a distressing telegram from home requesting her" ... click here to read more!
 


See the Season 2 "When Calls the Heart" Premiere
Saturday April 25, 2015
at 8 PM/7c. on the Hallmark Channel.
 
*Repeats immediately afterward at 10 PM/9c.!
 
 
 
Also, this Weekend - 2 Movies Premiere on TV:
 
The first one is...
 
 


A sneak-peek of the storyline:
Rachel is a widow during the Civil War who holds the South responsible for her husband's death. When a wounded enemy soldier takes refuge in her barn, Rachel reluctantly helps him. As she gets to know him more, she realizes ... click here to read more!
 
See "Civil Love"
Saturday April 25, 2015
at 5:30 PM/4:30c. on the TCT network.
 
*Please note this movie was first released on DVD in 2012. To my knowledge, this is it's first airing on TV. It is 1 hr and 32 min. long, so it will end at 7:02PM/6:02c.
 
*TCT is available through DirecTV channel 377. Check your local cable providers for this channel.
 
 
and the Second movie...
 
 
 
A sneak-peek of the storyline:
Cara Jarvis longs to be a part of the in-crowd at her new high school. In an effort to impress her new love interest Brandon, she befriends Grace, a girl with Down Syndrome, a friendship she tries to hide when she meets popular girls Skylar and Quinn. When Skylar loses her bid to be on the Homecoming Court, she ... click here to read more!
 
Saturday April 25, 2015
at 11:30 PM/10:30c. on the TCT network.
 
*Please note this movie was first released on DVD last July (2014). To my knowledge, this is it's first airing on TV. It is 1 hr and 35 min. long, so it will end at 1:06AM/12:06c.
 
 
 
I hope you all enjoy your weekend!
 
 
Whatever You Do...
May God Bless All of You!
~~
Net
 
 

"Civil Love" - a TCT Premiere Movie




MOVIE REVIEW

Movie: Civil Love

Network: TCT

Original Air Date: April 25, 2015

*Civil Love is Available on DVD!





CAST:

Matthew Flynn Bellows ... Jonathan Taylor
Bryce Bishop ... Zeke
Elise Groves ... Rachel Taylor
Ethan Hunt ... Joshua Taylor
Susan Phelan ... Mrs. Davis
Bus Riley ... Doc Porter
Eliza Smith ... Abigail Taylor



PLOT:

Rachel is a widow during the Civil War who holds the South responsible for her husband's death. When a wounded enemy soldier takes refuge in her barn, Rachel reluctantly helps him. As she gets to know him more, she realizes she must protect him from the dangerous men pursuing him, and discovers a courage she didn't know she had-the courage to love again.


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"Touched by Grace" - a TCT Premiere Movie




MOVIE REVIEW

Movie: Touched by Grace

Network: TCT

Original Air Date: April 25, 2015

*Touched By Grace is available on DVD!





CAST:

Stacey Bradshaw ... Cara
Amber House ... Grace
Valerie Boyd ... Background
Blakely Bunnell ... Skyler Harris
Caroline Campbell ... Amanda
Carson Cash ... Brad
Sara Cicilian ... Quinn
Ben Davies ... Brandon
Nancy Fondriest ... Nancy Harris
Patrick Hussion ... Jim Jarvis
William Jeschke ... English Teacher
Guyviaud Joseph ... Grant
Ben Leasure ... Jay
Carys Meyer ... Karly
Bill Mullins ... Quinn's Dad
Josh Murray ... Pastor Mark
Suzanne R. Neff ... Mrs. Young
Kera O'Bryon ... Sharon Jarvis
John Franklin Stephens ... Ben
Jade Voight ... Madison



PLOT:

Cara Jarvis longs to be a part of the in-crowd at her new high school. In an effort to impress her new love interest Brandon, she befriends Grace, a girl with Down Syndrome, a friendship she tries to hide when she meets popular girls Skylar and Quinn. When Skylar loses her bid to be on the Homecoming Court, she sets it up for Grace to win Homecoming Queen … as a senior prank. Grace wins, is publicly humiliated, and Skylar rigs it so that Cara takes the blame. Cara must win back Brandon, restore her friendship with Grace, and save her reputation at her school.


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Archive: April 2015 Family TV Schedule



This is an Archive of the April, 2015 Family TV Schedule.

Please click here for the updated schedule!



APRIL


April 1, 2015 Wednesday

Dovekeepers (Part 2) ... CBS ... 9 PM *NEW
King of Kings ... UP ... 9 PM *EASTER


April 2, 2015 Thursday

Mary, Mother of Jesus ... UP ... 9 PM *EASTER
Apostle Peter and the Last Supper ... UP ... 11 PM *EASTER


April 3, 2015 Friday

GOOD FRIDAY

The Waltons : 2-part episode ‘The Easter Story’ ... INSP ... 6 PM *EASTER
A Walton Easter ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *EASTER
A Walton Easter ... INSP ... 8 PM *EASTER
The Passion of the Christ (presented with limited commercial interruption) ... UP ... 9 PM *EASTER
Jesus ... UP ... 11 PM *EASTER


April 4, 2015 Saturday

Noah's Ark ... UP ... 5 PM *Encore
The Passion of the Christ (presented with limited commercial interruption) ... UP ... 7 PM *EASTER
King of Kings ... UP ... 9 PM *EASTER
First Movie to Premiere on Both Hallmark Networks:
A Bone To Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries AND Hallmark Channel ... 9 PM *NEW


April 5, 2015 Sunday

EASTER SUNDAY

Barabbas ... TCM ... 7 AM *EASTER
Ben-Hur ... TCM ... 9 AM *EASTER
The Waltons : 2-part episode ‘The Easter Story’ ... INSP ... 11 AM *EASTER
Love Takes Wing ... Hallmark Channel ... 11 AM
A Walton Easter ... INSP ... 1 PM *EASTER
Love Finds a Home ... Hallmark Channel ... 1 PM
King of Kings ... TCM ... 1:30 PM *EASTER
Jesus of Nazareth ... INSP ... 3 PM *EASTER
Love Begins ... Hallmark Channel ... 3 PM
The Greatest Story Ever Told ... TCM ... 4:30 PM *EASTER
Love's Everlasting Courage ... Hallmark Channel ... 5 PM
The Chronicles Of Narnia: Voyage Of The Dawn Treader ... UP ... 7 PM *NEW
Love Comes Softly ... Hallmark Channel ... 7 PM
Easter Parade ... TCM ... 8 PM *EASTER
When Calls the Heart (Original Movie) ... Hallmark Channel ... 9 PM
A Walton Easter ... INSP ... 9 PM *EASTER
A. D. The Bible Continues (1st of 12 weeks) ... NBC ... 9 PM *NEW
The Chronicles Of Narnia: Voyage Of The Dawn Treader ... UP ... 9:30 PM *Encore
Holiday Inn ... TCM ... 10 PM *EASTER
A Walton Easter ... INSP ... 1 AM *EASTER


April 7, 2015 Tuesday

A Bone To Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 AM *Encore


April 10, 2015 Friday

The Chronicles Of Narnia: Voyage Of The Dawn Treader ... UP ... 9 PM *Encore
The Chronicles Of Narnia: Voyage Of The Dawn Treader ... UP ... 11:30 PM *Encore


April 11, 2015 Saturday

A Bone To Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 1 PM *Encore
Garage Sale Mystery : The Deadly Room ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 PM *NEW
A Bone To Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 11 PM *Encore


April 12, 2015 Sunday

The Music in Me ... UP ... 7 PM *NEW
A. D. The Bible Continues (2nd of 12 weeks) ... NBC ... 9 PM *NEW
The Music in Me ... UP ... 9 PM *Encore
The Music in Me ... UP ... 11 PM *Encore


April 13, 2015 Monday

Garage Sale Mystery : The Deadly Room ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 5 PM *Encore


April 14, 2015 Tuesday

Garage Sale Mystery : The Deadly Room ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 11 AM *Encore


April 16, 2015 Thursday

A Bone To Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 PM *Encore


April 17, 2015 Friday

Garage Sale Mystery : The Deadly Room ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 AM *Encore
A Bone To Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 11 AM *Encore
Garage Sale Mystery : The Deadly Room ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 PM *Encore


April 19, 2015 Sunday

A. D. The Bible Continues (3rd of 12 weeks) ... NBC ... 9 PM *NEW
In My Dreams (Hallmark Hall of Fame) ... Hallmark Channel ... 9 PM *Encore
A Walton Easter ... INSP ... 10 PM *EASTER


April 25, 2015 Friday

The Music in Me ... UP ... 9 PM *Encore
The Music in Me ... UP ... 11 PM *Encore


April 25, 2015 Saturday

Civil Love ... TCT ... 5:30 PM *NEW
When Calls the Heart - Season 2 ... Hallmark Channel ... (2 HOUR PREMIERE) 8 PM *NEW
When Calls the Heart - Season 2 ... Hallmark Channel ... (2 HOUR PREMIERE) 10 PM *Encore
Touched by Grace ... TCT ... 11:30 PM *NEW


April 26, 2015 Sunday

A Walton Easter ... INSP ... 3 PM *EASTER
A. D. The Bible Continues (4th of 12 weeks) ... NBC ... 9 PM *NEW



This is an Archive of the April, 2015 Family TV Schedule.

Please click here for the updated schedule!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

"A Country Wedding" - a Hallmark Channel Original Movie


MOVIE REVIEW

Movie: A Country Wedding

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: June 27, 2015














CAST:

Jesse Metcalfe ... Bradley Sutton
Autumn Reeser ... Sarah
Lauren Holly ... Margaret
Laura Mennell ... Catherine
Aaron Craven ...


on set image via:  https://twitter.com/autumnreeser

on set image via:  https://twitter.com/autumnreeser



 
 



PLOT:

Via Hallmark Press Release:
Before his wedding to his movie star fiancé, country music sensation Bradley Sutton (Metcalfe) visits his rural hometown to sell his family’s former house. After reconnecting with his old friend, Sarah (Reeser), he extends his stay in his hometown through his wedding day. Despite the pressure from his fiancé, Catherine (Laura Mennell, “Gourmet Detective”), and agent, Margaret (Holly), to stay in the spotlight, Bradley finds himself returning to his cowboy roots with Sarah. As his wedding date approaches, Bradley must decide if his heart belongs to his glamorous fiancé, or the beautiful cowgirl next door.







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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"Love By Design" - an UP Premiere Movie

MOVIE REVIEW

Movie: Love By Design

Network: UP

Original Air Date: May 3, 2015

A Michael Damian film - creator of A Princess for Christmas, The Sweeter Side of Life, A Royal Christmas, etc...







CAST:

Jane Seymour ... Vivien
David Oakes ... Adrian
Olivia Hallinan ... Claire
Alexandra Weaver ... Elaine
David Lipper ... Lance
Andrew Pleavin ... Oscar
Anthony Hickox ... Helmut
Rebecca Calder ... Beatrix
Giulia Nahmany ... Danielle
Dragos Savulescu ... Drake
Alin Olteanu ... Bruno
Claudiu Trandafir ... Doctor
Danielle Elise Fischer ... Mia
Manuela Ciucur ... Luiza
Toto Dumitrescu ... Zane





PLOT:

Via UP -- After losing her dream job at a fashion magazine -- and her boyfriend, Danielle heads home to Romania. With the help of her colorful family, she rediscovers herself and her love of fashion.


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