Wednesday, October 18, 2017

INTERVIEW: JILL WAGNER of INSP's Handcrafted America and Hallmark's A Harvest Wedding!

I am so thrilled to share with you all today my interview with the lovely actress Jill Wagner, who has starred in many wonderful television movies, including INSP's "Christmas in the Smokies," Hallmark's "Autumn Dreams" and "Christmas Cookies"... and TWO, yes TWO NEW Hallmark Movies on the way! Jill, with her bubbly personality and down home charm, gives us some fascinating insight into many of her movies, behind-the-scenes fashion and blooper details, and so much more...!!! I'm also certain Hearties and Hallmark fans will recognize her wonderful co-stars, as well!

Jill is a newlywed and lives in the beautiful state of Tennessee, on the farm, with her husband David. She's also very busy traveling all around America, as the host of INSP's "Handcrafted America." See all the details below!

I was completely over-joyed to be asked to interview Jill about her latest movies and various projects! (Thank you so much, Melissa, my dear friend at INSP, for making this possible!)

Hope you all enjoy the interview below, with Jill Wagner, for "A Harvest Wedding," "Handcrafted America," and more!

Jill Wagner in "A Harvest Wedding" - image via: Hallmark Crown Media


Jill Wagner


Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: Welcome, Jill, to ‘It’s a Wonderful Movie’, where we chat about Family Movies and Shows on TV! I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to talk with you today and share your current & upcoming TV projects! Please share with us about yourself and how you became involved in acting!

Jill Wagner: I was never one of those girls who had the dream of being an actress when I was two years old. I always thought I would probably start running my dad’s tire shop. When I took a short vacation out to Los Angeles, that all changed. I guess you could just say I fell into it or it found me. Acting is definitely something that I’m very passionate about and now love. An agent I met told me I should audition for Punk’d, Ashton Kutcher’s show... I did and I have never looked back. I am very appreciative to Ashton who saw “something” in me and gave me a platform to dive off of.

“Handcrafted America” image via: INSP

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: Currently, you are in your 3rd Season of hosting “Handcrafted America” on INSP, traveling all across America, and meeting everyday inventors and artisans. (How cool! I feel patriotic pride in our country welling up inside me - just talking about it!) Please share with us details about this unique and creative show, and what it’s like to host “Handcrafted America”!

Jill Wagner: I love this show very much. I feel like the luckiest gal in the world to get to host it. Handcrafted America is a show with tons of heart, which is what I was craving in my professional career when I signed on to be the host . We shine a light on some of the most talented people in our country. I come from a family of super patriot marines, it gives me pride to show how talented the people in this country are. I learn a lot on this show as well! I never knew what a jig saw was before I started filming and now I want one!!!! (not that I know what to make with it)

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: I love that! It's amazing what people can create with their hands or old fashioned / modern power tools! These people have such an amazing gift and I'm so glad INSP gives them this outlet to share this with all of America and with you, Jill!

image courtesy: INSP, Jill Wagner hosts "Handcrafted America"

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: What was THE MOST unique creation you have seen while hosting the “Handcrafted America” series?

Jill Wagner: A spear gun to use underwater when fishing.

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: Are you, personally, handy or crafty, or both?

Jill Wagner: Nope to both. Which is why I wanted to host this show... so I could learn.

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: Awe, well... you are definitely in the right place then.

"Autumn Dreams" - image via: Hallmark Crown Media

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: All of us viewers who loved you in Hallmark’s “Autumn Dreams” are most excited to see you return in another upcoming “Fall Harvest” movie in October on the Hallmark Channel! Please share with us the storyline of your Hallmark movie “A Harvest Wedding!”

Jill Wagner: Sara Bloom ( my character ) plays a wedding planner that is set to plan a socialites daughters wedding. The catch is, she only has 2 weeks to pull it off and the bride is marrying the brother of her high school sweetheart. They want to have the wedding in her home town and she has to navigate around her high school sweetheart while trying not to fall back in love with him... I think she may fail at that! Hahah

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: Yeah, it is Hallmark, after all. Happy endings are pretty much a safe bet, which we love them for!

"A Harvest Wedding" - images via: Hallmark Crown Media
Poster created by: Net, It's a Wonderful Movie

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: I have received many messages from viewers who share with me how much they enjoy watching you, Jill, because you have such a sweet, natural, girl-next-door type of personality – light, cheerful, and charming. Those endearing qualities shine through you in all of your roles! Please tell us a little about your character, Sarah Bloom, in “A Harvest Wedding”!

Jill Wagner: First of all, tell your readers thank you! Sara is a little hardened due to her heavy work schedule and a life of putting her career first. We see how she can open up and transition by slowing it all down :-)

"A Harvest Wedding" - image via: Hallmark Crown Media

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: Do you have a favorite scene in “A Harvest Wedding,” or memorable filming moment?

Jill Wagner: When I see David for the first time I jump up on the back of a flat bed truck in a skirt and while we were filming I got caught a lot making it very awkward to go on without laughing but we got though it :-)

"A Harvest Wedding" - image via: Hallmark Crown Media

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: I’m sure the wedding ceremony & decorations in “A Harvest Wedding” are a bit countrified – did your own lovely wedding this spring have a down-home, southern “country” feel? Or, was it completely opposite?

Jill Wagner: I wanted my wedding to be as southern as gone with the wind. I had mine in NC at Rose Hill Plantation. The boys got to shoot skeet, the girls got to drink champagne and relax in the mansion .... I wanted to feel like Scarlett O’Hara .... I certainly did .... it was magical.

Jill Wagner on her wedding day
Image via: Jill Wagner, Instagram

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: You have several amazing, well known Hallmark stars co-starring with you in “A Harvest Wedding”! What was it like to work with Victor Webster (“Summer Villa,” “Chesapeake Shores,” and “Home for Christmas Day”), Andrea Brooks (“When Calls the Heart” and “Destination Wedding”), and Marcus Rosner (“When Calls the Heart” and “Summer in the Vineyard”)?

Jill Wagner: One of the things I love about hallmark films are the actors they hire. Everyone is so kind and professional. I still keep in touch with many of them. They will be friends for life.

"A Harvest Wedding" - image via: Hallmark Crown Media

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: “Battle of the Network Stars” was so cool to watch this summer! Looked like you were having so much fun! Please share what it was like.

Jill Wagner: It was an amazing experience. I just wanted to see if I could actually still compete .... let’s just say as long as I don’t have to run against Ryan Paevey I am good! Hahah! Everyone had a blast and I got to meet THE HULK!!!

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: Well, you did an awesome job on all the challenges, especially the obstacle course! (You were just as amazing as Ryan Paevey! (of Hallmark's "Harvest Love" and "Unleashing Mr. Darcy") And, of course, your team had to win - having the Hulk and Hercules, Kevin Sorbo! (of Hallmark's "Santa Suit" and "Shadow on the Mesa.")

“Battle of the Network Stars” image courtesy: ABC

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: Also this summer, I was so happy to see you attend Hallmark’s TCA event- knowing that meant we would be seeing you in an upcoming Hallmark project! Plus, the beautiful dress and hat you wore were so unique & vintage! I thought you were definitely best dressed! What is your favorite dress up or every day style?

Jill Wagner at Hallmark's 2017 Summer TCA

Jill Wagner: Ahhh! Thank you, Net! I have been holding on to that dress for a while ( vintage Chanel) I decided to finally wear it because if I wait too much longer I won’t be able to fit in it!!! Hahah! I have a collection of vintage hats so it’s always fun for me to get to pull one out. I don’t have one style really, it all depends on my mood ... but in Tenn at my farm it’s all jeans and t shirt unless I go to church which I try to dress up a little. I love vintage clothing though. There is just something so feminine about it.

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: I agree. Vintage clothes are beautiful. I think that's how most of feel about fashion- some days you just want to relax, and others,'s rather fun to get all dolled up and pretty!

Jill Wagner going to church
Image via: Jill Wagner, Instagram

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: With the Christmas season fast approaching, I have to say… viewers (Myself, definitely included!) also loved your Christmas movies… first, in INSP’s “Christmas in the Smokies” and Hallmark Channel’s “Christmas Cookies!” How much do you love making Christmas movies???

Jill Wagner: Thanks! I am doing another one! It’s always nice to film them except for when you are filming them and it’s 80 degrees outside and you have to act cold!

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: And, we are so excited to know you are filming Hallmark’s “Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle!” Can't wait to see it this Holiday Season on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries! Happy Filming!!!

"Christmas Cookies" - image via: Hallmark Crown Media

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: I recall you said your Grandmother helped you choose the role of Hannah Harper in Hallmark Channel's “Christmas Cookies!” I love that! Please share how that came about!

Jill Wagner: She told me she wanted me to do a hallmark movie, I called my manager, he got them to send me some scripts, I sent to her and let her pick which one. She is my agent now !! Hahha

Screen capture - Hallmark's "Christmas Cookies"

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: In “Christmas Cookies,” I just love the scene where you arrive in the town of Cookie Jar – wearing the long camel coat, scarf, and ivory beret-style hat… it has such a beautiful vintage/classic feel to it. In “Christmas in the Smokies” you wear mostly cute checkered country shirts and jeans, which is ideal for the film’s farm setting. Are you able to help choose the wardrobe for your movies, or is that completely up to the stylists?

Jill Wagner: I am able to work with a stylist to come up with the look together.

Jill Wagner image courtesy: Christmas in the Smokies

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: Since we are discussing your awesome Christmas movies, please share… what are some of your all-time favorite Christmas movies?

Jill Wagner: My very favorite is A Christmas story!!! Watch it every year and it never gets old!

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: Do you have any future movie or other projects you can share with us???

Jill Wagner: Braven will be out 2018 , starring opposite Jason Mamoa. It’s a thriller.

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: And, of course... Hallmark fans are looking forward to seeing you in “Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle” this December!

Click Here for Book details! 

Net, It’s a Wonderful Movie: What does it mean to you, personally – to create movies & shows that families can watch together on TV, with the Hallmark Channel and INSP? It must leave a warm place in your heart knowing you are drawing families together and bringing joy into so many homes! We are so grateful – thank you, Jill!

Jill Wagner: That’s why I love what I do. I remember when I sat with my grandma and watched the Andy Griffith show.... I wouldn’t trade those moments for anything! I hope to give back that same feeling.

"A Harvest Wedding" - image via: Hallmark Crown Media

Thank you!

I feel so blessed to have had this opportunity to "chat" with you, Jill! I know many of us viewers will look forward to watching more of “Handcrafted America” every Friday night on INSP and “A Harvest Wedding” October 21, 2017, during “Fall Harvest,” on the Hallmark Channel!

Thank you so much, Jill! I so enjoyed reading and sharing your answers to all my questions! Your down-to-earth, warm personality definitely shined through! What a joy it was for me, personally, to have this opportunity to interview you!

Again, a very special thank you to my dear friend, Melissa, at INSP, for making this possible! You have always been so good to me! I am so blessed by you, your kindness and thoughtfulness... and I wish you all the blessings in the world, especially with that precious new GrandBaby!!!

To all my readers here... wasn't Jill a breath of fresh air? I think she is perfectly suited for the "Fall Harvest" type Hallmark movies because of her girl next door, country girl quality about her! That genre suits her to a "T"! And, yet, she is one of those actresses, who can most definitely transform into something completely different in another role.

It is my delight to share our interview here together with all of you! Be sure to watch Jill in “Handcrafted America” on INSP, plus “A Harvest Wedding” during "Fall Harvest" and “Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle” this Christmas!

Blessings to you all, Net

“Handcrafted America”
airs Friday nights
at 8:30pm/7:30c. on INSP

“A Harvest Wedding”
Premieres Saturday October 21, 2017
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel

Check out Jill Wagner's movies on DVD:

Click on the covers for details!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hallmark Publishing launches with Candace Cameron Bure's Christmas Movie!

Now You can READ Hallmark Movies, too!
There's even more to the story...




Press Release via Hallmark:

STUDIO CITY, CA – October 17, 2017 – Hallmark Publishing, a division of Crown Media Family Networks, announces the release of the division’s first four eBooks for Holiday 2017.

From author Leigh Duncan, Journey Back to Christmas, a novelization of Hallmark Channel’s highest-rated movie last year, releases today.

Christmas in Homestead, written by Kara Tate, releases October 24. The novel is an expansion of Hallmark Channel’s highly-rated 2016 holiday movie.

Love You Like Christmas, from author Keri F. Sweet, releases October 30.

From author Rhonda Merwarth, A Heavenly Christmas, a novelization of the Hallmark Hall of Fame original movie, releases November 7.

Hallmark Publishing is currently accepting author submissions for original manuscripts in the categories of wholesome romance and cozy mysteries with a focus on stories that celebrate relationships and life-affirming moments. A novel published by Hallmark Publishing may receive a greenlight to become a new original movie or series for Crown Media Family Networks’ three linear television services: Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries or Hallmark Drama, or original screenplays may be novelized to create expanded content for consumers who want more of the story.

“Novelizations of the most beloved Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original movies allows us to expand the story and lean into every viewer’s yearning question, ‘What happened after the kiss?’,” said Stacey Donovan, Editor, Hallmark Publishing.

“We are also tremendously excited about the sheer volume of original works coming in from authors that will have dual potential to be bestselling eBooks, and also become original content for any one of Crown Media Family Networks’ three linear services, or the new streaming service, Hallmark Movies Now. The opportunities are endless,” Donovan concluded.

*Press Release via: Pam Slay, Senior Vice President, Network Program Publicity & Social Content.


Crown Media Family Networks is the umbrella unit subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Inc., housing cable’s leading family friendly networks, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama. Hallmark Channel features an ambitious slate of new, original content, including movies, scripted series, annual specials, and a daily, two-hour lifestyle show. Hallmark Channel is also home to the popular annual holiday franchise “Countdown to Christmas,” featuring a lineup of 24/7 holiday programming. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is a 24-hour cable network featuring a unique mix of new, original movies and acquired series focused on the lighter side of the suspense and mystery genres. The network also features its own annual holiday programming franchise, “Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas”. Hallmark Drama showcases the rich legacy of the Hallmark Hall of Fame library and with zero duplication, spotlights movies and series from Crown Media’s collection of original dramatic content. Crown Media Family Networks is also home to Hallmark Movies Now, the company’s SVOD service, which offers wholly distinct content from each network and is available on iOS, Android, Roku and Amazon Fire, among other devices. Crown Media Family Networks’ digital publishing extension, Hallmark Publishing, is an eBook division that creates novelizations of previously aired original movie favorites. It also accepts author submissions for original, on-brand manuscripts that can be greenlit as a new movie or series for one of the company’s three linear networks.

My *Quick* Take:

For all of us who love cozying up to Hallmark Movies... I just know we are going to love the addition of these books which gives a unique insight even deeper to the characters we first fell in love with - in these Hallmark Original Movies!

If you enjoyed Candace Cameron Bure's role as Hanna in "Journey Back to Christmas," be sure to check out the new e-book which expands on Hanna's love story that brings her mysteriously to the future!

This is just the beginning of a whole line of books based upon the Hallmark premiere movies we enjoy on a Saturday or Sunday night!

Choosing amongst the four movies launching with this new Hallmark service... Journey Back to Christmas, Christmas in Homestead, Love You Like Christmas, and A Heavenly Christmas... which of these stories would you be most interested in reading this Holiday season, perhaps by the warm fireplace on a cold winter's day?

I'm intrigued by them all, but "Love You Like Christmas" with Brennan Elliott and Bonnie Somerville - really tug at my heartstrings last year, and I would love to know more about Maddie and Kevin's story in Christmas Valley!

Please share your thoughts in comments below! Blessings on your day, Net

Monday, October 16, 2017


(this is the last round!)

Challenge takes place
October 16th - October 23rd!

Even if you didn't participate in Round 1,2, or 3... you are still welcome to join in this time!

To Play: Look at the screen-captured images below and leave a comment below guessing which Hallmark Christmas Movies they are from. Answers & Scores will be posted next week. (More details below!!!)

Most of today's Christmas movie images are from the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries! See if you can guess which movies these images are from - as we look forward to "Countdown to Christmas" and "The Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas" coming October 27th!

Here they are... Christmas Movie mystery images:

*PLEASE NOTE: There are SEVEN MOVIES for this round!



(*HINT: This is a NOT a HALLMARK movie,
but it is a TV Christmas Movie from another network!)





Please submit your guesses in the comment box below! I will hold onto all submissions until next Monday, October 23rd, and post all the responses then. At that time, I will also present more Christmas Movie images!!!

To see Round ONE Images, Answers, and Scores - visit HERE!
To see Round TWO Images, Answers, and Scores - visit HERE!
To see Round THREE Images, Answers, and Scores - visit HERE!

Scoring: One point will be given for each correctly guessed answer. A high score of 25 points can be earned - at the end of 4 weeks!

If you comment under Anonymous, that is fine, but please leave something to identify you apart from other Anonymous commenters, whether it be your first name, nickname, initials, or something! Thank you! Enjoy the challenge!

Hope you all have fun guessing - as we Countdown to Christmas together!!!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Will you be "Love Struck" with 2 NEW HALLMARK MOVIES this Weekend?

"FALL HARVEST" movies continue...

Saturday October 14, 2017

Love can be sweeter the second time around in...

Storyline via Hallmark: Megan Quinn, an aspiring architect, faces multiple tasks – developing her hometown lake into a commercialized entertainment center, forcing Mrs. Frances Figgins, her childhood mentor, out of her family’s home, and helping out at her family café after... Click Here to Read More...

See the premiere of Love Struck Café
Saturday October 14, 2017
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel

Sunday October 15, 2017

Looking for love may be dangerous in...

Storyline via Hallmark: Attorney turned therapist Hailey Dean is pulled into another investigation when a popular new dating app links multiple missing persons cases from... Click Here to Read More...

Saturday October 14, 2017
at 9pm/8c. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Hope you enjoy both of these new Hallmark Movies this weekend. We are two weeks away (14 days!) from the first NEW Hallmark Christmas Movie for the 2017 Holiday Season! Ahhhhhh!!! Can you believe it? Fall Harvest is flying by!

The first all new original Hallmark Christmas movie is
Marry Me at Christmas starring Rachel Skarsten and Trevor Donovan (Love on a Limb) on October 28th! Plus, it has Rita from "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" - Crystal Lowe! Hopefully, we will get a sneak peak of it next weekend during the Hallmark Channel Christmas Preview Show! You can catch that next Sunday - hosted by Candace Cameron Bure!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
Blessings to You All! Enjoy this season of Fall!
Blessings, Net

"To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven."
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Alicia Witt stars in Hallmark Channel's Original "Countdown to Christmas" Movie - The Mistletoe Inn


Movie: The Mistletoe Inn

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: November 23, 2017

*The Mistletoe Inn is based on the book by writer Richard Paul Evans.


Alicia Witt ... Kim Rossi
David Alpay ... Zeke
Casey Manderson ... Garth


Storyline via Hallmark: When aspiring romance novelist Kim Rossi (Alicia Witt) is unceremoniously dumped by her soon-to-be-published romance novelist boyfriend, Garth (Casey Manderson), Kim takes stock and decides to take a leap. She signs up for a romance writing retreat at a quaint Vermont Inn shortly before Christmas, where a top romance novelist is scheduled to attend. Shortly after arriving, she crosses paths with Zeke (David Alpay), whom she initially finds to be intrusive and, naturally, ends up being her assignment partner. Worse yet, her ex-boyfriend, Garth, is also at the retreat. Despite these bumps in the road, Kim steps outside her comfort zone and ends up surprising herself. Equally unexpected is the attraction that seems to be building between her and Zeke that promises to take her down a road she never imagined traveling.

Based on the book - The Mistletoe Inn, by Richard Paul Evans.

Movie Review:


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*images via: Hallmark Crown Media Family Networks
Credit: Copyright 2017 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Kailey Schwerman
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