Friday, October 20, 2017

The Perfect Christmas Present - a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original Christmas Movie starring Sam Page & Tara Holt


Movie: The Perfect Christmas Present

Network: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Original Air Date: November 4, 2017


Sam Page ... Tom
Tara Holt ... Jenny
Ta'Rhonda Jones ... Meg
Emily Peterson ... Victoria
Phillip Edward Van Lear ... Sam
Stacia Crawford ... Rosie
Sam Guinan-Nyhart ... Paul
Richard Butts ... Cafe Patron
Annie McKinnie ... Fundraiser Attendee
Clarence E. Davis ... Fundraiser Attendee
Kelly Maryanski ... Music Box Dancer
Connie Hollins ... Fundraiser Attendee
Michael Haverty ... Music box dancer
Clarence Davis ... Fundraiser Attendee
Sharon Kluge ... Edith


Storyline via Hallmark: Every Christmas, professional Secret Santa Tom—otherwise known as “Mr. Christmas”—helps clients give their loved ones the perfect presents. When his old college pal, Paul, hires him to find a thoughtful gift for his girlfriend Jenny, Tom spends the weeks before Christmas getting to know her. As Tom and Jenny spend more time together planning an event for Jenny’s non-profit, a romantic spark develops between them, and Jenny begins to doubt her relationship with Paul. When Jenny discovers that Paul hired Tom to research her and find her a gift, she feels betrayed by both men. As Christmas approaches, Tom will need to pull out all the stops to make Jenny’s holiday wishes come true—and to make his wish of having Jenny in his life come true as well.

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*images via: Hallmark Crown Media Family Networks
Credit: Copyright 2017 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Courtesy of MarVista Entertainment

Christmas Homecoming - a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original Christmas Movie starring Julie Benz & Michael Shanks


Movie: Christmas Homecoming

Network: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Original Air Date: November 18, 2017


Julie Benz ... Amanda
Michael Shanks ... Captain Jim Mullins
Toby Levins
Jay Brazeau
Steve Makaj
Chilton Crane
Jordana Largy
Daniel Bacon ... Dr. Baxter
Farryn VanHumbeck ... Heather
Graeme Duffy ... Bistro Manager
Daryl Shuttleworth ... General Frank Cesaro
Javier Lacroix ... Pepe


Storyline via Hallmark: A military widow (Julie Benz), whose faith in Christmas has lapsed, rents an apartment to a handsome Army Captain (Michael Shanks), recovering from an injury in battle, and whose faith in Christmas is inspirational. As they team up to save the town’s military museum with a Christmas fundraising event, these two “wounded birds” find themselves falling in love -- and being healed by the magic of Christmas.

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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Goof Grief! The Great Pumpkin Comes Tonight, Charlie Brown!!!

Don't miss this extra special
*Sweet Treat*...

"It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"
airs tonight on ABC!

Plus, following the Peanuts Gang -
are Cowboy Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear,

and more in...

Toy Story of Terror
(it isn't as scary as it sounds!)

See "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"
Tonight at 8pm/7c. on ABC

Then, follow that up with... "Toy Story of Terror"
Tonight at 8:30pm/7:30c. on ABC

Both cartoons are also available on DVD
or Watch Now on Streaming Video...

Click Here to see this and more in the Christmas TV Schedule!


Play the Hallmark Countdown to Christmas Fantasy Game and WIN!!!

This Christmas Season Hallmark is embarking on a new challenge for their Christmas movie viewers...
with the Countdown to Christmas Fantasy Game!

Here's how it works - via Hallmark...

The Countdown to Christmas Fantasy Game is available to play weekly during Countdown to Christmas. Each week you’ll pick your team from a list of weekend movies airing during the round, and points are awarded based on how many people watch each movie. You can change/edit your team as much as you want between Monday and Sunday, but once the drafting period closes you can no longer make changes. Keep an eye on the odds for each movie on your team – these affect how many points each movie is worth. Once you’re happy with your picks, make sure you share your team with your friends so they know when to tune in and how to join in on the fun. You can read the full rules here.

Doesn't this sound like a lot of fun!?!? Ultimately one Hallmark Christmas Movie fan will win up to $20,000, and other prizes will be awarded, too! It could be YOU!!!

Have fun with it everyone!!! 
Christmas is Coming!
*Click Here to Play!*

With Love, Christmas - a Hallmark Channel Original "Countdown to Christmas" Movie starring Emilie Ullerup and Aaron O'Connell


Movie: With Love, Christmas

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: November 22, 2017


Emilie Ullerup ... Melanie Welsh
Aaron O'Connell ... Donovan Goodwin


Storyline via Hallmark: Advertising execs Melanie Welsh and Donovan Goodwin disagree on a cellphone Christmas commercial they’re pitching. He says his sleek design will win over the client but she knows it lacks holiday spirit. Christmas is definitely in Melanie’s wheelhouse, but when she draws Donovan’s name for Secret Santa, she’s at a loss. He’s even more minimalist than his advertising style. Determined to give Donovan and their commercial holiday joy, Melanie tries to get to know him via a Secret Santa email. She also takes him to a Christmas tree farm for a crash course in holiday cheer. As they work together, Donovan slowly opens up to Melanie, and she begins to fall for him. What she doesn’t know is he’s her Secret Santa too! As they create the perfect commercial, they also realize they might be perfect partners as well.

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

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!

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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:

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