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  • In Case You Missed It--BIG News This Past Week from Hallmark & Great American Family!

    Did You Hear the Scoop? It's been a busy week for Hallmark and Great American Family! Both networks have shared exciting news about upcoming projects. To make sure you haven't missed any of the announcements, read on for a recap! Hallmark Channel Announces 12th Season for When Calls the Heart On May 10, ET Online announced that Hearties could expect the long-running program, When Calls the Heart, to continue for a 12th season. The new season will feature 12 episodes. According to a press release from Hallmark Channel, "With more stories to tell in Hope Valley, season 12 will continue with themes about family, community, and of course romance as we move further into the 1920s." Lacey Chabert Will Star in a Christmas Movie on Netflix Hallmark Channel previously announced that Lacey Chabert (the Queen of Christmas) will star in a movie alongside Kristoffer Polaha during Countdown to Christmas 2024. The movie is set in Iceland and is called The Christmas Quest. Netflix announced on May 13 that Chabert will also headline a movie for them called Hot Frosty. The movie is about a handsome snowman coming to life and co-stars Dustin Milligan. Although it's not unusual for Hallmark stars to bounce around networks, Chabert has been a Hallmark staple since 2010, so straying to another company has raised several eyebrows. Chabert signed an exclusive 2-year contract with Hallmark in February 2022. The deal specified that Chabert would star in and executive produce movies and develop other content for Hallmark's channel and platforms over the span of two years. It's interesting that once the contract expired, Chabert wasted no time in broadening her horizons, which makes you question what's going on behind the scenes at Hallmark! The Chicken Sisters Series Is Coming to Hallmark Channel The Chicken Sisters is a bestselling novel by K.J. Dell'Antonia which is being adapted into a new original television series on Hallmark Channel. The cast includes Schuyler Fisk, Genevieve Angelson, Lea Thompson and Wendie Malick. Here's what The Chicken Sisters is about: This family drama with southern charm and romance, is set in the fictional town of Merinac, where a generations-old rift between dueling fried chicken restaurants – Mimi's and Frannie's – has left the founders' families fractured and the locals taking sides. When a popular cooking show comes to town, things get more complicated as sparks begin to fly and secrets are uncovered. If you want to read the book before the series airs, click on image above to find it on Amazon. Hallmark Unveils Their New Christmas Experience! Viewers are always looking for small towns where they can experience the magic of Christmas--Hallmark style! On May 15, Hallmark announced their first annual Hallmark Christmas Experience taking place in Kansas City, Missouri, during the 2024 holiday season. Visitors can experience a tree lighting, Christmas Market, a card sending station, ice skating, reindeer games with Hallmark stars, photo ops, and more. The catch is the expense. Although a few of the activities are free, the other two tiers cost $259 and $699 respectively. Hallmark viewers expressed disappointment on social media. Many had hoped for a 24/7 Christmas movie channel while others felt Hallmark was trying to exploit their faithful fan base. The price tag, especially when travel expenses are included, are too hefty for many who would love a more economical way to interact with their favorite romcom celebrities. A New Mystery Series Starring Sarah Drew Is Coming to Hallmark Fans of cozy mysteries AND Christmas are in for a treat that's almost better than a cup of Mrs. Santa's cocoa. Mistletoe Murders is a new mystery series coming to Hallmark Mystery that casts Sarah Drew as Emily Lane. According to Deadline, here's what the series is about: When Emily isn’t busy running her charming small-town Christmas-themed store, “Under the Mistletoe,” she finds herself compelled to investigate local murders with the help of handsome local police detective and his teen daughter. On the surface, Emily is a perfectly lovely, good-natured mystery lover – but she is hiding a secret past that, if exposed, threatens to destroy the new life she has built in Fletcher’s Grove. This sounds amazing! More Movies on the Way for Great American Family Viewers CEO of Great American Media, Bill Abbott, shared a "Family Insider Update" from the GFAM network on May 12. For several weeks, Great American Family has been airing old, syndicated shows like Murder, She Wrote, Columbo, and Perry Mason. Viewers who expected more movies and series are growing impatient, especially those who paid additional money to have the channel. Abbott's letter explained that he and the leadership team are listening and are doing their best to respond to the demand. He outlined what's coming next: Movies will return (though a date wasn't referenced) GFAM will run its annual Christmas in July At the end of July, GFAM will borrow movies from Great American Pure Flix to air on GFAM, including God's Country Song on July 29, Heaven Sent on August 6, along with five more. GFAM is calling these "Pure Flix Classics" to distinguish between brands. A new slate of original movies will then premiere throughout the remainder of 2024, including Mr. Manhatten with Alexa and Carlos PenaVega. The Ainsley McGregor Mysteries: A Case for the Winemaker starring Candace Cameron Bure is set to premiere this year, too. Abbott also shared that older series attract double or triple the viewership than movies, a Nielson ratings fact that floored GFAM movie enthusiasts who can't fathom anyone tuning in to watch ancient shows. The numbers don't lie, and GFAM needs the ratings to attract advertisers, which funds the making of new programming. Here's the kicker: Cable providers pay GFAM's competitors (cough, cough Hallmark) to carry their channels, but they don't pay GFAM to carry theirs. This gives the other network(s) a significant financial advantage. The worst part is the cable providers even charge more for you to have GFAM in your package, even though they are carrying the channel for free. Understanding this dynamic is helpful. Wonderful, faith-filled programming is on the way from GFAM! Subscribe to the Blog! Did you catch all the exciting news this past week? Be sure to subscribe to this blog so you never miss Hallmark and Great American Family updates! You can also follow our Facebook pages for Hallmark and Great American Family for more fun posts and to connect with fellow fans.

  • "Curious Caterer: Foiled Plans" Is a Fun Mystery but Lacks Sparks

    Curious Caterer: Foiled Plans is the fourth movie in the Hallmark Mystery franchise that is based on the novels by Diane Mott Davidson. Goldy Berry and Detective Tom Shultz team up when a Medieval feast at Hyde Castle is interrupted by a murder. When all the guests find themselves snowed in and unable to leave, Goldy and Tom try to solve the mystery before the murderer strikes again. Curious Caterer: Foiled Plans Gets Personal Sir Alistair is holding a fundraiser at his castle for the fencing team, and Goldy has cooked up a special feast for the occasion. Alistair promises to make a "big announcement" before dinner that will require him to "take out the sword of justice." He never gets the chance to reveal the important news because he winds up dead, and everyone present becomes a suspect. Several mysterious threads tie-in with Detective Tom Shultz. Tom's father, Edmund, was convicted of murder and imprisoned 25 years ago. Federal Marshall, Gerard Trach, appears, uninvited, to the gala to reveal that Edmund has escaped prison and will likely reach out to Tom for help. Strangely, one of the guests, Agatha, is the judge who sentenced Edmund. Charlie, the court jester, knows the nickname only Tom's dad ever used for him--Tomster. It doesn't take the sleuthers long to realize that Edmund is hiding in Hyde Castle. Is he exacting revenge on those responsible for his fate? Will Tom get back the father he's not spoken to in 25 years, or will the case push them even farther apart? No spoilers here--you'll have to watch the movie to find out "who-dunnit" and why! The Suspect List in Curious Caterer: Foiled Plans Is Extensive! As if all the red herrings aren't enough to throw viewers off the scent, the possible suspects are overwhelming! Sir Alistair has made a lot of enemies. Tom, Goldy, Mason, and Federal Marshall Trach must sift through evidence, interview suspects, comb the castle, and try to piece together the clues. Is the murderer Coach Pierre--the man being fired for not driving the fencing team hard enough to victory? Could it be Agatha's husband, Ivan, who suspects an affair between his wife and Sir Alistair? The jester, Charlie, knows Edmund from prison. Are the two in cahoots? Who better to want Alistair dead the Klaus, the faithful butler who is mistreated beyond belief? Baron Sweetwater is also a top suspect. Sketch artist and Alistair's personal assistant seems the least likely to be a cold-blooded killer, but is that merely a facade? Just when you think you have it figured out, there's another twist! Are Nikki DeLoach and Andrew Walker Fizzling Out as a Couple in Curious Caterer: Foiled Plans? Nikki DeLoach and Andrew Walker have paired up for multiple Hallmark projects over the years, including The Perfect Catch, A Dream of Christmas, Sweet Autumn, and four Curious Caterer movies. While the two started off as a beloved onscreen couple, it feels like their chemistry is waning, unlike fellow stars like Lacey Chabert and Will Kemp/Brennan Elliott who fans never tire of seeing together. Maybe it's because DeLoach and Walker hang out together so much offscreen. DeLoach refers to Walker as her "work husband," but the two have developed such camaraderie that they seem more like brother and sister. They are so at ease in one another's company that is detracts from the excitement of a budding romance onscreen. They would be better off as sibling sleuthers. A New Curious Caterer Movie Is on the Way! Despite the absence of romantic vibes, the Curious Caterer movies boast great storylines, since they are based on well-written novels. There are a total of 17 books in the series, so if you're a bookworm, you can view all the titles in this post. The costumes in Foiled Plans are gorgeous, and Goldy's resourcefulness is impressive. When Foiled Plans was initially announced, Hallmark revealed that the network had ordered TWO new Curious Caterer movies, so that means more information should be coming in the near future about a fifth installment.

  • Does Juan Pablo di Pace Do His Own Singing in Hallmark's "Branching Out?

    Branching Out, starring Sarah Drew and Juan Pablo di Pace, was the best Spring into Love movie from Hallmark Channel in 2024. It was the fifth premiere during the network's seasonal event, and Hallmark saved the best for last! What Is Branching Out About? Sarah Drew plays Amelia, a single mom who couldn't wait for Mr. Right to come along to start a family. Through in vitro fertilization, she chose a donor and became the proud parent of Ruby, a precocious 10-year-old. Although Amelia works hard to make Ruby feel that the two of them are enough to be a family, Ruby asks to find her biological father when her teacher assigns a Family Tree project. Abandoned by her own father as a child, Amelia has built barriers to protect herself emotionally, so it's with much anxiety that she tracks down Ruby's birth father, who happens to be a local musician. Ruby is thrilled that her father's family is huge, but it's overwhelming to Amelia. Since T.J. is a traveling musician, Amelia is concerned that Ruby will suffer the same disappointments and abandonment that she did, but Ruby accepts her father with open arms. Through the process, Amelia learns how to open her heart back up to love, too. Does Juan Pablo di Pace Do His Own Singing in Branching Out? Sarah Drew told TV Goodness that Juan Pablo di Pace was "just the dreamiest of all dreamiest acting partners." In the movie, Amelia and her best friend, Maura, refer to him as "smoldering." He definitely qualifies as an official Hallmark hunk--too bad he's gay and unattainable! In addition to acting, di Pace is a musician, singer, and director. He's starred in several musicals, including Chicago, Grease, and Saturday Night Fever. He's appeared in a number of TV shows, written and directed short films, and has been releasing songs and performing since 2010. In Branching Out, di Pace actually performs Better, an original song written by April Geesbreght and Nelly Joy. You can watch the Facebook clip of the song here. Drew says of that particular filming day, "The concert scene was also just an absolute blast of a day. We had so much fun that day." It's an upbeat scene that provides a light-hearted break from the heavier emotional topics addressed in the movie. With his ridiculously good looks, musical talent, and superior acting skills, let's hope Hallmark will cast di Pace in more movies soon! Branching Out Breaks the Mold Branching Out isn't the typical romcom infused with the usual fluff. It's emotionally substantive and deals with real-life trials: single parenting, search for a birth parent, childhood abandonment, trust issues, coping with large family drama, and more. The movie is sweet. Amelia picked T.J. as a donor because she loved his laugh, but he ends up having much more to offer. He welcomes Ruby with his heart wide open, and the loving bond that quickly forms between the two is precious to watch. Ruby is amazed that they not only share a love of music, but also many of the same mannerisms. Ruby's trust and ability to love with abandonment provides a stark contrast to Amelia's guardedness. Amelia stresses to T.J. that he needs to be a man Ruby can count on, but he also proves to Amelia that she can count on him, too. Unlike other Hallmark movies that require one of the leads to turn down a job in order to stay in town, Branching Out provides a better solution to the plot conflict so that everyone can live their dreams. The movie was filmed in Utah. Branching Out Cast Sarah Drew is an incredibly talented and versatile actress who always delivers a heart-felt performance. Branching Out is her fourth Hallmark film. She previously starred in Christmas in Vienna, One Summer, and Guiding Emily. Branching Out is only Juan Pablo di Paci's second Hallmark film. His first was Raise a Glass to Love opposite Laura Osnes. Cora Bella plays Ruby, and Branching Out is her first break-out role. See the Trailer for Branching Out If you haven't had a chance to watch Branching Out, it's one you will want to catch when it plays again on Hallmark Channel. Here's the trailer:

  • Hallmark Channel Announces June 2024 Movie Lineup!

    Planning to travel this summer? Hallmark has several destinations planned for you to "visit," from the comfort of home. You'll be taking in the sights of Malta, Paris, Greece, and Italy throughout the month of June on Hallmark Channel! For Love & Honey Saturday, June 1, 2024, at 8/7c Starring: Andrew Walker and Margaret Clunie Synopsis: Beekeeper Eva uncovers an ancient fresco while rescuing a hive. Austen, a visiting archeologist, thinks it is key to his research, so he persuades Eva to help him on his quest across Malta. This movie sounds like it will "bee" amazing! Savoring Paris Saturday, June 8, 2024, at 8/7c Starring: Bethany Joy Lenz and Stanley Weber Synopsis: Disillusioned with her life, Ella embarks on a soul-searching journey to Paris where she navigates love, self-discovery and cheese amidst the enchanting backdrop of The City of Love. A movie set in Paris? Yes, please! A Greek Recipe for Romance Saturday, June 15, 2024, at 8/7c Starring: Danielle C. Ryan and Rafael Kariotakis Synopsis: After a recent setback, Abby heads to Greece to visit her mom and decide what's next. While there, she meets Theo and they team up to open a restaurant. But will Abby be able to stay? Two Scoops of Italy Saturday, June 22, 2024, at 8/7c Starring: Hunter King and Michele Rosiello Synopsis: When an American chef travels to a quant village in Italy for inspiration, she falls in love with the flavors, culture, gelato, and the Italian gentleman who helps her discover it all. Hallmark Mystery Announces One New Movie So Far for June Tipline Mysteries: Dial 1 for Murder Friday, June 7, 2024, at 9/8c Starring: Holland Roden and Chris McNally A cryptic call about a planned jewelry heist draws a Detroit Free Press tipline operator, Maddie Moore, into a dangerous homicide case alongside a newly promoted detective. RomCom Review's Thoughts on New June 2024 Hallmark Movies The June lineup for Hallmark Channel is filled with a LOT of unfamiliar faces. It's clear that Hallmark is testing new talent on the network by pairing unknown actors with ones we love to make the change more palatable. I'm conflicted. How about you? On one hand, we know that younger talent must eventually replace our favorite stars when they "outgrow" certain roles. In other words, you can't have a 50-year-old star pretending to be 25. At the same time, many fans have been bombarding Hallmark with requests to see more of their old favorite stars. Let's hope Hallmark isn't shoving them quietly out the back door! Destination movies, especially during the month of June, is a great theme for Summer. However, many of these plots sound very stale, aside from the one with Andrew Walker and the new mystery. We must stay open-minded and give the newbies a fair chance, but I'm just not feeling warm fuzzies. Let's hope that changes.

  • Review: "Falling in Love in Niagara" Entertains AND Takes You on a Virtual Vacation

    Experience the joys of Niagara Falls without getting drenched, all from the comfort of your couch. As part of Hallmark's Spring into Love 2024, Falling in Love in Niagara provides a "boat load" of entertainment. What Is Falling in Love in Niagara About? Jocelyn Hudon plays Madeline, an ultra-organized woman enslaved by itineraries who maps out daily life down to the minute. Her controlling nature allows no wiggle room for spontaneity, and when her fiancé, Jason (Chris Violette), loses a business account because she has tossed his lucky socks, it's the last straw--he cancels their wedding. After an ugly cry on the couch (and watching Hallmark's Fit for a Prince on TV), her sister, Harley (Masa Lizdek), convinces her to prove to Jason that she can live in the moment and be adventurous by proceeding with the honeymoon plans without him. Harley accompanies Maddie to Niagara Falls on what she dubs a "sistermoon." Madeline's initial encounter with Mike (Dan Jeannotte) is a rocky one. She tosses change into what she thinks is an empty coffee cup while he's playing the guitar on a park bench, ruining his shirt. Naturally, Mike ends up being her tour guide. Sparks soon fly, not from anger or irritation, but because the two bring out the best in each other. Maddie is determined to recreate everything her grandparents had done as a young couple in Niagara Falls, but Mike persuades her to go on an adventure tour with him instead. He suggests that she stuff her social media feed with all of her escapades so Jason will see that she is more free-spirited than he realizes. Unfortunately, Mike's plan works too well, and Jason flies to Niagara Falls in a grand gesture to win Maddie back. Jason fits neatly into Madeline's life plan, even though he makes her feel bad about herself. Mike is unpredictable, but he accepts her as she is, itineraries and all. Madeline must choose. Falling in Love in Niagara Has Great Character Arcs Some Hallmark fans said they changed the channel because they couldn't stomach Madeline's controlling nature. Those fans missed out because the setup is part of her perfectly executed story arc. We learn that Maddie had a chaotic childhood. Her parents neglected her and Harley, often not returning home until after midnight, so the two had to fend for themselves until their loving grandparents took them in. The trauma shaped Maddie's mindset to always expect the worst. Her heart had remained as tumultuous as Niagara Falls--until Mike helped her learn to let go and live life to the fullest. Mike's ex left him too, so he understands Maddie's predicament, but Mike's story arc is different. His experience has adversely affected his attitude, job performance, and musical creativity. Maddie is his Muse. He becomes more punctual and dependable at work, his fun personality shines through once again, and he's inspired to write and perform new songs. Harley even gets her own story arc. She is divorced and working a job she hates. Her passion is photography, but she thinks it may be too late to pursue it, especially since her self-image from the split has suffered. She meets Keegan, a CEO of a successful company, who can flood her inbox with work simply by tagging her photos on social media. Over the course of the movie, her confidence in both her talent and self-worth are bolstered. Juggling three story arcs at once adds depth to Falling in Love in Niagara and creates more relatable characters. Falling in Love in Niagara Takes You on a Virtual Vacation The natural beauty and magnificence of Niagara Falls forms the perfect backdrop for Falling in Love in Niagara. The cinematography makes the viewer feel like they are smack dab in the middle of this attractive tourist destination. The botanical gardens, vineyard, giant Sky Wheel, zipline, boat rides, and more are real places to visit, many nestled near Clifton Hill. Viewers can almost feel the mist on their faces during the water scenes, and many of us are happy living vicariously through the video cam footage of the ziplining romp rather than sailing across Niagara Falls in person. RomCom Review Weighs in on Falling in Love in Niagara Dan Jeannotte never disappoints, so I knew this movie would be a hit. I enjoy the character he plays. In spite of how awful he appears at the beginning, I love that he invests in Madeline's life to help her grow despite toting his own emotional baggage. Mike believes in Maddie and knows that an adventurous experience is the next right step in guiding her to live her best life. He is always patient, kind, and encouraging, even when she resists his spontaneous ideas. To make the transition smoother, Mike creates an itinerary for Maddie--a lifeline--but he also leaves room for spontaneity. It's a loving gesture. Though she nearly has a panic attack when the giant Sky Wheel stops while she is near the top, her reservations melt when she learns Mike has arranged the stop so she can enjoy the view. While Jason won't allow her to be romantically expressive in public, Mike writes a song about her that he proudly sings at open mic night. Even when she tells him that she is reconciling with Jason, he respects her decision and doesn't react negatively despite the stinging rejection being akin to his last bad breakup. Mike sees beyond his own hurt to understand that Madeline is picking the safe plan that feels comfortable. Through it all, Mike always makes the loving choice, and love never fails. Viewers can also relate to the movie thread about learning to "push through to the other side of fear." Everyone is afraid of something at some time in their life. Fear might be justified, but too many times, we allow it to hold us back. When we demonstrate courage by "doing it afraid," we break fear's hold on us and can move forward. I also appreciate the symbiotic friendship between Mike and Emily and the loyalty the two have to each other. As his boss, Emily could have fired Mike for his long-term downcast attitude and its effect on her business, yet she faithfully sticks by his side like a true-blue friend. It's an admirable quality. Sometimes relationships cost something, but the people we love are worthy investments. With the strong characters, good acting, gorgeous scenery, the injection of humor, and a well-written story, Falling in Love in Niagara is an entertaining movie worth watching. Subscribe to the Blog! Get Hallmark news and movie reviews delivered directly to your inbox by subscribing to this blog!

  • Candace Cameron Bure Will Star in "A Christmas Less Traveled" on Great American Family in 2024

    Anticipation for Great American Christmas 2024 builds with GAF's announcement that Candace Cameron Bure and Eric Johnson will star in a new holiday movie called A Christmas Less Traveled. The movie will premiere in November. Bure has previously headlined A Christmas...Present and My Christmas Hero for Great American Family--both huge wins for fans and the network. She is also slated to star in The Ainsley McGregor Mysteries: A Case for the Winemaker, which is set to air in September. What is A Christmas Less Traveled About? According to a news release from Great American Family, here's the synopsis for 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. 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. Bill Abbott and Candace Cameron Bure Talk About A Christmas Less Traveled “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." “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 Candace Cameron Bure. A Christmas Less Traveled Brings This to Mind... When the new movie title was announced, my first question was whether it was derived from the famous poem by Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken. If you're not familiar with the poem, here it is: Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost was an American poet who often wrote about realistic depictions of rural life, so it would be on brand for Great American Family to work a title that alludes to the iconic poet. Maybe it's just a coincidence. Either way, it fits. The poem is about coming to a fork in the road, choosing a path that seems less traveled, and then reflecting on how that decision impacted the speaker's life. Similarly, I suspect Desi and Greyson will find that taking the "road less traveled" will make all the difference in their lives, too. A Christmas Less Traveled is the 4th Movie Great American Family Has Announced in the Christmas 2024 Lineup While we know Great American Family will have far more Christmas movies to announce in the coming months, here are the ones they have shared so far: Aurora Christmas starring Jill Wagner and Jesse Hutch My Grown-Up Christmas Wish starring Mario and Courtney Lopez A Prince in Paradise 2: A Royal Proposal starring Rhiannon Fish and Mitchell Bourke A Christmas Less Traveled starring Candace Cameron Bure and Eric Johnson It's only April, but things are shaping up for another wonderful Christmas season on Great American Family! Subscribe to This Blog Don't miss any of the news! Subscribe to this blog to stay up-to-date.

  • Great American Family Announces Sequel, "A Prince in Paradise 2: A Royal Proposal" Starring Rhiannon Fish for Christmas 2024

    Rhiannon Fish and Mitchell Bourke will reunite for a follow-up to the hit movie A Prince in Paradise, which premiered during Great American Winter in 2023, but this time, they'll be celebrating Christmas as a couple. What Was the First A Prince in Paradise Movie About? If you haven't watched the original A Prince in Paradise movie, here's what you missed. Olivia Perkins (Fish) is an author who is under pressure to follow-up her last bestseller with a new one, but when her boyfriend breaks up with her, she experiences writer's block. Since she's already booked a tropical vacation for her anniversary with now ex-boyfriend, she and her BFF decide an adventure is just what she needs. While on the island, Oliva meets Alexander--a prince who is familiar with her book but who hides his identity so he can get to know her. The movie includes all the typical tropes: a prince who wants to escape his royal duties, a girl who feels deceived, a Queen who doesn't approve of the union, but it's still a fun movie. What Can Viewers Expect in the Sequel: A Prince in Paradise 2: A Royal Proposal In A Prince in Paradise 2: A Royal Proposal, Olivia and Prince Alexander travel together to his family’s majestic palace in Torovia to spend Christmas with their two families. Despite busy schedules that push the couple in different directions, the couple seems poised to come together for a magical and unforgettable Christmas, until clashing cultures within the families lead to comedic mishaps. If you're a fan of royal movies, A Prince in Paradise 2: A Royal Proposal sounds like an enjoyable sequel. The first movie had several comedic moments that were done well, which bodes well for the second one. It will be interesting to see if Great American Family will continue with a third installment about the wedding, or if will end with the proposal. Either way, it sounds like Great American Christmas 2024 will be the network's best year yet. You can get a sneak peek below: Fish and Bourke Acting Credits Fish's star is rising. She's been in romcoms on GAF, UPtv, and Hallmark as well as in Hallmark mysteries. Here are the movies she's headlined: A Love to Remember (UPtv 2021) Journey of My Heart (Hallmark 2021) A Splash of Love (Hallmark 2022) Sweet as Pie (UPtv 2022) Nikki & Nora: Sister Sleuths (Hallmark 2022) The Christmas Retreat (UPtv 2022) A Prince in Paradise (GAF 2023) A Picture of Her (Hallmark 2023) When Love Springs (Hallmark 2023) My Norwegian Holiday (Hallmark 2023) Bourke is just gaining his footing in the industry. Aside from a few shorts and the original A Prince in Paradise movie from Great American Family, his biggest acting credit is a drama series that ran from 2019-2020 called The Heights. Subscribe to the Blog! Don't miss any Great American Family news, movies reviews, and more. Subscribe to this blog to stay up-to-date on all the family-friendly movies that celebrate faith, family, and country.

  • Hallmark Mystery's "One Bad Apple: A Hannah Swensen Mystery" Proves Alison Sweeney Writes as Well as She Acts

    Alison Sweeney wasn't sure how fans would react to her script for One Bad Apple: A Hannah Swensen Mystery, and it stressed her out so much that she admits, “Every person who says they’ve seen it, and they like it, I’m like, ‘Oh, good, ok one more person likes it!'” One Bad Apple is Sweeney's ninth Hannah Swensen mystery. Who better to write the story than the one who's most intimately acquainted with all the characters? Sweeney mixes all the right ingredients to whip up a movie treat that hits the spot. What Is One Bad Apple: A Hannah Swensen Mystery About? Hannah Swensen has been asked to teach a baking class at the college in Lake Eden, and she collaborates with an English professor to inspire students to bake desserts referenced in literature. Shortly after her cooking equipment causes an explosion, someone is murdered, and Hannah is one of the suspects. To clear her name, Hannah teams up with Norman and her family to solve the mystery, and along the way, she meets the town's prosecuting attorney, Chad Norton (Victor Webster). Sweeney Bakes Humor into the One Bad Apple One big twist in this Hannah Swensen mystery is that her mom, Delores (Barbara Niven), starts her own private investigator business. Delores' behavior is odd, exaggerated, and amusing, which could have been a disastrous combination, but Niven nails the role and makes it humorous rather than cheesy. As Hannah prepares for her baking class, she references novels about baking that always include a recipe at the end. This is an acknowledgment that Hannah Swensen movies are all based on the books by Joanne Fluke. Hannah's interaction with her family is fun to watch, too. The family dynamic is very relatable. What Man Will Hannah Swensen End Up With? Sleuthers who have faithfully followed Hannah Swensen mysteries are wondering which guy will eventually capture her heart? Some hope that it will be Mike (Cameron Mathison), but that is unlikely since Mathison has signed a deal with Great American Family. Sweeney told SheKnows, "I went through all the same feelings the fans did about Mike." She continued, " I hope that I hit the right notes with that.... acknowledging and being respectful of how the fans feel about Mike and how Hannah feels about Mike." In One Bad Apple, Hannah has to adjust to dealing with Mike's replacement, Lonnie Murphy, and when people ask about Mike, she explains that Mike couldn't pass up his dream job of working for the FBI in Virginia. She tears up at times when his absence is felt. Despite having a long-term girlfriend, it's obvious that Norman is also interested in Hannah. He competes with Professor Ramsey for her attention, rushes to her aid, and is ultimately a hero. He's funny and caring and would make a suitable match. Prosecuting attorney, Chad Norton, also captures Hannah's attention. He's handsome and professional, yet cool and detached. He's the only person whom she can't tempt with one of her sweet treats. You find yourself hoping that Hannah will be able to crack through his tough exterior. He's a challenge to her, and that seems to pique her interest. It's obvious that the "love triangle" movie trope is being utilized, so we'll have to wait and see which man earns Hannah's affection. WHICH MAN DO YOU HOPE WILL BE HANNAH'S LOVE INTEREST? SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS IN THE COMMENTS! One Bad Apple: A Hannah Swensen Mystery is Based on Apple Turnover Murder by Joanne Fluke Author Joanne Fluke has published thirty Hannah Swensen novels, and One Bad Apple is based on book 13 in the series: Apple Turnover Murder. The novel is vastly different from Sweeney's story, so if you enjoyed the movie, be sure to read the book to see how they compare. Here's the plot summary of the novel: Early summer brings plenty of work for baker Hannah Swensen, even before Mayor Bascomb’s wife drops by The Cookie Jar to place an order for her charity event…for eleven hundred cookies! And Hannah almost flips when her business partner, Lisa, suggests setting up an apple turnover stand. But she places her faith in Lisa, and even agrees to be a magician’s assistant in the fundraiser's talent show. The only snag is the show’s host, college professor Bradford Ramsey. Hannah and her sister, Michelle, each had unfortunate romances with Ramsey, and when the cad comes sniffing around between acts, Hannah tells him off. But when the curtain doesn't go up, she discovers Ramsey backstage—dead, with a turnover in his hand. Now she must find a killer who's flakier than puff pastry, and far more dangerous… For a list of all the Fluke novels and the movies Hallmark Mystery produced based upon them, click here. RomCom Review's Thoughts on One Bad Apple: A Hannah Swensen Mystery I will admit that One Bad Apple is the first Hannah Swensen movie I have ever watched. Unlike viewers who struggle to see Hannah with any other man besides Mike, I am not a fan of Cameron Mathison and prefer Victor Webster. I love the synergy both of them shared in the Wedding Veil movies and anticipate seeing that same chemistry again in a mystery format. I thought all the characters were well-developed, and I liked that it wasn't obvious who the murder victim would be. The list of suspects kept me guessing, though I did figure out the murderer ahead of the "big reveal." The movie keeps the viewer engaged from start to finish. A lot of nuanced touches were added, like sprinkles on a cupcake, and the threads were woven seamlessly through the story before being tied up, which culminated in a satisfying ending. Kudos to Sweeney for knowing the characters so well that she could create realistic dialogue and scenes for each of them. Sweeney shares that fans are her biggest priority. "I am always thinking of the fans, satisfying the fans and keeping them invested, wanting them to watch more. Wanting them to know how much they mean to me, and how much I care about how they feel about watching these movies. That is the number one priority that I have as I tell these stories. This is what I am thinking, from the beginning, from inception." Will there be more Hannah Swensen movies? Sweeney responds to that question with, "Stay tuned!" so that sounds promising! Stay in the loop by subscribing to this blog!

  • UPDATED: Hallmark Announces FIVE Premieres for May 2024!

    Hallmark has dubbed the Month of May as Countdown to Summer 2024. Even though May is still technically Spring, we could all use some warm summer vibes! As we gradually transition between seasons, Hallmark has five premieres for us to enjoy: three brand new movies, and two that are premiering on Hallmark Channel for the first time. A Lifelong Love Premieres: Saturday, May 4 at 8/7c on HALLMARK CHANNEL Starring: Andrea Brooks and Patch May Synopsis: While trying to reunite her grandfather with his lost love, Annika teams up with college sweetheart Ryan to create a book about the experience, documenting different love stories along the way. This is NOT a new movie! It originally aired on Hallmark Mystery in 2023, but it's the first time that it will appear on Hallmark Channel, which is why the network labels it a "premiere." A Whitewater Romance Premieres: Saturday, May 11 at 8/7c on HALLMARK CHANNEL Starring: Benjamin Hollingsworth and Cindy Busby Synopsis: Maya attends an exclusive business retreat in the Rocky Mountains where she meets Matt who, initially, is her competitor. As they're forced to pair up, an unlikely connection begins to evolve. Family Practice Mysteries: Coming Home Premieres: Friday, May 17 at 9/8c HALLMARK MYSTERY Starring: Amanda Schull and Brendan Penny Synopsis: A former Army surgeon moves back to her hometown and joins a practice of family doctors, but when she's drawn into solving the mysterious death of a patient, her quiet life becomes upended. Everything Puppies Premieres: Saturday, May 18 at 8/7c on HALLMARK CHANNEL Starring: Pascal Lamothe-Kipnes, Stephen Huszar, and Kathryn Davis. Synopsis: A dedicated entrepreneur and inventor looking to make it big creating innovative dog toys and treats finds success with the support of a handsome client. Big Sky River: The Bridal Path Premieres: Saturday, May 25 at 8/7c on HALLMARK CHANNEL Starring: Emmanuelle Vaugier and Kavan Smith Tara, now settled in Montana and dating Cowboy Boone, works to bring their family lives together but tensions arise, as blending their families will be more of a challenge than anticipated. This movie also isn't new. It originally premiered on Hallmark Mystery in 2023, but this is the first time for it to air on Hallmark Channel. RomCom Review's Thoughts on Hallmark's May 2024 Movies I appreciate that Hallmark writers are trying to branch out into new directions, including a movie about whitewater rafting. It is literally "new waters" for Hallmark! Viewers love Benjamin Hollingsworth, but many of us feel we've overdosed on Cindy Busby. Amanda Schull and Brendan Penny look like a promising pairing for the new medical mystery. Hallmark Mystery could really use a new mystery series, but we'll have to see how fans react to this one. I'm not a Huszar fan, but any Hallmark movie with dogs is nearly always a hit with viewers. Still, it looks like there's something for everyone!

  • Review: Inspiring Messages Embedded in Great American Family's "Just in Time"

    Just in Time, a Great American Family original movie, premiered on March 26 under the Candace Cameron Bure Presents... banner to celebrate the Easter season. Bure's mission is to "deliver to our audience deep, meaningful, faith-filled entertainment of the highest quality,” and Just in Time hits the mark. What Is Great American Family's Just in Time About? Hannah (Laura Osnes) and Rowan (Greyston Holt) find their marriage at a breaking point ahead of Easter weekend. The two remain childless after countless doctor's visits and interventions to help them conceive. In the process, the two have become so fixated on having a baby that they've lost each other, and Rowan chooses to spend Easter at his parents' house without Hannah. During their time apart, the two reflect on the situation, questioning if they are still right for each other. With the guidance of friends, family, and strangers, combined with Divine Intervention, they find God and rebuild their lives together on a new foundation. Just In Time Includes Mystery Franklin spends his days combing the beach with his metal detector, searching for lost items so he can return them to their rightful owners. When he unearths a gold watch from the sand, he calls the phone number engraved on the back of it, which connects to Hannah's old landline--a phone she keeps in case the father who abandoned her as a child ever attempts to contact her. Even though Hannah has never seen the watch, she is mystified that it's engraved with the letters R-O (the first two letters of her husband's name) and lists her anniversary date--October 11. How can this be? Hannah and Franklin join forces to track down the rightful owner of the watch, a journey which is transformative for them both. Just in Time Offers Hope to People in Relatable Situations Just in Time is such a well-crafted story that it appeals to viewers across various stages of life, reminding us that no matter what season we're in, our answer and hope can always be found in Jesus. The movie speaks to many issues that are common to the human condition: Being unable to conceive Growing apart from your spouse Being abandoned by a parent Having a wayward child Needing to control one's own life instead of surrendering to God Wanting to make things happen in our time instead of God's Expecting others to change when we're the ones who need to change Feeling as if God doesn't answer our prayers Hannah loves her greenhouse because she can control everything in it and feel self-sufficient. To her, it's a haven of order in an unpredictable world. This is a metaphor about people who try to live their lives without God. As the movie explains, when adversity comes, people look in all directions for safety, like a sailor at sea, except towards the lighthouse (God) who can lead them home. Hannah's desperation drives her to pray, and God shows up in what looks like a string of coincidences but is really Divine Intervention. Just in Time is Brimming with Spiritual Significance Great American Family's Just in Time packs biblical teaching into its short runtime without sounding preachy. When Franklin and Hannah visit a vintage jewelry store, they see a couple looking for the perfect engagement ring, but the one they find is too expensive. Franklin buys it for them anonymously in response to knowing what it's like to have a debt he can't pay, referring to sin and Christ's work on the cross. The watchmaker's logo is a set of open hands--a lesson about letting go instead of holding tightly. Hannah clings to her issues and tries to resolve them on her own, but by the end, she, too, learns how to open her hands in surrender to God. Because Hannah doesn't know the Word, she misinterprets the scripture, John 15:1-2, that Franklin shares with her describing how God cuts off branches that are bad for us and then prunes the rest. She thinks his advice means that her marriage is no longer good for her and needs to come to an end, that she can get by on her own. Franklin corrects her, but she struggles to heed his counsel when she learns he hasn't spoken to his son in 20 years. In her eyes, Franklin is a hypocrite. How often the "world" sees Christians as hypocrites just because they aren't perfect! As Franklin explains, however, there's nothing we can do to make up for our past mistakes--God does the atoning. As Hannah reflects on her marriage, she admits something is missing, but she wrongly assumes that a baby would fill the void. It's true that when people haven't accepted Christ, they look for fulfillment in other ways and never experience the deep satisfaction and peace that comes with having a personal relationship with their Savior. Hannah stopped praying after her father abandoned her when she was young, assuming her prayers were ineffective. Franklin invests into her life and becomes a father figure to her. God did answer her prayer for a father, just not the way she thought He would. Along her journey, Hannah's friend, Brooke, urges her to pray, and two women she meets invite her to church. Franklin keeps sowing the Word into her life, and together, lives are changed. One plants, the other waters, and God brings the increase. As Franklin notes, God can turn something terrifying into something beautiful, which harkens back to Romans 8:28 and Isaiah 61:3. I also love how Hannah's character arc shows how her changed heart leads her to treat people differently. She borders on snippy with her employee, Zoe, who makes mistakes, but she apologizes for her tone and vows to give Zoe more responsibility. When we receive God's mercy and grace, it should be natural for us to extend the same mercy and grace to those around us. In their time apart, God works on both Hannah's and Rowan's hearts, and when we see them a year later on Easter once again, it's obvious that God is now the priority in their lives, not prenatal vitamins or pregnancy tests, and God just might have a surprise in store for them! Just in Time Focuses on the Cross I love that Just in Time doesn't skirt around Christianity by offering generic and blanketed statements about faith that could apply to any religion in order to appeal to a wider audience. The messages contained in this movie are specific and targeted to intentionally share the Gospel. It shows the cross and mentions Jesus by name--the Name Above All Names! While Christmas movies are in abundant supply, there are far fewer Easter movies to enjoy, so Just in Time will likely become an instant classic to fill the void, thanks to Great American Family and Candace Cameron Bure. Subscribe to This Blog! RomCom Review rates movies airing on Great American Family and Hallmark Channel and brings you news about all the happenings at both networks. Subscribe to the blog to stay in the loop, and then click around the website to find DVDs, books that inspired the movies, filmographies of your favorite romcom celebrities, and daily movie schedules! Does Just in Time Inspire Your Inner Gardener? God placed Adam and Even in a garden, so is it mere coincidence that Hannah feels happiest in her greenhouse? I LOVE to garden, and if you do too, here are some products that might interest you before you go (just click on the images to view product details).

  • Fans Share Divided Reactions to Hallmark's "Shifting Gears" with Tyler Hynes

    A Tyler Hynes Hallmark movie is one that Hallmark fans anxiously await. Hynes' fans, affectionately self-dubbed, "Hynies," know that a movie featuring the beloved Hallmark hunk is guaranteed to delight and entertain--at least until recently. In 2023, Hynes headlined the network bomb, Never Been Chris'd, though fans quickly rallied to his defense, citing bad scripts and poor co-stars, affirming that Hynes delivered his usual outstanding performance, but even HE couldn't save the mess he was handed. When news broke that Hynes would star in a Hallmark Channel Spring into Love premiere, viewers expected Shifting Gears to remove the bad taste left over from the Christmas flop, but only half of his fan base were pleased with the results. What Is Shifting Gears About? After female mechanic Jess Barro (Katherine Barrell) reluctantly agrees to participate in a car restoration show, she is shocked to learn that her ex-boyfriend, Luke (Hynes), is her main competitor. Sparks quickly reignite between the two, so why did they break up in the first place? Lukes's grandfather was the founder of Tune Up Wiz, and he wanted his son and Jess's father, Ray, to be business partners. Luke's dad, Steven, cut Ray out of the deal, leaving Ray to start his own business from scratch. Luke knew what was transpiring and never took a side. Now, Barro's Auto is in financial trouble, and if Jess doesn't win the $50K grand prize, the family business might not survive. Steven positions himself to take over Barro's Auto, but will Luke find the courage to stand against his father this time? Hynes' Fans Review Shifting Gears and Share Split Reactions (Hallmarkie Mentions) When you scroll social media responses to Shifting Gears posts, fans appear equally divided--half loved it, and half hated it. Here are the top "Hallmarkie Mentions" that represent both camps: FANS WHO LOVED SHIFTING GEARS I enjoyed the movie very much, recorded it for watching often. Chemistry was there, liked the storyline, really liked the roller skating & dancing in the rain scenes. Great job Hallmark. --Mary T. I really enjoyed this movie. I liked the story and also I thought the funny parts were actually funny. (That’s not always true). --Michelle P. It was nice having a Hallmark movie that I was able to get my grown car enthusiast son to watch with me. --Shauna G. Nice mix of common Hallmark themes with an interesting and new focus - cars. --Paul F. I loved it and enjoyed the strong, independent woman character! And Tyler is always adorable. The car turned out beautifully too! --Noel-Beth S. I loved it, this movie is relatable to us women that sometimes prefer a profession that is considered a man’s job. Great job Kat Barrell, No better lead than Tyler Hynes for this movie. Off screen- He is the embodiment of uplifting and encouraging everybody not just women. Always showing his love and admiration for his enthusiasts and especially his mom. --Tammy R. FANS WHO WERE DISAPPOINTED WITH SHIFTING GEARS Just liked Never Been Chris'd, I feel Tyler was cast to get his fan base to watch. This could have been a great movie, but it just missed on several points. There was miscasting on most parts especially the dads. As for Luke & Jess, not a lot the of chemistry there. --Dawn D. These two were mismatched. There was not much chemistry between them. Her size dwarfed him and made him look thin and slight. Ryan Paevey would have been a better choice. Missed the marked on this one. --Mary C. It was a snooze fest for me, literally I dozed off watching it. No chemistry between these two…I didn’t even care for the plot…all around big disappointment for me despite Tyler Hynes being a favorite actor of mine. --Victoria J. I love all his work, but this one wasn’t a favorite. Thought he and the dad weren’t a good match. --Barbara H. Not good at all. In fact, downright boring. These two had no chemistry. I love Tyler, but this movie failed him. --Marlena C-H. I love Tyler and was excited about the storyline, but there was absolutely no chemistry between the characters, and they didn’t look good together. I think Hallmark just throws people together because they are available. I actually didn’t even watch the whole movie because I got bored. --Kelly P. RomCom Review Weighs in on Shifting Gears After reading so many negative reviews on Shifting Gears, I was surprised to find that the movie was not dull and unwatchable as many Hynes fans had stated. It moved at a reasonable pace, incorporated an atypical plot, and delivered a satisfying ending. If you didn't know, Barrell's real-life husband (Ray Galletti) plays American High Gear TV host, Wayne Larouche. Barrell was also sick during filming due to early pregnancy, so that may have affected her performance. I won't watch it again, however, for several reasons. The casting is terrible. As many viewers stated, Katherine Barrell is not a good actress and her size dwarfs the too-skinny Hynes. Onscreen, it just looks odd. As for chemistry, the two had a slight pulse but teeter on flatlining the entire movie. The man cast as Hynes' dad looks young enough to be his big brother, which the casting director must have overlooked. Details are sloppy. For example, Luke gets off his motorcycle at the office with a clean shirt, but by the time he's at the top of the stairs, it's covered in oil. The leads are working on cars for most of the movie, yet Jess only has a smear on her face once. Their hands are clean the entire movie. Teri tries to calm Jess's nerves through Zen. Hallmark used to create movies that inspired faith, not pagan and secular practices like Zen. The worst part of this movie is the WOKE messaging about female empowerment. Shifting Gears is nothing but a candy-coated feminist rant. The whole premise of this movie is about a woman scoring a big win over her male competitors in an arena typically populated by men. It's all about "girl power--" as if women are trampled in life by the "patriarchal machine" and need to rise above the "social construct" to prove they are not just equals, but superior, to men. In this movie, a girl even rescues her own father from financial ruin. Jess teaches an automotive class to all women, too, symbolizing the call for women to lift each up so they don't need a man for anything. Her work in a male-dominated field is also the inspiration for Teri's daughter's project. It's political, woke B.S. that infects many new Hallmark films. The movie is directed by Crystal Lowe and is the first film in Hallmark's Make Her Mark Women's Directing Program, a mentorship initiative intended to create opportunities for more women behind the camera. The program was conceived by actress Ashley Williams. While the goal is well-meaning, it's sexist to the core. It's assuming that women are marginalized, and the solution that is offered for "inequality" is to segregate women into a privileged class of people, as if they couldn't accomplish anything on their own without the boost. To create opportunities specifically for women with the goal of excluding men is sexist. It's 2024. Anyone, male or female, can work hard and achieve their goals in America. To pretend that women are being hindered by men in the 21st century and must perpetually rage against misogyny is ludicrous. Feminists hate traditional gender roles and rail against them. While there is nothing wrong with a woman pursuing her passion and being successful, feminists demand emasculating men in the process. God created men and women, and He made them different so they could complement one another. Those differences should be embraced and celebrated, not rejected and termed outdated by a group of angry man-haters. It's disappointing that Hynes would buy into woke notion that women are downtrodden in modern society when they are not. When the TV host comments about the contestants' craftmanship, Luke corrects him by saying, craftswomanship. Oh, please! When movies are produced to check political boxes instead of to entertain, they always result in failure. The irony of it all is that to get people to watch this story about female empowerment, they had to rope a man, Hynes, into the leading role to capture his fan base. The only "mark" Crystal Lowe makes with Shifting Gears is proving that a man could have done it better. #ShiftingGears #TylerHynes #KatheringBarrell #CrystalLowe #HallmarkChannel #SpringIntoLove

  • NEW MOVIE! "Curious Caterer: Foiled Plans" Is Coming to Hallmark Mystery April 2024 (Includes Pictures!)

    Nikki DeLoach jokingly refers to Andrew Walker as her "work husband," and fans know why. The two work brilliantly together! Hallmark Mystery is continuing the Curious Caterer mysteries with an all-new movie on Friday, April 26, 2024, at 9pm Eastern: Curious Caterer: Foiled Plans. What is Curious Caterer: Foiled Plans About? Goldy Berry's Medieval feast at Hyde Castle gets interrupted by a murder. She teams up with Detective Shultz to solve the mystery before the murderer strikes again. The costumes and the setting look outstanding! Nikki DeLoach and Andrew Walker Tease the New Curious Caterer: Foiled Plans Movie DeLoach hinted about the new movie earlier this year when she posted a picture of the crew on Instagram, stating, "Back at it with these beautiful rascals." She included the hashtag, #curiouscaterer. Hallmark Mystery responded to DeLoach's post, saying, "Picture perfect sleuthers," confirming to fans that another Curious Caterer mystery was in the works. Andrew Walker joined the fun by posting a picture of his trailer, stating, "Feels great to be back. Can you guess what I’m working on?" Of course we can! We are sleuthers! How Many Curious Caterer Movies Are There? Curious Caterer: Foiled Plans is the fourth movie in the series to date, and they are all currently available on one DVD set, if you want to add them to your collection or catch up on the previous installments. Curious Caterer: Dying for Chocolate is the first in the series, and it premiered in April 2022. Colorado caterer Goldy Berry teams with detective Tom Schultz to identify the ingredients that led to the mysterious death of her friend — and ends up discovering a hidden recipe for murder. Curious Caterer: Grilling Season followed in February 2023. Colorado caterer Goldy Berry teams with detective Tom Schultz to identify the ingredients that led to the mysterious death of her friend — and ends up discovering a hidden recipe for murder. Curious Caterer: Fatal Vows premiered October 2023. When Goldy agreed to cater Tom's ex Jessamyn's elaborate wedding, she didn't expect a dead groom and missing bridezilla would bring her together with Tom again, to catch a killer and find Jess. Andrew Walker revealed that Hallmark ordered two Curious Caterer movies following the success of the first three, so that means another new one should be in the pipeline after Foiled Plans. Curious Caterer Movies Are Based on the Cozy Mystery Books by Diane Mott Davidson The Goldy Shultz book series written by Diane Mott Davidson is the inspiration for the Hallmark franchise. There are 17 books in the series, so even if Hallmark doesn't "cook" up new movies for each one, you can continue the sleuthing with Goldy! The last novel was released in 2013, a strong indication that the author has no plans to continue the series. Here's the complete book list. Follow the links to read each description. Book 1: Catering to Nobody Book 2: Dying for Chocolate Book 3: Cereal Murders Book 4: The Last Suppers Book 5: Killer Pancake Book 6: The Main Corpse Book 7: The Grilling Season Book 8: Prime Cut Book 9: Tough Cookie Book 10: Sticks & Scones Book 11: Chopping Spree Book 12: Double Shot Book 13: Dark Tort Book 14: Sweet Revenge Book 15: Fatally Flaky Book 16: Crunch Time Book 17: The Whole Enchilada Curious Caterer: Foiled Plans is based on book 10 in the series, Sticks and Scones, which was the original, working title for the movie. We will find out how closely the Hallmark version parallels the novel, but the book's plot unfolds like this: For Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz, accepting a series of bookings at Hyde Castle is like a dream come true. It’s not every day that she gets to cook authentic Elizabethan fare--especially at a real castle that was brought over from England and reassembled stone by stone in Aspen Meadow. Goldy is determined that everything will go right--which is why, she figures later, everything went terribly wrong. It begins when a shotgun blast shatters her window. Then Goldy discovers a body lying in a nearby creek. And when shots ring out for the second time that day, someone Goldy loves is in the line of fire. Suddenly the last thing Goldy wants to think about is Shakespeare’s Steak Pie, 911 Chocolate Emergency Cookies, or Damson-in-Distress Plum Tart. Could one of her husband Tom’s police investigations have triggered a murder? Or was her violent, recently paroled ex responsible? With death peering around every corner, Goldy needs to cook up some crime-solving solutions--before the only dish that’s left on her menu is murder. Photos from Curious Caterer: Foiled Plans The following photos are credited to Hallmark Media: Subscribe to This Blog! Stay up to date on all things Hallmark by subscribing to this blog and browsing the website for DVD releases, celebrity filmographies, and more! #CuriousCaterer #CuriousCatererFoiledPlans #NikkiDeLoach #AndrewWalker #HallmarkMystery

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