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  1. The PenaVegas are expecting a second baby, so I wonder if their Hallmark work will slow down for a while after they film their upcoming mystery movie -- https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-moms/news/alexa-penavega-is-pregnant-expecting-baby-no-2-with-carlos-penavega/
  2. The actual Winterfest event (under that official title) has been going on for at least three consecutive years, if not longer. Before calling it Winterfest, they premiered new movies in January. So they basically have enough movies to include in their ranking/countdown. And they have been doing these countdowns for their other recent themed events, so it makes sense that they are doing the same thing for Winterfest. It's just a marathon of movies they have already been showing and will show again. As for Dater's Handbook... it has grown on me over the last couple of years and I enjoy it much more now, but one thing that bothered me when I first saw it and still bothers me today is Meghan Markle's character taking food from other people's plates -- or expecting them to automatically share what they have. It's a nitpicky, silly thing to be annoyed with, but it annoys me. She helps herself to other people's food and calls it "sharing" food. Um... no. "Sharing" would be if the guy asked you if you would like to have some of his cake, or his dinner, or whatever, and you say yes. "Sharing" is not just reaching over and taking food from someone's plate! And not only does she do that, she does it when she is just getting to know them! Who does that? Who just reaches over and samples someone's cake when you just met them 2 minutes ago? How about asking him, "Would you mind if I tried a bite of that?" It's one thing to do it if you are already in a relationship with someone, but not when you are just getting to know them. See, that's the kind of nonsense that guys will put up with if a woman is attractive, and that women will put up with if a man is attractive. Then it's "cute" behavior. But if any unattractive person that you just met decides to sample your food without asking or without you inviting them to -- or expects that you are sharing what you have -- then it's not so cute!
  3. Hallmark seems to be emphasizing that both Ruby Herring and Mystery 101 are "limited" series -- which is usually not how they refer to their other mystery series (Aurora Teagarden, Morning Show Mysteries, Hailey Dean, Garage Sale, etc., etc.). So that tells me that the stars of each new movie (Taylor Cole, Jill Wagner, Kristoffer Polaha, etc.) might not have signed on for an ongoing series quite yet. That could be because Hallmark wants to see how well these new movies do and how the viewers respond before committing to anything else, or it could mean that they might just do an occasional movie in the series once in a blue moon, with no real regularity... or it could mean that they will do another movie or two this year only, and that both limited series will end after 2019. In other words, it is entirely possible that Hallmark is going to try some of these limited series every year -- series that they don't plan on continuing for more than 2 or 3 movies, but that are just confined to one year and are done. If they did that, then in 2020 they might pop up with another totally new limited series or two, starring different actors. It will be interesting to see how they handle it. We might know more when Hallmark's annual Winter TCA event takes place very soon, in terms of whether or not there will be more Ruby Herring and Mystery 101 movies this year or beyond. At the same time, as much as those TCA events are bonanzas of info, they also sometimes leave more questions than there were before!! One thing that is for sure is that Hallmark seems to be moving Taylor Cole, Jill Wagner and Kristoffer Polaha more to the forefront, giving them more things to do and making them bigger, more prominent, parts of the Hallmark family. Kristoffer's sudden prominence is nicely timed, as actors such as Daniel Lissing and Paul Greene (Paul was once very prolific in movies on the channel) are slowly kind of fading away over time. I even get the feeling that we might start to see less of Andrew Walker over the next year or two (he is not in any new Wnterfest movies or Valentine movies) -- probably because he will want to branch out and not be pigeonholed as "the Hallmark guy." They are also doing the same thing with Carlos and Alexa PenaVega -- making them more prominent. But I don't know if their new mystery series (which I mentioned in my above post about mysteries) is "limited" or if it's just a regular mystery series.
  4. I am not sure why the Emma Fielding movie was bumped to February 10th, but I noticed that it had moved about one week or so ago, when I checked the Hallmark website. It's Hallmark's usual shenanigans of changing the schedule after advertising certain dates and details. Sadly, they do that kind of thing all the time. The only new mysteries airing this month are Ruby Herring and Mystery 101. In February, after Emma Fielding premieres, there will be two Chronicle Mysteries movies (the new series with Alison Sweeney). In March, I think that there might be a 3rd Chronicle Mysteries movie premiering at the beginning of the month, along with the new Crossword Mysteries (with Lacey Chabert and Brennan Elliott). There is a new Hailey Dean movie that was filmed not long ago, but I don't know if it is airing in June (which was the last "Hailey Dean Mysteries Month" in 2018) or if it will air as a standalone movie. There are several new Garage Sale Mystery movies premiering in August. Sometime later this year -- either September or October -- there will be 3 new Aurora Teagarden movies. One month this year -- not sure which month it will be -- will be dedicated to the Morning Show Mysteries (with Holly Robinson Peete), with at least 3 new movies. Another new mystery movie called Picture Perfect (starring Alexa and Carlos PenaVega) is filming soon, so I have to imagine it will air this year.
  5. BB in the Media: Outside the Fishbowl

    Dina's voice has gotten so much raspier and huskier than it was the last time I heard her speak (I watched the promo for Big Brother today, and was surprised at how much it had changed in the last few years). For some reason, I picture her as getting on people's nerves. I can't envision who she might team up with in the house, and who she might clash with, but I don't see her as someone who is going to be well-liked by everyone.
  6. I'm watching the red carpet (actually it's sort of a blue-purplish on my screen!) arrivals on my CW local affiliate channel in Los Angeles -- KTLA (in the Tribune family). This is the same channel that will show the awards as well.
  7. BB in the Media: Outside the Fishbowl

    There was some drama last year (Brandi caused some of it; Omarosa was involved in some of it; Shannon was at the center of some of it; James was involved in some of it), and Brandi was also involved in various shenanigans, such as revealing some of her famous sexual conquests for us all to hear, and humping vegetables. And we had Metta trying to escape the house every other day. I don't know if I'd call it "low-key"! lol But the Celebrity season just isn't long enough to inspire more intense drama, I suspect (unless Production helps it along, which is possible). The celebrities are more conscious of how they come across on camera in a mini-season like this. In a three-month season, sure, more of them would snap more often... but not in a season that is 2 or 3 weeks long. Plus, last year we had Ari trying to keep Brandi in line, and Mark trying to keep James in line, so nothing was out of control for too long, even when arguments or verbal sparring broke out. This year, we don't know who might be the voices of reason trying to keep their alliances intact and sane. I'm actually shocked that we got as much drama as we did last year, given how short the season was and the fact that they were "celebrities."
  8. BB in the Media: Outside the Fishbowl

    I wondered why there had been no reports or rumors of any of the Real Housewives being on the show. And now there IS one (Kandi)! The Housewives are easy choices for reality show casts. Jonathan (who I just recently watched in a Hallmark movie called Christmas Made to Order) is excited --
  9. Oh good! I don't have to be alone on my island this time. I will have people joining me! lol There are not many movies (including theatrical releases) for which I think there should be sequels, and Hallmark definitely went a little sequel-crazy in 2018 (plus, we've got another sequel coming up in February). More often than not, the sequels are just not as good as the original movies, or they're just so-so. So One Winter Proposal was a surprise for me, because I liked it even more than the first movie!! It was definitely a rom com (which, as I have said many times, is what I prefer to see on the Hallmark Channel). It was funny in some parts, but not in a slapstick/over-the-top way. The two couples' relationships were nicely developed and advanced. I loved the friendships between the two men and between the two women, as well as between the two couples in general. I liked Cardi Wong as Ethan, the photographer. I liked the woman who played Rukiya Bernard (Megan)'s boss. Everyone was communicating and being (mostly) reasonable in most situations. ...And there were some very romantic moments -- the final scene of the movie was clearly one of them, but also the scene in which Taylor Cole (Cara) tells Jack Turner (Ben) that he is missing the pretty view and he tells her he's not missing it (as he gazes adoringly at her) was good. Another kind of surprising thing is that One Winter Proposal was written (at least partially) by Eric Brooks -- the son of country star Kix Brooks. Eric was also one of the writers on Home by Spring -- a movie that premiered on the Hallmark Channel in March 2018, I think it was, and, to this day, seems to be pretty forgettable. No one ever talks about Home by Spring as a movie they love or hate all these months later, as I think everyone mostly forgot about it. lol It was not my favorite Hallmark movie last spring, although I did like it a bit more when I gave it a second chance. So I did not have high hopes for the One Winter Proposal script with the Home by Spring guy at the helm -- but he did a great job.
  10. I am expecting to be alone on my own little island again with this opinion, but I loved One Winter Proposal!!! I wasn't expecting to love it, but it won me over. For me, it's a clear winner and not a clunker. That is all.
  11. BB in the Media: Outside the Fishbowl

    I'm not sure if the entire list is false, especially seeing how Lindsay Lohan is handling the questions being asked of her about her mom's involvement on the show (I saw her asked about it a second time last night, and she was definitely keeping quiet about something -- her facial expression gave it away). I think that the list of people is probably accurate as far as who was approached to be on the show -- there is every reason to believe that Caitlyn, Tonya, Carson, Dina, etc., would be asked. But it could be that some people ultimately turned down the offer, and then other people (new names) were approached after that original list was circulated. Whether or not any of the people on the list (including Dina) actually end up in the house is another story, but I'm sure they were asked, and that an early version of the list could have leaked out. I have no idea who that WWE person is, though. I am not up to date on the wrestling world at all!
  12. The Chew

    I hope I am posting in the right place, since the site's threads have been merged and/or reorganized! Anyway, did anyone see this, about Mario? -- https://abc7.com/sources-celebrity-chef-mario-batali-will-not-face-criminal-charges-/5036208/ Also, I have not watched one single episode of that 30-minute Daphne Oz show-within-a-show on Wednesdays, but I often see her promoting it and happily talking about it on Instagram. I am just not interested. If Daphne's show gets picked up as its own individual thing, rather than just being inserted into her dad's show, then I will be very annoyed because I don't want that show. I want The Chew... or a New Chew (with the same crew!). I don't watch GMA Day either, but I know that Carla is on it. I still think that it won't be a long-lasting series. I still think of it as filler until ABC figures out what else to put on in that slot. I hope that Carla, Clinton and Michael can do another Facebook live session sometime this year.
  13. BB in the Media: Outside the Fishbowl

    Lindsay Lohan is making the rounds, promoting her new reality show. One of her stops was the Howard Stern show. He asked her if her mom, Dina, is going to be on Big Brother. Lindsay said her mom won't tell her anything or won't talk to her about it (and I think she was just trying to give a safe answer that wouldn't get her or her mother in trouble). Howard said that he'd want to to see Dina and Caitlyn Jenner in the same house. Lindsay laughed and said that she'd want to see it/them too. So I am going to assume that if Dina were not doing the show, Lindsay would have just said that she is not doing it. The fact that her answer was that her mom won't tell her anything leads me to think it is 100% accurate that Dina will be in the house.
  14. BB in the Media: Outside the Fishbowl

    Caitlyn and Tonya in the same house? That might be a lot to take, if that cast list turns out to be accurate. I can't tell if they would hit it off because of the shared sports/Olympics background, or if they would hate each other. I can definitely picture a lot of those people being asked to be on the show -- especially Carson, Dina, Stephen and Aubrey, as they have been on various reality shows in the past. I like Carson. I like Bobby. I like Jonathan (in fact, I just watched Jonathan in a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie a couple of weeks ago, but I knew him from Food Network too). Jonathan and Dina can chat about Lindsay Lohan (since he knows Lindsay from his Mean Girls days). Now, of course, that list might not be accurate, so who knows? It is easier to believe that certain people would be willing to do it because the season is so short. If this were a 3-month season, it would be harder to get some of them in there. Well, whoever is on it, I will be watching once again! I remember being awake at odd hours last year, typing here on this forum as drunk Brandi blurted out the names of famous guys she had slept with and generally acted like an obnoxious fool (humping the produce), and various alliances formed and crumbled, and Marissa talked... and talked... and talked. They squeezed a lot of entertainment out of those short couple of weeks! Two things I really liked about the last short celebrity season were that (1) it didn't take me 2 or 3 weeks to learn everyone's names (as it does during a non-celebrity season), and (2) they got right down to business and started playing the game quickly. They didn't have 3 months to waste, so they had to jump right into it.