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Watched Winter Castle yesterday afternoon, and it was not very good.  The ice castle was visually great, but all the actors, excluding Emilie Ullerup were pretty dull.  Who ever played the father was a card board cut out with someone moving his mouth.   Story was incredibly thin.  Overall, just fell flat.

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On 1/5/2019 at 10:57 PM, twoods said:

Along with @MissyPoo‘s excellent list (All Things Valentine, All For Love and Dater’s Handbook are some of my faves), I also enjoyed Stop The Wedding which has two of my faves Rachel Boston and Niall Matter.

I also liked Falling For Vermont with Julie Gonzalo (which was also mentioned), The Nanny Express which is older, and Royal Matchmaker with Bethany Joy. The Perfect Bride is also decent, but I didn’t like the sequel. Julia Berman’s Love On Ice is also not bad, along with Perfect on Paper and Frozen in Love.

Did anyone catch Winter’s Dream with Dean Cain last year? Never watched it but wanted to see if it was worth DVRing.

Oh yes! I liked Stop the Wedding (which I didn't think I would like) and Royal Matchmaker. I'll have to check out Frozen in Love. I think I skipped it last year for some reason or another but I'll try to catch it on repeat sometime this Winterfest.

 

3 hours ago, ShelleySue said:

I kept getting mixed up about which was the mother and which was the sister.    And speaking of the sister, would it be possible for Hallmark to make a minimal effort for sisters to at least look like they are related?

 

11 hours ago, Irlandesa said:

If the Swedish one is the one I'm thinking of, at least they have warm areas where you can go.

I was looking forward to Winter Castle because it looked like something Hallmark might have acquired. (In other words, I saw a promo for the movie that wasn't a Hallmark promo which rarely happens to meant-for-Hallmark-only movies).  Plus, Kevin McGarry was looking really good in a Christmas movie recently.  I also like the lead actress.  But it was a disappointment.  The location was kind of cool but the story was so blah.  The kind-of girlfriend reminded me of Ellie Kemper but overall, her greatest sin was perhaps assuming too much about the status of her relationship with the dad---and yet you'd think the dad would be clear on that before inviting her to a destination wedding.  I mean...c'mon.  And the family was so thirsty to pair this guy up with the lead even though they don't know whether or not they're compatible. 

Plus, it did that "we're so peppy" trope that moves can fall into when there are kids involved.

I haven't finished A Midnight Kiss. I might not.  I can't with the leftover Christmas decorations.  But from what I've seen, the PenaVegas are definitely better in different movies.

Thank you! You guys described my dilemma watching this. I was excited to see the ice castle and I think they nailed that but they had to try really hard to make such a slow movie with a plodding story with such an amazing location. I understand the need to get the hero and heroine together, but you Hallmark writers don't have to make it so obvious. The fun is in the adventure and it's more fun when the characters naturally gravitate toward each other. Towards the middle part, I began to feel sorry for the kind-of girlfriend because it was obvious how unwelcome and out of place she felt. There was even one scene where the daughter straight up ignored her after coming off the slide and went to Emilie. The look on the woman's face after she complimented the girl was kind of sad and relatable. I haven't seen the end and I'm debating whether or not to finish because I know the leads get together but it would feel pretty jacked up considering how her family treated that woman.

18 hours ago, AnnaRose said:

Thanks so much for your suggestions!  I have already watched A Country Wedding and I LOVED it!!  I knew Autumn Reeser from Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade a show she did called Valentine, but I was not familiar with Jesse Metcalfe (he's so cute!)  They were wonderful together and I really enjoyed the story.  I'm glad you mentioned it, because I don't particularly like country music, so I don't think I ever would have watched it if you hadn't recommended it.

Yes! I didn't think I'd like it either for the same reasons but it was so well done and engaging that it superceded my ifs and became a fave. I even ended up liking some of the songs he sang (especially when Autumn chimed in with the chorus, that was so cute). Not sure if you've seen Autumn's valentine movie (your mention of the similarly named tv show just reminded me) but it's another gem they'll probably show really soon. Valentine Ever After I believe is the name.

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I watched Winter Castle today and completely agree with everyone- awesome location, not good story. Or even acting. I felt like Emilie Ullerup was overacting at some points while everyone else was basically sleep walking. I did not like that he brought along a date to the wedding. I thought it was horrible that he had been stringing that woman along for years because "she helped a lot". If she wasn't getting the message that he wasn't interested, it's because he wasn't sending it. And then they all treated her horribly! I can overlook these things in some movies, but it really bugged in this one. 

1 hour ago, MissyPoo said:

Yes! I didn't think I'd like it either for the same reasons but it was so well done and engaging that it superceded my ifs and became a fave. I even ended up liking some of the songs he sang (especially when Autumn chimed in with the chorus, that was so cute). Not sure if you've seen Autumn's valentine movie (your mention of the similarly named tv show just reminded me) but it's another gem they'll probably show really soon. Valentine Ever After I believe is the name.

Valentine Ever After is a good one! I really liked that one a lot more than I expected. I forgot Country Wedding when looking at the schedule- I thought it was the one with Jill Wagner. I liked Country Wedding a lot too. Autumn Reeser makes her movies work for me, somehow. 

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I won't be original, here, but the good things about Winter Castle were the likeable cast, the scenery and the real snow (the difference between the usual "fake snow, everybody in light clothes and no headgear, blue and sunny skies, shot in september" Christmas movies, and the "legit everybody's freezing cold and covered from head to toe" Winterfest movies has never been so jarring) ; the bad things ? The writing and the plot were generic and uninspired, Kevin McGarry has always felt more like a goofy sidekick to me than a straight-laced grieving widower, and the mom looked way too young to be believable as Ullerup & Mullen's mother. Unmemorable, aside from the locations.

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On 1/7/2019 at 4:35 PM, MissyPoo said:

 

 

Thank you! You guys described my dilemma watching this. I was excited to see the ice castle and I think they nailed that but they had to try really hard to make such a slow movie with a plodding story with such an amazing location. I understand the need to get the hero and heroine together, but you Hallmark writers don't have to make it so obvious. The fun is in the adventure and it's more fun when the characters naturally gravitate toward each other. Towards the middle part, I began to feel sorry for the kind-of girlfriend because it was obvious how unwelcome and out of place she felt. There was even one scene where the daughter straight up ignored her after coming off the slide and went to Emilie. The look on the woman's face after she complimented the girl was kind of sad and relatable. I haven't seen the end and I'm debating whether or not to finish because I know the leads get together but it would feel pretty jacked up considering how her family treated that woman.

 

Complete agreement on Winter Castle. I posted this earlier in the thread, but the only reason this movie storyline was not 'established good girlfriend versus slutty new girl stealing man' was because the writers used a hammer to make the pre teen daughter like the new woman and dislike the current woman.

 

Really liked the ice palace hotel to the extent I looked it up online. And I went to cold weather and arctic survival schools in the military (spoiler alert: they sucked)

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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.

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2 hours ago, TVFan17 said:

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.

The actors, and I assume the crew and writers, were having fun

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I recorded Once Upon a Prince last night, mainly for the location porn that was supposed to be St. Simon's Island, Georgia - filmed in Canada, of course - and some made up European country.   I generally try to avoid the royal movies, even though there are a few that I either liked or loved, but this one ended up being pretty decent.  Megan Park played the main protagonist, who recently earned a degree in landscape architecture and is working in her family's nursery type business.  Same old story in that the prince is about to become king and his mother objects to his American love interest... but they had nice chemistry together and I liked that they spent some time getting to know each other.

I also recently watched All For Love thanks to the recommendation by MissyPoo and TWoods, and I loved it!  It first aired in 2017 and stars Sara Rue as a romance author who undergoes Navy Seal training to increase the accuracy and authenticity of a book she is writing.  Steve Bacic, who played the sorta-villain in two Hallmark Christmas movies I watched this season, stars as the retired Navy Seal love interest.  I thought they were great together and Sara looks fantastic and just exudes charm.  Also, it seemed to have a bit of a Private Benjamin vibe going on when Sara's character begins her training, which was fun. I plan to watch this one again some time.

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3 hours ago, TVFan17 said:

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.

I loved it too. It was just sweet and fun without a lot of drama. This is my favorite cast. They were all so likeable.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the brother from Road to Christmas as Ethan. 

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On 1/12/2019 at 7:10 PM, TVFan17 said:

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.

 

 

On 1/12/2019 at 10:57 PM, Dani said:

I loved it too. It was just sweet and fun without a lot of drama. This is my favorite cast. They were all so likeable.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the brother from Road to Christmas as Ethan. 

Count me in! This is my fave of the year so far. I was actually nervous they would mess it up because I loved the first one so much but they met my expectations and even exceeded them a little. No fake drama or forced misunderstandings, just two sets of adults with adult relationships in a gorgeous setting. I'm looking forward to seeing this one again!

 

On 1/12/2019 at 9:27 PM, AnnaRose said:

I also recently watched All For Love thanks to the recommendation by MissyPoo and TWoods, and I loved it!  It first aired in 2017 and stars Sara Rue as a romance author who undergoes Navy Seal training to increase the accuracy and authenticity of a book she is writing.  Steve Bacic, who played the sorta-villain in two Hallmark Christmas movies I watched this season, stars as the retired Navy Seal love interest.  I thought they were great together and Sara looks fantastic and just exudes charm.  Also, it seemed to have a bit of a Private Benjamin vibe going on when Sara's character begins her training, which was fun. I plan to watch this one again some time.

Yay! So glad you liked it! 

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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.

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I’ll say it - One Winter Proposal was terribly boring. I still have no idea why the original got a sequel since it also seemed like every other hallmark movie, nothing special. I don’t like Taylor Cole or her movies, there seemed to be a lot of tight mouth smiles at each other... almost like the leads weren’t getting along. YMMV

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53 minutes ago, AnnaRose said:

To what movie is One Winter Proposal a sequel?

One Winter Weekend, from January 2018.

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Hello Hallmark Channel Movies thread! **waves**. It's nice to see you again after my 4 month "I hate the friggin' Christmas movies" absence. Now I am back because tonight was the start of the Mystery Movies again. The first one is Emma Fielding Mysteries: More Bitter Than Death. I recorded it & just sat down to watch, only the movie that started playing was Hailey Dean Mysteries: A Will to Kill. My DVR says I recorded the Emma Fielding movie, but it most definitely isn't. When I checked Hallmark's website, the Emma Fielding movie is now premiering on 2/10. Anybody have any idea what is going on & why the movie premiere was changed?

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28 minutes ago, GaT said:

Hello Hallmark Channel Movies thread! **waves**. It's nice to see you again after my 4 month "I hate the friggin' Christmas movies" absence. Now I am back because tonight was the start of the Mystery Movies again. The first one is Emma Fielding Mysteries: More Bitter Than Death. I recorded it & just sat down to watch, only the movie that started playing was Hailey Dean Mysteries: A Will to Kill. My DVR says I recorded the Emma Fielding movie, but it most definitely isn't. When I checked Hallmark's website, the Emma Fielding movie is now premiering on 2/10. Anybody have any idea what is going on & why the movie premiere was changed?

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.

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3 hours ago, TVFan17 said:

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.

Thanks for the updates! Hmph, so I can go ahead and delete what I deleted last night if its not actually that Emma Fielding movie.

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16 hours ago, sistersledge said:

I’ll say it - One Winter Proposal was terribly boring. I still have no idea why the original got a sequel since it also seemed like every other hallmark movie, nothing special. I don’t like Taylor Cole or her movies, there seemed to be a lot of tight mouth smiles at each other... almost like the leads weren’t getting along. YMMV

I changed the channel on it because it was so dull. 

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20 hours ago, sistersledge said:

I’ll say it - One Winter Proposal was terribly boring. I still have no idea why the original got a sequel since it also seemed like every other hallmark movie, nothing special. I don’t like Taylor Cole or her movies, there seemed to be a lot of tight mouth smiles at each other... almost like the leads weren’t getting along. YMMV

I liked the cast, but found it dull as well. I did like the friendships between the characters, but it barely held my attention. 

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I watched The Birthday Wish last night, which was another winner recommended by MissyPoo. It was very enjoyable and the romance was believable.  Also, instead of insta-love and the couple getting engaged after a few weeks, it was "One Year Later" and then we even got a little snippet of their life "Ten Years Later".  (That's because it was part of the premise that she saw a glimpse of her future and the scene took place ten years later... but still, it was nice.)

I also recently watched The Dater's Handbook and had mixed feelings about it.  I loved Kristoffer Polaha in it (no surprise there), and the two leads had some cute banter, but Megan Markle's character annoyed me.  In particular when she blames Polaha's character for her allergy attack after she eats food off his plate - as if he was supposed to know she had an allergy to honey (and that it was in the wings he ordered) and was supposed to order his meal with that restriction.  It further annoyed me that she actually told Polaha's character, who was an incredibly nice guy, that she had to stop seeing him because she needed to date a better class of guy than him.  Ugh.  He really should have found somebody better. 

Speaking of Kristoffer Polaha... isn't he supposed to have a mystery series on Hallmark at the end of this month?  I thought I saw that advertised, but I don't see it mentioned on his IMDB page.

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43 minutes ago, AnnaRose said:

Speaking of Kristoffer Polaha... isn't he supposed to have a mystery series on Hallmark at the end of this month?  I thought I saw that advertised, but I don't see it mentioned on his IMDB page.

Yes, he is co-starring with Jill Wagner in Mystery 101, currently scheduled to premiere on Sunday, January 27th.

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4 minutes ago, mikeb said:

Yes, he is co-starring with Jill Wagner in Mystery 101, currently scheduled to premiere on Sunday, January 27th.

Thank you! Do you know if that's a series or just an individual movie?

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21 minutes ago, AnnaRose said:

Thank you! Do you know if that's a series or just an individual movie?

I have seen commercials describing both it and Ruby Herring as "limited series", which suggests will be more than just one of each, but I have not seen any announcement of additional movies yet.   Maybe they are waiting to see how the ratings are or maybe just waiting to announce at next Hallmark media presentation.

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1 hour ago, AnnaRose said:

also recently watched The Dater's Handbook and had mixed feelings about it.  I loved Kristoffer Polaha in it (no surprise there), and the two leads had some cute banter, but Megan Markle's character annoyed me.  In particular when she blames Polaha's character for her allergy attack after she eats food off his plate - as if he was supposed to know she had an allergy to honey (and that it was in the wings he ordered) and was supposed to order his meal with that restriction.  It further annoyed me that she actually told Polaha's character, who was an incredibly nice guy, that she had to stop seeing him because she needed to date a better class of guy than him.  Ugh.  He really should have found somebody better. 

Speaking of Kristoffer Polaha... isn't he supposed to have a mystery series on Hallmark at the end of this month?  I thought I saw that advertised, but I don't see it mentioned on his IMDB page.

Did I write this? Lol - my thoughts exactly from watching  The Dater’s Handbook for the first time, all the way to wondering when his new mystery will be on. He’s become one of my favorite Hallmark actors.

It was my first exposure to Markle acting and I wasn’t impressed, but I have no real love for Harry and Megan for some reason. And I say that as someone who LOVES Will and Kate. But yes, the character was terrible. I think her problem was that she picked terrible losers, not that she picked non-commital guys (same thing?). I thought it was gross and rude to eat off other people’s plates and not at all cute. 

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On 1/12/2019 at 9:10 PM, TVFan17 said:

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.

 

On 1/13/2019 at 12:57 AM, Dani said:

I loved it too. It was just sweet and fun without a lot of drama. This is my favorite cast. They were all so likeable.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the brother from Road to Christmas as Ethan. 

 

On 1/13/2019 at 1:51 AM, MissyPoo said:

Count me in! This is my fave of the year so far. I was actually nervous they would mess it up because I loved the first one so much but they met my expectations and even exceeded them a little. No fake drama or forced misunderstandings, just two adults with adult relationships in a gorgeous setting. I'm looking forward to seeing this one again!

I just finished One Winter Proposal and I adored it, for all the same reasons listed above. Everyone was adult and the relationships/friendships felt genuine. I think this one and its predecessor are my favorite non-Christmas Hallmark movies. I may even watch them both again tomorrow!

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I agree with those who loved it and those who found it boring. I was finding it pleasant and loving the gang all together.

But then I was kind of over it with about 30-40 minutes left. 

And the doctor worked there for like a weekend? LOL.

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3 hours ago, AnnaRose said:

Thank you! Do you know if that's a series or just an individual movie?

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.

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2 hours ago, TVFan17 said:

They are also doing the same thing with Carlos and Alexa PenaVega -- making them more prominent.

Ugh please no. I never watch any of their movies.

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4 hours ago, sistersledge said:

Ugh please no. I never watch any of their movies.

For being real life married actors, you would expect more screen chemistry. Maybe it's tougher when you actually care for the underlying actor playing the character?

6 hours ago, TVFan17 said:

 

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.   

Once Taylor got to the point they let her have dark hair (juice? Qscore? experience?) she got very likable. As long as the new mystery movie is good, she can be the new Hallmark golden girl. The teaser around the body where she sort of looked robotic has me a little worried, through

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I'm not sure if she'd accept but I'd love to see Tatyana Ali with her own mystery movie series. If she did get one hopefully she'd get to have better hair then the disaster Holly Robinson Peete has to wear on her head during her mystery movies.

Going by the commercials only Mystery 101 seems more like a mystery movie I might like over the Ruby Herring one. I'm going to give them both a shot. I really wish they'd rerun the McBride mystery movie series with John Laroquette. I didn't get to see either of the Hallmark channels until 2006 so I've never seen the earlier ones. I thought they might rerun some other older ones after airing some of the Jane Doe movies. I guess they wouldn't rerun the Murder 101 movies with Dick Van Dyke since that title is so similar to the Mystery 101 movie coming up even though he's been getting more attention after appearing in the new Mary Poppins movie. 

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3 hours ago, Jaded said:

I thought they might rerun some other older ones after airing some of the Jane Doe movies.

I've never seen any of the Jane Doe movies. Whenever I think of checking to see if they're on, they're not. Then I find out at a later time they were on, but I didn't know it.

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On 1/14/2019 at 8:46 PM, Jaded said:

I'm not sure if she'd accept but I'd love to see Tatyana Ali with her own mystery movie series. If she did get one hopefully she'd get to have better hair then the disaster Holly Robinson Peete has to wear on her head during her mystery movies.

Or her Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. I liked Christmas Everlasting, but I couldn't help being distracted by the wig at times. Especially since Lifetime didn't make such a mishap two years in a row.

 

Just noticed Surprised By Love aired yesterday. :-/ For those who haven't seen it, definitely put it on your watchlist. It's super hilarious and (imho) Paul Campbell's best. It's what made him one of my fave comedic Hallmark guys. It looks like another airing is coming up this Sunday so yay!

I'm excited to see Bridal Wave is on! Love this movie so much. I wish I could get more Arielle and Andrew movies in the future. I hope it shows up on demand for folks who may miss it.

Wedding Bells is on Thursday which another fave of mine. I wish Hallmark had more character development like this in how they explain the leads' current relationship with food and how it relates to their past which adds a nice layer.

And I see some classics are coming up Saturday with Elevator Girl & A Taste of Romance. Rewatching them now seems like they may have been a few of the templates current Hallmark likes to reuse but not as well depending on the execution.

Love By Chance is on Sunday which, for some reason, I never tire of watching whenever it comes on.  On paper it seems like a run of the mill Hallmark movie but when watching it, it's a pleasure.

The original (and best) All of My Heart comes on before a marathon of the Winterfest countdown which seems really weird. I didn't think there were that many to warrant a countdown but do you, Hallmark. Do you.

On 1/15/2019 at 12:06 AM, GaT said:

I've never seen any of the Jane Doe movies. Whenever I think of checking to see if they're on, they're not. Then I find out at a later time they were on, but I didn't know it.

I hate when that happens. :-( I did a quick search and surprisingly it looks like they'll show it on Thursday Jan 31st. I can't remember if they're in order or not.

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2 hours ago, MissyPoo said:

The original (and best) All of My Heart comes on before a marathon of the Winterfest countdown which seems really weird. I didn't think there were that many to warrant a countdown but do you, Hallmark. Do you.

I thought this was weird too! The Winter Princess (?) movie airs at 3:00 and then there's another new movie at the usual 7 PM on Saturday....then a marathon next week. But it doesn't seem like there are enough movies from this year to warrant a countdown. Are they including previous winter movies too? 

If anyone notices Cooking with Love on soon, please let me know. I missed it recently and would like to DVR it since it seems unlikely to ever be on DVD and I love it. 

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55 minutes ago, Jenniferbug said:

I thought this was weird too! The Winter Princess (?) movie airs at 3:00 and then there's another new movie at the usual 7 PM on Saturday....then a marathon next week. But it doesn't seem like there are enough movies from this year to warrant a countdown. Are they including previous winter movies too? 

It would make total sense if they did include the others. Which is funny if they are doing that now when everyone expected them to do it with the other countdowns instead of just focusing on the new premieres. Checking their site, it says 5 new Winterfest premieres this year and I counted 15 movies in the countdown from Sun 3pm to Mon 7 pm so you may be right. Tbh, I didn't even realize they made that many total...

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1 hour ago, Jenniferbug said:

I thought this was weird too! The Winter Princess (?) movie airs at 3:00 and then there's another new movie at the usual 7 PM on Saturday....then a marathon next week. But it doesn't seem like there are enough movies from this year to warrant a countdown. Are they including previous winter movies too? 

If anyone notices Cooking with Love on soon, please let me know. I missed it recently and would like to DVR it since it seems unlikely to ever be on DVD and I love it. 

It's too bad you just posted about Cooking with Love. I actually saw that on very recently. I don't know when it will be on again, though. Sorry!

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28 minutes ago, MissyPoo said:

It would make total sense if they did include the others. Which is funny if they are doing that now when everyone expected them to do it with the other countdowns instead of just focusing on the new premieres. Checking their site, it says 5 new Winterfest premieres this year and I counted 15 movies in the countdown from Sun 3pm to Mon 7 pm so you may be right. Tbh, I didn't even realize they made that many total...

According to Wikipedia after this year there will be a total of 16 Winterfest movies with the last one airing the week after the marathon. So most likely the countdown will go back to the first Winterfest in 2016. 

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I always thought that I was knowledgeable in geography.  Not Ken Jennings level, but I know a thing or two.

But apparently I missed a few classes because unbeknownst to me, there are a significant number of small European countries, all of which have a handsome young prince poised to assume the throne imminently. And open to marrying lowly American women.

I’m turning 60 soon.  Do you think I’m out of the running? Or maybe I should make a play for the retiring king. There seem to be 30 or 40 of these countries, there must be one that would work for me.

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 From the commercials, it sure looks like Taylor Cole / Ruby Herring need a far better wig or dye job!!

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8 hours ago, MissyPoo said:

And I see some classics are coming up Saturday with Elevator Girl & A Taste of Romance.

Oooh I love A Taste of Romance.  I should set my DVR.

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On 1/14/2019 at 10:43 AM, AnnaRose said:

I also recently watched The Dater's Handbook and had mixed feelings about it.  I loved Kristoffer Polaha in it (no surprise there), and the two leads had some cute banter, but Megan Markle's character annoyed me.  In particular when she blames Polaha's character for her allergy attack after she eats food off his plate - as if he was supposed to know she had an allergy to honey (and that it was in the wings he ordered) and was supposed to order his meal with that restriction.  It further annoyed me that she actually told Polaha's character, who was an incredibly nice guy, that she had to stop seeing him because she needed to date a better class of guy than him.  Ugh.  He really should have found somebody better. 

I watched it for the first time last week, and you're spot on, AnnaRose! As I was watching, I wondered why a movie with three actors I like so much (Jonathan Scarfe, Kristoffer Polaha, Meghan Markle) annoyed me so much. Then I realized it was because: a) it seemed kind of sexist to me, a throwback to the days of, "OMG, I must get married or I'll be an old maid!", and b) it made all of the women snotty and/or bitter beeyotches (even the mother, although she was better than her daughters). The sister, especially, with her constant disparagement of KP's character, made me want to throw something at the TV. And MM's character wasn't far behind; I kept hoping he'd walk away from her, even though I knew it wouldn't happen. Plus they made JS's character so stereotypically dull and stodgy that I think the writer should have been fired. All in all, I thought it was an unpleasant movie, one I don't think I'd watch again.

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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!

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I know "Frozen in Love" got mixed reviews here, but I just watched it and found it charming!! I loved the hunky hockey player dude, he had such a nice effortless and easy manner, and the story was just so sweet and lighthearted. Plus, well a charming and cozy bookstore in a small town is my jam...Between work and family stuff, I have been highly remiss in my Hallmark movie viewings, but I am attempting to make up for my slacking off!! 

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I wish Hallmark would make fewer films and show more of the older (and Hall of Fame movies). Maybe designate one day a week (TBT perhaps?) For showing 'classic' Hallmark.

There is NOTHING like the Hallmark HOF movies. I got a trial subscription to Hallmark Movies Now over the holidays and binged on these. That's the only place to get them though, and I didn't find enough on there to justify adding the price to my cable bill. If money were a little more flush, though, I would. 

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How many freaking times are they going to show Love On The Sidelines?  I swear it's been on 4 or 5 times since they stopped the Christmas movies.  And it's not even a good movie.  They had so many idiotic scenes, like when the bride was having her dress fitted and the fiancé was sitting in the next room and could easily see her.  Close the flipping door, you bozo, if you didn't want him to see it.  And while there are some women who might not know sports, she was played to be totally clueless. 

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1 hour ago, KLovestoShop said:

How many freaking times are they going to show Love On The Sidelines?  I swear it's been on 4 or 5 times since they stopped the Christmas movies.  And it's not even a good movie.  They had so many idiotic scenes, like when the bride was having her dress fitted and the fiancé was sitting in the next room and could easily see her.  Close the flipping door, you bozo, if you didn't want him to see it.  And while there are some women who might not know sports, she was played to be totally clueless. 

 

I love -- or at least enjoy -- a lot of Hallmark movies, but Love On the Sidelines is, for some reason, not one of them.  I am definitely in the minority on that one, though.  That movie seems to have a lot of fans.     I don't hate it, but I never make a point of trying to watch  it when I see that it's on.   I don't have the DVD.    I couldn't buy Emily Kinney as a leading lady at that point, when it premiered in 2016 -- probably because I was so used to her playing teenager Beth on The Walking Dead, and she still just seemed like that same teenager in the movie.

It's interesting, though, that considering how popular Love On the Sidelines is with viewers, Emily hasn't been back to star in any other Hallmark movies in the last 3 years.  It could just be bad timing, though.  She was working on a couple of other series at one point, and she also devotes a lot of time to her music. and doing shows.  But I wonder if Hallmark has tried to get her back.

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Was getting my hair down last night and my stylist was watching Hallmark. 

What did everyone think of A Winter Princess? I thought the couple had chemistry though I felt more spark between the lead and her brother. Why did all the other royals have a British accents but her? It was very jarring. And she switched from speaking normally to speaking like a Disney Princess through the movie along with over exaggerated facial expressions.  Her personality was too sugary sweet.   And her ball gown at the end was hideous! They were going for Cinderella but instead went for tacky Homecoming Queen. I liked that the prince rival brought in was not a jerk unlike how they portray the princess rival in these movies.  Loved at the shots of the ski resort and would've preferred more winter sport activity. 

 

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32 minutes ago, In2You said:

Was getting my hair down last night and my stylist was watching Hallmark. 

What did everyone think of A Winter Princess? I thought the couple had chemistry though I felt more spark between the lead and her brother. Why did all the other royals have a British accents but her? It was very jarring. And she switched from speaking normally to speaking like a Disney Princess through the movie along with over exaggerated facial expressions.  Her personality was too sugary sweet.   And her ball gown at the end was hideous! They were going for Cinderella but instead went for tacky Homecoming Queen. I liked that the prince rival brought in was not a jerk unlike how they portray the princess rival in these movies.  Loved at the shots of the ski resort and would've preferred more winter sport activity. 

 

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I thought it was okay but it’s not one I would go out of by way to rewatch. Her lack of an accent was explained by her years in American boarding schools.  Her acting felt off particularly when she switched to the accent. I’ve been watching a lot of movies with Brittany Bristow lately and I thought she would have been better as the princess. 

One thing that confuses me is the scene where Carly saves Jesse from being run over by the motorcade. The scene was weird and then when they officially are introduced minutes later there is no mention of it at all. 

I think I am enjoying the winterfest movies more then I normally would because they are missing the normal Hallmark drama. When it was revealed she was hiding her identity I thought I knew what the plot was going to be and then he immediately discovers the truth and tells her he knows. There was no misunderstanding and everyone behaved like adults. Maybe Hallmark is finally paying attention to the criticism and trying to change things up a little. 

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1 hour ago, Dani said:

I thought it was okay but it’s not one I would go out of by way to rewatch. Her lack of an accent was explained by her years in American boarding schools.  Her acting felt off particularly when she switched to the accent. I’ve been watching a lot of movies with Brittany Bristow lately and I thought she would have been better as the princess. 

One thing that confuses me is the scene where Carly saves Jesse from being run over by the motorcade. The scene was weird and then when they officially are introduced minutes later there is no mention of it at all. 

I think I am enjoying the winterfest movies more then I normally would because they are missing the normal Hallmark drama. When it was revealed she was hiding her identity I thought I knew what the plot was going to be and then he immediately discovers the truth and tells her he knows. There was no misunderstanding and everyone behaved like adults. Maybe Hallmark is finally paying attention to the criticism and trying to change things up a little. 

I missed the accent explanation. It was really wierd how she'd go from speaking like an American to putting on a half assed accent in scenes with her brother.

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1 hour ago, Dani said:

When it was revealed she was hiding her identity I thought I knew what the plot was going to be and then he immediately discovers the truth and tells her he knows. There was no misunderstanding and everyone behaved like adults.

I agree.  It was nice that he figured it out AND looked her up.  The internet is good for things like that but we rarely see it used.  And the lead couple did have chemistry so I was cautiously optimistic for the first thirty minutes of the movie but then it just didn't hold my attention.  Of course she gives up her royal life to stay at a small ski resort.  Of. course. 

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