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6 Reasons Why We Love Hallmark Christmas Movies

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There’s nothing better during the holiday season than curling up under a blanket, sipping on hot cocoa (or gluhwien), and plopping in a Hallmark movie.

Watching Hallmark films, despite their predictable, cheesy, and unrealistic plots, has become a Christmas tradition in the same way that leaving cookies for Santa and opening presents on Christmas morning have.

There’s just something so comforting about getting lost in the romance set in a charming small-town. 

Hallmark movies have become such a holiday staple for people of all ages that other broadcast channels and streaming services like Lifetime, Netflix, and Freeform have begun investing in their own “Hallmark-esque” films. 

But why do we love Hallmark movies so much? Well, there are a few reasons that keep us coming back for more! 

Cozy 

For starters, it’s cozy. Holiday films have a feel-good message and theme. They’re filled with joy, hope, and love — all things that we want to feel and experience during the holidays! Seeing the romance pan out between two incredibly good looking people, even when it’s cliche and predictable, warm our hearts during the cold winter months. It makes us believe in love! Who doesn’t want that?

The comfort of these films is what draws people in and keeps them coming back. 

Familiar Faces

Hallmark films tend to gravitate towards the same actors and actresses each year. Usually, these actors have a nostalgic pull (like Christmas queen Candace Cameron Bure from Full House/Fuller House) or the cast of One Tree Hill, which has starred in several Hallmark and Lifetime movies through the years. And we can’t forget about Mean Girls‘ Gretchen Weiners aka Lacey Chabert. Watching a movie with familiar faces feels like a family reunion or catching up with old friends during the holidays. They also help those who may be experiencing loneliness feel a sense of family and community. 

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They’re Family-Friendly

While romance may be a focal point of most Hallmark Christmas movies, it’s always PG and fun for the whole family. I like to call them grown up fairytales because they always end with a “happily ever after” as soon as the protagonists overcome a few hiccups that were standing in their way of true love. The films are suitable for the whole family as they teach some pretty important life lessons about following your heart, being honest, the importance of second chances, and prioritizing family over career… to name a few. 

They Provide a Wintery Escape

Since the films are so unrealistic, they provide audiences with a mindless escape from reality. You’re sucked away from the big city to a simple, charming, and quaint wintery town with good looking people and a lot of romance. The jobs are always involved with the media, so that seems to be every person’s fantasy, but along the way, we learn that having a successful career isn’t everything.

However, the films touch on the desire many overworked Americans have to just unplug from the stress of their everyday jobs. They encourage audiences to spend time with their loved ones, to slow down, and to embrace the holidays and all of its magic. They’re an annual reminder that it’s okay to take a break from the hectic life we’ve all become so accustomed to while straying away from up real issues like socio-economic differences, presidential elections, or worst of all, COVID. 

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They’re Simple

Every Hallmark film looks and feels the same. It follows the same formula, which has been proven to work. In that way, you know exactly what you’re signing up for before you even begin watching, and you know you won’t be disappointed. 

They’re Making Progress

Hallmark movies have been criticized for their lack of diversity, but in recent years, they’ve been making headway. The network is adding films with people of color to better represent the fanbase and 2020 marks the first LGBTQ-friendly film with a same-sex couple in the lead. Of course, it’ll star Mean Girls actor Jonathan Bennett along with One Tree Hill’s Robert Buckley, who will play his brother.

Slowly but surely, the films are becoming a reflection of our society while still keeping things light, fluffy, and romanticized. 

 

Are you excited for Hallmark movies this holiday season? What have been some of your favorites? Let us know in the comment section below! Don’t forget to buy your official Hallmark Christmas wine for a jolly good season. 

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    2024 Fall TV Lineup Has Officially Landed—What to Watch on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and The CW

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    Summer might be on everyone’s minds, but the fall TV lineup is already taking shape at many of our favorite networks. 

    Plenty of fan-favorites will be making their returns when the temps cool down again, including all One Chicago shows, FBI shows, Law & Order and SVU, Ghosts, 9-1-1, and competition shows like The Voice, American Idol, and The Masked Singer. 

    There will also be plenty of new shows on tap to check out like comedies Poppa’s House and St. Denis Medical, along with captivating dramas like NCIS: Origins and Murder in a Small Town. 

    Fans will have to say goodbye to some of their current faves that didn’t score renewals with their respective networks like ABC’s Not Dead Yet, NCIS: Hawai’i, Quantum Leap, Blue Bloods, and Extended Family.

    Many shows will also be held for the midseason lineup—such as The Cleaning Lady, NCIS: Sydney, The Price Is Right at Night and newcomer Watson. 

    See the full 2024 Fall TV Lineup from CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC and The CW below:

    ** New shows will be indicated in CAPS**

    CBS

    MONDAY
    8 pm The Neighborhood
    8:30 pm POPPA’S HOUSE (new comedy)
    9 pm NCIS
    10 pm NCIS: ORIGINS (new drama)

    TUESDAY
    8 pm FBI
    9 pm FBI: International
    10 pm FBI: Most Wanted

    WEDNESDAY (FALL)
    8 pm Survivor
    9:30 pm THE SUMMIT (new reality show)

    WEDNESDAY (WINTER)
    8 pm The Price Is Right at Night
    9 pm Raid the Cage
    10 pm HOLLYWOOD SQUARES (game show reboot)

    WEDNESDAY (SPRING)
    8 pm Survivor
    9:30 pm The Amazing Race

    THURSDAY
    8 pm GEORGIE & MANDY’S FIRST MARRIAGE (new comedy)
    8:30 pm Ghosts
    9 pm MATLOCK (new drama)
    10 pm Elsbeth

    FRIDAY (FALL)
    8 pm S.W.A.T.
    9 pm Fire Country
    10 pm Blue Bloods (final eight episodes)

    FRIDAY (SPRING)
    8 pm NCIS: Sydney (new time slot)
    9 pm Fire Country
    10 pm S.W.A.T. (new time slot)

    SATURDAY
    8 pm Drama encores
    9 pm Drama encores
    10 pm 48 Hours

    SUNDAY (FALL)
    7 pm 60 Minutes
    8 pm Tracker (new time slot)
    9 pm The Equalizer (new time slot)
    10 pm Drama encores

    SUNDAY (SPRING)
    7 pm 60 Minutes
    8 pm Tracker (new time slot)
    9 pm The Equalizer (new time slot)
    10 pm WATSON (new drama)

    NBC

    MONDAY
    8 pm The Voice
    10 pm BRILLIANT MINDS (new drama)

    TUESDAY
    8 pm ST. DENIS MEDICAL (new comedy)
    8:30 pm Night Court
    9 pm The Voice
    10 pm The Irrational

    WEDNESDAY
    8 pm Chicago Med
    9 pm Chicago Fire
    10 pm Chicago P.D.

    THURSDAY
    8 pm Law & Order
    9 pm Law & Order: SVU
    10 pm Found
    FRIDAY
    8 pm HAPPY’S PLACE (new comedy)
    8:30 pm Lopez vs. Lopez
    9 pm Dateline NBC

    SATURDAY
    7:30 pm Big Ten Saturday Night

    SUNDAY
    7 pm Football Night in America
    8:20 pm NBC Sunday Night Football

    FOX

    MONDAY
    8 pm 9-1-1: Lone Star
    9 pm RESCUE: HI-SURF (new drama)

    TUESDAY
    8 pm Accused
    9 pm MURDER IN A SMALL TOWN (new drama)

    WEDNESDAY
    8 pm The Masked Singer
    9 pm The Floor

    THURSDAY
    8 pm Hell’s Kitchen
    9 pm Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test

    FRIDAY
    8 pm Fox College Football Friday/Fox College Hoops/Fox UFL
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    SATURDAY
    7 pm Fox Sports Saturday

    SUNDAY
    7 pm NFL on Fox
    7:30 pm The OT / Fox Animation Encores
    8 pm The Simpsons
    8:30 pm UNIVERSAL BASIC GUYS (new animated comedy)
    9 pm Bob’s Burgers
    9:30 pm Krapopolis

    ABC

    MONDAY
    8 pm Monday Night Football (on select Mondays)

    TUESDAY
    8 pm Dancing With the Stars
    10 pm HIGH POTENTIAL (new drama)

    WEDNESDAY
    8 pm THE GOLDEN BACHELORETTE
    9:30 pm Abbott Elementary
    10 pm SCAMANDA (new docuseries)

    THURSDAY
    8 pm 9-1-1
    9 pm DOCTOR ODYSSEY (new drama)
    10 pm Grey’s Anatomy

    FRIDAY
    8 pm Shark Tank
    9 pm 20/20

    SATURDAY
    7:30 pm College Football

    SUNDAY
    7 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
    8 pm The Wonderful World of Disney

    The CW

    Friday, August 30

    8:00-9:00pm TBA

    9:00-10:00pm Inside the NFL (Season 2 Premiere)

    Saturday, August 31

    3:00-6:30pm ET PAC-12 Football: Portland State at Washington State

    6:30-10:00pm ET PAC-12 Football: Idaho State at Oregon State

    Sunday, September 1

    8:00-9:30pm The Chosen (Season 4 Premiere)

    9:30-10:00pm TBA

    Friday, September 6

    8:00-8:30pm Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Season 13 Premiere)

    8:30-9:00pm Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Original Episode)

    Friday, September 20

    7:00-10:00pm ET Nascar Xfinity Series at Bristol Motor Speedway

    Tuesday, October 1

    8:00-10:00pm WWE NXT (Network Premiere)

    Wednesday, October 2

    8:00-9:00pm Sullivan’s Crossing (Season 2 Premiere)

    9:00-10:00pm Joan (Series Premiere)

    Monday, October 7

    8:00-9:00pm Scrabble (Series Premiere)

    9:00-10:00pm Trivial Pursuit (Series Premiere)

    Thursday, October 17

    8:00-9:00pm Superman & Lois (Season 4 Premiere)

    9:00-10:00pm Superman & Lois (Original Episode)

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24

    8:00-9:00pm Superman & Lois (Original Episode)

    9:00-10:00pm The Librarians: The Next Chapter (Series Premiere)

    Wednesday, November 13

    8:00-9:00pm Sullivan’s Crossing (Original Episode)

    9:00-9:30pm Children Ruin Everything (Season 4 Premiere)

    9:30-10:00pm Children Ruin Everything (Original Episode)

    ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Renewal News That Left Fans Seriously Shocked

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    ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Renewal News That Left Fans Seriously Shocked

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    The Cleaning Lady Season 3 Premiere Review - Arman

    The Cleaning Lady has officially been renewed for a fourth season—but while TV show renewals tend to elicit excitement from fanbases, the Fox renewal is snagging some divided reactions.

    Mostly, fans are expressing their shock that the show scored yet another season in light of Adan Canto’s real-life death, which heavily impacted the direction of season 3—and, according to many fans, not in a good way (though the creative forces behind it are trying their best to navigate a tricky situation). 

    “This really surprises me. I miss Adam Canto but thought they did a good job this season. Thought for sure it would end its run this spring,” one fan wrote of the series getting the green light.

    “Really? Why?” another simply pondered.

    Someone else chimed in noting: “Surprising and yet not surprising, either. It was renewed for a season 3 with low ratings, so it’s not really surprising that it was renewed for a season 4 with even lower ratings. That being said, I thought they’d just end it this season after Adan Canto’s death. Not sure if this is a good idea or not.”

    “The show is not very good this year,” someone else said, while elsewhere a fan mused that they thought there was “no chance.”

    The surprises only continue as The Cleaning Lady is not part of Fox’s fall lineup, being held for the midseason instead. 

    And in even more shocking news, Miranda Kwok, who developed the series, and Jeannine Renshaw, who was the showrunner during the third installment—taking on the difficulties of navigating a show without Canto’s Morales—will not be returning for the fourth season. If the person behind the show’s inception isn’t on board, it is surprising that the network has so much faith in a series currently averaging 2.2 million total viewers and a 0.2 demo rating.

    Either way, there are plenty of fans who are surprised yet happy by the renewal as it allows the series to explore the future of the characters they love, like Thony and Fiona, without the added focus on Arman’s whereabouts. This season heavily tied into the grief of losing him, but hopefully, the slate is cleared next season and allows the storyline to flourish, with Thony making better choices and finding her groove. 

    The renewal is said to be for 12 episodes, which will debut sometime in the spring lineup.

    You can catch up on all of our The Cleaning Lady reviews right here!

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    Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

    I meant to write this post when Wild Cards first premiered on The CW, but time got away from me, and before I knew it, the season finale of the series was upon us! 

    I’m not a huge fan of The CW’s decision to axe some of our favorite shows in its rebrand, but what does ease the pain of losing the likes of Nancy Drew is the addition of promising shows like Wild Cards

    To be quite frank, Riverdale never did Vanessa Morgan much justice. She amassed a huge number of fans, who were mostly hoping to see her character Toni reunite with on-screen love interest Cheryl (played by Madeleine Petsch) in the later seasons, and while she was seemingly considered one of the “core” characters, she rarely got the storylines she deserved.

    We knew she could act—but Wild Cards shows us the depth of Morgan’s talents. It lets her shine, dominate, lead,  and even carry the series, opposite her on-screen partner and potential future love interest, Giacomo Gianniotti’s Ellis. 

    Morgan delivers with the role of Max, a whip-smart and very charismatic con artist who utilizes her special skillset to help a “down in the dumps” maritime officer get his mojo back—and, spoiler alert if you’ve watched the season finale, his badge and desk back. 

    Despite his initial hesitation with the idea of her joining the force as a consultant, even Ellis comes around, amazed by her abilities and the way she’s able to navigate every crime scene and follow the leads to produce results.&nbsp

    The two grow very close over the course of the season’s 10 episodes, largely due to Morgan’s delightful on-screen persona and presence. Even when it’s not clear whose side she’s really on (is she fully on board with helping the cops or does she have a larger-than-life plan up her sleeve to pull off her greatest con yet and help her dad George—90210‘s Jason Priestley—snag a “get out of jail free” card), you find yourself drawn to her and rooting for her because of her likable personality. 

    Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

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    The series not only gets us invested in Max’s character—learning about her past—and what it entails for her future, but we also find ourselves rooting for Max and Ellis to finally get together… or even test the boundaries of that electric chemistry that they share (a moment that is, sadly, ruined when her husband Olivier (Dewshane Williams) blows into town). 

    And it’s the mystery of Max that has all of us begging The CW to renew the series for a second season. We need more Max. We need more Ellis. We need more Morgan and Gianniotti. And we need answers. The good news is that Morgan told TVLine that season 2 of the quirky crime procedural is “very likely,” and trust that we put all our faith in her. 

    As for the answers I mentioned we need, well, we need to know who killed Ellis’ brother, a murder that was the catalyst for him to get knocked down from his detective responsibilities in the first place. When he met Max, he was in a hard place, still trying to pick up the pieces of his brother’s death. And though he’s come a long way, surely, the fact that he can crack this specific mystery is one that he won’t be able to pass up. 

    At the end of the finale—spoiler alert, again—Max convinced the authorities to help her pull off a heist that was two years in the works, hoping to frame her estranged husband Olivier after he steals a $33 million egg (he’s the one who betrayed her dad and landed him in prison), lessen her father’s sentence, and restore Ellis’ badge. However, there was a piece of the plan she didn’t share with Ellis—she swapped the real egg for a fake egg, and hatched a plan to disappear forever alongside Ricky and her millions. 

    She didn’t expect Ellis to figure it out, though, this was one of the weaker points in the episode because she should’ve known him better than that by now, but she figured she’d be halfway across the country and it wouldn’t matter. What she didn’t anticipate in her plan is that Ricky, who was transcribing incriminating recordings from the mob as part of their safety-net policy, would find something on the drive about Ellis’ brother, namely, who murdered him. 

    It’s at this moment that we see the biggest change in Max. She’s not the same person she was when the series first started. Her skills have become more valuable to helping than stealing, and she’s grown to care about someone other than herself and her father. She can’t, in good faith, leave with this knowledge and leave Ellis hanging. 

    And that’s where we leave off—a promising cliffhanger on a promising series with two very promising leads. 

    Your move, The CW.

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