Hearing that the producer of the "Touched By an Angel" series was working on a new TV movie series for Hallmark's Movies & Mysteries channel, I was intrigued. Sounds like there is potential... After an conference call interview with writer/producer Martha Williamson, where we discussed the depth of the plot lines since this is the first of the movies, the fact that the characters were developed partly as faucets of Martha's own personality, and a good deal about Martha's pledge to never create a movie her own kids (now teens) couldn't watch, and the need for media to cover difficult topics from an honest (but not sensationalized) faithful perspective, I was really excited.
Except, that it is focused around the postal system. Hmm, sure, call it a mystery that some mail doesn't get to its destination, but this didn't pique my interest at all. The mystery, as in many good shows, is as much in the relationships presented as in the "facts" of the cases involved. My attention was captured and kept the entire movie through, not a single foul or inappropriate word was spoken, there were times I expected I'd guessed an outcome (and I was wrong) and my emotions were pulled in as much as my curiousity without being a sensationalized tear-jerker (sorry, I sometimes associate Hallmark with heavy appeals to our heartstrings from the features I used to watch on this channel years ago when I had TV!).
For being unsure how much a TV movie series could offer, but excited at a wholesome values producer out to make a family friendly series we can sit down to, I am definitely off the fence after viewing Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love. I am actually finding myself wishing we had TV so I could see the next of the series when it arrives (we won't be held waiting ridiculously long since Martha's been on a creative writing streak and they've been filming diligently). If that isn't a glowing review, I don't know what more to say! :)
I was also given 3 vintage greeting cards from the original "Touched By an Angel" series that I am giving away to readers. The beautiful CD greeting cards are part of a limited edition greeting with rare images of the Touched By An Angel cast that each contain a CD single of a song that was featured in an episode of the beloved series. They were originally sold for $5.99 each and can no longer be purchased anywhere. The film premieres tomorrow, Saturday, June 6, so when you're settling in to watch it (or during a commercial/snack break), swing back on by this post and enter to win!