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TV

by Doward Wilson


Welcome to another new murder mystery from the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel! Based on a book written by Al Roker of The Today Show fame, and crime/suspense author Dick Lochte, Morning Show Mystery: Mortal Mishaps is the story of Billie Blessings. She is a chef, owns a restaurant, has authored a cookbook, and is a segment host on the Wake Up West Coast morning TV show.

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by Kathleen Costa


After almost a year of enjoying my membership with ACORN-TV, it is still a top streaming option. I have taken advantage of hundreds of the best programming including news & reviews, mysteries, dramas, comedies, documentaries, foreign language, feature films, and some programs only available on or original to Acorn-TV.

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by Kathleen Costa


In 2017 I reviewed over 150 marvelously entertaining books along with connecting with loads of talented and delightfully friendly authors. Set with the task of choosing my top favorites for the year has been a serious challenge since every single book, and a few television shows, have/has provided me with hours of entertainment and some inspiration…So, drum roll, please!

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by Coco Ihle


In the third week in October, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries premiered a delightful two-hour non-murder mystery called Darrow and Darrow. It apparently will be an ongoing series with the next episode premiering in January 2018.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


I am a HUGE fan of Murder She Wrote! The show even inspired me to become a mystery writer myself. So when I first met Tom Sawyer at a mystery conference–who not only wrote for the show but later became its show runner-I was so excited! Through the years we have remained in touch, so when he contacted me about reviewing his new memoir I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to read it! I had no idea how interesting his life was way before he ever ended up on the set of Murder She Wrote.

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Midnight, Texas: TV Review

IN THE October 7 ISSUE

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by Jane Leslie


Midnight, Texas is a supernatural thriller TV show about a small town in Texas with an unusual population. It is based on the book series by Charlaine Harris.
On the run from his past, young psychic Manfred Bernardo is told by the ghost of his grandmother to seek out refuge in Midnight, Texas.

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Acorn-TV Rocks!

IN THE August 12 ISSUE

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by Kathleen Costa


ACORN-TV continues to provide hundreds of the best programming options including news & reviews, mysteries, dramas, comedies, documentaries, foreign language, feature films and some programs only available on or original to Acorn-TV. The regular monthly or annual subscription fees are very reasonable and with hours of commercial-free streaming enjoyment for the true anglophiles, you won’t be wondering, “What’s on the telly tonight?”

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ValleyPBS Celebrates 40 Years

IN THE July 22 ISSUE

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by Sarah A. Peterson-Camacho


Downton Abbey, Sesame Street, Ken Burns—PBS is known for its wide variety of quality television programming, and ValleyPBS is no exception. And as the Valley’s local PBS affiliate celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, ValleyPBS CEO Phil Meyer sat down with Kings River Life to discuss the past, present, and future of Valley Public Television.

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by Kathleen Costa


Grantchester, first aired in 2014 (UK) and 2015 (US), is entering its third season, Sunday nights on PBS. Based on The Grantchester Mysteries, a collection of short stories by James Runcie, this detective drama is set in the 1950s.

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by Doward Wilson


The newest mystery series from Hallmark Movies & Mysteries introduces us to Dana Cameron’s first of six books featuring archaeologist, Professor Emma Fielding. Site Unseen has college professor, Emma, working on a site on the coast of Maine that may contain evidence of a Colonial settlement that predates the Jamestown Colony.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Mystery author Dana Cameron is the latest cozy mystery author to have one of her books, Site Unseen, turned into a movie on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel. We took a moment to chat with her about the experience.

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by Kathleen Costa


In March, ACORN-TV had the exclusive US premier streaming all episodes of Midsomer Murders as it entered its nineteenth season. Beginning with author Caroline Graham’s iconic lead Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby and following with his cousin DCI John Barnaby, the mysteries give the idyllic English countryside a darker underside where one will find family rivalries, backstabbing business partners, husbands against wives, wives against husbands, money issues, inheritance squabbles, and plenty of women scorned.

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by Doward Wilson


Many of us are now following all the wonderful Cozy Mystery book series that the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel has brought to life on the small screen. Currently Hallmark has seven different series in production with at least one more being added in the coming months.

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Jack Taylor on Acorn TV

IN THE April 29 ISSUE

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by Kathleen Costa


ACORN-TV provides hundreds of the best programming options including news & reviews, mysteries, dramas, comedies, documentaries, foreign language, feature films, and some programs only available on or original to ACORN-TV. The regular monthly or annual subscription fees are very reasonable, and with hours of commercial-free streaming enjoyment for the true fans of UK productions, you won’t be wondering, “What’s on the telly tonight?”

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