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TV

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

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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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by Lorie Lewis Ham


We recently interviewed a favorite of the Rogue Festival attendees in Fresno, Kurt Fitzpatrick, about a TV pilot he was a part of that filmed in Fresno and involved other Rogue Festival performers.

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Striking Out, An Acorn TV Original

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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 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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Designated Survivor: TV Review

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by Doward Wilson


Tom Kirkman (played by Kiefer Sutherland) is the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. On the night of the State of the Union address, he is named the Designated Survivor and is sequestered. When multiple explosions demolish the Capitol building, killing the President, Vice-President, all the other members of the Cabinet and every member of Congress, Tom is sworn in as the President. Moving swiftly to contain the damage and take control of the situation, Tom is surprised to find that the GOP also had a Designated Survivor in the person of Kimble Hookstraten (played by Virginia Madsen), a Republican Congresswoman.

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by Doward Wilson


Kate Carlisle’s cozy four-book Fixer-Upper Mystery series is brought to life on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries television channel. Framed For Murder introduces us to Shannon Hughes who runs the family’s construction business which specializes in renovating the historic Victorian mansions found in Lighthouse Cove in Northern California.

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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 ACORN-TV. Currently there is a free trial, but the regular monthly or annual subscription fees seem reasonable. With hours of commercial-free streaming enjoyment for the true fan of UK productions, you won’t be wondering, “What’s on tonight?”

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by Kathleen Costa


How can I get those popular shows from Australia, Canada, the UK? Sometimes, well after a show has run its course or lacks popularity to be picked up by major US markets, a program might be aired on cable or local PBS. However, there may be a better way…streaming. A new way to provide entertainment is through online subscription networks that provide a wide-range of programming options for a reasonable fee.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel has been taking a lot of cozy mystery book series and turning them into movies and we at KRL have reviewed most of them. We were excited to hear that Kate Carlisle’s Fixer-Upper Mysteries was the next series to be turned into movies, with the first on airing this month. We took some time to chat with Kate about this exciting news.

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by Doward Wilson


Based on the three-book series by Nancy Grace, a former prosecutor and now a nationally famous legal analyst and advocate for victim’s rights, we meet Hailey Dean. A former prosecutor with a stellar record, Hailey has now embraced a career as a therapist.

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by Doward Wilson


The Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel has brought Peter King’s eight-book series of The Gourmet Detective to life with three movies to date. Set in San Francisco rather than London, the movies star Dyan Neal as well-known food expert Henry Ross, and Brooke Burns as police detective, Maggie Price.

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Bull: TV Review

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by Doward Wilson


On September 20, 2016, CBS TV introduced us to the world of jury trial selection as seen thru the eyes and work of Dr. Jason Bull (Michael Weatherly) and his support staff. Five episodes into the season we have seen a wide ranging variety of clients and trial situations.

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by Doward Wilson


18 years ago this month, we fell in love with the wonderful world of Witches, Warlocks, Demons, Whitelighters, Ghosts and every evil creature that you can imagine!

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Could there be parts of this world beyond what we know? Creatures we do not know about, the stuff of legends and rumor? Experiences beyond the normal, into the…paranormal?
Jeffrey Gonzalez explores that world with the Sanger Paranormal Society and his online (and sometimes on-the-air) show, Paranormal Central. Born in Sanger, Gonzalez had his first experience with the unexplained in the sixth grade: a UFO. “I knew it shouldn’t be floating,” he says. It looked like “a large beer can with lights.”

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