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TV

by Doward Wilson


Hallmark’s newest mystery series is Crossword Mysteries: A Puzzle To Die For starring Lacey Chabert as Tess Harper and Brennan Elliott as NYPD Detective Logan O’Connor. Lacey is known for her work in television, movies and on Broadway and has appeared in seventeen Hallmark movies. Brennan Elliott is a Canadian actor who is best known for his role as Dr. Nick Biancavilla in Lifetime’s Strong Medicine.

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by Kathleen Costa


I’ve been a fan of British television and movies since the early sixties. Mysteries, secret agents, romance, humor, and of course, all the Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing horrors had me glued to the television every Saturday. But, getting productions in the U.S. was relegated to a hit-and-miss and incomplete airing on PBS stations, and don’t get me started on BBC America! So, it was a gift from tech heaven finding BritBox. For a reasonable monthly or annual fee, I have access to a wide range of comedies, drama, mysteries, documentaries—all with excellent video/audio quality using any of my devices.

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by Doward Wilson


Hallmark’s newest entry in their movies and mystery channel is the three-part Chronicle Mysteries. Recovered, The Wrong Man, and Vines That Bind are the new episodes starring Alison Sweeney as Alexandra ‘Alex’ McPherson and Benjamin Ayres as Drew Godfrey. Alex returns to her small town summer home in Pennsylvania to investigate cold cases for her true crime podcast. Drew is the local newspaper editor for the Harrington Chronicle who is tasked with assisting Alex with her investigations by the newspaper’s owner.

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by Doward Wilson


Hallmark Movies and Mysteries newest mystery movie is More Bitter Than Death, an Emma Fielding mystery based on the books by Dana Cameron. Emma is played by Courtney Thorne-Smith, known for her roles on Melrose Place, Ally McBeal, According To Jim, and Two and a Half Men.

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by Doward Wilson


The newest entry in Hallmark’s Movie and Mysteries lineup is Mystery 101 starring Jill Wagner (Teen Wolf) as English professor Amy Winslow and Kristoffer Polaha as Detective Travis Cole. This is another original series, instead of one based on cozy mystery novels like the Aurora Teagarden and Garage Sale Mysteries, among others. This series was written by mystery TV and novel writer Lee Goldberg (Monk, Diagnosis Murder, etc.) and Hallmark writer Robin Bernheim (who also has many other credits).

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by Doward Wilson


The Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel’s newest entry is Ruby Herring Mysteries: Silent Witness, starring Taylor Cole (The Originals and Salvation) as a consumer news reporter on a Seattle TV station and Stephen Huszar as her reluctant homicide police detective ally, Jake Killian.

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You Are the Top! My Best From 2018

IN THE January 12 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
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by Kathleen Costa


In 2018, I reviewed 160 entertaining books along with connecting with loads of talented and delightfully friendly authors. It was a daunting task to choose my top favorites for the year because every single book, and a few television shows, have provided me with hours of entertainment and some inspiration…

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by Kathleen Costa


From Great Britain to Canada and then Down Under, Acorn-TV offers engaging, sometimes quirky, mysteries, comedies, dramas, documentaries…something for every Anglophile’s tastes. I’ve been totally entertained over the past year since joining Acorn-TV.

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The Rookie: TV Review

IN THE December 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
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by Doward Wilson



One of the best new shows this TV Season is ABC’s The Rookie created by Alexi Hawley and starring Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, a forty-year-old rookie in the Los Angeles Police Department. After he is accidentally involved in helping the police during an armed robbery, John sells his construction company, finalizes his divorce, sends his son off to college, and moves to Los Angeles where he enrolls in the police academy and manages to graduate with all the twenty-something recruits.

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The New Magnum PI: TV Review

IN THE November 10 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
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by Doward Wilson



In this updated version of Magnum P.I. Thomas Magnum (played by Jay Hernandez), a decorated former Navy Seal who is trying to get his P.I. business off the ground in the tropical surroundings of Oahu, Hawaii.

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by Doward Wilson
& Lorie Lewis Ham



laire Darrow (played by Kimberly Williams-Paisley from Father of the Bride) is an idealistic lawyer who fights for truth and justice, even if she doesn’t get paid. Her estranged mother, Joanna (played by Wendie Malick) is also a lawyer who has returned home to rejoin the family firm.

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by Kathleen Costa


In my experience, it is akin to going from albums to 8-track, from cassettes to CDs, and now downloading your favorite tunes to your iPod. Don’t get me started on radios to record players to tape decks to…I still have my Walkman! And, for visual entertainment we may be seeing television networks as obsolete and online streaming the way of the future.

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