Happy Monday, everyone! I know “happy” doesn’t really describe the state of our union at the moment; in fact, it’s a time of great turmoil, controversy, and anger. But I’m hoping to give you a little reprieve from all that, at least for an hour or so. Let’s have a little fun then, shall we? I’m doing a different kind of “musing” for today’s Monday Musing, so let’s have at it! 

With all the sadness occurring right now, it’s a happy day for someone very special to the Hooked Heartie blog. Today is a milestone birthday for this guy right here:

 

Mr. Madison Smith. This guy! Gotta love him! And not only is today a landmark for him, (you’ll have to watch to see which landmark,) but he’s a turning point individual for me. He’s responsible for a lot of firsts and breakthroughs that have helped me keep things fresh, and he’s always been so supportive of my ventures. It’s only fitting that we celebrate with him here.

 

Hearties will recognize him as Roy, the miner who left his wife, Edith, before he knew she was pregnant. Then Jack takes it upon himself to find Roy, proverbially shake some sense into him, and convince him to come back to own up to his responsibilities. It’s a relatively small role compared to some others, but like so many others, it’s a fabulous storyline, full of complexities, losses and successes, and a great character arc. He’s gone on to do several characters for Hallmark, and that brings me to a very special announcement: if you haven’t already heard, Madison has been nominated for a Leo Award, (the awards program for the British Columbia film and television industry,) for Best Supporting Male TV Movie Performance for his role in the Hallmark movie “Write Before Christmas”. He was ALSO nominated for Best Screenwriting for a Motion Picture for “The Color Rose”. TWO nominations! What a fantastic birthday present! We don’t know the results yet, but when I know, I’ll let you know. (Now is probably a good time for me to also mention that Pascale Hutton was nominated for Best Supporting Female TV Series Performance for Rosemary in WCTH!!!)

Madison Smith in When Calls the Heart S3 Ep7 "Heartbreak". Photo credit: IMDB.com

So here’s my very first video interview EXCLUSIVELY for the blog, (not done for the Hallmarkies Podcast first,) my birthday interview with Madison Smith. Be patient as it is my FIRST, and I don’t have editing software as of yet. He totally questioned ME on a few things, including how I rated his specific episodes of When Calls the Heart among all the others in the series. Find out how I respond when I’M the one put under the lights. 😊 And if you’re interested, Madison mentions writer Rick Garman, who wrote two of his movies: Frozen in Love and Valentine in the Vineyard. The Hallmarkies Podcast published an interview with Mr. Garman just today. The link is below if you want to give it a listen…after you watch Madison’s of course! 😉 This is Hooked Heartie, signing off. May your heart let your hope blossom. That’s really necessary right now! Take care!

 

 

Well, friends, we’ve arrived. It’s the finale for both our wonderful shows.  Can you believe it??? But the Hallmarkies Podcast Heart to Heart Hearties have some surprises coming up for you so you won’t get too blue. (Although, you #TeamNathan fans probably wouldn’t mind a bit of blue, given Kevin’s eye color, and the costumes he wears to make those peepers sparkle. 🙂 ) It’ll be hard to get through, but we can make it, right?  It WILL be much harder without new episodes to look forward to.  Thank heavens for DVR recordings and Edify Films enabling us to pre-order Season 7. Thank you Elliott and Tiffany Wallach! And even though we don’t know exactly when they’ll start filming, we know that an 8th season of WCTH is secured. #Season8WouldBeGreat! Now all we need to feel complete is an announcement for season 2 of When Hope Calls. #MeAndYou4Season2

Well, I have a few treats for you today too, just to start you off. The WHC recap is below. As with all these, please remember that we recorded this in October…hence my Halloween scarf 😉 We also talk about Hallmark television as a whole, since October is the end of the TV season, and the reign of Christmas movies began. Reflect on the very first season of When Hope Calls as a whole, and relive those feelings you had at the end of season 6 of WCTH; especially the awe you felt at the amazing job they all did on the editing.  And you’ll see my little girl make an appearance; the ladies were kind enough to invite her on so she could give a child fan perspective on both shows.  Funny thing, she says which team she’s on, kind of, and it’s the EXACT OPPOSITE of where she stands now.  Apparently turning 9 changes a person drastically! 😀

Then, a very special conversation: I got to chat with Hanneke Talbot, the feisty Nurse Maggie Parsons, and hear her side of the story of When Hope Calls. The fact that she’s actually British makes her doubly delightful!

Okay, everyone. I’ll be back on Friday with our very last #FaceOffFriday of the season.  See you then!  Be safe, be sane! 🙂 This is Hooked Heartie, signing off. May your heart let your hope blossom! 

 

Well, #Hearties, as hard and discouraging as this quarantined lifestyle has proven to be, I must admit to there being some silver linings with the COVID-19 invasion. One prominent, and perhaps the most relevant one, is that because all the Hallmark stars have schedules that “have come to a screeching halt,” (a direct quote from Andrea Brooks herself,) they are also looking for ways to fill the time. They are much more able to chat in podcast interviews without those pesky filming hours getting in the way. 😉

So I have a treat for you today! It’s another double dose, yes, but not of recaps. It’s a double dose of interviews with some of our beloved WCTH actors. The two lovely ladies are Andrea Brooks, the much-loved Faith Carter, and Gracyn Shinyei, the not-so-little-anymore Emily Montgomery. But she’s still adorable and delightful as ever! Did you see this awesome picture she sent me?!

 

 

The interviews dropped today, so I wanted to post them while they were hot. That being the case, we’re going to shuffle the schedule around a bit. Today is the interviews, then Wednesday we’ll have the WHC recap. Friday I’ll post another #FanFictionFriday story and the recap for last night’s episode. I know we’re due for another #FaceOffFriday, but since there’s only one episode remaining, I thought we’d have a repeat of the beginning of the season, and include three episodes. So look at that! We actually get three days this week! Hopefully everything sails smoothly for those posts. Fingers crossed! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

 

 

I know I missed Friday, but I do have a very good excuse: my daughter turned 6, and my son turned 2. Yes, it was on the same day, and in quarantine. But it was a good day, and thank you to all of you that sent them birthday wishes. It really did make their day!

I also realize it’s late, but I wanted to make sure I gave you a Monday post. So in the words of Lucas in last night’s episode, “I’ll be very quick.” Tonight, you get TWO podcasts: the recap of last week’s episode of When Calls The Heart, and the recap of last night’s When Hope Calls. Enjoy, and I WILL be back for a much-anticipated #FaceOffFriday. Enjoy!

This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

 

Well, did you have a good weekend? It was pretty eventful after being so quiet. Two NEW movies, two new episodes! After such a stretch, we got Hallmark overload!

And did you notice that VERY special guest star who was visiting in Brookfield? More like he was on official business, but you know, tomato, tomahto. 🙂 It’s funny. When this episode of When Hope Calls dropped on Hallmark Movies Now back in September, Nathan’s demeanor and air of confidence was a sharp contrast to the meek behavior we’d seen from him in Hope Valley during Season 6 of When Calls the Heart. But after watching last night’s episode of WCTH, (and a few before that too,) that boldness and authoritative attitude fit right in.

So have fun listening to Rachel and me gab about Gabe! (See what I did there?) 😀 Not to mention we giggle about the gold. I’ll be back later this week! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!