Monday, February 19, 2018

INTERVIEW: Actress CINDY BUSBY of Hallmark's "Royal Hearts," "When Calls the Heart," "Unleashing Mr. Darcy," and More!

Today, here at "It's a Wonderful Movie," it's my delight to share with you all my interview with the lovely actress- Cindy Busby! We are discussing her upcoming Hallmark movie and the possibility of another one down the road... (stay tuned for news on that!) Through the years Cindy has starred in some of our favorite shows and TV movies, and I sure hope you'll enjoy this preview of her latest!

Cindy Busby image via: publicity photos

A ray of sunshine is exactly how I would describe actress Cindy Busby... she illuminates our screens with her grace and beauty, as the likable dog lover, Lizzie, in "Unleashing Mr. Darcy," the charming, yet mischievous, Ashley Stanton from "Heartland," and now she's the rancher's pragmatic daughter in Hallmark Channel's "Royal Hearts," who has a brush with royalty that may change absolutely everything!

"Royal Hearts" - Hallmark Crown Media

It was such a blessing, for me personally, to connect with Cindy and arrange our interview (below) to discuss her upcoming Hallmark movie. What a genuine, sweet person she is; I was instantly touched by her warm kindness and friendliness. In our chat we talk about her extensive work in family TV drama, such as the beloved Hallmark series "When Calls the Heart," the UP series "Date My Dad," as well as Cindy's days on the popular ranch Canadian television series "Heartland," and most certainly we discuss her Hallmark movie projects and what it was like to film Hallmark Channel's upcoming royalty-themed movie "Royal Hearts" overseas.

I hope you will enjoy our interview *chat* below...



Actress Cindy Busby


"Royal Hearts" - Hallmark Crown Media

Net, It's a Wonderful Movie: Welcome Cindy to ‘It’s a Wonderful Movie,’ where we chat about family friendly movies on TV! Congratulations on your role in the Hallmark Channel Original Movie “Royal Hearts!”

Cindy Busby: Thank you so much!

Net, It's a Wonderful Movie: From the feedback I receive, viewers always enjoy watching you, Cindy, because you have such a natural, down to earth quality about you that is quite endearing. Please tell us about your character, Kelly Pavlic, in “Royal Hearts”. Is she anything like you?

Cindy Busby: I appreciate you saying that. I really enjoy when the audience can relate to the characters I play or the experiences they encounter. I play Kelly Pavlic, an English Literature Professor, who's left her life on the ranch with her father to pursue her dreams in the big city. Kelly and I are very similar, she follows her heart, which requires strength and tenacity, she's a dreamer, funny, and head strong. She's not afraid to speak her mind and stand up for what she believes, even if it means doing so with her father Hank, who happens to also share the same traits. Haha! I love this character so much, it's an incredible privilege to play empowered women on television.

"Royal Hearts" - Hallmark Crown Media

Net, It's a Wonderful Movie: What was it like to film the movie “Royal Hearts” in Romania last summer, along with your cast members? I’m sure it was an incredible setting for this film.

Cindy Busby: Believe it or not, I had never been to Europe before, so everything about this movie from the moment I stepped off the plane, to seeing the city of Bucharest and Sinia (where we shot), to working with the incredible cast and crew was beyond magical. We shot a lot of the movie in real castles and prestigious homes, so every bit of intricacy is original, historic, and rich, which adds so much to the story. We got to shoot in the mountains of Romania and Transylvania and it was breathtaking.

The cast for this movie was primarily from England, Romania, and the States. The Brits, as I like to call them, (Andrew Cooper, Glynis Barber, Lachlan Nieboer, Martin Wimbush, Howard Crossley and Jeremy Colton) and I got along so well. I don't think I've ever laughed so much in my entire life. I loved every moment I got to spend with them on and off screen and, of course, there's James Brolin, I mean, how do you begin to describe working with the legend himself?! He is as talented and funny as you can imagine. Not only does he play my father, but he also directed the movie. I learned from him every day and I'm very grateful for that experience. Needless to say, I'm so thankful for this movie. I know you'll all be blown away.

Net, It's a Wonderful Movie: Oh... To have the opportunity to film this movie with such a grand background of castles and homes sounds spectacular. I remember when practicing for plays, there was always something so different about simply rehearsing lines and then that moment when you step out on stage. Everything changes then, and you instantly become "that character" in "that setting". It will be so intriguing to watch you portray Kelly Pavlic, the rancher's daughter, from the country to a castle! Viewers will certainly be taken by all the grandeur!

"Royal Hearts" - Hallmark Crown Media

Net, It's a Wonderful Movie: Now that we know the setting, do you have a favorite scene or memorable filming moment in “Royal Hearts”?

Cindy Busby: The entire movie will be memorable. I can't give too much away, but the audience can look forward to me shooting a bow and arrow, horses, a dog, over 200 sheep on a rustic mountain road, a ballroom waltz, some exquisite castles, James Brolin at his finest, some cowboys, a charming King, a BBQ party, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Net, It's a Wonderful Movie: Sounds fantastic... I love every detail! Cowboys. Castles. Such an intriguing combination!

"Royal Hearts" - Hallmark Crown Media

Net, It's a Wonderful Movie: I read in your biography that you have always had a love for the theater and performed in many school plays growing up! (By the way, I was always in Drama, too, and loved it!) Whether it be a starring role or small part, does any character still stick out for you, since then?

Cindy Busby: I feel very close to the all the characters I've played. They represent specific moments in my life on and off screen. The people I've met along the way have helped shape the person I am today. Getting to play the role of Ashley Stanton on "Heartland" was a monumental experience for me because I got to create a character over several years with so much depth and humanity, and the cast and crew became a second family to me. Getting to work with Steve Martin in "The Big Year" was a jaw dropping moment, as well as getting to act with my best friend Sarah Smyth in "Cedar Cove" and, of course, "Unleashing Mr. Darcy" was a life changing opportunity for me. It came into my life at the perfect time. Every character has given me, Cindy, wisdom throughout the years and I look forward to what's to come.

"Unleashing Mr. Darcy" - Hallmark Crown Media

"Heartland" - CBC

Net, It's a Wonderful Movie: Speaking of "Heartland," many viewers, myself included, were first introduced to you on the Canadian television series, “Heartland.” Please share what it was like to work on this incredible family series as your character, Ashley Stanton, who was a sweet teenage girl, sometimes, and the rich, (dare I say?) impetuous snooty girl, other times?

Cindy Busby: When you work on a series like that, you learn so much professionally and personally. I feel like a grew up on that show on and off screen through Ashley Stanton. I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to be on such an iconic Canadian show that is now seen all over the world. I'm asked a lot if I miss 'Heartland' and I do, and playing Ashley because she was such a spitfire, but I think that the longevity of my character was perfect and I wouldn't have it any other way. Sometimes you just have to move onto the next chapter of you life. Take a leap, despite how scary it is, but the unknown is always worth it.

Net, It's a Wonderful Movie: That is so true. We grow in each phase of our lives as we change course. Thankfully, on "Heartland" as they all got a little older, Ashley transitioned, like a butterfly, into a quite likeable character, and eventually became everyone's friend. While she was certainly a dynamic character to portray, it's also wonderful to watch you take on the challenge of new roles.

"Unleashing Mr. Darcy" - Hallmark Crown Media

Net, It's a Wonderful Movie: One of your most popular TV movies, to date, on the Hallmark Channel is your starring role as Elizabeth "Lizzie" Scott in “Unleashing Mr. Darcy”! Please share what it was like to film that movie, alongside actor Ryan Paevey! Fans want to know, is there any possibility of a sequel?

Cindy Busby: First of all, Ryan Paevey is as smart, funny, and friendly, as he is handsome, so it was such a pleasure working with him as well as becoming his friend. "Unleashing Mr Darcy"'s success was not a surprise to me, it was the perfect formula of romance, puppies, chemistry, drama, laughs, and fantasy, not to mention one of the greatest casts I've had the pleasure of working with. David Winning, the director, was an absolute delight from beginning to end and he made every moment of the process easy. A sequel has definitely been a topic of discussion, but I can't say much more than that.

Net, It's a Wonderful Movie: Oh, yes, we've been hearing "buzz" about "talks" via social media. Hope everything works out and Hallmark can eventually announce "it's official"!

Cindy Busby & Ryan Paevey at Hallmark's TCA event
via Hallmark Instagram

Cindy Busby on set of “Unleashing Mr. Darcy”
image via: Pinterest

Net, It's a Wonderful Movie: The ball gown you wore in “Unleashing Mr. Darcy” was quite stunning, along with the bridal gown you wore in “Runaway Christmas Bride!” Do you also wear an evening dress, or any sophisticated royal type clothing in “Royal Hearts?” How fun is it to get all fixed up, and primped, like a princess in these movies?

Cindy Busby: Hahaha, it seems to be a prerequisite for me now doesn't it? When I was a kid I used to wrap blankets around my waist with a belt and walk around my house like I was a princess or at the Oscars. I dress casually in my day to day life, but I love dressing up for shows, especially when you have professionals beautifying you on set. You can expect to see multiple royal looks in "Royal Hearts". The dresses were handmade, and tailored to my body.

Net, It's a Wonderful Movie: Oh, I love that story of when you were a little girl... how sweet! (I always loved playing dress-up, too!) And, now you have professionals helping you do it - how fun!

"Royal Hearts" - Hallmark Crown Media

Net, It's a Wonderful Movie: “Date My Dad,” starring Barry Watson, Matty Finochio, and Yourself… was such a popular weekly television series last year on UP! Fans were definitely smitten with the show, and so happy to see your character, Stephanie, and Barry’s character, Ricky, finally kiss in the first season finale episode! Any word, yet, on a Season 2?

Cindy Busby: Working on "Date My Dad" was one of the most entertaining things I've ever worked on. It was hard not to crack up during every take especially when working with Barry and Matty. They are just so talented and together we formed quite the trio. Despite the show's success and hilarious cast and crew, I still have no idea if there will be a second season, but what I can tell you is no matter what, I am so proud to have been a part of this life changing experience. It'll always have a special place in my heart.

"Date My Dad" - via UP-TV

Net, It's a Wonderful Movie: Also, in 2017, you had a special part as Marlise Bennett in the Hallmark Channel weekly series, “When Calls the Heart.” What was it like to step back in time, join this incredibly popular show and dress in the prairie-style clothing?

Cindy Busby: I feel like 2017 was a big bucket list check off year for me, haha. I'd always wanted to work on a period piece show, and there I was working on "When Calls the Heart". Marlise Bennett, really stirred things up in Hope Valley, and I love playing antagonist characters. From the moment you step on the set you can't help but feel like you've stepped out of a time machine. From the background actors dressed up, the church in the field, to the unpaved road, it just feels authentic. The cast and crew was very welcoming too. I would love to come back some time.

Net, It's a Wonderful Movie: Oh, I'm sure fans (Hearties) would love to welcome Marlise back to Hope Valley, especially since she had a change of heart and forgave her brother-n-law, Carson Shepherd (Paul Greene). That was an immensely important, meaningful moment in Season 4... the power of forgiveness and letting go of the past.

“When Calls the Heart” on set picture via @cindy_busby Twitter

Net, It's a Wonderful Movie: A common theme for you, Cindy... you also portray a country girl in “Autumn Stables,” which you filmed last summer with actor Kevin McGarry (“Heartland,” “A Song for Christmas”)! Any word, yet, on where this movie will be seen?

Cindy Busby: "Autumn Stables" is about my character, Autumn Carlisle, who struggles to find a way to maintain and keep her ranch after the devastating sudden loss of her husband. It's a story of love, healing, and second chances. This is another movie you won't want to miss. A perfect family movie and one especially for all you horse lovers out there. I had never met Kevin McGarry before because he joined Heartland after I'd left, but we got along like to peas in a pod. He's hilarious and super talented. I'd work with him again in a heart beat. I'm not sure when the release will be, but you can be sure that I'll be posting any updates on my social media.

Net, It's a Wonderful Movie: We'll look forward to hearing!

Autumn Stables - image via Marvista

Net, It's a Wonderful Movie: What does it mean to you, personally – to create movies that families can watch together?

Cindy Busby: I don't think I set out to make family friendly content, but my career trajectory so far has led me in that direction and I'm very grateful. I do love knowing that the material I work on entertains all demographics. A lot of my friends have kids now and when they send me a video of their children watching and enjoying 'Aunt Buzz' on television there's nothing more fulfilling. Movies and TV shows were such an integral part of my childhood and it's something I was able to share with my family. Affecting people through story is very important to me, and I'm happy to promote respect, love, lesson, and triumphs to all ages.

"Royal Hearts" - Hallmark Crown Media

Net, It's a Wonderful Movie:  What do you hope viewers will take away from watching your Hallmark Channel movie “Royal Hearts”?

Cindy Busby: This modern fairy tale and father/daughter story will bring people together. It will make the audience dream, laugh, cry, cringe, and be carried away on a magical adventure. "Royal Hearts" is truly a Hallmark masterpiece! Enjoy :)

"Royal Hearts" - Hallmark Crown Media

Thank you, Cindy, for this terrific interview; it was wonderful to have this opportunity to talk with you about your Hallmark movie, "Royal Hearts." I truly appreciate your time and graciousness. Your warmth, and positive, joyful personality radiates through each project you do! Blessings to you... in all your future acting endeavors!

Cindy Busby image via: publicity photos

Also, thank you to everyone who visits here and reads our interview. I'm sure many of us viewers will look forward to this new Hallmark movie and, hopefully, many more films to come with Cindy Busby!

"Royal Hearts" - Hallmark Crown Media

Be sure to watch the premiere of "Royal Hearts" February 24, 2018 – Saturday at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel. From the ranch... to the mountains of Romania... this is one adventure you don't want to miss! 

Blessings to you all, Net

"Royal Hearts" is available to order on DVD -
in a 3 Hallmark Movie Collection!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Here Comes the Bride! Surprises. Promises. Forgiveness. More. Hallmark Channel's "When Calls the Heart" Season 5 Premiere and "Wedding March 3" has so much in store! #Hearties

It's a weekend filled with Love
and Heart!

"When Calls the Heart" image via: Hallmark Crown Media

Saturday - February 17, 2018

Jack Wagner and Josie Bissett return once again in...

- Hallmark Crown Media -

Storyline via Hallmark: It’s a full Valentine’s Day weekend at the Inn when Olivia and Mick host Mick’s sister Bonnie and her finance Sean, Mick’s daughter Julie and her boyfriend Wyatt, and Olivia’s mother Nora and her boyfriend Johnny. Bonnie brings her new fiancé Sean, and they plan to marry at the Inn that weekend, and Julie announces she plans to drop out of college to pursue her passion for cooking. While Olivia plans the wedding, Mick expresses his... Click Here to Read More...

Saturday - February 17, 2018
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel

Sunday - February 18, 2018

It's the Frontier Drama that has captured hearts all around the world...

- Hallmark Crown Media -

Episode 1: “Believing”
Abigail (Lori Loughlin) leaves town to testify on behalf of Henry (Martin Cummins) while Bill (Jack Wagner) joins her, but will testify against him. Abigail must convince a strict judge to give Henry a second chance but it seems like the odds are against it. With Bill gone, Lee (Kavan Smith) is made acting sheriff and – despite Rosemary’s (Pascale Hutton) encouragement – isn’t confident that he is up to the task. Still anxiously awaiting Jack’s return from the Northern Territories, Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) is given a diversion thanks to a surprise visit from... Click Here to Read More...

Watch the 1st episode of
When Calls the Heart Season 5
Sunday - February 18, 2018
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel

Follow your heart to Hallmark all weekend long... with two new premieres, encore airings of past romantic comedy Hallmark movies, and the recent Valentine original movie premieres.

All fans of "When Calls the Heart" will be elated to see the next chapter unfold for Elizabeth, Jack, Abigail, Bill, Rosemary, Lee, Dr. Carter, Faith, Jesse, Clara, and more... Will there be wedding bells for Jack and Elizabeth? Justice for Henry Gowan? Forgiveness?

Hallmark, with all of it's beautiful, heartwarming stories, is a wonderful escape from what is happening on the news. If only, we could all escape into a Hallmark world, where there is perfect peace.

Impactful stories of hope, love, and promise, which our world desperately needs now, are ahead in this all new season of "When Calls the Heart". Take care, everyone. My heart and prayers are with those in Florida.

Blessings to you all, Net

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

"Faith, Hope, & Love!" VOTE for Your FAVORITE FAITH & INSPIRATIONAL TV MOVIES! ...the *It's a Wonderful Movie* 12 Nominees are...

"It's a Wonderful Movie" -
TV Movies from 2017
with the annual Family Movie Awards!

Please see the complete list of Nominees, pictured and listed in alphabetical order, with their movie posters below! Choose which ones were your favorites and then Vote by taking the Poll listed in the right column of this blog or below! (Be sure to click the word Vote - after you have checked all of your favorites! 1 voting process please - per person!)

POLL #3:

Favorite FAITH and INSPIRATIONAL TV MOVIE Nominees from 2017:

(Click on the Movie Titles below for more details on each film!)

Congratulations to ALL of the Nominees above
and Thank You to Everyone who Participates by Voting!

Please Vote in the Poll below or on the right!

Vote for your Favorite FAITH and INSPIRATIONAL TV MOVIES from 2017! (you may choose as many as you like!)
12 Days of Giving
Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars
Christmas in Angel Falls
Christmas Homecoming
Engaging Father Christmas
Heaven is for Real
A Joyous Christmas
Karen Kingsbury’s Maggie’s Christmas Miracle
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground
Signed Sealed Delivered: Home Again
An Uncommon Grace
When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree
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*Voting begins February 14, 2018 and ends February 21, 2018.
Stay Tuned for additional TV Movie Polls!

Please Note: There will NOT be any Monetary or Physical Award given out.
This is simply our way of honoring our Favorite TV Movies... Thank You!

Monday, February 12, 2018

"When Calls the Heart" Season 5 - Hallmark Channel's Sweeping Frontier Drama will Sweep You Off Your Feet Once Again with Romance, Drama, Faith, and Stories from the Heart! #Hearties


Show: When Calls the Heart - Season 5

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: February 18, 2018

Click Here to Watch "When Calls the Heart" Season 5 -
by Episode or Season Pass.

When Calls the Heart Season 5 Poster - Hallmark Crown Media


Erin Krakow ... Elizabeth Thatcher
Pascale Hutton ... Rosemary Coulter
Lori Loughlin ... Abigail Stanton
Daniel Lissing ... Jack Thornton
Jack Wagner ... Bill Avery
Martin Cummins ... Henry Gowen
Kavan Smith ... Leland “Lee” Coulter
Charlotte Hegele ... Julie
Aren Buchholz ... Jesse
Eva Bourne ... Clara
Paul Greene ... Dr. Carson
Sheri Rabold
Kevin O'Grady
Genea Charpentier
Kadence Roach
Imogen Tear


Episode 1: “Believing”
Abigail (Lori Loughlin) leaves town to testify on behalf of Henry (Martin Cummins) while Bill (Jack Wagner) joins her, but will testify against him. Abigail must convince a strict judge to give Henry a second chance but it seems like the odds are against it. With Bill gone, Lee (Kavan Smith) is made acting sheriff and – despite Rosemary’s (Pascale Hutton) encouragement – isn’t confident that he is up to the task. Still anxiously awaiting Jack’s return from the Northern Territories, Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) is given a diversion thanks to a surprise visit from her sister, Julie (Charlotte Hegele), who reveals to Elizabeth the surprising career path she’s decided to take. Clara (Eva Bourne) thinks it may be time for a break from Jesse (Aren Buchholz) but becomes jealous when she sees Jesse spending time with Julie. Dr. Carson (Paul Greene) is determined to stop a traveling salesman selling a tonic that has caused a stomachache epidemic in town, which leads to a surprising arrest.

Click Here to Watch "When Calls the Heart" Season 5 - by Episode or Season Pass.



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Saturday, February 10, 2018

My Heart is with Hallmark this Weekend... "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" and "Countdown to Valentine's Day"!

Here we are... in the second weekend of February! It's the first weekend of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games (Go Team USA!) and Valentine's Day is right around the corner!

Tune into the Hallmark Channel and they will put you in the "Roses are Red, Violets are Blue..." mood all weekend long with the premiere of TWO NEW Valentine's Day movies... then turn to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on Sunday as they take you on a ride with the POstables, who have their own love stories, dilemmas, and mysteries to solve. See all the details below, it's sure to be an interesting trip!

Saturday February 10, 2018:

Love will surely blossom in this Valentine's Day movie...

image: Hallmark Crown Media

Storyline via Hallmark: Helen works in a flower shop and her best friend Henry at the botanical gardens. At a masquerade gala, she thinks a masked man is Henry but he’s actually off working. Enchanted by the dashing stranger, Helen is disappointed when he abruptly races off, dropping his rose boutonniere. Love-struck, she... Click Here to Read More...

See the premiere of Very, Very Valentine
Saturday February 10, 2018
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel

Sunday February 11, 2018:

You don't want to miss the latest twists and turns in this adventure...

Storyline via Hallmark: The POstables hit the road when a misdirected package suggests a child’s life is in jeopardy. Oliver O’Toole (Eric Mabius) and his team of postal detectives Shane McInerney, Rita Haywith, and Norman Dorman (Kristin Booth, Crystal Lowe and Geoff Gustafson) embark on a cross-state search for a seven year-old boy who they have reason to believe is in danger. Their search points them to... Click Here to Read More...

Sunday February 11, 2018
at 7pm/6c. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
NOTE: Special Earlier Premiere Time!

Also Premiering Sunday Night...

The last "Countdown to Valentine's Day" movie premiere...

image: Hallmark Crown Media

Storyline via Hallmark: In the running for a promotion, reality cooking show producer Kelly prepares for her cooking show for kids. When show host Chef Betty has an unexpected injury, Kelly hires controversial Chef Stephen as a replacement. Though they butt heads at first, eventually the two pair up to help one another – and even form a romantic connection. Just as their romance begins to blossom... Click Here to Read More...

See the premiere of Cooking with Love
Sunday February 11, 2018
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel

Have a Wonderful Weekend, Everyone!

I hope you absolutely enjoy the journey!

Love & Blessings to You All, Net
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