For a period in the ‘70s it was impossible to open the pages of teen magazines without the image of actor Robby Benson looking back at you. Movies like Ice Castle’s and Ode to Billy Joe only cemented his all-American heartthrob status. Despite continued on-screen success through the ‘80s and ‘90s, though, by the year 2000 the actor had all but disappeared from screens, transitioning to behind the scenes as a noted director (Friends, Jesse, Dream On) and as a voice artist (providing the voice of Beast in the Disney classic Beauty & the Beast). This weekend Benson (pictured above) moves back in front of the camera, making his Hallmark Channel debut in A Feeling of Home.
The late, great poet and dog lover Mary Oliver once famously wrote, "Because of the dog's joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift." It's a sentiment that resonates with Crown Media account executive Carmine Demeri, whose own joy has multiplied since adopting Panda (pictured above and below with Carmine), his blue nose pitbull (or bully) three years ago.
Actress Sara Rue returns to Hallmark Channel this weekend in the premiere of True Love Blooms, part of the network's annual Spring Fever programming event. For Rue, who made her Hallmark debut in 2017's All for Love, the wait in returning to the network had good reason; True Love Blooms was her baby, based on an idea by, and executive produced by her. "This one was really exciting," she told MediaVillage in an exclusive interview. "I've sold pilots as a writer and movie ideas with creative teams, but never anything that was greenlit. There are so many steps to the process, so when I spoke to [the people at] Hallmark and they said, 'Congrats, we're going to make this,' I was like, 'Really?' I couldn't quite believe it.