UPtv, the television home for uplifting entertainment, announced the network’s first quarter programming slate today. Fresh off a highly successful Christmas movie season where audience delivery outperformed YA by +11% in W2554 and +9% in HHs1 and 18M viewers tuned in2, UPtv will debut 11 premiere movies beginning with Blueprint to the Heart on Sunday, Jan 10 at 7 p.m. ET. Additionally, season three of the family drama 800 Words will premiere Friday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. ET.
“At UPtv, we are continuing to invest in premiere movies and series that are specifically curated to uplift our audience every day,” said Hector Campos, vice president, content strategy and programming at UPtv. “Our schedule is filled with programming that delivers on this promise with a special emphasis on our ‘Love Sundays’ weekly Sunday night movie premiere. With the recently launched My UPtv Movies App, it’s easier than ever before for viewers to learn more and set reminders for our new movies.”
The My UPtv Movies app allows viewers to learn more about upcoming movies on the network, watch movie previews and request personalized showtime alerts. Viewers can also favorite movie titles to add to a personal collection to easily access them later, check off the movies watched, set calendar reminders and request push notifications.
The 11 movies set to debut in Q1 include:
Blueprint to the Heart – Sunday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. ET
A talented host and designer of a high-end renovation television show is forced to change her show format to include life makeovers as well after her ratings dip. However, when she tries to upscale the handsome and down-to-Earth subject of her first episode, she must choose between chasing ratings or following her heart.
Stars: Laura Mitchell (Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance), Dennis Andres (Workin’ Moms)
The Baby Proposal – Sunday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. ET
Layla Bennett has it all figured out, her own place, a thriving career and a loving fiancé. She co-hosts morning show “Wake Up Chicago!” alongside her charming, but sometimes irritating colleague Derek Dray. They have different working styles – she likes to be spontaneous and improvise on air, while he’s more of a stick to the script guy. When they’re given the bombshell of caring for a baby together, it’s their worst nightmare…but as they juggle night feeds and nap times with their hectic lives, they can’t deny the growing chemistry. Is this unexpected arrival all they needed to realize they were meant to be?
Stars: Alexandra Chando (The Lying Game), Mike Merrill (The Bobby Brown Story)
Romance Retreat – Sunday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. ET
After a big breakup, journalist Dana Willingham finds herself alone and stuck at a couple’s yoga retreat while the biggest story of her career breaks far away. And she doesn’t even like yoga! But maybe the universe has put her here for a reason because the handsome loner staying at the lodge turns out to be Stefan Gonzales, the tech guru at the center of the scandal. As she gains his trust to expose him, she finds herself falling in love with him. Now she must use the lessons from yoga to choose: the perfect story or the perfect man?
Stars: Amanda Schull (Suits, Pretty Little Liars), Morgan David Jones (When Hope Calls)
Love is a Piece of Cake – Sunday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. ET
Jessie Dale is a third-generation baker who loves her cake shop more than anything in the world. When developers threaten to buy her building and force her out, she must do all she can to save her bakery, all while juggling a blossoming romance with her client’s brother.
Stars: Lindsay Gort (The Carrie Diaries), Greyston Holt (A Very Country Christmas Homecoming)
Made For You, With Love – Sunday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. ET
The owner of a second-hand wedding dress business breathes new life into used dresses, making dreams come true for brides unable to afford pricey gowns. But when she meets the perfect guy, she’s afraid to give her own heart a second chance at love.
Stars: Edy Ganem (Devious Maids), Brendon Zub (Batwoman)
Sincerely, Yours Truly – Sunday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. ET
When Hayley finds a wedding ring with a letter hidden in a drawer in her new condo, she decides to write back… and the mysterious lover replies, starting a chain of letters and events that will change her life forever! Love does exist in the most unexpected places.
Stars: Natalie Hall (UnREAL), Marshall Williams (When Hope Calls, Glee)
The Dating List – Sunday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. ET
Abby Morel is a bright, young editor’s assistant living in the big city. Wanting to get ahead in her career, she makes an unusual deal with her high-flying boss, Susan. Susan is far too busy to date, but she wants to fall in love. Abby agrees to ‘screen’ dates in exchange for a promotion, and to add to the pressure, Susan is looking for the perfect man! After a couple of disasters, Abby meets Dan, who seemingly ticks all the boxes. The trouble is, she’s starting to fall for him too… A promising career now within her reach, will she risk losing it all for true love?
Stars: Natalie Dreyfuss (The Originals), Andrew Dunbar (Life Sentence, When Calls the Heart)
Hint of Love – Sunday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. ET
A cookbook literary agent with culinary training is tasked with helping elevate the brand of a food channel personality known for his convenience-oriented recipes. However, as the agent works with her client on a new cookbook, playfully clashing over everything from ingredients to tastes, she must choose between following the directions or following her heart.
Stars: Debs Howard (The Good Doctor), Dennis Andres (Workin’ Moms)
My Birthday Romance – Sunday, March 7 at 7 p.m. ET
Callie Fitzgerald is tired of her family fixing her up and questioning her single status. She is determined to find a pretend boyfriend for her 35th birthday party just so her family will leave her alone. What she didn’t expect was to actually fall for him.
Stars: Ali Cobrin (The Baxters), Jesse Hutch (Cedar Cove, Arrow)
Charm of Love – Sunday, March 14 at 7 p.m. ET
Art historian Dr. Madison Turner, an expert in ancient artifacts, travels halfway around the world to the Caribbean to find the legendary “Lovers Stone” to save her beloved museum, but when she meets Andrew “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, an international hotelier with trust issues and a local’s knowledge of the island, her search may lead her to true love after all.
Stars: Katrina Lynne Norman (Nashville), Tilky Montgomery Jones (Nashville)
Love at Sunset Terrace – Sunday, March 21 at 7 p.m. ET
Tired of her fast-paced life in the city, Sophie Carter travels to a small seaside town to disconnect and self-reflect, staying at a rental home run by a widowed father of a young girl. With a little nudging from the matchmaking daughter, Sophie and Michael unexpectedly start to fall in love and Sophie must decide between returning home or following her heart.
Stars: Ellen Woglom (Inhumans), Carlo Marks (Chesapeake Shores)
800 Words is a family drama that follows recent widower George Turner’s decision to start afresh in the New Zealand coastal town of Weld. The Aussie invaders quickly become the center of attention in this delightful small town populated by weird and wonderful locals.
Source: Nielsen- 1L3 Holiday themed movie TCs (10-31-12/15/2020 vs 10/27-12/25/2019), AA(000), 2L3 Christmas movie Reach P2+ (10/31-12/25/2020)
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