If you are like all the other fans of talented actress Catherine Bell, you already know what day it is. Are you ready for the most refreshing new show since, well, “Signed, Sealed and Delivered”? Seems as though Hallmark Channel, where executives are ever as determined to create fresh programming that can be viewed by the entire family without apology, have done it again. The impending two-hour premiere of Hallmark Channel’s greatly anticipated television series, “Good Witch” is here— at last.
On Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, the two-hour series premiere of “Good Witch” (7 p.m. CST) will be the cap of an entire day of a “Good Witch,” primer, beginning at 9 a.m. CST. There’s a convenient four-movie, ten-hour marathon of the movies as a full-course introduction to Catherine Bell’s character, Cassandra “Cassie” Nightingale, a woman with intuition, among other things.
Do not fear that the program and movies may be a tad formulaic—single woman, mysterious past, opens a shop where questionable things are sold, folks in town gossiping about her, and then add in the haunted house, her new residence. It’s not “Bewitched,” and it’s not “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” and no, it’s not the same as “The Good Wife.”
This is a new show worth your time. Know why? It’s magic. “Magic is in the eye of the beholder,” sayeth Cassie. The Hallmark Channels has been teasing viewers for months now, preparing them to get ready to be entertained by a talented cast of acting professionals, including James Denton as Dr. Sam Radford. Denton, of course, holds a Golden Globe and two SAG Awards among his accolades.
Younger viewers are bound to tune in to see Rhys Matthew Bond as young Nick Radford. The capable, popular young actress, Bailee Madison, who plays Cassie’s daughter, Grace Russell, owns a multitude of acting credits and brings over 300,000 Twitter followers to this project. She’s featured in a Teen Vogue video for Fresh Effects, and is perfect casting as Bell’s (Cassie’s) daughter.
Speaking of perfect casting, who better to play Cassie than Lt. Col. Sarah “Mac” MacKenzie herself. If you do not know who that character is, you were one of the few people not watching “JAG” from 1995-2005. The television series, created by iconic writer/producer Donald Bellisario, was the perfect showcase for Bell to portray an intelligent, witty, and capable U.S. Marine attorney, and the ongoing object of the affections of Cmdr. Harmon “Harm” Rabb, Jr., played by David James Elliott.
Your eyes have not been deceiving you as “JAG” continues to entertain audiences 20 years after the series ended, in both DVD fashion and as a currently running series on the INSP channel. There’s added delight in seeing that, even 20 years later, Catherine Bell looks as youthful and charming as she did as Mac, on “JAG.”
So, to properly prepare yourself for “Good Witch” get up early and tune in to the Hallmark Channel and catch four movies; note that the last movie, “The Good Witch’s Destiny,” is four hours long, so have your popcorn ready. Saturday is going to be a good day. Here’s your schedule:
9 a.m. The Good Witch (2008)
11 a.m. The Good Witch’s Gift (2010)
1 p.m. The Good Witch’s Charm (2012)
3 p.m. The Good Witch’s Destiny (2013)
5 p.m. The Good Witch’s Wonder (2014)
7 p.m. Good Witch “Starting Over…Again,” (2015, Season 1, Episode 1).
Speaking of “JAG,” in 2013, those viewers who’d been missing the commanding glances, alternating soft speech, and barked orders of Adm. A. J. Chegwidden had two gifts in the last two years. Actor John M. Jackson reprised his role as Chegwidden in Season 10 of “NCIS,” when he defended Leroy Jethro Gibbs.
And, the eyes of audiences did not deceive them a few weeks back; it was indeed David James Elliott on an episode of “Scorpion” earlier this year. All this to be a less-than-subtle hint to the writers of “Good Witch” that if a guest role just happened to come along for a mini-reunion, or two, of Bell’s former co-stars, it would be well received.
If you are intrigued with the series concept, but have never seen the movies, tune in to the Hallmark Channel, tomorrow (Feb. 28) at 9 a.m. CST. If you’ve already watched all the lead-in “Good Witch” movies, set your stations for 7 p.m. CST. Check out the Hallmark Channel online in case you forget to set the DVR. There’s magic in the air, and mysteries lie within the magic. Thanks, Hallmark…looks like you’ve done it again.