Signed, Sealed, Delivered to Vancouver

Bob Waliszewski
May 21, 2014 9:15 AM

I love my job!Signed-Sealed-Delivered

I could go on and on about why, but the short version revolves around the fact that I head up a team of talented professionals, and together we’re making a difference each and every day in peoples’ lives. There’s nothing more satisfying than that!

If that wasn’t enough, I’ve also been blessed to travel to various locations that have something to do with movies. The latest of these set visits occurred earlier this month when I headed to Vancouver to catch some of the filming of the Hallmark Channel show, Signed, Sealed, Delivered. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll recall that I blogged about the pilot for this show back in October. Keep in mind, Gravity was currently playing in theaters when I concluded that piece with these words:

“Glancing to my left I have a copy of last’s week top box office theatrical hits. The Top 10 includes Gravity, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Prisoners and Baggage Claim. I’ve seen all four; two of them I like. And in my opinion, the SSD pilot was better than any of these. It grabbed me emotionally and as [Touched By an Angel] often did, and it got me to care about the characters. Frankly, it didn’t let up until the credits rolled. I hate to admit it, but I shed a few happy tears as well, something that didn’t even happen when Sandra Bullock found her way inside the International Space Station.”

Since that pilot aired, Hallmark greenlit the ten episodes of Season One. I’ve seen half of these and I’ve greatly enjoyed every one. They’re well written, engaging, imaginative, clever, often humorous and, as with the pilot, they occasionally grab me emotionally to the point of tears (not that I like to cry!).

While on the set, I not only got to know Executive Producer Martha Williamson better (we met on the set of Touched By an Angel years ago), I got to meet all four very talented main cast members, plus a plethora of folks working on the show. Everyone was so hospitable and down to earth. I got warm welcomes and warm goodbyes, plus plenty of hugs. By the way, I was surprised to learn that Martha prefers to write on the set rather than in some quiet hotel room. She says that environment inspires her creativity. It doesn’t work that way for me, but then again, no one watches television shows I’ve written either!

Earlier this week, I received this email:

“I’m not a big TV watcher, but I am now tutoring lots of foreign students and want to recommend “good” TV shows for them to watch. It can be a great way to improve your speaking ability. I’m looking for shows that are entertaining, but don’t have horrible language and themes.”

Of course, I made sure this person knew about Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

As a rule, people who come to care deeply about the types of entertainment they consume. They want to steer clear of objectionable content and view inspiring and uplifting entertainment. In other words, they want programming like Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

I’ve found it’s not so difficult to convince people to watch positive shows and movies: The real challenge is to let them know that television still has such programs on the air. It’s why I’m writing this today.

If, like the person sending the email, you’ve been looking for a bright spot on the small screen, check out Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Sundays on Hallmark). Although you don’t have to get caught up to begin watching, you might want to anyway. You can do that at iTunes.

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