I've entertained the bouts of panic about trending on Twitter, and even suggestions of boycotting in one form or another. Only recently did it occur to me that people were reaching out because I've become something of a thought leader. I am now someone whose response in situations such as this is critical---setting a tone of dread and panic, or hope and optimism.
There's no question as to where my loyalties lay. But for those of you on the fence, or those of you in a self-induced panic, I have some things to say that might help guide your decision or ease your mind!
If you're on the fence, and appreciate the technical argument---there's the matter of numbers. Understand that because Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is typically a premium channel for most cable providers, SSD may be at a disadvantage in viewership---not everyone can afford the premium channels. That means if you have the channel, you should DVR everything else and come watch Signed, Sealed, Delivered during the live broadcast.
Furthermore, whereas the regular Hallmark Channel uploads previous episodes of its original programming promptly to the Hallmark Channel Anywhere app, anyone wishing to view a particular program that aired on the Movies & Mysteries channel is at the mercy of the network's programming director. If you're entertaining this dilemma, then the only time you truly know you'll be able to watch Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From The Heart right now is its original airdate and time. This is particularly important for people like me, who don't have DVR.
Then there's the number 4---also know as the total number of times you'll have the opportunity to watch a new Signed, Sealed, Delivered film in 2016. If there's a weekly show you view, particularly if it follows the aforementioned pattern of being available on-demand within 24 hours of airtime, you owe it to yourself to attend this gem of a premiere. You can always watch the live broadcast of your other show next week.
If the technical arguments don't suffice, there are plenty of other reasons you should choose Signed, Sealed, Delivered---and not even on a particular night, but always.
One thing I have never failed to observe regarding an SSD movie or episode are the feelings of optimism, excitement and anticipation for its successor that rise inside me as the credits roll. And this is whether ShOliver or NoRita just got done having an amazing moment or I'm pulling the last sheet from my sixth box of tissues---not many programs I can say that about. In fact, at least in my case, there are no other programs out there I would say that about!
And to make the point further, not a film goes by that some greater, life affirming truth isn't presented with flawless artistry from the dialogue to even the angle of a camera! If God's Hand isn't on this show, then the universe doesn't possess an adequate explanation for how what Martha Williamson does is even possible. Don't you want to witness that kind of phenomena for yourself?
So my advice is to keep tweeting, hashtagging and all our other regularly scheduled SSD premiere family traditions. At the end of the day, God knew what was going to happen to this show before it ever hit the airwaves, and as Oliver said in "Dark of Night," whatever happens next "God only knows, and that is good enough for me." And it should be for you, too.
Making The Case,