There they sit, neatly queued up, ready to be unleashed.
”They” are the Christmas movies, one after the other after the other, on the DVR.
“Lacey Chabert plays an independent-minded American tour guide named Angela, who is fired from her job in Rome just before Christmas. She crosses paths with an American executive named Oliver (Sam Page), who wants to buy a high-end Italian ceramics company. Oliver hires Angela to be his tour guide around the Eternal City, as the owner of the ceramics company won’t sell it to him until he learns ‘the heart and soul of Rome.‘ But is there another heart and soul that he may win?
— Hallmark Channel synopsis of “Christmas in Rome”
For me, Christmas movies begin and end with “Love Actually,” but the Christmas TV Movie-Industrial Complex has exploded — You can get merch, and go to conventions! — even if the movies are apparently somewhat formulaic.
The lineup of movies is for a frequent reader who I call “Mom,” who loves both happy stories and all things Christmas.
However, someone I don’t think reads the blog all that much who I call “Dad” has different tastes. In particular, he’s a fan of judge shows.
Christmas romance and judge shows my not seem like a recipe for a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, but Suzi poked around under the hood of the formula, tossed in a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and found a way to make the two tastes taste great together.
Behold … “A Courtroom Christmas.”
“Disillusioned by a scandalous case that was the talk of the town, a judge (Melissa Joan Hart) goes to her hometown for Christmas in the hopes of getting away from it all, but she unexpectedly meets the man who will show her the true meaning of justice … and love.”
No doubt we can get this done in time for next Christmas … by which I mean October.