Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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Q&A: Two more 'Good Witch' movies in the works

More 'Good Witch'

We recently watched a series of movies about a "good" witch, that starred Catherine Bell. Are there more than the four movies?

You'll be happy to hear that two more movies in the Good Witch series are being filmed this summer for airing later on Hallmark Channel. Catherine Bell, who stars as Cassie Nightingale and produces the made-for-TV movies, made the announcement on Twitter in June.

The first movie, The Good Witch (2008), was a big hit for the cable channel, with more than 3 million households tuning in. It was followed by The Good Witch's Garden in 2009, The Good Witch's Gift in 2010 and The Good Witch's Family in 2011.

The premise: Bell plays the mysterious Cassie, who moves into a seemingly haunted house in Middleton, U.S.A., and uses her charm and magical ways to win over the residents, as well as the heart of the local sheriff, Jake Russell (played by Chris Potter).

Bell, 43, got her big break by landing the role as Maj. (and later Lt. Col.) Sarah MacKenzie on the long-running series JAG (1996-2005).

Since 2007 she has starred in the Lifetime series Army Wives as Denise Sherwood, the wife of a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel.

You can read more about Bell on her website, catherinebell.com.

Sound level on TV going down

When, oh when, will the new rule regarding the screaming commercials kick in? I am talking about programs at a good sound level being interrupted by advertisements at a much higher level. I read that this was in the works, but I cannot remember when it was to be effective.

The Federal Communications Commission will require commercials to have the same average volume as the programs they accompany by Dec. 13, 2012, according to the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act. The FCC adopted this rule Dec. 13, 2011, and gave broadcast stations and pay TV providers one year to become compliant.

The FCC encourages viewers to report commercials that seem louder than the programming before the new rule takes effect. Reporting commercials to the FCC will help it identify possible problem areas and evaluate the efficiency of the rule.

To file a complaint, call the FCC's Consumer Call Center at 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) or 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322), fax it to 1-866-418-0232 or mail it to the Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division, 445 12th St. SW, Washington, D.C. 20554.

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