GMC TV today unveiled its annual 2013 Easter holiday programming slate consisting of the new original GMC World Premiere Movie, The Carpenter’s Miracle, along with “The Greatest Stories of the Bible” movie event, the original series “Heartland” and a “Miracle Sunday” marathon of family favorite series, “Touched by an Angel.”
On Easter weekend, GMC TV will present its original GMC World Premiere Movie, The Carpenter’s Miracle, on Saturday, March 30 and Easter Sunday, March 31 at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. ET, starring Cameron Mathison (”All My Children”), Michelle Harrison, Sarah-Jane Redmond (“Smallville”) and Ryan Grantham (Diary of a Wimpy Kid). In The Carpenter’s Miracle, a simple touch changes everything. Josh is just an average carpenter in a small town, but when his touch miraculously brings a dead boy back – a boy he tried valiantly to save when he fell into a freezing lake – things spin totally out of control. The media rushes to promote the act and proclaims that it is a miracle. However, there are those who are determined to debunk the entire story and Josh and the boy’s mother are thrust into a whirlwind they never expected.
Beginning on Palm Sunday and through Easter week GMC TV will feature a collection of the “Greatest Stories of the Bible.” All times are ET. Check local listing for times. Highlights include:
Sunday, March 24 (Palm Sunday)
Esther is the story of how a simple but beautiful young Jewish girl named Hadassah became Queen Esther and delivered her people from a brutal massacre; one brought on by a fierce and ancient enemy. Stars: Jurgen Prochnow, Thoma Kretschmann, F. Murray Abraham and Louise Lombard. 9 a.m.
Book of Ruth. Choosing to leave her homeland of Moab, she follows her mother-in-law Naomi to Israel after the death of her husband. Upon reaching Bethlehem, she meets and marries Boaz, who is of the Royal House of Judah. This chain of events sets the stage for the future kings of the nation of Israel and the coming of the Messiah. Stars: Lana Wood, Dan Haggerty, Sherry Morris, Carman, Elise Lester. 11 a.m.
Jeremiah. The story of a man who abandons his family and the woman he loves in order to relay God’s message in Jerusalem. Although he is persecuted and branded as a traitor for warning others of the destruction of the Holy City, he continues fearlessly with his mission. Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Keaus Maria Brandauer (1999). 1 p.m.
The Ten Commandments. The story of Moses, who against impossible odds, leads the Jews out of Egyptian slavery into perilous freedom. Stars Dougray Scott, Paul Rhys, Omar Shariff and Naveen Andrews (2006). (Parts 1 & 2) – 3 to 7 p.m.
Jesus. The acclaimed movie starring Jeremy Sisto, Debra Messing, Jacqueline Bisset and Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman. Jesus traces the life of Christ, growing from a simple carpenter to the Savior whose teachings and sacrifice provide hope and salvation to billions of followers. (Parts 1 & 2) – This exclusive movie event will air from 7 to11 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Monday, March 25
Mary, Mother of Jesus, is a compelling portrayal of Mary’s undying and steadfast love for her son and captures her humanity, humility and grace. Mary’s faith is tested as she must accept her son’s destiny, endure his brutal suffering and death and dedicate her life to the sharing of his message of love and salvation. Stars: Christian Bale, Pernilla August, Melinda Kinnaman, Geraldine Chaplin. 8 – 10 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26
Jeremiah – 8 to 10 p.m.
Esther – 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Wednesday, March 27
The Ten Commandments – 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Thursday, March 28
Solomon is crowned King of Israel and rules the land with love, peace and respect. He meets the beautiful Queen of Sheba and falls in love at first sight. Stars: Ben Cross, Vivica A. Fox, Max Von Sydow, G.W. Bailey, Anouk Aimee. 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Friday, March 29 (Good Friday)
Jesus – (Parts 1 & 2) – 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
On Wednesday, March 6, 13 and 20, GMC TV will present new episodes of its exclusive original series “Heartland.”
On Easter Sunday, GMC TV will present a day long “Miracle Sunday” lineup starting at 10 a.m. with a “Touched by an Angel” marathon hosted by Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel”), leading into the premiere of The Carpenter’s Miracle at 7 p.m.
Additional movies featured in the month include: Letters to God, Friday, March 15 at 9 and 11 p.m.; and A Walton Easter, Friday, March 22 at 9 and 11 p.m.
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