For Immediate Release
UPTV’S BIGGEST EASTER EVER BEGINS MARCH 19
UPtv’s inspirational and uplifting “Bring the Spring” offering is filled with more than 80 hours of programming including contemporary premiere movies, a never-before-seen Whitney Houston music special, an Amish musical, fan-favorite series and classic Bible movies
ATLANTA – March 15, 2023 – UPtv, the leader in uplifting entertainment, is celebrating the Easter season with MORE movies, MORE series and specials and MORE chances to win than ever before beginning Sunday, March 19, with the premiere of God Bless the Broken Road.
In addition to God Bless the Broken Road and the World Broadcast Premieres of Southern Gospel and I Go to the Rock: The Gospel Music of Whitney Houston, UPtv will also be premiering season two of The Chosen and will once again be airing Bible favorites such as The Passion of the Christ and The Ten Commandments. The network will also feature an all-day Amish theme movie marathon, hosted by Chonda Pierce, culminating with the premiere of The Confession Musical.
“UPtv is the place every year to celebrate the true meaning of Easter,” said Hector Campos, senior vice president, content strategy and acquisition at UPtv. “We invite our viewers to celebrate the promise of new beginnings and the renewal that comes with the start of Spring as we celebrate ‘Bring the Spring’ with contemporary movie premieres and series, the highly-anticipated Whitney Houston music special and classic Bible favorites. Bring your family together to celebrate the Easter season, feel uplifted, and have a chance at winning prizes.”
UPtv’s “Bring the Spring” event includes a Sunday viewing sweepstakes where viewers can win gift cards through interactive Watch Parties including polls and quizzes. Seven million viewers tuned into Easter programming over the 8-day stunt last year*.
To keep track of upcoming movies, series and specials, viewers should download The My UPtv app. The app allows users to learn more about upcoming movies and series on the network, watch previews and request personalized showtime alerts. Viewers can also “favorite” movie titles to add to a personal collection to easily access them later, set calendar reminders and request notifications or text messages. Download the app: uptv.com/myapp.
God Bless the Broken Road (premiering Sunday, March 19 at 7 p.m. ET) tells the inspirational story of a young mother who loses her husband in Afghanistan and struggles to raise their young daughter in his absence. The film focuses on the importance of faith, friends, and family, while paying tribute to those who serve in the United States military. The movie stars Lindsay Pulsipher, Makenzie Moss, Andrew Walker, Kim Delaney, Robin Givens, Gary Grubbs, Arthur Cartwright, LaDainian Tomlinson, Madeline Carroll, Ian Van Houten and Jordin Sparks.
I Go to the Rock: The Gospel Music of Whitney Houston (premiering Friday, March 24 at 8 p.m. ET) is a fascinating visual journey into Whitney’s faith and love of gospel music. Hosted by acclaimed, GRAMMY-winning gospel singer CeCe Winans and produced by Barry Jennings, the documentary intimately and comprehensively explores the steadfast faith that accompanied Whitney to stardom. The documentary will take viewers on a journey from her first-ever performance in front of an audience to her many breathtaking appearances performing gospel songs through 1996’s The Preacher’s Wife soundtrack, the best-selling gospel album of all time. Select standouts on this visual treasure include unforgettable performances at the NAACP Image Awards, at the American Music Awards, and at Ebony’s 50th Anniversary TV special.
Based on the popular book series “The Heritage of Lancaster County” by New York Times best-selling author Beverly Lewis, The Confession Musical (premiering Sunday, March 26 at 7 p.m. ET) features special performances by Chonda Pierce and John Schneider and is the inspiring and entertaining story of two worlds colliding as a young Amish woman seeks to find her birth mother. Music is under the direction of multi-Grammy nominated and Dove-award winning Dan Posthuma and songwriter Wally Nason.
The Chosen season two will premiere as part of an all-day marathon on Palm Sunday, April 2, from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET. The Chosen is a crowd-funded drama series created, directed and co-written by Christian filmmaker Dallas Jenkins. It is the first multi-season series about the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. Primarily set in Judaea and Galilee in the 1st century, the series centers on Jesus and the different people who met and followed him. The second season focuses on the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry and what happens as word of His ministry begins to spread. See Jesus through the eyes of those that met Him. The series stars Jonathan Roumie as Jesus, alongside Shahar Isaac, Elizabeth Tabish, Paras Patel, Noah James and George H. Xanthis.
Southern Gospel (premiering Easter Sunday, April 9 at 7 p.m. ET) tells the story of a rock ‘n’ roll star’s life that comes crashing down, and he must fight his past demons to realize his childhood ambition of becoming a preacher. The movie stars Max Erich, Katelyn Nacon, J. Alphonse Nicholson and Emma Mayes.
UPtv’s “Bring the Spring” Full Schedule:
Sunday, March 19
God Bless the Broken Road 7 p.m. ET
Friday, March 24
I Go to the Rock: The Gospel Music of Whitney Houston (WORLD BROADCAST PREMIERE) 8 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 26
Love Finds You in Charm 9 a.m. ET
Runaway Romance 11 a.m. ET
Love Finds You in Sugarcreek 1 p.m. ET
Love Finds You in Charm 3 p.m. ET
Plus One at an Amish Wedding 5 p.m. ET
The Confession Musical 7 p.m. ET
Palm Sunday | Sunday, April 2
The Ten Commandments 10 a.m. ET
The Chosen Season 2 Marathon 2 – 11 p.m. ET
Good Friday | Friday, April 7
The Chosen Season 1 6 a.m. ET
The Chosen Season 2 1:30 p.m. ET
The Passion of the Christ 9 p.m. ET
The Passion of the Christ 11 p.m. ET
Mary, Mother of Jesus 1 a.m ET
Holy Saturday | Saturday, April 8
The Ten Commandments 3 p.m. ET
Mary, Mother of Jesus 7 p.m. ET
Easter Sunday | Sunday, April 9
The Song to My Heart 10:30 a., ET
Faith, Hope and Love 12:30 p.m. ET
A Very Country Wedding 2:30 p.m. ET
God Bless the Broken Road 4:30 p.m. ET
Southern Gospel (WORLD BROADCAST PREMIERE) 7 p.m. ET
*Nielsen, L7, P2+ Reach, 1min Qual Easter Programs 2022 (4/10/22-4/17/22)
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