‘SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED: TIME TO START LIVIN’ (2014)

April 18, 2014 11 Comments

Following in the footsteps of When Calls the Heart, another Hallmark show hopes for similar success. This time instead of a trip to the old west, we’re visit the dead letters department of the U.S. Post Office. A visit that’s not as dreary as it sounds. Trust me.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Time to Start Livin, 001 Hallmark Review

A stickler for details and work place professionalism, Oliver (Eric Mabius) is a USPS man through and through. He’s in charge of a group of postal workers that work for the dead letters office in the USPS system. The department where the letters that get lost in the system go. Today he and his fellow workers – including the newbie, Shane (Kristen Booth) welcome a legendary new supervisor (Valerie Harper). Distracting from her flamboyant arrival is their latest letter which tells a story of a young boy missing his grandmother. His letter further reveals his plan to leave home, and travel many miles just to see her.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Time to Start Livin

Worried over what this may mean, Oliver and Shane along with fellow co-workers, Norman (Geoff Gustafson), a guy with a big heart, and the old-fashioned, Rita (Crystal Lowe), set out to find the intended letter recipient. Only they uncover more than they bargain for.

The Hallmark Channel to some of us may seem “one dimensional” because sometimes they put out the same programming. Similar or no, I admire them for the difference they are make in television. Graduating from original movies, the network is now on its third seasonal program and let me tell you, this one is darling. I did see the telefilm late, however this pilot has some great moments. (Particularly in what it says about our society – whether its intentional or not.) As a result, it’s a promising start opposite what When Calls the Heart is. As a girl who enjoys cozy mysteries, I like the script taking some cute turns that requires the gang to solve a mystery.

Though unfamiliar with everyone save for its leading man, Eric Mabius (loved him in How to Fall in Love), the entire cast is unquestionably a fun bunch of characters. Oliver’s stricter, rule-following manner counters Shane’s sassier personality. It will be an interesting dynamic albeit one we’ll always know will end with smiles. If I had one minor gripe with the personalities it’d be Norman. Don’t mistake me. He’s a nice guy. However his painful shyness comes across as “child-like.” As a result, he can seem too “silly” at times. This isn’t who he really is. Everyone has a personality ideal for future growth as the writers discover who they all are. Also, like any show, I’ve a feeling we’ll see some crushes blossom between certain of our quartet.

While I probably won’t keep up with this one here, on the blog, I am definitely keen to keep up with the show and watch each new episode. If you like light-hearted productions with hints of the “cozy mystery,” give this one a shot. It had a nice “rhythm” going even in its pilot and hopefully not unlike what When Calls the Heart experiences, it will enjoy similar ratings and success. It’s not hard to be attach oneself to something that is likely to be a clever series.

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You can find Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Time to Start Livin’ (and the rest of season one) digitally on Amazon Video.

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11 Comments

  • Melissa Tagg April 18, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Sounds like a cute series and as the daughter of a letter carrier, my interest is especially piqued. :) And did you say Valerie Harper is in it? She IS legendary!

    • Rissi April 19, 2014 at 3:19 AM

      It is, Melissa! Such a fun cast of characters. Ooo, how neat that you had a personal interest in this storyline. It'd be fun to get your take on this one. :)

      Valerie Harper was indeed in episode one! Wonder if she'll stick around, legendary lady she is. :)

  • Net, the Movie Blogger April 18, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    So looking forward to the premiere of the first Episode of Signed, Sealed, Delivered on Easter Sunday! I, too, loved Eric Mabius as Harold White in "How to Fall in Love"!

    The pilot movie for SSD was sentimental and heartwarming! I'm so thrilled they were able to keep much of the original cast and create this on-going series.

    • Rissi April 19, 2014 at 3:21 AM

      Hi, Net! Cannot wait to know what you think for this series – knowing the film/pilot was a hit in your reviewing makes me glad. For sure, I'm going to snatch it if/when it comes to DVD as this first episode was loads of fun. Happy watching! :)

      How to Fall in Love is still a fave.

  • Jordan April 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Hi, Rissi. Nice review! I came here after viewing the 2-hour movie, and I really enjoyed it. Although I agree with you that Hallmark seems to give a lot of "one note" programs, I find that I thoroughly enjoy them, simply because "niceness" seems so rare on TV these days. It's a refreshing change: I'll take Hallmark's somewhat predictable programming, because it is so relaxing and enjoyable to watch the stories of people who are kind to each other. Niceness can be interesting, too!

    If you get a chance to see the movie, you'll find out why Shane is so much more of a rule breaker than Oliver. In fact it gave some good back history on both of them. And to be honest, the story invloved behind the missing letter of the movie was so emotional, I had to stop crying before I was able to start typing my post. There were a few twists and turns that made the resoultion far from predictable.

    I found this movie to be a really well-balanced mix of "feel good" optimism and sadness about the realities of life for the individuals involved.

    Enjoy watching the rest, Rissi, and if you change your mind and decide to blog about any later episodes, I'll be reading your thoghts for sure!

    • Rissi April 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      Hi, Jordan – thanks for reading. Always fun to help bring people information about Hallmark programming especially as I agree with you. Predictability is what I love most about this channel's programming because it can be too rare in TV. It's nice to know that no matter what, the end result is going to be happy. Most network TV doesn't give us that luxury – instead they kill off our favorite characters. Not cool, writers. Not cool. ;)

      I'm pleased to get an idea of the film – thank you! Based off the pilot, I've no doubt the movie is good too, and suspect Hallmark will put the film on DVD (which I'll promptly snatch – I have an entire shelf full of Hallmark Channel DVD's because they're SO cute) in the not-too-distant future.

      Thanks, Jordan – I plan to enjoy the rest. And for the thoughts about the reviews. I may review some… after reviewing every episode of WCTH, I figured, readers would enjoy a break from the repetitive. ;)

  • Anonymous April 21, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Hallo Rissi!

    I only have a half second to write a quick note right now, as I'm blogging a few posts myself right now, but ooh! How exciting that you & I are blogging about "Signed, Sealed, Delivered"!! :) I must say, I had a suspicion you were a #POstables girl like I am! I will be back lateron tonight if I can and write you a proper reply, but I simply wanted to say, I smiled seeing your tweet go out into the twitterverse about this post! I tried to insert the trailer myself last night but could not find the right option to get the codes to work! Laughs. Therefore, I included the link instead! Wicked sweet we both are enjoying Hallmark Channel so much right now! And, I am not sure why the naysayers are so up in arms over their programming! I find it a nice lift of spirits to see the joy on tv these days as so much programming &/or films are bent towards the violent, the negative, and/or the depressing! I'll take a heap of heart, joy, and light over that any day of the week! Three cheers for the #POstables!

    • Rissi April 22, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      Jorie, hello! Glad you visited – no matter how quick. :)

      Love what you say about this program and Hallmark. Their programming does bring such joy – no matter what, I'm always grinning silly by the time credits roll, whether it's a movie or one of their shows (When Calls the Heart was sweet too). It's a blast blogging about (and in a small way, supporting them) these new TV shows, and reading everyone's thoughts on them – what fun is fangirling if it's there's no one else to chat with?! ;)

      I am indeed enjoying this series, and cannot wait to watch more. Already I can easily tell the POstables are going to be a gang of characters I'll fall in love with. Glad to get your thoughts on this series.

  • Bekah M. April 27, 2014 at 5:28 AM

    Hi, Rissi. Just today my sisters and I watched the movie and the first episode. We thought it was adorable! Love your review, I agree the show is very clever and I am looking forward to more cute mysteries. I love that Hallmark is starting more clean series like When Calls the Heart…it's nice to watch some wholesome tv with the whole family. Great review!

    • Rissi April 28, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      What fun. I feel like this is really a sweetheart of a series even not seeing the film yet. The first episode was sweet, the second wow and I have high hopes for episode three. Wonder what will come with this one!? :) It's certainly got a great set-up plus I really like that it's a dash of mystery, comedy, drama and romance. Something for everyone.

      Glad to know you and your sister's thought this was sweet, too – keep it coming Hallmark! Hope you continue enjoying, too. Thanks for reading!

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