Hallmark’s ‘When Calls the Heart’ cast and crew tease possible baby, spinoff storyline in Christmas special

SALT LAKE CITY — Considering the series of dramatic surprises that ended season five of the family-friendly Hallmark Channel program “When Calls the Heart,” this year’s Christmas special has fans especially curious. But don’t think that means the cast is giving anything away. Continue reading “Hallmark’s ‘When Calls the Heart’ cast and crew tease possible baby, spinoff storyline in Christmas special”

‘This show is loved’: ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ fan base wants to deliver message to Hallmark

SALT LAKE CITY — Find a popular, recently cancelled TV show and you can set your watch by how long it takes fans to make a pitch for its revival. Some efforts are more successful than others, but few are truly newsworthy. A petition by a group of fans for Hallmark’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” may be an exception. Continue reading “‘This show is loved’: ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ fan base wants to deliver message to Hallmark”

25 years later, the surprising parallels between ‘Rigoletto’s’ writer and its main character

SALT LAKE CITY — Leo Paur grew up fighting. Every time a challenge would come his way, he felt obligated to respond. None of his siblings reacted the same way, but for Paur, fighting was second-nature. “It was just the way (I) did things,” he said. Continue reading “25 years later, the surprising parallels between ‘Rigoletto’s’ writer and its main character”

Think Congress is bad now? New book charts their fist fights, duels — even biting — in pre-Civil War years

SALT LAKE CITY — Every so often, a talented writer will discover a story lost to history with tremendous application for today. Such is the case with Yale University historian Joanne Freeman and her latest book. Continue reading “Think Congress is bad now? New book charts their fist fights, duels — even biting — in pre-Civil War years”

10 years after the first ‘Mistborn’ trilogy, Utah author Brandon Sanderson reflects on the question that started it

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah author Brandon Sanderson wanted to know what would happen if the bad guy won.

“What if Frodo (from ‘Lord of the Rings’) had gotten to the end of the long journey through Mordor and the Dark Lord Sauron said, ‘Hey, that’s my ring. Thanks for bringing it back,” Sanderson said in an email interview. Continue reading “10 years after the first ‘Mistborn’ trilogy, Utah author Brandon Sanderson reflects on the question that started it”