The Town that Came A-Courtin

Theatrical Release: January 19, 2014
The Town that Came A-Courtin


Network Premiere Sunday January 18th @ 7PM EST on UPtv – Abby Houston (Lauren Holly) is a smart, beautiful, successful author and fiercely independent Southern woman. When we meet her, she is curiously being kept captive in a remote cabin in the woods by an obsessed fan. Days earlier, Abby and her publicist Jamie (Lucie Guest) were visiting the lovely town of Bliss, Mississippi on her most recent book tour. The town of Bliss, local Magnolia Blossom B&B owner Charlotte (Valerie Harper) and their well-meaning prayer chain have big plans for her – as the perfect match for their widowed Mayor Spencer Alexander (Cameron Bancroft), a single dad of two. A series of collisions, several bouquets and numerous good words later, Abby relents to having dinner with Spencer, and finds a handsome, earnest man. Eagerly encouraged by the entire town, they embark on a whirlwind, public romance. But just as they are about to share a first kiss, Spencer is reminded of his late wife and abruptly pulls back. Hurt and sad, Abby is determined to leave Bliss behind, only to find her obsessed fan waiting. With phones buzzing and the town mobilized, what happens next will determine her future.

Dove Review

This is a wonderful story for those that enjoy romantic tales and happy endings. Lauren Holly is a successful Southern writer named Abigail (Abby) Houston and she’s been promoting her newest book. The tour takes her to Bliss, Mississippi and there the hospitable people keep encouraging her to date the mayor, being told that they would make a perfect match. There is some confusion at first as to who exactly the mayor is and this is played for some laughs. Valerie Harper also guest stars as a Cupid of sorts, prompting Abby toward the date too. Abby is concerned it might not be more than a business date, to which her publicist says, “Hey, Snow White and the Prince started off with CPR.” Eventually Abby and Spencer Alexander (Cameron Bancroft), the mayor, do go out on a date but his kids feel threatened and their date doesn’t go as everyone planned.

However, the plot thickens and Abby and Spencer agree to go out again. By the time it is all said and done a kidnapping and further plot developments occur which threaten to halt Abby’s chance for happiness. We are happy to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this romantic comedy for all ages, while noting that it isn’t intended for the very young. The story features a theme of forgiveness and is about giving someone a second chance. For some good old fashioned southern hospitality, this is the one to see!

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing by a couple.
Language: Oh my Lord-1
Violence: Some physical humor including a man stepping on a woman's foot and a character being accidentally whacked with a towel.
Drugs: The drinking of champagne.
Nudity: Cleavage in a few scenes.
Other: A woman is kidnapped by an obsessive fan but he doesn't come close to harming her and we learn there are no bullets in his gun; a dog is hurt alongside a road and a woman stops to help.


Company: UPtv
Director: David Winning
Producer: Kirk Shaw, Stan Spry, Rich Middlemas, Mary Beth Sparrows and Eric Andrews
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 90 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter