There’s so much that’s wrong about ABC’s The Muppets  reboot, it’s hard to know where to begin.

muppetsEven before the premiere last month, there were plenty of red flags signaling that these were not going to be the Muppets children of the ‘70s and ‘80s grew-up with; or even, for that matter, the Muppets in the charming 2011 blockbuster.

One ad campaign featured Kermit the frog with the tagline “Finally. A network TV show with full frontal nudity.” A message like that doesn’t exactly scream, “Hey, here’s something you can watch with your kids!” (And by the way, who even says that?)

But the problems with this series are hardly an isolated data point, but it serves to illustrate a much bigger problem that seems to plague much of Hollywood: i.e. they just don’t understand family audiences, much less how to serve them.

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Cutting the Cord: Dove Channel streams family-friendly happy thoughts

DoveChannelThose in search of wholesome family videos to stream have a new destination: Dove Channel.

The subscription service, which launches Tuesday on, is curated by The Dove Foundation, a non-profit that for nearly 25 years has produced its own movie reviews based on Judeo-Christian values.

“Dove Channel takes The Dove Foundation’s mission to the next level by transitioning from providing consumers information about values-based content to providing them direct access,” said Dick Rolfe, CEO and co-founder of the Wyoming, Mich.-based group, in an email exchange. “We believe Dove Channel will demonstrate a greater demand for Dove-approved entertainment, which will in turn, increase the production of family-friendly content.”

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Movie Ticket Prices Hit Record High With Popularity of 3D Titles, Rise of Luxury Seating

movie-theater[1]Ticket prices hit a record high as summer movies like “Jurassic World” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” packed in crowds at the multiplexes.

Going to the movies in the U.S. cost an average of $8.61 during the second quarter of 2015, according to exhibition industry trade group the National Association of Theatre Owners. That surpasses the previous high-water mark of $8.38 from the second quarter of 2013.

It’s also a 3.4% increase from the year-ago average of $8.33 and a 6% jump from the first quarter average of $8.12.

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Cinedigm Announces Initial Programming Slate for Over-The-Top Network Dove Channel™

VeggieTales, Fraggle Rock, Highway to Heaven, The Adventures of Black Beauty, Swiss Family Robinson, Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss and Where the Red Fern Grows Among Family-Friendly Fare Included on the Channel.

DoveChannelLogoBWLOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cinedigm Corp. (CIDM) today announced the preliminary programming roster for the Dove Channel™, the direct-to-consumer over-the-top (OTT) digital network for families and kids seeking quality family-friendly content, rated and approved by The Dove Foundation. The channel is slated to launch early Fall of this year.

The Dove Channel™ will feature newly acquired and original programming, as well as offerings from Cinedigm’s vast library of family-friendly, faith and kids’ content.

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Jennifer Garner Looking For “Miracles From Heaven”

jennifer_garner_miracles[1]T.D. Jakes, Joe Roth, and Devon Franklin hit a home run with Heaven is For Real. Now, the producers are back with Miracles From Heaven with news of the electric signing of star Jennifer Garner (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, 13 Going on 30). Heaven Is For Real lead-off a series of faith-based films including God’s Not Dead, Mom’s Night Out, the Left Behind reboot, and Noah.


Editors Note: Please check back when the film has been produced to read Dove’s full review.

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Faith & Family Movie Scorecard

From Allied Faith and Family Entertainment Report

With 2014 drawing to a close and Oscar season gearing up, it is a good time to reflect on what worked and what didn’t for the faith film market this year Early in the year things looked promising with four faith titles performing well: Son of God, Noah, Heaven is For Real, and God’s Not Dead all produced high grosses at the box office. […]

A.D. Miniseries Airs on NBC beginning Easter Sunday

Network television has become known for pushing the boundaries of decency by producing an increasing number of programs that offend people of faith and those who embrace traditional values. Celebrity Interviewer David Frost once said, “Television enables you to be entertained in your living room by people you would never invite into your home.” Mark […]


Dove Helps Families Find Wholesome Film Fare

11/25/2014 –

ScottRolfeScott Rolfe says an exchange his father had with Jack Valenti told him plenty about the Motion Picture Association of American ratings system then … and now.

Valenti, then head of the MPAA, said his organization rates movies based on society’s changing values and mores. That won’t surprise today’s parents who often find PG:13 movies teeming with inappropriate content.

It’s why The Dove Foundation lets parents and grandparents, not professional critics, write its reviews.

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Cinedigm Signs Multi-Picture First Look Deal with Chesler/Perlmutter Productions

This multi-year deal will involve at least four pictures per year September 30, 2014 05:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE) Cinedigm Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM) and Chesler/Perlmutter Productions announced today they have entered into a multi-year, multi-picture, first look deal for original, cast-driven, family and faith-friendly films. The deal provides for no less than […]

Faith-Based Movie for Millennials Drawing Global, Tech-Savvy Audience

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Matthew Faraci Office: (919) 645-0771 Email: [email protected]   HOLY GHOST-the #1 most-funded, faith-based Kickstarter film in history-releases results of exclusive Advance Premiere designed to test new consumer-driven distribution model in which a film’s success hinges on its fans from start to finish; upcoming World Premiere Experience is September 6th Chicago, IL, […]