Hallmark Movie Channel does it again, delivering some light, family-friendly entertainment with their newest romantic comedy film, Strawberry Summer. The film stars Julie Mond, Trevor Donovan (Teddy from 90210) and veteran stars Shelley Long and Cindy Williams. (Check local listings for repeat airings on Saturday night at 10 p.m. and Sunday night at 8 & 10 p.m.).
High school music teacher Beth Landon (Mond) puts herself on the line when she invites world-famous country singer Jason Keith (Trevor Donovan) to perform at her rural town’s Strawberry Festival. A one-hit wonder with a horrible rep for cancelling shows and copping an attitude, Jason isn’t what Beth’s mother, Eileen (Long), considers a reliable musical act for the beloved festival, which she is proudly hosting with her good friend Ruth (Williams).
Beth, reigning as Strawberry Queen, attempts to stick up for her favorite singer, until she finally meets Jason face-to-face and it’s obvious it won’t be easy. But behind Jason’s rock star image, he’s hiding a secret about his past that could turn around his tanking career. Along with his manager Ray, Beth convinces Jason that the festival gig is a great way to revitalize his career and win back his audience appeal. As Jason spends more time with Beth, his attitude starts to fade as they each encourage the other to realize their deepest dreams as talented musicians.
Sandi Berg is also a freelance journalist and writes about television for several magazines including Written By (Writer's Guild of America), Life After 50 and Whole Life Times Magazine.