‘This is Us’ Chrissy Metz Stars in Upcoming Faith-Based Film

Miracles still happen. That is the message of the faith-based film, Breakthrough starring This is Us’ Chrissy Metz. Based on Joyce Smith’s book, The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother's Faith and Her Child's Resurrection, Breakthrough tells the true story of an event that happened just four years ago.

Metz plays Smith whose 14-year-old son falls through the ice of a Missouri lake. He was trapped under water for 15 minutes and even after he was rescued, he had no pulse for 43 minutes. All seemed lost and Smith was told to come in and say her goodbyes to her son as there was no hope for the boy. But Smith refused to give up and continued to pray for her son’s complete recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. Not only did her son come back to life, but he is alive today telling his story.

Directed by Roxann Dawson and produced by DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven), Breakthrough also stars Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter…

Celebrity Wife Swap is Insightful

It is quite possible that many Christian families have never watched an episode of ABC’s Wife Swap due to the name alone. However, the questionable title of the show shouldn’t steer you away. In each episode, two mothers switch lifestyles, children and homes (but not bedrooms as would be the fear) to see what life is like on the other side of the picket fence. I have watched this show many times with my sons and have had healthy discussions with them afterward talking about what values we appreciated and didn’t appreciate with each family.

Previewing January 2, ABC features a spin off of the series with Celebrity Wife Swap. The show is essentially the same except that these are celebrity mom or wives of celebrities. In the first part of the “swap” each mom moves into the other’s home and assumes the role of the other with the “house rules” written by the other mom. In the second half of the week, the “new” mom gets a chance to write out “new” rules for the adopted household. At the end of the episode, the two celebrity couples meet for the first time and discuss their adventures.

I was given the opportunity to preview the first two episode of the series and I think it’s worth watching. Some celebrities have hired help, others do not. Some are neat and tidy, some are not. Some have very strict rules, others do not - and on it goes. As the viewer, you get the unique opportunity to see what life is really like for celebrity families minus a little editing here and there.

Although the short series begins Tuesday, January 3, a preview episode was shown January 2nd. The press materials describe the episode this way: “A self-described control freak, actress and producer Tracey Gold swaps her very organized home with free-spirited singer/actress/TV host Carnie Wilson, a believer that love is more important than rules.” (The episode will probably be re-aired later in the season as well)

These two households couldn’t be different from each other, making this a fascinating episode. Both families have something to offer the other one. Everyone seems onboard with the project, except for Carnie’s husband, Rob, but he eventually plays along.

The series premiere (and regularly day and time) will be Tuesday, January 3 at 9:00 p.m. with what will be possibly the most controversial episode of the series. It features Gary Busey and his fiancee, Steffanie Sampson trading places with Gayle Haggard, the wife of former disgraced evangelical Pastor Ted Haggard. 

The Academy Award nominated actor, Gary Busey, is known in Hollywood for his strange ideas and gave America further insight into his character on last year’s Celebrity Apprentice. He and Sampson believe in reincarnation and are skeptical of others in organized religion

We also get a chance to see how the Haggard’s family live and communicate. Gayle appears to be a saint, but isn’t a pushover either. She’s a strong woman and Ted is lucky to have her. Pastor Haggard looks a little too uncomfortable as he can’t stop smiling. The episode touches on redemption and shows a very realistic look at a family trying to overcome huge obstacles. Overall, it is very uplifting episode.

The following episodes include:
  • Niecy Nash (actress/comedienne) and Tina Yothers (former actress of Family Ties and rock star)
  • Flavor Flav (rapper) and Dee Snicker (rock star)
  • Mick Foley (professional wrestler/writer) and Antonio Sabator Jr. (actor/model)

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