Great American Pure Flix to Stream Second Season of ‘Going Home’ Starting Jan. 5

Faith- and family-streaming service Great American Pure Flix has announced the second season of the television series “Going Home.” New episodes will premiere each Friday Jan. 5 through Feb. 9.

The first season of “Going Home” premiered on Great American Pure Flix in June 2022. Creator Dan Merchant returns as the Affirm originals series’ showrunner and lead director. Cynthia Geary once again stars as Charley Copeland, a hospice nurse who sees her role as a calling from God to help shepherd people from this life to eternity.

“This is one of my favorite and most meaningful roles,” Geary said in a statement. “I can’t wait for ‘Going Home’ fans to experience this new season filled with stories of compassion and forgiveness.”

In addition to Geary, the show also stars Cozi Zuehlesdorff, Aviona Rodriguez Brown, Steve LloydChristopher WiehlElly SimsTrent Sims and Matt Davidson.

Season 2 guest stars include Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Mel Harris (“Thirtysomething”), Ellen Travolta (“Charles in Charge”), Gloria Reuben (Lincoln), George Newbern (Father of the Bride) and Cayden Boyd (The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl).

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“We loved hearing how the show touched people’s hearts in our first season,” Merchant said in a statement. “In this new season, things get more personal for Charley and the other hospice nurses. We think the audience will be touched as Charley explores GriefShare with Alec to help manage the loss of his wife as well as a loss Charley doesn’t realize she’s still grieving. Janey grows into her own as an excellent nurse only to find things complicated by a new love interest, and Tamara manages serious health issues even as her strength and grace bolster Sunset House.”

Merchant turned to GriefShare, a global Christian grief-support group, for support after the loss of his father.

Great American Media Completes Acquisition of Sony Pictures Television’s Pure Flix

Great American Media and Sony Pictures Television’s Pure Flix have completed the previously announced merger. The deal joins Great American Media’s family-friendly linear and FAST (free ad-supporting streaming TV) channels with the Pure Flix faith and family subscription video on demand service.

Bill Abbott

New York-based Great American Media retains a majority interest in the merged company and oversees day-to-day management of the independent organization under the leadership of Bill Abbott, who serves as CEO and reports to the company’s board of directors. Great American Media will build on the combined portfolio’s multi-faceted family and faith media brands and diversified content distribution capabilities to reach larger and broader audiences on each platform, according to the company.

“The merger marks a significant milestone for our company, our employees, our business partners and our fans as we take an important step in our mission to become the leader in trusted, faith and family entertainment for a large and under-served market,” Abbott said in a statement.

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Abbott previously was CEO of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries’ parent Crown Media Family Networks until 2021, when he abruptly left shortly after Hallmark ran an ad featuring a lesbian couple kissing.

The Pure Flix streaming service offers faith and family-friendly movies and series, while Great American Media’s flagship network Great American Family is currently in approximately 50 million homes and recently celebrated seven consecutive months as TV’s fastest-growing network.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sony’s Pure Flix Faith-Based Streaming Service Merging With Great American Media

Sony Pictures Television’s faith-based subscription streaming service Pure Flix is merging with Great American Media, operator of like-minded content distributed across free ad-supported streaming TV platform Great American Adventures, in addition to separate branded cable networks, Great American Family and Great American Living.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Great American Media CEO Bill Abbott will oversee day-to-day operations of Pure Flix, which reportedly has about 1 million subscribers paying $7.99 monthly or $69.99 annually.

“In a media environment where programming and distribution business models are in a constant state of flux, this agreement provides a rare opportunity to maximize our potential with the expertise, market knowledge and content creation capabilities of a world class partner like Sony Pictures,” Abbott said in a statement.

Sony acquired Pure Flix in 2020, following the platform’s successful release of the God’s Not Dead movie franchise, The Case for Christ and the anti-abortion film Unplanned, among other content.

“Family-friendly entertainment remains an important segment of the industry, and merging these two entities will create the greatest opportunity to achieve more scale for Pure Flix as it continues to build its subscriber base,” added Ravi Ahuja, chairman of global television studios and corporate development for Sony Pictures.

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Sony Pictures’ Pure Flix to Exclusively Stream Faith-Based Love Story ‘Sun Moon’ on May 5

Pure Flix, the Sony Pictures-owned subscription streaming platform, April 12 announced it would debut Sun Moon — a love story that explores family, faith and transformation as the characters travel to Taiwan to discover God’s plan for their lives — on May 5.

Written and directed by Sydney Tooley, the movie stars MacKenzie Mauzy (Into the Woods, “NCIS: New Orleans”), Justin Chien (upcoming Netflix Original Series “The Brothers Sun”), Madison McLaughlin (“Arrow,” “Chicago, P.D.”) and Michael Jong-Quin Huang (The Haunted Heart), among others.

A young woman’s (Mauzy) vision for her future is shattered when her fiancé leaves her at the altar. Heartbroken and humiliated, she leaps at the chance to escape her life and teach English in Taiwan.

Tooley says the movie is love letter to the country that helped her discover joy and purpose during a trying period of her life. She taught English in Taiwan after college and was able to draw inspiration for the script from her experiences.

“It reminds me of the phrase ‘Jesus take the wheel,'” Tooley said in a statement. “[The lead character] has to decide if she’ll follow the map that God has given her. It isn’t always the easiest choice but ultimately He’ll lead you back to the things that are most important.”

Pure Flix costs $7.99 monthly, or $69.99 annually.

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Universal Bringing ‘Beckman’ Home Sept. 22

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release Pure Flix’s revenge thriller Beckman on DVD and digitally Sept. 22.

The film focuses on a gun for hire named Aaron Beckman (David A.R. White) who decides to give up his life of crime when his soul cries out for healing, peace, forgiveness and grace. In desperation, he appeals to the church and is welcomed by an ailing pastor (Jeff Fahey) like a long-lost son. However, his journey toward salvation is cut short when his adopted daughter is kidnapped by a deranged cult leader named Reese (William Baldwin). Blinded by rage, Beckman sets off on a dangerous rescue mission and is forced to revert back to his old violent ways.

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Extras include commentary with writer-director Gabriel Sabloff and executive producer/star David A.R. White; the featurette “The Making of Beckman: Faith and Hope Amidst the Storm”; and bloopers.

Faith and Family SVOD Service Pure Flix to Bow Sitcom Starring Donna Mills

Faith and family subscription service Pure Flix (pureflix.com) Oct. 24 will debut a new sitcom “Mood Swings,” starring Donna Mills and Crystal Hunt.

New episodes will be released every Thursday for eight weeks on the $10.99-per-month service (following a free trial).

In the comedy, created by Hunt (“One Life To Live,” “The Guiding Light”), four generations of women are thrown together by circumstance to live under one roof and survive in Los Angeles. Newly divorced from her mega-successful, controlling and philandering husband, Farrah (Hunt) is awarded the couple’s Malibu mansion along with an enormous mortgage and minimal financial support to take care of herself and 8-year-old son Ryder. Recognizing she needs an income, she decides to rent out rooms in her house in order to pay the bills.

In addition to Mills and Hunt, the series stars Robin Riker (“The Bold and the Beautiful,” “General Hospital”), Sophia Gasca (“Ballers”), Christina DeRosa (Bad Moms), Scott Bailey (“The Bay,” “Ray Donovan”) and Jason Earles (“Hannah Montana”) and Dyan Cannon.

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The series is written by sitcom veteran Bob Colleary (“Golden Girls,” “The Facts of Life,” “Touched by an Angel”), Danielle Bisutti and Hunt, and directed by Sean Lambert (“The Larry Sanders Show,” “Kickin’ It,” “Grounded for Life”). Hunt is the executive producer.

“We felt there was a need for a great female ensemble comedy,” said Hunt in a statement. “Right now, you can only watch reruns of shows like ‘Golden Girls’ and ‘Designing Women’ to enjoy a female-driven show. Our thinking was to embrace the legacy of these programs while adding a modern twist.”

Scottsdale Ariz.-based Pure Flix features faith, family-friendly and wholesome entertainment in the United States and Canada, according to the company, with a vision “to positively influence the global culture for Christ through media.”