• Thomas Bonifield

UPtv Revisits its Christian Roots for Easter

The cable channel plans to run "The Passion of the Christ," "The Chosen" and a host of other faith-based movies and shows in the lead up to the big day.

Robert Kranz and Peta Murgatroyd star in "Faith, Hope & Love," which will air on UPtv on Easter.
Robert Kranz and Peta Murgatroyd star in "Faith, Hope & Love," which will air on UPtv on Easter. Image: Ellinas Multimedia.

Billing itself as "the television home for uplifting entertainment," UPtv mixes a steady diet of Hallmark-like original movies with reruns of old shows like Little House on the Prairie, Gilmore Girls, Reba, et cetera. They also throw in the odd faith-based movie like Run the Race, from executive producer Tim Tebow, or the Kendrick Brothers' hit Courageous, both of which air tomorrow.


A graphic for UPtv's Easter programming event.
A graphic for UPtv's Easter programming event. Image: UPtv.

Started as the Gospel Music Channel back in 2004, UPtv will go all out with Christian content leading up to Easter in a campaign they're calling "Easter Lives Here." It promises to deliver "movies featuring faith, hope and love" and they've even got one with that very name!


Things get underway this Sunday, which is Palm Sunday, with The Passion of the Christ. That 2004 film from director Mel Gibson - the top grossing faith-based film ever at more than $600 million in global box office revenue - stars Jim Caviezel in the lead and portrays the last 12 hours of Jesus' life.


Other productions on tap include episodes of the hit streaming series The Chosen, and Old-Testament-based movies like The Ten Commandments, David, Joseph, and Moses. On Easter, the channel will also feature the TV debuts of two more contemporary Christian films: Faith, Hope & Love - which we enjoyed when it came out in 2019 and reviewed here - and Small Group.


They air Sunday, April 17th at 7:00 PM EDT and 9:00 PM EDT, respectively. You can check out the entire UPtv program schedule for the next week via this link to the channel's website to find out what else will be on and when.