Friday, October 31, 2014

New UP Christmas Movies 2014

"Everything You Love About Christmas” will be UP's (@UPtv, #ChristmasMovies) newest holiday season theme as the network kicks off its annual Christmas programming slate with over 50 festive days and over 500 hours of uplifting Christmas movies, Christmas music specials and marathons with some of television’s most beloved family-favorite series. Filled with Christmas programming the whole family will love, “Everything You Love About Christmas" launches Sunday, November 2 and runs through Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

2014 UP Christmas Movies

NAUGHTY & NICE – Sunday, November 9 at 7 ET
Stars: Haylie Duff (Napoleon Dynamite), Tilky Jones (Nashville), Maureen McCormick (The Brady Bunch) and Terrence "T.C." Carson (Living Single).
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Los Angeles and commuters have Pepper Sterling (Tilky Jones), a cynical and funny radio comic, to keep them entertained. When Pepper's latest radio antics anger an important advertising executive, he gets shipped over to a sister station, KBRG in Idyllwild, Colorado, to serve out his suspension until the dust blows over. Sandy Love (Haylie Duff), following in her father’s footsteps, loves radio and came home to Idyllwild to host her own talk show. She is unapologetically romantic and nostalgic, especially at Christmas. Thrown together as co-hosts on her show "Dr. Love in the Morning," she is immediately at odds with Pepper, who never met a sentiment he couldn’t twist into a punchline and has no use for Christmas. When Samantha and Pepper’s "war of words" catches the attention of the small town, their joint show becomes a hit and they start to see something in each other.

PAPER ANGELS – Sunday, November 16 at 7 PM ET
Stars: Matthew Settle (Gossip Girl) and Josie Bissett (Melrose Place).
In Paper Angels, abused wife Lynn (Josie Bissett) leaves her alcoholic husband Darryl, with her two kids, Thomas and Sara, and moves to another town where she works as a waitress to make ends meet. In that same town, we meet Kevin (Matthew Settle), whose marketing and design company is on the brink of shutting down due to the economy. Plus, Kevin’s wife Jenny is in a difficult pregnancy with twins. Thomas starts a new school and becomes the target of a bully who is threatened by how well Thomas plays basketball. Unable to join the high school team, Thomas goes to the community center where he meets Kevin and the two of them become unlikely friends through pickup basketball games. Little do they know the tremendous impact they will have on each other’s families this Christmas through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. Inspired by the hit country Christmas song featured in the movie, "Paper Angels," by country music star Jimmy Wayne and the same-titled book by Wayne with Travis Thrasher. Wayne also has written and performed two new songs for the film.


CHRISTMAS IN PALM SPRINGS – Sunday, November 23 at 7 PM ET
Stars: Patrick Muldoon (Starship Troopers), Dina Meyer (Starship Troopers), Ian Ziering (Sharknado) and Bill Cobbs (Night at the Museum).
Parents separated and heading for divorce living on opposite sides of the country are brought together in Palm Springs by their kids, who are doing everything to get them back together before Christmas with a little help from a guardian angel.










A CHRISTMAS TREE MIRACLE – Wednesday, November 26 at 9 PM ET
Stars: Kevin Sizemore (Resurrection), Terry Kiser (Weekend at Bernie’s) and Jill Whelan (The Love Boat).
For the George family – accustomed to the luxuries of a privileged suburban life – Christmas has become a season of taking rather than giving. With dad preoccupied with work, mom on edge, and self-involved teens Nick and Natalie fixated on their ever-growing wish lists, the youngest, six-year-old Nina, is the only one with any true Christmas spirit. When their dad loses his job just before the holidays, the family ignores the severity of the situation and continues to live above their means. When the consequences catch up with them, they are left with nothing and nowhere to turn. Taken in by an eccentric Christmas tree farmer, the family learns that miracles can come true…if you believe!

12 DOG DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS – Friday, November 28 at 7 PM ET
Stars: Reginald VelJohnson (Family Matters), Vincent Giovagnoli (Passport to Explore), Lexi Giovagnoli (Passport to Explore) and Lunden D’Leon (UP’s Somebody’s Child).
When a foster teenager, who can’t seem to stay out of trouble, is assigned to work at a no-kill animal shelter for his community service, he finds a sense of responsibility and real connection to the true spirit of Christmas for the first time in his life. The shelter’s owner finds that she can no longer afford to fund the shelter and the clock begins to tick to get all the dogs placed in loving homes before Christmas.





NATIVITY! – Saturday, November 29, 7 PM ET
Stars: Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), Marc Wootton (Arthur Christmas) Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty) and Jason Watkins(The Golden Compass).
This Christmas, primary school teacher Paul Maddens (Martin Freeman) is charged with producing the school's nativity play. Competing against the posh rival school for the honor of best reviewed show in town, the stakes are raised when Paul idly boasts that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer (Ashley Jensen), a Hollywood producer, is coming to see his show with a view to turning it into a film. The only trouble is they haven't spoken in years. With eccentric assistant Mr. Poppy (Marc Wootton) fueling his "little white lie," Maddens suddenly finds himself a local celebrity and at the center of quarreling parents and over-excited children desperate in their bid for fame and fortune. Maddens' only hope is to get back in touch with Jennifer and lure her to town so that everybody's Christmas wishes come true.


NATIVITY! 2: DANGER IN THE MANGER –  Saturday, November 29, 9 PM ET
Stars: David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Marc Wootton (Arthur Christmas).
This Christmas, the unforgettable pupils of St. Bernadette's have set their hearts on competing in the national choir contest, "A Song For Christmas." But with the headmistress not in favor of the plan, new class teacher Mr. Peterson (David Tennant) has his hands full trying to curb the enthusiasm of the kids, not to mention Mr. Poppy (Marc Wootton).









THE TREE THAT SAVED CHRISTMAS – Sunday, November 30 at 7 PM ET
Stars: Lacey Chabert (Party of Five).
Imaginative, hard-working Molly Logan (Lacey Chabert) grew up on her family’s generations-old Christmas tree farm in rural Vermont and would often write stories about individual trees as they shipped out, her favorite being a "Charlie Brown" tree struggling to grow. One day, after hearing the roar of buzz saws used to clear the woods of sickly saplings, nine-year-old Molly ran to save her favorite – even after her father Gordon and his crew had made a gash in its trunk. She knew that someday this little tree would have a tale to tell. Now 29, Molly is pursuing her writing career in Manhattan. Unfortunately as Pendant Publishing CEO Walter Dunlap’s assistant, Molly has no life and little chance to write. She's devastated to learn from her architect brother Ryan that the bank is foreclosing on her parents’ heritage tree farm. This will be her family’s last Christmas there. However, a frustrated Molly can’t make it home thanks to obligations to her boss and his young daughters. Much to her shock, Molly discovers that the Christmas tree she ordered for the Dunlap home is that same one she saved years ago. Certain that it is the same tree from her youth – and a sign – Molly drags the pine back to her Vermont home and embarks upon a plan to save the family farm – with some surprising, inventive help from her brother and former boyfriend/banker Lucas.

Marry ME for Christmas is the Prequel 
MARRY US FOR CHRISTMAS – Sunday, December 7 at 7 PM ET
Stars: Malinda Williams (Soul Food), Victoria Rowell (The Young and the Restless) and Karon Riley (35 and Ticking).
In the sequel to last year’s popular UP Original Movie Marry Me For Christmas, it’s a year after Marci (Malinda Williams) and Blair (Karon Joseph Riley) declared their love for each other and decided to tie the knot. But as the big day approaches, Marci is so consumed with work that she hasn’t had time to plan her wedding. To make matters worse, she may have to team up with former assistant/fake fiancé Adam to win a project she’s been vying for – a little tidbit she hasn’t shared with Blair. But Blair, as it turns out, has a secret of his own. Thanks to years of doing pro bono work for financially-strapped clients, he quickly is running out of cash and might have to accept an offer to work for his longtime nemesis, Marci’s manipulative cousin Preston. Meanwhile, Marci’s mother Stephanie (Victoria Rowell) is making some rather bold moves of her own with her sexy salsa teacher, Antonio, who’s more than a little smitten with her — and about 20 years her junior. Will there be a wedding for Christmas? Better yet - whose wedding will it be?


New Lifetime Christmas Movies 2014

The yearly, Its a Wonderful Lifetime, programming event kicks off November 22nd with the premiere of 1 of 5 new Holiday Movies. So bake some cookies, and relax by the fire, Lifetime has some wonderful holiday Movies for you to enjoy.

2014 New Lifetime Christmas Movies

An En Vogue Christmas - Saturday, November 22, 8PM 
Over the years, the funky divas of En Vogue have gone their separate ways, until they are asked to perform a benefit concert to save the club that made them stars. They put aside their hesitations to reunite for the special night, but first must overcome their challenging history with Marty (David Alan Grier, In Living Color), their former manager and the man responsible for breaking them up. In the spirit of the holidays, the ladies find forgiveness and come together for an epic En Vogue Christmas concert to keep the club from closing its doors forever. Stars Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, Rhona Bennett as themselves and features some of En Vogue's biggest hits and two new original songs. Genelle Williams also stars.

Seasons of Love - Sunday, November 23, 9PM 
with Taraji P. Henson and Gladys Knight
Kyla (LeToya Luckett, Single Ladies) and Amir's (Cleo Anthony, Divergent) new romance is thrown for a loop when Amir's father (Richard Portnow) suddenly passes away and Kyla's ex, Miles (Rob Riley, Hit the Floor), comes back into the picture. The two struggle to determine what truly matters to them in this story of life, love and family. Taraji P. Henson stars and executive produces, while Gladys Knight and Cliff "Method Man" Smith also star.

Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever - Saturday, November 29, 9PM 
Grumpy Cat (voiced by Aubrey Plaza) is a lonely cat living in a mall pet shop. Because she never gets chosen by customers, she develops a sour outlook on life... until one day during the holidays, a very special 12-year-old girl named Chyrstal enters the pet store and falls in love with her after realizing she is the only person who can hear this unique cat talk. As the two develop a close friendship during the holiday rush, Grumpy reluctantly thwarts the kidnapping of an exotic dog she dislikes, and on Christmas Eve rescues Chyrstal after the mall closes. Through her adventures, will Grumpy learn the true meaning of Christmas? Or will it be, in her words, the "Worst. Christmas. Ever?"

Wally Lamb's Wishin' and Hopin' - Saturday, December 6, 8PM 
with narration by Chevy Chase and starring Molly Ringwald
Based on the New York Times best-selling Christmas novel by Wally Lamb comes the new Christmas classic, starring Molly Ringwald and featuring Chevy Chase as the narrator. Set in the 1960s, Wishin' and Hopin' is the story of 10-year-old Felix Funicello (Wyatt Ralff, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby), who is doing his best to navigate fifth grade at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School. His father (Danny Nucci, The Fosters) runs the local diner, and their family's claim to fame is their cousin, Annette Funicello (Krysta Rodriguez, Smash), the famous teen star and Mouseketeer. With the dreaded Christmas pageant on the horizon, the holiday season gets even more exciting with the sudden arrivals of a substitute teacher (Ringwald) and a feisty Russian student, Zhenya, and promises to be one Christmas Felix will never forget. Also stars Meat Loaf (Fight Club), Annabella Sciorra (CSI), Cheri Oteri (Saturday Night Live), Conchata Ferrell (Two and a Half Men) and Camila Banus (Days of Our Lives).

The Santa Con - Saturday, December 13, 8PM
Barry Watson, Melissa Joan Hart, Jaleel White, John Ratzenberger and Wendy Williams
Small-time con man Nick DeMarco (Barry Watson, Hart of Dixie) is ordered by his parole officer to take a minimum-wage job as a department store Santa during the holidays... and he hates it. Near the end of his first shift, he hastily promises a young boy, Billy (Tucker Meeks), that Santa will bring his estranged parents back together by Christmas. When his sister Rosemary (Melissa Joan Hart, Melissa and Joey) hears this, she is livid and can't believe he would break a little boy's heart with an empty promise. After a long night of soul searching - and with the help of an insightful female pastor (Wendy Williams) - Nick decides to make good on his promise to the child, somehow. But after meeting the boy's mother Carol (Melissa Sagemiller, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), will Nick ultimately choose to put the happiness of others ahead of his own? Jaleel White (Family Matters), Scott Grimes (Party of Five) and John Ratzenberger (Cheers) also star. Hart also directs this film.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hallmark's 2014 Original Christmas Movies

Nothing says Christmas quite  like a Hallmark Christmas Movie. This year, Hallmark will be showing celebrating Christmas starting November 1st 2014 all the way until December 25th. With 13 brand new Christmas movies premiering on the Hallmark Channel this year, feel free to make the Hallmark your Christmas Movie Head Quarters. 

2014 ORIGINAL HALLMARK CHRISTMAS MOVIES


“One Starry Christmas,” Premiere on Saturday, November 1 (8PM)
starring Sarah Carter and George Canyon
Aspiring astronomy professor and Christmas enthusiast Holly (Sarah Carter) is crushed when her longtime boyfriend Adam (Paul Popowich) schedules a business trip and leaves her alone over the holidays. When she decides to surprise both Adam and her parents with a Christmas visit, however, fate, or perhaps the Christmas spirit, intervenes. Holly's bumpy holiday travel makes a turn onto the road to romance when she and her bus companion, Luke (Damon Runyan), forge an instant connection over their love of constellations and Christmas. In the spirit of the season, Holly invites Luke and his brother Bull (George Canyon) to join her family and Adam for Christmas, which instantly creates a competition between Luke and Adam for Holly's attention. As sparks fly like shooting stars between Holly and Luke, will Holly decide to play it safe and stay with Adam or to thank her lucky stars for the Christmas gift of romance with Luke?


“The Nine Lives of Christmas,”  Saturday, November 8 (8PM)
starring Brandon Routh and Gregory Harrison,
 Fireman Zachary Stone (Routh) is a confirmed bachelor who doesn’t believe in love or commitment. When a stray tabby cat named Ambrose shows up at his door, Zachary takes him in and slowly starts to see that a little companionship might not be so bad after all. Zachary’s commitment to solitude is further challenged when he meets Marilee (Sustad), an animal lover and veterinary student who teaches Zachary how to care for his new feline roommate. Chemistry immediately develops between the two, but will they find a way together despite themselves?



“A Cookie Cutter Christmas,” Premiere, Sunday, November 9 (8PM)
starring Erin Krakow and Alan Thicke,
Christie Reynolds (Krakow) and Penny Miller (Frigon) have been archrivals ever since a memorable fight over a coveted Christmas recital solo in elementary school. Now adults, they work side-by-side at the same school where they still constantly compete over everything. As the holiday season approaches, the entire school is getting into the spirit with the annual fundraising festival, which will feature an exciting new event—a teacher Christmas Cookie Bake-Off, judged by a tough five-star chef, Chef Krueger (Thicke). Penny and Christie immediately clash over the contest, both wanting to beat the other to win the grand prize, a free class trip. Christie, however, is hopeless in the kitchen, despite help from her mom, Bev (Laura Soltis, "Hiccups"). She doesn't think she has a chance—until she meets James, a new student's handsome and sweet single dad. In addition to running a charitable shelter, James is also an excellent cook. As both Christie and Penny vie for James's attention in yet another aggressive battle, Christie starts to tutor his precious, kindhearted daughter Lily (Genae Charpentier, "Girl Vs. Monster") and gets to know James outside of school. As their relationship starts to deepen, and James' baking expertise guides Christie's cookie creations, Christie’s competitive edge starts to soften. But at the final bake-off challenge, James is finally caught in the middle of Christie and Penny’s petty feud, and Christie comes to realize life’s most rewarding prizes don’t come with a trophy.


“Northpole,” Premieres Saturday, November 15 (8PM)
starring Tiffani Thiessen, Josh Hopkins, Bailee Madison, Max Charles, ‘American Idol’ winner Candice Glover, Robert Wagner and Jill St. John,
Santa (Robert Wagner) and Mrs. Claus’s (Jill St. John) magical home, Northpole, has grown into a huge city powered by the magic of holiday happiness around the world. Yet the city is in trouble, as people everywhere are too busy to enjoy festive time together. One of these stressed-out souls is Chelsea (Tiffani Thiessen), a single mom who is trying to get noticed at her new reporting job while helping her ten-year-old son Kevin (Max Charles) adjust to a new school. When he starts talking about real elves and actual sleigh rides, she worries that his imagination has gotten out of control. With a little added help from Kevin’s charming teacher Ryan (Josh Hopkins), a mysterious elf, Clementine (Bailee Madison), and a gospel singer named Josephine (Candice Glover), Chelsea may learn that even chasing down the facts can lead to holiday magic.


“Angels and Ornaments,” Premieres Sunday, November 16 (8PM)
starring Jessalyn Gilsig,
Corrine's holiday season gets an unexpected dose of romance when she meets the mysterious Harold, who is on a deadline from a higher power to help Corrine find her true love by Christmas Eve. As the clock ticks down to Harold's deadline, Corrine must decide if she will open up to Christmas love.








 
“A Royal Christmas,” Premiere, Saturday, November 22 (8PM)
starring Jane Seymour, Lacey Chabert and Katherine Flynn,
A young working girl with a blue-collar background is surprised when her new fiancé announces he is actually a prince of a small sovereign country in Europe. After the couple quickly takes off to spend the holidays at his family’s sprawling, royal castle, she must work hard to win over her disapproving and unaccepting future mother-in-law—the Queen—and find out if love truly can conquer all.






“The Christmas Shepherd,” Premieres Sunday, November 23 (8PM)
starring Teri Polo,
A successful children's book author and Army widow loses her late husband's German Shepherd, Buddy, only to later find him adopted by a new family - a single father and his daughter. Each finds a sense of Christmas spirit as they struggle to decide with whom the dog really belongs.












“Christmas Under Wraps,” Premieres Saturday, November 29 (8PM)

starring Candace Cameron-Bure,
When a driven doctor doesn't get the prestigious position she planned for, she unexpectedly finds herself moving to a remote Alaskan town.











“Debbie Macomber’s Mr. Miracle,” Saturday, December 6 (8PM)
starring Rob Morrow,
Heavenly angel Harry Mills is sent to Earth on a trial assignment to intervene in the life of a woman who needs help getting her life on track after the death of her father. With a deadline of Christmas day, he attempts to help her heal in order to embrace a new future, and an unexpected love, just in time to celebrate the miracle of the holiday season. Photo: Britt Irvin, Rob Morrowq






“Christmas At Cartwright’s,” Premiere, Sunday, December 7 (8PM)
starring Alicia Witt and Wally Shawn,
With Christmas approaching, a struggling single mom finds herself working as a department store Santa Claus, as a real-life angel delivers good fortune and the possibility of holiday romance.







“Best Christmas Party Ever,”  Premiere, Saturday, December 13 (8PM)
starring Torrey DeVitto,
With the holidays approaching, a young party planner arranges a special Christmas party for a New York toy store. When a powerful corporation threatens to shut her down, she decides to follow her heart, moving forward with the party plans and finding true love in time for Christmas.





“The Christmas Parade,” Premiere, Sunday, December 14 (8PM)
starring AnnaLynne McCord and Drew Scott,
A popular network morning host finds herself humiliated on the air by her fiancé and disappears to a small town. While there, she helps a budding artist save a community art center for the town's kids, by helping them with their float for the annual Christmas Parade.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

10 More Episodes of My Five Wives returns tonight!

TLC is bringing back the Williams Family, with 10 new episodes of  “My Five Wives”


With 30+ people in the Williams household there is never a moment where something isn’t going on. This Season Brady William, the husband of 5 wives and the father to more than 24 children, is trying to turn his rather large family into a more cohesive unit starting with a wives. To do this he is instituting double date (yea it’s what your think two wives and 1 Brody) I don’t know about anyone else but this seems like a disaster in the making. With Nonie and Rhonda trying to have more babies with Brody (one naturally, the other through adoption) the real question is can Brady handle the stress of an ever growing family? Throughout the season the entire family visits Brady’s parents in Washington State for a vacation while they debate moving 1,000 miles away from their current home in Utah, and Rhonda finds the courage to face her earlier cancer scare, with sister wife Robyn supporting her along the way. 


The new 10-part season premieres Sunday, October 27 at 10PM ET/PT on TLC.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Night Shift gets a Second Season


NBC grabs a second season of their hit summer series The Night Shift. The Night Shift was originally order as a mid-season series but later got pushed until summer. The Night Shift, is about the men and women who work graveyard at San Antonio Memorial, got its series order as part of a four-show deal between NBC and Sony TV in May 2013 that included

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cancellations begin at Fox (yes, already)

Fox has started their cancellations for the year early. Mid-Season drama, Hieroglyph has been cancelled by the network before any episodes aired. Hieroglyph centered a notorious thief (Max Brown) who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah (Reece Ritchie), navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers. This action adventure series was

Friday, July 25, 2014

USA sticks with Sirens for Season 2

  USA Network is sticking with their comedy slate and has picked up a second 13 episode season of their freshman paramedic comedy Sirens. Although it started out with low rating it quicker developed a core audience and began to grow in the rating with each new episode, despite losing its Suits lead-in halfway through the season. Sirens ranks as the top new basic cable comedy series of the year among total viewers, averaging 1.62 million, and in adults 25-54 (870,000).