Friday, October 27, 2017

Freeform Sets Nov. 27 for Original Christmas Film; Lifetime Celebrates the Holidays with It's a Really, Really Cozy Christmas

Angry Angel - Brenda Song and Jason Biggs

Freeform, Disney's young adult television and streaming network, in association with Sony Pictures Television, announced that its first original Christmas movie, Angry Angel, will premiere Monday, Nov. 27 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST), during the network's annual "Countdown to 25 days of Christmas" extravaganza. Directed by Jamie Travis (Scream: The TV Series, Faking It), the two-hour holiday movie stars Jason Biggs (Orange Is the New Black), Brenda Song (Pure Genius), Ricky Mabe (Preacher), Andrew Bachelor (Meet the Blacks) and Andy Favreau (Aquarius).

Set in New York City, "Angry Angel" follows a young woman-turned-angel, Allison Pyke (played by Song), who is stuck on Earth and can't seem to ring the right bells in order to pass through those pearly gates into heaven. When the love of her life, Patrick (played by Mabe), shows up in New York City, it complicates Pyke's journey as well as frustrates her angel mentor, Jason Biggs (played by Biggs). The not-so-merry situation also turns into an unexpected love triangle with her friend with sometimes benefits, Barker (played by Favreau). Angry Angel will finish out Freeform's annual "Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas," which begins on Nov. 18. Freeform's holiday programming appetizer will get viewers into the holiday spirit with fan-favorites movies, including the Freeform premieres of Inside Out, Four Christmases and Snow Day, among fan favorites Elf, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Home Alone and a magical Harry Potter weekend. "Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas" airs through the Thanksgiving weekend until Nov. 30.


Lifetime's "It's a Really, Really Cozy Christmas" holiday movie slate will feature six original movies beginning Saturday, November 25 at 8pm ET/PT. Six mini-movies will also debut following each new movie premiere. The original movies includes stars Mario Lopez, Melissa Joan Hart, Dan Lauria, Tatyana Ali, Mindy Sterling, Markie Post, Arielle Kebbel, Brian Denney, Bethany Joy Lenz, Faith Ford, Jackee Harry, Jasmine guy, Kim Fields, Mario Cantone, Brendan Fehr, Jana Kramer and many others

Here's the complete schedule:

Wrapped Up In Christmas

Wrapped Up In Christmas
Saturday, November 25 at 8pm ET/PT

Christmas is one of Heather’s (Tatyana Ali, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) favorite times of year but this year, as the manager of the upscale Town Center Mall, she has to be the Christmas Grinch and cancel the leases of under-performing stores. One afternoon, Heather’s niece, Molly asks the mall Santa to help find a boyfriend for her beloved aunt. Unbeknownst to Molly and Heather, “Santa” is actually Ryan (Brendan Fehr, Guardians of the Galaxy), who is working at the mall for the holidays and helping his Aunt Patty run her failing toy store. As Heather and Ryan begin to fall for each other, they have no idea of one another's true identity: Heather who is tasked with closing his aunt's store and Ryan who is too ashamed to tell Heather that he is the actually the mall Santa. Will Molly's Christmas wish come true, or will Heather be stuck as the Town Center Grinch? The film also stars Kim Fields, Jasmine Guy, Joseph Marcell, Dan Lauria, Jackee Harry and Mindy Sterling. Wrapped Up In Christmas is produced by ARO Entertainment. Jeff Schenck executive produces. Peter Sullivan serves as a director from a script by Jennifer Notas Shapiro.

A Family for Christmas Mini-Movie
Saturday, November 25 at 10pm ET/PT

Becky and her family are always in a hurry and rarely has the time to speak with her sweet, elderly neighbor Grace who always trying to start conversation with her. When Becky discovers that none of Grace's grown children will be home for Christmas, Becky decides invite Grace to join her family for Christmas Eve.

A Very Merry Toy Store

A Very Merry Toy Store
Sunday, November 26 at 8pm ET/PT

onnie Forrester (Melissa Joan Hart, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch), a young single mom, and Will DiNova (Mario Lopez, Holiday in Handcuffs) each run their small, family-owned toy stores in Connecticut. Similar to their families, Connie and Will have been business rivals for year, until both of their livelihoods fall into jeopardy when the big box toy store "Roy's Toys" has its grand opening right before Christmas. In order to save their businesses, Connie and Will band together to save the stores that have defined their families for generations, and in the process, might just find love in time for Christmas. The film also stars Beth Broderick, Brian Dennehy, Billy Gardell, Mario Cantone, Dan Amboyer and Tara Strong. A Very Merry Toy Store is produced by Hartbreak Films. Paula Hart and Melissa Joan Hart executive produce. Paula serves as a director; David Breckman serves as a writer.

The Snowman Mini-Movie
Sunday, November 26 at 10pm ET/PT

After wishing for the perfect man, a woman awakes to discover her new handsome neighbor is actually the snowman she built the day before, who has now come to life. But when she awakes on Christmas morning, he is gone and the snowman is back. Could it all have been a dream?

Four Christmases and a Wedding

Four Christmases and a Wedding
Saturday, December 2 at 8pm ET/PT

When event planner Chloe (Arielle Kebbel, Midnight Texas, UnREAL) is hired to plan the local Christmas Festival, she is beyond thrilled to embrace the challenge. Professionally, everything is going great, but much to the dismay of her mother (Markie Post, Christmas on the Bayou), Chloe confesses she has given up on ever finding Mr. Right. That all changes the night of the opening of the festival when she meets Evan. The two begin a whirlwind romance, but as Christmas Day nears, Chloe learns that Evan is being transferred overseas for work. What follows is three more Christmases where Chloe and Evan cross paths at the annual festival, but each year something -- or someone -- stands in the way of true love. Will a touch of Santa's magic on their fourth Christmas Eve finally bring them together? The movie also stars Corey Sevier, Judge Reinhold and Robyn Lawley. Four Christmases and a Wedding is produced by Annuit Coeptis Entertainment. Timothy O. Johnson executive produces. Marita Grabiak serves as a director with a script by Barbara Kymlicka.

The Ugly Christmas Sweater Mini-Movie
Saturday, December 2 10pm ET/PT

During her first days working at a social media company, Megan’s team is tasked with finding the best Christmas hashtag and she is determined to be the one to do so to impress her boss and the cute guy in her cubicle. However, when she is forced to wear her eccentric grandmother’s gift, an ugly Christmas sweater, her unfortunate turn of events may well be the key to winning over her new boss and her new beau.

My Christmas Prince

My Christmas Prince
Sunday, December 3 at 8pm ET/PT

Samantha (Alexis Knapp, Pitch Perfect), a dedicated teacher in Manhattan, returns to her home town of Maple Falls, Wyoming every year for Christmas. This year, she's delighted when her boyfriend Alex, a European diplomat from the tiny country of Madelvia, decides to joins her. Samantha later discovers Alex is actually a prince destined for the throne, turning her entire world upside down. Realizing that staying with Alex means spending her life in the constant glare of publicity and giving up the job opportunity of a lifetime, Samantha must decide if she loves Alex enough to make the transition from teacher to royal, or will it be too big a leap for this small-town girl? My Christmas Prince is produced by ARO Entertainment. Jeff Schenck executive produces. Sam Irvin serves as a director; Topher Payne and Jennifer Notas Shapiro serve as a writers.

Dear Santa Mini-Movie
Sunday, December 3 at 10pm ET/PT

When a young girl tries to write a letter to Santa, she confesses to the mailman that she can't think of what to ask for after her Grandma passed away and her mother has been really sad. Without family to spend the holiday with, the mailman decides that for the next twelve days, he will deliver surprise gifts to the mom to remind her of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Christmas in Mississippi

Christmas in Mississippi
Saturday, December 9 at 8pm ET/PT

Photographer Holly Logan (Jana Kramer, Country Crush) returns to her hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi for Christmas. The town is resurrecting their traditional holiday light show for the first time since a terrible hurricane struck five years earlier. Holly volunteers to pitch in, but soon has second thoughts when she discovers the festival is run by her high school sweetheart, Mike (Wes Brown, We Are Marshall). Now Holly must spend the next few days with the man who broke her heart. With the help of Caroline (Faith Ford, Hope & Faith), her match-making mother and Mr. Kriss, the kind man who will play Santa in the town's celebration, Holly begins to fall in love with her hometown, and Mike, all over again. Christmas in Mississippi also stars Barry Bostwick (Spin City, Cougar Town) and Richard Karn (Home Improvement). Christmas in Mississippi is produced by Ken Badish and Daniel Lewis of Active Entertainment. Emily Moss Wilson serves as the director. Marcy Holland serves as the writer.

Holiday Trap Mini-Movie
Satuday, December 9 at 10pm ET/PT

When a couple on the brink of divorce gets stuck in an elevator together on Christmas Eve, both think this will be a nightmare. But surprisingly, the Christmas music brings back memories, the gifts they have just shopped for spark a flame, and a misunderstanding from a Christmas past is resolved. As the elevator crew works overtime to rescue them, they realize where they went wrong and rekindle a love that had never really died.

Snowed-Inn Christmas

Snowed-Inn Christmas
Saturday, December 16 at 8pm ET/PT

Jenna Hudson (Bethany Joy Lenz, Colony) and Kevin Jenner (Andrew Walker, A Bride for Christmas) are polar opposites, working for the same online publication in New York City. With both having nowhere they want to be for Christmas, they volunteer for a special writing assignment. After a snowstorm forces their plane to land in none other than Santa Claus, Indiana, the two are placed in a Christmas Wonderland and the focus of their story shifts to saving the historic town inn run by Carol and Christopher Winters. As the two overcome their differences, they also rediscover the magic of Christmas. But with the inn's fate in jeopardy and the return of someone from Jenna's past, Carol and Christopher lend a helping hand to bring Jenna and Kevin together. The film also stars Tasha Smith. Snowed-Inn Christmas is produced by Juliette Hagopian and is executive produced by Howard Braunstein. Gary Yates serves as a director; Carly Smale serves as the writer.

Christmas Grandpa Mini-Movie
Saturday, December 16 at 10pm ET/PT

The cashier at a small market is a grouchy man who never has a smile for anyone; but when a little girl asks for a Grandpa for Christmas and chooses him, he is completely transformed by the child's love and compassion.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, October 22

Sydney to the Max - "Honey, You Shrunk the Fit" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Sydney is asked to represent a popular clothing line on social media but struggles with its "one size fits all" mold; in the '90s, Max enlists Leo to help him get buff to impress Alisha.

Gabby Duran & the Unsittables - "Adventures in Alien House-Sitting" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Gabby gets FOMO while babysitting an alien smart home, but when she uses the cool alien tech to lure a party to the house, the situation goes dangerously interstellar.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 18)

Friday, October 22

  • Martin Short (Only Murders in the Building/Mulaney/The Martin Short Show) - Watch Martin on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld) - Jerry appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso/Son of Zorn/The Cleveland Show) and Brendan Hunt (Ted Lasso) - Jason, Brendan and Joe Kelly are guests on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm/Broad City/Baby Boom) - Susie chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Montana Jordan (Young Sheldon) - Montana appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Ricky Gervais (After Life/The Office) - Ricky talks about his new podcast, Absolutely Mental, on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G./The Carmichael Show) - Tiffany guest hosts The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Leah Remini (Kevin Can Wait/The Exes/Family Tools/The King of Queens/Fired Up) - Leah guest hosts The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Abigail Breslin (Scream Queens) - Abigail appears on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary) - Quinta is a guest on Tamron Hall, so check your local listings.
  • Laura Benanti (Younger/The Detour/Go On) - Laura will be on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Issa Rae (Insecure) - Issa appears on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm/Son of Zorn/Suburgatory) - Cheryl is a guest on Access Daily, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June-October)

Head of the Class - The Complete Third Season Family Ties - The Complete Series (2021 Release) Hot in Cleveland - The Complete Series (2021 Release) Young Sheldon - The Complete Fourth Season Maude - The Complete Series (2021 Release)

06/08 - The Critic - The Complete Series
06/08 - Fuller House - The Fifth and Final Season
06/08 - Fuller House - The Complete Series
06/08 - Our Cartoon President - Season 3
06/15 - The Office - Season 1 (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9
06/15 - Parks and Recreation - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
07/07 - No Activity - Season 2
07/13 - The Unicorn - Season 2
07/20 - Head of the Class - The Complete Third Season
07/27 - Family Ties - The Complete Series (2021 Release)
07/27 - Hot in Cleveland - The Complete Series (2021 Release)
07/27 - The Neighborhood - Season Three
08/20 - The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet - Deluxe Edition (100 Episodes) (Time Life)
08/20 - The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet - Standard Edition (50 Episodes) (Time Life)
08/24 - The Jim Gaffigan Show - Season 2
09/07 - Young Sheldon - The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
10/19 - Maude - The Complete Series (2021 Release)
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