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October 31st, 2014

New Christmas-Themed Specials & Movies in 2014

Unexpected kisses can happen under mistletoe during the Christmas holidays. Photo by cohdra © MorgueFiles

Unexpected kisses can happen under mistletoe during the Christmas holidays. Photo by cohdra © MorgueFiles

Christmas Movies and Specials in November and December 2014

It’s almost the holiday season. Snuggle up under a warm blanket, grab that hot cocoa and settle in to watch some NEW Christmas-Themed Specials & Movies including some of your favorite TV shows that will celebrate the holiday season. (Shows listed in alpha order. Times listed are EST.)

A Christmas Kiss II (ION)

Saturday, December 13 @ 9:00pm

At a Christmastime event, Jenna shares an impromptu, unforgettable kiss under the mistletoe with the dashing Cooper Montgomery, a billionaire playboy who recently returned to the city. Although she doesn’t know him, Cooper learns that Jenna works for Cooper’s sister at the designer fashion house founded by their dad. Fearful of getting hurt in another relationship, Jenna vows to resist Cooper’s charms and feigns a romance with her heartbroken next door neighbor. As the two begin spending more time together, Jenna realizes that Cooper’s affection is real, but still worries that he won’t be able to shed his former ways. Starring Elisabeth Harnois, Adam Mayfield, Elisabeth Röhm, Lola Glaudini, Jonathan Bennett, Celesta Hodge, and Ray Laska.

A Christmas Mystery (ION)

Sunday, November 30 @ 9:00pm

While searching through her late mother’s attic, Rebecca uncovers sealed cards from a mysterious suitor that had been addressed to her widowed Mom over the past 12 Christmases. As she begins to wonder the identity of man, Rebecca hires a handsome, yet mysterious, detective, Andrew, to help solve the mystery behind the letters. While working to unravel the family mystery, Rebecca and Andrew begin to fall for one another, but soon learn there’s more to the case than either expected. Starring Esmé Bianco, Ryan Bittle, John Ratzenberger, John Colton, Anne Leighton, Kristen Miller, and Ben Trotter.

A Christmas Tree Miracle (UpTV)

Wednesday, November 26 @ 9:00pm

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! Starring Kevin Sizemore, Terry Kiser, and Jill Whelan.

Christmas Cookies. Photo by cheriedurbin © MorgueFiles

Christmas Cookies. Photo by cheriedurbin © MorgueFiles

A Cookie Cutter Christmas (Hallmark)

Sunday, November 9 @ 8:00pm

Two longtime rivals and elementary school teachers duke it out during the holidays in a Christmas cookie bake-off, but their real feud ignites over a shared interest in a handsome single dad. With both determined to win the prize and the romance, their competitiveness could jeopardize what matters most this Christmas season. Starring Erin Krakow, Alan Thicke, David Haydn-Jones, Miranda Frigon, Laura Soltis, and Genae Marie Charpentier.

A Perfect Christmas List (ION)

Sunday, December 14 @ 9:00pm

Just two weeks before Christmas, Sara Smith gets a call from home about her grandmother Evie, who has been sent to the hospital. Having always been close, the health scare is enough to get Sara to do the unthinkable… come home for Christmas. While Sara plans to get a hotel room for her stay, her mother won’t allow it. Sara eventually relents, but it’s clear that time has not repaired their relationship, and her mother returns to her overbearing ways. With her handsome doctor’s approval, the convalescing Evie conjures up a curious challenge. As a “last wish,” she tasks her daughter and granddaughter with list of festive accomplishments to do together before Christmas, hoping that the adventure of the experience will repair their relationship. Along the way, Sara discovers an unlisted Christmas adventure with Evie’s physician. Starring Ellen Hollman, Marion Ross, Aaron Hill, Beth Broderick, and Richard Karn.

A Royal Christmas (Hallmark)

Saturday, November 22 @ 8:00pm

Emily Corrigan (Lacey Chabert), a young working girl with a blue-collar background, is surprised when her new fiancé, Leo (Stephen Hagan) 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, Queen Isadora (Jane Seymour) and find out if love truly can conquer all. Also starring Katherine Flynn.

 A Toast to 2014! (NBC Special)

Wednesday, December 31 @ TBA

An En Vogue Christmas (Lifetime)

Saturday, November 22 @ 8:00pm

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), 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. Staring 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.

Angels & Ornaments (Hallmark)

Sunday, November 16 @ 8:00pm

Corrine’s (Jessalyn Gilsig ) holiday season gets an unexpected dose of romance when she meets the mysterious Harold (Sergio Di Zio), who is on a deadline from a higher power to help Corrine find her true love by Christmas Eve. Corrine and Harold work in a music store along with Dave (Graham Abbey), a childhood friend of Corrine’s. As Corrine plays Christmas carols in the store, Harold plays matchmaker between Corrine and Dave. As the clock ticks down to Harold’s deadline, Corrine must decide if she will open up to Christmas love. Also starring Samantha Espie and Roger Doche.

An Angel for the Christmas tree. Photo by earl53 © MorgueFiles

An Angel for the Christmas tree. Photo by earl53 © MorgueFiles

Angel on My Tree (Hallmark)

Saturday, November 1 @ 8:00pm

When Carrie, a hopeless romantic, wishes on a Christmas tree ornament for a great romance, she doesn’t expect it to materialize into a choice between three suitors and a quest to find her true love before Christmas day.

Baby Daddy (ABCF)

Wednesday, December 10 @ 8:30pm

Back to Christmas (ION)

Saturday, December 20 @ 9:00pm

Saddened about spending another Christmas alone, Ali meets Ginny, a quirky and spunky woman, at a diner on Christmas Eve. Ali tells Ginny that she was to be married on New Year’s Eve last year, but over the course of the holidays she and her fiancé unexpectedly split. When Ali explains that she would do everything differently if she could go back in time, Ginny tells her that “sometimes people do get second chances.” The following morning, Ali wakes up to find herself transported back to that Christmas before her planned wedding. While she sets out to avoid the mistakes of her past, she learns that changing the course of history is no easy task. Starring Kelly Overton, Michael Muhney, Jonathan Patrick Moore, Jennifer Elise Cox, Moses Jacob Storm, Gloria Loring, and Mark Hutter.

Best Christmas Party Ever (Hallmark)

Saturday, December 13 @ 8:00pm

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. Starring Torrey DeVitto, Steve Lund, Linda Thorson and Harmon Walsh.

Chasing Life (ABCF)

Tuesday, December 9 @ 9:00pm

Christmas at Cartwrights (Hallmark)

Sunday, December 7 @ 8:00pm

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. Starring Alicia Witt and Wallace Shawn.

Christmas in Palm Springs (UpTV)

Sunday, November 23 @ 7:00pm

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. Starring Patrick Muldoon, Dina Meyer, Ian Ziering, and Bill Cobbs.

Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NBC)

Wednesday, December 3 @ 8:00pm

(One-Hour Live Special) NBC once again heralds the arrival of the holidays with a dazzling display of musical talents, star-studded surprises and the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree for the 17th annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center telecast. The biggest stars, TV personalities and musical guests join the celebration each year, as thousands of people from all over the globe line up to watch as 30,000 lights bring the world’s most famous Christmas tree to life. With millions more watching the live telecast from home, this beloved seasonal tradition is a wonderful way to roll out the holiday festivities with your loved ones.

Christmas presents. Photo by pippalou © MorgueFiles

Christmas presents. Photo by pippalou © MorgueFiles

Christmas Under Wraps (Hallmark)

Sunday, November 30 @ 8:00pm

When a driven doctor doesn’t get the prestigious position she planned for, she unexpectedly finds herself moving to a remote Alaskan town. While she meets the locals and even starts a new romance, she has to learn to let the life she planned for give way to a love she never could have imagined, and finds this festive small town is hiding one big holiday secret. Starring Candace Cameron Bure.

CMA Country Christmas (ABC)

Monday, December 1 @ 8:00pm

Debbie Macomber’s Mr. Miracle (Hallmark)

Saturday, December 6 @ 8:00pm

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. Starring Rob Morrow, Michelle Harrison, Britt Irvin, Sarah-Jane Redmond, and Andrew Francis. Debbie Macomber’s Mr. Miracle is based on the novel Mr. Miracle being released in hardcover by Ballantine in October 2014.

Gettng On (HBO)

Sunday, November 30 at 10:30pm

“The 7th Annual Christmas Card Competition”

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas (NBC)

Tuesday, December 16 @ 8:00pm

This NBC special will be an “all-new retelling” of Buddy the Elf’s story from both the movie and the musical. Santa will narrate Buddy’s journey from the North Pole to New York City as he sets out to meet the father he never knew he had. The all-star voice cast also includes Ed Asner, Fred Armisen, Gilbert Gottfried, Jay Leno, Kate Micucci, Mark Hamill, Matt Lauer, Max Charles, Rachael MacFarlane, and Steve Higgins.

Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever (Lifetime)

Saturday, November 29 @ 8:00pm

Grumpy Cat 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 (Aubrey Plaza ) 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?”

How Murray Saved Christmas (NBC Special)

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(Animated) How Murray Saved Christmas is a one-hour animated Christmas special that turns all other holiday specials on their heads. The story begins in Stinky Cigars, the secret town where all the holiday characters live, from the famous (Santa and the Easter Bunny) to the obscure (Labor Day Amos and Arbor Day Aardvark). Everyone’s happy in Stinky Cigars – except Murray Weiner (Jerry Stiller), the grumpy owner of Murray’s Holiday Diner. But when Santa is knocked out cold by an experimental toy – the Jack-in-the-Boxer – it’s up to Murray to save Christmas – which he does, in a weirdly wonderful way. He even brings toys to the naughty kids! This hour of songs, pop culture references, smart jokes and silly slapstick features the vocal talents of Jason Alexander as Doc Holiday, Sean Hayes as Edison Elf, Dennis Haysbert as The Narrator, John Ratzenberger as Officer Bender, and Kevin Michael Richardson as Santa Claus. How Murray saved Christmas is based on the best-selling children’s book from multiple Emmy®-winning writer-producer Mike Reiss.

A real husky pup. Photo by nasirkhan © MorgueFiles

A real husky pup. Photo by nasirkhan © MorgueFiles

Jingle Bell’s and Christmas Stars (Hallmark)

Thursday, November 27 @ 10:30am

(Animated Special) Jingle the Husky Pup is back in his latest holiday adventure, and this time he and his buddy Andrew have some new friends. A little girl named Sofia and her Husky Pup, Bell, have moved from sunny Palm City to Pineville just before Christmas. With their world turned upside down, this looks to them like it could be the worst Christmas ever, but with a little help from Jingle and his pal Andrew, Sofia and Bell will soon discover that Christmas isn’t about where you are, it’s about who you’re with.

Merry Ex-Mas (ION)

Sunday, December 7 @ 9:00pm

When misleading photos are published of security company chief Jessie Rogers purportedly caught in a love nest with his rock star client, his humiliated wife, Noëlle, throws him out of the house and swiftly files for divorce. Unable to convince her of his innocence, Jessie fights in vain to win Noëlle back. A year later at the family ski cabin, a Christmastime blizzard snowbounds Jessie, his daughter, ex-mother-in-law, Noëlle and her wealthy suitor, Flynn, who is plotting a surprise wedding. Starring Dean Cain, Kristy Swanson, Lochlyn Munro, Shannon Kummer, Sharon Thomas Cain, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Ernie Hudson, and Rebecca Grant.

Melissa & Joey (ABCF)

Wednesday, December 10 @ 8:00pm

Naughty & Nice (UpTV)

Sunday, November 9 @ 7:00pm

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. Also starring Maureen McCormick, and Terrence “T.C.” Carson.

Northpole (Hallmark)

Saturday, November 15 @ 8:00pm

Northpole, the magical city where Santa (Robert Wagner) and his elves live and work is in trouble. Families around the globe have gotten too busy to enjoy the season together, and Northpole depends on their holiday happiness to keep running. In the hopes of turning things around, a determined young elf, Clementine (Bailee Madison), befriends Kevin (Max Charles), a little boy with a lot of spirit. His skeptical journalist mom, Chelsea (Tiffani Thiessen), doesn’t have room in her heart for anything but the facts, so it’s going to take a little nudge from his charming teacher, Ryan (Josh Hopkins) to create an unbeatable Christmas team to turn around this town and share the importance of the season with the whole world. Also starring Candice Glover as gospel singer Josephine and Jill St. John as Mrs. Claus.

One Christmas Eve (Hallmark and/or ABC?)

Sunday, November 30 @ 9:00pm

In One Christmas Eve Anne Heche stars as a recently-divorced mom who wants her two kids’ first Christmas “without dad” to be perfect. An entertaining but unfortunate series of Christmas Eve mishaps ensures that won’t happen – unless perfect means the family has its most memorable and heartwarming Christmas ever. A production of Hallmark Hall of Fame and ABC.

Christmas Eve Snow. Photo by Saffrodite © MorgueFiles

Christmas Eve Snow. Photo by Saffrodite © MorgueFiles

One Starry Christmas (Hallmark)

Saturday, November 1 @ 8:00pm

Holly (Sarah Carter) is an aspiring astronomy professor who finds unexpected Christmas romance when she meets a charming cowboy, Luke (Damon Runyan) during her holiday travel. As she decides between this new cowboy and her practical boyfriend Adam (Paul Popowhich), she must decide whether it’s better to play it safe in love, or let an adventurous cowboy steal her heart. Also starring George Canyon as Bull, Luke’s brother.

Paper Angels (UpTV)

Sunday, November 16 @ 7:00pm

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. Paper Angels is 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.

Party Down South (CMT)

Thursday, December 18 @ 10:00pm

“Christmas Hangover”

It’s anything but normal for the Party Down South crew for Christmas. Whether it’s Lyle’s duck call caroling, Lauren’s tacky sweater party, Murray getting his annual Christmas tattoo or Mattie ringing in 2015 as “Martha,” they definitely share some off-the-wall redneck family holiday traditions during Party Down South: Christmas Hangover.

Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution (FOX Special)

Wednesday, December 31 @ 11:00pm

Pretty Little Liars (ABCF)

Tuesday, December 9 @ 8:00pm

Santa Hunters (Nick)

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Santa is real! Photo by xenia © MorgueFiles

Santa is real! Photo by xenia © MorgueFiles

Everyone knows Santa Claus — white beard, red coat, belly that jiggles like a bowl of jelly, right? But what do we REALLY know about him? That’s what the Santa Hunters are trying to find out. Alex and his cousins are on a mission to catch Ol’ Saint Nick in action Christmas night. But will their Santa stakeout have unintended consequences? You’ll just have to wait and see!

The Santa Hunters are:

Alex – One joyful Christmas, Alex received a very special gift from his Uncle Charlie. Santa’s pipe! But when he tried to share this with the world, Alex was the target of teasing and yuletide pranks. So this year, he’s going to catch Kris Kringle and his reindeer in the act to prove the nonbelievers wrong. As the leader of the Santa Hunters, all Alex wants for Christmas is photographic evidence!

Zoey- Zoey is Alex’s favorite cousin and Alex’s number two. She’s super smart and tech-savvy, making her a huge help when it comes to Santa hunting. Forget hanging up stockings and decking the halls, this gal is all about bugging the tree and rigging the fireplace.

Elizabeth- Elizabeth is Alex’s younger sister and adorable camera girl who loves arts & crafts and baking cookies. Even though Elizabeth would rather wear a tiara than x-ray goggles, she’s still out to help the gang in any way that she can.

Richard- Richard is Alex’s OTHER favorite cousin. He’s a martial artist and the Santa Hunters’ security expert. Richard is skilled at hitting, crushing, squashing and, if you’re not looking too hard, camouflage.

Santa Hunters stars April Telek, Benjamin Flores Jr., Breanna Yde, Serge Houde, Kelly Perine, Donavon Stinson, Mace Coronel, Laya DeLeon Hayes, Lisa MacFadden, and Hayes Laya.

Seasons of Love (Lifetime)

Sunday, November 23 at 9:00pm

Kyla and Amir’s new romance is thrown for a loop when Amir’s father suddenly passes away and Kyla’s ex, Miles , comes back into the picture. The two struggle to determine what truly matters to them in this story of life, love and family. Starring LeToya Luckett, Cleo Anthony, Richard Portnow, Rob Riley, Taraji P. Henson, Gladys Knight, and Cliff “Method Man” Smith.

Switched at Birth (ABCF)

Monday, December 8 @ 9:00pm

“Yuletide Fortune Tellers”

Santa is always a hit at the Christmas Parades. Photo by gracey © MorgueFiles

Santa is always a hit at the Christmas Parades. Photo by gracey © MorgueFiles

The Christmas Parade (Hallmark)

Sunday, December 14 @ 8:00pm

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. Starring AnnaLynne McCord, Jefferson Brown, and Drew Scott.

The Christmas Secret (Hallmark)

Sunday, December 7 @ 9:00pm

Based on the bestselling book of the same name by New York Times bestselling author Donna VanLiere, The Christmas Secret tells the heartfelt story of a single mom who discovers a miraculous secret at Christmas that forever changes her life and the lives of those around her. Starring Bethany Joy Lenz and John Reardon.

The Christmas Shepherd (Hallmark)

Sunday, November 23 @ 8:00pm

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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. Also starring Maureen McCormick, and Terrence “T.C.” Carson.

The Fosters (ABCF)

Monday, December 8 @ 8:00pm

“Christmas Past”

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 2014 (Hallmark)

Wednesday, December 10 @ 4:00pm

To commemorate one of the most joyous and festive periods of the year, Hollywood pulls out all the stops with its annual mega parade. The Hollywood Christmas Parade is a lively affair, featuring musical bands, celebrities in open air antique cars, marching bands, live cartoon characters, twelve equestrian groups and much more.

The Nine Lives of Christmas (Hallmark)

Saturday, November 8 @ 8:00pm

With Christmas approaching, a handsome fireman afraid of commitment adopts a stray cat and meets a beautiful veterinary student who challenges his decision to remain a confirmed bachelor. Starring Brandon Routh, Kimberley Sustad, Stephanie Bennett, Chelsea Hobbs, Sean Tyson, Dalias Blake, and Gregory Harrison.

The Santa Con (Lifetime)

Thursday, December 13 @ 8:00pm

Small-time con man Nick DeMarco (Barry Watson) 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) 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), will Nick ultimately choose to put the happiness of others ahead of his own? Jaleel White, Scott Grimes, and John Ratzenberger also star.

Woody from Toy Story. Photo by Deror avi © Wikimedia Commons

Woody from Toy Story. Photo by Deror avi © Wikimedia Commons

Toy Story That Time Forgot (ABC Special)

Tuesday, December 2 @ 8:00pm

During a post-Christmas play date, the Toy Story gang find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It’s all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie’s room in this Toy Story That Time Forgot. Starring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Kristen Schaal, Kevin McKidd, Wallace Shawn, Timothy Dalton, Don Rickles, and Joan Cusack.

Wally Lamb’s Wishin’ and Hopin’ (Lifetime)

Saturday, December 6 at 8:00pm

Set in the 1960s, Wishin’ and Hopin’ is the story of 10-year-old Felix Funicello, who is doing his best to navigate fifth grade at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School. His father runs the local diner, and their family’s claim to fame is their cousin, Annette Funicello, 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 (Molly Ringwald) and a feisty Russian student, Zhenya, and promises to be one Christmas Felix will never forget. Starring Chevy Chase as the narrator, Wyatt Ralff, Danny Nucci, Krysta Rodriguez, Meatloaf, Annabella Sciorra, Cheri Oteri, Conchata Ferrell, and Camila Banus. Based on the New York Times best-selling Christmas novel by Wally Lamb.

WWE Tribute to the Troops (NBC Special)

Saturday, December 27 @ 8:00pm

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October 30th, 2014

A Christmas Mystery to Premiere on ION

A Christmas card. Photo by gracey © MorgueFiles

A Christmas card. Photo by gracey © MorgueFiles

In A Christmas Mystery, Rebecca uncovers sealed cards from a mysterious suitor that had been addressed to her widowed Mom over the past 12 Christmases. As she begins to wonder the identity of man, Rebecca hires a handsome, yet mysterious, detective, Andrew, to help solve the mystery behind the letters. While working to unravel the family mystery, Rebecca and Andrew begin to fall for one another, but soon learn there’s more to the case than either expected. A Christmas Mystery stars Esmé Bianco, Ryan Bittle, John Ratzenberger, John Colton, Anne Leighton, Kristen Miller, and Ben Trotter.

A Christmas Mystery premieres Sunday, November 30 at 9:00pm on ION.

Click the following link for the complete list of New Christmas-Themed Specials & Movies in 2014.

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October 28th, 2014

Search for the Lost Giants to Premiere on History

Could the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk have been real? Photo illustrated by Arthur Rackham/From The Project Gutenberg eBook, English Fairy Tales (1918), by Flora Annie Steel © Wikimedia Commons

Could the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk have been real? Photo illustrated by Arthur Rackham/From The Project Gutenberg eBook, English Fairy Tales (1918), by Flora Annie Steel © Wikimedia Commons

Stonemasons Jim and Bill Vieira are on a quest to investigate the theory that the myths and legends we’ve all been told about giants are actually rooted in fact. Jim has researched over 1,000 accounts of skeletons seven feet tall or over unearthed across America in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Vieira brothers are on a quest to find evidence of these giants’ missing bones, which seem to have slipped through the hands of history. They’ll dig for secret chambers, explore underground tunnels and dive into the deepest museum storage vaults–all to find that one bone, that one hair, that single strand of giant DNA that will answer the question once and for all – did giants walk the Earth?

Search for the Lost Giants  premieres Tuesday, November 4 at 10:00pm on the History Channel.

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October 27th, 2014

Skyscraper Live with Nik Wallenda Premieres on Discovery

Nik Wallenda walks a tightrope over Baltimore’s Inner Harbour, on a 1-inch cable. Photo by Tyler Merbler © Wikimedia Commons

Nik Wallenda walks a tightrope over Baltimore’s Inner Harbour, on a 1-inch cable. Photo by Tyler Merbler © Wikimedia Commons

(Special) Nik Wallenda, “The King of the Highwire” is back at it again. This time, he is heading to the historic “Windy City” of Chicago to attempt his most audacious and challenging tightrope walk yet. And like the legendary Wallenda family tradition, he will do it all without a net or harness. Skyscraper Live with Nik Wallenda will air live around the world in over 220 countries. The live event will be hosted by NBC News’ Willie Geist, Natalie Morales and The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore.

Skyscraper Live with Nik Wallenda premieres Sunday, November 2 at 7:00pm on Discovery.

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October 26th, 2014

Outrageous Giant Foods to Premiere on the Food Network

Decorated giant pumpkins in the water awaiting their paddlers. Photo by Verne Equinox © Wikimedia Commons

Decorated giant pumpkins in the water awaiting their paddlers. Photo by Verne Equinox © Wikimedia Commons

(FN Special) Outrageous Giant Foods showcases enormously-sized vegetables, fruits and even cheese that put standard grocery store produce to shame. This special features a regatta in California where the boats are all made from 1,000+ pound pumpkins, how to cook with the jackfruit, the world’s largest tree born fruit in Florida, and a fiercely competitive colossal cabbage weigh-off competition at Alaska’s State Fair. See a world record setting onion and the making of a 4,500-pound Mammoth cheese wheel. Along the way meet the farmers and creators who bring these edible titans to life and learn what it takes to raise the vegetables from tiny seeds to truly Outrageous Giant Foods.

Outrageous Giant Foods premieres Sunday, November 2 at 9:00pm on the Food Network.

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October 25th, 2014

Thanksgiving TV Shows & Specials in 2014

A turkey. Photo By Lupin © Wikimedia Commons

A turkey. Photo By Lupin © Wikimedia Commons

Are you looking forward to turkey day? Here are some special programs that will be airing in honor of Thanksgiving.

Mom:  “Figgy Pudding and the Rapture” (CBS)

Thursday, November 6 @ 8:30pm

Extra Virgin: A Tuscan Thanksgiving (Cooking)

Sunday, November 9 @ 8:00pm

Debi and Gabriele are getting out of Brooklyn and heading upstate to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. Gabriele wants the ultimate Thanksgiving experience, so he’s taking Debi, the girls and Robert to a local turkey farm where they can pick out the perfect bird for their table. Before they head home to start cooking, they pick some apples, test their aim with the apple gun and Robert learns what a corn maze is. It’s a big, delicious Thanksgiving Tuscan meal — Extra Virgin style!

Guy’s Grocery Games: “Thanksgiving Grocery Trot” (Food)

Sunday, November 9 @ 8:00pm

In this Thanksgiving episode, it’s all about holiday tradition. Guy Fieri has the contestants prepare a meal with autumnal ingredients, prepare snacks for game day and put together an upscale Thanksgiving dinner.

Chopped: “Chopped Family Thanksgiving” (Food)

Sunday, November 9 @ 9:00pm

It’s all about the judges in this episode. Not only do four of the Chopped judges compete, but they in turn are judged by their fellow chefs.

Holiday Baking Championship: “Holiday Cookie Madness” (Food)

Sunday, November 9 @ 8:00pm

It’s cookies galore as the contestants battle it out to see who can make the most-delectable batch despite all of the obstacles thrown their way.

Mystery Diners: “Thanksgiving Thievery” (Food)

Monday, November 10 @ 9:30pm

Kristian, owner of Tavern on Main outside of Los Angeles, fears someone on his staff is stealing donations from his restaurant’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Charles sends in Mystery Diners Shelby and Kiel to see if any employees are taking instead of giving.

Beat Bobby Flay: “Gobbled Up” (FOOD)

Tuesday, November 11 @ 10:00pm

It’s always a good time when Chrissy Teigen is around. Watch as she and Geoffrey Zakarian join Bobby for a Thanksgiving-themed showdown.

Cutthroat Kitchen: “Thanks, But No Thanksgiving” (Food)

Thursday, November 13 @ 10:00pm

The contestants are in a Black Friday frame of mind — well, at least when they’re not dressed up like turkeys.

Rewrapped: “Jumpin’ for Pumpkin Donuts” (Food)

Saturday, November 15 @ 1:00pm

Three chefs hope to score a hole in one when they recreate the Dunkin’ Donuts Glazed Pumpkin Cake Donut, but one chef gets bold by not using pumpkin in their donuts.

Food Network Special: “Outrageous Thanksgiving” (Food)

Saturday, November 15 @ 9:00pm

Watch and learn how to prepare a unique Thanksgiving feast outrageously. Get recipes for Buffalo-style turkey and habanero cornbread.

Farmhouse Rules: “Farmhouse Thanksgiving” (FOOD)

Saturday, November 15 @ 11:00am

Nancy Fuller delights with recipes for Roasted Turkey with Herb Gravy, Oyster Stuffing, Homemade Green Bean Casserole and Perfect Pumpkin Cakes.

The Kitchen: “Thanksgiving Prep” (FOOD)

Saturday, November 15 @ 10:30am

The chefs give advice on preparing a successful Thanksgiving dinner and Maile Carpenter from Food Network Magazine visits to discuss the magazine and Thanksgiving trends.

The Pioneer Woman: The Secret’s in the Sides (FOOD)

Saturday, November 15 @ 9:00pm

Ree Drummond serves up Broccoli Wild Rice Casserole, Soul Sweet ‘Taters, Dressing with Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash, and No-Knead Cloverleaf Rolls.

Trisha’s Southern Kitchen: “Big Family Thanksgiving” (FOOD)

Saturday, November 15 @ 10am

Trisha Yearwood and her family make Ranch-Injected Fried Turkey, Brussels Sprouts with Pistachios, Broccoli Cornbread and Lemon Pecan Pie.

The Kitchen (FOOD)

Sunday, November 16 @ 12:00pm

Join the co-hosts in celebrating this all-new holiday-themed episode.

Giada at Home: “Giving Thanks” (FOOD)

Sunday, November 16 @ 12:30pm

Who says Thanksgiving can’t be Italianized? Giada De Laurentiis cooks up Turkey Breast “Porchetta,” Bacon Bourbon Brussels Sprouts Skewers and Smashed Root Vegetables.

Guy’s Big Bite: “Turkey Sandwich Slam-Dunk” (FOOD)

Sunday, November 16 @ 10:30am

Guy’s making meals that are delicious at any time, like Roasted Turkey Sandwiches with Cremini and Truffle, and a Grilled Vegetable and Goat Cheese Salad.

Southern at Heart: “Friends-giving Leftovers” (FOOD)

Sunday, November 16 @ 11:00am

Relax and enjoy as Damaris Phillips and friends make Turkey and Stuffing Casserole, Green Bean and Smashed Potato Casserole, and Sweet Potato Crumble.

The Middle: “Thanksgiving” (ABC)

Wednesday, November 19 @ 8:00pm

Party Down South: “Drunksgiving” (CMT)

Thursday, November 20 @ 10:00pm

This Thanksgiving, America’s most adored dysfunctional redneck family comes together to count their blessings, pound shots and catch up on their fighting in Party Down South: Drunksgiving. Since they consider themselves family, the entire cast decides Thanksgiving should be spent with each other. And what a better way to do this than spending a few wild nights together under one roof, funneling beer, deep frying turkeys and reflecting on all the things they’re thankful for — like marlins, sharks and the beerzooka.

Thanksgiving at Bobby’s (FOOD)

Saturday, November 22 @ 11:00am

Katie Lee and Bobby are hosting an exciting Thanksgiving feast with Alex Guarnaschelli, Michael Symon and Sunny Anderson.

Best in Chow:  “Turkey Wars” (Cooking)

Wednesday, November 26 @ 10:00pm

Cris Nannarone, a veteran road warrior and standup comedian, scours restaurants, diners, food trucks and everything in between, to find the best burger, pizza, taco, and more! It’s a quest to find the top three contenders who will ultimately go to battle. Nannarone learns their trade secrets and discovers if their dish has what it takes to win the war.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC)

Thursday, November 27 @ 9:00am

You know it’s officially the holiday season when the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins!

 

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October 24th, 2014

Ascension to Premiere on Syfy

Brian Von Holt will star in "Ascension." Photo by Mingle Media TV. © Wikimedia Commons

Brian Von Holt will star in “Ascension.” Photo by Mingle Media TV. © Wikimedia Commons

In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission. The spaceship Ascension, carrying hundreds of men, women and children, were sent on a century-long voyage to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the journey, as they approach the point of no return, a mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.

Some of the people aboard the Ascension include:

Viondra Denniger (Tricia Helfer) – A beautiful, manipulative and dangerous power broker on the Ascension.

William Denninger (Brian Van Holt) – captain of the ship and Viondra’s husband. A natural leader, William quickly rose through the ranks after playing a heroic role in a fire early in the spacecraft’s voyage. While his professional life is solid, William’s marriage to Viondra is anything but.

Juliet Bryce (Andrea Roth) – head doctor of the Ascension. Her relationship with her daughter, Nora (played by Jacqueline Byers) is difficult and strained.

Nora Bryce – is a young woman under intense pressure to follow in the family’s footsteps of being a doctor despite her own dreams.

First Officer Oren Gault (Brandon P. Bell) – Was born on the lower decks of the ship to maintenance workers and must investigate the aforementioned murder.

Chief Astronomer Emily Vanderhaus (Tiffany Lonsdale) – The older sister of the murder victim.

Take the Ascension aptitude test to see what role best suits you.

Ascension premieres Monday, November 24 at 9:00pm on Syfy.

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October 24th, 2014

Banksy Does New York to Premiere on HBO

An HBO Special

An art work by Banksy, on the Thekla Social entertainment boat, central Bristol, England. photo by Adrian Pingstone © Wikimedia Commons

An art work by Banksy, on the Thekla Social entertainment boat, central Bristol, England. photo by Adrian Pingstone © Wikimedia Commons

Last year street artist Banksy took over the streets of New York with his artistry and quickly caught the eye of locals and visitors alike. Every day for one month he and his team took to the streets to secretly create a variety of public works ranging from elaborate conceptual stunts to traditional graffiti art.  Banksy even posted his art on Instagram (linked here). Everyone with a camera, phone, or video camera documented his work before it was washed away.  This HBO special is being billed by HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins as a fan-generated chronicle of Banksy’s one-month in New York.  Nevins stated, “From the moment Banksy took over the streets, New Yorkers became obsessed. This film captures this month of madness created by user-generated footage.” Chris Moukarbel, a New York filmmaker and director went on to say, “I crowd-sourced footage that New Yorkers posted online each day of the month. It was about a city holding a mirror back up to the artist.”

Banksy Does New York premieres Monday, November 7 at 9:00pm on HBO.

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October 22nd, 2014

The Librarian TV Series to Premiere in December

Noah Wyle will reprise his role of Flynn Carsen in the new TV series "The Librarian." Photo by RanZag © Wikimedia Commons

Noah Wyle will reprise his role of Flynn Carsen in the new TV series “The Librarian.” Photo by RanZag © Wikimedia Commons

Before Falling Skies, Noah Wyle was The Librarian. TNT has ordered 10-episodes for The Librarian, a new weekly series beginning in December 2014. From 2004-2008, three Librarian movies, Quest for the Spear (2004), Return to King Solomon’s Mines (2006) and Curse of the Judas Chalice (2008) were made with Noah Wyle as the lead character. Wyle will reprise his role as Flynn Carsen, curator of the Library, but on a much smaller scale as he will also be executive producing the show. The adventure/fantasy series, which has a Warehouse 13 & Indiana Jones vibe, will follow Flynn and his team as they protect and collect magical objects, therefore keeping the world safe from both human and supernatural threats. The Library houses supernatural artifacts like Excalibur, the Spear of Destiny and the Ark of the Covenant. The job gets too big so Flynn teams up with a guardian, Eve Baird (Rebecca Romijn) and three Librarian apprentices – Jake Stone, Cassandra and Ezekiel Jones (Christian Kane, Lindy Booth and John Kim). Baird’s role as a counter-terrorism agent is to protect the group; Stone has extensive knowledge of art history and has an IQ of 190; Cassandra has special gifts of sensory and auditory hallucinations linked to memory retrieval; and Jones is a master of technologies and a fan of classic crimes who enjoys playing the role of international man of mystery. And, of course, there are bad guys the team must battle. In this instance it is the Serpent Brotherhood, a cult that is led by Dulaque (Matt Frewer).

Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin will reprise their roles as Judson and Charlene from the original movies. John Larroquette stars as Jenkins, a cantankerous caretaker of the Library who has extensive knowledge of ancient lore.

The Librarian premieres with back-to-back episodes on Sunday, December 7, time TBA, on TNT.

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October 22nd, 2014

The Game to Premiere on BBC America

Brain Cox will star in "The Game." Photo by gcd graphics © Wikimedia Commons

Brain Cox will star in “The Game.” Photo by gcd graphics © Wikimedia Commons

In this 6-part suspenseful thrill ride, a complex invisible war is being fought by skilled spies trained in the high stakes world of covert espionage. In 1972 London, tensions are at a terrifying peak as the world’s super powers plot against their enemies. The biggest threat is a dangerous and deadly Soviet plot, designed to bring Britain to its knees, dubbed Operation Glass. The Game begins when an MI5 agent is contacted by a defecting KGB officer about the plan to destroy the British establishment. MI5 leader, Daddy (Brian Cox), assembles a secret committee to investigate the threat in a frantic race against time. Their mission is to stop the plot, save Britain and the world.

The Game stars Tom Hughes as MI5 agent Joe Lambe; Marcel Lures as KGB Officer Arkady Malonov; Paul Ritter as Bobby Waterhouse; Victoria Hamilton as female agent Sarah Montag; Jonathan Aris as Alan Montag, a braniac in technology; Chloe Pirrie as Wendy Straw, a secretary; and Shaun Dooley as Jim Fenchurch, a police liaison on loan to MI5.

The Game premieres Wednesday, November 5 at 10:00pm on BBC America.

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October 21st, 2014

11 Series Premieres in November 2014

Plus 7 Specials

2014 American Music Awards (ABC)

Sunday, November 23 at 8:00pm

Hosted by Pitbull.

The spaceship Orion created by Cronus Caelestis © Wikimedia Commons

The spaceship Orion created by Cronus Caelestis © Wikimedia Commons

Ascension (SYFY)

Mondays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere November 24

In 1963, the US government launched a covert space mission to populate a new world. But what happened to the men, women and children on board?

Take the Ascension aptitude test to see what role best suits you.

Banksy Does New York (HBO Special)

Monday, November 17 @ 9:00pm

This HBO special is being billed by HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins as a fan-generated chronicle of Banksy’s one-month in New York.

Booze Traveler (TRAVEL)

Mondays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere November 24

Cocktail connoisseur Jack Maxwell sets out across the globe to find the world’s most interesting beverages and the people who drink them.

Fix My Choir (OXYGEN)

Wednesdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere November 5

In this musical series, struggling choirs will get a chance of much needed mentoring with the help of gospel superstar Deitrick Haddon and Grammy-Award winning recording artist Michelle Williams of “Destiny’s Child” fame. Each week, the duo will surprise a community, school or gospel choir and help them find perfect harmony both within their music.

Kitchen Inferno (FOOD)

Wednesdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere November 5

“The Heat is On” – The temperature is rising as two chefs enter the blazing heat of the Kitchen Inferno! Will a gourmet hot dog or a stuffed hamburger stand in the way of $25,000 or will our celebrity chefs make their culinary dreams go up in flames?

Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued (SHO)

Friday, November 21 @ 9:00pm

Olive Kitteridge (HBO)

Sunday, November 2 @ 9:00pm

An original 4-part mini-series premiere

Life is full of joy and sorrow, loss and love. Henry and Olive Kitteridge know there is no such thing as a simple life. Starring Frances McDormand, Peter Jenkins and Bill Murray.

Outrageous Giant Foods (Food Network Special)

Sunday, November 2 @ 9:00pm

Outrageous: Giant Foods showcases enormously-sized vegetables, fruits and even cheese that put standard grocery store produce to shame.

Property Brothers at Home (HGTV)

Wednesday, November 26 @ 9:00pm

Search for the Lost Giants (HISTORY)

Tuesdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere November 4

Stonemasons Jim and Bill Vieira are on a quest to investigate the theory that the myths and legends we’ve all been told about giants are actually rooted in fact. Jim has researched over 1,000 accounts of skeletons seven feet tall or over unearthed across America in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Nik Wallenda walks a tightrope over Baltimore's Inner Harbour, on a 1-inch cable. Photo by Tyler Merbler © Wikimedia Commons

Nik Wallenda walks a tightrope over Baltimore’s Inner Harbour, on a 1-inch cable. Photo by Tyler Merbler © Wikimedia Commons

Skyscraper Live with Nik Wallenda (Discovery Special)

Sunday, November 2 @ 7:00pm

Nik Wallenda, “The King of the Highwire” is back at it again. This time, he is heading to the historic “Windy City” of Chicago to attempt his most audacious and challenging tightrope walk yet.

State of Affairs (NBC)

Mondays @ 10:00pm, Season Premiere November 17

Each day the president is faced with dozens of life-and-death decisions, and to prioritize the biggest international crises facing the country, one top CIA analyst Charleston Tucker (Katherine Heigl) assembles the President’s Daily Briefing (PDB).

The 48th Annual CMA Awards (ABC Special)

Wednesday, November 5 @ 8:00pm

Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.

The Britannia Awards 2014 (BBC America Special)

Sunday, November 2 @ 9:00pm

Hosted by Rob Brydon.

The Game (BBC America)

Wednesdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere November 5

In this 6-part suspenseful thrill ride, a complex invisible war is being fought by skilled spies trained in the high stakes world of covert espionage.

The Hollywood Film Awards Red Carpet (CBS Special)

Friday, November 14 @ 7:30pm

The Hollywood Film Awards (CBS Special)

Friday, November 14 @ 8:00pm

The Hollywood Film Awards Post Show (CBS Special)

Friday, November 14 @ 10:00pm

The Missing (STARZ)

Saturdays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere November 15

Tony (James Nesbitt) is a father desperate to locate his lost son.

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October 21st, 2014

10 Season Premieres in November 2014

Covert Affairs logo designed by Xeworlebi © Wikimedia Commons

Covert Affairs logo designed by Xeworlebi © Wikimedia Commons

Covert Affairs (USA)

Thursdays @ 10:00pm, 5th Season Premiere November 6

 

Getting On (HBO)

Sundays @ 10:30pm, 2nd Season Premiere November 9

 

Hot in Cleveland (TVL)

Wednesdays @ 10:00pm, 6th Season Premiere November 5

 

Chef Gordon Ramsay Photo by Dave Pullig (C) Wikimedia Commons

Chef Gordon Ramsay
Photo by Dave Pullig (C) Wikimedia Commons

Masterchef Junior (FOX)

Fridays @ 8:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere November 7

 

The Car Chasers (CNBC)

Wednesdays @ 10:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere November 5

 

The Comeback (HBO)

Sundays @ 10:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere November 9

 

The Curse of Oak Island (HISTORY)

Tuesdays @ 9:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere November 4

 

The Exes (TVL)

Wednesdays @ 10:30pm, 4th Season Premiere November 5

 

Matt Bomer stars as con artist Neal Caffrey in "White Collar." Photo by LuigiNoviEditedbyNightscream © Wikimedia Commons

Matt Bomer stars as con artist Neal Caffrey in “White Collar.” Photo by LuigiNoviEditedbyNightscream © Wikimedia Commons

The Newsroom (HBO)

Sundays @ 9:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere November 9

 

White Collar (USA)

Thursdays @ 9:00pm, 6th and Final Season Premiere, November 6

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October 21st, 2014

Myst to Become a TV Series

A screenshot of the PC game "Myst." Screenshot by Gunkee

A screenshot of the PC game “Myst.” Screenshot by Gunkee

In 1993 Myst, the best-selling video game for a PC ever, was launched.  Now Legendary TV & Digital Media has a deal with Cyan Worlds to develop a TV series and companion video game based on the game of Myst. People who only know of the game, and not the universe that was created, may not see the potential, but it’s there, and it will be awesome if done right. If they explore the gorgeous architecture and beauty of the game, a smart use of puzzles (where everything has an answer) and don’t have the whole cast made up of teens, it will be an amazing series.

The first-person game play follows the Stranger, who uses a book to travel to the island of Myst, where he must find and follow clues that unlock different self-contained mini-worlds. The popular game has spawned a trilogy of novels and a slew of sequels. Cyan said that teaming with Legendary on the TV project means “finally being able to express in a visual linear medium the rich story that the Myst franchise is dripping with.” “Cyan’s goal in working with Legendary is not just to create a compelling TV drama but to develop a true transmedia product that will include a companion video game that extends the story across both media,” the company said. “Seventy percent of tablet owners use their device while watching TV at least several times a week. Cyan sees the potential to push the boundaries of interactive storytelling to a new level.”

In 2002, The Sims eclipsed Myst as the best-selling PC game, but there is no news of The Sims becoming a movie or TV series.

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October 20th, 2014

Lost in Space…Again

Jonathan Harris, shown with the robot,  played Dr. Zachary Smith in the original "Lost in Space." Photo-CBS Press Release 1967-68 © Wikimedia Commons

Jonathan Harris, shown with the robot, played Dr. Zachary Smith in the original “Lost in Space.” Photo-CBS Press Release 1967-68 © Wikimedia Commons

It is being reported that Irwin Allen’s 1965 cult-classic sci-fi series, Lost in Space, is under development for TV by Legendary TV.  The remake is being penned by writers Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama who will also executive-produce with Kevin Burns, who owns the rights to the original show.

In the original Lost in Space, the scene was set 30 years into the future and followed a families’ (the Robinson’s) journey through outer space looking for a planet to colonize. But when their ship is sabotaged by a foreign secret agent (Dr. Zachary Smith played by Jonathan Harris), they veer off course and get lost in outer space.

The original series ended after 83 episodes, airing for 3 seasons before being axed due to rising costs.

Burns attempted to adapt Lost in Space into a movie for TV, but it lost steam when the series’ original star, Jonathan Harris, died. The 1998 movie adaptation debuted at No. 1 at the box office and went on to gross $136 million worldwide.

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October 19th, 2014

Prison Wives Club to Premiere on Lifetime

A man in prison. Photo by Alvimann © morgueFile

A man in prison. Photo by Alvimann © morgueFile

Prison Wives Club follows four women living with their decisions to fall in love with and remain married to convicted felons. While facing judgment from their friends and families, each episode explores how these women struggle to find normalcy despite their unconventional choices when it comes to the men in their lives. Restricted to limited contact with their spouses who are serving sentences ranging from 10 years to life, the ladies band together for support; but this group comes with its own sentence as they don’t always agree on how to behave as a wife on the “outside.”

Prison Wives Club premieres Tuesday, October 28 at 10:00pm on Lifetime.

 

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October 18th, 2014

My Crazy Love to Premiere on Oxygen

A woman spying on her love. Photo by tony7 © morgueFile

A woman spying on her love. Photo by tony7 © morgueFile

Love can make people do crazy things. Each week on My Crazy Love, real people will share their personal stories about a time in their life when love drove them to a place where rational thinking went out the window. This comedic anthology series follows the wild, romantic and hilarious things men and women have done in the name of love. From jumping out of a plane to hiding out in a girlfriend’s closet, My Crazy Love will cover it all through stylized reenactments and interviews.

My Crazy Love premieres Tuesday, October 28 at 10:00pm on Oxygen.

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October 15th, 2014

A Poet in New York Premieres on BBC America

(A BBCAmerica Original Telefilm)

Tom Hollander by alotofmillion © Wikimedia Commons

Tom Hollander by alotofmillion © Wikimedia Commons

A life filled with passion, fame and the harsh realities of addiction serves as the backdrop for the story behind one of the most renowned poets in the world, Dylan Thomas (Tom Hollander). The creator of some of the most memorable lines in the English language, his brilliance, popularity and electrifying tours made him a much-loved celebrity in the U.S.

Marking the centenary of Thomas’ birth, A Poet in New York explores the final days of the adored poet before his premature death in New York City at the age of 39. Moving between his gritty present in New York and the beautiful backdrops of the poet’s past life in his hometown of Laugharne in Wales, the drama explores how his experiences made his life virtually untenable and examines how his destructive personality that included a wild, hard-drinking lifestyle, a failed marriage, and heightened fame, that played into his own demise.

Opening during Thomas’ fourth visit to the City that embraced him – during which he planned to rehearse, write and continue to party – he was commissioned by famous composer, Igor Stravinsky, to write an opera in Hollywood. However, out of money and struggling to make ends meet, Thomas had to earn enough to fund the trip. Fulfilling his commitment to completing a production at the prestigious Poetry Centre in Manhattan of “Under Milkwood,” he got to work creating a play that took his lifetime to complete. But what might have been a triumphant path in his career turned into a requiem for a man whose life had spiraled out of control.

With his marriage to the love of his life, Caitlin (Essie Davis), in shambles, illness plaguing him, no money, and wholly unhappy with his life, he spent countless hours partying hard, drunk and disillusioned. His life ended in 1953 on a smog-ridden November day in New York’s Chelsea hotel.

A Poet in New York premieres Wednesday, October 29 at 8:00pm on BBC America.

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October 14th, 2014

Garage Sale Mystery Premieres on Hallmark

(A Hallmark Channel Original Movie)

“All That Glitters”

Lori Loughlin stars in "Garage Sale Mystery." Photo by watchwithkristin © Wikimedia Commons

Lori Loughlin stars in “Garage Sale Mystery.” Photo by watchwithkristin © Wikimedia Commons

In Garage Sale Mystery, Jennifer Shannon (Lori Loughlin) has a gift for finding rare treasures hidden in garage sales that she can resell at her consignment store, Rags to Riches. But her keen eye for finding valuables also gets her involved in the criminal investigations that happen at the very second-hand sales she frequents. When Jennifer’s friend and self-storage facility owner Martin (Michael Kopsa) turns up murdered just hours after auctioning off an abandoned storage unit full of unique items to Jennifer, she is immediately pulled on the case as a key eyewitness. Working with Detective Lynwood (Kevin O’Grady), Jennifer helps single out a disgruntled customer as the prime suspect, while she and her business partner, Danielle (Sarah Strange), sift through boxes from the auction. As her husband Jason (Steve Bacic) worries about her safety, Jennifer starts to get over her head when there is a break-in at her store and a run-in with Martin’s angry wife. Then, Jennifer and Danielle discover their new merchandise contains the sparkly evidence they needed all along to nail the surprising real culprit. They must race to save a life and put their own on the line. Will they succeed before times runs out?

Garage Sale Mystery premieres Sunday, October 26 at 9:00pm on Hallmark.

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October 13th, 2014

Project Runway: Threads to Premiere on Lifetime

Christian Siriano will be a judge on "Project Runway: Threads." Photo by Kerosene Photography © Wikimedia Commons

Christian Siriano will be a judge on “Project Runway: Threads.” Photo by Kerosene Photography © Wikimedia Commons

Skilled teen and tween fashion designers will showcase their gift for style in this new competition series featuring America’s most talented young fashion designers. Each week on Project Runway: Threads. three new contestants pull out their scissors, sketchbooks and skills to see who can out-design the competition and set the new standard for the future of fashion. Challenges will be fast-paced, unpredictable and far from child’s play as these nascent fashion powerhouses compete for $10,000 to be used at any Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts Store or Joann.com, a prestigious scholarship to the summer program at FIDM including travel expenses and a top-of-the-line sewing and embroidery studio courtesy of Brother International Corporation.

Project Runway: Threads will be hosted by Vanessa Simmons and will feature judges designer and CFDA member Christian Siriano, Seventeen Fashion Director Gina Kelly and Accessories Editor Jasmine Snow, and YouTube style guru Ingrid Nilsen. The premiere episode features special guests television personality Kelly Osbourne and actress and model Jaime King. The eight-episode series was filmed in Los Angeles at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.

Project Runway: Threads premieres Thursday, October 23 at 10:30pm on Lifetime. On October 30, it will move to its’ regular timeslot of 10:00pm.

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October 13th, 2014

Drumline: A New Beat Premieres on VH1

(A VH1 Original Telefilm)

Nick Cannon will star in "Drumline: A New Beat" on VH1. Photo by Nick Step © Wikimedia Commons

Nick Cannon will star in “Drumline: A New Beat” on VH1. Photo by Nick Step © Wikimedia Commons

Drumline: A New Beat will capture the sound and spirit of the first film while welcoming a whole new class to the Atlanta A&T drumline. The new story follows female lead Danielle “Dani” Raymond (Alexandra Shipp), an upper class Brooklyn girl who defies her parents in order to attend Atlanta A&T so she can join – and revitalize – their once-prominent drumline. Dani’s quest to become the first female section leader will be hampered by upperclassmen, including her cousin Tyree (Jeff Pierre), her feelings for fellow bandmate and rival Jayven (Jordan Calloway), and the school’s crosstown competitors. Tasha (Jasmine Burke) and Josh (Scott Shilstone) round out the freshmen drumline and bring their own ambitions onto the field. Sean Taylor (Leonard Roberts) from the original film will return to the franchise as Atlanta A&T’s new band director. Sean is looking to make his mark on his alma mater while dealing with “ghosts” from his past: the dean, Dr. Nia Phillips (LeToya Luckett), his brother, Kevin Taylor (Deray Davis) and original “Drumline” favorite, Devon Miles (Nick Cannon).

Drumline: A New Beat premieres Monday, October 27 at 9:00pm on VH1.

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October 12th, 2014

Big Driver Premieres on Lifetime

(A Lifetime Original Telefilm)

Maria Bello stars in "Big Driver." Photo by sheksays © Wikimedia Commons

Maria Bello stars in “Big Driver.” Photo by sheksays © Wikimedia Commons

(A Dramatic Suspenseful Mystery for Adults) In Big Driver, Tess Thorne (Maria Bello), a famous and revered mystery and thriller writer, faces a long drive home following a book-signing engagement. But while driving on a lonely stretch of New England road, her tire blows out, leaving her stranded. Relieved when another driver stops and offers assistance, Tess quickly discovers her savior is actually her assailant, a serial killer who repeatedly assaults her. Left for dead in a drainage pipe to rot with the bodies of his other victims, Tess escapes and makes her way safely home. With her fragile mind beginning to unravel, she is determined to find her rapist and seek revenge, as payback is the only thing holding her together.

From a story by Stephen King, Big Driver marks the first collaboration between Lifetime and King. This dark story of a young novelist hell-bent on revenge after falling victim to a brutal crime also stars Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis, Grammy nominee Joan Jett, film and television veterans Ann Dowd and Will Harris.

Big Driver premieres Saturday, October 18 at 8:00pm on Lifetime

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October 11th, 2014

13 Days of Halloween-Themed TV for Kids

There seems to be an almost never-ending list of Halloween TV geared for kids. Here is a list of 13 Days of Halloween-themed TV for kids that I have found thus far. Because all websites do not list all the programming for complete months, I will be adding to the bottom of the list day by day as their schedules become available. Be sure to check your local listings for any changes.

Sunday, October 19 – Day One of Kids 13 Days of Halloween

A Halloween ghost. Photo by Fantasma © Wikimedia Commons

A Halloween ghost. Photo by Fantasma © Wikimedia Commons

7:00am Casper (ABCF)

7:00am Jake and the Neverland Pirates (Disney) “Jake the Wolf; Witch Hook”

7:00am Sanjay & Craig (Nick) “Tufflips’ Tales of Terror”

7:30am Blue’s Clues (NickJr) “Blue’s Big Costume Party”

9:30am Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (Nickelodeon) “Scaredy Dance”

10:30am Doc McStuffins (DisneyJr) “Boo-Hoo to You!”

11:30am Scary Godmother (Cartoon Network)

1:30pm Sofia the First (DisneyJr) “The Little Witch”

2:00pm Henry Hugglemonster (DisneyJr) “The Halloween Scramble”

2:30pm Little Einsteins (DisneyJr) “Little Einstein’s Halloween”

3:00pm Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (DisneyJr) “Mickey’s Treat”

4:30pm Jake and the Neverland Pirates (DisneyJr) “Tricks, Treats and Treasure; Season of the Sea Witch”

5:30pm SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon) “Scaredy Pants”

6:00pm Haunted Thundermans (Nickelodeon)

7:00pm Henry Danger (Nickelodeon) “Jasper Danger”

7:30pm Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (Nickelodeon) “Scaredy Dance”

7:00pm Liv & Maddie (Disney) “Howl-A-Rooney”

7:30pm Toy Story of TERROR! Disney/Pixar (ABCF)

7:30pm Austin & Ally (Disney) “Horror Stories and Halloween Scares”

8:00pm Sofia the First (DisneyJr) “Ghostly Gala”

8:00pm Ultimate Spider Man: Web Warriors (Disney XD) “Halloween Night at the Museum”

8:00pm Monsters, Inc. Disney/Pixar (ABCF)

8:00pm Girl Meets World (Disney) “World of Terror”

8:30pm Jake and the Neverland Pirates (DisneyJr) “Pirate Ghost Story”

8:30pm Dog With a Blog (Disney) “Howloween 2: The Final Reckoning”

9:00pm Liv & Maddie (Disney) “Helgaween-a-Rooney”

9:00pm Spookley the Square Pumpkin (DisneyJr)

9:30pm I Didn’t Do It (Disney) “Next of Pumpkin”

9:30pm Gravity falls (Disney XD) “Little Gift Shop of Horrors”

10:00pm Toy Story of TERROR! Disney/Pixar (ABCF)

 

Woody from Toy Story. Photo by Deror avi © Wikimedia Commons

Woody from Toy Story. Photo by Deror avi © Wikimedia Commons

Monday, October 20 – Day Two of Kids 13 Days of Halloween

12:00pm Paw Patrol (Nickelodeon) “Pups Save a Ghost” (new)

1:00pm Doc McStuffins (Disney) “Boo-Hoo to You!”

1:00pm The Fresh Beat Band (NickJr) “Ghost Band”

1:00pm Spookley the Square Pumpkin (DisneyJr)

7:30pm Toy Story of TERROR! (DisneyJr)

8:30pm Twitches (Disney) Reunited twins use magic against evil.

9:00pm Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (Disney) “Minnie’s Masquerade”

 

Tuesday, October 21 – Day Three of Kids 13 Days of Halloween

A witchy Halloween  shadow. Photo by Immanuel Giel © Wikimedia Commons

A witchy Halloween shadow. Photo by Immanuel Giel © Wikimedia Commons

8:00am Jake and the Neverland Pirates (Disney) “Tricks, Treats and Treasure; Season of the Sea Witch”

8:30am Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (Disney) “Mickey’s Treat”

12:30pm Jake and the Neverland Pirates (DisneyJr) “Tricks, Treats and Treasure; Season of the Sea Witch”

3:30pm Spookley the Square Pumpkin (DisneyJr)

6:00pm Jake and the Neverland Pirates (DisneyJr) “Night of the Golden Pirate Pumpkin; Trick or Treasure”

6:00pm Toy Story of TERROR! (DisneyJr)

7:30pm Doc McStuffins (DisneyJr) “Boo-Hoo to You!”

8:00pm I Didn’t Do It (Disney) “Next of Pumpkin”

8:30pm Twitches Too (Disney) Magical sisters learn their missing father is alive.

 

Wednesday, October 22 – Day Four of Kids 13 Days of Halloween

A friendly Halloween ghost. Photo by missmeganbunn © MorgueFile

A friendly Halloween ghost. Photo by missmeganbunn © MorgueFile

7:00am Henry Hugglemonster (DisneyJr) “The Halloween Scramble”

9:00am Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (Disney) “Minnie’s Masquerade”

9:30am Doc McStuffins (Disney) “Boo-Hoo to You!”

1:00pm Sofia the First (DisneyJr) “Ghostly Gala”

6:00pm Jake and the Neverland Pirates (DisneyJr) “Night of the Golden Pirate Pumpkin; Trick or Treasure”

7:30pm Girl Meets World (Disney) “World of Terror”

8:00pm Liv & Maddie (Disney) “Helgaween-a-Rooney”

8:00pm Spookley the Square Pumpkin (DisneyJr)

8:30pm Casper (Disney) A teen befriends a friendly ghost.

 

Thursday, October 23 – Day Five of Kids 13 Days of Halloween

Itsy Bitsy Halloween spider. Photo by Karla Fitch © Wikimedia Commons

Itsy Bitsy Halloween spider. Photo by Karla Fitch © Wikimedia Commons

7:00am Sesame Street (PBS) “Where’s the Itsy Bitsy Spider?

8:00am Jake and the Neverland Pirates (Disney) “Night of the Golden Pirate Pumpkin; Trick or Treasure”

8:30am Handy Manny (DisneyJr) “Halloween; Haunted Clock Tower”

9:00am Handy Manny (DisneyJr) “Halloween”

9:00am Sesame Street (PBS) “Where’s the Itsy Bitsy Spider?

1:30pm Doc McStuffins (Disney) “Boo-Hoo to You!”

6:30pm Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (DisneyJr) “Minnie’s Masquerade”

8:00pm Girl Meets World (Disney) “World of Terror”

8:30pm Jessie (Disney) “The Runaway Bride of Frankenstein”

9:00pm Austin & Ally (Disney) “Horror Stories and Halloween Scares”

9:00pm Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (DisneyJr) “Mickey’s Treat”

9:30pm Dog With a Blog (Disney) “Howloween 2: The Final Reckoning”

 

Friday, October 24 – Day Six of Kids 13 Days of Halloween

A scarecrow in a Halloween pumpkin patch. Photo by  Lance Cpl. Lisa M. Tourtelot © Wikimedia Commons

A scarecrow in a Halloween pumpkin patch. Photo by Lance Cpl. Lisa M. Tourtelot © Wikimedia Commons

7:00pm Monster High Freaky Fusion (Nickelodeon Special)

8:00am Jungle Junction (DisneyJr) “Lance & the Jumpy Pumpkin”

10:30am Spookley the Square Pumpkin (Disney)

11:00am Dinosaur Train (PBS) “Haunted Roadhouse; Big Pond Pumpkin Patch”

11:30am Jake and the Neverland Pirates (Disney) “Jake the Wolf; Witch Hook”

12:30pm Doc McStuffins (Disney) “Boo-Hoo to You!”

1:00pm Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (Disney) “Mickey’s Treat”

2:00pm Halloweentown (Disney) A girl learns she is a witch and saves a town of supernatural creatures.

2:30pm Jake and the Neverland Pirates (DisneyJr) “Night of the Golden Pirate Pumpkin; Trick or Treasure”

3:30pm Doc McStuffins (DisneyJr) “Boo-Hoo to You!”

3:40pm Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (Disney) Two witches try to stop a villain.

4:00pm Sofia the First (DisneyJr) “The Little Witch”

5:00pm Spookley the Square Pumpkin (DisneyJr)

5:15 Monstober Mash-Up (Disney-new)

5:30pm Halloweentown High (Disney) Two witches protect a group of students.

7:05pm Monstober Mash-Up (Disney-new)

7:20pm Return to Halloweentown (Disney) A witch must stop a plot to destroy Halloweentown.

7:30pm Toy Story of TERROR! (DisneyJr)

8:00pm Jake and the Neverland Pirates (DisneyJr) “Jake the Wolf; Witch Hook”

8:30pm Sofia the First (DisneyJr) “Ghostly Gala”

9:00pm Spookley the Square Pumpkin (DisneyJr)

 

Saturday, October 25 – Day Seven of Kids 13 Days of Halloween

Halloween Boo! ghost. Photo by SDR and Co © MorgueFile

Halloween Boo! ghost. Photo by SDR and Co © MorgueFile

6:00am Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (Disney) “Mickey’s Treat”

6:30am Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (Disney) “Minnie’s Masquerade”

7:00am Henry Hugglemonster (DisneyJr) “The Halloween Scramble”

7:30am Henry Hugglemonster (DisneyJr) “New Monsterkid on the Block; The Mighty Heromonsters”

7:00am Jake and the Neverland Pirates (Disney) “Jake the Wolf; Witch Hook”

7:30pm Doc McStuffins (Disney) “Boo-Hoo to You!”

8:00am Doc McStuffins (Disney) Donny & Alma create a monster.

8:30am Sofia the First (Disney) “Ghostly Gala”

9:00am Sesame Street (PBS) “Where’s the Itsy Bitsy Spider?

10:30am Dinosaur Train (PBS) “Haunted Roadhouse; Big Pond Pumpkin Patch”

 

Sunday, October 26 – Day Eight of Kids 13 Days of Halloween

Scooby Doo actors at a park. Photo by Stephen Collins © Wikimedia Commons

Scooby Doo actors at a park. Photo by Stephen Collins © Wikimedia Commons

Ghost Skeleton by L?u Ly

8:30am Sid the Science Kid (PBS) “Halloween Spooky Science Special”

9:00am Dinosaur Train (PBS) “Haunted Roadhouse; Big Pond Pumpkin Patch”

10:00am Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (ABCF)

 

Monday, October 27 – Day Nine of Kids 13 Days of Halloween

10:00am Curious George (PBS) “A Halloween Boo Fest”

7:00pm ParaNorman (ABCF)

 

Tuesday, October 28 – Day Ten of Kids 13 Days of Halloween

A house decorated for Halloween. Photo by Dmitri Lytov © Wikimedia Commons

A house decorated for Halloween. Photo by Dmitri Lytov © Wikimedia Commons

6:00pm Adventure Time with Finn and Jake(Cartoon Network) “Ghost Fly”

6:15pm Uncle Grandpa (Cartoon Network) “Haunted RV”

8:00pm The Great Halloween Fright Fight (ABC Special)

 

Wednesday, October 29 – Day Eleven of Kids 13 Days of Halloween

6:00pm Regular Show (Cartoon Network) “Terror Tales of the Park IV”

 

Thursday, October 30 – Day Twelve of Kids 13 Days of Halloween

6:00pm Teen Titans Go! (Cartoon Network) “Halloween”

 

Friday, October 31 – Day 13 of Kids 13 Days of Halloween

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October 11th, 2014

13 Days of Halloween Themed TV in October 2014

Here is my list of 13 Days of Halloween-Themed TV in October 2014 beginning on October 19. For more fright-filled TV, click these links for AMC’s Fear Fest schedule and Syfy’s 31 Days of Halloween.  Always check your local listings for complete up-to-date scheduling. At the bottom of this article you will find just the listings without the descriptions.

Sunday, October 19 – Day One of Halloween Themed TV

Anjekica Huston stars in "The Addams Family" Photo by Mingle Media TV © Wikimedia Commons

Anjekica Huston stars in “The Addams Family” Photo by Mingle Media TV © Wikimedia Commons

The Addams Family (ABCF)

1991, PG-13, Sunday, October 19 @ 12:00am

(Comedy/Fantasy) Con artists plan to fleece the eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long lost Uncle Fester. Starring Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci.

Casper (ABCF)

1995, PG, Monday, October 19 @ 7:00am

(Comedy/Fantasy) This film is based on the comic book about Casper the Friendly Ghost (Malachi Pearson is the voice of Casper), so there are no scary ghosts here. Casper’s nasty (but funny) uncles “Stretch,” Stinky,” and Fatso” try to be scary but really are not. Paranormalist and widower Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman) moves into a new house with his daughter Kathleen, better known as “Kat” (Christina Ricci) and they meet up a dead little boy’s ghost. The cast works well with the wonderful animation and special effects.

The Addams Family (ABCF)

1991, PG-13, Sunday, October 19 @ 9:00am

(Comedy/Fantasy) Con artists plan to fleece the eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long lost Uncle Fester. Starring Angelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci.

Addams Family Values (ABCF)

1993, PG-13, Sunday, October 19 @ 11:00am

(Comedy/Fantasy) A comical Gothic horror-movie-type family tries to rescue their beloved uncle from his gold-digging new love. Starring Angelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 (ABCF)

2010, PG-13, Sunday, October 19 @ 1:00pm

(Adventure/Fantasy) As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2 (ABCF)

2011, PG-13, Sunday, October 19 @ 4:30pm

(Adventure/Fantasy/Mystery) Harry, Ron and Hermione search for Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint.

Tim Allen is the voice of Buzz Lightyear in “Toy Story of Terror” Photo by Alan Light © Wikimedia Commons

Toy Story of TERROR! (ABCF)

2013, G, Disney/Pixar, Sunday, October 19 @ 7:30pm

(Animated Adventure) What starts out as a fun road trip for the “Toy Story” gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate in this “Toy Story of Terror.” Voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Joan Cusack, Carl Weathers and Timothy Dalton.

Monsters, Inc (ABCF)

2001, G, Disney/Pixar, Sunday, October 19 @ 8:00pm

(Animated/Adventure/Comedy) Monsters generate their city’s power by scaring children, but they are terribly afraid themselves of being contaminated by children, so when one enters Monstropolis, top scarer Sulley finds his world disrupted. Voices of John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Mary Gibbs.

Most Terrifying Places in America, Vol. 7 (Travel)

Sunday, October 19 @ 8:00pm

Most Terrifying Places in America, Vol. 5 (Travel)

Sunday, October 19 @ 9:00pm

Most Terrifying Places in America, Vol. 6 (Travel)

Sunday, October 19 @ 10:00pm

Toy Story of TERROR! (ABCF)

2013, G, Disney/Pixar, Sunday, October 19 @ 10:00pm

(Animated Adventure) What starts out as a fun road trip for the “Toy Story” gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate in this “Toy Story of Terror.” Voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Joan Cusack, Carl Weathers and Timothy Dalton.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (ABCF)

1993, PG, Tim Burton, Sunday, October 19 @ 10:30pm

(Animated Fantasy) Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept. Voices of Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara and Paul Reubens.

Most Terrifying Places in America, Vol. 1 (Travel)

Sunday, October 19 @ 11:00pm

Monday, October 20 – Day Two of Halloween Themed TV

 The Nightmare Before Christmas (ABCF)

1993, PG, Tim Burton, Monday, October 20 @ 6:30pm

(Animated Fantasy) Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept. Voices of Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara and Paul Reubens.

Jennifer Lawrence stars in "The Hunger Games" Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

Jennifer Lawrence stars in “The Hunger Games” Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

The Hunger Games (ABCF)

2012, PG 13, Monday, October 20 @ 8:00pm

(Sci-fi Adventure) Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.

Twitches (Disney)

2005, PG, Monday, October 20 @ 8:30pm

(Comedy/Drama) Two teen witches who were separated at birth and were adopted by two different families meet on their 21st birthday and must use their powers to save the world in which they were born, where their birth mother still lives. Starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, and Kristen Wilson.

 

Tuesday, October 21 – Day Three of Halloween Themed TV

Eddie Murphy stars in "The Haunted Mansion." Photo by David Shankbone © Wikimedia Commons

Eddie Murphy stars in “The Haunted Mansion.” Photo by David Shankbone © Wikimedia Commons

The Haunted Mansion (ABCF)

2003, PG, Tuesday, October 21 @ 12:00am

(Comedy/Fantasy) Eddie Murphy stars in this funny Halloween movie flick based on the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World. Gracey Manor has 999 grim, grinning ghosts that Jim & Sara Evers (Murphy & Marsha Thomason) and their family must battle to break the mansion of its age-old curse. They get some help from supernatural psychic Madame Leota (Jennifer Tilly). The Haunted Mansion is a fright-filled comedy adventure with hair-raising laughs. But is it scary? Not really. A lot of things make a surprise “Boo!” jump out at you to try to get the audience to jump, but adults especially should be able to predict when this will happen. What about the special effects? They are awesome! If you’ve been on the ride you will recognize the ghosts in the movie and get a good chuckle from them.

The Hunger Games (ABCF)

2012, PG-13, Tuesday, October 21 @ 5:00pm

(Sci-fi Adventure) Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.

Pretty Little Liars (ABCF)

Tuesday, October 21 @ 8:00pm

 “We Love You to Death (2014)”

Twitches Too (Disney)

2007, PG, Tuesday, October 21 @ 8:30pm

(Drama/Fantasy) After using their powers to battle the forces of darkness, the sisters settle down to lead normal lives. However, the discovery that their biological father may not be dead, but residing in New York, causes confusion for the pair. Starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, and Kristen Wilson.

Freak Out 2014 (ABCF Special Presentation)

Tuesday, October 21 @ 9:00pm (new)

A hilariously scary new hidden camera prank Halloween special.

 

Wednesday, October 22 – Day Four of Halloween Themed TV

 

A Beetlejuice character at Universal Studios. Photo by Erwin Soo © Wikimedia Commons

A Beetlejuice character at Universal Studios. Photo by Erwin Soo © Wikimedia Commons

Beetlejuice (ABCF)

1988, PG, Wednesday, October 22 @ 6:00pm

(Comedy/Fantasy) This funny Halloween movie has a dark side without being scary and a funny side without being ridiculous. A young couple’s (Geena Davis & Alec Baldwin) premature death leads them to a series of wild and bizarre afterlife exploits. They are stuck as ghosts in their home and are challenged with scaring off the new owners (Catherine O’Hara & Jeffrey Jones) whose daughter (Winona Ryder) has an attraction to all things morbid. The couple is too nice to really scare real people and that’s where Beetlejuice comes in. Michael Keaton plays the mischievous Beetlejuice, a freelance “bio-exorcist” who has an evil agenda behind his plot to help the young undead newlyweds. But when he starts getting on your nerves real bad, just say his name 3 times to make him go away – “Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!”

Melissa & Joey 2014 (ABCF Special Presentation)

Wednesday, October 22 @ 8:00pm

“Witch Came First”

Baby Daddy 2014 (ABCF Special Presentation)

Wednesday, October 22 @ 8:30pm

“Strip or Treat”

Freak Out 2014 (ABCF Special Presentation)

Wednesday, October 22 @ 9:00pm (new)

A hilariously scary new hidden camera prank Halloween special.

 

Thursday, October 23 – Day Five of Halloween Themed TV

 Freak Out 2014 (ABCF Special Presentation)

Tuesday, October 23 @ 5:30pm

A hilariously scary new hidden camera prank Halloween special.

Melissa & Joey 2014 (ABCF Special Presentation)

Thursday, October 23 @ 6:30pm

“Witch Came First”

Baby Daddy 2014 (ABCF Special Presentation)

Thursday, October 23 @ 7:00pm

“Strip or Treat”

Corpse Bride (ABCF)

2005, PG, Tim Burton, Thursday, October 23 @ 7:30pm

(Animated Musical Fantasy) When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her. Starring Johnny Depp, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman and Albert Finney.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (ABCF)

1993, PG, Tim Burton, Thursday, October 23 @ 9:30pm

(Animated Fantasy) Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept. Voices of Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara and Paul Reubens.

Teen Wolf (ABCF)

1985, PG, Thursday, October 23 @ 12:00am

(Comedy/Fantasy) This funny Halloween movie features Scott Howard (Michael J. Fox), a high school loser on a basketball team that never wins, has a crush on the cutest girl in school, Pamela Wells (Lori Griffin), who is dating Mick McAllister (Mark Arnold), the most popular hunk in school. Something odd happens to Scott one night when he is at a party with best friends Boof (Susan Ursitti) and Stiles (Jerry Levine) – he starts turning into a werewolf! Being a werewolf is a hard secret to keep, especially when the transformation happens in the middle of a basketball game which takes his game – and popularity – to a whole new level.

 

Friday, October 24 – Day Six of Halloween Themed TV

 Corpse Bride (ABCF)

2005, PG, Tim Burton, Friday, October 24 @ 5:00pm

(Animated Musical Fantasy) When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her. Starring Johnny Depp, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman and Albert Finney.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (ABCF)

1993, PG, Tim Burton, Friday, October 24 @ 7:00pm

(Animated Fantasy) Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept. Voices of Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara and Paul Reubens.

A Barnabus Colins Cosplayer. Photo by Pop Geek Culture © Wikimedia Commons

A Barnabus Colins Cosplayer. Photo by Pop Geek Culture © Wikimedia Commons

Dark Shadows (ABCF)

2012, PG-13, Friday, October 24 @ 8:30pm

(Comedy/Horror) An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp), is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. Also starring Michelle Pfeiffer.

Beetlejuice (ABCF)

1988, PG, Friday, October 24 @ 12:00am

(Comedy/Fantasy) This funny Halloween movie has a dark side without being scary and a funny side without being ridiculous. A young couple’s (Geena Davis & Alec Baldwin) premature death leads them to a series of wild and bizarre afterlife exploits. They are stuck as ghosts in their home and are challenged with scaring off the new owners (Catherine O’Hara & Jeffrey Jones) whose daughter (Winona Ryder) has an attraction to all things morbid. The couple is too nice to really scare real people and that’s where Beetlejuice comes in. Michael Keaton plays the mischievous Beetlejuice, a freelance “bio-exorcist” who has an evil agenda behind his plot to help the young undead newlyweds. But when he starts getting on your nerves real bad, just say his name 3 times to make him go away – “Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!”

 

Saturday, October 25 – Day Seven of Halloween Themed TV

 Melissa & Joey 2014 (ABCF Special Presentation)

Saturday, October 25 @ 7:00am

“Witch Came First”

Batman (ABCF)

1989, PG-13, Tim Burton, Saturday, October 25 @ 7:30am

(Action/Adventure) The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker. Starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger.

A Batman Cosplayer. Photo by Ssteph 13 © Wikimedia Commons

A Batman Cosplayer. Photo by Ssteph 13 © Wikimedia Commons

Batman Returns (ABCF)
1992, PG-13, Tim Burton, Saturday, October 25 @ 10:30am

(Action/Adventure) When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda. Starring Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfeiffer.

The Good Witch (Hallmark Special Presentation)

2008, PG, Saturday, October 25 @ 11:00am

 (Drama/Fantasy) Cassandra “Cassie” Nightingale is a raven-haired enchantress with a hint of magic who moves into the town of Middleton’s haunted Grey House. As if that weren’t unusual enough, she also opens “Bell, Book and Candle,” a wondrous shop full of unique items. For some, including the captivated Police Chief Jake Russell, Cassie is a breath of fresh air and a love potion that spreads throughout the town. But before she can truly become part of Middleton, she will need to win over some of the more skeptical neighbors who don’t approve of her unique ways. Is the town’s new “witch” the real deal, or does her vibrant personality just have the neighborhood spellbound? Stars Catherine Bell and Chris Potter.

The Good Witch’s Garden (Hallmark Movie)

2009, PG, Saturday, October 25 @ 1:00pm

(Drama/Fantasy) Good witch Cassie Nightingale has finally found a home at stately Grey House and her relationship with handsome police chief Jake Russell is blossoming when mysterious stranger Nick Chasen arrives in town. Nick claims to be a long lost relative of the house’s original owner and soon threatens the new life Cassie has found. Sequel to the popular Hallmark Channel original The Good Witch. Stars Catherine Bell and Chris Potter.

Beetlejuice (ABCF)

1988, PG, Saturday, October 25 @ 1:30pm

(Comedy/Fantasy) This funny Halloween movie has a dark side without being scary and a funny side without being ridiculous. A young couple’s (Geena Davis & Alec Baldwin) premature death leads them to a series of wild and bizarre afterlife exploits. They are stuck as ghosts in their home and are challenged with scaring off the new owners (Catherine O’Hara & Jeffrey Jones) whose daughter (Winona Ryder) has an attraction to all things morbid. The couple is too nice to really scare real people and that’s where Beetlejuice comes in. Michael Keaton plays the mischievous Beetlejuice, a freelance “bio-exorcist” who has an evil agenda behind his plot to help the young undead newlyweds. But when he starts getting on your nerves real bad, just say his name 3 times to make him go away – “Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!”

Dark Shadows (ABCF)

2012, PG-13, Saturday, October 25 @ 3:30pm

(Comedy/Horror) An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp), is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. Also starring Michelle Pfeiffer.

The Good Witch’s Charm (Hallmark Movie)

2012, G, Saturday, October 25 @ 5:00pm

(Drama/Fantasy) Good witch Cassie Nightingale has her hands full juggling her job as mayor and new motherhood so she is looking forward to a planned family vacation. However, a crime wave in town and a reporter threaten the plans and even cause her to consider stepping down as mayor. With encouragement from her friends and a little magic, Cassie finds a way to solve their problems and bring her family together. Stars Catherine Bell and Chris Potter.

The Addams Family (ABCF)

1991, PG-13, Saturday, October 25 @ 6:00pm

(Comedy/Fantasy) Con artists plan to fleece the eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long lost Uncle Fester. Starring Angelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci.

The Good Witch’s Destiny (Hallmark Movie)

2013, PG, Saturday, October 25 @ 7:00pm

(Drama/Fantasy) All Good Witch Cassie wants for her birthday is for her family and friends to be together, but new family member Gwen’s estranged son makes trouble for Cassie while her own stepson seems determined to take a step neither Cassie nor her husband think he is ready for. Meanwhile, stepdaughter Lori discovers disturbing parallels between Cassie and the original Grey Lady who disappeared at her own birthday party years before. Stars Catherine Bell and Chris Potter.

Addams Family Values (ABCF)

1993, PG-13, Saturday, October 25 @ 8:00pm

(Comedy/Fantasy) A comical Gothic horror-movie-type family tries to rescue their beloved uncle from his gold-digging new love. Starring Angelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci.

The Good Witch’s Wonder (Hallmark)

2014, PG, Saturday, October 25 @ 9:00pm

(Drama/Fantasy) Cassie Nightingale (Catherine Bell) finds herself with only days to plan her stepson Brandon’s (Matthew Knight) wedding to Tara (Ashley Leggat) when the happy couple unexpectedly pushes up the date for their big day. Meanwhile, Martha (Catherine Disher), the newly elected mayor of Middleton has roped Cassie into chairing the silent auction to raise much-needed funds for her pet project, the Middleton Botanical Gardens. Audrey (Rachel Wilson), a new arrival in town, pops in to Cassie’s store Bell, Book & Candle and the two instantly bond. Needing help in the store, Cassie immediately hires Audrey as her new store associate and she even pitches in and helps Cassie organize the auction. But, Audrey is hiding a secret past and suspicions start to swirl around her when the donated auction items are missing. With the use of her “special” powers, as well as some teamwork by the Mayor and Jake (Chris Potter), her husband, and local Chief of Police, will they conjure up the truth before it’s too late?

Hocus Pocus (ABCF)

1993, PG, Saturday, October 25 @ 10:00pm

 (Comedy/Fantasy) Halloween trick-or-treaters come face to face with 3 witch sisters from the past in Salem, Mass. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy. After 300 years, three sister witches are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches reign of terror once and for all.

Corpse Bride (ABCF)

2005, PG, Tim Burton, Saturday, October 25 @ 12:00am

(Animated Musical Fantasy) When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her. Starring Johnny Depp, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman and Albert Finney.

 

Sunday, October 26 – Day Eight of Halloween Themed TV

 Freak Out 2014 (ABCF Special Presentation)

Sunday, October 26 @ 7:00am

A hilariously scary new hidden camera prank Halloween special.

Coraline (ABCF)

2009, PG, Sunday, October 26 @ 8:00am

(Animated/Fantasy/Mystery) An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets. Voices of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French.

Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (ABCF)

2004, PG, Sunday, October 26 @ 10:00am

(Adventure/Comedy/Fantasy) Mystery Inc. must save Coolsville from an attack of past unmasked monsters brought to life by an evil masked figure trying to “unmask” the gang. Starring Freddie Prinz Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini and Neil Fanning as the voice of Scooby Doo.

The Haunted Mansion (ABCF)

2003, PG, Sunday, October 26 @ 12:00pm

(Comedy/Fantasy) Eddie Murphy stars in this funny Halloween movie flick based on the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World. Gracey Manor has 999 grim, grinning ghosts that Jim & Sara Evers (Murphy & Marsha Thomason) and their family must battle to break the mansion of its age-old curse. They get some help from supernatural psychic Madame Leota (Jennifer Tilly). The Haunted Mansion is a fright-filled comedy adventure with hair-raising laughs. But is it scary? Not really. A lot of things make a surprise “Boo!” jump out at you to try to get the audience to jump, but adults especially should be able to predict when this will happen. What about the special effects? They are awesome! If you’ve been on the ride you will recognize the ghosts in the movie and get a good chuckle from them.

Corpse Bride (ABCF)

2005, PG, Tim Burton, Sunday, October 26 @ 2:00pm

(Animated Musical Fantasy) When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her. Starring Johnny Depp, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman and Albert Finney.

The Addams Family (ABCF)

1991, PG-13, Sunday, October 26 @ 4:00pm

(Comedy/Fantasy) Con artists plan to fleece the eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long lost Uncle Fester. Starring Angelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci.

Addams Family Values (ABCF)

1993, PG-13, Sunday, October 26 @ 6:00pm

(Comedy/Fantasy) A comical Gothic horror-movie-type family tries to rescue their beloved uncle from his gold-digging new love. Starring Angelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci.

Hocus Pocus (ABCF)

1993, PG, Sunday, October 26 @ 8:00pm

 (Comedy/Fantasy) Halloween trick-or-treaters come face to face with 3 witch sisters from the past in Salem, Mass. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy. After 300 years, three sister witches are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches reign of terror once and for all.

The Good Witch’s Wonder (Hallmark)

2014, PG, Saturday, October 26 @ 9:00pm

(Drama/Fantasy) Cassie Nightingale (Catherine Bell) finds herself with only days to plan her stepson Brandon’s (Matthew Knight) wedding to Tara (Ashley Leggat) when the happy couple unexpectedly pushes up the date for their big day. Meanwhile, Martha (Catherine Disher), the newly elected mayor of Middleton has roped Cassie into chairing the silent auction to raise much-needed funds for her pet project, the Middleton Botanical Gardens. Audrey (Rachel Wilson), a new arrival in town, pops in to Cassie’s store Bell, Book & Candle and the two instantly bond. Needing help in the store, Cassie immediately hires Audrey as her new store associate and she even pitches in and helps Cassie organize the auction. But, Audrey is hiding a secret past and suspicions start to swirl around her when the donated auction items are missing. With the use of her “special” powers, as well as some teamwork by the Mayor and Jake (Chris Potter), her husband, and local Chief of Police, will they conjure up the truth before it’s too late?

ParaNorman (ABCF)

2012, PG, Sunday, October 26 @ 10:00pm

(Animated/Adventure/Comedy) A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. Voices of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

 

Monday, October 27 – Day Nine of Halloween Themed TV

 ParaNorman (ABCF)

2012, PG, Monday, October 27 @ 7:00pm

(Animated/Adventure/Comedy) A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. Voices of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

Casper (ABCF)

1995, PG, Monday, October 27 @ 9:00pm

(Comedy/Fantasy) This film is based on the comic book about Casper the Friendly Ghost (Malachi Pearson is the voice of Casper), so there are no scary ghosts here. Casper’s nasty (but funny) uncles “Stretch,” Stinky,” and Fatso” try to be scary but really are not. Paranormalist and widower Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman) moves into a new house with his daughter Kathleen, better known as “Kat” (Christina Ricci) and they meet up a dead little boy’s ghost. The cast works well with the wonderful animation and special effects.

Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (ABCF)

2004, PG, Monday, October 27 @ 12:00am

(Adventure/Comedy/Fantasy) Mystery Inc. must save Coolsville from an attack of past unmasked monsters brought to life by an evil masked figure trying to “unmask” the gang. Starring Freddie Prinz Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini and Neil Fanning as the voice of Scooby Doo.

 

Tuesday, October 28 – Day Ten of Halloween Themed TV

 Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (ABCF)

2004, PG, Tuesday, October 28 @ 5:00pm

(Adventure/Comedy/Fantasy) Mystery Inc. must save Coolsville from an attack of past unmasked monsters brought to life by an evil masked figure trying to “unmask” the gang. Starring Freddie Prinz Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini and Neil Fanning as the voice of Scooby Doo.

Casper (ABCF)

1995, PG, Tuesday, October 28 @ 7:00pm

(Comedy/Fantasy) This film is based on the comic book about Casper the Friendly Ghost (Malachi Pearson is the voice of Casper), so there are no scary ghosts here. Casper’s nasty (but funny) uncles “Stretch,” Stinky,” and Fatso” try to be scary but really are not. Paranormalist and widower Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman) moves into a new house with his daughter Kathleen, better known as “Kat” (Christina Ricci) and they meet up a dead little boy’s ghost. The cast works well with the wonderful animation and special effects.

Freak Out 2014 (ABCF Special Presentation)

Tuesday, October 28 @ 8:00 & 9:00pm

A hilariously scary new hidden camera prank Halloween special.

The Great Halloween Fright Fight (ABC Special)

Tuesday, October 28 @ 8:00pm

This new special, based on the success of The Great Christmas Light Fight, will feature a number of families competing for the greatest haunted Halloween displays and a $50,000 prize. The producer of last year’s holiday special, Thom Beers, CEO of FremantleMedia North America commented, “We scoured the country last year showcasing some of the most incredible Christmas displays, and taking this amazingly creative competition to Halloween has been equally breathtaking. We’re delighted to have Sabrina and Michael back as our judges and look forward to celebrating another holiday on ABC.” For the Halloween special, the families were chosen through an extensive nationwide search, based on their previous elaborate Halloween displays, incredible set decorations and over-the-top designs.

The Haunted Mansion (ABCF)

2003, PG, Tuesday, October 28 @ 12:00am

(Comedy/Fantasy) Eddie Murphy stars in this funny Halloween movie flick based on the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World. Gracey Manor has 999 grim, grinning ghosts that Jim & Sara Evers (Murphy & Marsha Thomason) and their family must battle to break the mansion of its age-old curse. They get some help from supernatural psychic Madame Leota (Jennifer Tilly). The Haunted Mansion is a fright-filled comedy adventure with hair-raising laughs. But is it scary? Not really. A lot of things make a surprise “Boo!” jump out at you to try to get the audience to jump, but adults especially should be able to predict when this will happen. What about the special effects? They are awesome! If you’ve been on the ride you will recognize the ghosts in the movie and get a good chuckle from them.

 

Wednesday, October 29 – Day Eleven of Halloween Themed TV

 The Haunted Mansion (ABCF)

2003, PG, Wednesday, October 29 @ 5:00pm

(Comedy/Fantasy) Eddie Murphy stars in this funny Halloween movie flick based on the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World. Gracey Manor has 999 grim, grinning ghosts that Jim & Sara Evers (Murphy & Marsha Thomason) and their family must battle to break the mansion of its age-old curse. They get some help from supernatural psychic Madame Leota (Jennifer Tilly). The Haunted Mansion is a fright-filled comedy adventure with hair-raising laughs. But is it scary? Not really. A lot of things make a surprise “Boo!” jump out at you to try to get the audience to jump, but adults especially should be able to predict when this will happen. What about the special effects? They are awesome! If you’ve been on the ride you will recognize the ghosts in the movie and get a good chuckle from them.

The Addams Family (ABCF)

1991, PG-13, Wednesday, October 29 @ 7:00pm

(Comedy/Fantasy) Con artists plan to fleece the eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long lost Uncle Fester. Starring Angelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci.

Addams Family Values (ABCF)

1993, PG-13, Wednesday, October 29 @ 9:00pm

(Comedy/Fantasy) A comical Gothic horror-movie-type family tries to rescue their beloved uncle from his gold-digging new love. Starring Angelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci.

ParaNorman (ABCF)

2012, PG, Wednesday, October 29 @ 12:00am

(Animated/Adventure/Comedy) A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. Voices of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

 

Thursday, October 30 – Day Twelve of Halloween Themed TV

 The Addams Family (ABCF)

1991, PG-13, Thursday, October 30 @ 4:30pm

(Comedy/Fantasy) Con artists plan to fleece the eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long lost Uncle Fester. Starring Angelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci.

Addams Family Values (ABCF)

1993, PG-13, Thursday, October 30 @ 6:30pm

(Comedy/Fantasy) A comical Gothic horror-movie-type family tries to rescue their beloved uncle from his gold-digging new love. Starring Angelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci.

Dark Shadows (ABCF)

2012, PG-13, Thursday, October 30 @ 8:30pm

(Comedy/Horror) An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp), is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. Also starring Michelle Pfeiffer.

Beetlejuice (ABCF)

1988, PG, Thursday, October 30 @ 12:00am

(Comedy/Fantasy) This funny Halloween movie has a dark side without being scary and a funny side without being ridiculous. A young couple’s (Geena Davis & Alec Baldwin) premature death leads them to a series of wild and bizarre afterlife exploits. They are stuck as ghosts in their home and are challenged with scaring off the new owners (Catherine O’Hara & Jeffrey Jones) whose daughter (Winona Ryder) has an attraction to all things morbid. The couple is too nice to really scare real people and that’s where Beetlejuice comes in. Michael Keaton plays the mischievous Beetlejuice, a freelance “bio-exorcist” who has an evil agenda behind his plot to help the young undead newlyweds. But when he starts getting on your nerves real bad, just say his name 3 times to make him go away – “Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!”

 

Friday, October 31 – Day Thirteen of Halloween Themed TV

 Poltergeist (ABCF)

1982, PG, Friday, October 31 @ 2:00pm

 (Horror) A family’s home is haunted by a host of ghosts. Starring JoBeth Williams, Heather O’Rourke, Craig T. Nelson, and Oliver Robins.

Dark Shadows (ABCF)

2012, PG-13, Friday, October 31 @ 4:30pm

(Comedy/Horror) An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp), is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. Also starring Michelle Pfeiffer.

Beetlejuice (ABCF)

1988, PG, Friday, October 31 @ 7:00pm

(Comedy/Fantasy) This funny Halloween movie has a dark side without being scary and a funny side without being ridiculous. A young couple’s (Geena Davis & Alec Baldwin) premature death leads them to a series of wild and bizarre afterlife exploits. They are stuck as ghosts in their home and are challenged with scaring off the new owners (Catherine O’Hara & Jeffrey Jones) whose daughter (Winona Ryder) has an attraction to all things morbid. The couple is too nice to really scare real people and that’s where Beetlejuice comes in. Michael Keaton plays the mischievous Beetlejuice, a freelance “bio-exorcist” who has an evil agenda behind his plot to help the young undead newlyweds. But when he starts getting on your nerves real bad, just say his name 3 times to make him go away – “Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!”

Casper (ABCF)

1995, PG, Friday, October 31 @ 9:00pm

(Comedy/Fantasy) This film is based on the comic book about Casper the Friendly Ghost (Malachi Pearson is the voice of Casper), so there are no scary ghosts here. Casper’s nasty (but funny) uncles “Stretch,” Stinky,” and Fatso” try to be scary but really are not. Paranormalist and widower Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman) moves into a new house with his daughter Kathleen, better known as “Kat” (Christina Ricci) and they meet up a dead little boy’s ghost. The cast works well with the wonderful animation and special effects.

TV LISTINGS (No Descriptions)

 Sunday, October 19

12:00am The Addams Family (ABCF) 1991, PG-13

7:00am Casper (ABCF) 1995, PG

9:00am The Addams Family (ABCF) 1991, PG-13

11:00am Addams Family Values (ABCF) 1993, PG-13

1:00pm Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 (ABCF) 2010, PG-13

4:30pm Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2 (ABCF) 2011, PG-13

7:30pm Toy Story of TERROR! (ABCF) 2013, G, Disney/Pixar

8:00pm Monsters, Inc (ABCF) 2001, G, Disney/Pixar

8:00pm Most Terrifying Places in America, Vol. 7 (Travel)

9:00pm Most Terrifying Places in America, Vol. 5 (Travel)

10:00pm Most Terrifying Places in America, Vol. 6 (Travel)

10:00pm Toy Story of TERROR! (ABCF) 2013, G, Disney/Pixar

10:30pm The Nightmare Before Christmas (ABCF) 1993, PG, Tim Burton

11:00pm Most Terrifying Places in America, Vol. 1 (Travel)

 

Monday, October 20

6:30pm The Nightmare Before Christmas (ABCF) 1993, PG, Tim Burton

8:00pm The Hunger Games (ABCF) 2012, PG 13

8:30pm Twitches (Disney) 2005, PG

 

Tuesday, October 21

12:00am The Haunted Mansion (ABCF) 2003, PG

5:00pm The Hunger Games (ABCF) 2012, PG 13

8:00pm Pretty Little Liars (ABCF) “We Love You to Death (2014)”

8:30pm Twitches Too (Disney) 2007, PG

9:00pm Freak Out 2014 (ABCF Special Presentation-new)

 

Wednesday, October 22

6:00pm Beetlejuice (ABCF) 1988, PG

8:00pm Melissa & Joey 2014 (ABCF Special Presentation) “Witch Came First”

8:30pm Baby Daddy 2014 (ABCF Special Presentation) “Strip or Treat”

9:00pm Freak Out 2014 (ABCF Special Presentation-new)

 

Thursday, October 23

5:30pm Freak Out 2014 (ABCF Special Presentation)

6:30pm Melissa & Joey 2014 (ABCF Special Presentation) “Witch Came First”

7:00pm Baby Daddy 2014 (ABCF Special Presentation)“Strip or Treat”

7:30 Corpse Bride (ABCF) 2005, PG, Tim Burton

9:30pm The Nightmare Before Christmas (ABCF) 1993, PG, Tim Burton

12:00am Teen Wolf (ABCF) 1985, PG

 

Friday, October 24

5:00pm Corpse Bride (ABCF) 2005, PG, Tim Burton

7:00pm The Nightmare Before Christmas (ABCF) 1993, PG, Tim Burton

8:30pm Dark Shadows (ABCF) 2012, PG-13

12:00pm Beetlejuice (ABCF) 1988, PG

 

Saturday, October 25

7:00am Melissa & Joey 2014 (ABCF Special Presentation) “Witch Came First”

7:30am Batman (ABCF) 1989, PG-13, Tim Burton

10:30am Batman Returns (ABCF) 1992, PG-13, Tim Burton

11:00am The Good Witch (Hallmark Movie) 2008, PG

1:00pm The Good Witch’s Garden (Hallmark Movie) 2009, PG

1:30pm Beetlejuice (ABCF) 1988, PG

3:30pm Dark Shadows (ABCF) 2012, PG-13

5:00pm The Good Witch’s Charm (Hallmark Movie) 2012, PG

6:00pm The Addams Family (ABCF) 1991, PG-13

7:00pm The Good Witch’s Destiny (Hallmark Movie) 2013, PG

8:00pm Addams Family Values (ABCF) 1993, PG-13

9:00pm The Good Witch’s Wonder (Hallmark Movie) 2014, PG

10:00pm Hocus Pocus (ABCF) 1993, PG

12:00am Corpse Bride (ABCF) 2005, PG, Tim Burton

 

Sunday, October 26

7:00am Freak Out 2014 (ABCF Special Presentation)

8:00am Coraline (ABCF) 2009, PG

10:00am Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (ABCF) 2004, PG

12:00pm The Haunted Mansion (ABCF) 2003, PG

2:00pm Corpse Bride (ABCF) 2005, PG, Tim Burton

4:00pm The Addams Family (ABCF) 1991, PG-13

6:00pm Addams Family Values (ABCF) 1993, PG-13

8:00pm Hocus Pocus (ABCF) 1993, PG

9:00pm The Good Witch’s Wonder (Hallmark Movie) 2014, PG

10:00pm ParaNorman (ABCF) 2012, PG

 

Monday, October 27

7:00pm ParaNorman (ABCF) 2012, PG

9:00pm Casper (ABCF) 1995, PG

12:00am Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (ABCF) 2004, PG

 

Tuesday, October 28

5:00pm Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (ABCF) 2004, PG

7:00pm Casper (ABCF) 1995, PG

8:00pm Freak Out 2014 (ABCF Special Presentation)

8:00pm The Great Halloween Fright Fight (ABC Special)

9:00pm Freak Out 2014 (ABCF Special Presentation)

12:00am The Haunted Mansion (ABCF) 2003, PG

 

Wednesday, October 29

5:00pm The Haunted Mansion (ABCF) 2003, PG

7:00pm The Addams Family (ABCF) 1991, PG-13

9:00pm Addams Family Values (ABCF) 1993, PG-13

12:00am ParaNorman (ABCF) 2012, PG

 

Thursday, October 30

4:30pm The Addams Family (ABCF) 1991, PG-13

6:30pm Addams Family Values (ABCF) 1993, PG-13

8:30pm Dark Shadows (ABCF) 2012, PG-13

12:00am Beetlejuice (ABCF) 1988, PG

 

Friday, October 31

2:00pm Poltergeist (ABCF) 1982, PG

4:30pm Dark Shadows (ABCF) 2012, PG-13

7:00pm Beetlejuice (ABCF) 1988, PG

9:00pm Casper (ABCF) 1995, PG

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October 10th, 2014

My Boyfriend’s Dogs Premieres on Hallmark

(A Hallmark Channel Original Movie)

Erika Christensen stars in "My Boyfriends Dogs." Photo by Genevieve © Wikimedia Commons

Erika Christensen stars in “My Boyfriends Dogs.” Photo by Genevieve © Wikimedia Commons

Bailey Daley (Erika Christensen) is a hapless young bride who has run away from the altar with not one, but three dogs she adopted from past relationships. Running into a small diner one rainy evening in a soaked wedding dress with her dogs at her feet, Bailey launches into the story of her strange predicament to the restaurant owners, Louie (Michael Kopsa) and Nikki (Joyce DeWitt). She explains that she hasn’t been able to find the right love, always longing for the more loyal, stable companionship she finds in her ex-boyfriends’ canine companions. Against the knowing advice of her mother Dina (Teryl Rothery) and best friend Amber (Emily Holmes), Bailey tries to transform herself into the perfect fit for each new guy she meets. As each relationship ends, Bailey adopts her ex’s dogs, but remains hopelessly single. Will a twist of fate that stormy night lead her to realize that true puppy love happens only after one stops searching for it?

My Boyfriend’s Dogs premieres Saturday, October 18 at 9:00pm on Hallmark.

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October 10th, 2014

Midnight Feast to Premiere on FYI

The Ninth Avenue entrance to Chelsea Market, in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Photo by Beyond My Ken © Wikimedia Commons

The Ninth Avenue entrance to Chelsea Market, in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Photo by Beyond My Ken © Wikimedia Commons

In Midnight Feast, New York’s Chelsea Market sets the stage for a late-night culinary showdown between some of the hottest chefs in the country. In each episode of Midnight Feast, three professional chefs are given exclusive, after-hours access to Chelsea Market, and will have free rein to use any ingredient found in the famous food hall. From creating the ultimate feast they would want to consume on their last night on earth to whipping up a dish they think will guarantee a “successful” evening of romance to creating inventive meals that are meant to be eaten without silverware–viewers will see the chefs execute a range of creative dishes. By the end of the night, the winner walks away with a cash prize, ten times the total value of their ingredients used – while the losers walk away paying their own tabs. With access to some of the finest food items in the world, each chef must weigh their desire to use the most expensive and exotic ingredients against the risk of picking up an outlandish bill. Chef and restaurateur, Spike Mendelsohn, serves as host and head judge. Kat Odell, editorial producer of eater.com, and John DeLucie, chef and restaurateur, also serve as judges.

Midnight Feast premieres Thursday, October 16 at 10:00pm on FYI.

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