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December 9th, 2014

Pizza Masters to Premiere on Cooking Channel

Pizza! Photo by Jon Sullivan © Wikimedia Commons

Pizza! Photo by Jon Sullivan © Wikimedia Commons

Pizza Masters Sal Basille and Francis Garcia are first cousins, best friends, and together they own some of the most successful pizza shops in NYC. In the first episode, Franny Goes to Hollywood, everyone knows that Fran Garcia may be a pizza man, but he has always been an actor at heart. So, he heads to LA to see if he has what it takes to hang amongst the Brads and Leonardos. Of course, he takes his cousin, best friend, and “agent” Sal Basile along, and no trip with these two would be complete without finding the best food stops the city has to offer. First up, Fran and Sal hit up Guisado’s in East Los Angeles for tacos filled with homemade braises wrapped in fresh corn tortillas. Next, they visit their friend, film exec, and now bakery owner Lisa at Cake Monkey to thank her for arranging the audition for Fran, and to taste her sinfully sweet treats. Finally, to celebrate a successful trip, the boys head to the famous food trucks of Abbot Kinney to grab a slice at the Urban Oven. Just two New York pizza masters in the glitz and glamour of LA looking for fame, fortune, and, of course, great food.

Pizza Masters premieres Tuesday, December 16 at 9:00pm on the Cooking Channel.

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December 4th, 2014

Party Down South: Christmas Hangover to Premiere on CMT

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.

Party Down South: Christmas Hangover premieres Thursday, December 18 at 10:00pm on CMT.

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November 29th, 2014

The Santa Con to Premiere on Lifetime

A con-man is ordered to play Santa at a department store in "The Santa Con."  Photo by xenia © MorgueFiles

A con-man is ordered to play Santa at a department store in “The Santa Con.” Photo by xenia © MorgueFiles

In The Santa Con, 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.

The Santa Con premieres Saturday, December 13 at 8:00pm on Lifetime.

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November 29th, 2014

The Christmas Parade to Premiere on Hallmark

Santa Claus is always a big hit in Christmas Parades. Photo by Loozrboy  © Wikimedia Commons

Santa Claus is always a big hit in Christmas Parades. Photo by Loozrboy © Wikimedia Commons

In The Christmas Parade, 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 Parade premieres Sunday, December 14 at 8:00pm on Hallmark).

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November 28th, 2014

Best Christmas Party Ever to Premiere on Hallmark

With the holidays approaching, in Best Christmas Party Ever, 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.

Best Christmas Party Ever premieres Saturday, December 13 at 8:00pm on Hallmark.

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November 26th, 2014

Suave Says to Premiere on VH1

Funny, fun and full of heart, Suave Says will follow famous lover turned preacher, Gerardo Mejia, as he fights to keep his family together the only way he knows how; with laughter and love.

In the early 1990s Gerardo Mejia had it all. Thanks to his smash-hit single, “Rico Suave,” he was living the good life with all of the fame, fortune, and women to show for it. Twenty years later, Gerardo’s life is still pretty good if not just a little bit different. While he is no longer a rock star, Gerardo continues to be adored by many (as a record exec turned minister) and remains surrounded by beautiful women — only now they are his wife and daughters.

Following the success of his big single, Gerardo went on to become an influential A&R executive at Interscope Records, married Kathy (a former beauty queen), and had 3 beautiful children— Bianca, Nadia and Jaden. However, despite Gerardo’s early success, life was not always easy in the Mejia household.

Over the years, Kathy and the kids weathered the storm of success and what comes after it. With the admission of infidelities spanning a decade, Gerardo and Kathy are now trying to pick up the pieces of their marriage and reconnect with their children.

But even without a marriage to repair, Gerardo and Kathy would have their hands full. At least two of their three kids plan to follow in their father’s famous footsteps. Nadia is an aspiring singer/model and Jaden wants to make it as a rapper. Meanwhile, older sister, Bianca, just moved back into the family home and brought her new boyfriend, Zack, with her. Rounding out the hectic household is Gerardo’s 20 year-old niece, Lexi, as well as her toddler son.

So get ready because in this family, the only constant is craziness. And while dad might be Mr. Suave himself, life in the Mejia household is anything but smooth.

Suave Says premieres Wednesday, December 3 at 10:00pm on VH1.

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November 26th, 2014

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 2014 to Premiere on Hallmark

Santa Claus is always a big hit in the Hollywood Christmas Parade. Photo by Loozrboy  © Wikimedia Commons

Santa Claus is always a big hit in the Hollywood Christmas Parade. Photo by Loozrboy © Wikimedia Commons

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 Hollywood Christmas Parade 2014 premieres Wednesday, December 10 at 4:00pm on Hallmark.

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November 25th, 2014

How to Make a Snowman Jar

Make a snowman jar to use as a gift package. © Gunkee

Make a snowman jar to use as a gift package. © Gunkee

Snowman Jar as Gift Wrap

This nifty Snowman Jar is a big hit at crafts shows and under the tree because it is two gifts in one! It’s a handy container and a great decoration to be displayed all winter. It makes the perfect gift because you personalize the contents of the jar to fit the likes of each person on your gift list. To make the Snowman Jar you will need the following supplies:

1 quart-sized jar (cleaned with the outer paper removed)

Scrap material for scarf and hat

Orange scrap material for nose

White scrap material for face

Double-sided mounting adhesive (can be found in the scrapbooking supplies area of any crafting store)

Small piece of batting

Twine or other type of rope for hat

Snaps or button for eyes

Black Sharpie Pen

Plastic Holly for decoration

Decorative-edged Scissors

Elmer’s or Super Glue

Cut adhesive to the approximate size you will need to make the snowman face with. Peel back thin release paper and press to the back of the white material. Smooth out any air bubbles working from the center outward. Sketch an oblong U shape on the white material for the base of the snowman face. Draw little lines around the inside of the outside edge to mimic a stitched look. Also draw a stitched-look crooked, smiling mouth. Remove paper backing and stick onto jar. Be careful to keep it smooth – try not to get any bubbles underneath. Repeat these steps to make a carrot nose for your snowman face using the orange material. Draw lines around the edge to mimic the stitched look. Add little orange dots to the center of the nose. Cut out nose and apply to the snowman face you have stuck onto the jar. Glue on the buttons or snaps for the eyes. Optional: Add a bit of blue acrylic dry brushed paint for cheek accents. Place the lid from the jar on a scrap piece of material you want to use for the snowman’s hat. Draw a circle at least twice the diameter of the lid on the material. Cut out the circle with zigzag or other crafting scissors with a decorative edge. Glue a small piece of batting to the top of the jar lid. Place the hat material over the lid and tie on with the twine. Add the holly decoration to hide the knot in the twine. Measure around the bottom of the jar then cut a piece of material 2″ wide twice the length of the jar’s circumference. Fold the scarf material in half, wrap around the bottom of the jar and tie it off.

Now that your Snowman Jar is complete, here are 10 gift ideas to get you started:

Snowman Jars for College Kids

Fill the Snowman Jar for college kids with change for use in vending machines and for trips to the laundry mat. Or add prepackaged hot chocolate or coffee mixes.

Snowman Jars for Younger Children

The younger (and sometimes older) children will love to see a Snowman Jar for them filled with assorted wrapped candies, but small dolls and fashion accessories will also fit as well as small cars.

Snowman Jars for Adults

Fill the Snowman Jar for adults with an assortment of prepackaged flavored teas or coffee; add a favorite starter mix for soups or bread; or sample sizes of body lotions, shampoo, deodorants and toothpaste.

Snowman Jars for Craft Lovers

For craft lovers, fill the Snowman Jar with gift certificates to a favorite craft store, embroidery floss, small scissors, needles, buttons, paints and/or paint brushes.

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November 24th, 2014

How to Make Block Elves that Display a Simple Holiday Message

Crafty Christmas Elves © Gunkee

Crafty Christmas Elves © Gunkee

Make Block Elf Shelf Sitters

These simple to make Christmas Block Elves can be personalized with your own one-word holiday saying. Some suggested holiday messages to use on the Block Elves are “Noel,” “Joy,” and “Peace.”

To make the Block Elves you will need the following supplies:

1″ wooden block

6/8″ wooden letters (approximately, they need to be small enough to fit on the wooden block) for the word you wish the elves to spell out

3 1/2″ wooden ball (preferably with a flat side)

Green felt

Red felt

Red, green and white pom-poms (extra small)

Glittery red, green or white pom-poms (small)

Scissors – regular

Scissors – zigzag or decorative edged (such as used for scrapbooking)

Hot glue

Patio Paint (or any other acrylic paint) – Geranium Red, Christmas Green, Cloud White and Wrought Iron Black

Paint Brushes

Pencil (optional)

Directions to Make Block Elves

Paint the wooden balls white. Let dry.

Paint the wooden blocks red or green. Let dry.

Paint the wooden letters red or green. (The opposite color you painted for the block. If you painted the block red, then paint the letters green and vice versa.) Let dry.

While the paint is drying on the wooden pieces, cut strips from the green or red felt for arms and legs for the Block Elves. The arms should be 2″ long and 2/8″ wide (approximately), while the legs are a bit longer at 3″ and the same width as the arms.

Cut a triangle (approximately 3″ x 3″ x 3″) from the green or red felt to make the hat. Glue two sides of the triangle together to form an opening at the bottom to sit atop the wooden ball. This is a bit tricky so you may have to play with it a little to get the look you want.

Use red or green felt to cut a 1½” circle with zigzag or other decorative edged scissors.

Glue the letters onto the blocks.

Glue the white extra small pom-poms onto the end of the “arms” to act as the hands for the Block Elves.

Glue the green or red small pom-poms onto the “legs” to act as the feet of the Block Elves.

Glue the arms onto the top of the block and legs to the bottom of the blocks.

Glue the decorative cut felt circle onto the top of the block.

Glue the wooden ball onto the top of the decorative felt circle.

Glue the hat onto the top of the head. Glue a glittery pom-pom on the tip of the hat. Optional: Bend the top of the hat over to hang off to the side of the head. (See photo.)

Use a pencil to lightly sketch a face on the front of the wooden ball. (Optional)

Use the black paint and a very small brush to paint on the face of the Block Elf. Be very careful. If it smears you more than likely will have to start over with the head. It is very hard to clean up black paint on white to be able to use the wooden ball again.

That’s it! You are done with your Block Elf Shelf Sitters. What holiday message does your Block Elves spell out? Make several sets of Block Elves – one to keep and one to give as a gift.

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November 23rd, 2014

The Christmas Secret to Premiere on Hallmark

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 Secret premieres Sunday, December 7 at 9:00pm on Hallmark.

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November 23rd, 2014

Christmas at Cartwright’s to Premiere on Hallmark

Alicia Witt stars in "Christmas at Cartwright's". Photo by Mingle Media TV © Wikimedia Commons

Alicia Witt stars in “Christmas at Cartwright’s”. Photo by Mingle Media TV © Wikimedia Commons

In Christmas at Cartwright’s, Nicky (Alicia Witt) is a struggling single mom who, with Christmas approaching, finds herself working as a department store Santa Claus to help make her daughter’s holiday a happy one.  One day she is approached by a real-life guardian angel who delivers good fortune and the possibility of holiday romance. Christmas at Cartwright’s also stars Wallace Shawn.

Christmas at Cartwright’s premieres Sunday, December 7 at 8:00pm on Hallmark.

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November 22nd, 2014

Debbie Macomber’s Mr. Miracle to Premiere on Hallmark

Rob Morrow will star in "Debbie Macomber's Mr. Miracle." Photo by Greg Hernandez © Wikimedia Commons

Rob Morrow will star in “Debbie Macomber’s Mr. Miracle.” Photo by Greg Hernandez © Wikimedia Commons

In Debbie Macomber’s Mr. Miracle, 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 released in hardcover by Ballantine in October 2014.

Debbie Macomber’s Mr. Miracle premieres Saturday, December 6 at 8:00pm on Hallmark.

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November 22nd, 2014

The Red Tent to Premiere on Lifetime

Minnie Driver will star in :The Red Tent." Photo by Wildhartlivie  © Wikimedia Commons

Minnie Driver will star in :The Red Tent.” Photo by Wildhartlivie © Wikimedia Commons

The Red Tent is a sweeping tale that takes place during the times of the Old Testament, told through the eyes of Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob.

The miniseries begins with Dinah’s (Rebecca Ferguson) happy childhood spent inside the red tent where the women of her tribe gather and share the traditions and turmoil of ancient womanhood. The film recounts the story of Dinah’s mothers Leah (Minnie Driver), Rachel (Morena Baccarin), Zilpah and Bilhah, the four wives of Jacob (Iain Glen). Dinah matures and experiences an intense love that subsequently leads to a devastating loss, and the fate of her family is forever changed. Debra Winger portrays Rebecca, Jacob’s mother while Will Tudor stars as Joseph, Dinah’s brother.

Lifetime’s miniseries The Red Tent  is based on the best-selling novel by Anita Diamant. The Red Tent has sold millions of copies worldwide and has been translated in 28 languages. The novel is a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today and Entertainment Weekly Top Ten Best Seller.

The Red Tent is a 2-part mini-series airing December 7 & 8 at 9:00pm on Lifetime.

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November 21st, 2014

How Murray Saved Christmas to Premiere on NBC

Jerry Stiller will voice Murray in "How Murray Saved Christmas." Photo by Daniel Krieger © Wikimedia Commons

Jerry Stiller will voice Murray in “How Murray Saved Christmas.” Photo by Daniel Krieger © Wikimedia Commons

(Animated NBC Special) 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 Jack-in-the-Boxer (an experimental toy) 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.

How Murray Saved Christmas premieres Friday, December 5 at 8:00pm on NBC.

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November 21st, 2014

How to Make Tomato Pin Cushion Characters

Learn How to Make These Jolly and Whimsical Holiday Characters: Mr. & Mrs. Santa and Santa’s Elf

Tomato pin cushion characters. © Gunkee

Tomato pin cushion characters. © Gunkee

Do you know someone who likes to sew? If you do then these jolly holiday tomato pin cushion characters will be the perfect holiday gift to make for them. But don’t limit your giving to just the sewing fanatic. Anyone will enjoy receiving these whimsical characters to display during the holidays. These tomato pin cushion characters are also a big hit at craft shows.

Materials needed to make the Tomato Pin Cushion Characters

3 Tomato Pin Cushions

Various colored straight pins with the colored ball on the end

3 – 4″ wooden balls

3 – 1 ½” x 1 ½” flat wooden heart shaped pieces

Green Felt

Red Felt

Extra small pom-poms

2 small jingle bells

A small piece of rick rack (approximately 4″ long)

A small piece (approximately 6″) of thin white yarn

A small piece of lace (approximately 2 – 2 ½” long)

A smaller piece of lace (a smaller width than the first piece)

Thin piece of black ribbon (approximately 4″ long)

White craft hair

Wrought Iron Black Patio Paint (or any other acrylic paint)

Cloud White Patio Paint (or any other acrylic paint)

Paint brushes

Scissors (regular and decorative edged or zigzag)

Hot glue

How to Make Tomato Pin Cushion Characters – Mr. Santa, Mrs. Santa and Santa’s Elf

Paint the wooden balls white. Let dry.

Paint both sides of the wooden hearts black. Let dry.

Glue the black ribbon around the center of one of the tomato pin cushions to serve as Santa’s belt.

Using the red felt cut 3 strips 1″ x 5″ long. Fold in half long-ways and glue together. Glue the 3 strips around the center of the tomato pin cushion to use as the arms. (See photo if needed.) Glue green or white pom-poms onto the ends in the front to serve as the hands.

Using the decorative edged scissors cut a 3″ circle from the green felt. Cut a 4″ x 4″ x 4″ triangle from the green AND red felt with the regular scissors.

Glue the green felt circle onto the top of the tomato pin cushion that will be the elf.

Glue the white wooden balls onto the tops of the 3 tomato pin cushions.

Glue 2 sides of each triangle together to form a hat. Glue the green hat onto the wooden ball on the Elf tomato pin cushion and the red hat onto the wooden ball on the Santa tomato pin cushion. Crimp the hats over to the side (you may need to tack it down with a bit of glue) then glue the jingle bells to the ends of the hats. (See photo if needed.)

Glue the green rick rack around the edge of the Elf’s hat and the white yarn around the edge of Santa’s hat.

Glue the smallest piece of lace around the ball on Mrs. Santa’s head to look like a collar. Glue the bigger piece of lace around her center between the hands to serve as an apron or skirt.

Glue some white craft hair onto Mrs. Santa’s head and Mr. Santa’s face for his beard.

Use a very small paint brush to paint on the faces of each character. (See photo if needed.)

Glue the black hearts onto the bottom of the tomato pin cushion so that the top of the heart peaks out from the front looking like the tips of shoes.

Add straight pins to the front to serve as buttons.

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November 20th, 2014

Wishin’ and Hopin’ to Premiere on Lifetime

Molly ringwald will star in "Wishin' and Hopin'". Photo by Pgianopoulos © Wikimedia Commons

Molly Ringwald will star in “Wishin’ and Hopin'”. Photo by Pgianopoulos © Wikimedia Commons

Set in the 1960s, Wishin’ and Hopin’ is the story of 10-year-old Felix Funicello (Wyatt Ralff), 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 (Krysta Rodriguez), 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 substitute teacher Madame Frechette (Molly Ringwald) and a feisty Russian student, Zhenya (Siobhan Cohen), and promises to be one Christmas Felix will never forget. Starring Chevy Chase as the narrator, Danny Nucci, Meat Loaf, Annabella Sciorra, Cheri Oteri, Conchata Ferrell, and Camila Banus. Wishin’ and Hopin’ is based on the New York Times best-selling Christmas novel by Wally Lamb.

Wishin’ and Hopin’ premieres Saturday, December 6 at 8:00pm on Lifetime.

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November 20th, 2014

Pauly Shore Stands Alone to Premiere on Showtime

Pauly Shore Photo by Nate "Igor" Smith  © Wikimedia Commons

Pauly Shore Photo by Nate “Igor” Smith © Wikimedia Commons

(SHO Special) IN PAULY’S OWN WORDS:Yeah, I got a new documentary coming out this year entitled Pauly Shore Stands Alone.  It’s a cross between Searching For Sugar Man and Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.  The camera finds me on the road in a snowing midwest comedy tour while dealing with moving my mom, who’s suffering from Parkinson’s, out of her house after 40 years.  We find out in the documentary who my mom is.

A touching and funny documentary following comedian Pauly Shore on tour as he plays venues in small towns across the mid-west, entertaining his loyal fans. Between hilarious standup clips, Shore deals with his ailing mother and reflects on his life outside of comedy, giving a rare glimpse into the man behind the persona.

Pauly Shore Stands Alone premieres Thursday, December 4 at 8:00pm on Showtime.

 

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November 20th, 2014

Back to Christmas to Premiere on ION

Ali gets sent back in time to the Christmas when she was planning her wedding in "Back to Christmas." Photo by  SamHakes © MorgueFiles

Ali gets sent back in time to the Christmas when she was planning her wedding in “Back to Christmas.” Photo by SamHakes © MorgueFiles

In Back to Christmas, Ali is having a hard time dealing with having to spend another Christmas alone. When she meets Ginny 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 Christmas, the one right before her planned wedding last year. While Ali sets out to avoid the mistakes of her past, she learns that changing the course of history is no easy task. Back to Christmas stars Kelly Overton, Michael Muhney, Jonathan Patrick Moore, Jennifer Elise Cox, Moses Jacob Storm, Gloria Loring, and Mark Hutter.

Back to Christmas premieres Saturday, December 20 at 9:00pm om ION.

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

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November 19th, 2014

Peter Pan LIVE to Premiere on NBC

peter pan live by imdbGo on a magical and musical journey to the second star on the right as NBC sprinkles fairy dust across America in Peter Pan Live! Gather friend and family and anyone who refuses to grow up to view this LIVE television production of the classic Broadway musical starring Allison Williams as Peter Pan and Christopher Walken as Captain Hook. Get ready for show-stopping stars, extravagant sets, stunning costumes and delightful music as you watch the story of that mischievous little boy who ran away to Neverland – Peter Pan.

The cast of Peter Pan Live include:

Minnie Driver as the Adult Wendy Darling and Narrator

Allison Williams as Peter Pan

Christopher Walken as Captain Hook

Christian Borle as Mr. Smee and George Darling

Taylor Louderman as Wendy Darling

Kelli O’Hara as Mrs. Darling

Jake Lucas as John Darling

John Allyn as Michael Darling

Peter Pan Live! premieres Thursday, December 4 at 8:00pm on NBC.

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November 19th, 2014

How to Make a Flower Angel Ornament

This easy-to-make Christmas decoration is simple enough for children to make. They are also good sellers at craft shows! Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to make a flower angel ornament.

Follow these directions to make this cute flower angel ornament. © Gunkee

Follow these directions to make this cute flower angel ornament. © Gunkee

Flower Angel Ornament

Materials needed:

3-4″ Silk rose (any color)
½-1″ wooden ball with hole through it
Pre-made angel wings
Small silk rose
Very this ribbon (any color)
Crafty wedding rings
Decorative string, twine or thin ribbon
Hot glue

Step One: Flower Angel Ornament

Cut the silk flower from the stem.

Step Two: Flower Angel Ornament

Make a loop approximately 2″-3″ long from the decorative string. Thread the string through the hole of the wooden ball. Tie off the string so that it will not pull back through the hole. You may want to glue it to the bottom. The string will be used to hang the finished ornament on the tree.

Step Three: Flower Angel Ornament

Glue the wooden ball to the greenery on the bottom of the rose petal. This is the head for your Flower Angel Ornament.

Step Four: Flower Angel Ornament

Make a bow with the thin ribbon. Glue under the wooden ball (between the ball and the flower) to where you would like the front of the Flower Angel Ornament to be. Glue the small silk rose onto the knot of the bow.

Step Five: Flower Angel Ornament

Glue the wedding ring to the top of the wooden ball. This is the Flower Angel Ornament’s halo.

Step Six: Flower Angel Ornament

Glue the angel wings to the back of the wooden ball.

Step Seven: Flower Angel Ornament

(Optional) Paint a face onto your Flower Angel Ornament. (I do not suggest using a Sharpie marker as these tend to bleed on the wood surface.)

That’s all there is to it. All that’s left is to hang them on the Christmas tree!

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November 19th, 2014

Christmas in Rockefeller Center on NBC

The Rockefeller Christmas Tree in 2013. Photo by mastermaq © Wikimedia Commons

The ORckefeller Christmas Tree in 2013. Photo by mastermaq © Wikimedia Commons

(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 in Rockefeller Center airs Wednesday, December 3 @ 8:00pm on NBC.

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November 18th, 2014

How to Make a Snowman Ornament

Turn a plain, white Christmas ball into a snowman ornament for the tree. © Gunkee

Turn a plain, white Christmas ball into a snowman ornament for the tree. © Gunkee

This easy-to-make Christmas decoration is simple enough for young children to make. They are also good sellers at craft shows! Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to make a snowman ornament.

Snowman Ornament

Materials needed:

1 round, white Christmas ornament
A colored baby sock
Small googly eyes
Small pompom
Thin Sharpie marker
Orange acrylic paint
Pink, red or blue acrylic paint
Small paintbrush
All-purpose glue

Step One: Snowman Ornament

Roll back the top of the baby sock and place put on the round ornament as a knit cap. The sock should cover half the ornament ball with the hook on the ornament poking out from the top.

Step Two: Snowman Ornament

Glue the rolled sock to the ornament; glue around the edges where the sock is rolled down.

Step Three: Snowman Ornament

Cut off the end of the toe part of the sock. Glue pompom to end of cap/sock.

Step Four: Snowman Ornament

Glue googly eyes in place. Paint an orange carrot nose. (Or you can use pre-cut foam pieces and glue it on.) Using the thin Sharpie marker, draw the eyebrows, and mouth. Use pink, red or blue paint to make some rosy cheeks for your snowman.

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November 18th, 2014

Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce to Premiere on Bravo

Lisa Edelstein will star in "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce." Photo by Arnold Gatilao © Wikimedia Commons

Lisa Edelstein will star in “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.” Photo by Arnold Gatilao © Wikimedia Commons

(from BRAVO) Bravo’s first original scripted series, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, follows Abby McCarthy (Lisa Edelstein), a self-help book author and guru of all things family, who shocks the world when she reveals that her seemingly perfect life has all been a lie. After publicly admitting that she has separated from her husband, Jake (Paul Adelstein), America’s once-favorite girlfriend finds her career and marriage in a free fall. As she starts to navigate life as a single woman in her 40s, Abby turns to her new divorced friends, rather than her married ones, for advice. Her friend Lyla (Janeane Garofalo) is a legendary no-nonsense entertainment lawyer who is in a constant “War of the Roses” battle with her ex-husband, and Phoebe (Beau Garrett) is a former model and budding entrepreneur who has a very unique relationship with her ex. When she hires Delia (Necar Zadegan) as her divorce attorney, Abby’s brother Max (Patrick Heusinger), who fought hard for the right to marry, questions his sister on how she can so easily decide to walk away from her own marriage.

Abby is on a journey of self-discovery as she attempts to salvage her career, get back in the dating game and figure out her new identity as a single woman. As she hits the reset button on her life, she embarks on startling adventures and mishaps along the way, including her first post-marriage hook-up, a blog post gone horribly wrong, and a Vegas trip that leads to some unexpected complications. And, while in the process of trying and failing to have the “perfect divorce,” Abby ultimately questions whether her marriage is worth saving.

The series also stars J. August Richards, C. Thomas Howell, Julianna Guill, Michael Weaver, and Charles Mesure. The pilot also includes a cameo by Carrie Fisher as Abby’s book editor, Cat.

Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce is inspired by the Girlfriends’ Guide book series by Vicki Iovine,

Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce premieres Tuesday, December 2 at 10:oopm on BRAVO.

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November 18th, 2014

Toy Story That Time Forgot to Premiere on ABC

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

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

(ABC Special) 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.

Toy Story That Time Forgot premieres Tuesday, December 2 @ 8:00pm on ABC.

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November 17th, 2014

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas to Premiere on NBC

Jim Parson will voice Buddy in "Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas." photo by Martini © Wikimedia Commons

Jim Parson will voice Buddy in “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas.”
photo by Martini © Wikimedia Commons

(NBC Special) Jim Parsons will provide the voice of Buddy the Elf in NBC’s upcoming stop-motion animated holiday special Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas.  Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas will be an “all-new retelling” of Buddy the Elf’s story from both the movie, Elf, and the Broadway musical Elf: 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. Along the way his unrelenting cheer transforms the lives of everyone he meets and opens his father’s eyes to the magic of Christmas. There are nine songs in the special, including “Happy All the Time,” “A Christmas Song” and “Nobody Cares About Santa Claus.” The all-star voice cast includes Ed Asner, Fred Armisen, Gilbert Gottfried, Jay Leno, Kate Micucci, Mark Hamill, Matt Lauer, Max Charles, Rachael MacFarlane, and Steve Higgins.

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas premieres Tuesday, December 16 at 8:00pm on NBC.

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