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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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November 17th, 2014

The Last One to Premiere on Showtime

The Last One is a documentary uncovering the birth of The AIDS Memorial Quilt, which became a galvanizing force against bigotry and a flag in the fight for a cure. This moving story explores the quest to sew on the last panel, representing the final death and an end to the disease. Features archival footage, vérité scenes and interviews with the quilt makers and activists.

The Last One premieres Monday, December 1 at 8:30pm on Showtime.

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November 16th, 2014

Christmas Under Wraps to Premiere on Hallmark

Candace Cameron-Bure stars in "Christmas Under Wraps". Photo by Glenn Francis, www.PacificProDigital.com © WikimediaCommons

Candace Cameron-Bure stars in “Christmas Under Wraps”. Photo by Glenn Francis, www.PacificProDigital.com © WikimediaCommons

In Christmas Under Wraps, Lauren appears to have her entire life figured out with a residency at a top hospital and a boyfriend she adores. But when she loses both her job and her guy on the same day, Lauren reluctantly accepts a residency position in a remote Alaskan town. Embracing her new life, Lauren 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.  Christmas Under Wraps stars Candace Cameron-Bure, Brian Doyle-Murray, Robert Pine and David O’Donnell.

Christmas Under Wraps premieres Sunday, November 30 at 8:00pm on Hallmark.

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

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November 15th, 2014

Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever to Premiere on Lifetime

Internet sensation Grumpy Cat is getting her own holiday movie - Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever.  Photo by Gage Skidmore © WikimediaCommons

Internet sensation Grumpy Cat is getting her own holiday movie – Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. Photo by Gage Skidmore © WikimediaCommons

Internet sensation Grumpy Cat is getting her own holiday movie – Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, is a lonely cat living in a mall pet shop. Because she never gets chosen by customers, she develops a sour outlook on life. 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 Grumpy Cat 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?”

Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever premieres Saturday, November 29 at 8:00pm on Lifetime.

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

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November 14th, 2014

Santa Hunters to Premiere on Nickelodeon

Santa Claus Photo by Ch-info.ch  © Wikimedia Commons

Santa Claus
Photo by Ch-info.ch
© Wikimedia Commons

Everyone knows Santa has a white beard, red coat, and a belly that jiggles like a bowl of jelly, right? But what DO we know about Santa Claus? 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 (Benjamin Flores Jr.) – 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 (Breanna Yde) – 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 (Laya DeLeon Hayes) – 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 (Mace Coronel) – 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 also stars April Telek as Natasha, Serge Houde as Principal Welch and Santa, Kelly Perine as Uncle Charlie, Donavon Stinson as Santa, and Lisa MacFadden as the hairdresser.

Santa Hunters premieres Friday, November 28 at 7:00pm on Nickelodeon.

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November 14th, 2014

A Perfect Christmas List to Premiere on ION

Grandma gave the Perfect Christmas List. Photo by Prawny © MorgueFiles

Grandma gave the Perfect Christmas List. Photo by Prawny © MorgueFiles

In A Perfect Christmas List, Sara Smith gets a call from home just two weeks before Christmas 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 a perfect Christmas 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. A Perfect Christmas List stars Ellen Hollman, Marion Ross, Aaron Hill, Beth Broderick, and Richard Karn.

A Perfect Christmas List premieres Sunday, December 14 at 9:00pm on ION.

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

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November 13th, 2014

State of Affairs Premieres on NBC

Katherine Heigl will star in State of Affairs. Photo by lukeford.net  © Wikimedia Commons

Katherine Heigl will star in State of Affairs.
Photo by lukeford.net
© Wikimedia Commons

In State of Affairs, 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). This list of the most vital security issues facing the nation brings with it moral and political judgment calls for Charleston and her trusted group of brilliant analysts at the agency. Aside from the political minefields she has to walk, Charlie has a close personal relationship with President Constance Payton (Alfre Woodard) because she was once engaged to her son before a tragic terrorist attack took his life. Charlie survived that attack and is now determined to bring the perpetrators to justice. Navigating a complex personal life and a pressure-cooker profession is, of course, a challenge, and Charlie sometimes engages in boundary-pushing behavior to avoid facing her grief. But when the clock strikes 2:00am, she is all about her job – protecting her nation, serving her president and still trying to get to the bottom of her fiancé’s murder, which will reveal itself as a shocking mystery.

The State of Affairs cast also includes Adam Kaufman as Lucas Newsome, Sheila Vand as Maureen James, Cliff Chamberlain as Kurt Tannen, Tommy Savas as Dashiell Greer and David Harbour as David Patrick.

State of Affairs premieres Monday, November 17 at 10:00pm on NBC.

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November 13th, 2014

A Christmas Kiss II to Premiere on ION

An unexpected Christmas kiss 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

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. A Christmas Kiss II stars Elisabeth Harnois, Adam Mayfield, Elisabeth Röhm, Lola Glaudini, Jonathan Bennett, Celesta Hodge, and Ray Laska.

A Christmas Kiss II premieres Saturday, December 13 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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November 12th, 2014

 How to Make a Terra Cotta Pot Snowman

A Simple Holiday Craft Project – Make a Snowman from Terra Cotta Pots

Make these cute snowmen from terra cotta pots. © Gunkee

Make these cute snowmen from terra cotta pots. © Gunkee

These cute snowmen made from small terra cotta pots are big sellers at the craft show, but you can make your own at home by following these simple step-by-step instructions.

Terra Cotta Pot Snowman

Materials needed:

2 terra cotta pots (2-size difference; the ones pictured are 2″ and 1″.)
½” wooden ball or small pompom
Cloud White Patio Paint
Summer Blue Patio Paint
Wrought Iron Black Patio Paint
Any color Patio Paint for ‘hat’
Any coordinating color Patio Paint for decorative dots or stripes on ‘hat’
Orange craft foam sheet
Red craft foam sheet
(In place of the foam craft sheets you can get pre-cut foam shapes or wooden shapes for the mittens and the carrot nose.)
Coordinating color (of hat) buttons
Paintbrush
Small snowflake stencils (optional)

Step One: Terra Cotta Pot Snowman

Paint the bigger terra cotta pot white – inside and out.

Step Two: Terra Cotta Pot Snowman

Paint the upper lip of the smaller terra cotta pot white.

Step Three: Terra Cotta Pot Snowman

Paint the bottom part of the smaller terra cotta pot the color of your choosing.

Step Four: Terra Cotta Snowman

Paint the wooden ball in the coordinating color of your choosing.

Step Five: Terra Cotta Snowman

Using stencils or freehand, paint blue snowflakes onto the bigger terra cotta pot.

Step Six: Terra Cotta Pot Snowman

Using the hard end (opposite of the bristles) of your paintbrush, dip into the coordinating paint color (the same color as you painted the wooden ball) and dab dots onto the small terra cotta pot. (Or you may choose to paint stripes or any other design on the hat or no designs at all.)

Step Seven: Terra Cotta Pot Snowman

(Note: The pot should be upside down when doing this.) Paint black eyes onto the white part of the smaller terra cotta pot. Paint a smile under the eyes. Give the cheeks a rosy glow with a dry brush of blue or red. Give the black eyes a happy glint with a small dab of white.

Step Eight: Terra Cotta Snowman

Glue the small terra cotta pot to the big terra cotta pot. The smaller pot should nest onto the bottom of the larger pot. The bottom is now the top. (See photo if needed.)

Step Nine: Terra Cotta Pot Snowman

Cut out a carrot shape from the orange foam and glue onto the small terra cotta pot between the eyes. Cut out 2 mitten shapes from the foam sheet and glue onto the sides of the big terra cotta pot.

Step Ten: Terra Cotta Pot Snowman

Glue 2 buttons onto the big terra cotta pot, below the eyes of the small pot. Glue the wooden ball or pompom to the top of the snowman’s “hat.”

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November 11th, 2014

Archie’s Riverdale in Development at FOX

Lately there have been a rash of superhero comic book characters television series coming to life such as Arrow, Constantine, The Flash, Gotham, The Walking Dead to name a few. But now there’s a different type of comic series coming to light on the small screen. Greg Berlanti’s (executive producer of Arrow & The Flash) production company has sold Riverdale, a drama based on the characters from the Archie comics, to Fox, Deadline.com reports.

The project, Riverdale, is named after the fictional town where most of the Archie characters reside and is written by Archie Comics’ Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The series is set in the present and will offer a bold take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends.

Naturally, the series will explore the famous love triangle between Archie, Betty and Veronica and will also include other famous characters from comics like Archie’s enemy Reggie Mantle, best friend Jughead Jones and the Archie comics’ first openly gay character, Kevin Keller.

In addition to his current role at Archie comics, Aguirre-Sacasa Berlanti is working on a Supergirl TV series for CBS in addition to his two current CW shows.

Archie Comics debuted in 1942 and have spawned several animated and live-action series, most notably the long-running Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Would you watch Riverdale?

Berlanti is also developing a new Supergirl series.

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