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Christmas Movies: 'Christmas On The Menu'

25 October, 2020

Synopsis: Josie Jennings (Kim Shaw) a celebrated, romantic, 35-year old chef in the city heads home to spend the holidays at the quaint, magical bed and breakfast where she grew up, and where her mother Shannon (Cynthia Gibb) has just opened a new restaurant. Famous food critic Tanner Rhodes (Clayton James), who has given Josie harsh reviews in the past, comes to town to review the new restaurant and Josie’s Christmas Cuisine.  As the holidays unfold, Josie and Tanner get to know each other better, and a romance soon begins to blossom but will Tanner find a way to right his wrongs, write a rave review for the bistro’s delicious cuisine, and win Josie’s heart by Christmas Eve?  (Courtesy Lifetime, 2020)

The Cast:
Kim Shaw as Josie Jennings
Clayton James as Tanner Rhodes
Cynthia Gibb as Shannon Jennings
Jesse Kove
Michael Steger
Shanica Knowles

Production Credits:
Christmas on the Menu is produced by The Ninth House and Nicely Entertainment with Vanessa Shapiro executive producing. Jake Helgren serves as writer and director.

It premiered Friday, December 18th, 2020 on Lifetime.

Christmas Movies: 'A Christmas Break'

25 October, 2020

Synopsis: School teacher Addison Tate (Cindy Sampson) wants this Christmas to be special for her kids especially since the School Board has decided that it will be the last as the school will be closing. When Addison meets Danny, a Hollywood actor home to reconnect with his roots, on a Christmas tree lot, sparks fly, uniting the two to save the school from closing right before Christmas Eve. (Courtesy Lifetime, 2020)

The Cast:
Cindy Sampson as Addison Tate

Production Credits:
A Christmas Break is produced by Reel One Entertainment. Tom Berry, Sebastian Battro, Louisa Cadywould, Breanne Hartley, Laurence Braun and Suzanne Chapman serve as executive producers. Graeme Campbell directs from a script by Jason Delaney. 

It premiered Sunday, December 20th, 2020 on Lifetime.

Christmas Movies: 'A Crafty Christmas Romance'

25 October, 2020

Synopsis: Mandy (Nicola Posener), the owner of a craft and hobby store, discovers an old copy of “A Christmas Carol” among donations for a book drive. In the book is a letter to Santa from 70 years ago along with a valuable coin. Mandy sets out to find the owner of the book, letter and coin with the help of Jonah (Bradford B. Johnson), a contractor who first came upon and donated the book. Along the way, they find clues that lead them closer to the author, and to each other, but can Mandy return everything to the book owner in time for Christmas and make her own Christmas wish come true? (Courtesy Lifetime, 2020)

The Cast:
Nicola Posener as Mandy
Bradford B. Johnson as Jonah

Production Credits:
A Crafty Christmas Romance is produced by Candlelight Media Group and executive produced by AJC Pennyworth and Elisa Jan. Brian Brough directs from a script by Brittany Wiscombe.

It premiered Friday, October 30th, 2020 on Lifetime.

Christmas Movies: 'A Christmas Exchange'

25 October, 2020

Synopsis: The holiday season has started and Molly Cooper (Laura Vandervoort) is looking for joy. Finally living her childhood dream, Molly swaps her quaint farmhouse for London Financier Patrick Kingston's (Rainbow Sun Francks) posh apartment. Through the ups and downs of her new life in London and searching for romance, Molly begins to look forward to all communication with Patrick. Likewise, Patrick finds Molly's warm emails and texts charming and compelling. Sparks fly between them as they get to know each other as they live in each other's spaces.(Courtesy Lifetime, 2020)

The Cast:
Laura Vandervoot as Molly
Rainbow Sun Francks as Patrick

Production Credits:
A Christmas Exchange is produced by Brain Power Media with Beth Stevenson and Stan Hum executive producing. Justin G Dyck directs from a script by Neale Elizabeth Kimmel. 

It premiered Saturday, December 19th, 2020 on Lifetime.

Christmas Movies: 'Mingle All The Way'

24 October, 2020

Synopsis: A young entrepreneur is trying to win over investors for the dating app she has developed. To help bring investors on for expansion, she promises to take part in using it in the coming weeks before Christmas to find love and track her progress. (Courtesy Hallmark Channel, 2018)

The Cast:
Jen Lilley as Mary Hoffman
Brant Daugherty as Jeff Scanlon
Lindsay Wagner as Veronica Hoffman
Casey Manderson as Tyler Newman
Sandy Sidhu as Lisa Turner
April Telek as Erica Fielding
Jesse Arthur Carroll as Frank Fielding
Larissa Dias as Michelle Hoffman
Serge Houde as Reginald Hoffman
Rebecca Staab as Helen Lange
Malcom Stewart as Lloyd Grayson
Ava Grace Cooper as Riley Fielding
Preston Vanderslice as Brent
Adil Zaidi as Kevin
Jennifer Kitchen as Heather

Production Credits:
Written by: Samantha Herman
Directed by: Allan Harmon

It premiered Friday, December 7th, 2018 on Hallmark.

Christmas Movies: 'Christmas Made To Order'

24 October, 2020

Synopsis: When architect and Christmas amateur Steven finds himself hosting his family for Christmas, he recruits holiday coordinator Gretchen to bring holiday joy to his home. Gretchen’s expert Christmas spirit brings Steven’s family together, but neither expected it to bring them closer to each other. After a great opportunity presents itself to Gretchen, she and Steven must decide what’s really important in life. (Courtesy Hallmark Channel, 2018)

The Cast:
Alexa Penavega as Gretchen
Jonathan Bennett as Steven
Jo Marie Payton as Rachel
Jacob Young as Jeff
Chelsea Gibson as Marie
Andrew Roach as Tom
Nathan Nonhof as Nolan
Bailee Michelle Johnson as Paige
April Matson as Kirsten
Tamari Dunbar as Lindsay
Rick Macy as Ben
Anne Sward as Ellen
Scott Christopher as Davis
Darya Gemmel as Leader
Greylin Rue as Samantha

Production Credits:
Written by: Matt Marx & Anna White
Directed by: Sam Irvin

It premiered Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 on Hallmark.

Christmas Movies: 'Becoming Santa'

23 October, 2020

Synopsis: Holly has never introduced her toy designer boyfriend Connor to her family and has only revealed that they live “up north.” As their relationship intensifies, Holly knows she can’t wait any longer and decides to bring Conner to meet her parents for Christmas. Connor is in for a shock when he discovers he’s actually headed to the North Pole and Holly’s parents are none other than Santa and Mrs. Claus! Connor embraces his time there despite running into Holly’s ex, Jack Frost. Will Conner be ready to take their relationship to the next level–especially when it means he would be next in line to be Santa? Family Ties’ Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter reunite as Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Laura Bell Bundy, Jesse Hutch and Tony Cavalero also star.  (Courtesy Lifetime, 2015)

The Cast:
Laura Bell Bundy as Holly Claus
Jessie Hutch as Connor
Tony Cavalero as Jack Frost
Meredith Baxter as Jessica Claus
Michael Gross as Nick Claus
Gabe Khouth as Mario
Michael Teigen as Mr. Wegman
Miranda Frigon as Kelly
Scott Patey as Wesley
Sean Quan as Boy #1
Jena Skodje as Girl #1
Emily Delahunty as Taylor Elf
Julain Speckmaier as Boy #2

Production Credits:
Written by: Barbara Kymlicka
Directed by: Christie Will Wolf

It premiered Saturday, December 12th, 2015 on Lifetime.

Christmas Movies: 'A Christmas Arrangement'

23 October, 2020

Synopsis: Flower shop owner Poppy (Nicky Whelan), enters the annual holiday floral show for a chance to win the grand prize but standing in her way of victory is Garrett (Miles Fisher), the under appreciated protégé of florist extraordinaire, Blair (Daphne Zuniga). While Poppy and Garrett’s rivalry heats up on the flower show floor, an undeniable romance begins amidst a whimsical holiday backdrop. (Courtesy Lifetime, 2018)

The Cast:
Daphne Zuniga as Blair Covington
Miles Fisher as Poppy Benson
Nicky Whelan as Poppy Benson
Julie McNiven as Natalie
Clayton James as Joe
Leslie Easterbrook as Dorothy Cromwell-Eastland
Craig Stepp as Bart
Chloe Catherine Kim as Tiffany Daniels
Autumn Federici as Audrey Wilson
John D. Hickman as Phil Wilson
Lexi Giovagnoli as Marie
Katherine McKalip as Constance Daniels
Tiya Choi as Judge

Production Credits:
Written by: Alison Spuck McNeeley and Casie Tabanou
Directed by: Jake Helgren
A Christmas Arrangement is produced by The Ninth House.

It premiered on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 on Lifetime.

Christmas Movies: 'Christmas A La Mode'

23 October, 2020

Synopsis: Since her father passed away, Emily has been running her family’s dairy farm with the help of her mother and best friend. But this Christmas the farm has fallen on hard times so Emily’s sister, Dorothy–who is part owner with Emily–and her handsome business partner, Charlie, show up with a proposition to sell the farm. Emily comes up with an ingenious plan to buy out her sister’s shares and hold an online holiday ice cream flavor contest that goes viral with the help of a key ingredient, Charlie’s amazing apple pie. Christmas à la Mode ice cream is born! Still as the Christmas Eve deadline for the buyout approaches, Emily needs a Christmas miracle to save the farm and her father’s legacy in time for a happy Christmas. (Courtesy Lifetime, 2019)

The Cast:
Katie LeClerc as Emily White
Ryan Cooper as Charlie Blanchard
Jennifer Ellis as Dorothy White
Kathy Harum as Susan White
Caroline Keeler as Gloria Jones
Tom Kemp as Mr. Blanchard
Nick Verina as Trey Bailey
Charles Van Eman as Edgar Samuels
Celeste Oliva as Mrs. Carlson
Caroline Portu as Party Singer
Erin Cole as Reporter
Donna Ognibene as Ice Cream Patron

Production Credits:
Story by: John Stimpson & Geoffrey Taylor
Screenplay by: John Stimpson
Directed by: John Stimpson

It premiered on Friday, November 15th, 2019 on Lifetime.

Show Guide: 'Barbarians'

23 October, 2020

Synopsis: Torn between the mighty empire that raised him and his own tribal people, a Roman officer's conflicted allegiances lead to an epic historical clash.

The Episodes:
Season One Episode Guide (Netflix)
1-01 Wolf And Eagle--10/23/2020
Cherusci tribal chef Segimer bristles at the increasing demands of the new governor Varus. Secret lovers Thusneida and Folkwin deal Rome a symbolic blow.

1-02 Vengeance--10/23/2020
The theft of the standard provokes a crisis, reuniting Roman officer Ari with his father Segimer, and childhood friends Folkwin and Thusneida.

1-03 On The Edge--10/23/2020
Ari commands troops ordered by Varus to hunt down and kill Folkwin, whose family and home are put in danger for his act of defiance.

1-04 A New Reik--10/23/2020
Ari embraces his new role with the Cherusc but his shift of allegiance runs deeper than Varus knows. Thusnelda and Folkwin rally a rival tribe.

1-05 Treason--10/23/2020
Ari and Thusnelda forge a political marriage and begin uniting the fractious Germanic tribes. Folkwin is believed dead but has actually been enslaved.

1-06 The Battle--10/23/2020
Ari leads Varus and three Roman legions into Teutoburg Forest--and into history. Thousands make the sacrifice to preserve the alliance.

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