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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.

Christmas Movies: 'The Christmas Edition'

23 October, 2020

Synopsis: Carly Hughes (American Housewives) as 'Jackie,' an up-and-coming journalist, who finds that her life is at a crossroads until she finds an unexpected opportunity – to run a small-town newspaper in Alaska. Jackie decides to give it a try and relocates to the remote, picture-perfect small town. Using a series of Christmas articles, she’s able to quickly return the newspaper to profitability, and soon falls in love… both with her new home and the handsome son of the paper’s former owner. However, when her old boss announces plans to take over the paper for herself, Jackie will need a Christmas miracle to save it.  No Christmas movie is complete without a consequential appearance by the likes of singular  Marie Osmond  who portrays the newspaper owner which puts Hughes' character at the most important crossroads of her career.

The Cast:

Production Credits:
The Christmas Edition is produced by Hybrid LLC with Jeff Schenck and Barry Barnholtz executive producing. Peter Sullivan directed from a script by Anna White.

It premiered on Sunday, November 15th, 2020 on Lifetime.

Christmas Movies: 'Kristin's Christmas Past'

22 October, 2020

Synopsis: After traveling back in time during Christmas, a woman (Shiri Appleby) tries to change the past to improve her future.

It premiered in 2013.

Show Guide: 'Killer Carnies'

20 October, 2020

Synopsis: Stories of violent crime with mysterious ties to carnivals, town fairs or arcades.

The Episodes:
Season One Episode Guide (Investigation Discovery)
1-01 The Sideshow Murders--10/19/2020
The brutal murder of Lobster Boy rocks a carnival community and every performer is a suspect. Truth will be revealed and a reign of terror will finally end.

1-02 Dungeon Of Doom--10/2/6/2020
When a nine-year-old child disappears from an amusement park in Long Island, New York , the race is on to stop a dangerous child abductor. But with a bitter custody battle and a family fighting amongst themselves, a child's life hangs in the balance.

1-03 House Of Mirrors--11/02/2020
A little girl disappears and her small-town community is devastated. The carnival is in town and the suspect might be part of the traveling show.

Trump Campaign Asks That Thursday's Debate Focus On Foreign Policy

19 October, 2020

On Monday, the Trump/Pence Campaign Committee sent a letter to the Commission On Presidential Debates requesting that foreign policy be the focus of the third and final presidential debate of 2020, which is scheduled to take place this Thursday.

Movies And Specials: 'The Wrong Cheerleader Coach'

17 October, 2020

Synopsis: Produced by and featuring Vivica A. Fox, The Wrong Cheerleader Coach co-stars Tara Reid in this thriller about a cheerleading coach who becomes dangerously obsessed with her student’s father.

It premiered Saturday, October 17th, 2020 on Lifetime.