2018 Holiday TV Movie Preview

Happy Holidays!

Here is the full list of Hallmark and Lifetime holiday movies! We will be covering 32 on the Lifetime Uncorked podcast. (Out on Thursdays wherever you get your podcast.) Join us!

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Christmas at Pemberley Manor

Premieres: Oct. 27, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Jessica Lowndes (Deadly Adoption/Magical Christmas Ornament) & Michael Rady (A Joyous Christmas)

Official logline via Hallmark

As Christmas approaches; a New York event planner is sent to a small town to organize a holiday festival. When she arrives, she finds a high-profile billionaire — who lacks holiday spirit — in the process of selling the charming estate she hoped to use as a venue. Before long, the unlikely pair begins falling for each other. But when complications arise, the couple parts ways and the billionaire moves forward with his plans to sell the estate. On the night before Christmas, the young event planner wishes for a Christmas miracle to save the estate and rekindle her holiday romance.

Thoughts

Jessica Lowdens is an EVIL looking actress and I will never buy her in a romantic leading role. She will always be a shady character to me. “Put a cork in it.”


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Christmas Joy

Premieres: Nov. 3, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars:  Danielle Panabaker (The Flash/Justified) & Matt Long (Mad Men)

Official logline via Hallmark

Joy Holbrook is an intuitive market researcher in DC who has captured the attention of the account’s CEO and is about to get a sweet promotion, just in time for the holidays. She receives an urgent phone call from home and she rushes back to Crystal Falls, NC to help her Aunt recover from surgery and is reunited with her former crush, Ben. To keep her Aunt focused on healing, Joy volunteers to take Ruby’s place with the town’s legendary baking competition, the “Cookie Crawl,” much to the amusement of Ben who knows Joy has absolutely no idea of the Herculean task before her. Though Joy initially refuses Ben’s attempts to “co-captain,” she begins to soften and let him in, all the while remembering that there truly is no place like home.

Thoughts

I’m not sure about Danielle Panabaker or Matt Long, seeing it is their first Hallmark movie. “Let it Breathe”


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Road to Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 4, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars:  Jessy Schram (A Royal New Year’s Eve) & Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill & The Beach House)

Official logline via Hallmark

Los Angeles television producer Maggie Baker unwittingly falls for Danny Wise, the son and former producer of his mother’s popular annual Christmas special “Julia Wise Lifestyle.” When Maggie’s secret plan to reunite Danny and his two brothers with Julia during the live broadcast in Vermont goes awry, Maggie is reminded that above all, it is the love for family and friends that makes the merriest of Christmas.

Thoughts

If that Asian man in a Japanese flag us Chad Michael Murray’s brother I will absolutely “Pour it Up” 


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Marrying Father Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 4, 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries 

Stars:  Erin Krakow, Niall Matter, Wendie Malick

Official logline via Hallmark

When Miranda Chester set off to find information on her biological father two Christmases ago, she never imagined that her investigation would lead her to both the family she had always longed for and Ian McAndrick – the love of her life. After her romantic engagement last Christmas, Miranda prepares to marry Ian surrounded by his family, and her new family, the Whitcombs. Her plans are quickly complicated when a mysterious visitor who claims to have ties to her late parents reaches out to her just days before her wedding. While Miranda navigates this new relationship, her late father’s widow, Margaret, forges a surprising romance with a friend from the past.

Thoughts

I hated Finding Father Christmas, loved Engaging Father Christmas, and am hopeful for Marrying Father Christmas. “Pour it Up!”


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It’s Christmas, Eve

Premieres: Nov. 10, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel 

Stars:  LeAnn Rimes (Home-wrecker and Country Singer) & Tyler Hynes (Canadian Actor)

Official logline via Hallmark

As interim school superintendent Eve trims budgets, and now she’s in her hometown where it’s personal. Her handsome neighbor Liam is a music teacher and Eve feels his program must be cut. But luckily her friend is married to an IT guy, who’s created a website for donations directly to save the Arts program. Launched during the tree lighting ceremony, where Liam’s students will perform, the website could provide the Christmas miracle the town needs. Already the Universe is cooperating. Eve is back home and she, Liam and his daughter look like they might be celebrating many a future Christmas.

Thoughts

LeAnne Rimes is trash and I’m not into this movie at all. I wish her school had cut arts funding so we would never have had to endure her rendition of “Blue”. “Put a Cork in It”


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Christmas in Love

Premieres: Nov. 11, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel 

Stars:  Brooke D’Orsay (Miss Christmas), Daniel Lissing (When Calls the Heart) & Mary-Margaret Humes (Dawson’s Creek/Home by Spring)

Official logline via Hallmark

As interim school superintendent Eve trims budgets, and now she’s in her hometown where it’s personal. Her handsome neighbor Liam is a music teacher and Eve feels his program must be cut. But luckily her friend is married to an IT guy, who’s created a website for donations directly to save the Arts program. Launched during the tree lighting ceremony, where Liam’s students will perform, the website could provide the Christmas miracle the town needs. Already the Universe is cooperating. Eve is back home and she, Liam and his daughter look like they might be celebrating many a future Christmas.

Thoughts

I’ve seen this plot play out one too many times. Without some real starts to keep me interested, I gotta “Put a Cork in It”


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A Veteran’s Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 11, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel 

Stars:   Eloise Mumford (Fifty Shades Freed/Chicago Fire) & Sean Faris (Pretty Little Liars)

Official logline via Hallmark

Captain Grace Garland, a decorated US veteran, returns home after two tours of Search and Rescue in Afghanistan. After being separated from her beloved K9 partner, Grace must rediscover the magic of Christmas. When Grace finds herself stranded in the town of River’s Crossing a couple weeks before Christmas, the local judge Joe Peterson, offers her a place to stay on his property and takes it upon himself to show Grace everything she has been missing; Christmas, family, community, and love.

Thoughts

Female veteran? K9? It premieres on Veteran’s Day? AMERICA!!! “Pour it up.”


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Christmas at Graceland

Premieres: Nov. 17, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel 

Stars: Wes Brown (Christmas in Mississippi) & Kellie Pickler (American Idol)

Official logline via Hallmark

Laurel (Kellie Pickler), a Chicago-based business executive travels to Memphis to secure one of the city’s oldest family-owned banks. While in Memphis, Laurel reunites with old flame Clay (Wes Brown), a local music promoter with loftier aspirations. Though Laurel tries to keep her eye on the prize of the business acquisition, Clay is very persuasive reminding her of the days when they were a performing duo on the brink of stardom. Now Laurel’s focus turns to the home of the Blues and dreams of making music again.

Thoughts

Kellie Pickler is adorable and probably should have won her season of American Idol (If Carrie Underwood hadn’t have won the previous season.) This movie is very “on brand” for her. “Pour it Up”


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Return to Christmas Creek

Premieres: Nov. 17, 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries 

Stars: Tori Anderson (Blindspot, No Tomorrow). Steven Weber, Kari Matchett and Stephen Huszar

Official logline via Hallmark

After being rejected and told that the new idea for her holiday app lacked the spirit of Christmas, young dot com CEO Amelia (Anderson) decides to return home to her Family Inn she grew up at in Christmas Creek. She is just in time for the anniversary of the Fly By Santa event that her family arranges. Her uncle (Weber) is a charter pilot who flies over the town dressed as Santa each Christmas Eve to deliver presents to under-served children in neighboring communities. Amelia was his co-pilot until her family moved away after her father and uncle had a quarrel that split the family apart. Years later, Amelia agrees to revisit the Family Inn where she heals old wounds and reconnects with the family, life and love she left behind in this festive holiday town

Thoughts

If we were going to return to Dawson’s Creek I’d probably be down for that. Christmas Creek? No thank you. “Put a Cork in It”


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Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa

Premieres: Nov.18, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Ashley Williams, Holly Robinson Peete, and Barbara Niven, plus a few new faces including Jill Wagner and Mark Deklin.

Official logline via Hallmark

Lisa visits her hometown around Christmastime and decides to restore a now-closed local store. While she’s trying to get it back up and running, the rest of the town goes crazy after discovering a 25-year-old letter to Santa that was never delivered.

Thoughts

I might be the one person of the 3.9 Million viewer how didn’t like 2017’s Christmas in Evergreen. A sequel was a no brainer for Hallmark, but for me it is a ”Put a Cork in it”


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Godwink Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 18, 9 p.m. ET onHallmark Movies & Mysteries

Stars: Kimberly Sustad, Paul Campbell, and Kathie Lee Gifford

Official logline via Hallmark

As Christmas approaches, Paula, a St. Louis antique appraiser, reluctantly accepts a marriage proposal from her boyfriend Daniel. Sensing her reticence, her Aunt Jane invites Paula to her Nantucket home. When Paula visits nearby Martha’s Vineyard, she meets a charming inn owner, Gery, and enjoys the celebrating the holiday festivities with him. Although Paula develops feelings for Gery, she moves forward with her engagement, but Aunt Jane reminds her that sometimes we receive messages from above to help determine which direction life should take. From author SQuire Rushnell of the God Winks book series

Thoughts

Kathie Lee Gifford went to high school with my mom, I heard she was REAL bitch. “Put a cork in it”


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Last Vermont Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 19, 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Stars: Justin Bruening (Grey’s Anatomy), Catherine Corcoran, Erin Cahill, Ashlyn Alessi.

Official logline via Hallmark

The Marvin sisters gather for what may be their last Christmas at their childhood home. Will they have to say goodbye to the memories that have shaped them? Or is this an opportunity for new traditions – and perhaps new love?

Thoughts

No info on this movie. It is coming out on a Monday… Justin Brueing plays Matthew on Grey’s so that is good. Plus, this is a MarVista Entertainment production, and I love them . “Let it Breathe.”


 

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Hope at Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 20, 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Stars: Ryan Paevey (Hallmark’s Mr. Darcey movies) & Scottie Thompson

Synopsis via Hallmark

Recently divorced, Sydney (Thompson) decides to spend Christmas in a house she inherited with her daughter. As Sydney begins to spend more time at the local bookstore, she meets a teacher, Mac (Paevey), who also fills in for the town Santa. Mac tries to make Christmas wishes come true, and this year Sydney is at the top of his ‘nice’ list. As a new opportunity with the bookstore unfolds, Mac helps Sydney open herself up to life, love and believing in the spirit of Christmas again

Thoughts

Recently divorced is pretty edgy for Hallmark. Even still I’m going to have to. “Put a cork in it”


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Christmas at Grand Valley

Premieres: Nov. 21, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Danica McKellar (Coming Home for Christmas) Brennan Elliott & Dan Lauria (Wonder Years)

Official logline via Hallmark

Artist, Kelly Riley (McKellar), returns home to the picturesque Grand Valley just in time for Christmas. There, she meets Leo (Brennan Elliott), a businessman and all-star dad to his children, who struggles to balance his time during the busy holidays. When he’s assigned to review a Grand Valley hotel, he sees it as the perfect opportunity for a family vacation. It isn’t long until Kelly and Leo’s worlds collide. As Kelly re-experiences her favorite Grand Valley traditions with Leo and his kids, she begins to find her way back to her passion for art.

Thoughts

Reuniting Winnie Cooper and Mr Mcallister? Great stunt casting, Hallmark. “Pour it Up”


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My Christmas Inn

Premieres: Nov. 21, 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime

Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardict (Sister, Sister)

Synopsis

Jen’s life changes when she inherits an inn in Alaska. When she goes to visit, she meets a good-looking attorney and is pleasantly surprised by how lively the entire community there is.

Thoughts

Alaska? Tia Mowry? Simple plot line? “Pour it up!”


A Christmas Arrangement  

Premieres: Nov. 21, 10 p.m. ET on Lifetime

Stars: Nicky Whelan (Inconceivable, Left Behind) and Miles Fisher (Mad Men, Final Destination 5)

Synopsis

Poppy, the owner of a flower shop, enters an annual holiday floral contest. She discovers that she has a rival named Blair, but despite their competition, the two end up falling in love.


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Christmas at the Palace

Premieres: Nov. 22, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Merritt Patterson (The Christmas Cottage) and Brittany Bristow (Love on Safari)

Synopsis

Katie, a former professional ice skater (Patterson), is hired by the king of San Senova, Alexander, to help his daughter in a Christmas ice skating performance. As Katie spends time in the castle and with the king, she and Alex begin to develop feelings for each other and ultimately fall in love. But will the tradition-loving people of San Senova allow their king to make a foreigner their queen?

Thoughts

No royal Christmas movie will ever be a great as Netflix’s A Christmas Prince… but this one has figure skating, sooooooooo.“Let it Breath”



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The Christmas Contract  

Premieres: Nov. 22, 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime

Stars: Hilarie Burton, Robert Buckley, Danneel Ackles, and Antwon Tanner. (All from One Tree Hill)

Synopsis

When one person needs a date to impress an ex at a holiday event and another needs a website designed to sell their book, they decide to sign a contract so they both get what they need.

Thoughts

Lifetime doesn’t quite get stunt casting right, they can’t get the talent Hallmark can. A One Tree Hill “reunion” with out Chad Michael Murray? I didn’t even watch that show but know he was the breakout star. “Put a cork in it”



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Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe

Premieres: Nov. 23, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Lacey Chabert and Brendan Penny

Synopsis

Darcy (Chabert) has always worked hard to prove herself and be successful on her own terms, even choosing to start her own company, rather than work with her father. Returning to her hometown for Christmas, Darcy reconnects with an old rival, restaurant owner Luke (Penny), and they are forced to plan a charity event together. As Darcy spends time with her family and Luke, she starts to realize what matters most in life and sets out to mend her relationship with her father, and possibly fall in love. Based on the book of the same title by Melissa de la Cruz.

Thoughts

I’m always Team Lacey (Over Team Candace…)  and I remember being EXTREMELY attracted to Brendan Penny last year. This one is a holiday gift indeed. “Pour it up!”


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Poinsettias for Christmas 

Premieres: Nov. 23, 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime

Stars: John Schneider, (Dukes of Hazzard) Bethany Joy Lenz (Royal Matchmaker) Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue)

Synopsis

It’s just weeks before Christmas when Ellie, gets a call to return home to help her father on the family’s poinsettia farm. The family business is on the line to deliver tens of thousands of plants for the town’s annual parade. The problem is the poinsettias have yet to turn red. As Ellie searches for the solution, she is reminded of where her heart truly lies as she falls in love with her roots and the local botanist.

Thoughts

I enjoy Joy Lenz as an actress and actually haven’t seen this plot twist of poinsettias not turning red. I’m interested. “Pour it Up”



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Every Other Holiday  

Premieres: Nov. 23, 10 p.m. ET on Lifetime

Stars: Dee Wallace (ET: The Extra-Terrestrial) Schuyler Fisk, David Clayton Rogers

Synopsis

Recently separated parents Tracie (Fisk) and Rick (Rogers) spend every other holiday with their young daughters Harper and Ava. But this Christmas, the girls have only one thing on their wish lists – to spend Christmas with both Mom and Dad at Tracie’s family farmhouse. The temporary reunion will be no walk in the park for Tracie and Rick, but perhaps this Christmas gathering can help rekindle the lost romance between the two and make their daughters’ greatest wish come true..

Thoughts

This could be cute AND it has ET’s mom in it, but child actors really annoy me. I could see this trying to be Parent Trap without Lindsay Lohan. Don’t give false hope to kids around the holidays, Lifetime.“Put a cork in it”


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Christmas Everlasting

Premieres: Nov. 24, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Patti LaBelle, Tatyana Ali (Fresh Prince of Bel Air), Dondre Whitfield (All My Children) and Dennis Haysbert (The Allstate Insurance guy)

Official logline via Hallmark

Christmas is fast approaching and years of long workdays employed at New York’s top corporate law firm are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey will be made partner after the New Year. However, when her older sister with special needs, Alice, unexpectedly passes away, Lucy dreads returning back to Nilson’s Bay, Wisconsin to handle her sister’s estate. Upon returning, she meets Peter Swenson, her old high school sweetheart and Alice’s former attorney, who informs Lucy of the terms of Alice’s eccentric will. It states that if she wishes to inherit her family home she must take it easy and live there for a whole month during the holiday season. Lucy reluctantly agrees to stay and while organizing Alice’s belongings, discovers a trunk filled with exquisite Christmas quilts made by her sister that are mysteriously inscribed “To Maeve”, a name Alice never mentioned. Sparks fly when Peter stops by to invite Lucy to get a Christmas tree with him, but the reunion turns awkward when Lucy inquires about Maeve’s identity. Peter claims to not know who Maeve is but guides Lucy to reach out to Alice’s diverse group of friends in order to find out more about her sister. As the days pass, Lucy begins to see the town, and Alice’s life, with new eyes. Peter offers companionship while Lucy mourns her sister and he is determined to not let Lucy feel left out of the town’s annual Christmas festivities. He invites her to his mother’s annual ugly Christmas sweater party, ice fishing, the community tree lighting, and the annual Taste of Christmas event. Lucy’s feelings for Peter begin to rekindle, however she keeps him at a bay, unsure of falling in love when she is about to embrace her new career. Things become further complicated, when Peter confesses to Lucy that all along he has known Maeve’s true identity. Maeve is the child that Alice gave up for adoption many years ago before her accident and her niece has recently reached out and wishes to meet her. When Lucy reunites with Maeve, she begins to understand that her time in Nilson’s Bay was Alice’s enduring gift and decides to stay. –Embracing love, friends, and a family she never knew she had and the Christmas her sister always wanted her to celebrate.

Thoughts

Hallmark Hall of Fame movies are usually the highlight of the season (Except for last year’s Christmas Train.) Even though Hallmark will be patting themselves on the back for FINALLY casting a predominantly black cast. I’m gonna “Pour it Up!”


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Every Day is Christmas 

Premieres: Nov. 24, 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime

Stars: Toni Braxton, Michael Jai White, Gloria Reuben, and Towanda Braxton

Synopsis

Inspired by the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol,” shrewd money manager Alexis Taylor (Toni Braxton) gets the holiday visit of a lifetime. A self-proclaimed workaholic who “humbugs” love, Alexis ends up embracing the spirit of Christmas when her past, present, and future collide, forcing her to risk the one thing money can’t buy: her heart.

Thoughts

Toni Braxton and her SISTER?! Plus a Dickens adaptation in modern day? “Pour it up.”


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Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane

Premieres: Nov. 24, 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

Stars: Alicia Witt and Colin Ferguson

Official logline via Hallmark

Emma Reynolds returns to Oliver’s Well to celebrate Christmas for the last time with her siblings in the home they grew up in. After their parents recently passed, the siblings reluctantly agree to sell the family home on Honeysuckle Lane after the New Year, leaving Emma in charge of its belongings. While antiques expert Morgan Shelby appraises Emma’s mother’s collection, they find a hidden surprise in an antique desk that takes them on a journey to discover the power of love and family during the holidays.

Thoughts

I was really mean to Alicia Witt last year. Hopefully her plastic surgeon eased up on the botox this year. . “Pour it Up”


Christmas Harmony  

Premieres: Nov. 24, 10 p.m. ET on Lifetime

Stars: Kelley Jakle (Pitch Perfect) Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy) Adam Mayfield

Synopsis

newly single Harmony travels back to her small town to try to fill the void in her city life.

Thoughts

Love Chandra and I like Pitch Perfect. This movie seems basic as hell from the description.  “Let it Breathe”


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A Shoe Addicts Christmas

Premieres: Nov. 25, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, Jean Smart, Luke Macfarlane

Official logline via Hallmark

Noelle, a holiday hater who toils in a department store in which she is accidentally locked on Christmas Eve. There, she meets a woman who identifies herself as Noelle’s guardian angel and introduces her to several “ghosts” of Christmases past, present, and future.

Thoughts

This may shock you. I enjoy when Candace places holiday haters, I enjoy Dickens inspired movies, I enjoy shoes! “Pour it Up”


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Jingle Belle  

Premieres: Nov. 25, 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime

Stars: Cornelius Smith Jr. (from Scandal and All My Children) and Tatyana Ali

Synopsis

A pair of high school sweethearts who reunite at a local Christmas Eve pageant they used to perform at years after parting ways

Thoughts

Tatyana’s second movie of the weekend? “Pour it Up”


Christmas Perfection  

Premieres: Nov. 25, 10 p.m. ET on Lifetime

Stars: Caitlin Thompson (This is Us), James Henri-Thomas, Robbie Silverman

Synopsis

Darcy (played by This Is Us star Caitlin Thompson) is a control freak when it comes to Christmas. When she finds herself in a village that’s her idea of perfection, she starts to second guess her beliefs and embrace the Christmas spirit.

Thoughts

Don’t trick me, Lifetime. Just because Caitlin Thompson was on This is Us doesn’t mean this movie will be worth my time.  “Let it Breathe”


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A Very Nutty Christmas  

Premieres: Nov. 30, 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime

Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Barry Watson (7th Heaven)  Richard Riehle

Synopsis

Kate, a workaholic baker, has given up on Christmas, especially this year, when her boyfriend dumps her and she’s got to fill an order of 12,000 cookies before Christmas. However, the gift of a magic nutcracker who turns into a real man makes the once cynical Kate understand the magic and beauty of Christmas–and of love

Thoughts

Clarissa explains it all, except why I will love this movie, even though I shouldn’t. “Pour it Up”


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Mingel All the Way

Premieres: Dec 1st, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Jen Lilley (Twin Betrayal & Harvest Love), Brant Daugherty, Lindsay Wagner

Official logline via Hallmark

Young entrepreneur Molly Hoffman (20s) is trying to win over investors for the dating app she has developed—inspired to help women like herself who are career focused, have little time to date, and constantly badgered by friends and family about developing a love life. To help bring on investors for expansion, she promises to take part in using it in the coming weeks before Christmas to find love and track her progress. For the business-minded Molly, she can make this work to improve her business. Enter Jeff Scanlon (20s), a successful, good-looking ad exec who has been burned more than once when it comes to love and is ready to give up on it. Unbeknownst to him, Jeff’s sister and niece set up a profile for him on Molly’s app and orchestrate a meeting with a suggested match—none other than Molly! The encounter seems like a natural crossing of paths to Jeff, and Jeff and they start to fall in love leading up to Christmas. Even though Molly went into this with a business deal in mind, it’s turning out to be the real thing, and spending time with Jeff is making her reevaluate her priorities in life. Unbeknownst to Jeff, Molly documents her dating experience, hoping to win over financing. When she secures the deal and the truth comes out at a holiday party on Christmas Eve, Jeff thinks he has been a pawn in an underhanded scheme. To make things right, Molly will have to convince Jeff that the best Christmas present this year is that her feeling for him are real

Thoughts

Jen Lilley is a TV movie vet. I loved BOTH her roles in Twin Betrayal. Plus whenever Hallmark uses tech it is guaranteed LOLs. “Pour it Up”


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A Twist of Christmas  

Premieres: Dec 1, 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime

Stars: Vanessa Lachey & Brendon Zub

Synopsis

After a mix-up in the toy department while holiday shopping, two single parents end up with a disaster on Christmas morning. While trying to fix the problem, they find that they’re falling in love despite their anger from the past.

Thoughts

If the couple is attractive, I could be into this. “Let it Breathe”


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Welcome to Christmas

Premieres: Dec 1,  p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Stars: Jennifer Finnigan, Sarah Edmondson, Lauren McNamara

Official logline via Hallmark

Madison is looking for a new location to build a ski resort. Even though she’s ready to decide on a place called Mountain Park, the people of Christmas, Colorado do everything they can to convince her to choose their charming town instead.


Thoughts

The week after Thanksgiving is always where Hallmark puts their clunkiest movies.. “Put a cork in it”


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A Majestic Christmas

Premieres: Dec. 2, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Jerrika Hinton (Grey’s Anatomy) & Christian Vincent

Official logline via Hallmark

Christmas in the charming town of Briar Falls will be bittersweet this year when architect Nell (Hinton) goes back to her hometown having been given the job of turning the historic Majestic Playhouse into a modern multiplex, much to the town’s objections. The Playhouse has been home to their annual Christmas tableaux, which will now have to end after a long and historic tradition to the town. This job is Nell’s first promotion, and one she wishes she hadn’t been chosen for, especially when she meets the new owner of the theater, Connor (Vincent), whose vision and ideas clash with Nell’s. Since Connor hasn’t had much experience celebrating Christmas, Nell hopes that if she can give him a crash course in Christmas during the town’s Twelve Day Festival, that he might just change his mind about modernizing the Majestic.

Thoughts

Theatre and Christmas go together like peas and carrots. I’m hoping Hallmark can do these actors right with a decent script and production. “Pour it up!”


The Christmas Pact  

Premieres: Dec 2, 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime

Stars: Kyla Pratt, Jarod Joseph, Kadeem Hardison & Jasmine Guy

Synopsis

Two best friends planted a tiny Christmas tree when they were just 8 years old and promised to keep the holiday magic alive. They remained friends as they grew older, but eventually they fall in love despite hard times getting in the way.

Thoughts

Will Lifetime attempt a straight up drama? I need to know who is in this movie.. “Let it Breathe!”


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Northern Lights of Christmas

Stars: Ashley Williams and Corey Sevier

Premieres: Dec. 2, 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Official logline via Hallmark

Zoey Hathaway (Williams) has been working towards her lifelong goal of being a pilot for years, but everything is thrown off-course when she unexpectedly inherits a reindeer farm, along with the dangerously handsome ranch hand Alec Wynn (Sevier). Now buried in taking care of reindeer and all the Christmas responsibilities, Zoey thinks life has delivered her a strange and cumbersome blow, and she isn’t sure about Alec, who has his own ideas how best to run things. Alec, who has never had many people have faith in him, opens up when Zoey invests trust in him, and the two find themselves falling for each other. Could they both find happiness in the most unlikely of circumstances right before Christmas?

Thoughts

If we get computer generated Reindeer, I’d be down. We will see. “Let it Breathe”


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Christmas Lost & Found  

Premieres: Dec 7, 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime

Stars: Tiya Sircar, Ed Ruttle & Diane Ladd

Synopsis

When Whitney travels to spend the first Christmas with her family in a while, she makes the horrible mistake of throwing out a box of heirloom ornaments. Her grandma improvises and decides to turn it into a scavenger hunt filled with lessons about love, family, and the true meaning of the holiday.

Thoughts

“Let it Breathe!”


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Homegrown Christmas

Premieres: Dec. 8, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Lori Loughlin (Full House) & Victor Webster

Official logline via Hallmark

After stepping down as CEO of her dream job, Maddie (Loughlin) heads home for the holidays to gain perspective. She finds herself running into her old high school sweetheart Carter (Webster), and tensions quickly arise. When forced to put together a Christmas dance for the local high school, Carter and Maddie find themselves putting their differences aside and rediscover what made them fall in love all those years ago.

Thoughts

WHY is she stepping down from her dream job? I can’t with that trope. “Put a cork in it.”


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Santa’s Boots  

Premieres: Dec 8, 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime

Stars: Megan Hilty (Smash) & Noah Mills

Synopsis

Holly’s family’s department store might close down soon, so she decides to help out when she goes home for the holidays. She falls for the handsome man working as Santa, but then he disappears out of nowhere. It’s like a more realistic Cinderella story, only it’s Santa’s boot instead of a glass slipper.

Thoughts

A rare movie title without Christmas in the title. Love Cinderella. Plus, met Megan Hilty in real life and she was a really nice person. “Pour it Up”


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Memories of Christmas

Premieres: Dec. 8, 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Stars: Christina Milian, Mark Taylor, Brandi Alexander

Official logline via Hallmark

Noelle (Milian) was raised by the queen of Christmas. When she inherits her late mother’s house, she finds out that her mother had been hiring someone to decorate it – Dave (Taylor). The deal is off, but Dave convinces Noelle to let him carry on the tradition. As the display goes up, Noelle’s defenses start to come down. She embraces the town’s Christmas gala that was her mother’s legacy, finds unexpected love, and develops a joy for the holidays that she never thought possible

Thoughts

Christina Milian is a holiday movie vet, and has some of the best TV movies out there. This synopsis has me feeling meh. “Let it Breathe”


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Christmas Wonderland

Premieres: Dec. 9, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Emily Osment, Ryan Rottman, Scott Christopher

Synopsis via Hallmark

Heidi (Osment), who initially left her small town of Pleasant Valley with the dream of one day becoming a successful painter, has put her own art on hold to excel as an art gallery curator. Now, a week before the gallery’s big Christmas party, she must return home to watch her niece and nephew. She comes face to face with her high school love, Chris, now a teacher, who is in over his head after he must find a new last-minute location for the Christmas dance. Heidi offers to help him and together they discover a beautiful place for the dance, perfectly capturing the Christmas spirit, called Wonderland Farms. The more time Heidi spends in Pleasant Valley decorating for the Christmas SnowBall, the more she finds herself inspired to start painting again. With Christmas fast approaching, Heidi soon becomes torn between the life she built in the city and the life she is surprisingly charmed by back in Pleasant Valley, embracing her true passion.

Thoughts

I’m willing to give Emily Osment a chance, even if he movie is very Hallmark paint by numbers… see what I did there?. “Let it Breathe”


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A Christmas in Tennessee   

Premieres: Dec 9, 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime

Stars: Rachel Boston, Andrew Walker, and Caroline Rhea

Synopsis

A tight-knit family trying to prevent their quaint town from being bought out by a huge ski-resort company.

Thoughts

I was beginning to wonder where Hallmark ver Rachel Boston was in their line up. Happy to see she has been bumped to Lifetime where she hopefully will NEVER play an angel, like last years terrible Angel Falls. Plus, Andrew Walker is the dreamiest of the dreamboats. “Pour it up!”


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Once Upon a Christmas Miracle

Premieres: Dec. 9, 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Stars: Aimee Teegarden and Brett Dalton

Official logline via Hallmark

Told she would have less than a few months to live without a liver transplant, Heather Krueger’s time was running out when a kind stranger, Chris Dempsey, heard of her plight and discovered he was a perfect match. The two met and before long a friendship developed into romance. The movie follows Heather and Chris’ journey over three Christmases as his selfless gesture leads to a Christmas miracle for everyone involved. Based on a true story

Thoughts

Aimee Teegarden DID play the most annoying character on Friday Night Lights, however this is based on a true story, as the very best TV movies are. “Pour it up”


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Christmas Around the Corner   

Premieres: Dec 14, 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime

Stars: Alexandra Breckenridge, Jamie Spilchuk & Jane Alexander

Synopsis

After a tragic flood destroys a small town’s plans for Christmas celebrations, Claire takes charge and tries to help renovate a bookstore. But when she finds out that the owner, Andrew, wants to sell it, she tries to convince him that Christmas spirit is a good enough reason to keep the lights on.

Thoughts

Things aren’t adding up in this synopsis. Flood, bookstore, Christmas??? “Put a cork in it.”


A Gingerbread Christmas

Premieres: Dec. 15, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Jordana Lajoie, Andres Collantes, Duane Henry

Official logline via Hallmark

With Christmas just weeks away, the architecture firm Taylor works for enters her in a contest in which the teams will design and build life-sized gingerbread houses. After the contest, Taylor will likely be getting a promotion to a position in another city. The firm teams her up with Isabelle, a renowned French pastry chef with whom Taylor instantly locks horns. When Isabelle backs out, Taylor stumbles into a local bakery and meets Adam, a baker and single dad. In an act of desperation, Taylor convinces Adam to partner with her for the contest, arguing that winning would give the bakery and his designs much-needed exposure. For years Taylor has been resistant to call anywhere ‘home’ for fear it will only be temporary. But the time she spends with Adam and his daughter in their cozy home, decorating for the holidays and exploring the town at Christmas, fills her with a longing for a place to call home.

Thoughts

Jordana Lajoie. I don’t know her. I hate gingerbread. “Put a cork in it.”


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Christmas Pen Pals   

Premieres: Dec 15, 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime

Stars: Sarah Drew, Niall Matter, Michael Gross

Synopsis

Following an unexpected breakup weeks before Christmas, Hannah (Drew), tech wiz and creator of the dating app, Perfect One, heads home for the holidays, challenged to save her failing business by re-conceiving a new romantic dating model. Upon her return she runs into her high school boyfriend, Sam (Matter) who she has carefully avoided for years and reluctantly makes a deal with her dad, Ted (Gross) to sign up for the town’s Christmas Cupid, an anonymous holiday pen pal service. As the season progresses, Hannah is smitten by each beautifully written letter she receives and starts to believe that her Christmas pen pal could be her soul mate. It’s not until Christmas Eve that everyone must reveal their true identities to their pen pals, even if it means coming face to face with the last person they ever expected.

Thoughts

Sarah Drew joins the longs list of Grey’s Anatomy stars who filmed TV Christmas movies on their hiatus. I’m here for this dating app going south and resourting to letters to fall in love. Niall Matter pulling double duty on Hallmark and Lifetime. “Pour it up.”


Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas

Premieres: Dec. 15, 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Stars: Josh Henderson

Official logline via Hallmark

Based on the song by Blake Shelton and the book by Dorothy Shakleford and Travis Thrasher. It’s the last Friday before Christmas in New York City and a massive storm is brewing. Small-town business woman Cara Hill is meeting with her banker while country music star Heath Sawyer is playing Madison Square Garden. When the flight to Tulsa they’re both booked on is canceled, this unlikely pair of strangers winds up traveling together. Each has a secret — Heath hasn’t written a song since his father died, and Cara’s mother recently passed and her family’s jam business is failing. Will Christmas provide a miracle — and a chance at love?

Thoughts

I was going to “Put a cork in it” for being based on a Blake Shelton song, however the lead is pretty got and I love stranded in an airport movies. “Let it breathe”


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Entertaining Christmas

Premieres: Dec. 16, 8 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel

Stars: Jodie Sweetin

Official logline via Hallmark

Claire is a cookbook author, crafting expert, and television personality whose name is synonymous with perfection. As she contemplates retirement, her daughter Kara (Sweetin) is poised to become the new face of the Livingston brand. The only trouble is, Kara can’t cook. Or sew. Or do any of the signature things her mother is known for. When a young girl posts a video online requesting Claire help welcome her deployed father home for Christmas, Kara is sent in her place in an effort to prove herself a worthy successor to the board of directors and win the job. As Kara does her best to make a good impression, she gets more than she bargained for when the young girl’s uncle Joe turns out to be a reporter for the local paper, looking for his next story.”

Thoughts

Jodie Sweetin is a WAY better actress than Candace Cameron Bure. I enjoyed her in last years Finding Santa and I will probably like her in this. “Pour it up.”


Hometown Christmas

Premieres: Dec 16, 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime

Stars: Beverley Mitchell (7th Heaven)& Stephen Colletti (Laguna Beach)

Synopsis

Back in Louisiana for Christmas, Noelle Collins (Mitchell) has big plans to resurrect the town’s live nativity, a beloved tradition that her late mother used to put on. Things become complicated, however, when Noelle runs into her high school sweetheart, Nick Russell (Colletti), a rising baseball star also back home due to a recent injury. Still feeling the burn from their senior year break-up, their lives are pushed together even further when they learn their parents share an attraction and want to be more than just friends. When things begin to fall apart with the live nativity, Nick and Noelle reluctantly team up to pull off the show and find themselves growing close, uncovering a hometown love for each other and the joy of Christmas that both never really faded away

Thoughts

Another 7th Heaven vet and Stephen Colletti my favorite surprise in Lifetime movies.“Pour it up.”


Reunited at Christmas

Premieres: Dec. 16, 9 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Stars: Nikki DeLoach and Mike Faiola

Official logline via Hallmark

Frazzled and struggling with writer’s block, novelist Samantha (DeLoach), along with her boyfriend, heads home to her late grandmother’s home to spend Christmas. While at home with family, her grandmother’s wise words reveal the true meaning of Christmas with Samantha at a time when she most needs encouragement.

Thoughts

Sooooooo nothing happen in this movie? A writer gets over her writer’s block… at Christmas?  “Let it Breathe”


The week on Christmas I will be spending time with family, duh. If you are curious about the holiday movies during that time please see below!

Sat. Dec. 22 – Jingle Around the Clock, Hallmark (Brooke Nevin, Michael Cassidy)

Sat. Dec. 22 – Small Town Christmas, Hallmark M&M (Kristoffer Polaha, Ashley Newbrough)

Sun. Dec. 23 – Christmas Made to Order, Hallmark (Alexa PenaVega, Jonathan Bennett)

Sun. Dec. 23 – Christmas Bells Are Ringing, Hallmark M&M (Emilie Ullerup, Josh Kelly)

Tues. Dec. 25 – When Calls the Heart Christmas, Hallmark (Erin Krakow, Lori Loughlin)

Sat. Dec. 29 – A Midnight Kiss, Hallmark (Carlos PenaVega, Adelaide Kane)

 

*Photo Credit: © 2018 Lifetime & Hallmark Crown Media

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