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Silver Bells

On December 1, the holiday themed movie Silver Bells will debut on the cable channel UP at 7 PM (with encores at 9 and 11 PM)

Bruce Dalt (Bruce Boxleitner from Cedar Cove) is an ambitious, gung-ho father and local TV sports anchor who approaches the holidays much like he approaches life: competitively. This Christmas he wants his interior designing wife Piper (Bridgett Newton from Franklin & Bash) to win the neighborhood’s annual holiday house decorating contest. He wants his son Jason (Kenton Duty from Shake It Up!) to be the winning basketball player on his high school team. And, of course, he wants everyone in the family, including daughter Kasey (Laura Spencer from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), who is in her first year of law school, to win by securing the biggest Black Friday shopping deals before dawn. Bruce Dalt is all “for the win!” This philosophy, however, has put a strain on his family; especially Jason, who has more heart than competitive drive. When Bruce gets into a physical scuffle with a ref (Kevin Downes from the box office film Courageous) at Jason’s basketball game, the holidays take a turn for the worse. In no time, the video goes viral. Bruce is then sued, suspended from the anchor desk, and sentenced to community service with The Salvation Army. There, he meets Major Melvin Lowell (Antonio Fargas from Everybody Hates Chris), who patiently guides Bruce while managing his competitive streak. When Bruce encounters the people in his life from behind the kettle, everything – especially his relationship with his son – begins to change. The Dalts are about to embark on the most meaningful holiday season ever — all thanks to ringing that signature bell.

Here is a trailer for Silver Bells.

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TV Ratings

As we cruise ever closer to the long holiday weekend, the major networks are finishing off their November sweeps programming.

With that thought in mind, here is how the Tuesday night dramas that aired last night fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Shows:
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) [NEW] – 9.3 million
The Originals (The CW) [NEW] – 2.3 million

9 PM Shows:
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) [NEW] – 12.2 million
Supernatural (The CW) [NEW] – 2.4 million

10 PM Shows:
Person of Interest (CBS) [NEW] – 11.7 million
Chicago Fire (NBC) [NEW] – 7 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Holiday Road Trip

On December 1, the ION movie Holiday Road Trip will debut at 9 PM.

Maya, a recently heartbroken pet supply employee, couldn’t have any less in common with her co-worker, Pat, who happens to be the company founder’s son. But, tasked with traveling across the country on a Christmastime social media tour for the company’s leading canine and most-prized possession, Scoots, fate finds a funny way to intervene. In their race against the clock, the two begin to fall for one another. Unbeknownst to Maya, though, her remorseful ex-boyfriend is in close pursuit, hoping he can win her back.

The cast includes Ashley Scott, Patrick Muldoon, Kip Pardue, George Hamilton and Shelley Long.

Here is a trailer for Holiday Road Trip.

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The Christmas SpiritThe Christmas Spirit is the latest Hallmark Channel movie set to debut at 8 PM on December 1.

Charlotte Hart (Nicolette Sheridan from Desperate Housewives), a distinguished journalist, is spending time with her family over the holidays when a real estate developer approaches their small town with quite an offer. Skeptical and looking for the real scoop, Charlotte drives to see the real estate head honcho to question him. While she’s en route, she gets into a terrible car accident and wakes up in the hospital only to realize that her body is in a coma, but her spirit is very much awake. She meets another spirit, who just happens to be the greedy developer. It turns out that he was on the other end of the accident, and he too is in a coma. With only a few days left before the town votes on the development, Charlotte must try to change the minds of the developer and the town, but that is no easy task when no one can see or hear her.

The cast includes Olympia Dukakis.

Here is a behind the scenes look at The Christmas Spirit.

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Christmas in Conway

The Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Christmas in Conway will air on December 1 on ABC at 9 PM.

Andy Garcia plays Duncan Mayor, who decides the perfect Christmas present for his beloved wife, Suzy (Mary-Louise Parker), is a ride on a real-deal Ferris wheel, set up in their own back yard. Why? Because it was while riding one years earlier that Duncan asked Suzy to marry him. Mandy Moore is Suzy’s nurse, Natalie. Natalie and Suzy develop a deep bond almost immediately. Not so for Natalie and Duncan, he’s a bit of a curmudgeon and at least initially resents the time and attention his wife pays to her soul-mate nurse. But love is in the air, and not just between Suzy and Duncan. Natalie and a young landscape designer who’s helping Duncan assemble the giant Ferris wheel also fall under the intoxicating spell of romance.

Here is a trailer for Christmas in Conway.

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

7:10 PM:
The Odd Life of Timothy Green movie on Starz

7:30 PM:
The Wedding Date movie on More Max
What a Girl Wants movie on MTV

8 PM:
The Making of The Sound of Music on NBC (SPECIAL)
Strike Back: Origins on Cinemax (Reair)
Castle on TNT
NCIS on USA Network
Gone With the Wind (classic) movie on AMC
Christmas Magic movie on Hallmark
Legally Blonde movie on WE TV

8:45 PM:
Life of Pi movie on Cinemax

9 PM:
Banshee on More Max (Reair)
Scandal on BET
Castle on TNT
NCIS on USA Network
The Incredibles (animated) movie on Disney XD

10 PM:
Nashville on ABC (Reair)
Homeland on Showtime (Reair)
Scandal on BET
Castle on TNT
NCIS on USA Network
The Christmas Ornament movie on Hallmark (Reair)
Legally Blonde movie on WE TV

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

Actress Sprague Grayden (Jericho and Low Winter Sun) and character actor Gregg Henry will both appear in the second season of The Following, which will return to FOX on November 19 and 20 for its two-night season premiere. Grayden will appear as Carrie Cooke, a tabloid reporter turned best-selling author, who wrote a book on the Carroll/Havenport events and continues to investigate and write about the killings, which puts her at odds with Ryan Hardy (series lead Kevin Bacon. Meanwhile, Henry will guest star as Dr. Strauss, a distinguished doctor who may have a dark secret. (Jethro Nededog and Tim Kenneally at The Wrap)

Actress Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy and Private Practice) will show up in 2014 in the new CW series Reign, playing Mary’s (series lead Adelaide Kane) mother. (Kate Stanhope at TV Guide)

Actress Lisa Bonet will have a multi-episode arc on the upcoming Sundance Channel limited series The Red Road that revolves around a sheriff (Martin Henderson from Off the Map) struggling to keep his family together while policing two clashing communities. She will play a Lenape Native American lawyer who returns home after a crime is been committed against a member of her tribe. (NOTE: Her real life husband Jason Mamoa also has a role in the series.) (Megan Masters at TV Line)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

FX is working with Kelsey Grammer’s production company Gramment on a limited series called The Code that will be based on the book “Song Yet Sung” by James McBride, which draws from the life of famous abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Tubman was born a slave, but escaped and, with the help of the hard-bitten white watermen of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, fostered an intricate escape network of secret routes and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad that she used to smuggle more than 300 slaves to the North. The project will center on Liz, a black woman making a desperate dash to freedom, on the run from a torn white waterman and able slave catcher, who takes on one last job only to find himself in a war against a notorious female slave stealer. As Liz makes her way through the dark and forbidding swamplands of Maryland’s Eastern Shore using the black codes of the underground, the complexities of slavery play out in full force, pitting slave against slave, white against white, and plantation owner against plantation owner. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

CBS is developing a drama project called Doc Ford based on the Randy Wayne White book series about a retired NSA agent-turned-marine biologist who gets justice for those in need on the Gulf Coast of southern Florida. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actor Tom Ellis (EastEnders) will play the title role in the USA Network drama pilot called Rush that is a fast-paced Hollywood drama centering on Dr. William Rush (Ellis), a brilliant physician whose “practice” is acting as a highly paid on-call doctor for those in medical need. Because of who they are, what they’ve done or what they’re hiding, his patients can’t seek traditional treatment. He’s not your average on-call doctor because he’s not attached to any hospital; he’s highly discreet no matter what the ailment as long as the client can pay his cash-only premium, and he can party with the best of them. He has no desire to change his life or how he lives it until an old flame and his conscience begin to stir things up. Also, actor Rick Gonzalez (Reaper) will also star in the pilot as Manny Maquis, a well-connected dealer who considers Rush a friend as well as a client. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Actor Aaron Eckhart will star the upcoming thriller film called Incarnate that follows an exorcist (Eckhart) who taps into the subconscious of a possessed nine-year old boy (David Mazouz from Touch). (The Deadline Team)

Actress AnnaSophia Robb (The Carrie Diaries) will star alongside Minnie Driver and Frank Grillo in the upcoming political thriller film called Conspiracy on Jekyll Island, playing the duo’s cancer-stricken daughter. (The Deadline Team)

Actor Max Martini (The Unit and Castle) will play Jason Taylor, the bodyguard and head of security for Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan from Once Upon a Time) in the upcoming film adaptation of the E.L. James best-selling novel Fifty Shades of Grey. (Mike Fleming, Jr. at Deadline)

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Dear Secret Santa

On November 30, the Dear Secret Santa movie will debut on Lifetime at 8 PM.

After breaking up with her boyfriend, Jennifer (Tatyana Ali from The Young and the Restless) moves back to the house she grew up in, bringing back memories of her recently deceased friend Jack (Lamorne Morris from New Girl). But after receiving a Christmas card from a secret admirer, she is stunned when she discovers the truth.

The cast also includes Jordin Sparks (Sparkle and American Idol), legendary actor Bill Cobbs, Della Reese (Touched By An Angel) and Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters).

Here is a behind the scenes look at Dear Secret Santa.

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TV Ratings

It was a big night of television on the major networks last night as the Monday night dramas rolled out either their mid-season finales or the last big episode of November sweeps.

Here is how the Monday night dramas that aired last night fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Shows:
Almost Human (FOX) [NEW] – 6.6 million
Hart of Dixie (The CW) [NEW – Mid Season Finale] – 1 million

9 PM Shows:
Sleepy Hollow (FOX) [NEW] – 5.8 million
Beauty And the Beast (The CW) [NEW – Mid Season Finale] – 830,000 viewers

10 PM Shows:
Castle (ABC) [NEW] – 11.4 million
The Blacklist (NBC) [NEW – Part 1 of 2] – 10.8 million
Hostages (CBS) [NEW] – 4.6 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Let It Snow

The Hallmark Channel movie Let It Snow will debut on November 30 at 8 PM.

When Falcon Resorts acquires family-owned Snow Valley Lodge from retiring owners Karla and Paul, driven executive Stephanie Beck (Candace Cameron-Bure from Full House) must spend the week before Christmas in Maine, preparing a proposal on the property’s renovations. Determined to impress Falcon’s president, her detached father Ted (Alan Thicke from Growing Pains), Stephanie reluctantly departs her warm Arizona home to immerse herself in the lodge’s property and decide how to change it to fit the hip, young Falcon brand.

The cast also includes Jesse Hutch.

Here is a trailer for Let It Snow.

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