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2019 – the year that was – was filled with plenty of good and bad events. Whether it was in the world of politics, scandals that have rocked Hollywood, natural disasters that affected the multitudes all over the world and so much more.

The world is a very unsettled place. I hope that some of the good events that happened this year will continue to grow, allowing more good things to happen, hopefully, at some point, overshadowing the bad. I also hope that some of the things I have shared in these year-end round-ups will put a smile on your face and bring you some cheer.

We have all had good and bad times throughout the year, but we can all rejoice in the great entertainment these medium – television, movies, music and books – have provided.

Have a wonderful New Year!

PS: Thank you all so very much for visiting my site. I hope you will continue to visit as often as you can.

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On January 4, the Hallmark Channel movie Winter in Vail will debut at 9 PM.

Chelsea (Lacey Chabert) inherits a house in Vail. She meets Owen (Tyler Hines) and gets a much-needed break. Together, they put on Strudelfest to highlight the charm of Old Vail.

Here is a trailer for Winter in Vail.

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The debut of new take on Dracula will air on Netflix on January 4.

This retelling of the classic story follows Dracula (Claes Bang) from his origins in Eastern Europe to his battles with Van Helsing’s descendent and beyond.

The cast includes Mark Gatiss and Morfydd Clark.

Here is a trailer for Dracula:

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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:

NOTE: Check for a marathon of Doctor Who episodes on BBC America all day today.

HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE!!

4 PM:
The Dark Knight Rises movie on TNT

5:50 PM:
Shrek (animated) movie on Freeform

6 PM:
Hellboy (2019) movie on HBO

6:05 PM:
Road House movie on Showtime

7 PM:
Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)

7:55 PM:
Iron Man movie on Freeform

8 PM:
Picture a Perfect Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
NCIS on CBS (Reair)
Jurassic World movie on FX
Shazam! movie on HBO
I, Robot movie on HBO 2
50 First Dates movie on Lifetime
The Accountant movie on TNT

9 PM:
Christmas On My Mind movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)
Dublin Murders on Starz (Encore)

9:50 PM:
Crazy Rich Asians movie on Cinemax

10 PM:
Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Bumblebee movie on EPIX

10:15 PM:
Aquaman movie on HBO

10:30 PM:
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back movie on TNT

Enjoy!

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Much like the Faces of 2019, there are always entertainers of note to be on the look-out for in the new year or those who made great waves throughout the current year who will, undoubtedly, be big stars in the new year. The new faces of 2019 appear below in no particular order:

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1. Esme Creed-Miles – The almost 20-year-old British actress raced onto the scene in the Amazon streaming series Hanna, based on the box office movie of the same name. Esme played the leadrole, starring alongside The Killing co-stars Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos. Hanna was given a second season renewal, and is expected to air sometime in 2020 on Amazon.

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2. Brec Bassinger – Brec is a Texas native actress, who will star as Courtney Whitmore – aka Stargirl – in the upcoming DC Universe streaming service series based on the DC Comics character. Brec had the lead role in the Nickelodeon series Bella and the Bulldogs and appeared in that network’s School of Rock series.

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3. Freya Allan – The 18-year-old U.K. newcomer landed the role of Princess Ciri in the Netflix fantasy series The Witcher, based on the book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, which debuted on December 20. She will next be seen in the box office film Gunpowder Milkshake, playing Young Eve, who will be played as an adult by Karen Gillan (Doctor Who and the new Jumanji franchise).

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4. Halle Bailey – The talented Atlanta teenager got her start alongside her sister in the R&B duo Chloe x Halle when they were 13 and 11 respectively. They posted covers of pop songs on YouTube, which caught the eye of Beyonce, who signed them to her management company. Halle had a recurring role in the popular comedy grown-ish, but it was her landing the lead role in the upcoming live-action movie The Little Mermaid, in the title role of Ariel, that helped land her on this list.

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5. Jodie Turner-Smith – The statesque British model turned actress got her start in a bit role in True Blood, but her first big break came in the TNT post-apocalyptic series The Last Ship. She followed that up with a role in the Syfy series Nightflyers and the Cinemax series Jett. Her role in this fall’s box office film Queen & Slim alongside Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya.

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6. Asante Blackk – Earlier this year, Asante, the nephew of actress Samira Wiley from Orange Is the New Black and The Handmaid’s Tale, made his debut in the gripping Netflix mini-series When They See Us, based on the 1989 Central Park jogger case, playing Kevin Richardson as a teen; a role that earned him an Emmy nominations, making him one of the youngest nominees in its history before landing the role of Malik Hodges in season four of NBC’s This Is Us.

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7. Crystal Yifei Liu – The Chinese-American actress, dancer, singer and model has quite a resume in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and South-East Asia, ranging from TV shows, having one of her songs chosen as the ending theme for the anime series Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z to numerous box office films. But it will be her lead role in the live-action adaptation of Mulan, set to air in early 2020, that will turn heads.

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8. Jessie Buckley – The Irish singer and actress appeared in the acclaimed HBO mini-series Chernobyl in May and June and then in the box office movie Judy that came out in October. She also got a lot of attention from her lead role in the indie film Wild Rose. She previously appeared in the BBC adaptation of War and Peace, FX’s Taboo and BBC’s The Woman in White. She has 5 projects in the works, which includes Doolittle, starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Misbehaviour, starring Keira Knightley and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

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9. Haley Lu Richardson – Haley starred alongside Riverdale actor Cole Sprouse in the touching, but heartbreaking, box office movie Five Feet Apart, directed by Jane the Virgin actor Justin Baldoni, and starred alongside Downton Abbey alum Elizabeth McGovern in the period piece movie The Chaperone. She also previously appeared in the short-lived dramas Ravenswood and Recovery Road.

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10. Kelvin Harrison, Jr. – Kelvin has appeared in movies The Birth of a Nation and Mudbound as well as the TV series Shots Fired, but it was his lead role in the Octavia Spencer-led movie Luce that turned heads. He has since appeared in the film Waves, alongside Sterling K. Brown, and the EPIX TV series Godfather of Harlem. He will soon be seen in the box office films The Photograph and The Trial of the Chicago 7.

[Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images]

11. Beanie Feldstein – The younger sister of actor Jonah Hill, Beanie caught a lot of attention for her role as Molly in the breakout hit movie Booksmart and will be seen playing Monica Lewinsky next year in the anthology series American Crime Story. She also appeared in the box office movies Lady Bird and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.

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12. Francesca Hayward – The Nigerian-born ballerina was raised in Britain and is now a principal dancer at The Royal Ballet in London. She has appeared in the lead role in productions of The Nutcracker, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty and Giselle (just to name a few). She has the featured role of Victoria in the Tom Hooper directed film Cats.

Are there any actors or actresses who you think are the faces to watch in 2019? Please share.

TOMORROW: Closing Out 2019

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Here is the list of the programming options to expect on TV this coming week, the first week of 2020:

On January 1, Messiah is the new drama debuting online on Netflix. When a man (Mehdi Dehbi) in the Middle East appears to be performing miracles, a rift breaks out over whether he’s the Messiah or a fraud in this suspenseful drama. The cast includes Michelle Monaghan, Emily Kinney, Beau Bridges, Jackson Hurst, John Ortiz, Jane Adams and Barbara Eve Harris.

Also on January 1, the new Netflix series Spinning Out debuts online. After choking during an important performance, a competitive skater (Kaya Scodelario) dealing with family issues and her own inner demons struggles to revive her career. The cast includes Willow Shields, January Jones, Will Kemp, Johnny Weir, Kaitlyn Leeb and Charlie Hewson.

The 12th season premiere of Doctor Who airs on BBC America on January 1 at 8 PM. Intelligence agents around the world are under attack from alien forces. MI6 turns to the only people who can help: The Doctor and friends. As they travel the globe for answers, attacks come from all sides. Earth’s security rests on the team’s shoulders, but where will this planet-threatening conspiracy lead them? Stephen Fry will guest star. Doctor Who will then move to its regular timeslot of 8 PM on Sunday night, starting on January 5.

On January 1, the winter premiere of Almost Family will air on FOX at 9:01 PM.

On January 2, the new FOX drama Deputy will debut at 9 PM. When the Los Angeles County’s Sheriff dies, an arcane rule forged back in the Wild West thrusts the most unlikely man into the job: a fifth-generation lawman (Stephen Dorff), more comfortable taking down bad guys than navigating a sea of politics, who won’t rest until justice is served. The series also stars Yara Martinez, Brian Van Holt, Siena Goines, Bex Taylor-Klaus and Mark Moses.

The complete third and final season of Anne With an E will premiere on Netflix on January 3.

Also on January 3, the crossover episodes of Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum P.I. that are also both show’s winter premieres will air on CBS at 8 and 9 PM respectively followed by the winter premiere of Blue Bloods at 10 PM.

The debut of new take on Dracula will air on Netflix online on January 4. This retelling of the classic story follows Dracula (Claes Bang) from his origins in Eastern Europe to his battles with Van Helsing’s descendent and beyond. The cast includes Mark Gatiss and Morfydd Clark.

Also on January 4, the Hallmark Channel movie Winter in Vail will debut at 9 PM. Chelsea (Lacey Chabert) inherits a house in Vail. She meets Owen (Tyler Hines) and gets a much-needed break. Together, they put on Strudelfest to highlight the charm of Old Vail.

The Golden Globe Awards will air on NBC on January 5 at 8 PM.

Also on January 5, the UP TV movie Wedding Do Over will debut at 7 PM. Wedding planner Abby (Nicole Gale Anderson) specializes in fixing weddings that went wrong, but when she is forced to work with her ex-fiancé (Parker Young), she begins to question whether their relationship was the disaster she remembers. The cast also includes Alisha Wainwright, Stephen Colletti and Jen Lilley.

The winter premiere of God Friended Me will air on CBS on January 5 at 8 PM followed by the winter premiere of NCIS: Los Angeles at 9 PM.

Also on January 5 is the winter premiere of Power will air at 8 PM on Starz.

Lastly, the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie Crossword Mysteries: Abracadaver will debut on January 5 at 8 PM. A well-known magician drops dead in the middle of a dangerous trick on stage in front of a packed audience, but when the sudden death turns out to be murder, New York Sentinel Crosswords editor (and part-timer sleuth) Tess Harper (Lacey Chabert) and NYPD detective Logan O’Connor (Brennan Elliott) team up to discover exactly whose sleight of hand is behind the deadly “now you see him, now you don’t” stunt. Together, they must uncover the not-so-obvious clues and work their investigative magic to bring a killer to justice. Barbara Niven also co-stars.

Mark your calendars!

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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:

NOTE: There is a marathon of Doctor Who episodes on BBC America all day today.

5 PM:
Forrest Gump movie on AMC
The Kingsman: The Golden Circle movie on FX
The Bodyguard movie on Lifetime
The Dark Knight movie on TNT
Die Hard 2 movie on WGN America

6 PM:
Check Inn to Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)

6:02 PM:
The Girl in the Spider’s Web movie on Starz

6:05 PM:
Road House movie on Showtime 2

6:49 PM:
His Dark Materials on HBO (Encore)

7 PM:
Northern Lights of Christmas movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
A Star Is Born (original) movie on TCM
NCIS on Oxygen

7:30 PM:
Enchanted movie on CMT

8 PM:
Dublin Murders on Starz (Encore)
Holiday Date movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
9-1-1 on FOX (Reair)
Spider-Man: Homecoming movie on ABC
Casino Royale movie on Cinemax
The Mountain Between Us movie on FX
NCIS on Oxygen

8:30 PM:
The Dark Knight Rises movie on TNT

8:55 PM:
Shrek (animated) movie on Freeform

9 PM:
Christmas Town movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)
All Rise on CBS (Reair)
Manifest on NBC (Reair)
NCIS on Oxygen

9:01 PM:
Prodigal Son on FOX (Encore)

10 PM:
Manifest on NBC (Reair)
Christmas at Holly Lodge movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Five Feet Apart movie on Showtime
NCIS on Oxygen

10:03 PM:
Just Wright movie on Lifetime

10:15 PM:
A Star Is Born (original) movie on TCM

10:20 PM:
His Dark Materials on HBO (Encore)

10:30 PM:
The Mountain Between Us movie on FX

Enjoy!

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