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The Lifetime holiday movie The Christmas Aunt will debut on November at 8 PM.

When Rebecca Miller (Keshia Knight Pulliam) returns home to Tennessee two weeks before Christmas to take care of her niece and nephew while their parents are away, the last thing she expected is to reconnect with her childhood best friend, Drew (Jarod Joseph).

As she attempts to revive the kids’ Christmas spirit and redeem their faith in Santa, she rediscovers her favorite childhood activity: 12 Days of Christmas–something she always did with Drew. As the kids’ faith in the holiday grows, Rebecca and Drew’s friendship returns, and she starts looking at Drew in a whole new light.

Here is a trailer for The Christmas Aunt.

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The holiday movie Cranberry Christmas will debut on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on October 31 at 9 PM.

A separated couple (Nikki DeLoach and Benjamin Ayres) feign marital bliss on national television to help their town’s Christmas festival — and their business. But what will the future hold for them when rekindled love is complicated by new opportunities

Here is a trailer for Cranberry Christmas:

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On October 31, the Hallmark Channel holiday movie One Royal Holiday will debut at 8 PM.

When Anna (Laura Osnes) offers a stranded mother (Victoria Clark) and son (Aaron Tveit) shelter in a blizzard, she learns that they are the Royal Family of Galwick. Anna shows the Prince how they do Christmas in her hometown, encouraging him to open his heart and be true to himself.

The cast includes Krystal Joy Brown and Tom McGowan.

Here is a trailer for One Royal Holiday:

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The holiday movie Candy Cane Christmas will debut on Lifetime on October 31 at 8 PM.

Since childhood, Candy Cane Lane has been Phoebe’s (Beverley Mitchell) favorite Christmas tradition of an entire neighborhood decorated for the holidays. This Christmas, however, the neighborhood decides to skip the decorations, crushing her spirits. As Phoebe is searching for a new tradition to cheer her up, she realizes that it’s not the traditions we cherish, but the people we spend them with.

The cast includes Mark Ghanimé.

Here is a trailer for Candy Cane Christmas.

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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:

5:15 PM:
Jack Reacher movie on TNT

6 PM:
A Christmas Detour movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Christmas Stars movie on Lifetime (Reair)

6:30 PM:
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (animated) movie on Freeform

6:42 PM:
Little Women (2019) movie on Starz

6:55 PM:
Kingsman: The Secret Service movie on FXM

7 PM:
Deliver by Christmas movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Encore)

8 PM:
Swamp Thing on The CW (NEW)
Christmas Under Wraps movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Wrapped Up in Christmas movie on Lifetime (Reair)
Deadpool 2 movie on FX
Top Gun movie on Showtime 2

9 PM:
NEXT on FOX (NEW)
This Is Us on NBC (NEW – Two-Hour Season Premiere)
Christmas at Grand Valley movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)

9:40 PM:
Five Feet Apart movie on TMC

10 PM:
The Good Lord Bird on Showtime (Encore)
Holiday Date movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Road House movie on Showtime 2

10:03 PM:
The Christmas Pact movie on Lifetime (Reair)

10:30 PM:
Deadpool 2 movie on FX
Jack Reacher movie on TNT

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It was a full night of programming on the major networks last night, filled with football and baseball, repeats, news, reality, game shows and a movie. There was one Sunday night drama airing a new episode, though.

Here is how that lone Sunday night drama fared in the overall ratings last week:

8 PM Show:
Pandora (The CW) [NEW] – 344,000 viewers

What did you watch on TV last night. Please share.

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On October 30, the Lifetime holiday movie A Crafty Christmas Romance will debut at 8 PM.

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?

Here is a trailer for A Crafty Christmas Romance.

NOTE: You may need to refresh the above link, as there seems to be a delay with the previews on the Lifetime website.

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

On October 26 the series Temple will debut on Spectrum (for those who have Spectrum as their cable provider, that is). In this character-driven drama, a brilliant but haunted surgeon, Daniel Milton (Mark Strong), sacrifices everything for love when he opens an illegal medical clinic in the network of tunnels beneath London’s Temple subway station. When word of the clinic starts to spread among outcasts and the criminal underworld, Daniel becomes entrenched in dangerous battles between life and death – and one for his very soul. The cast includes Carice Van Houten (Game of Thrones) and Daniel Mays (Good Omens).

The season finale of The Haves and the Have Nots will air on OWN on October 27 at 8 PM; that same night, October 27, the two-hour season premiere of This Is Us will air on NBC at 9 PM

On October 28, the Netflix movie Holidate will debut online. Fed up with being single on holidays, two strangers – Sloane (Emma Roberts) and Jackson (Luke Bracey) agree to be each other’s platonic plus-ones all year long, only to catch real feelings along the way. The cast includes Kristin Chenowth, Jessica Capshaw, Frances Fisher, King Bach, Manish Dayal and Make Manley.

The third and final season of Deutschland 89 will premiere on Sundance TV on October 29 at 11 PM.

On October 30, the Lifetime holiday movie A Crafty Christmas Romance will debut at 8 PM. 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?

The second season of The Mandalorian will premiere on Disney+ on October 30.

On October 31, the holiday movie Candy Cane Christmas will debut on Lifetime at 8 PM. Since childhood, Candy Cane Lane has been Phoebe’s (Beverley Mitchell) favorite Christmas tradition of an entire neighborhood decorated for the holidays. This Christmas, however, the neighborhood decides to skip the decorations, crushing her spirits. As Phoebe is searching for a new tradition to cheer her up, she realizes that it’s not the traditions we cherish, but the people we spend them with. The cast includes Mark Ghanimé.

The Hallmark Channel holiday movie One Royal Holiday will also debut on October 31 at 8 PM. When Anna (Laura Osnes) offers a stranded mother (Victoria Clark) and son (Aaron Tveit) shelter in a blizzard, she learns that they are the Royal Family of Galwick. Anna shows the Prince how they do Christmas in her hometown, encouraging him to open his heart and be true to himself. The cast includes Krystal Joy Brown and Tom McGowan.

Also on October 31, the holiday movie Cranberry Christmas will debut on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries at 9 PM. A separated couple (Nikki DeLoach and Benjamin Ayres) feign marital bliss on national television to help their town’s Christmas festival — and their business. But what will the future hold for them when rekindled love is complicated by new opportunities

The Lifetime holiday movie The Christmas Aunt will debut on November 1 at 8 PM.  When Rebecca Miller (Keshia Knight Pulliam) returns home to Tennessee two weeks before Christmas to take care of her niece and nephew while their parents are away, the last thing she expected is to reconnect with her childhood best friend, Drew (Jarod Joseph). As she attempts to revive the kids’ Christmas spirit and redeem their faith in Santa, she rediscovers her favorite childhood activity: 12 Days of Christmas–something she always did with Drew. As the kids’ faith in the holiday grows, Rebecca and Drew’s friendship returns, and she starts looking at Drew in a whole new light.

Also on November 1,  the Hallmark Channel movie On the 12th Date of Christmas will debut at 8 PM.  Two seemingly incompatible game designers team up to create a romantic, city-wide scavenger hunt themed for the “12 Days of Christmas.” The film stars Mallory Jansen and Tyler Hynes.

The holiday movie Holly & Ivy will also debut on November 1 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries at 9 PM.  When Melody’s (Janel Parrish) neighbor, Nina (Marisol Nichols), learns that her illness has returned, Melody promises to keep Nina’s kids, Holly and Ivy, together; but to adopt the children, she must renovate her new fixer-upper, which she does with the help of contractor, Adam (Jeremy Jordan).

Also on November 1, the PBS series Roadkill will debut at 9 PM.  This new political thriller focuses on Peter Laurence (Hugh Laurie), a self-made forceful and charismatic politician whose public and private life seems to be falling apart – or rather is being picked apart by his enemies. As the personal revelations spiral, he is shamelessly untroubled by guilt or remorse, expertly walking a high wire between glory and catastrophe as he seeks to further his own agenda while others plot to bring him down. The cast includes Helen McCrory and Ophelia Lovibonde.

Lastly also on November 1, the UPtv holiday movie A Very Country Christmas Homecoming will debut at 7 PM.  Zane and Jeannette (Greyston Holt and Bea Santos) return from their magical honeymoon to plan the perfect first Christmas as a family, but the arrival of Jeannette’s former father-in-law throws a wrench into all of their holiday planning. The cast includes Deana Carter, Mike Shara and Charlotte Hegele.

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:

5:45 PM:
21 Bridges movie on Showtime

6 PM:
Christmas in Evergreen movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
My Christmas Prince movie on LIfetime (Reair)

6:25 PM:
Paradise Hills movie on TMC

6:35 PM:
Logan movie on FXM

7 PM:
A Bramble House Christmas movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
Hotel Transylvania 2 (animated) movie on Freeform

8 PM:
L.A.’s Finest on FOX (NEW)
The Good Lord Bird on Showtime (Encore)
Crown for Christmas movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)

8:10 PM
Britannia on EPIX (Encore)

9 PM:
Filthy Rich on FOX (NEW)
The Good Lord Bird on Showtime 2 (Encore)
Christmas in Evergreen movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Reair)
Just Wright movie on BET
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (animated) movie on Freeform

10 PM:
Soulmates on AMC (NEW)
A Gift to Remember movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)

10:03 PM:
The Christmas Contract movie on Lifetime (Reair)

10:45 PM:
The Good Lord Bird on Showtime (Encore)

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for this past week

CANCELLATIONS

Netflix has cancelled the Hilary Swank drama Away after one season. (Variety)

NEWS

Six months after it was launched, the cell phone based streaming service Quibi has officially ended. (Variety)

CASTING NEWS

Actress Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost) will have a recurring role in the 2nd season of the Netflix young adult drama Outer Banks that follows a tight-knit group of local teens (the “Pogues”) in the beach vacation destination of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. When a hurricane kills the power for the summer season, it sets off a chain of illicit events that force the friends to make life-altering decisions. Mitchell will play Limbrey, a long-time Charleston native; a compelling woman with a level of toxicity and menace underneath her seemingly courteous ways. (Deadline and The Futon Critic)

Actor Scott Speedman (Felicity) has joined the cast of You for its third season. He will play Matthew, a successful CEO, husband and uncommunicative father. He’s reserved, mysterious, and has a tendency to be withdrawn all of which masks a deep well of emotion underneath. (Twitter and The Futon Critic)

Actor Regie Lee has been promoted to series regular on All Rise where he recurred as Head DDA Thomas Choi last season. (Deadline and The Futon Critic)

Actress Jessica Chastian will take over the lead role from Michelle Williams in the upcoming HBO limited series Scenes From a Marriage where she will star opposite Oscar Isaac. The show is a limited series adaptation that will re-examine the show’s depiction of love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage and divorce through the lens of a contemporary American couple. (Variety)

Actor Dominic West (The Affair) is reportedly going to be playing Prince Charles in the final two seasons of The Crown on Netflix. Those seasons will center around the Royal family in the 1990s and early 2000s. (Variety)

Actress Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars and The Good Place) will star in the limited series The Woman in the House set to air on Netflix. She will play Anna who, for her, every day is the same. She sits with her wine, staring out the window, watching life go by without her. But when a handsome neighbor moves in across the street, Anna starts to see a light at the end of the tunnel. That is until she witnesses a gruesome murder or did she? (Variety)

Actress Connie Britton (Nashville) has joined the cast of the HBO limited series The White Lotus that follows the guests and employees at an exclusive tropical resort over the course of one week. (TV Line)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal will star in a limited series HBO adaptation of The Son based on the 2014 novel by Jo Nesbo, which is described as a tale of vengeance set amid Oslo’s brutal hierarchy of corruption. (TV Line)

NBC has given a pilot commitment to the drama Sovereign, the first Native American family drama developed for network TV that will chronicle the lives, loves and loyalties of a sprawling Indigenous family struggling to control the future of their tribe against outside forces and themselves. Among the executives involved will be Ava DuVernay and Bird Runningwater. (Deadline)

Actresses Lili Taylor (Perry Mason) and Tamara Podemski (Coroner) and actor Tom Pelphrey (Ozark) will join actor Josh Brolin (The Avengers franchise) in the Amazon mystery drama Outer range that centers on Royal Abbott (Brolin), a rancher fighting for his land and family, who discovers an unfathomable mystery at the edge of Wyoming’s wilderness. Taylor will play Cecilia Abbott, the matriarch of the Abbott family, who is a woman of deep faith, which she finds tested as never before. Podemski will play Deputy Sheriff Joy, a life-long cop, running for county sheriff, and is the first gay Native American to ever do so in Wyoming. Pelphrey is Perry Abbott, the dutiful, eldest Abbott son, who is torn up inside by the lingering mystery of his missing wife. (Deadline)

Spectrum Originals will add another drama to its line-up. The Second Wave follows an unexpected, deadly second wave of the coronavirus outbreak in New York City, focusing on the lives of two neighbors, Rachel (Broadway star Audra McDonald) and Lily (Taylor Schilling from Orange Is the New Black), as they navigate life in quarantine in New York City. While Rachel juggles her many telemedicine clients as well as a shaky, passionless marriage, Lily is upstairs just trying to convince her Wall Street clientele that her very specific skill set is still just as valuable over video as it was in person. Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me) will play Rachel’s husband, Zach, a top official at the CDC who is stuck between the medicine he knows and the politics thrust upon him. (Deadline and The Futon Critic)

UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, is developing a series based on the Burt Reynolds movie Smokey and the Bandit that will explore the crossroads where humble realities meet those larger-than-life, all in a blast of tailpipe exhaust. (Variety)

The box office movie Willow will be coming to the small screen courtesy of Disney+. The sequel series will take place years after the events of the original film. Ron Howard, who directed the original film will executive producer alongside original star Warwick Davis, who will once again play the titular hero Willow Ufgood. (Variety)

MOVIE CASTING NEWS

Actress Chante Adams (Roxanne, Roxanne) will star opposite Michael B. Jordan in the box office movie A Journal for Jordan that is to be directed by Denzel Washington. The film will be based on the Dana Canedy best-selling memoir that tells the true story of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Canedy’s love affair with First Sergeant Charles Monroe King. King kept a journal full of poignant life lessons for their newborn son Jordan while deployed overseas. He was killed in Iraq in 2006 when Jordan was just seven months old, but his spirit lives on in his messages of love to Dana and Jordan. Adams will play Canedy. (Deadline)

Actress Scarlett Johansson will produce and star in the science-fiction, genre-bending film Bride that follows a woman created to be an ideal wife — the singular obsession of a brilliant entrepreneur. When she rejects her creator, she’s forced to flee her confined existence, confronting a world that sees her as a monster. While on the run, she finds her true identity, her surprising power and the strength to remake herself as her own creation. (Variety)

That’s it. Enjoy!

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