Christmas Everlasting

Release Date:   11/24/18; The Hallmark Channel
Genre:   Romance/Holiday
Rating:  TV-PG

Cast:  Tatyana Ali, Dondré T. Whitfield, Dennis Haysbert, Patti LaBelle.

Story:   Lucy gets the best Christmas news ever when she learns she’s made partner at her law firm. However, when her sister with special needs, Alice, passes away, Lucy must return home to learn the terms of her sister’s eccentric will.

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 (Ali) will be made partner after the New Year. However, when Alice, her older sister with special needs, unexpectedly passes away, Lucy returns back to Nilson’s Bay, Wisconsin, to attend the funeral and handle her estate. While Lucy dreads returning to her childhood home, she also feels real sorrow that she was too busy to take her sister’s last call. Once back in Nilson’s Bay, Lucy meets Peter (Whitfield), her old high school sweetheart and Alice’s former attorney, who informs her of the terms of Alice’s eccentric will that states in order for Lucy to inherit the family home, she must live there for 30 days through the holidays.  Source(s):  The Hallmark Chanel; IMDB.

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Every Day Is Christmas

Release Date:   11/24/18; Lifetime
Genre:   Holiday
Rating:  NR
Director:  David Weaver
Studio(s):   Lighthouse Pictures, Lifetime Network
Cast:  Toni Braxton, Michael Jai White, Towanda Braxton, Gloria Reuben     

Story:  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.  Source(s):  Lifetime; Thatgrapejuice.net.

My Christmas Inn

Release Date:   11/21/18; Lifetime
Genre:   Romance/Holiday
Rating:  NR
Director:  Peter Sullivan
Studio(s):   Production Media Films, Hybrid LLC, Lifetime Network
Cast:  Tia Mowry-Hardrict (Jen Taylor), Rob Mayes (Brian Anderson), Jackée  Harry (Susan Taylor), Tim Reid (Perry Taylor), Erin Gray (Molly Anderson), Tanya Wright (Ellis).

Story:   With the holiday season in full swing, Jen Taylor (Tia Mowry-Hardict) is about to score a big promotion at the San Francisco ad agency where she works. But her life is unexpectedly turned upside down when she inherits a cozy inn in Alaska from her aunt. When she goes to inspect the property and meets handsome town attorney Steve Anderson (Rob Mayes), she’s surprised to find that nothing is what she expected. The small town community is full of fun and festive Christmas traditions and soon, Jen starts wondering if the inn might just be the place she belongs, and if Steve could be the Mr. Right she has been waiting for.  Source:  Lifetime.

Jingle Belle

Release Date:   11/25/18; Lifetime
Genre:  Romance/Holiday
Rating:  TV-G
Director:  Peter Sullivan
Studio(s):   Production Media Films, Hybrid
Running Time:  66 mins.

Cast:  Tatyana Ali (Belle Williams), Cornelius Smith, Jr. (Michael Hill), Loretta Devine (Emory Simons), Keshia Knight Pulliam (Tori), Tempestt Bledsoe (Jackie), Dee Wallace (Shelby), Valarie Pettiford (Faith Williams), Obba Babatundé (Charles Williams).

Story:   Every year, Isabelle (Tatyana Ali) and her high school sweetheart Mike (Cornelius Smith Jr.), rocked their small town’s annual Christmas Eve Pageant with a sweet Christmas duet. But after graduation, Isabelle left to study at Juillard in New York – leaving Mike behind. Years later, when Isabelle returns to her hometown to write music for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant, she is shocked to learn that Mike is the one directing the show. Can Isabelle and Mike put the past behind them and reunite on stage for another show-stopping duet?  Source(s):  Lifetime; IMDB.

One Crazy Christmas

Release Date:  11/17/18; BET Her
Genre:  Comedy/Holiday
Rating:  NR
Director:  Greg Carter
Studio(s):   Nexus Films
Running Time: Unknown

Cast:  Terri Abney (Leslie), Sean Blakemore (Glen), Kiana Dancie (Tiffany), Stephon Davis (Troy/The Postman), Evangeline Gabriel Young (Mrs. Gabriella Boyega), Junie Hoang (Joy), Amelia Jeffries (Mrs. Davis), Shelton Jolivette (Rev. Benny Parker), Carl Anthony Payne II (Vincent), Terri J. Vaughn (Felecia), Tammy Townsend (Sabrina).

Story:   A successful, divorced attorney must juggle her family and guests during a Christmas dinner when her daughter brings home her new fiancé, a man with whom she had a one-night stand.  Source:  Moviefone.

The Christmas Pact

Release Date:   12/2/18; Lifetime
Genre:  Romance/Holiday
Rating:  TV-G
Studio(s): Annuit Coeptis Entertainment
Running Time:  Unknown
Cast:  Kyla Pratt, Jarod Joseph, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

Can best friends fall in love? That’s the question next door neighbors Sadie (Kyla Pratt) and Ben (Jarod Joseph) will answer as they keep the spirit of Christmas and the magic of their childhood pact alive! When they were eight years old, they planted a scrawny 3-foot tall Christmas tree behind their church and the Christmas Pact began. But as life gets in the way the pact is threatened to be broken. Ben and Sadie need some Christmas Magic to recommit to each other and promise to keep their special holiday traditions. With each Christmas that passes by, Ben and Sadie’s Christmas tree grows taller and stronger; and so does their love. The pact bearing fruit to the magic of Christmas and the undeniable answer. Yes, friends can fall in love!  Source(s):  Lifetime; countdownuntilchristmas.com.

A Majestic Christmas

Release Date:   12/2/18; The Hallmark Channel.
Genre:  Romance/Holiday
Rating:  NR
Director:  Pat Kiely
Cast:  Jerrika Hinton, Christian Vincent.

Story:   Christmas in the charming town of Briar Falls will be bittersweet this year when architect Nell goes back to her hometown after having been given the job of turning the historic Majestic Playhouse into a modern multiplex, much to the town’s objections. 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, 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. Source:  The Hallmark Channel.