Christmas Comes Twice

Release Date:  12/13/20; Hallmark
Genre:  Comedy/Holiday
Rating:  NR
Director:  Michael M. Scott
Studio(s):  BET
Running Time:  Unknown
Cast:  Tamera Mowry-Housley, Michael Xavier, Sheryl Lee Ralph.

Story:  Emily (Tamera Mowry-Housley) is a top newscaster who has achieved her career dreams but still has regrets about the guy (Michael Xavier) who got away five years earlier. When the Christmas carnival comes to town, a ride around the carousel takes her magically back in time to the carnival five years before…giving her a second chance at love before she must return to Christmas present.  Source(s):  Shadow & Act; Black Film & TV; urbanbridgez.com.

The Christmas Lottery

Release Date:   12/12/20, BET and BET Her; and 12/17/20 BET+
Genre:  Comedy/Holiday
Rating:  NR
Director:  Tamika Miller
Studio(s):   MarVista Entertainment, Octet Productions
Running Time:  Unknown

Cast:  Reginald VelJohnson, Asai’h Epperson, Christina “Brave” Williams, Candiace Dillard Bassett, Lorenzo “Renny” Cromwell, Terayle Hill, Kay-Megan Washington, Phylicia Morgan.

Story:  Gerald Davenport has requested his three estranged daughters Diedre, Nicole, and Tammy come together for Christmas for a big announcement…he has won a $10-million-dollar lottery! To get their share, the sisters must repair their broken relationship. But when their dementia-stricken mother, Diane, forgets where she hid the ticket, the Davenport’s are now in a race to find the ticket and fix their family all before Christmas Day.  Source(s):  Shadow & Act; Black Film & TV.

Cooking Up Christmas

Release Date:  12/15/20; OWN
Genre:  Family/Holiday
Rating:  NR
Director:  Roger M. Bobb
Studio(s):  Mutiny FX, Tycor International Film Company
Running Time:  Unknown
Cast:  Lamman Rucker (Donovon Jackson), Meagan Holder (Chloe), Jen Harper (Dolores), Giovonnie Samuels (April), Marquita Goings (Shavonne), Vince Pisani (Mark), L. Warren Young (Buck), Peter Luis Zimmerman (Carlos), Bailey Tippen (Vanessa), Lindsey Blackwell (Lindsey).

Story:  Meagan Holder (“Pitch”) stars in this family-centric holiday story as Chloe, an Atlanta-based chef at a fine dining restaurant who gets fired just weeks before Christmas and reluctantly takes a job with pro baseball player Donovan Jackson (Lamman Rucker), who is a single dad of three needing a live-in-chef to get him through the holidays with the kids. Chloe only takes the job in order to save up enough capital to live out her dream of opening her own restaurant, but soon finds herself caught up in the ups and downs of the Jackson family during her residency. Throughout the holiday season in the Jackson household the importance of family and Chloe’s good Southern cooking are two constants that remain. As Christmas comes to an end, Chloe discovers that her lifelong dream might finally come true… and that her heart has a mind of its own.  Source:  Black Film & TV.

First Christmas

Release Date:  12/22/20; OWN
Genre:  Drama/Holiday
Rating:  NR
Director:  Crystle Roberson
Studio(s):  Foremost Pictures, MarVista Entertainment, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network
Running Time:  Unknown
Cast:  Idara Victor, Tonea Stewart, Samantha Smith, Mason Beauchamp, Peyton Jackson, Amanda Tavarez
Story:  Given up for adoption and placed in foster care at a young age, writer Halle Downing (Idara Victor) receives the blessing of a lifetime when she is invited to spend Christmas in New Orleans with the biological family she never knew she had – The Moores. Halle’s grandmother “Memaw” (Tonea Stewart) welcomes the young woman with open arms, completely overwhelming Halle with emotion at the significance of finally finding her family.  Extremely excited to meet her twin siblings Tiffany (Samantha Smith) and Glenn (Mason Beauchamp) along with younger brother Drew (Peyton Jackson) for the first time, Halle soon faces the hard reality that finding her place in this close-knit family is going to take longer than she thought, something that becomes particularly evident when she witnesses Tiffany’s apprehension about introducing her new girlfriend Paris (Amanda Tavarez) to the family for the first time. However, as Christmas approaches, Halle begins to gain perspective on the Moore family dynamic and ultimately comes to embrace and celebrate her first family holiday with a special gift that tells her she is right where she is supposed to be.  Source(s):  Shadow & Act; Black Film &TV.

A Christmas Surprise

Release Date:  12/5/20; BET & BET Her
Genre:  Comedy/Holiday
Rating:  NR
Director:  Terri J. Vaughn
Studio(s):  BET
Running Time:  Unknown

Cast:  Wendy Raquel Robinson, Keesha Sharp, Will Blagrove, Katelynn Bennett, Mustapha Slack.

Story:  A self-made businesswoman gets a Christmas surprise when her daughter returns from college with big news – she’s engaged! Now the holiday is thrown into chaos as she deals with her less-than-impressive and soon-to-be son-in law, his overbearing mother, and an impending wedding.  Source(s):  Shadow & Act; urbanbridgez.com.