Release Date: 6/1/19; Lifetime
Director: Rhonda Baraka
Studio(s): Big Dreams Entertainment, Swirl Films, Lifetime Television
Running Time: Unknown
Cast: Reginald VelJohnson (Reverend Bennet), Jackée Harry (Mrs. Bennet), Lizzie (Tiffany Hines), Raney Branch (Jane), Brittney Level (Mary), Reginae Carter (Lydia), Alexia Bailey (Kitty), Juan Antonio (Will Darcy), Kellee Stewart (Charlotte), Victoria Rowell (Catherine), Keshia Knight Pulliam (Caroline).
Story: This contemporary adaptation of the Jane Austen classic, follows Reverend Bennet, a pastor of a prominent Southern Baptist church, and his wife, Mrs. Bennet, author of a self-help book on how to find the perfect husband. Needless to say, Mrs. Bennet is less than thrilled that all five of their daughters — Lizzie, Jane, Mary, Lydia and Kitty — are still single. When the very eligible Will Darcy arrives in town, Mrs. Bennet sets her sights on the handsome bachelor for daughter Lizzie, leading to a comedic modern-day take on themes familiar to fans of the novel. The film was written by best-selling author Terry McMillan. Source: Blackfilm.com.
Release Date: 11/24/18; Lifetime
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.
Release Date: 11/21/18; Lifetime
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.
Release Date: 11/25/18; Lifetime
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.
Release Date: 12/2/18; Lifetime
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.
Release Date: 1/27/18; Lifetime
Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall
Studio(s): Topanga Productions Inc., Lifetime Television
Running time: 85 mins.
Cast: Toni Braxton (Antoinette Tuff), Trevor Morgan (Michael Hill), Yaya DaCosta (Kendra), David Manzanares (Benito ‘Benny’ Medina), Jesse C. Boyd (Jim Sterling), Mell Bowser (Curtis Madison), Malik Yoba (Lt. Franklin), Kelvin Han Yee (Harlon Moline).
Story: Seven time Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton stars as Antoinette Tuff, a struggling single mom from Georgia who heroically averted a tragedy, saving hundreds of lives when she convinced a deranged gunman who stormed an elementary school to surrender. On August 20, 2013, shortly after arriving to work at the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Georgia, Antoinette the school’s bookkeeper, was in the front office when Michael Hill (Trevor Morgan), a young man with a history of mental illness, snuck in, armed with an AK-47 and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. As the school went into lockdown, Antoinette was left alone with Michael, who repeatedly threatened to kill everyone. Showing enormous courage and empathy, along with nerves of steel, Antoinette convinced Michael to surrender by using her own life struggles to connect with him. Antoinette’s faith in God guided her through the toughest moments of her life, ultimately preparing her for that fateful day. Source: Lifetime.
Release Date: 2/3/18; Lifetime
Cast: Jeante Godlock (Simone Biles); Julius Tennon (Ron Biles); Tisha Campbell-Martin (Nellie Biles), Kathleen Rose Perkins (Aimee Boorman), Kelsey Scott (Shanon), Marilyn Norry (Martha Karolyi), Nakai Takawira (Young Simone).
Story: Based on her book, Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance, The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar follows Simone Biles (Jeanté Godlock) through the sacrifices and hard work that led her to win 19 Olympic and World Championship medals and ultimately cemented her stake as one of the greatest gymnasts of all time. After a field trip to a gymnastics training center when Simone was six years old, she caught the eye of a local coach who recognized that Simone had a remarkable gift for the sport. But pursuing her dream of becoming an elite gymnast also meant giving up high school football games, prom or starting college at UCLA. With her parents Ron (Julius Tennon) and Nellie Biles (Tisha Campbell) and younger sister Adria (Raven Bowens) supporting her every step of the way, Simone’s journey from foster care to the Olympic podium – with all of its triumphs and heartbreaks – can serve as an inspiration for every little girl with a dream. Source: Lifetime.