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WHAT NEW SHOWS & MOVIES ARE COMING UP?
MCCARTHYS, THE (CBS)
· [series premiere] · 10/30/14 at 9:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 9:30 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from CBS's press release, May 2014) THE McCARTHYS is a multi-camera comedy about a loud, sports-crazed Boston family whose somewhat athletically challenged son, Ronny (Tyler Ritter), is chosen by his father to be his assistant high school basketball coach, much to the surprise of his more qualified siblings. Ronny wants nothing more than to move away, join the singles scene and find a partner. His distraught mother, Marjorie (Laurie Metcalf), is not upset that her favorite son is gay, but that he wants to leave Boston and his family. Ronny's plans change, however, when his politically incorrect and outspoken father, Arthur (Jack McGee), stuns everyone with his choice for an assistant. Touched by his father's offer, Ronny embarks on a completely different future - and he can be sure that his loving, tight-knit family is going to have a very vocal opinion about it. Jimmy Dunn, Joey McIntyre and Kelen Coleman also star. Brian Gallivan, Mike Sikowitz, Will Gluck and Andy Ackerman are the executive producers for Sony Pictures Television in association with CBS Television Studios. Emmy Award winner Andy Ackerman directed the pilot.
SLEDNECKS (MTV)
· [90-minute series premiere] · 10/30/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from MTV's press release, October 2014) MTV is heading to Alaska with new series "Slednecks" premiering on Thursday, October 30 at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT with an extended 90-minute special to kick off the season. The weekly half-hour comedic docu-series follows a close group of adventurous friends living in rural Wasilla, Alaska. The 18-episode series will air all-new back-to-back episodes every Thursday starting at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Polar Bear plunges, airboating on ice, glacier parties, river wakeboarding, and human catapulting are just some of the action-packed adventures these 'Slednecks' get into, while also navigating dramatic friendships and relationships in the prime of their lives. With mountains and rivers as their playground, these friends make the most of what they have while always having a blast.
BRAD MELTZER'S LOST HISTORY (H2)
· [series premiere] · 10/31/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from H2's press release, September 2014) What does the Ground Zero flag from 9/11 have in common with the original Wright Brothers flying machine patent? Both are historically important items for the United States... and both are missing. Best-selling author Brad Meltzer enlists America's help to find these and other missing treasures in H2's new 10-episode series BRAD MELTZER'S LOST HISTORY, premiering Friday, October 31 at 10PM ET/11PM PT. Each episode of H2's BRAD MELTZER'S LOST HISTORY presents both unsolved cases and success stories where Americans havehelped find missing historic objects. Viewers are encouraged to submit tips to an online site, in an effort to provide key information leading to the return of these treasures.
ONE STARRY CHRISTMAS (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 11/1/14 at 8:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, September 2014) Starring: Sarah Carter, Damon Runyan, George Canyon, Paul Popowhich; An aspiring astronomy professor finds unexpected Christmas romance when she meets a charming cowboy during her holiday travel. As she decides between this new cowboy and her practical boyfriend, she must decide whether it's better to play it safe in love, or let an adventurous cowboy steal her heart.
FLEX & SHANICE (OWN)
· [series premiere] · 11/1/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · saturdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from OWN's press release, September 2014) Saturday nights on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will be packed with family and fun this fall with the return of the popular docu-series "Deion's Family Playbook" on November 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT followed by the series premiere of "Flex & Shanice" at 10 p.m. ET/PT. "Flex & Shanice" follows the lives of husband and wife duo, actor Flex Alexander ("One on One"), '90s pop singer Shanice ("I Love Your Smile") and their extended family all living together under one roof. A special sneak preview of the show last May delivered double-digit growth (+25%) in the network's key women 25-54 demo in the time period versus one year ago. The special was also the night's #1 cable telecast (non-sports) for African-American women. From the outside looking in, Flex and Shanice are living the dream - they are beautiful celebrities with a long-standing marriage, gorgeous kids and a lovely home in suburbia. But what this fairytale couple has been hiding from the world is that they have been teetering on the edge of financial ruin for the past five years. So they moved their hilarious extended family in to help make ends meet, but nine people under one roof can add just as much stress as it relieves. We watch as Flex tries to rebuild the stand-up career that he abandoned 18 years ago, and Shanice as she heads back into the studio attempting to restart her R&B career. The family will try to hold it together as they aim to capture that one big break to help turn their luck around.
DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY (PBS)
· [original mini-series finale] · 11/2/14 at 9:00 PM
(from PBS's press release, May 2014) An adaptation of P.D. James' witty and inventive continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice picks up the story six years after the marriage of Elizabeth and Darcy. As preparations are being made for a ball at their Pemberley home, the discovery of a corpse brings an abrupt and shocking halt to the proceedings - and a threat to all that the Darcys hold dear. A co-production of ORIGIN PICTURES and MASTERPIECE. Sundays, October 26-November 2, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET
OLIVE KITTERIDGE (HBO)
· [original mini-series premiere] · 11/2/14 at 9:00 PM
(from HBO's press release, August 2014) HBO has confirmed the debut dates for the miniseries OLIVE KITTERIDGE, with the first two parts scheduled to debut on SUNDAY, NOV. 2 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), followed the next night by the debut of the final two parts on MONDAY, NOV. 3 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). Academy Award(R) winner Frances McDormand ("Fargo," "North Country") and Academy Award(R) nominee Richard Jenkins ("The Visitor," HBO's "Six Feet Under") star in this HBO Miniseries drama, directed by Academy Award(R)-nominated director Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right," "Laurel Canyon") from a teleplay by Emmy(R)-winner Jane Anderson (HBO's "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom" and "Normal"). Based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, OLIVE KITTERIDGE tells the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of a woman whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and a staunch moral center. The supporting cast includes Bill Murray, John Gallagher, Jr., Peter Mullan, Rosemarie DeWitt and Zoe Kazan. Executive produced by Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Frances McDormand and Jane Anderson.
HOUSE OF DVF (E!)
· [series premiere] · 11/2/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from E!'s press release, October 2014) Diane von Furstenberg and her eponymous fashion brand have long been symbols of confidence, grace and fearlessness. Now, as Diane mentors a new generation of hard-working young women ready to take their careers to the next level at DVF, E! is there to capture every triumphant and pressure-filled moment in a new genre of television. "House of DVF" premieres Sunday, November 2 at 10pm ET/PT on E! "House of DVF" will also come to E! in 100 countries, premiering in November internationally - the same month as the US premiere. Only the most intelligent and talented young women are considered for the glamorous and highly coveted brand ambassador position with one of fashion's most prestigious brands. Diane herself has handpicked the eight young women, who are determined to impress her as they are tasked with working in different areas of Diane's empire, based in the dazzling DVF offices in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. From planning a press lunch to working at the DVF Spring 2015 show during Fashion Week, the candidates are expected to execute every duty perfectly, although things don't always go as planned.
OVER THE GARDEN WALL (CARTOON)
· [series premiere] · 11/3/14 at 7:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · weeknights from 7:00 PM-8:00 PM EST
(from Cartoon Network's press release, September 2014) Come along with brothers Wirt and Greg on their puzzling adventures filled with twists and turns, friends and foes. Cartoon Network's first animated miniseries Over The Garden Wall will premiere over five consecutive nights beginning Monday, November 3 at 7pm ET/PT. This ten episode mystery adventure, created by Patrick McHale (Adventure Time), features the voices of Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings Trilogy), Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men) and Collin Dean (The War At Home) and is produced by Cartoon Network Studios. Over The Garden Wall is the story of two brothers, Wirt (voiced by Elijah Wood) and Greg (voiced by Collin Dean), who find themselves lost in the Unknown; a strange forest adrift in time. With the help of a wise old Woodsman (voiced by Christopher Lloyd) and a foul-tempered bluebird named Beatrice (voiced by Melanie Lynskey), Wirt and Greg must travel across this strange land, in hope of finding their way home. At the heart of Over The Garden Wall are two brothers who are looking for direction in different ways. Wirt gets lost in his own thoughts, while Greg gets lost in the wonder and fun of the world around him. Join them as they encounter surprises and obstacles on their journey through the wood.
K.MICHELLE: MY LIFE (VH1)
· [series premiere] · 11/3/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 9:00 PM-9:30 PM EST
(from VH1's press release, March 2014) It looks as if "Love & Hip Hop" star K.Michelle finally has everything she's ever wanted. Success, fame, a hit album - but is it all it's cracked up to be? VH1 will follow K. as she learns to balance life, relationships, and bona fide superstardom with the help of a dynamic group of friends. It may appear like she has it all together, but nothing is as it seems in K's crazy world. Notorious for her red hair, razor sharp wit and fiery tongue, K.Michelle navigates New York City and her life with a renewed dedication to her son, her friends, and her career. K.Michelle has the life she's always dreamed of, but will it ever be enough? Find out when the "Untitled K.Michelle Project" premieres on VH1 Fall 2014.
OLIVE KITTERIDGE (HBO)
· [original mini-series finale] · 11/3/14 at 10:00 PM
(from HBO's press release, August 2014) HBO has confirmed the debut dates for the miniseries OLIVE KITTERIDGE, with the first two parts scheduled to debut on SUNDAY, NOV. 2 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), followed the next night by the debut of the final two parts on MONDAY, NOV. 3 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). Academy Award(R) winner Frances McDormand ("Fargo," "North Country") and Academy Award(R) nominee Richard Jenkins ("The Visitor," HBO's "Six Feet Under") star in this HBO Miniseries drama, directed by Academy Award(R)-nominated director Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right," "Laurel Canyon") from a teleplay by Emmy(R)-winner Jane Anderson (HBO's "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom" and "Normal"). Based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, OLIVE KITTERIDGE tells the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of a woman whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and a staunch moral center. The supporting cast includes Bill Murray, John Gallagher, Jr., Peter Mullan, Rosemarie DeWitt and Zoe Kazan. Executive produced by Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Frances McDormand and Jane Anderson.
EUROS OF HOLLYWOOD (BRAVO)
· [series premiere] · 11/3/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Bravo's press release, October 2014) Bravo Media follows six Europeans living in Los Angeles with personalities as big as their native countries while they strive to achieve their version of the American Dream in "Euros of Hollywood," premiering Monday, November 3 at 10 pm ET/PT. From a pop diva known as the "Madonna of Albania" to a Prada-wearing Italian Renaissance man whose goal is to win an Oscar, these ambitious and unfiltered men and women will stop at nothing to rise to the top. With their hearts on their sleeves and a shared bond as Europeans, they will help each other out in their pursuit of fame, fortune and family.
SEARCH FOR THE LOST GIANTS (HISTORY)
· [series premiere] · 11/4/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from History's press release, September 2014) Mondays are about to get a whole lot more mysterious this fall on HISTORY with the return of the hit series THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND and the premiere of the new series SEARCH FOR THE LOST GIANTS. The series premiere Tuesday, November 4 at 9PM ET/PT and 10PM ET/PT respectively. The bible says, "There were giants in the earth in those days." In SEARCH FOR THE LOST GIANTS, brothers Bill and Jim Viera set off on a nationwide quest for the truth. Several years ago, these hard-working stonemasons stumbled upon something in the Massachusetts woods that would change their lives forever: the brothers found a set of ancient stone structures and tunnels that could be the clue to a lost civilization. Further research led them to dozens of published accounts of giant bones and skeletons, some of which were found in similar structures across the country. These stone structures could be the clue to a lost civilization of giants that has never been mentioned in the history books. According to articles from the turn of the 20th century and various town histories, many of the remains were those of 9-12 feet tall humanoids, with double rows of teeth. But none of the reported skeletons can be found in any museum. If a race of giants once existed, where is the evidence today
BILLY BOB'S GAGS TO RICHES (DISCOVERY)
· [series premiere] · 11/4/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Discovery's press release, October 2014) Jonah White, the founder of Billy Bob Teeth in Hardin, Illinois and CEO of a multi-million dollar gag-gift empire, is in search of new products for his redneck-approved Billy Bob line. After taking the Halloween and costume industries by storm and building an empire based on his own invention of fake redneck buck teeth, Jonah has accomplished the America dream and created a booming business with over 300 products sold throughout the world, including over 20 million Billy Bob Teeth. Now, inventors from all over are coming to Billy Bob World to pitch Jonah their own outrageous ideas for a piece of the pie. Find out what it takes to go from pitch to rich in Discovery Channel's new six-part series BILLY BOB'S GAGS TO RICHES premiering Tuesday, November 4 at 10 PM ET/PT. Jonah, a self-made businessman who created his own wealth based on hard work, family values and a funny idea, continues to live out his dreams in the same small, close-knit town that he grew up in. Now, with a family of his own, a sprawling log cabin-style mansion, hundreds of exotic animals, and zip lines crisscrossing his property, Jonah seeks to strike a balance between the indulgent lifestyle he can now afford, while raising his family with the same values that were instilled in him during his childhood.
GAME, THE (BBCA)
· [series premiere] · 11/5/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from BBC America's press release, September 2014) A complex invisible war is being fought by skilled spies trained in the high stakes world of covert espionage. In 1972 London, tensions are at a terrifying peak as the world's super powers plot against their enemies. The threat: a dangerous and deadly Soviet plot, designed to bring Britain to its knees, dubbed Operation Glass. This is where The Game begins - a stylish, character-driven spy drama that explores the lives and lies of the invisible soldiers fighting a secret war. When an MI5 agent is contacted by a defecting KGB officer about the plan to destroy the British establishment, MI5 leader, Daddy (Brian Cox, The Bourne Supremacy, An Adventure in Space and Time), assembles a secret committee to investigate the threat in a frantic race against time. Their mission: stop the plot, save Britain and in turn, the world. The Game, a suspenseful six-part, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, created by Toby Whithouse (Being Human, Doctor Who), premieres Wednesday, November 5 at 10:00pm ET as part BBC AMERICA's Dramaville.
KITCHEN INFERNO (FOOD)
· [series premiere] · 11/5/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Food Network's press release, October 2014) Host Curtis Stone turns up the heat in new Food Network primetime culinary competition, Kitchen Inferno, premiering Wednesday, November 5th at 10pm ET/PT. The game is simple but the stakes are red hot. Each episode features talented chefs going head-to-head in culinary showdowns over four possible rounds. Each round will have a blind taste-test judged by the Inferno's panel of judges to determine which dish is best. If the competing chef is victorious, they have the chance to move up to the next level, with each round advancement growing in difficulty as they bring the skills of a new culinary talent to battle against. The contestants also face a pivotal choice: take the money and run, or risk it all for a chance to reach the final round and win up to $25,000, all in front of a studio audience. If they lose, they will watch their winnings go up in smoke and leave with nothing. Can these chefs cook their way through four rounds in this blazing competition for the ultimate prize?
FIX MY CHOIR (OXYGEN)
· [series premiere] · 11/5/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Oxygen's press release, September 2014) Oxygen Media is coming to the rescue of choirs across the country in the new music series "Fix My Choir," premiering Wednesday, November 5 at 10 pm ET/PT. In this bold and uplifting series, struggling choirs get some much-needed mentoring from gospel superstar Deitrick Haddon ("Preachers of L.A.") and Grammy Award-winning recording artist Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child fame. "Fix My Choir" is part of Oxygen's rebrand, which launches on Tuesday, October 7th across all platforms, showcasing the network's new logo and tagline, very real, targeting young, modern women. In each episode, Deitrick and Michelle travel to a different hometown to surprise a struggling gospel choir, community choir or other vocal group to help them find perfect harmony - not only in their music, but with each other. Together with an intervention and makeover, the choirs will ultimately have a chance for redemption. Over the course of a week, the mentors dive deep into the members' lives to tackle the choir's core issues such as leadership, interpersonal conflicts, artistic direction, and doing whatever it takes to get these choirs back on track with a big sound and newfound confidence. Deitrick and Michelle will take these choirs to the next level of singing, collaboration, and presentation, all in an effort to make the ordinary extraordinary.
DEAD ON CAMPUS (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 11/8/14 at 8:00 PM
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NINE LIVES OF CHRISTMAS, THE (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 11/8/14 at 8:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, September 2014) Starring: Brandon Routh, Kimberley Sustad, Stephanie Bennett, Chelsea Hobbs, Sean Tyson, Dalias Blake, Gregory Harrison; With Christmas approaching, a handsome fireman afraid of commitment adopts a stray cat and meets a beautiful veterinary student who challenges his decision to remain a confirmed bachelor.
PANTS ON FIRE (DISNEY XD)
· [original telefilm] · 11/9/14 at 7:00 PM
(from Disney XD's press release, October 2014) Popular Disney sitcom star Bradley Steven Perry ("Mighty Med," "Good Luck Charlie"), Joshua J. Ballard ("Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days") and Disney XD-favorite Tyrel Jackson Williams ("Lab Rats") star in the comedic adventure "Pants on Fire," an original movie premiering SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 on Disney XD in the U.S. (7:00 p.m., ET/PT) and Canada (7:00 p.m., ET/4:00 p.m., PT). Filmed in Vancouver, Canada, the funny, fantastical story introduces 15-year-old Jack Parker as all the lies he's ever told suddenly become real - including a possessive girlfriend, a roving duo of alien body-snatchers, and Mikey, the made-up friend that Jack claims to tutor. Now it's up to Jack and his buddy Ryan to figure out who or what is behind this crazy situation, all while chasing down a plush purple hippo who may hold the key to unlocking this mind-boggler. Starring are Bradley Steven Perry as Jack Parker, Joshua J. Ballard as Ryan, Tyrel Jackson Williams as Mikey, Brittney Wilson as Jack's sister Hannah, Taylor Russell as Jack's school crush and Nicholas Coombe as Jack's friend Eric.
COOKIE CUTTER CHRISTMAS, A (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 11/9/14 at 8:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, September 2014) Starring: Erin Krakow, Alan Thicke, David Haydn-Jones, Miranda Frigon, Laura Soltis, Genae Marie Charpentier; Two longtime rivals and elementary school teachers duke it out during the holidays in a Christmas cookie bake-off, but their real feud ignites over a shared interest in a handsome single dad. With both determined to win the prize and the romance, their competitiveness could jeopardize what matters most this Christmas season.
HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP (FOOD)
· [series premiere] · 11/9/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from Food Network's press release, October 2014) From cookie exchanges, to holiday pies, to fruitcakes and gingerbread houses, eight bakers show off their holiday dessert traditions, and superb baking skills as they compete on Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship, premiering Sunday, November 9th at 9:00pm ET/PT. In order to survive this festive competition, hosted by Bobby Deen, contestants must prove their abilities to win a sweet spot in the hearts of judges Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes), Nancy Fuller (Farmhouse Rules), and Lorraine Pascale (Lorraine's Fast, Fresh and Easy Food). Only one winner will take home the grand prize of $50,000 and the title of Holiday Baking Champion.
GODFATHER OF PITTSBURGH (A&E)
· [series premiere] · 11/10/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from A&E's press release, May 2014) Pittsburgh is a town ruled by Vince Isolde, a first-generation Italian American, who has built an empire of nightclubs and restaurants all in hopes of supporting his family. But getting to the top means making a lot of enemies and some of them are kin. While Vince is one of the most revered - and feared - men in the city, all bets are off when he comes home. Between his wife and sons, and his six brothers and sisters, the entire family relies on Vince for jobs, houses and everything in between. The "Godfather of Pittsburgh" takes a fascinating look at a truly original character who finds it hard to walk the 'straight and narrow' and still succeed in business.
DOGS OF WAR (A&E)
· [series premiere - special night] · 11/11/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from A&E's press release, October 2014) This Veterans Day A&E Network presents a new docuseries following war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, as they are paired with shelter dogs trained to help them adjust to life after combat. "Dogs of War" premieres Tuesday, November 11 at 10PM ET/PT and then moves to Sundays at 10PM ET/PT beginning on November 16. This real life series chronicles the fog of PTSD that many veterans find themselves in after serving in combat, and the service dogs that bring them out of it. In each hour, one veteran is matched with a dog adopted from a shelter that has been trained in rehabilitation. Together they take an emotional journey out of darkness, through rigorous training and emotional support, so the veteran can integrate back into normal life. "Dogs of War" is the crossroads where a veteran condemned to a life of isolation, and an abandoned dog condemned to a shelter, come together to rescue one another.
LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE (ID)
· [series premiere] · 11/12/14 at 10:00 PM
AALIYAH: THE PRINCESS OF R&B (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 11/15/14 at 8:00 PM
(from Lifetime's press release, September 2014) Lifetime's Original Movie, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, starring Alexandra Shipp (House of Anubis) as the beloved actress and music sensation, is set to premiere Saturday, November 15, at 8pm ET/PT. The two-hour movie event is executive produced by Howard Braunstein, Debra Martin Chase and Wendy Williams, and based on the bestseller Aaliyah: More Than a Woman by former Time Magazine music editor Christopher John Farley (Game World). Before Beyoncé and before Rihanna, self-proclaimed "street but sweet" Aaliyah was poised to become a global icon with top-selling albums, a hot movie career and an adoring fan base. The film follows the beautiful and talented performer's inspirational journey, from her debut on Star Search at the age of ten to the challenges she faced during her rise to become the Princess of R&B. On August 25, 2001, at the height of her popularity, her life was tragically cut short when a plane carrying the singer and some of her video crew crashed after takeoff from a Bahamian runway. Although just 22-years-old at the time of her death, Aaliyah continues to lead a legacy as Billboard's tenth most famous R&B artist of the past 25 years and one of the recording industry's most successful artists in history.
NORTHPOLE (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 11/15/14 at 8:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, September 2014) Starring: Tiffani Thiessen, Josh Hopkins, Bailee Madison, Max Charles, Candice Glover, Robert Wagner, Jill St. John; Northpole, the magical city where Santa and his elves live and work is in trouble. Families around the globe have gotten too busy to enjoy the season together, and Northpole depends on their holiday happiness to keep running. In the hopes of turning things around, a determined young elf befriends a little boy with a lot of spirit. His skeptical journalist mom doesn’t have room in her heart for anything but the facts, so it’s going to take a little nudge from his charming teacher to create an unbeatable Christmas team to turn around this town and share the importance of the season with the whole world.
MISSING, THE (STARZ)
· [series premiere] · 11/15/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · saturdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from Starz's press release, August 2014) Starz announced today that the limited series, "The Missing," will debut Saturday, November 15th at 9pm ET/PT on STARZ. The eight-episode dramatic thriller, directed by Tom Shankland ("Ripper Street") and written by Harry Williams and Jack Williams, centers on the psychological fallout and ensuing years-long manhunt resulting from the sudden disappearance of five-year-old Oliver Hughes while on holiday with his parents in France in 2006. "The Missing" is a gripping dramatic thriller that goes inside the mind of a father, Tony Hughes, played by James Nesbitt (The Hobbit trilogy), desperate to locate his lost son. With help from local police detective, Julien Baptiste, played by Tcheky Karyo (Goldeneye), Tony embarks on an obsessive quest to find his son and those responsible for his disappearance. A gripping puzzle with twists and turns at every stage, Tony's exhaustive search fractures his relationship with his wife, Emily, played by Frances O'Connor (A.I.: Artificial Intelligence), and threatens to destroy his life. Told through a delicate and complex narrative, "The Missing" unfolds over two time frames simultaneously.
ANGELS AND ORNAMENTS (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 11/16/14 at 8:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, September 2014) Starring: Jessalyn Gilsig, Sergio Di Zio, Graham Abbey, Samantha Espie, Roger Doche; Corrine's holiday season gets an unexpected dose of romance when she meets the mysterious Harold, who is on a deadline from a higher power to help Corrine find her true love by Christmas Eve. As the clock ticks down to Harold's deadline, Corrine must decide if she will open up to Christmas love.
WORRICKER (PBS)
· [original mini-series finale] · 11/16/14 at 9:00 PM
(from PBS's press release, May 2014) Bill Nighy reprises his role as MI5 spy Johnny Worricker in a follow-up to the acclaimed "Page Eight" (MASTERPIECE, 2011). Worricker, who has just left his job at MI5, escapes to the distant islands of Turks & Caicos, where an order from the CIA puts him back to work. The top-tier cast also includes Christopher Walken, Winona Ryder, Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes. Written and directed by David Hare. A Carnival Films/Heydey Films/Beagle Pug/MASTERPIECE co-production in association with NBC Universal for the BBC. Sunday, November 9, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET; The Worricker trilogy concludes with Johnny (Bill Nighy) and Margot (Helena Bonham Carter) managing to stay ahead of an international dragnet all across Europe. British Prime Minister Alec Beasley (Ralph Fiennes) and old MI5 colleague Jill Tankard (Judy Davis) desperately want Johnny back - but for different reasons. Who will win this frenzied game of spy versus spy? Written and directed by David Hare. A Carnival Films/Heydey Films/Beagle Pug/MASTERPIECE co-production in association with NBC Universal for the BBC. Sunday, November 16, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET
STATE OF AFFAIRS (NBC)
· [series premiere] · 11/17/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from NBC's press release, May 2014) Each day the President is faced with dozens of life and death decisions, and to prioritize the biggest international crises facing the country, one top CIA analyst - Charleston Tucker (Katherine Heigl, "Grey's Anatomy") - assembles the President's Daily Briefing (PDB). This list of the most vital security issues facing the nation brings with it moral and political judgment calls for Charleston and her trusted group of brilliant analysts at the agency. Aside from the political minefields she has to walk, Charlie has a close personal relationship with the President (Alfre Woodard, "Desperate Housewives") because she was once engaged to her son before a tragic terrorist attack took his life. Charlie survived that attack and is now determined to bring the perpetrators to justice. Navigating a complex personal life and a pressure-cooker profession is, of course, a challenge, and Charlie sometimes engages in boundary-pushing behavior to avoid facing her grief. But when the clock strikes 2 a.m., she is all about her job - protecting her nation, serving her President and still trying to get to the bottom of her fiancé's murder that will reveal itself as a shocking mystery.
COUNTRY BUCK$ (A&E)
· [series premiere] · 11/19/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from A&E's press release, October 2014) A&E Network's new original real-life series "Country Buck$" follows the Busbice family who founded Wildgame Innovations, a small hunting gear business that has grown into a multi-million dollar wildlife sporting empire. Their 55,000-acre ranch (three times the size of Manhattan), a sportsman fantasy camp in Louisiana, serves as the testing ground for their new products. Follow the Busbice clan as they strive to perfect their high-tech hunting innovations, family-style. Back-to-back half hour episodes of "Country Buck$" premiere Wednesday, November 19 at 10PM and 10:30PM ET/PT. Family hijinks ensue each week as the Busbices tackle new projects and products- from a silent crossbow to gator bait and 5D camo, they keep the business running full speed ahead. Celebrity friends including singer Jason Aldean, "Duck Dynasty" boss Willie Robertson and "Swamp People" star Troy Landry stop by to the family ranch to hunt, talk business and have a good time.
EAT: THE STORY OF FOOD (NGC)
· [series premiere] · 11/21/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · weeknights from 9:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from National Geographic Channel's press release, October 2014) More than 50 years ago food revolutionary Julia Child appeared on a Boston television show to promote her cookbook and unwittingly launched the medium into the world of food. Since then there have been hundreds of TV cooking personalities, thousands of hours of cooking shows and multiple networks devoted solely to the topic. But despite all this, no network or show has ever looked back at when we ate what, why we ate it or how it's made us who we are. Until now. This Nov. 21-23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, National Geographic Channel (NGC) presents the comprehensive food story we've all been craving: EAT: The Story of Food, a six-hour miniseries event produced by National Geographic Studios in association with Creative Differences. The special satisfies every question you've ever had, and some you haven't, about the evolution of food over the course of humankind, from our ancestors throwing raw meat onto a fire for the first time, to teams of lab technicians perfecting the crunch of a potato chip. More important, it will show how this evolution of what we eat and how we eat it has actually defined human civilization and cultures around the globe.
ROYAL CHRISTMAS, A (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 11/22/14 at 8:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, September 2014) Starring: Lacey Chabert, Jane Seymour, Stephen Hagan, Katherine Flynn; A young working girl with a blue-collar background is surprised when her new fiancé announces he is actually a prince of a small sovereign country in Europe. After the couple quickly takes off to spend the holidays at his family’s sprawling, royal castle, she must work hard to win over her disapproving and unaccepting future mother-in-law—the Queen—and find out if love truly can conquer all.  
EN VOGUE CHRISTMAS, AN (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 11/22/14 at 8:00 PM
(from Lifetime's press release, September 2014) Over the years, the funky divas of En Vogue have gone their separate ways, until they are asked to perform a benefit concert to save the club that made them stars. They put aside their hesitations to reunite for the special night, but first must overcome their challenging history with Marty (David Alan Grier, In Living Color), their former manager and the man responsible for breaking them up. In the spirit of the holidays, the ladies find forgiveness and come together for an epic En Vogue Christmas concert to keep the club from closing its doors forever. Stars Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, Rhona Bennett as themselves and features some of En Vogue's biggest hits and two new original songs. Genelle Williams also stars.
DARYL'S RESTORATION OVER-HALL (DIY)
· [series premiere] · 11/22/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · saturdays from 10:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
(from HGTV's press release, September 2014) Master craftsmen Albert, Robert and Leon from DIY Network's Vanilla Ice Goes Amish are fish out of water when they travel across the country to work on home improvement projects outside of their Amish community. From Boston to the bright lights of Las Vegas and the beaches of Southern California, it's a brave new world when they tackle modern tasks like managing social media and driving a car.
CHRISTMAS SHEPHERD, THE (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 11/23/14 at 8:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, September 2014) Starring: Teri Polo, Martin Cummins, Jordyn Olson, Jill Teed; A successful children's book author and Army widow loses her late husband's German Shepherd, Buddy, only to later find him adopted by a new family - a single father and his daughter. Each finds a sense of Christmas spirit as they struggle to decide with whom the dog really belongs.
SEASONS OF LOVE (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 11/23/14 at 9:00 PM
(from Lifetime's press release, September 2014) Kyla (LeToya Luckett, Single Ladies) and Amir's (Cleo Anthony, Divergent) new romance is thrown for a loop when Amir's father (Richard Portnow) suddenly passes away and Kyla's ex, Miles (Rob Riley, Hit the Floor), comes back into the picture. The two struggle to determine what truly matters to them in this story of life, love and family. Taraji P. Henson stars and executive produces, while Gladys Knight and Cliff "Method Man" Smith also star.
BOOZE TRAVELER (TRAVEL)
· [series premiere] · 11/24/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Travel Channel's press release, October 2014) While working in the bars of South Boston, Jack Maxwell learned one thing - sit down with a stranger and a couple of drinks, and the whole world opens up. In Travel Channel's new original series, "Booze Traveler," premiering on Monday, November 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, Maxwell sets out across the globe to find the world's most interesting beverages and the people who drink them. Over the course of 15 one-hour episodes, viewers will follow Maxwell as he travels to various locations around the world including Armenia, Belize, Lithuania, Mongolia and Nepal. At each stop, he connects with locals, immerses himself in regional activities, learns about the country's unique relationship with liquor and sometimes even participates in the alcohol-making process.
ERIC GREENSPAN IS HUNGRY (NGC)
· [series premiere] · 11/24/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 10:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
(from National Geographic Channel's press release, October 2014) Chef Eric Greenspan is, without a doubt, one of the funniest, loudest, most innovative chefs on the planet. But there's really only one thing you need to know about Eric: He's no vegetarian. Premiering Monday, Nov. 24, at 10 p.m.ET/PT on National Geographic Channel, Eric and his trusted friend and carnivorous gastronome, Mauzner, travel on the meatiest road trip, discovering Americana through rare homegrown family recipes, to satisfy their wildest imaginations and to get inspiration for Eric's critically acclaimed restaurants in Los Angeles. Eric Greenspan Is Hungry (#EricisHungry) takes viewers on a cross-country, off-the-beaten-path adventure, looking for wild hog in Warren, Arkansas, for wild turkey in Tunica, Mississippi, for Buffalo in Jasper, Arkansas, and for goat in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, just to mention a few of his stops. Traveling in the heartland, Eric goes directly to the source of local recipes to meet the people who farm, raise, nurture, hunt and butcher animals such as bison, prehistoric gar, goat, crawfish, pig and wild turkey. It's meat unlike what you get from a purveyor. Eric and his cohort will break down the animal, butcher it and prepare the recipe all on location to crank out the best dishes imaginable.
SISTERHOOD, THE (LIFETIME)
· [series premiere] · 11/25/14 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Lifetime's press release, September 2014) The all-new groundbreaking Lifetime(R) series The Sisterhood (#Sisterhood) follows five young women who are considering the life-changing decision of taking religious vows to become Catholic nuns. For the first time ever, cameras were granted access to three convents* where the women live and work together alongside nuns during the discernment phase, the process wherein they decide if they want to formally continue on their holy path. In observance of the sacred vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, they leave behind everything they have come to love - boyfriends, family members and all their worldly possessions - to see if they have what it takes to become servants of the church and brides of Christ. See them test their devotion when The Sisterhood premieres Tuesday, November 25, at 10PM ET/PT.
PROPERTY BROTHERS AT HOME, THE (HGTV)
· [series premiere] · 11/26/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from HGTV's press release, September 2014) The Property Brothers at Home is an entertaining new series featuring HGTV's popular twins Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott as they join forces to complete a massive renovation of the Scott family home in Las Vegas, just in time for a family reunion.
WHALE, THE: REVENGE FROM THE DEEP (ANIMAL PLANET)
· [original telefilm] · 11/26/14 at 9:00 PM
(from Animal Planet's press release, November 2013) Multiple award-winner Martin Sheen (The West Wing, The Amazing Spider-Man, Apocalypse Now) will star in THE WHALE, a two-hour film from BBC Factual Productions and Animal Planet. Based on true events, the film tells one of history's greatest stories of survival at sea as Martin Sheen portrays Old Thomas Nickerson, who tells a story of his life as a cabin boy on the ill-fated voyage of the whaling ship the Essex. THE WHALE is written by Terry Cafolla (Holy Cross, Messiah). Filming took place on location in Malta this past spring and wrapped up outside of London last summer. Martin Sheen leads the cast as the elder Nickerson with Jonas Armstrong (Robin Hood, The Street) as First Mate Owen Chase; Adam Rayner (The Hunted) as Captain Pollard; Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones, Stella) as Joy; David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas, War Horse) as Peterson; and Jolyon Coy (The Hollow Crown) as Lawrence. It also stars Jassa Ahluwalisa, John Boyega and Ferdinand Kingsley and introduces Charles Furness as the young Tom Nickerson. The BBC Factual Productions and Animal Planet drama is inspired by Chase and Pollard's real-life accounts of the ship's sinking. These accounts are said to have inspired Herman Melville's Moby Dick. The action-packed narrative follows Nickerson as, against all odds, he comes through the worst that nature throws at him while growing up fast in the process. He faces the destructive force of sea storms, the power of whales, the brutal desolation of the sun and sea after the shipwreck and, finally, the grim realities of dark deeds as his only means of survival. With breath-taking underwater footage and cutting-edge equipment and technology used to create storm scenes, THE WHALE beautifully captures the Essex caught in the treacherous sea storm.
BOOGEYMEN (DA)
· [series premiere] · 11/28/14 at 10:00 PM
CHRISTMAS UNDER WRAPS (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 11/29/14 at 8:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, September 2014) Starring: Candace Cameron Bure; When a driven doctor doesn't get the prestigious position she planned for, she unexpectedly finds herself moving to a remote Alaskan town. While she meets the locals and even starts a new romance, she has to learn to let the life she planned for give way to a love she never could have imagined, and finds this festive small town is hiding one big holiday secret.
GRUMPY CAT'S WORST CHRISTMAS EVER (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 11/29/14 at 8:00 PM
(from Lifetime's press release, September 2014) Grumpy Cat (voiced by Aubrey Plaza) is a lonely cat living in a mall pet shop. Because she never gets chosen by customers, she develops a sour outlook on life... until one day during the holidays, a very special 12-year-old girl named Chyrstal enters the pet store and falls in love with her after realizing she is the only person who can hear this unique cat talk. As the two develop a close friendship during the holiday rush, Grumpy reluctantly thwarts the kidnapping of an exotic dog she dislikes, and on Christmas Eve rescues Chyrstal after the mall closes. Through her adventures, will Grumpy learn the true meaning of Christmas? Or will it be, in her words, the "Worst. Christmas. Ever?"
CHRISTMAS UNDER WRAPS (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 11/30/14 at 8:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, September 2014) Starring: Candace Cameron Bure; When a driven doctor doesn't get the prestigious position she planned for, she unexpectedly finds herself moving to a remote Alaskan town. While she meets the locals and even starts a new romance, she has to learn to let the life she planned for give way to a love she never could have imagined, and finds this festive small town is hiding one big holiday secret.
ONE CHRISTMAS EVE (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 11/30/14 at 9:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, September 2014) Hallmark Channel announces the World Television Premiere of "One Christmas Eve", a Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation starring Emmy nominee Anne Heche, on Sunday, November 30 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 C). "One Christmas Eve" is the first HHOF presentation to premiere on Hallmark Channel since the announcement that the network is the exclusive new home for Hallmark Hall of Fame debuts. In "One Christmas Eve," Anne Heche stars as a recently-divorced mom who wants her two kids' first Christmas "without dad" to be perfect. An entertaining but unfortunate series of Christmas Eve mishaps ensures that won't happen - unless perfect means the family has its most memorable and heartwarming Christmas ever.
ONLY HAPPENS IN… (TRAVEL)
· [series premiere] · 11/30/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 9:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Travel Channel's press release, September 2014) "Only Happens In..." takes viewers on a crazy and visual ride around the globe to discover the places, people and events that are so unique, they can only be experienced side-by-side with the locals. From robot waiters serving dinner in Tokyo to runners competing in a minus-50-degree Ice Marathon on frozen Lake Baikal in Russia, audiences will experience amazing cultures and venture far off the beaten path. "Only Happens In..." is greenlit for four one-hour specials produced by PSG Films & Symply Entertainment.
CHRISTMAS MYSTERY, A (ION)
· [original telefilm] · 11/30/14 at 9:00 PM
(from ION's press release, September 2014) While searching through her late mother's attic, Rebecca uncovers sealed cards from a mysterious suitor that had been addressed to her widowed Mom over the past 12 Christmases. As she begins to wonder the identity of man, Rebecca hires a handsome, yet mysterious, detective, Andrew, to help solve the mystery behind the letters. While working to unravel the family mystery, Rebecca and Andrew begin to fall for one another, but soon learn there's more to the case than either expected.
PETER PAN LIVE! (NBC)
· [original telefilm] · 12/4/14 at 8:00 PM
(from NBC's press release, July 2014) Oscar-winning actor Christopher Walken, one of the most revered talents of his generation and a veteran of film, television and stage, will portray the iconic Captain Hook in NBC's Dec. 4 telecast of "Peter Pan Live!" "We are absolutely delighted that Christopher Walken will be putting his unique stamp on Captain Hook for our holiday musical event 'Peter Pan Live!,'" said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. "He's not only one of the most versatile actors in our business, but his love of musicals and uncanny abilities as a dancer make him perfect for stepping into this classic James M. Barrie character. Get ready to be charmed, amused, frightened and dazzled by Captain Hook in an entirely original way." "We're so happy to reunite with Chris, who starred in our film version of 'Hairspray,'" said "Peter Pan Live!" executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. "The exhilarating thing about doing these live musicals is giving the stage to a thrilling performer like Chris, and seeing his once-in-a-lifetime performance unfold at the same moment the audience is watching at home."
ONE CHILD (SUNDANCE)
· [original mini-series premiere] · 12/5/14 at 9:00 PM
(from SundanceTV's press release, October 2014) SundanceTV will premiere its newest original mini-series "One Child" on December 5th and 6th at 9 PM ET/PT. The four-hour series penned by Guy Hibbert (Complicit, Five Minutes of Heaven) which stars Katie Leung (Harry Potter) and features Emmy(R) nominated actress Elizabeth Perkins ("Weeds") and Donald Sumpter ("Game of Thrones", The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) will air as a two-night special event. "One Child" follows the journey of a Chinese-born young woman adopted by British parents as she struggles in the face of crisis to determine her family loyalties, true identity and the meaning of family. Perkins and Sumpter play Katherine and Jim Ashley, British adoptive parents of Mei (Leung), a first-born Chinese girl. Mei's birth mother calls her back to Guangzhou in desperation, seeking help to save her son who has been wrongly-accused of murder. The journey explores Mei's inner battle as she decides how far she will go to help the woman who gave her away and the brother she's never met.
PIZZA MASTERS (COOKING)
· [series premiere] · 12/5/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from Cooking Channel's press release, October 2014) The boys are back in town, as pizza aficionados Francis Garcia and Sal Basille return to Cooking Channel with Pizza Masters, premiering Friday, December 5th at 9pm ET/6pm PT. Sal and Francis are first cousins, best friends, and together they own some of the most successful pizza shops in New York City. The cousins are always on the search for the best food in town...and not just pizza. Join in the fun as the cousins set off on a culinary adventure over six episodes to find the greatest spots in North America. From mom and pop joints to legendary establishments, these Pizza Masters know good pizza and good food when they find it, and are always up for having a good time along the way.
DEBBIE MACOMBER'S MR. MIRACLE (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 12/6/14 at 8:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, September 2014) Starring: Rob Morrow, Michelle Harrison, Britt Irvin, Sarah-Jane Redmond, Andrew Francis; Heavenly angel Harry Mills is sent to Earth on a trial assignment to intervene in the life of a woman who needs help getting her life on track after the death of her father. With a deadline of Christmas day, he attempts to help her heal in order to embrace a new future, and an unexpected love, just in time to celebrate the miracle of the holiday season.  
ONE CHILD (SUNDANCE)
· [original mini-series finale] · 12/6/14 at 9:00 PM
(from SundanceTV's press release, October 2014) SundanceTV will premiere its newest original mini-series "One Child" on December 5th and 6th at 9 PM ET/PT. The four-hour series penned by Guy Hibbert (Complicit, Five Minutes of Heaven) which stars Katie Leung (Harry Potter) and features Emmy(R) nominated actress Elizabeth Perkins ("Weeds") and Donald Sumpter ("Game of Thrones", The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) will air as a two-night special event. "One Child" follows the journey of a Chinese-born young woman adopted by British parents as she struggles in the face of crisis to determine her family loyalties, true identity and the meaning of family. Perkins and Sumpter play Katherine and Jim Ashley, British adoptive parents of Mei (Leung), a first-born Chinese girl. Mei's birth mother calls her back to Guangzhou in desperation, seeking help to save her son who has been wrongly-accused of murder. The journey explores Mei's inner battle as she decides how far she will go to help the woman who gave her away and the brother she's never met.
WALLY LAMB'S WISHIN' & HOPIN' (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 12/6/14 at 9:00 PM
(from Lifetime's press release, September 2014) Based on the New York Times best-selling Christmas novel by Wally Lamb comes the new Christmas classic, starring Molly Ringwald and featuring Chevy Chase as the narrator. Set in the 1960s, Wishin' and Hopin' is the story of 10-year-old Felix Funicello (Wyatt Ralff, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby), who is doing his best to navigate fifth grade at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School. His father (Danny Nucci, The Fosters) runs the local diner, and their family's claim to fame is their cousin, Annette Funicello (Krysta Rodriguez, Smash), the famous teen star and Mouseketeer. With the dreaded Christmas pageant on the horizon, the holiday season gets even more exciting with the sudden arrivals of a substitute teacher (Ringwald) and a feisty Russian student, Zhenya, and promises to be one Christmas Felix will never forget. Also stars Meat Loaf (Fight Club), Annabella Sciorra (CSI), Cheri Oteri (Saturday Night Live), Conchata Ferrell (Two and a Half Men) and Camila Banus (Days of Our Lives).
CHRISTMAS AT CARTWRIGHT'S (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 12/7/14 at 8:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, September 2014) Starring: Alicia Witt, Wallace Shawn; With Christmas approaching, a struggling single mom finds herself working as a department store Santa Claus, as a real-life angel delivers good fortune and the possibility of holiday romance.
RED TENT, THE (LIFETIME)
· [original mini-series premiere] · 12/7/14 at 9:00 PM
(from Lifetime's press release, September 2014) Lifetime's miniseries The Red Tent, based on the best-selling novel by Anita Diamant, premieres December 7 and December 8 at 9pm ET/PT. The Red Tent is a sweeping tale that takes place during the times of the Old Testament, told through the eyes of Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob. Airing over two nights, the all-star cast includes Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Minnie Driver (Return to Zero, About a Boy), Emmy nominee Morena Baccarin (Homeland), Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen), Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), Will Tudor (Game of Thrones) and Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment). The miniseries begins with Dinah's (Ferguson) happy childhood spent inside the red tent where the women of her tribe gather and share the traditions and turmoil of ancient womanhood. The film recounts the story of Dinah's mothers Leah (Driver), Rachel (Baccarin), Zilpah and Bilhah, the four wives of Jacob (Glen). Dinah matures and experiences an intense love that subsequently leads to a devastating loss, and the fate of her family is forever changed. Winger portrays Rebecca, Jacob's mother while Tudor stars as Joseph, Dinah's brother.
MERRY EX-MAS (ION)
· [original telefilm] · 12/7/14 at 9:00 PM
(from ION's press release, September 2014) When misleading photos are published of security company chief Jessie Rogers purportedly caught in a love nest with his rock star client, his humiliated wife, Noëlle, throws him out of the house and swiftly files for divorce. Unable to convince her of his innocence, Jessie fights in vain to win Noëlle back. A year later at the family ski cabin, a Christmastime blizzard snowbounds Jessie, his daughter, ex-mother-in-law, Noëlle and her wealthy suitor, Flynn, who is plotting a surprise wedding.
LIBRARIANS, THE (TNT)
· [series premiere] · 12/7/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from TNT's press release, April 2014) TNT is returning to the world of its hit movie franchise The Librarian with a brand new series from Electric Entertainment and executive producers Dean Devlin, John Rogers and Marc Roskin. Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, TNT's King & Maxwell) is set to lead the cast of the new series, which is entitled The Librarians. Noah Wyle (Falling Skies, ER) will executive-produce and play a recurring role in the series, reprising his role as Flynn Carsen from TNT's movie trilogy. Christian Kane (TNT's Leverage, Angel), Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead, The Philanthropist) and John Kim (Neighbors, The Pacific) are set to round out the cast as the newest protectors of the world's mystical treasures, with Emmy(R) winner John Larroquette (Night Court, Deception) slated to play their reluctant caretaker. Also appearing from the movie trilogy will be Emmy winners Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory, The Bob Newhart Show) and Jane Curtin (Kate & Allie, 3rd Rock from the Sun). And Matt Frewer (Max Headroom, TNT's Falling Skies) is set to play a recurring role. TNT has ordered 10 episodes of The Librarians, with plans to launch the series in late 2014.
CHRISTMAS SECRET, THE (HMC)
· [original telefilm] · 12/7/14 at 9:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, September 2014) 'THE CHRISTMAS SECRET,' World Premiere Sunday, December 7, 9p.m. ET/PT, 8C, stars Bethany Joy Lenz and John Reardon and based on the bestselling novel The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLierre, the film follows a struggling single mom's search for a lost family heirloom that she hopes will help her find love and good fortune in time for Christmas.
RED TENT, THE (LIFETIME)
· [original mini-series finale] · 12/8/14 at 9:00 PM
(from Lifetime's press release, September 2014) Lifetime's miniseries The Red Tent, based on the best-selling novel by Anita Diamant, premieres December 7 and December 8 at 9pm ET/PT. The Red Tent is a sweeping tale that takes place during the times of the Old Testament, told through the eyes of Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob. Airing over two nights, the all-star cast includes Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Minnie Driver (Return to Zero, About a Boy), Emmy nominee Morena Baccarin (Homeland), Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen), Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), Will Tudor (Game of Thrones) and Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment). The miniseries begins with Dinah's (Ferguson) happy childhood spent inside the red tent where the women of her tribe gather and share the traditions and turmoil of ancient womanhood. The film recounts the story of Dinah's mothers Leah (Driver), Rachel (Baccarin), Zilpah and Bilhah, the four wives of Jacob (Glen). Dinah matures and experiences an intense love that subsequently leads to a devastating loss, and the fate of her family is forever changed. Winger portrays Rebecca, Jacob's mother while Tudor stars as Joseph, Dinah's brother.
MARCO POLO (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 12/12/14 at 12:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 12:01 PM-1:00 PM EST
(from Netflix's press release, August 2014) The highly anticipated Netflix original series "Marco Polo" will premiere at 12:01am PT on December 12, 2014 in all territories where Netflix is available. In a world replete with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry, "Marco Polo" is based on the famed explorer's adventures in Kublai Khan's court in 13th century China. The show stars Italian newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy as 'Marco.' Best known for her role in The Wachowski's "Cloud Atlas," the Beijing-born Zhu Zhu plays Marco's love interest 'Kokachin.' Joan Chen ("Twin Peaks") and Benedict Wong ("Prometheus") also star in the show's eclectic global cast as Empress Chabi and Kublai Khan. Rounding out "Marco Polo's" global cast of characters will be Remy Hii as 'Prince Jingim,' Olivia Cheng as 'Mei Lin,' Claudia Kim as 'Khutulun," Uli Latukefu as 'Byamba,' Chin Han as 'Jia Sidao,' and Tom Wu as 'Hundred Eyes.'
BEST CHRISTMAS PARTY EVER (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 12/13/14 at 8:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, September 2014) Starring: Torrey DeVitto, Steve Lund, Linda Thorson and Harmon Walsh; With the holidays approaching, a young party planner arranges a special Christmas party for a New York toy store. When a powerful corporation threatens to shut her down, she decides to follow her heart, moving forward with the party plans and finding true love in time for Christmas.
SANTA CON, THE (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 12/13/14 at 9:00 PM
(from Lifetime's press release, September 2014) Small-time con man Nick DeMarco (Barry Watson, Hart of Dixie) is ordered by his parole officer to take a minimum-wage job as a department store Santa during the holidays... and he hates it. Near the end of his first shift, he hastily promises a young boy, Billy (Tucker Meeks), that Santa will bring his estranged parents back together by Christmas. When his sister Rosemary (Melissa Joan Hart, Melissa and Joey) hears this, she is livid and can't believe he would break a little boy's heart with an empty promise. After a long night of soul searching - and with the help of an insightful female pastor (Wendy Williams) - Nick decides to make good on his promise to the child, somehow. But after meeting the boy's mother Carol (Melissa Sagemiller, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), will Nick ultimately choose to put the happiness of others ahead of his own? Jaleel White (Family Matters), Scott Grimes (Party of Five) and John Ratzenberger (Cheers) also star. Hart also directs this film.
CHRISTMAS KISS II, A (ION)
· [original telefilm] · 12/13/14 at 9:00 PM
(from ION's press release, September 2014) At a Christmastime event, Jenna shares an impromptu, unforgettable kiss under the mistletoe with the dashing Cooper Montgomery, a billionaire playboy who recently returned to the city. Although she doesn't know him, Cooper learns that Jenna works for Cooper's sister at the designer fashion house founded by their dad. Fearful of getting hurt in another relationship, Jenna vows to resist Cooper's charms and feigns a romance with her heartbroken next door neighbor. As the two begin spending more time together, Jenna realizes that Cooper's affection is real, but still worries that he won't be able to shed his former ways.
CHRISTMAS PARADE, THE (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 12/14/14 at 8:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, September 2014) Starring: AnnaLynne McCord, Jefferson Brown, Drew Scott; A popular network morning host finds herself humiliated on the air by her fiancé and disappears to a small town. While there, she helps a budding artist save a community art center for the town's kids, by helping them with their float for the annual Christmas Parade. 
PERFECT CHRISTMAS LIST, A (ION)
· [original telefilm] · 12/14/14 at 9:00 PM
(from ION's press release, September 2014) Just two weeks before Christmas, Sara Smith gets a call from home about her grandmother Evie, who has been sent to the hospital. Having always been close, the health scare is enough to get Sara to do the unthinkable... come home for Christmas. While Sara plans to get a hotel room for her stay, her mother won't allow it. Sara eventually relents, but it's clear that time has not repaired their relationship, and her mother returns to her overbearing ways. With her handsome doctor's approval, the convalescing Evie conjures up a curious challenge. As a "last wish," she tasks her daughter and granddaughter with list of festive accomplishments to do together before Christmas, hoping that the adventure of the experience will repair their relationship. Along the way, Sara discovers an unlisted Christmas adventure with Evie's physician.
ASCENSION (SYFY)
· [series premiere] · 12/15/14 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · weeknights from 9:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Syfy's press release, October 2014) Created and written by executive producer and showrunner Philip Levens ("Smallville"), "Ascension" is an ambitious original drama following a covert U.S. space mission launched in the 1960's that sent hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Half way into their journey, as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship's population to question the true nature of their mission. The series stars Brandon P. Bell ("Hollywood Heights") as the confident and capable First Officer Aaron Gault, Brian Van Holt ("Cougar Town," "The Bridge") as the eponymous ship's Captain William Denninger, and Tricia Helfer ("Battlestar Galactica") as Viondra Denninger, the captain's beautiful, manipulative and dangerous wife (who also serves as the ship's Chief Steward). Joining Bell, Van Holt and Helfer are Tiffany Lonsdale as Chief Astronomer Emily Vanderhaus, Andrea Roth as the ship's head doctor Juliet Bryce, Jacqueline Byers as her daughter, Nora Bryce, and P.J. Boudousqué as Nora's love interest, James Toback.
BACK TO CHRISTMAS (ION)
· [original telefilm] · 12/20/14 at 9:00 PM
(from ION's press release, September 2014) Saddened about spending another Christmas alone, Ali meets Ginny, a quirky and spunky woman, at a diner on Christmas Eve. Ali tells Ginny that she was to be married on New Year's Eve last year, but over the course of the holidays she and her fiancé unexpectedly split. When Ali explains that she would do everything differently if she could go back in time, Ginny tells her that "sometimes people do get second chances." The following morning, Ali wakes up to find herself transported back to that Christmas before her planned wedding. While she sets out to avoid the mistakes of her past, she learns that changing the course of history is no easy task.
POLKA KINGS (REELZ)
· [series premiere] · 1/6/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Reelz's press release, July 2014) Reelz also set the premiere date for its new original reality series Polka Kings (working title) as Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Polka Kings shows the incredible journey The Chardon Polka Band embarks upon as they try to survive each other and keep their personal and professional lives from derailing their quest for stardom. The group is always finding themselves in crazy situations ranging from private parties in nursing homes, Ukrainian summer camps to the Duct Tape Festival in Avon, Ohio. Each week Polka Kings follows the dynamic group's attempts to break through and achieve mainstream status and their ultimate goal of headlining their dream event: Oktoberfest in Germany. Polka Kings is produced by High Noon Entertainment with Jim Berger, Scott Feeley, Patrick Jager and Ross McCall serving as Executive Producers.
YOUNGER (TV LAND)
· [series premiere] · 1/13/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
(from TV Land's press release, April 2014) TV Land has picked up "Younger," which is written, executive produced and directed by Darren Star ("Sex and the City"), to series with a 12-episode order, it was announced today by Larry W. Jones, President of TV Land. The 30-minute single-camera comedy stars Tony(R) Award-winning Sutton Foster ("Bunheads"), Hilary Duff ("Lizzie McGuire"), Debi Mazar ("Entourage") and Miriam Shor ("GCB") and will premiere fall 2014 on the network. The series will shoot in New York - a first for TV Land. "Younger" follows 40-year old Liza (Foster), a suddenly single mother who tries to get back into the working world, only to find it's nearly impossible to start at the bottom at her age. When a chance encounter with a young guy at a bar convinces her she looks younger than she is, Liza tries to pass herself off as 26 - with the help of a makeover, courtesy of her best friend Maggie (Mazar). Armed with new confidence, she lands a job as an assistant to the temperamental Diana (Shor) and teams up with her new co-worker and 20-something Kelsey (Duff) to make it in the career of her dreams. Now she just has to make sure no one finds out the secret only she and Maggie share.
12 MONKEYS (SYFY)
· [series premiere] · 1/16/15 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from Syfy's press release, October 2014) Syfy's anticipated adventure thriller 12 Monkeys will make its series premiere on Friday, January 16 at 9pm ET/PT. Inspired by the classic blockbuster film, which commemorates its 20th anniversary next year, 12 Monkeys explores the provocative story of a time traveler from a decimated future in a high-stakes race against the clock. Utilizing a dangerous and untested method of time travel, he journeys from 2043 to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race. The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions in association with Atlas Entertainment, producer of the original theatrical film. 12 Monkeys stars Aaron Stanford (as time-traveler Cole), Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly), Kirk Acevedo (Ramse), Barbara Sukowa (Jones) and Noah Bean (Aaron Marker). Additional key recurring roles include Tom Noonan (Damages, Hell on Wheels) as a mysterious villain and Emily Hampshire (Rookie Blue) as mental patient Jennifer Goines.
BIZARRE FOODS: DELICIOUS DESTINATIONS (TRAVEL)
· [series premiere] · 1/26/15 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 9:00 PM-9:30 PM EST
(from Travel Channel's press release, October 2014) "Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations," premiering on Monday, January 26 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, is an extension of the long-running and popular "Bizarre Foods" franchise. "Bizarre Foods: "Delicious Destinations," hosted by renowned chef and culinary explorer Andrew Zimmern, is a travel series that digs into the not-to-be-missed unique & exotic foods that define a location. Every traveler wants to try a crepe in Paris, gelato in Florence, fish 'n' chips in London or a Po' Boy in New Orleans. But how many really know how these foods were invented, where they came from, how they are made, and the right way to eat them; and finally, who makes the best ones? "Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations" is greenlit for 13 half-hour episodes produced by Tremendous Entertainment.
STREET ART THROWDOWN (OXYGEN)
· [series premiere] · 2/3/15 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from Oxygen's press release, October 2014) Oxygen Media dares to be different as it brings art to life with its groundbreaking, adrenaline-charged competition series "Street Art Throwdown," premiering Tuesday, February 3 at 9 PM ET/PT. World-renowned street artist Justin BUA serves as host, co-judge and executive producer on the show, which pits 10 of the country's most promising artists against one another. The series tests not only their physical stamina, but also pushes their artistic skills to the limit in hopes of jumpstarting their career with a $100,000 grand prize. "Street Art Throwdown" is shot at some of the most iconic Los Angeles locations as young, passionate hopefuls strive to bring their vision to life and showcase their work to the world. Furiously scaling walls, climbing fences and navigating underground tunnels, these artists must have the talent, style and hustle to battle it out to the end. "Street Art Throwdown" is part of Oxygen's rebrand, launching on Tuesday, October 7th with the network's new look and tagline, very real, targeting young, modern women.
ALLEGIANCE (NBC)
· [series premiere] · 2/5/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from NBC's press release, May 2014) Alex O'Connor (Gavin Stenhouse, "Person of Interest"), a young idealistic CIA analyst specializing in Russian affairs, learns a shocking secret and his close-knit, affluent family is about to be split apart when its revealed that his parents, Mark (Scott Cohen, "Necessary Roughness") and Katya (Hope Davis, "The Newsroom," "In Treatment") are covert Russian spies deactivated decades ago. But today the Kremlin has re-enlisted them into service as they plan a terrorist operation inside the U.S. border that will bring America to its knees. Years ago, Russian-born Katya was tasked by the KGB to recruit American businessman Mark O'Connor as a spy -- and the two fell in love. A deal was struck: As long as Katya remained an asset for Russia, and it was agreed that her services could be called on in the future, she would be allowed to marry Mark and move to America. After years in America building a happy life and without word from Moscow, they thought they had escaped. Now it seems that the new Mother Russia has one more mission - turning Alex into a spy. For these anguished parents, the choice is clear: Betray their country or risk their family.
DIG (USA)
· [series premiere] · 3/5/15 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from USA's press release, October 2014) USA Network has ordered four additional episodes of the highly anticipated event series DIG, bringing the series to a total of 10 episodes. Additionally, the network announced that the thriller will premiere on Thursday, March 5. DIG is executive produced by powerhouse auspices Tim Kring ("Heroes") and Gideon Raff ("Homeland"), and comes from Universal Cable Productions. The pilot was shot in Israel, and subsequent episodes are being shot in Croatia and New Mexico. An action thriller, DIG tells the story of a murder mystery set against the backdrop of modern day Jerusalem, a city shrouded in ancient intrigue. FBI agent Peter Connelly (Golden Globe nominee Jason Isaacs, "Awake") has had his fair share of heartbreak. Anxious to leave his personal demons behind, Peter takes a job stationed in Israel under the guidance of his new boss, and occasional lover, Lynn Monahan (Emmy Award-winner Anne Heche, "Save Me"). When he sets out to solve the murder of a young American, Peter soon finds himself embroiled in an international mystery that delves into the Holy Land's darkest secrets. What he discovers is a conspiracy thousands of years in-the -making that threatens to change the course of history. While Peter races to figure out what it all means, he quickly finds that he may not be the only one searching for answers.
AD: AFTER THE BIBLE (NBC)
· [original mini-series premiere] · 4/5/15 at 9:00 PM
(from NBC's press release, May 2014) In the follow-up to the eye-opening success of "The Bible" miniseries on History, the 12-hour miniseries "A.D." - from producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey - will look at the lives that were instantly altered following the death of Christ. His disciples, mother Mary and key political religious leaders at the time saw their world turned upside down and their lives forever altered. Beginning at that fateful moment of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, part two of the greatest story ever told will focus on the disciples who had to go forward and disseminate the teachings of Christ to a world dominated by political unrest and the start of a whole new religion that would dramatically reshape the history of the world.
TEXAS RISING (HISTORY)
· [original mini-series premiere] · 5/25/15 at 9:00 PM
(from History's press release, August 2014) HISTORY's eight-hour television event series TEXAS RISING will premiere Memorial Day 2015, it was announced today by Dirk Hoogstra, Executive Vice President and General Manager, HISTORY & H2. The series will detail the Texas Revolution and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. TEXAS RISING is produced by A+E Studios and ITV Studios America in association with Thinkfactory Media for HISTORY. Leslie Greif (HATFIELDS & MCCOYS) is executive producer. Two-time Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffé (THE KILLING FIELDS, THE MISSION) is directing with an all-star cast including: Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Crispin Glover, Rhys Coiro, Jeremy Davies, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Christopher McDonald, Max Thieriot, Chad Michael Murray, Robert Knepper, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow and Kris Kristofferson. In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth. Crushed from the outside by Mexican armadas and attacked from within by ferocious Comanche tribes - no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the cruel rule of the Mexican General Santa Anna. The heroic General Sam Houston, the rag tag Rangers and the legendary "Yellow Rose of Texas," lead this story of the human will to win against insurmountable odds. At the end, the Texas flags stood tall and victorious, claiming a piece of history for all eternity.