It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as TV One celebrates the holidays with a programming slate of original movies, specials and marathons to bring in the holiday cheer. Kicking off the holiday season is the premiere of The Best of Gospel Superfest Holiday, on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. ET. The praise-packed concert is followed by the world premieres of , independent movies Miss Me This Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 7 pm ET and You Can’t Fight Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. ET.
Next, TV One will host a movie marathon on Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 23, starting at9:30 a.m. ET. Features include A Royal Family Holiday, A Royal Family Christmas, Downsized, Hear No Evil and the TV One premiere of Jumping the Broom. Additionally, on Thanksgiving Weekend, Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25, TV One will run a marathon of family favorites. The lineup includes Unsung: Hollywood, A Different World, The Cosby Show and Good Times. The holiday weekend will conclude on Sunday, Nov. 26 with a marathon of The Jeffersons, The Best of Gospel Superfest Holiday and a slate of TV One original Christmas movies. Titles include A Royal Family Holiday, A Royal Family Christmas, Second Chance Christmas, Merry Ex-Mas and The Christmas Swap.
An Overview of TV One’s Holiday Programming:
The Best of Gospel Superfest Holiday
Premiere: Sunday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. ET; 9 p.m. ET
Encores: Sunday, Nov. 26 at 11 a.m. ET
Hosted by Wendy Raquel Robinson, The Best of Gospel Superfest Holiday is a two-hour explosion of soul-stirring gospel music recorded live in Atlanta. This special features Joshua’s Troop, Benjamin Cone and Worship, Regina Belle, Chicago Mass Choir, Dorinda Clark Cole, Beverly Crawford, Tramaine Hawkins, James Jackson and Atlanta Praise, Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music, William Murphy, Dottie Peoples, Megan Piphus, Ernest Pugh, The Wardlaw Brothers, Anita Wilson andDeWayne Woods.
NEW ORIGINAL MOVIES
Miss Me This Christmas
Premiere: Sunday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. ET
Encores: Sunday, Dec. 3 at 9 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. ET and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. ET
Miss Me This Christmas, starring Erica Ash (Jean of the Joneses, Survivor’s Remorse), Redaric Williams (The Quad, Young and the Restless), Eva Marcille (Real Housewives of Atlanta, America’s Next Top Model), Allen Maldonado (Black-ish, Ringside) and Nathan Davis Jr. (Detroit), is the story of “perfect couple” Regina (Ash) and Franklin (Williams). The pair celebrated a fairytale Christmas wedding three years ago and seemed to have it all. Yet, now their marriage is on the rocks after lies and questioned fidelity come into play. The couple separates and the divorce is set to be finalized on their three-year anniversary. Franklin still loves Regina, but fears he’ll never win her back. Fortunately, there may be a happy ending after all. And just in time for Christmas.
You Can’t Fight Christmas
Premiere: Sunday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. ET
Encores: Sunday, Dec. 10 at 9 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. ET and Sunday, Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. ET
Christmas at the Chesterton Hotel has been a time-honored community tradition for decades, and event designer Leslie Major (Brely Evans, Being Mary Jane) takes great pride in making the hotel a beautiful holiday wonderland for all the guests to enjoy. However, Leslie fears that the Christmas magic will be lost forever when Edmund James (Andra Fuller, Here We Go Again), the grandson of the owner, and his partner Millicent Williams (Persia White, Girlfriends) decide the hotel needs a corporate make-over.
You Can’t Fight Christmas also stars Erica Ash (Survivor’s Remorse), Marla Gibbs(American Horror Story, 227), Travis Winfrey (Single Ladies) and Porsche Coleman(Hollywood Today Live).
TV One Thanksgiving Day Feast Marathon
Airs: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23 starting at 9:30 a.m. ET
6 a.m.: Thanksgiving episodes of classic sitcoms
9:30 a.m.: Soul Food Junkies
11 a.m.: A Royal Family Holiday
1 p.m.: A Royal Family Christmas
3 p.m.: Hear No Evil
5 p.m.: Downsized
7 p.m.: Jumping the Broom
9 p.m.: Jumping the Broom (rebroadcast)
11 p.m.: A Royal Family Holiday
1 a.m.: A Royal Family Christmas
Unsung: Hollywood Marathon
Airs: Friday, Nov. 24 starting at 6 a.m. ET
6 a.m.: What’s Happening
7 a.m.: Bill Bellamy
8 a.m.: Jasmine Guy
9 a.m.: A Different World
Airs: Saturday, Nov. 25 starting at 6 a.m. ET
6 a.m.: New York Undercover
7 a.m. A Different World
8 a.m. Baby Boy
9 a.m. Ice T
10 a.m. Tupac Shakur
A Different World Marathon
Airs: Friday, Nov. 24 starting at 10 a.m. ET until 6 p.m. ET
The Cosby Show Marathon
Airs: Friday, Nov. 24 starting at 6 p.m. ET until 2 a.m. ET
Airs: Saturday, Nov. 25 starting at 11 a.m. ET until 6 p.m. ET
Good Times Marathon
Airs: Saturday, Nov. 25 starting at 6 p.m. ET until 2 a.m. ET
The Jeffersons Marathon
Airs: Sunday, Nov. 25 starting at 2 a.m. ET until 4 a.m. ET and again from 6 a.m. ET until 10 a.m. ET
Thanksgiving Sunday Movie Marathon
Airs: Sunday, Nov. 26 starting at 1 p.m. ET
1 p.m.: A Royal Family Holiday
3 p.m.: A Royal Family Christmas
5 p.m.: Second Chance Christmas
7 p.m.: Merry Ex-Mas
9 p.m.: The Christmas Swap
11 p.m.: A Royal Family Holiday
TV One Holiday Movie Marathon
Airs: Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET:: Christmas episodes of classic sitcoms and runs through Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25
6 p.m.: Merry Ex-Mas
8 p.m.: Miss Me This Christmas
10 p.m.: You Can’t Fight Christmas
12 a.m.: The Christmas Swap
2 a.m.: A Royal Family Christmas
4 a.m.: Merry Ex-Mas
6 a.m.: A Christmas Blessing
8 a.m.: Second Chance Christmas
10 a.m.: You Can’t Fight Christmas
12 p.m.: Miss Me This Christmas
2 p.m.: A Royal Family Christmas
4 p.m.: Merry Ex-Mas
6 p.m.: The Christmas Swap
8 p.m.: You Can’t Fight Christmas
10 p.m.: Miss Me This Christmas
12 a.m.: A Christmas Blessing
2 a.m.: Second Chance Christmas
(Holiday Movie Descriptions)
A Royal Family Holiday
Royalty in name and mind only, the Royal family led by patriarch Leighton Royal (Richard Lawson) and matriarch Alfreda Royal (Debbi Morgan) fake their break-up in order to lure their overly-busy children home for Thanksgiving. Surprises and challenges ensue, including drama with Alfreda’s envious sister Mona Levi (Vivica A. Fox); the revelation of a deep, dark family secret involving Alfreda’s former acquaintance Chivonne Price (Tichina Arnold); and dealings with Leighton’s super-loud, outspoken cousin Nelson Royal (Ricky Harris). Unfortunately, Leighton and Alfreda both play their roles too well as old wounds are re-opened and their carefully planned reunion leads to chaos – and a potentially real break-up. Romeo Miller (Brotherly Love, Madea’s Witness Protection), Eric Myrick III (At Sunrise), Chelsea Tavares (Fright Night) and Tequilla Whitfield (Magic Mike XXL) also star as the Royal family children.
A Royal Family Christmas
In the sequel to A Royal Family Holiday, the children Phillip “Flip” Royal (Romeo Miller), a good-looking spiritual guru; Austin Royal (Eric Myrick III) a Washington, D.C. community activist running for Congress; Kelsey Royal (Chelsea Tavares) a fashion designer’s gopher; and Pamela Royal (Tequilla Whitfield) a hair and nail salon owner join forces to attempt to reunite their parents in time for Christmas. They try every trick in the book – including “playing nice” and setting aside old sibling rivalries – only to learn their mom and dad are enjoying “the single life.” Their plan also goes awry as getting their parents back together ends up taking a back seat to their own personal and professional drama. Vivica A. Fox (6 Ways to Die, Independence Day), Debbi Morgan (Power, All My Children), Richard Lawson (Real Husbands of Hollywood, All My Children), Tichina Arnold (Survivor’s Remorse, Everybody Hates Chris, Martin) and Ricky Harris (Bones, Everybody Hates Chris) also star in the film.
Second Chance Christmas
In the film, Maisie (Robinne Lee, Being Mary Jane) and her 13-year-old son Lawrence (Michael Rainey, Jr., Power) form a small, yet tight-knit family unit. Lawrence knows his mother doesn’t have the easiest life as a single mother, but it makes him happy simply to know that she is there for him. His prayers for his mother to find happiness are answered when Malcolm (McKinley Freeman, Hit The Floor) marries Maisie. Yet ironically, Lawrence is indifferent to Malcolm and is certainly not afraid to wear his feelings on his sleeve. However, when a tragic car accident takes Maisie’s life, Lawrence and Malcolm must learn to lean on one other and get by with an important piece of their lives missing. Kandi Burruss (The Real Housewives of Atlanta) and Durrell “Tank” Babbs (Born Again Virgin)also star.
Merry Ex-Mas follows the story of mild-mannered single mother, Katrina Jackson (Angel Conwell), and A.D.D. sufferer, DeMarco Gamble (London Brown). The two share co-parenting duties, raising their daughter in separate locations. When DeMarco falls in love with another woman, Vilisa Whitaker (Faune Watkins) and plans a Christmas wedding, Katrina sets a diabolical plan in motion to ruin their fairytale wedding. Sean Patrick Thomas (Save the Last Dance), Clifton Powell (Ray) and Jason Weaver (Drumline) round out the cast.
The Christmas Swap
Actor Dondre T. Whitfield stars in The Christmas Swap, where a down-on-his-luck single father (Whitfield) questions his decision to give up his dreams to take care of his ailing mother. A Christmas miracle gives him a glimpse of what his life would have been like if he’d made a different choice. The ensemble cast includes Christian Keyes (Saints & Sinners), Tracey Heggins, Stella Doyle, Diallo Thompson, Delpaneaux Wills, and Chris Whitley.
ATTENTION RADIO HOSTS/BOOKERS RADIO INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY:
CAST MEMBERS FROM
TV ONE’S UPCOMING CHRISTMAS FILMS
MISS ME THIS CHRISTMAS AND YOU CAN’T FIGHT CHRISTMAS
AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS
WHAT: Radio interviews with Brély Evans, Eva Marcille, Allen Maldonado, Andra Fuller and Redaric Williams from TV One’s upcoming Christmas films Miss Me This Christmasand You Can’t Fight Christmas.