Airing On UPTv Is Merry Christmas, Baby with Malinda Williams, Victoria Rowell

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Airing On UPTv Is Merry Christmas, Baby with Malinda Williams, Victoria Rowell
Posted by Wilson Morales

November 13, 2016


Airing tonight at 7pm is the UP Original Movie Merry Christmas, Baby, a romantic comedy starring Malinda Williams, Victoria Rowell and Karon Riley.

Merry Christmas, Baby is the fourth installment in UP’s highly successful Marry Me for Christmas movie franchise and will premiere in fourth quarter as part of the network’s “Everything You Love About Christmas” annual Christmas programming slate.

The film reunites the ensemble cast which includes GregAlan Williams, Chrystale Wilson and DeEtta West. Merry Christmas, Baby is produced by Atlanta-based Swirl Films from a script by Rhonda F. Baraka (UP’s Marry Me for Christmas, A Baby for Christmas). F. Baraka is also directing.


In Merry Christmas, Baby, the Chandler family finds themselves in new and interesting places this holiday season. Marci (Malinda Williams) and her Aunt Elizabeth (Chrystale Wilson) have quit their well-paying jobs and formed an event planning business that is off to a rocky start. Elizabeth is missing having money for her personal luxuries like expensive manicures and pedicures, and Marci wants her daughter Chandler’s first Christmas and first birthday to be a huge celebration, but is quickly realizing she may not be able to afford it. They are extremely relieved when a big event job comes their way only to find out that the person hiring them is Marci’s nemesis, Adam Reid (Brad James, “For Better or Worse”).


Stephanie (Victoria Rowell), missing her boyfriend who is out of the country doing mission work, is feeling bored, lonely and unneeded. She starts to help her son-in-law Blair (Karon Riley), who is struggling in his solo law practice, and finds that she is a huge organizational help to him. Meanwhile, Myra (DeEtta West) and Donald (GregAlan Williams) are heartbroken that their daughter and her family are not able to come home for the holidays and decide to make a major life change.

UP’s Marry Me for Christmas franchise includes Marry Me for Christmas, Marry US for Christmas and A Baby for Christmas, all of which set premiere ratings milestones for the network. The three premieres ranked in top 10 for the time period among all cable networks with African-American demos.

UP presents Merry Christmas, Baby, a Swirl Films production. Starring Malinda Williams, Victoria Rowell, Karon Riley, GregAlan Williams, Chrystale Wilson and DeEtta West. Directed by Rhonda F. Baraka. Produced by Eric Tomosunas and James Seppelfrick. Written by Rhonda F. Baraka. Director of Photography is Keith L. Smith with Keith Neal and David Eubanks serving as producers.

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