Holiday Movie Premieres On TV Featuring Black TalentPosted by Wilson Morales
November 24, 2018
There are a number of holiday films appearing on TV featuring a slew of Black talent. Here’s a roundup of some of the films that will be airing on TV starting today.
Every Day Is Christmas On Lifetime
November 24th at 8pm EST/PST
Starring Toni Braxton, Gloria Reuben, Towanda Braxton & Michael Jai White
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. Every Day is Christmas is produced by Lighthouse Pictures and Double DD productions. Kevin Leslie is producer. Toni Braxton, Craig Baumgarten, Kenneth Crear, Shawn Williamson, Jamie Goehring, and Jonathan Shore executive produce. David Weaver directs from a script by Karen Schaler.
Christmas Everlasting on Hallmark
November 24th at 8pm EST/PST
Starring: Tatyana Ali, Dondre T. Whitfield, Dennis Haysbert and Patti LaBelle
Christmas is fast approaching and years of long workdays employed at New York’s top corporate law firm are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey (Ali) will be made partner after the New Year. However, when Alice, her older sister with special needs, unexpectedly passes away, Lucy returns back to Nilson’s Bay, Wis., to attend the funeral and handle her estate. While Lucy dreads returning to her childhood home, she also feels real sorrow that she was too busy to take her sister’s last call. Once back in Nilson’s Bay, Lucy meets Peter (Whitfield), her old high school sweetheart and Alice’s former attorney, who informs her of the terms of Alice’s eccentric will that states in order for Lucy to inherit the family home, she must live there for 30 days through the holidays.
Jingle Belle On Lifetime
November 25th at 8pm EST/PST
Starring Tatyana Ali, Cornelius Smith Jr., Loretta Devine, Valarie Pettiford, Obba Babatunde, Keshia Knight Pulliam & Tempestt Bledsoe
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? Jingle Belle is produced by Hybrid, LLC.
A Stone Cold Christmas On Bounce TV
November 25th at 8pm EST/PST
Starring Demetria McKinney, Andra Fuller and Fred Williamson.
A funny twist on the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.A Stone Cold Christmas stars Demetria McKinney (Saints & Sinners, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne) as Mia Stone, a shrewd businesswoman and a dreadful boss, who is more concerned about money than family and friends. When Mia finds herself face-to-face with the love of her life, she is forced to deal with past decisions if she has any chance of a future. Rounding out the cast are Andra Fuller (True to the Game, Black Jesus), Fred Williamson (M*A*S*H, Hell Up in Harlem), Brittany Perry Russell (13 Reasons Why, Grey’s Anatomy) and Lochlyn Munro(Scream, White Chicks). A Stone Cold Christmas will air throughout the holiday season.
The Truth About Christmas On Freeform
November 25th at 9pm EST/PST
Starring Kali Hawk, Damon Dayoub and Ali Ghandour
Written by Kelly Bowe (Monte Carlo),The Truth About Christmas centers on Jillian (Hawk), a successful political consultant, confident in her ability to put a spin on anything whose next big project is the upcoming mayoral campaign for her boyfriend, George (Dayoub). On the way to meet George’s family for the first time during the holidays, an unusual confrontation with a toy store Santa results in a drastic change in Jillian where she can’t stop herself from wildly spilling the truth. Ghandour co-stars as George’s brother Blake, who believes you should always be true to yourself but thinks Jillian just might be losing it. Jillian must find a way to make it stop before her holidays, her job and her relationship are ruined.
The Christmas Pact On Lifetime
December 2nd at 8pm EST/PST
Starring 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! The Christmas Pact is produced by Annuit Coeptis Entertainment. Executive Producer Timothy O.Johnson, Marita Grabniak directs from a script written by Damon Hill and Blaine Chiappetta
Merry Wishmas on TV One
December 2 at 7 p.m.
Starring Tamela Mann, David Mann, Kim Fields, Towanda Braxton, Chrystale Wilson and Elizabeth Omilami
Merry Wishmas revolves around successful businesswoman Kenni (Tamela Mann) who hasn’t returned home to the quaint town of Columbia, South Carolina in years. She’s hoping for a peaceful visit when she finally returns home, but unresolved family issues threaten to make the Christmas holiday not so bright. She’s reacquainted with Jessie (David Mann), an old high school friend with a fledgling wellness facility – the Beverly Living Center. She’s instantly thrown into the lives of the center’s residents and meets a host of colorful characters. When Jessie is faced with losing the Beverly Living Center, Kenni steps in to try and help save it. Family conflicts and relationship woes, however, threaten Kenni’s efforts. It looks like only a miracle can save the center and mend broken relationships in time for Christmas.
Merry Wishmas is directed by veteran actress Terri J. Vaughn from a script written by Cas Sigers-Beedles and features a cameo appearance by rap artist Yung Joc. MERRY WISHMAS is executive produced for TV One by Roger Bobb, Angi Bones (Bobbcat Films), Terri J. Vaughn and Cas Sigers-Beedles (Nina Holiday Entertainment).
A Majestic Christmas on Hallmark
December 2 at 8 p.m.
Starring Jerrika Hinton and Christian Vincent
Christmas in the charming town of Briar Falls will be bittersweet this year when architect Nell goes back to her hometown having been given the job of turning the historic Majestic Playhouse into a modern multiplex, much to the town’s objections. This job is Nell’s first promotion, and one she wishes she hadn’t been chosen for, especially when she meets the new owner of the theater, Connor, whose vision and ideas clash with Nell’s. Since Connor hasn’t had much experience celebrating Christmas, Nell hopes that if she can give him a crash course in Christmas during the town’s Twelve Day Festival, that he might just change his mind about modernizing the Majestic.
Rent-An-Elf on ION
December 8nd at 8pm EST/PST
Starring Kim Shaw and Sean Patrick Thomas
Type-A personality, Ava, owns “Rent-an-Elf,” a business in which she sets up memorable Christmas for busy families. This year, she’s hired by the newly-single Liam and falls for him and his adorable son, Nathan. But, just as Ava thinks she’s found her match, Liam’s ex-wife returns, wanting to patch things up. Even though Ava decides to put Liam and Nathan’s happiness above her own, she’s still determined to give them the best Christmas ever, and maybe even hope for a Christmas miracle or two.
Memories Of Christmas on Hallmark
December 8nd at 9pm EST/PST
Starring Christina Milian and Mark Taylor
Noelle, a star San Francisco financial dealmaker, returns to her quaint Michigan town to pack up and sell her inherited childhood home and attend the annual Christmas Charity Gala established by her late Christmas-obsessed mother. As the town braces for the sale of the beloved lodge where the Gala is held, Noelle makes the deal of a lifetime, all while experiencing renewed joy in the holidays and discovering unexpected love.
Coins For Christmas on TV One
December 16 at 7 p.m./6C
Starring Stephen Bishop, Essence Atkins, TC Carson, Kelly Price and Karlie Redd
The film chronicles single mom Madison (Atkins) who’s saved all year to make sure her teenage kids have the best Christmas ever. That is until she gets fired from the bookstore she manages and comes home to find that the IRS has frozen her bank account due to delinquent taxes her ex-husband failed to pay. Desperate to pay bills and buy gifts for her children, Madison jumps into the ever-popular “gig economy.” That’s when she meets and eventually gets hired by arrogant, sidelined former professional football player Alec Darby (Bishop), who is also secretly on the verge of going broke. This odd couple butts heads time and time again but can the Christmas spirit help these two get past their bickering, learn from each and ultimately forge a lasting friendship?
Coins For Christmas is written by Rhonda F. Baraka and directed by Jamal Hill.
A Gingerbread Romance on Hallmark
December 15 at 8pm EST/PST
Starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Duane Henry.
With Christmas just weeks away, the architecture firm Taylor works for enters her in a contest in which the teams will design and build life sized gingerbread houses. After the contest, Taylor will likely be getting a promotion to a position in another city. The firm teams her up with Annabelle, a renowned French pastry chef with whom Taylor instantly locks horns. When Annabelle backs out, Taylor stumbles into a local bakery and meets Adam, a baker and single dad. In an act of desperation, Taylor convinces Adam to partner with her for the contest, arguing that winning would give the bakery and his designs much needed exposure. For years Taylor has been resistant to call anywhere “home” for fear it will only be temporary. But the time she spends with Adam and his daughter Brook in their cozy home, decorating for Christmas, and exploring Philadelphia at Christmas, fills her with a longing for a place to call home.