HBO Renews WESTWORLD for Season 3

HBO Renews WESTWORLD for Season 3

Following Westworld’s recent season-two premiere on Sunday, April 22, despite ratings for the first two episodes of the second season slightly down from the first season, which was HBO’s most popular first-year series ever, HBO has decided to renew the Emmy-winning drama series for a third season. It comes as no surprise that the premium network maintains faith in the series that debuted as HBO’s most popular first-year ever. Continue reading

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Syfy’s CHANNEL ZERO Season 3 and 4 Stories Confirmed

Channel Zero Season 3 and 4 Confirmed Syfy

In anticipation of the upcoming second season of ‘Channel Zero’, new details have been revealed as to what the third and fourth season stories will consist of Continue reading

Discovery Announces Full SHARK WEEK 2017 Programming Schedule

Shark Week 2017 Summer Schedule

Seals and Seal will be fearing for their lives come July as Discovery Channel has begun to promote their biggest event of the year, Shark Week. The full programming schedule has just been announced, with this year’s specials to include appearances by renowned scientists, marine biologists, and of course Michael Phelps. Eli Roth will again be this year’s host of the 29th season of one of the summer’s most celebrated week of programming. The annual feeding frenzy will take place on July 23 through July 30 this year and is chock-full of prehistoric, fishy awesomeness. Continue reading

ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas Programming Schedule 2015

As December 1st quickly approaches, it can only mean one thing: ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas. Get your hot chocolate ready and your popcorn bowl full, because this year’s programming schedule is jam packed from morning to night with Christmas classic movies, ABC Family original films, and big network premieres.

If you’re unfamiliar with this joyous occasion, each year ABC Family schedules out a block of programming from December 1 through December 25 with some of the best, festive holiday favorites to indulge in with the whole family. This year marks the final time the “25 Days of Christmas” name will be under the ABC Family moniker as the network will be called Freeform starting this January – whatever that means.

This year’s big premieres during the 25 Days of Christmas include Jim Henson’s 1984 classic The Bells of Fraggle Rock and 1977’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas. Both have been remastered for their big returns. And for fans of The Immortal Instruments series, there will be an exclusive behind the scenes look at the making of Shadowhunters, one of the many TV series added to ABC Family’s Freeform’s 2016 programming slate.

Per usual, the 25 Days of Christmas schedule is packed with fan favorites such as Toy Story, The Santa Clause, Elf, The Polar Express, The Nightmare Before Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the live action version only), and Love Actually. Sadly there won’t be any Harry Potter or Home Alone marathons this year, which makes me suspicious of this year’s programming – you’ve changed ABC Family, and I don’t like it.

Without further ado, mark your calendars and get ready for the spirit of the holiday season!

Tuesday, December 1

  • (7:00 AM ET/PT) THE PREACHER’S WIFE – Denzel Washington stars as an angel sent to Earth over the holidays to help a struggling pastor and his family. The film also stars Whitney Houston. (Live Action).
  • (11:00 AM ET/PT) DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL – The classic tale of a miserly old man named Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey), who is visited on Christmas Eve by three ghosts who attempt to help him change his life and embrace the holidays. (Animated)
  • (1:00 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS – Kelsey Grammer narrates three charming Christmas tales with a Mickey Mouse twist, including the Christmas classic The Gift of the Magi, starring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. (Animated)
  • (2:30 PM ET/PT) THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS – The story of how a young man named Claus became Santa Claus. (Animated)
  • (3:30PM ET/PT) FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND – Everyone’s favorite snowman, Frosty, plans to marry, but not if the evil Jack Frost can help it. Can the children save Frosty from being frozen lifeless and get him to the church on time? (Animated)
  • (4:00PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH AND FROSTY’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY – Rudolph’s magical glowing nose is not only helpful at Christmas, but also in the heat of summer when Rudolph and his friend, Frosty the Snowman, are called in to rescue a struggling circus at a special July 4th benefit. (Animated)
  • (6:00PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS – Based on Pulitzer Prize-winner Phyllis McGinley’s children’s book, Mrs. Claus narrates this memorable classic about the time she almost donned her husband’s famous red suit. (Animated)
  • (7:00PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS – The Academy Award®-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for the inspiring tale of a young boy and the magical train he boards to the North Pole. Based on the beloved Caldecott Medal children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. (Animated)
  • (9:00 PM ET/PT) SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS – Jim Carrey stars as the title character who tries to ruin Christmas for all the Whos of Whoville in this live-action adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss children’s story. (Live Action)
  • (12:00 AM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS Encore Presentation
  • (1:00AM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR – Santa sends Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to find Baby New Year, who has run away from Father Time. (Animated)

Wednesday, December 2

  • (7:00AM ET/PT) THE CHRISTMAS SHOES – This holiday film of interconnected stories stars Rob Lowe as a workaholic lawyer, and Kimberly Williams as a young mother whose son wants to buy her a pair of Christmas shoes. (Live Action)
  • (9:00 AM ET/PT) FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND
  • (11:00 AM ET/PT) MICKEY’S ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS
  • (12:30 PM ET/PT) A MISER BROTHERS CHRISTMAS – Starring Mickey Rooney, “A Miser Brothers’ Christmas” tells the story of how Santa throws out his back, potentially spoiling Christmas for boys and girls all over the world. (Animated)
  • (1:30 PM ET/PT) JACK FROST (1979) – Pardon-Me-Pete the Groundhog tells the story of how Jack Frost briefly became human and helped a knight win his lady love. (Animated)
  • (2:30 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR
  • (3:30PM ET/PT) WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY – The holder of a Golden Ticket wins a trip to where the world’s most wonderful sweets are made, in the mysterious chocolate factory of Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder). (Live Action)
  • (6:00 PM ET/PT) SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
  • (8:45PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE – Tim Allen stars as Scott Calvin, a divorced father whose strained relationship with his son Charlie (Eric Lloyd) begins to mend only after a bizarre twist of fate transforms him into the new Santa. (Live Action)
  • (12:00AM ET/PT) SNOW – In a reinvention of the Santa Claus myth, this original ABC Family holiday movie finds Nick (Tom Cavanagh) reluctantly taking over the family business at the North Pole and, in the process of trying to bring back the spirit of Christmas they lost long ago, finds his true love. (Live Action)

Thursday, December 3

  • (7:00AM ET/PT) CHRISTMAS IN BOSTON – Childhood pen-pals Gina (Marla Sokoloff) and Seth (Patrick J. Adams) have created a lifelong friendship based solely on letters they’ve sent to each other. Overwhelmed by the chance to meet in person, each sends their best friend in their place. But when the friends start falling for each other, Gina and Seth discover much more than they ever expected in this ABC Family original holiday movie. (Live Action)
  • (9:00 AM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL – Charles Dickens’ famous story is retold with Mickey as Bob Cratchit, Uncle Scrooge as Ebenezer Scrooge, Goofy as Jacob Marley’s ghost and Donald as nephew Fred. (Animated)
  • (11:00 AM ET/PT) WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
  • (1:45PM ET/PT) I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS – After learning that his best friend’s parents are getting a divorce, Justin (Dylan and Cole Sprouse) fears the worst when he sees his mother kissing Santa Claus. (Live Action)
  • (4:00PM ET/PT) JACK FROST (1998) – Jack Frost (Michael Keaton) was always too busy to spend time with his son Charlie. But when he dies in a car accident, Jack finds himself back to life in the form of a Snowman! (Live Action)
  • (6:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE
  • (8:15PM ET/PT) FRED CLAUS – Santa’s estranged older brother, Fred (Vince Vaughn), has reluctantly agreed to visit his family at the North Pole for Christmas. But when their longtime rift threatens Christmas for everyone, it’s up to Fred to prove that he is a true Claus and save the holidays! (Live Action)
  • (12:00AM ET/PT) SNOW 2: BRAIN FREEZE – In this ABC Family original movie, Tom Cavanaugh returns as Nick Snowden, also known as Santa Claus, who gets amnesia right before Christmas. It’s up to Nick’s wife Sandy (Ashley Williams) and their reindeer Buddy to save Nick and Christmas! (Live Action)

Friday, December 4

  • (7:00AM ET/PT) MEET THE SANTAS – A woman plans her Christmas Eve wedding to the man of her dreams, who happens to have just taken over the role of Santa Claus. (Live Action)
  • (9:00 AM ET/PT) THE FIRST CHRISTMAS: THE STORY OF THE FIRST CHRISTMAS SNOW – A young, blind shepherd experiences a Christmas miracle that allows him to see and to experience snow for the first time. Narrated by Angela Lansbury. (Animated)
  • (11:00 AM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR
  • (12:00PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH AND FROSTY’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY
  • (2:00PM ET/PT) JACK FROST (1998)
  • (4:00PM ET/PT) I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS – If a college jokester (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) makes it home for the holidays by a certain time, his dad’s Porsche is his. But, after one prank too many, he’s left stranded wearing nothing but a Santa Claus suit with no option except to hitchhike cross country. (Live Action)
  • (6:00PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN – Fred Astaire narrates this tale of Kris Kringle (voice of Mickey Rooney), a young man who starts a gift factory where he builds toys and gives them to all the local children, earning him the name Santa Claus. (Animated)
  • (7:00 PM ET/PT) FRED CLAUS
  • (9:30 PM ET/PT) ELF – Buddy (Will Ferrell) grew up in the North Pole, never realizing he was not a Christmas Elf like all of his friends. When he finds out the truth, he sets out for New York City to find the father he never knew. But Buddy isn’t used to the big city, and New York has never seen anyone like Buddy! (Live Action)
  • (11:50 PMAM ET/PT) PRANCER – Jessica, the daughter of an impoverished apple farmer, still believes in Santa Claus. So when she comes across a reindeer with an injured leg, it makes perfect sense to her to assume that it is Prancer, who had fallen from a Christmas display in town. (Live Action)

Saturday, December 5

  • (7:00AM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR
  • (8:00AM ET/PT) RUDOLPH AND FROSTY’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY
  • (10:00 AM ET/PT) I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
  • (12:15PM ET/PT) PRANCER
  • (3:00PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS
  • (4:00PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN
  • (5:00 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS
  • (7:15 PM ET/PT) ELF
  • (9:30 PM ET/PT) SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
  • (12:30AM ET/PT) TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS – In Tim Burton’s animated fantasy film, Jack Skellington, tired of his life in Halloween Town, accidentally wanders into Christmas Town and decides he will take over Christmas from Santa. (Animated).

Sunday, December 6

  • (7:00AM ET/PT) A VERY BRADY CHRISTMAS – The Brady family reunites for Christmas and prays for a holiday miracle when Mike Brady (Robert Reed) is involved in an accident. (Live Action)
  • (9:00AM ET/PT) HOME ALONE: THE HOLIDAY HEIST – Still upset from his family’s recent move, Finn (Christian Martyn) is not happy about spending the holidays in a new house. But when neighborhood thieves target his house, Finn springs into action to defend his home and save his family’s Christmas! The film also stars Ed Asner, Malcolm McDowell and Debi Mazar. (Live Action)
  • (11:00 AM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS
  • (12:00 PM ET/PT) THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY – Based on the Christmas song, the “Little Drummer Boy” tells the story of Aaron, a poor boy who cannot afford to buy a present for baby Jesus and instead plays a special song for him on his drums. (Animated)
  • (12:30 PM ET/PT) DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • (2:30 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS
  • (4:45 PM ET/PT) TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
  • (6:30 PM ET/PT) SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
  • (9:30PM ET/PT) BEYOND THE SHADOWS: THE MAKING OF SHADOWHUNTERS – “Beyond the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters” will give fans of The Mortal Instruments book series a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the making of the television show, which will include the cast talking about how they landed their roles and a glimpse into how the cast got into fighting shape. And for viewers who are new to the Shadow World, the cast explains what “Shadowhunters” is all about.
  • (10:00 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION – The comic misadventures of the beleaguered Griswold family continue as America’s most dedicated dad (Chevy Chase) is determined to stay at home to create “the most fun-filled old fashioned family Christmas ever.” But life has a particular way of throwing wet logs on Clark Griswold’s fire. (Live Action)

Monday, December 7

  • (7:00AM ET/PT) HOME ALONE: THE HOLIDAY HEIST
  • (9:00 AM ET/PT) THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY
  • (11:00 AM ET/PT) THREE DAYS – In this ABC Family original movie, starring Kristin Davis, an angel interrupts destiny to give love 72-hours for a second chance. (Live Action)
  • (1:00PM ET/PT) LOVE ACTUALLY – In this beloved Christmas film, several interconnected stories of love are told around the Christmas holiday. (Live Action)
  • (4:00 PM ET/PT) FRED CLAUS
  • (6:30 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
  • (8:45PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE
  • (12:00AM ET/PT) THE MISTLE-TONES – In the ABC Family original holiday musical, Holly (Tia Mowry) is devastated when she is turned down for a spot in the Christmas singing group The Snow Belles. So she forms her own group, the Mistle-Tones, and challenges her rival Marci (Tori Spelling) and The Snow Belles to a Christmas Eve sing-off. (Live Action)

Tuesday, December 8

  • (7:00 AM ET/PT) FRED CLAUS
  • (11:00 AM ET/PT) SECRET SANTA – Eager journalist Rebecca (Jennie Garth) has been assigned to uncover the true identity of her town’s legendary Secret Santa. But will she publish the scoop, or decide that the spirit of Christmas is something worth saving? (Live Action)
  • (1:00PM ET/PT) THE MISTLE-TONES
  • (3:00PM ET/PT) PINOCCHIO’S CHRISTMAS – Carlo Collodi’s most famous puppet creation stars in a musical tale that finds the poor lad Pinocchio conned out of money intended for Papa Geppetto’s Christmas gift. (Animated)
  • (4:00PM ET/PT) DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • (6:00 PM ET/PT) FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND
  • (6:30 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE
  • (8:45PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS
  • (12:00AM ET/PT) SNOWGLOBE – In the ABC Family original movie, a mystical snow globe transports Angela (Christina Milian), who longs for the perfect Christmas away from her boisterous family, into an idyllic Christmas winter wonderland. (Live Action)

Wednesday, December 9

  • (7:00AM ET/PT) 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS – Starring Amy Smart and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, the ABC Family original holiday movie follows a young woman who re-lives the same first date on Christmas Eve over and over again until she learns to open up her world to new things and stop living in the past. (Live Action)
  • (9:00 AM ET/PT) THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY BOOK II – In this sequel to the famous Christmas tale, the drummer boy and a wise man set out in search of a set of pure silver bells to present to the baby Jesus. (Animated)
  • (11:00 AM ET/PT) PINOCCHIO’S CHRISTMAS
  • (12:10 PM ET/PT) PRANCER
  • (2:20 PM ET/PT) SNOWGLOBE
  • (4:30PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S TWICE UPON A CHRISTMAS – Mickey and friends return to tell five more tales of holiday spirit and Christmas cheer. (Animated)
  • (6:00 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • (6:30 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS
  • (8:45PM ET/PT) ELF
  • (12:00 AM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS
  • (1:00AM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR

Thursday, December 10

  • (7:00 AM ET/PT) PRANCER
  • (11:00 AM ET/PT) NESTOR, THE LONG-EARED CHRISTMAS DONKEY – “Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey” tells the story of the donkey that carried Mary to Bethlehem. (Animated)
  • (11:30 AM ET/PT) FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND
  • (12:00PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH AND FROSTY’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY
  • (2:00 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • (2:30PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S TWICE UPON A CHRISTMAS
  • (4:00-4:30 PM ET/PT) THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY
  • (4:30 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR
  • (5:30 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS
  • (6:30 PM ET/PT) ELF
  • (8:45PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
  • (12:00AM ET/PT) SANTA BABY 2: CHRISTMAS MAYBE – In this ABC Family original movie, Jenny McCarthy reprises her role as Mary Class, Santa’s daughter, who is faced with a decision when her father decides to leave her in charge of the family business. The film also stars Paul Sorvino and Dean McDermott. (Live Action)

Friday, December 11

  • (7:00AM ET/PT) DESPERATELY SEEKING SANTA – In this ABC Family Original movie, an ambitious marketing executive gets more than she bargained for when she decides to run a “Sexy Santa” contest to replace the typical mall Santa, and the winner turns out to be more than just a handsome face.
  • (9:00 AM ET/PT) FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND
  • (11:00 AM ET/PT) HOLIDAY IN HANDCUFFS – Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez star in ABC Family’s original holiday tale about a desperate young woman who kidnaps a handsome guy to take home to her parents at Christmas to prove how well she’s doing with her life. (Live Action)
  • (1:00PM ET/PT) THE FAMILY MAN – Workaholic Jack Campbell (Nicolas Cage) was happy to spend the holidays alone. But after a chance meeting with a mysterious stranger, Jack wakes up on Christmas Day with the family he never realized he always wanted. (Live Action)
  • (4:00 PM ET/PT) FRED CLAUS
  • (6:45PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
  • (9:00 PM ET/PT) SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
  • (12:00 AM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN
  • (1:00AM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS

Saturday, December 12

  • (7:00AM ET/PT) JACK FROST (1979)
  • (8:00 AM ET/PT) MICKEY’S ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS
  • (9:45 AM ET/PT) MICKEY’S TWICE UPON A CHRISTMAS
  • (11:30 AM ET/PT) THE BELLS OF FRAGGLE ROCK – ABC FAMILY PREMIERE! – Gobo thinks the Fraggles’ Solstice holiday is a waste of time, so he goes on a journey to find out if the mythical Great Bell at the heart of Fraggle Rock is real. Meanwhile, Doc and Sprocket explore mid-winter holiday traditions around the world.
  • (12:15 PM ET/PT) EMMET OTTER’S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS – ABC FAMILY PREMIERE! – In this musical special, Kermit the Frog narrates the story of Alice Otter and her son, Emmet, who live in the village of Frogtown Hollow. Ma and Emmet struggle to make ends meet, but dream of being able to buy each other a special Christmas gift. When a talent show is held in town, they enter separately, each hoping to use the fifty-dollar prize to buy the other a real present this year.
  • (1:20 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS
  • (2:30 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN
  • (3:30PM ET/PT) FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND
  • (4:00PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH AND FROSTY’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY
  • (6:00PM ET/PT) SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
  • (9:00 PM ET/PT) ELF
  • (11:15 PM ET/PT) FRED CLAUS

Sunday, December 13

  • (7:00 AM ET/PT) MICKEY’S ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS
  • (8:45 AM ET/PT) MICKEY’S TWICE UPON A CHRISTMAS
  • (10:25 AM ET/PT) THE BELLS OF FRAGGLE ROCK
  • (11:05 AM ET/PT) EMMET OTTER’S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS
  • (12:10 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH AND FROSTY’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY
  • (2:15 PM ET/PT) ELF
  • (4:30 PM ET/PT) DISNEYPIXAR’S TOY STORY – “Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story” tells the story of a fantastic, fun-filled journey of what your toys are up to when you’re not around, viewed mostly through the eyes of two rival toys — Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), the lanky, likable cowboy, and Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen), the fearless space ranger. (Animated)
  • (6:45PM ET/PT) DISNEYPIXAR’S TOY STORY 2 – When an obsessive toy collector named Al McWhiggin (voice of Wayne Knight) kidnaps Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), the toys get into one predicament after another in their daring race to get Woody back before Andy returns. (Animated)
  • (9:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEYPIXAR’S TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT – During a post-Christmas play date, the “Toy Story” gang find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It’s all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie’s room. (Animated)
  • (9:30 PM ET/PT) DISNEYPIXAR’S TOY STORY 3 – In the third installment of the beloved film series, Andy is growing up and decides to put away his toys for good, except for Woody (voice of Tom Hanks). But the gang accidentally ends up among the toys at a daycare center, run by the ruthless teddy bear Lotso (voice of Ned Beatty). It’s up to Woody to rescue his friends and return them home! (Animated)

Monday, December 14

  • (7:00AM ET/PT) ST. NICK – Santa wants to retire and turn the job over to his son Nick (Kelsey Grammer), who prefers his easy going seaside lifestyle. (Live Action)
  • (9:00 AM ET/PT) ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS – Actor Joel Grey narrates this animated holiday special adapted from the famous poem by Clement Moore. (Animated)
  • (11:00 AM ET/PT) FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND
  • (11:30 AM ET/PT) CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY – Johnny Depp stars as Willy Wonka, in this reimagined tale of Charlie Bucket and his magical tour of Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. (Live Action)
  • (2:00-4:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEYPIXAR’S TOY STORY
  • (4:00PM ET/PT) DISNEYPIXAR’S TOY STORY 2
  • (6:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEYPIXAR’S TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT
  • (6:30 PM ET/PT) DISNEYPIXAR’S TOY STORY 3
  • (8:45PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE – Holiday magic mixes with comical chaos as Tim Allen reprises his role of Scott Calvin, aka Santa, as he juggles a full house of family and the mischievous Jack Frost (Martin Short)—whose chilling Santa-envy has him trying to take over the “big guy’s” holiday. (Live Action)
  • (12:00AM ET/PT) SNOW

Tuesday, December 15

  • (7:00 AM ET/PT) CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
  • (11:00 AM ET/PT) DESPERATELY SEEKING SANTA
  • (1:00PM ET/PT) SANTA BABY – In this ABC Family original holiday movie, Mary Class (Jenny McCarthy) is a highly driven business executive whose great success is acknowledged by everyone but her father, who just happens to be Santa Claus (George Wendt). (Live Action)
  • (3:00PM ET/PT) SANTA BABY 2: CHRISTMAS MAYBE
  • (5:00PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN
  • (6:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE
  • (8:15 PM ET/PT) ELF
  • (10:30PM ET/PT) THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY
  • (12:00AM ET/PT) SNOW 2: BRAIN FREEZE

Wednesday, December 16

  • (7:00AM ET/PT) THREE DAYS
  • (9:00 AM ET/PT) THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY
  • (11:00 AM-2:00 PM ET/PT) THE FAMILY MAN
  • (2:00PM ET/PT) CHRISTMAS IN BOSTON
  • (4:00PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN
  • (5:00PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS
  • (6:00 PM ET/PT) ELF
  • (8:15 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS
  • (10:30PM ET/PT) NESTOR, THE LONG-EARED CHRISTMAS DONKEY
  • (12:00AM ET/PT) DESPERATELY SEEKING SANTA

Thursday, December 17

  • (7:00 AM ET/PT) THE FAMILY MAN
  • (10:15 AM ET/PT) LOVE ACTUALLY
  • (1:30 PM ET/PT) THE PREACHER’S WIFE
  • (4:15 PM ET/PT) SNOW
  • (6:30 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS
  • (8:45PM ET/PT) DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • (12:00AM ET/PT) HOLIDAZE – In this ABC Family original movie starring Jennie Garth and Cameron Mathison, Melody Gerard is unhappy when her boss sends her to her sleepy hometown to convince the reluctant townspeople to allow them to build a new discount store. Desperate to get out of town and back to her “real” life, Melody takes a spill and wakes up in an alternate universe where she never left home.

Friday, December 18

  • (7:00 AM ET/PT) THE PREACHER’S WIFE
  • (9:45 AM ET/PT) CHRISTMAS CUPID – In this ABC Family original movie, Christina Milian stars as high powered Hollywood publicist, Sloane, who finds herself haunted by the ghost of her recently departed infamous client, Caitlin (“Pretty Little Liars’” Ashley Benson), in a modern day take on Charles Dickens’ holiday classic story of A Christmas Carol. (Live Action)
  • (12:00PM ET/PT) THE MISTLE-TONES
  • (2:00 PM ET/PT) SNOW 2: BRAIN FREEZE
  • (4:15 PM ET/PT) DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • (6:30PM ET/PT) DISNEY’S PREP & LANDING – The half-hour holiday special reveals the never-before-told tale of an elite unit of Elves known as Prep & Landing, who are responsible for preparing all of the homes for Santa before the big guy arrives. Featuring the voices of Dave Foley and Sarah Chalke. (Animated)
  • (7:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY’S PREP & LANDING: NAUGHTY VS. NICE – Prep & Landing Elves Wayne and Lanny are back to save the day when someone threatens to put the whole world on Santa’s Naughty List. Featuring the voices of Dave Foley, Chris Parnell, and Rob Riggle. (Animated)
  • (7:30 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE
  • (9:45 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE
  • (12:00AM ET/PT) THREE DAYS

Saturday, December 19

  • (7:00 AM ET/PT) PRANCER
  • (9:30 AM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR
  • (10:30 AM PM ET/PT) JACK FROST (1998)
  • (12:30 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH AND FROSTY’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY
  • (2:30PM ET/PT) FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND
  • (3:00 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS
  • (4:05 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN
  • (5:15 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE
  • (7:30 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE
  • (9:45 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
  • (12:00AM ET/PT) HOLIDAY IN HANDCUFFS

Sunday, December 20

  • (7:00AM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR
  • (8:00AM ET/PT) JACK FROST (1998)
  • (10:00 AM ET/PT) PRANCER
  • (12:45PM ET/PT) DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • (3:00 PM ET/PT) TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
  • (4:45PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE
  • (7:00 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
  • (9:15 PM ET/PT) ELF
  • (11:30 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL

Monday, December 21

  • (7:00AM ET/PT) PRANCER
  • (9:00 AM ET/PT) DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • (11:15 AM ET/PT) TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
  • (1:00PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR
  • (2:00 PM ET/PT) FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND
  • (2:30 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE
  • (4:30 PM ET/PT) SNOWGLOBE
  • (6:30 PM ET/PT) ELF
  • (8:45PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE
  • (12:00AM ET/PT) JACK FROST (1998)

Tuesday, December 22

  • (7:00AM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR
  • (8:00AM ET/PT) 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS
  • (10:00 AM ET/PT) HOLIDAZE
  • (12:00 PM ET/PT) CHRISTMAS CUPID
  • (2:15 PM ET/PT) JACK FROST (1998)
  • (4:30 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS
  • (5:30 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN
  • (6:30 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE
  • (8:45PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE
  • (12:00AM ET/PT) HOLIDAY IN HANDCUFFS

Wednesday, December 23

  • (7:00AM ET/PT) THE MISTLE-TONES
  • (9:00AM ET/PT) HOLIDAY IN HANDCUFFS
  • (11:00 AM ET/PT) SANTA BABY
  • (1:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA BABY 2: CHRISTMAS MAYBE
  • (3:15 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN
  • (4:15 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH AND FROSTY’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY
  • (6:30PM ET/PT) FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND
  • (7:00 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • (7:30 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE
  • (9:45 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
  • (12:00AM ET/PT) HOME ALONE: THE HOLIDAY HEIST

Thursday, December 24

  • (7:00AM ET/PT) RUDOLPH AND FROSTY’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY
  • (9:00 AM ET/PT) THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY
  • (11:00 AM ET/PT) HOME ALONE: THE HOLIDAY HEIST
  • (1:00 PM ET/PT) PRANCER
  • (3:15PM ET/PT) TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
  • (5:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY’S PREP & LANDING
  • (5:30PM ET/PT) DISNEY’S PREP & LANDING: NAUGHTY VS. NICE
  • (6:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEYPIXAR’S TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT
  • (6:30 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
  • (8:45PM ET/PT) ELF
  • (12:00AM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE

Thursday, December 25

  • (7:00 AM ET/PT) PRANCER
  • (11:00 AM ET/PT) NESTOR, THE LONG-EARED CHRISTMAS DONKEY
  • (11:30 AM PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN
  • (12:30 PM ET/PT) TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
  • (2:15 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE
  • (4:30PM ET/PT) DISNEYPIXAR’S TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT
  • (5:00 PM ET/PT) ELF
  • (7:15PM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE – Based on J.K. Rowling’s popular novels about the boy who lived, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” introduces fans to Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) who learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. Invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. At Hogwarts, he finds the home and the family he has never had. (Live Action)
  • (12:00 AM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN
  • (1:00AM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS

Source: ABC Family

Jeffrey Dean Morgan Cast as Negan, THE WALKING DEAD’s Most Notorious Villain

If you’re watching The Walking Dead on AMC right now and believe that the situation Rick and the Alexandrians are in couldn’t get any worse, buckle up. It was revealed today that Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been cast as Negan (pronounced KNEE-gan), the most feared villain from comics the series is based on. Zombies will be the least of Rick’s worries as fans of The Walking Dead will soon come to find out. Looking back, The Governor will seem like a drunk frat boy who lost a game of beer pong compared to the nightmare Negan will bestow upon our group.

It has not been confirmed, but The Hollywood Reporter suggests that we’ll be introduced to the maniacal leader of “The Saviors” – his group of post-apocalyptic survivors – in the Season 6 finale. With the addition of Negan also comes “Lucille,” his barbed wire bat that has made the acquaintance of many of Rick’s group, including one major character in particular.

I’m very excited for Jeffrey Dean Morgan to play Negan. Rumors swirled around that Jon Hamm was in talks for the role, but Jeffrey Dean Morgan has more gruff features that better suit the needs of the character as well as a filmography that has dealt with such grim subject matter. Jeffrey dean Morgan is probably best known for his portrayal of The Comedian in Zack Snyder’s adaptation of The Watchmen. He has also appeared in CBS’s The Good Wife and Extant, and he will also have a small role in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice as Thomas Wayne, father of Bruce Wayne.

Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, told THR last season that he wouldn’t be surprised if fans of The Walking Dead didn’t meet Negan at some point in the not so distant future. He also goes on to say:

“What struck me, that I’ve always been excited about, is: We’re coming into the sixth season of this show. … And it’s the medieval part of The Walking Dead comic, where you realize that there are these isolated communities, but don’t really know other ones exist. But they’re all building and forming themselves with their own image. And then there’s a clash of those communities. That, to me, is really interesting and when it gets really exciting with all the action. It turns into this insane, near-apocalyptic landscape that we’ve never seen before. That is almost a reimagining and a restart for society and humanity. And that is such a rich thing to tell.”

Lincoln is not only referring to Alexandria, but also the Hilltop, a community that has been under the “protection” of The Saviors who demand half of the Hilltop’s supplies at certain times of the year. One Hilltop community member has also been cast, Jesus, played by Tom Payne (Luck; Waterloo Road; Wuthering Heights). Jesus is a key member of the Hilltop who performs similar duties as Aaron, scouting and recruiting local talent. He becomes a welcomed ally and friend to Rick down the line.

As a reader and fan of the comic, Negan will be quite the challenge to portray on the small screen. Not only is he a violent psychopath, he also seeks to liberate English language barriers one F-bomb at a time. (It’s almost too funny that the show can depict someone getting their throat slit like they did in Terminus, but will find difficulty dancing around a four letter word.)

Showrunner Scott M. Gimple also spoke to THR recently about how they seek to approach the character:

“There’s a particular story in that arc that I’m very excited for. But because we know where we’re going, we have some opportunities to play around with it and put some things in that will lead up to [Negan and Alexandria] in different ways, yet fulfill the story Robert told to the nth degree by utilizing some slightly different approaches: lineups and timelines and the whole nine yards.”

Are regular TV audiences ready for Negan or will his actions be too vicious to depict on the small screen?

The Walking Dead is currently running through the first half of Season 6. The second half typically picks back up around the second weekend of February, which falls on Valentine’s Day next year – a perfect day for red.


Source: The Hollywood Reporter

A Cruel Intentions TV Show is in the Works for NBC

If you were a fan of the 1999 cult classic, Cruel Intentions, you’ll be thrilled to know that the film’s sequel is coming to the small screen. The original was a box office success for its time, grossing $75 million worldwide on a $10.5 million budget. It lived on in spirit as a direct-to-DVD franchise with two sequels, rightfully entitled Cruel Intentions 2 and Cruel Intentions 3. Sony TV hopes to revive and capitalize on the film’s previous popularity. Which brings up two important questions. Do we need a Cruel Intentions TV show? No. Do we want one? Hell yes.

Here’s the unofficial Cruel Intentions TV show plot synopsis, courtesy of Deadline:

Set in present day, Cruel Intentions follows the rags-to-riches story of 16-year-old Bash Casey, the son of the late Sebastian Valmont (played by Phillippe) and Annette Hargrove (Witherspoon). Upon finding his late father’s journal, Bash learns of the family legacy he didn’t know existed. In search of answers, he trades his small-town Kansas upbringing for a scholarship to the prestigious Brighton Preparatory Academy in San Francisco and soon finds himself in a world of sex, money, power, and corruption he never could have imagined.

NBC has hired the film’s original writer-director Roger Kumble (Just Friends; The Sweetest Thing) to spearhead the project. Producer Neal H. Moritz. Kumble, who has been working as a TV episodic director for the past five years, is set to helm the potential pilot and develop the script; he will also executive produce with Moritz and Pavun Shetty of Original Film. Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross, the duo behind the The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of Cruel Intentions, will also join the Cruel Intentions TV show team to help develop the script in addition to being co-executive producers.

The series joins a lineup of TV show remakes from Sony TV including My Best Friend’s Wedding (ABC), Think Like A Man (Fox), and In The Line Of Fire (NBC). Just this year alone, 2015 television has been privy to many series adapted from the silver screen, including Teen Wolf, Scream, Ash vs. The Evil Dead, Limitless, and 12 Monkeys. Sony also has its hands on three more film to television adaptations in the works, which includes My Best Friend’s Wedding for ABC, Think Like a Man for FOX, and In the Line of fire for NBC. Furthermore, Taken is being adapted for NBC, Lethal Weapon and Behind Enemy Lines for FOX, Training Day for CBS, and The Notebook for none other than the CW.

An official series premiere date has yet to be announced for the Cruel Intentions TV show, but we’ll keep you updated as the production gains momentum.


Source: Deadline

‘Ben 10’ Animators Developing ‘Mega Man’ TV Series Set for 2017

New Mega Man Aniamted TV Series 2017

In the realm of gaming, there’s been an incredible lack of Mega Man titles as of late. And with the 30th anniversary of one of the most iconic characters ever created on the horizon, there will be justice as of 2017. Dentsu Entertainment USA has partnered with Man of Action Entertainment to develop a new 26-episode animated series based on Capcom’s little boy blue reploid (UPDATE: I was corrected on Tumblr that Mega Man is not a reploid, but in fact the reploids were based on his model and my false claim, despite some references to him being one, “hurts credibility” for the character.) Find out more about this development after the jump. Continue reading

2015 Critics’ Choice Television Awards Winners List

2015 Critics Choice Television Awards Winners List

Tonight the Broadcast Television Journalists Association held its 5th Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards. Just like its sister organization (Broadcast Film Critics Association) has its own award show now going on its 21st year, the BTJA honors the greatest in television, as its name implies. The ceremony honored programs and performances that aired between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015. HBO walked away tonight the big winner with seven awards while the rest of the board was pretty scattered due to the recently excellent year on the small screen. See the full winners list and some brief commentary after the jump. Continue reading