Wednesday, October 10, 2018




Hometown Holiday / Photo: Brain Power Studio

UPtv’s Seven Premiere Christmas Movies Include:

The Christmas Switch with Ashley Wood (Shameless) and John Patrick Jordan (Prison Break: Proof of Innocence); Chandler Christmas Getaway with Malinda Williams (Soul Food) and Victoria Rowell (Young and the Restless); Christmas on the Coast with Bonnie Bedelia (Parenthood) and Burgess Jenkins (Young and the Restless); Christmas Catch with Emily Alatalo (Swerve) and Yanic Truesdale (Gilmore Girls); Christmas with a Prince with Nick Hounslow (The Catch) and Charles Shaughnessy (The Nanny); Christmas on Holly Lane with Sarah Lancaster (Chuck) and Karen Holness (Date My Dad); Hometown Holiday with Sarah Troyer (The Good Doctor) and Bradley Hamilton (Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments)

ATLANTA – October 10, 2018 – UPtv, the network dedicated to uplifting stories about families experiencing life’s biggest moments, will be celebrating Christmas with 55 days of cheery and fun holiday programming. This merry holiday offering features seven U.S. premiere movies and a GilMORE the Merrier binge-a-thon. Hosted by Scott Patterson, with a nod to his character, Luke, the marathon features all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls from start to finish, 24 hours a day for 153 hours straight beginning Monday, November 19 at 3 p.m. ET and concluding Sunday, November 25 at midnight.

UPtv’s holiday programming, which includes 45 movie titles, kicks off Thursday, November 1, with The Christmas Switch, the first U.S. premiere movie, airing Sunday, November 4.

“At UPtv, we celebrate families through uplifting and inspiring stories,” said Amy Winter, general manager and evp, UPtv. “Our Christmas programming slate has something for everyone - whether viewers are looking for great movies about the true meaning of Christmas, the heart and humor that comes along with family or just a little holiday romance, UPtv invites you to join us this holiday season. In addition, our annual Gilmore Girls fan treat, GilMORE the Merrier, is back and this year hosted by Scott Patterson.”

Emphasizing holiday movies, memories and the true meaning of Christmas, UPtv’s holiday season programming highlights include the following U.S. premiere movies. See local listings for encore broadcasts.

The Christmas Switch / photo: UPtv

The Christmas Switch – Sunday, November 4 at 7 p.m. ET

Christmas works its magic in this body-switching holiday tale about two very different moms who find that help is where you least expect it and most need it. When struggling singer Audrey and wealthy record executive Julia collide at the mall, they wake up in each other’s lives the next morning. Audrey finds that, though Julia’s life is full of luxury, she’s missing the chance to connect with her family in any real way. Julia finds that though she gets plenty of family time, Audrey can’t say no to anyone, which gives her no time for herself. As Christmas looms closer, the two women rush to figure out how to both help each other and switch back before they miss Christmas morning with their own families!
Stars: Jackie Seiden, Ashley Wood, Oana Gregory, Houston Rhines, John Patrick Jordan

Chandler Christmas Getaway / Photo: UPtv

Chandler Christmas Getaway – Sunday, November 11 at 7 p.m. ET

The Chandler family is back for another family Christmas adventure! Not finding any Christmas spirit during a hot December, the Chandlers to pack up and head to a cabin for maximum holiday fun. But with old feuds, new feuds and a heap of holiday stress, the Chandler family will have to pull together to make this the best Christmas ever.
Stars: Malinda Williams, Victoria Rowell, GregAllen Williams, DeEtta West

Christmas on the Coast - DVD

Christmas on the Coast – Sunday, November 18 at 7 p.m. ET

Hard-hearted New York novelist Dru Cassadine, who is known for her holiday romance stories, is desperate to get her mojo back after a string of flops. Deciding that a change of scenery will get her creative juices flowing, she heads home for Christmas to Harbor Point, South Carolina, where she uses the quirky small-town characters as inspiration for her new book. But when she meets handsome widower Brysen Flynn, she finds that she just may be writing her own love story.
Stars: Julia Ann Emery, Burgess Jenkins, Bonnie Bedelia

Christmas Catch / Photo: UPtv

Christmas Catch – Sunday, December 2 at 7 p.m. ET

Detective Mackenzie Bennett loves Christmas. But her plans to spend the holidays with her family, friends – not to mention a handsome new stranger who just moved to town – are put on hold when the F.B.I. tells her that her gorgeous new friend is a suspect in a diamond heist. Now, under cover (and under tight supervision), Mack finds herself getting close to a man who might be a criminal, but who also might be the man of her dreams!
Stars: Emily Alatalo, Franco Lo Presti, Yanic Truesdale

Christmas with a Prince / Photo: Brain Power Studio

Christmas with a Prince – Sunday, December 9 at 7 p.m. ET

Pediatric specialist Tasha Miller is focused on one thing; keeping the kids in her ward as healthy and happy as possible. So when her high-school crush, who just happens to be handsome Prince Alexander Cavalieri, breaks his leg on a nearby ski-slope, Tasha is forced to allow him to secretly get well on her floor, and she’s furious that a spoiled Royal is interrupting the precious healing time her kids so badly need. Soon, however, Tasha learns that some tough love and a lot of Christmas spirt, could turn this royal pain into a knight in shining armor. Based on the best-selling Harlequin book “St. Piran's: Prince On The Children's Ward.”
Stars: Kaitlyn Leeb, Nick Hounslow, Charles Shaughnessy

Christmas on Holly Lane / Photo: UPtv

Christmas on Holly Lane – Sunday, December 16 at 7 p.m. ET

The house on Holly Lane has always held a special place in the hearts of life-long best friends Sarah, Cat and Riley. It’s the magical home where they spent many happy Christmases. Now, the girls are all grown-up and the house they hold dear is in danger of being sold. With each friend at a different crossroad, they will all have to come together to call upon that special Christmas magic that can only happen on Holly Lane.
Stars: Sarah Lancaster, Karen Holness, Gina Holden

Hometown Holiday / Photo: UPtv

Hometown Holiday – Sunday, December 23 at 7 p.m. ET

High-powered music executive Ryan is so desperate to sign the latest internet sensation to his label that he agrees to accompany his sister to a country wedding just to get the chance to meet him, but he also meets a beautiful small-town girl and falls head-over-heels for her. Now, through a year of mistaken identities, misunderstandings and masquerades, the two will need to hope that a lot of love and some Christmas magic can bring them together. Based on the best-selling Harlequin book “The Maverick's Holiday Masquerade.”
Stars: Sarah Troyer, Bradley Hamilton

Additionally, UPtv will be airing five Christmas titles new to the network:

My Santa – Sunday, November 4 at 9 p.m. ET
A single mother falls for a man who plays Santa Claus in the mall, but she doesn't realize that he is the son of Kris Kringle.
Stars: Samaire Armstrong, Matthew Lawrence

A Husband for Christmas – Sunday, November 11 at 9 p.m. ET
Two co-workers agree to a loveless marriage of convenience, but as they become acquainted, an unrealized chemistry grows between them.
Stars: Vivica A. Fox, Eric Roberts, Jackee Harry, Rico Ross

A Christmas Cruise – Sunday, November 18 at 9 p.m. ET
When her best friend invites her along on a holiday-themed sail, an aspiring novelist unexpectedly finds the love of her life onboard.
Stars: Vivica A. Fox, Jessica Morris, Rib Hillis, Kristoff St. John

A Christmas in Vermont – Sunday, December 2 at 9 p.m. ET
Riley Thomas is sent by her profit-obsessed boss to shut down one of the company's holdings, a small outerwear company in Vermont, for missing profit targets. Riley finds that the company is the lifeblood of a town and instead of closing down the iconic firm, she unexpectedly falls in love and learns valuable lessons beyond the bottom line.
Stars: Abigail Hawk, Chevy Chase, David O’Donnell

A Fairytale Christmas – Sunday, December 9 at 9 p.m. ET
With her California hometown in the rear-view mirror, Belle heads north on business to facilitate the estate sale of a mansion. While the job is a dream, the client, Hunter Lowell, is not. But, as the two spend more time together, his icy demeanor begins to melt. Although their relationship is budding, Belle's long-time suitor, Tony, arrives, sending mixed signals to Hunter while adding chaos to the holiday season.
Stars: Haylie Duff, Nicholas Gonzalez, Mark Famiglietti, C Thomas Howell

About UPtv:
UPtv is television’s trusted destination for uplifting shows you can watch together. With box-office hit films and network series like Gilmore Girls, Fresh Off the Boat, Home Improvement and America’s Funniest Home Videos, alongside originals like Bringing Up Bates, Expecting and Our Wedding Story, UPtv’s programming celebrates life’s biggest moments. In 2018, UPtv will celebrate a “Life’s Biggest Moment” of its own, premiering more hours of original content than ever in its history. In addition, UPtv’s award-winning pro-social initiative, “Uplift Someone,” has inspired over 191 million people to uplift others through its social videos. Based in Atlanta, UPtv is a division of UP Entertainment, LLC, and partners with the Aspire network on sales, marketing and other operational services. And UPtv Entertainment’s UP Faith & Family subscription streaming service has quickly become the fan favorite for its all-ages lineup of family and faith-affirming movies and series.

Press release via UPtv Media Contact: Kristina Stafford Kelly


*Please note: The 5 Christmas films mentioned at the end of the press release above are newly acquired by UP, but have previously aired on the ION network.

UPtv is definitely adding some UPlifting stories to the Christmas season with 7 all new Christmas movies! I hope you're ready to add even more new Christmas films to your holiday must-see watch list! Is there one movie (or two?), in particular, you are most looking forward to seeing on UPtv? Or, are you like me, and want to see everything?!?!? Please share in comments below!

Should be so fun to see...
so many new Christmas movies coming UP!
Blessings to You All, Net


  1. Is A Fairytale Christmas a sequel to Christmas Belle

    Hayley Duff & Nicholas Gonzalez

    1. Actually, that is the same movie - with a different title. UP has acquired rights to 5 films, which previously premiered on the ION Network. The new title does make it somewhat confusing for viewers who know the film from it's previous name.

  2. Do you know which Hallmark Movies will be released in November?

    1. Hello Brianna! Thank you for your comment! I think we are just now learning some of the movies that will be coming out in November on DVD, from Hallmark!

      So far we know:

      My Christmas Love

      Murder, She Baked: Complete Collection

      I suspect there will be many more to come! I'm always updating the my two DVD lists...



      So, if you like, you many want to bookmark those pages and check back for updates!

      Hope that helps your search, Brianna!
      Blessings, Net

  3. Nice to see Sarah Lancaster in another Christmas offering. I think that’s the one I’ll be looking forward to the most, and then the Chandler family movie.

  4. So, let me get this straight. UP acquired some of Ion's movies. Lifetime also acquired some of Ion's movies (a different set of them). Hallmark has included at least a couple of Ion's Christmas movies on their streaming service.

    Has Ion just given up? lol Are they even bothering to premiere new movies this year? If so many of their older movies are going to different networks, what reason is there to even watch Ion unless they have a lot of new movies? We can see all of their movies in other places.

    Also, UP is airing the Insp movie (or vice versa). FreeForm now has "Angels Sing," so that probably means Hallmark has stopped showing it (it was never a Hallmark original to begin with). AMC has some movies and specials that used to air on FreeForm.

    So many things are just getting passed around between channels!

    1. It's typical for networks to "share" Holiday movies back and forth. They sell the rights to others and work out various legal agreements. I've been in touch with my contact at ION, and they will be releasing their own information regarding Christmas! Stay tuned! :)

    2. I thought angels sing was a hallmark movie, it aired during Christmas in July 2014.

    3. It is great to see Sarah Lancaster in another Christmas movie. She used to do quite a few for Hallmark. I am looking forward to this one the most.

    4. Sabrina, "Angels Sing" was an acquired movie for Hallmark, not one of their originals. I guess their rights for the movie have ended, and yes, Freeform has picked it up. It will air November 6th/7th. See schedule here!

    5. Joe, I agree... it is so good to see Sarah Lancaster in another Christmas movie! She was wonderful in Hallmark's "'Tis the Season for Love" and INSP's "Christmas in the Smokies!"

      This is definitely one of my top picks too - for UP! :)

  5. Yay! Thanks for the breakdown of the new movies! Although, I really don't know how I am going to watch all these movies! LOL I thought the Holly Lane one would be for Hallmark, because who starred in it.


    1. Oh, you're welcome, Misty! It is getting harder and harder to tell, based on casting... especially since many of the networks use the same set of actors! I'm with you... I also don't know how I am going to watch all these movies!!! May take until next Christmas!!!! :)

  6. Oh, my gosh, Net, I have no idea how I'm ever going to be able to keep all this great Christmas news together so I'm just going to have to live on your blog 24/7, Lol!! My, word, this can't possibly be topped next year so I'm going to enjoy all I can this year! Yay! Thanks for all your hard work you do to keep us all so happy!!

    1. Thank you so much, Linda! It's certainly going to be a challenge to keep up with all the movies this year! I think I just may be well into February or March when I finish!

      I so appreciate your sweet comment! I'll do my best to keep you all updated - as best I can! :)

  7. Oh my gosh! This is do exciting. I am going to need a dvr just for Christmas shows and movies. Thanks for keeping us informed.

    1. I know just what you mean! It's exciting & overwhelming... all at the same time!!! :)

  8. Thanks Net! So exciting and I’ll look forward to Ions news! I’m excited to see a Vivica Fox listed that I haven’t seen yet. At first I thought it was re titled because I’ve seen a Christmas movie with her and Eric Roberts before bu5 nope this is a different one!, love your site!,

    1. Oh, thank you, Dee! How sweet! So happy you enjoyed this news!

      "A Husband for Christmas" first aired on ION in 2016. I have pictures and info - *here*, if you would like to see! :)

      Hope you enjoy it!

  9. I am going right now to see if we are getting UP TV!!

  10. Oh, and I noticed they are showing them at 7 PM ET. Smart move!


    1. Yes, it is very smart, especially if they want to appeal to families with little ones who have to get to bed early!

      Or... they can get people hooked on their movie first, before the other network's premiere their new films at 8 or 9!

      UP has done the 7 o'clock premiere time in the past, so it must be working great for them! :)

  11. I am happy to hear about Holly Lane. I had that in my unknown list. I knew it wasn't hallmark, Giles Panton is in it and he answred my tweet a while back that it wasn't hallmark. I will watch anything Giles is in

    1. Awe, that's nice, Sabrina! Giles Panton is very kind and friendly with fans on Twitter. I'm really looking forward to this movie, as well. With so many familiar faces from Hallmark, it really stands out!

  12. I am looking forward toall the Christmas Movies. I do have question though, you keepo mentioning UPTV, is this a new channel for Hallmark and do I have to contact Spectrum, to add this to my channel listings?

    1. Hello Carol! So happy to hear how much you are looking forward to all the Christmas movies too!

      UPtv is actually a separate channel from Hallmark. They are not related, except UP does play many good family movies, from time to time, on their station.

      To find out if your cable provider has this channel, visit the Find UPtv on TV page.

      Hope this helps! Blessings, Net


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