Monday, October 9, 2017




“Snowmance” - image via: Marvista Entertainment

ION’s Annual Holiday Movie Schedule Begins November 26 with New Titles and Returning Favorites Following Record Viewership in 2016

2017 Premieres Include “Snowmance,” “The Spruces & The Pines,” “Runaway Christmas Bride,” “A Royal Christmas Ball” and “A Christmas Cruise”

WEST PALM BEACH, FL, October 9, 2017 The holiday season is when time-honored traditions are celebrated, and for more families each year, that includes watching ION Television’s lineup of festive movie titles. Following its most-watched holiday season ever in 2016, ION will debut the U.S. television premieres of five all-new original holiday movies beginning November 26. The “Very Merry” lineup also features more than 20 returning favorites, airing weekends in December through Christmas Day.

Last year’s holiday lineup registered double-digit ratings growth in key demos, with Households, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 increasing more than 15% year over year. “A Cinderella Christmas,” new in 2016, was ION Television’s highest rated movie in three years, delivering more than 1.7 million total viewers.*

“ION Television has built its reputation among viewers as a go-to destination for holiday programming by providing high-quality original movie productions for nearly a decade,” said Brandon Burgess, Chairman and CEO of ION Media. “The holiday season is an increasingly important component of the network’s programming strategy, and our success during this key period has made ION a must-buy for advertisers.”

ION Television’s holiday movie season kicks off Sunday, November 26, with the premiere of “Snowmance” at 9/8c PM. The following is a list of ION’s all-new movies for 2017, including their premiere dates and times. The full movie schedule will be announced on in November.

“Snowmance” – Sunday, November 26, 9/8c PM
Cast: Ashley Newbrough, Adam Hurtig, Jesse Hutch, Tom Anniko, Lauren Cochrane, Tamara Gorski
Synopsis: No man is perfect enough for Sarah Groves, except perhaps the impressive snowmen she sculpts annually with her childhood pal, Nick. In mid-December, her snowman disappears, and in his place, materializes Cole, who seems too perfect for Sarah to be true.
Produced by: MarVista Entertainment

“Snowmance” - screen-grab image via: Marvista Entertainment

“The Spruces & The Pines” – Sunday, December 3, 9/8c PM
Cast: Jonna Walsh, Nick Ballard, Tom Kemp, Kathy Harum, Ken Cheeseman, Sarah Fischer, John MacGregor
Synopsis: A Romeo and Juliet romance takes place among two feuding New England Christmas Tree lot families. Against their families’ wills, Julie Pine and visiting-from-Texas, Rick Spruce, fall in love, but are forced to hide their Yuletide relationship.
Produced by: MarVista Entertainment

“The Spruces & The Pines” - image via: Marvista Entertainment

“Runaway Christmas Bride” – Saturday, December 9, 9/8c PM
Cast: Travis Milne, Cindy Busby, Mark Milburn, Christos Shaw, Fiona Vroom, Mackenzie Gray, Bruce Dawson, Karen Kruper, Roz Murray, Christine Bortolin, Jeffrey Stephen
Synopsis: A runaway bride, Kate, making herself scarce for the holidays, meets a ski patrol rescuer, Jason, at a resort. Her December days begin to brighten, until her parents and jilted fiancรฉ, Alex, show up at the mountain to reset the wedding for Christmas.
Produced by: Odyssey Media Inc.

set pic - “Runaway Christmas Bride” via instagram

“A Royal Christmas Ball” – Sunday, December 10, 9/8c PM
Cast: Tara Reid, Ingo Rademacher, Haley Pullos, Faune Chambers Watkins, Mykel Shannon Jenkins, Mira Furlan
Synopsis: Dateless for the Christmas ball, 39-year-old bachelor, King Charles of Baltania, tracks down his American college sweetheart, only to discover Allison has never been married, yet raised a 17-year-old daughter, Lily, who mathematically might be Charles' biological princess.
Produced by: Hybrid Films

on-the-set pic - “A Royal Christmas Ball” via instagram

“A Christmas Cruise” – Saturday, December 16, 9/8c PM
Cast: Vivica A. Fox, Kristoff St. John, Jessica Morris, Rib Hillis, Corin Nemec, Nick Viall
Synopsis: When her best friend invites her along for a holiday themed sail, an aspiring novelist, Pam, unexpectedly finds the love of her life on board. But what will happen when the ship returns to port for Christmas?
Produced by: Hybrid Films

*Source: Nielsen Media Research, Live+SD A25-54 IMP (000) – 2016 through 12/25/16. Prime (M-Su/7p-1a); Non-Prime (M-Su/9a-7p & 1-3a)

image via: ION Television

About ION Television
ION Television, a top ten-ranked U.S. general entertainment network, is the flagship of the independent, privately held media company, ION Media. Launched in 2007, ION Television features a “Positively Entertaining” schedule of proven, award-winning programs, quality original series and popular holiday movies available on multiple platforms via its state-of-the-art distribution system. As owner of the nation’s largest broadcast station group, ION Media’s 60 full-power stations reach 98 million homes.


My *Quick* Take...

Hope you all enjoy this extra *MERRY* news on the upcoming ION CHRISTMAS MOVIES!!! Looks like we have 5 more awesome Christmas movies to add to our lists, with some wonderful stars, including... Cindy Busby, Travis Milne, Fiona Vroom, Ashley Newbrough, Jesse Hutch, and SNOW much more!!!

ION certainly keeps upping their game each year - that's why we keep our eye on them!!!

Which new ION Christmas Movie do you most want to see??? Please share in comments below!!!


  1. Cool to see Ingo in a movie! Vivica's movie sounds great!


  2. Yay Jesse Hutch and Ashley N, I love her in the Stars movie they used to play on HM&M, maybe they moved it to Hallmark Drama. I want Jesse Hutch back on Hallmark, but I will take him on any Christmas movie :)

  3. Another five good sounding Christmas movies and plenty of familiar faces.

    We're being spoiled this year!

  4. Oh, WOW, Net!! How could I ever pick just One??? I want to see them all!! LOL!! I'm getting so excited and that feeling of wanting to decorate is creeping up a little too early this year. Thank you for all the wonderful news!!

  5. Love seeing more channels investing in holiday movies. Like Sabrina, I'm wondering how things will be rearranged with the addition of Hallmark Drama (which my cable provider does not carry). Still, I'm sure there will be enough to keep me busy watching!

    Thanks for all you do to keep us informed coming into this special season, Net.


  6. My Santa. It aired a couple years ago and I loved it. Would really like to see it again.

  7. Don't know if you got my e-mail Net, but I wanted to let everyone know that "A Christmas to Remember" is available through Amazon. Also, got the problem of not getting your website. It was a Feedburner problem. It was being blocked as spam. RG

    1. Hello RG! Thank you for commenting! I looked, but I don't see your email. Hmmm??? I even checked spam, too, just in case! Isn't technology great, sometimes?

      I'm so glad you figured out my newsletters were going to your spam folder. I think if you add my add my email to your address book or if you just click my email and move it back to your inbox, future emails should be directed to your inbox, as well. Let's hope!

      As for "A Christmas to Remember" .... I was so happy to see that one added to the new DVD releases, too! I recently added it to the 2017 Christmas DVD list!

      Thanks so much for sharing! Blessings, Net

  8. Any idea how I might be able to see these now, since I missed them when they aired? My friend was 1st AD on A Royal Christmas Ball and Christmas Cruise. But he didn't tell us until Christmas afternoon.

  9. Snowmance was a fun movie and Ashley Newbrough was a great find as a lead in the movie. The Spruce and the Pines was pretty interesting with a different style musical soundtrack to go with it. Jonna Walsh as really great in this too. Found these post Christmas which kind of kept the season alive for me.


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