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Monday, October 28, 2019




ION’s Yearly Holiday Offering Returns in December with New Titles and Returning Favorites after Strong Viewership in 2018

This Year’s Premieres Include “A Christmas Princess,” “Christmas Matchmakers,” “Best Christmas Ball Ever!,” “A Beauty & The Beast Christmas,” “12 Pups of Christmas” and “Christmas Crush”

WEST PALM BEACH, FL, OCTOBER 28, 2019 – Starting this December, ION Television is once again “Your Home for the Holidays,” bringing U.S. television viewers the premieres of six all-new holiday movies. ION will kick off its holiday season on Sunday, December 1, featuring new titles and 25 returning favorites on weekends through Christmas Eve.

In 2018, ION Television’s holiday lineup averaged 845,000 households in primetime, ranking #2 among networks airing holiday movies. ION’s highest-rated movie in prime, “A Christmas in Royal Fashion,” averaged 1.02 million viewers.

“Our holiday movie schedule continues to prove its worth to both viewers and advertisers and remains an integral part of ION Television’s overall programming strategy,” said Brandon Burgess, ION Media Chairman and CEO. ION truly has become a ‘go-to’ destination for holiday movie fans, and we’re excited to carry on this tradition.”

ION Television’s holiday movie season begins December 1, featuring the premiere of “A Christmas Princess” starting at 7/6c PM. The following list features ION’s all-new movies in 2019, including their premiere dates and times.

“A Christmas Princess” – Sunday, December 1, 7/6c PM

Cast: Shein Mompremier, Travis Burns, Galyn Görg, Chef Stuart O'Keeffe, Erin Gray

Synopsis: A struggling chef living in a trendy New York borough, Jessica took over a small restaurant where she used to work as a waitress, but it’s growing tough to make ends meet. Prince Jack, who’s in the city for his family’s annual Christmas charity dinner, finds himself in need of a last-minute chef for the royal event when he meets Jessica. As their relationship evolves and a romance blooms, so do the obstacles. But as the event arrives, she decides to go through with the dinner, and may just get the best Christmas present of all… love.

Produced by: Hybrid

“Christmas Matchmakers” – Sunday, December 8, 7/6c PM

Cast: Vivica A. Fox, Anna Marie Dobbins, Andrew Philip Rogers, Tracy Nelson, Dorian Gregory

Synopsis: It’s the week after Thanksgiving when Jen, a personal assistant, and Jon, an advertising exec, happen to sit next to each other in the food court and bond over mutual problems with their bosses. After complaining that they have no time for their personal lives, they come up with an elaborate plan to have their bosses date in order to get more time for their own Christmas vacations. As the two become closer and their plan begins to show signs of life, it turns out that Jen and Jon may just be the perfect match for each other.

Produced by: Hybrid

“Best Christmas Ball Ever!” – Saturday, December 14, 7/6c PM

Cast: Elisabeth Harnois, Samuel Hunt, Christian Oliver, Thomas Kraml, Julia Dietze

Synopsis: After a surprising breakup at home in Chicago, Amy decides that a change of scenery will do her well and impulsively decides to spend the holidays with her brother in Vienna. After taking ballroom dancing lessons with her dashing European dance partner, Lukas, Amy scores an invitation to dance competitively in the city’s biggest holiday ball, and also another shot at love.

Produced by: The Asylum

“A Beauty & The Beast Christmas” – Sunday, December 15, 7/6c PM

(Side note: This movie does NOT appear to be family friendly. One of the pictures shared on-set from an actress in the film shows a drag queen in the cast.)

Cast: Leah Pipes, Ryan Kelley, Rob Raco, GloZell Green, Willam Belli, Carrie Keagan, Donna Mills

Synopsis: Ginger Holiday, a peppy Christmas influencer, is convinced by her agent to fake a holiday romance with viral bad boy Beau Bradley to gain more followers. Ginger and Beau initially can't stand each other, but as they spend more time together they realize the feelings they had to fake at first might just be turning into something heartfelt.

Produced by: The Asylum

“12 Pups of Christmas” – Saturday, December 21, 7/6c PM

Cast: Charlotte Sullivan, Donny Boaz, Philip Boyd, Jen Nikolaisen

Synopsis: Recently single and starting a new job in a different city, Erin, a canine therapist, is getting a fresh start. But just when she thought her new life would be the reset she needed, her self-centered boss, Martin, tasks Erin with finding homes for 12 puppies who were left behind after a photoshoot for his struggling GPS locator company – and all before Christmas. As they work together, Erin realizes Martin may not be so bad after all, and her take-charge attitude not only helps Martin save his company, but also reveals a calmer, better self that opens them both up to the idea of love.

Produced by: MarVista Entertainment

“Christmas Crush” – Sunday, December 22, 7/6c PM

Cast: Cindy Sampson, Robin Dunne, Chris Violette

Synopsis: When Addie makes a Christmas wish for her neighbor, Sam, to fall in love with her, she’s not expecting anything to happen – and she definitely isn’t expecting the wish to go awry and cause her other neighbor, Pete, to fall in love with her instead. When Pete’s romantic gestures grow more and more over-the-top, Addie recruits Sam to help break the spell before Christmas.

Produced by: MarVista Entertainment

Source: Nielsen, C3, Household Impressions, 2018, Holiday Movies

About ION Television

ION Television, a top 10-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 70 full-power stations reach 100+ million homes. For more information, visit www.iontelevision.com.

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  1. Thanks for listing these out. The article I read on deadline.com confused me with, "Christmas Cupid’s Arrow will kick off ION’s holiday run on November 25, the Sunday after Thanksgiving." Turns out that one is not new, it's from last year.

  2. We all appreciate how hard you work to keep us informed about the exciting movies and specials coming up in this most blessed, Christmas season. Blessings to you and your family!

  3. Thanks for the great movies! Can't wait to see them.

  4. these movies are going to be awesome!

  5. These movies are Wonderful. They make you feel happy and warm inside. I sooo forward to watching 12 Pups of Christmas. I will have a cup of tea and a slice of pie as I watch it. This is a treat for non cable people as myself. Thank you and God bless you and your families this holiday season.

  6. What happened to the end of christmas matchmakers

  7. Since I'm an animal lover (3 cats & 1 huge dog), I was looking forward to "12 Pups of Christmas". But I wasn't thrilled with the first ten minutes, so I ended up deleting this movie. {Very minor spoiler: when the movie starts we see the main actress and her boyfriend and we see them at Thanksgiving in their apartment, so they're living together, which is something I'm not thrilled about seeing in family-friendly movies. While on their way to the courthouse to get married several days later, we find out that the boyfriend has been sleeping with her best friend for the past six months (or as he puts it, "having one last fling" before he has to get married); once again, this is something that I don't think is appropriate to show or talk about in a family friendly movie.} It's possible that this was just a blip at the beginning of the movie that the director was using to set up all the good stuff to come and maybe the rest of the movie was great and she meets and finds the perfect sweet guy, but I decided not to find out -- there are too many other good shows to watch on my dvr! So far this season, I have not been impressed with the ION channel.
    (Not sure if this is the correct place to post these notes, I couldn't find a direct link to the movie.)

    1. Jane, Thank you so much for sharing this review. I had this movie scheduled to record today, but after reading what you shared, I decided to cancel that. Even though it has such a sweet title that one would think would be family-friendly, clearly it's not. I so appreciate you taking the time to share that review and lots of others with us this Christmas season! You have been a wonderful blessing!

      God bless you & Merry Christmas!!! Net

  8. Tried to watch Christmas Crush but just couldn't get into it so I deleted it after watching the first third of the movie. I can't remember, but I think the part I watched was probably considered "family friendly"? It was just all a bit too silly or unrealistic for me (or maybe poorly acted?? -- I like Robin Dunne but he didn't have a big part in the first 1/3 of the movie). It had potential to be a cute movie but I guess I just wasn't in the mood. Hopefully, other folks found it to be a good movie.


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