New TV movies make it begin to look a lot like Christmas

Cable offers lots of new dramatic, romantic fare for the holidays

Kali Hawk stars in Sunday’s new Freeform movie “The Truth About Christmas.”

Thanks especially to certain cable channels that specialize in Christmas movies, there’s never a problem finding them at this time of year.

That’s not only the case with favorites from years past, but also with new titles — the number of which only seems to go up from year to year. Here’s a look at some of the premieres scheduled for the coming days.

“A Shoe Addict’s Christmas” (Sunday, Nov. 25, Hallmark Channel): Hallmark Channel staple Candace Cameron Bure plays a department-store worker who encounters an angel (Jean Smart) in the store after hours, then is sent back to a past Christmas and given the chance to change the direction of her life. And even more specifically, her love life, thanks to a handsome fireman (Luke Macfarlane).

“The Truth About Christmas” (Nov. 25, Freeform): The holidays get political, at least a little, as a consultant (played by Kali Hawk) steers her boyfriend’s (Damon Dayoub) mayoral run. As she prepares to meet his family, her encounter with a store Santa leaves her cast with a spell that makes her able to tell only the truth. (Think Jim Carrey in “Liar Liar.”)

“Jingle Belle” (Nov. 25, Lifetime): A Juilliard-trained talent (Tatyana Ali) returns home to score her town’s Christmas Eve Pageant, reuniting her with her ex (Cornelius Smith Jr.), who happens to be its director.

“Christmas Perfection” (Nov. 25, Lifetime): Seen on a recurring basis on “This Is Us” – which her husband, Dan Fogelman, created – Caitlin Thompson stars in this fantasy as a woman who wants everything just right at Christmas. Magic lands her in a holiday village that ultimately proves less than perfect, giving her a big lesson.

Barry Watson and Melissa Joan Hart star in “A Very Nutty Christmas” Friday on Lifetime.

“A Very Nutty Christmas” (Friday, Nov. 30, Lifetime): Maybe she’s just tired, but a busy baker (Melissa Joan Hart) thinks a soldier she encounters (Barry Watson) actually might be the Nutcracker Prince from Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet. Our bet? It’s probably really him.

“Mingle All the Way” (Saturday, Dec. 1, Hallmark Channel): The designer of an app (Jen Lilley) meant to pair singles on a strictly platonic basis – tell us you don’t know where this is going already – falls for an advertising man (Brent Daugherty) with a business purpose for having a companion for the holidays.

“A Twist of Christmas” (Dec. 1, Lifetime): Both single, a busy mom and a harried lawyer mix up the toys (Vanessa Lachey, Brendon Zub) they’ve bought for their respective kids. An exchange, and romance, ensue.

“Love for Christmas” (Dec. 1, Lifetime): Recent “Shooter” co-star Shantel VanSanten gets to go the route of “An Officer and a Gentleman” as a woman who finds her way under the mistletoe with a Navy man (Rob Mayes).

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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