It’s never too early to start planning for the holidays and ION Television is helping to celebrate the season with five all new holiday movies to put soap viewers in a festive mood. The network has lined up Dean Cain, Kristy Swanson and former soap stars Michael Muhney (The Young and the Restless), Ryan Bittle (TOLN’s All My Children), Adam Mayfield (ABC’s All My Children), Gloria Loring (Days of our Lives) and Jonathan Bennett (All My Children, Dancing with the Stars) to name a few, to star in five original movies in the network’s 2014 holiday line up. The new titles, including “Merry Ex-Mas,” “A Christmas Mystery,” “A Christmas Kiss II,” “A Perfect Christmas List” and “Back to Christmas” will begin airing Sunday, November 30, and will run alongside 18 returning favorites from ION’s holiday catalog in December.
Movies and descriptions of what’s ahead is listed below:
“A Christmas Mystery” – Premieres Sunday, November 30, at 9:00 p.m. ET
Cast: Esmé Bianco, Ryan Bittle, John Ratzenberger, John Colton, Anne Leighton, Kristen Miller, Ben Trotter
Synopsis: While searching through her late mother’s attic, Rebecca uncovers sealed cards from a mysterious suitor that had been addressed to her widowed Mom over the past 12 Christmases. As she begins to wonder the identity of man, Rebecca hires a handsome, yet mysterious, detective, Andrew, to help solve the mystery behind the letters. While working to unravel the family mystery, Rebecca and Andrew begin to fall for one another, but soon learn there’s more to the case than either expected.
“Merry Ex-Mas” – Premieres Sunday, December 7, at 9:00p.m./ET
Cast: Dean Cain, Kristy Swanson, Lochlyn Munro, Shannon Kummer, Sharon Thomas Cain, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Ernie Hudson, Rebecca Grant
Synopsis: When misleading photos are published of Security Company chief, Jessie Rogers, purportedly caught in a love nest with his rock star client, his humiliated wife, Noelle, throws him out of the house and swiftly files for divorce. Unable to convince her of his innocence, Jessie fights in vain to win Noelle back. A year later at the family ski cabin, a Christmastime blizzard snow bounds Jessie, his daughter, ex-mother-in-law, Noelle and her wealthy suitor, Flynn, who is plotting a surprise wedding.
“A Christmas Kiss II” – Premieres Saturday, December 13, at 9:00 p.m/ET
Cast: Elisabeth Harnois, Adam Mayfield, Elisabeth Röhm, Lola Glaudini, Jonathan Bennett, Celesta Hodge, Ray Laska
Synopsis: At a Christmastime event, Jenna shares an impromptu, unforgettable kiss under the mistletoe with the dashing Cooper Montgomery, a billionaire playboy who recently returned to the city. Although she doesn’t know him, Cooper learns that Jenna works for Cooper’s sister at the designer fashion house founded by their dad. Fearful of getting hurt in another relationship, Jenna vows to resist Cooper’s charms and feigns a romance with her heartbroken next door neighbor. As the two begin spending more time together, Jenna realizes that Cooper’s affection is real, but still worries that he won’t be able to shed his former ways.
“A Perfect Christmas List” – Premieres Sunday, December 14, at 9:00 p.m/ET
Cast: Ellen Hollman, Marion Ross, Aaron Hill, Beth Broderick, Richard Karn
Synopsis: Just two weeks before Christmas, Sara Smith gets a call from home about her grandmother Evie, who has been sent to the hospital. Having always been close, the health scare is enough to get Sara to do the unthinkable… come home for Christmas. While Sara plans to get a hotel room for her stay, her mother won’t allow it. Sara eventually relents, but it’s clear that time has not repaired their relationship, and her mother returns to her overbearing ways. With her handsome doctor’s approval, the convalescing Evie conjures up a curious challenge. As a “last wish,” she tasks her daughter and granddaughter with list of festive accomplishments to do together before Christmas, hoping that the adventure of the experience will repair their relationship. Along the way, Sara discovers an unlisted Christmas adventure with Evie’s physician.
“Back to Christmas” – Premieres Saturday, December 20, at 9:00 p.m.
Cast: Kelly Overton, Michael Muhney, Jonathan Patrick Moore, Jennifer Elise Cox, Moses Jacob Storm, Gloria Loring, Mark Hutter
Synopsis: Saddened about spending another Christmas alone, Ali meets Ginny, a quirky and spunky woman, at a diner on Christmas Eve. Ali tells Ginny that she was to be married on New Year’s Eve last year, but over the course of the holidays she and her fiancé unexpectedly split. When Ali explains that she would do everything differently if she could go back in time, Ginny tells her that “sometimes people do get second chances.” The following morning, Ali wakes up to find herself transported back to that Christmas before her planned wedding. While she sets out to avoid the mistakes of her past, she learns that changing the course of history is no easy task.
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