*It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as TV One celebrates the holidays with a programming slate of original movies, specials and marathons to bring in the holiday cheer.
Allstate Gospel Superfest: A Holiday Special
Kicking off the “TV Winter Onederland” is the premiere of the new Vivica A. Fox hosted Allstate Gospel Superfest: A Holiday Special, on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. ET, followed by the premieres of TV One’s original movies, The Christmas Swap on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 8 pm ET and Merry Ex-Mas on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET. Next, TV One will host a holiday marathon featuring the best of Unsung beginning on Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 24 at 6 a.m. ET and Rickey Smiley For Real beginning on Friday, Nov. 26 at 8 a.m. ET. Additionally, beginning Friday, November 25 at 8 p.m. ET and occurring for five straight weekends, Friday nights will become home of the holiday-themed sitcom episodes, including The Jeffersons, Sanford and Son, Good Times, What’s Happening!!, What’s Happening Now!!, Living Single, Girlfriends, The Parkers and Everybody Hates Chris.
An Overview of TV One’s Holiday Programming:
Allstate Gospel Superfest: A Holiday Special
Premiere: Sunday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. ET; 9 p.m. ET
Encores: Sunday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. ET; 11 p.m. ET
Hosted by Vivica A. Fox, the Allstate Gospel Superfest: A Holiday Special is a two-hour explosion of soul-stirring gospel music honoring the legendary Pastor Shirley Caesar. The special features chart-topping inspirational recording artists including: J MOSS, Jonathan Butler, Tim Bowman Jr., Casey J, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Beverly Crawford, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, James Hall & Worship and Praise, Lonnie Hunter featuring Structure, Patrick Lundy & Ministers of Music, Jonathan McReynolds, Karen Clark-Sheard, andAlexis Spight.
New Original Movies
The Christmas Swap
Premiere: Saturday, November 26 at 8 p.m. ET
A down-on-his-luck single father (Dondré T. Whitfield, Queen Sugar) questions his decision to give up his dreams to take care of his ailing mother. A Christmas miracle gives him a glimpse of what his life would have been like if he’d made a different choice. The ensemble cast includes Christian Keyes (Saints & Sinners), Tracey Heggins, Stella Doyle, Diallo Thompson, Delpaneaux Wills, and Chris Whitley.
Premiere: Saturday, December 10 at 8 p.m. ET
A mild mannered, single mother, Katrina Jackson (Angell Conwell), and A.D.D. sufferer, DeMarco Gamble (London Brown) are two loving parents raising their daughter in separate households. When DeMarco falls in love with another woman, Vilisa Whitaker (Faune Watkins), and plans a Christmas Wedding; Katrina sets in motion a diabolical plan to ruin their fairytale wedding. Sean Patrick Thomas (Save the Last Dance), Clifton Powell (Ray) and Jason Weaver (Drumline) round out the cast.
Unsung Thanksgiving Day Marathon
Airs: Thursday, Nov. 24 starting at 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. ET (17 episodes)
Unsung is one of TV One’s longest running and most recognizable series. This franchise highlights the life, and career of black Hollywood’s influential music stars. The marathon will include episodes featuring Heavy D, EPMD, Bone Thugs & Harmony, The O’Jays, Howard Hewett, Teddy Pendergrass, Otis Redding, Johnnie Taylor, Angie Stone, Troop, Kelly Price, H-Town and Xscape.
Rickey Smiley For Real Marathon (season 2)
Airs: Friday, Nov. 25 starting at 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET
A voyeuristic view into what makes Smiley a successful media mogul in radio, comedy and television, TV One’s Rickey Smiley For Real, captures the syndicated host as he juggles two families – one at home and the other at work.
“TV Winter Onederland” (Holiday-themed Friday Nights)
Friday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. ET – The Jeffersons, Sanford & Son, Good Times
Friday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. ET – The Jeffersons, What’s Happening!!, What’s Happening Now!!
Friday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. ET – The Parkers, Good Times, A Different World
Friday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. ET – Living Single, Girlfriends, Everybody Hates Chris
Friday, Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. ET – The Jeffersons, Sanford & Son, Good Times
“A Very Unsung Christmas” Marathon
Airs: Dec. 25, Dec. 26 and Jan. 1 starting at 6 a.m. ET
Receive the gift of 100+ hours of Unsung for the holidays. The schedule features three day-long marathons, and every night between Christmas and New Year’s there will be holiday-themed episodes from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET.
Holiday Movie Marathon
Airs: Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24 starting at 11 a.m. ET
11 a.m.: A Christmas Blessing
1 p.m.: Second Chance Christmas
3 p.m.: A Royal Family Holiday
5 p.m.: A Royal Family Christmas
7 p.m.: The Christmas Swap
9 p.m.: Merry Ex-Mas
11 p.m.: The Christmas Swap
1 a.m.: Merry Ex-Mas
3 a.m.: A Royal Family Christmas
A Christmas Blessing
This moving family drama chronicles the parallel hardships of Pamela Cleveland (Lisa Arrindell Anderson, Madea’s Fanily Reunion),a mother of four whose husband, Charles (David Banner, The Butler), has been killed in action while serving in Afghanistan, and Earl James (Omari Hardwick, Power, Verses & Flow), a fresh divorcee. While Pamela combats immeasurable grief and a flood of concerns as a new widow, Earl combats anxiety and struggles to maintain custody of and contact with his two sons. Pamela and Earl’s lives are forever transformed when their seemingly separate paths intersect and together, they learn the realities of dating and single-parenthood, the importance of family and the true meaning of Christmas.
Second Chance Christmas
In the film Maisie (Robinne Lee, Being Mary Jane) and her 13-year-old son Lawrence (Michael Rainey, Jr., Power) form a small, yet tight-knit family unit. Lawrence knows his mother doesn’t have the easiest life as a single mother, but it makes him happy simply to know that she is there for him. His prayers for his mother to find happiness are answered when Malcolm (McKinley Freeman, Hit The Floor) marries Maisie. Yet ironically, Lawrence is indifferent to Malcolm and is certainly not afraid to wear his feelings on his sleeve. However, when a tragic car accident takes Maisie’s life, Lawrence and Malcolm must learn to lean on one other and get by with an important piece of their lives missing. Kandi Burruss (The Real Housewives of Atlanta) and Durrell “Tank” Babbs (Born Again Virgin) also star.
A Royal Family Holiday
Royalty in name and mind only, the Royal family led by patriarch Leighton Royal (Richard Lawson) and matriarch Alfreda Royal (Debbi Morgan) fake their break-up in order to lure their overly-busy children home for Thanksgiving.
Surprises and challenges ensue, including drama with Alfreda’s envious sister Mona Levi (Vivica A. Fox); the revelation of a deep, dark family secret involving Alfreda’s former acquaintance Chivonne Price (Tichina Arnold); and dealings with Leighton’s super-loud, outspoken cousin Nelson Royal (Ricky Harris). Unfortunately, Leighton and Alfreda both play their roles too well as old wounds are re-opened and their carefully planned reunion leads to chaos – and a potentially real break-up. Romeo Miller (Brotherly Love, Madea’s Witness Protection), Eric Myrick III (At Sunrise), Chelsea Tavares (Fright Night) and Tequilla Whitfield (Magic Mike XXL) also star as the Royal family children.
A Royal Family Christmas
In the sequel to A Royal Family Holiday, the children Phillip “Flip” Royal (Romeo Miller), a good-looking spiritual guru; Austin Royal (Eric Myrick III) a Washington, D.C. community activist running for Congress; Kelsey Royal (Chelsea Tavares) a fashion designer’s gopher; and Pamela Royal (Tequilla Whitfield) a hair and nail salon owner join forces to attempt to reunite their parents in time for Christmas
They try every trick in the book – including “playing nice” and setting aside old sibling rivalries – only to learn their mom and dad are enjoying “the single life.” Their plan also goes awry as getting their parents back together ends up taking a back seat to their own personal and professional drama.
Vivica A. Fox (6 Ways to Die, Independence Day: Resurgence) Debbi Morgan (Power, All My Children), Richard Lawson (Real Husbands of Hollywood, All My Children) Tichina Arnold (Survivor’s Remorse, Everybody Hates Chris, Martin) and Ricky Harris (Bones, Everybody Hates Chris) also star in the film.