Sunday, December 9, 2012

Primetime Holiday Highlights - 'The Mistle-Tones', 'Christmas with Holly', 'Dexter', 'Robot Chicken'...

For Sunday, December 9th 2012 I recommend the following holiday programming:

The Mistle-Tones (ABC Family, 8 p.m.) – Holly (Tia Mowry), blessed with an amazing singing voice, is all set to audition for the newly vacated spot in a legendary local Christmas group which was founded by her late mother years ago. Shocked and upset when the slot goes to the barely talented best friend of the group's leader, Marci (Tori Spelling), Holly sets out to create her own musical group, The Mistle-Tones. After challenging their rivals to a sing-off on Christmas Eve, Holly finds herself on a journey to the real meaning of Christmas-- with some new friends and a new love thrown in for good measure.

Click here for my The Mistle-Tones preview from Jonathan Patrick Moore.

Help For The Holidays (Hallmark, 8 p.m.) – Although she loves Christmas, Santa’s elf Christine (Summer Glau) wonders if there could be more to life than making toys in the North Pole.  When Santa receives an emergency wish from a little boy in Los Angeles, he puts Christine on a special assignment, sending her to L.A. to give the VanCamp family—mom Sara (Eva La Rue), dad Scott (Dan Gauthier), and their two kids Ally (Izabela Vidovic) and Will (Mason Cook)—a holiday wake-up call. Will Christine fail her assignment and be sent back to the North Pole for good, or will the VanCamps come to their senses about the meaning of Christmas?

Christmas with Holly (ABC, 9 p.m.) – Mark Nagle (Sean Faris) is the uncle and guardian of six-year-old Holly (Lucy and Josie Gallina), whose single mother passed away unexpectedly. Mark owns the local coffee shop and roasterie in Friday Harbor, Washington State. Maggie Conway (Eloise Mumford) comes to Friday Harbor as a refugee of sorts from Seattle. Maggie was abandoned at the altar by her husband-to-be; it’s a perfect time for her to achieve her long-held dream of opening a magical toy store in the town where she spent her summers as a girl. Mark has help raising Holly from his two older brothers. All three uncles have their hearts in the right place. But they’re charmingly inept in their new roles – and they’re not helped by the fact that Holly hasn’t uttered a word since losing her mother. That’s where Maggie comes in; despite the approach of the busy Christmas retail season, she pays extra attention to Holly every time the young girl comes into Maggie’s welcoming shop. Maggie assumes Mark is “spoken for” during the whole getting-to-know-you dance, because Mark is in a relationship with Shelby (Alex Paxton‐Beesley). But that relationship is floundering, and Mark and Maggie keep bumping into each other, which is not surprising given the cozy size of the village of Friday Harbor.

Click here for my Christmas with Holly preview from Sean Faris.

All About Christmas Eve (Lifetime, 9 p.m.) – Eve Wright (Haylie Duff), an over-extended New York City party planner, has to decide whether to jeopardize her career and go off on a romantic Christmas vacation or risk ending the relationship when a top client insists on throwing a huge Christmas Eve party 3,000 miles away in Los Angeles.

Dexter (SHO, 9 p.m.) – “Do You See What I See?" – As Christmas approaches, Dexter (Michael C. Hall) tries to balance his life with Hannah (Yvonne Strahovski) and his relationship with Debra (Jennifer Carpenter), but unbeknownst to Dexter, Debra follows up on what could be an incriminating tip that Hannah’s father gave her. However, when Dexter learns that the man responsible for ordering his mother’s death has been released from prison, he zeros in for a kill that might end all kills.

Robot Chicken (Adult Swim, Midnight) – “Robot Chicken’s ATM Christmas Special” – The Robot Chicken Christmas Special has Santa nearly missing Christmas; Kano from Mortal Kombat shares the holidays with Mrs. Cage; Justin Bieber's new song is bound to be a Christmas hit; The writers give G.I. Joe a very special Christmas.

What will you watch??

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