ABC Family Celebrates Christmas in June With the Half-Mas Merry-Thon
via press release:
IT’S A JOLLY HOLIDAY AS ABC FAMILY CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS IN JUNE
WITH THE HALF-MAS MERRY-THON
Ten of The Network’s Popular Christmas Movies Are Now Available on the WATCH ABC Family App
Burbank, CA – (June 25, 2014) – Today ABC Family marks the halfway point to Christmas by adding a mix of original and acquired ABC Family holiday movies to its WATCH ABC Family App.
With only 182 days left until Christmas, ABC Family invites the audience to sit back and enjoy “The Half-mas MERRY-THON,” featuring ten of the network’s popular holiday movies. Available on the app for only two weeks, this playlist is sure to bring tidings of good cheer and chase the bah-humbugs out of any Scrooge.
WATCH ABC Family allows viewers with participating TV subscription services access to 24/7 live viewing of the network, as well as on-demand access to the most current episodes of the network’s popular series at home and on-the-go via a wide array of devices, including desktops, smartphones and tablets.
The following movies will be featured in the app:
A VERY BRADY CHRISTMAS
Christmas is coming and Mike (Robert Reed) and Carol Brady (Florence Henderson) are both planning a secret vacation for the other. Each unaware of the other’s vacation plans, Mike and Carol find themselves making travel reservations at the same agency. Torn between where to go, the Bradys decide that the perfect Christmas celebration should include the entire family. They forego their trip and buy airline tickets for their kids’ Christmas homecoming instead. But between lost jobs, failed relationships and questionable career choices, Marcia (Maureen McCormick), Greg (Barry Williams), Peter (Christopher Knight), Jan (Eve Plumb), Cindy (Jennifer Runyon) and Bobby (Michael Lookinland) initially have reservations about spending the holidays together as a family. As travel plans for the kids are in motion, Mike encounters a problem of his own. His client fires him as his architect after Mike insists on several safety modifications of a building under construction. Disappointed someone would second-guess his expertise, Mike agrees that the best solution is for his client to find a new architect for the building. In a dangerous twist, Mike is called away from the holiday gathering to help with a cave-in at the construction site. After narrowly escaping a building collapse, Mike safely returns home to the family he adores.
Sloane (Christina Milian) is a beautiful, intelligent and successful young power player working for the top PR agency in Hollywood. She represents one of their most prominent clients, starlet and notorious party girl Caitlin Quinn (Ashley Benson). Sloane thinks she has it all until one fateful evening when her star client meets her untimely death just as Sloane is in the midst of planning Caitlin’s Christmas Day movie premiere. Sloane is visited by Caitlin’s ghost who begins to haunt her, claiming that she must atone for her past misdeeds. Under Caitlin’s counsel, Sloane endures a series of nightly encounters with visions of her ex-boyfriends, all slighted by her in some way, including her first true love, Patrick (Chad Michael Murray). Sloane reluctantly embarks on a soul-searching journey to redeem herself, find love and experience a Christmas she will never forget.
Angela (Christina Milian) receives a mysterious package just as her family invades her apartment for yet another family dinner with an overbearing but well-intentioned mother (Lorraine Bracco) and invasion of privacy that come with a big, overgrown family. After her family finally leaves, Angela opens the package and discovers a Christmas snowglobe that symbolizes the Norman Rockwell world of civility for which she secretly yearns. That night in a dream, she finds herself magically transported into a very winter wonderland. Awed — and a little freaked out — she explores the miniature town and meets its inhabitants, including the very pleasant Douglas (Matt Keeslar). It’s only when she awakens in her small, cramped apartment with a trinket in her hand that she realizes her trip was real. Angela begins traveling back to Snowglobe with more frequency as the precious little Christmas world becomes more important to her than her real life. Unexpectedly, the two worlds collide when Douglas follows her home, just as she is developing a new relationship with her neighbor Eddie (Josh Cooke). Angela struggles to reconcile the situation and ultimately has to decide what really defines her perfect Christmas.
Mary Class (Jenny McCarthy) is a highly-driven business woman who is acknowledged for her great success by everyone but her father…who happens to be Santa Claus (George Wendt). Tired of not being recognized for her ideas about modernizing Christmas, Mary fled to the big city, leaving home and abandoning her loyal local boyfriend, Luke (Ivan Sergei). But after learning that Santa has fallen ill and is having trouble finishing preparations for Christmas, Mary eagerly returns home to the North Pole to implement her innovative ideas and to motivate the elves to move into the 21st century. But Mary discovers that you can’t teach an old elf new tricks. When everything sacred about Christmas becomes threatened, Mary discovers the true spirit of the holiday and embraces traditions old and new.
SANTA BABY 2: CHRISTMAS MAYBE
In this sequel to the hit movie “Santa Baby,” Mary Class (Jenny McCarthy) must step in to help save Christmas. Santa’s in the midst of a late-life crisis — he’s tired of the responsibilities of the job and is ready to pass on the reins to Mary, who feels torn between the family business and running her own high-stakes firm in New York City, along with balancing a relationship with the love of her life, Luke (Dean McDermott). The situation gets increasingly dire when a disgruntled former elf sows dissension at the North Pole in an effort to take over Christmas.
12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS
Kate (Amy Smart) is infatuated with Christmas and all the magic that surrounds it. In an attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend on Christmas Eve, Kate ends up ruining her blind date with Miles (Mark-Paul Gosselaar). In an odd twist of fate, Kate is given the chance to relive Christmas Eve over again –twelve times, in fact — in order to not miss out on true love. After understanding that a reconciliation with her ex is not in the cards, Kate decides to embrace what Christmas Eve has given her, but just as she seems to think she has gotten it right, the clock strikes midnight and Kate has to relive Christmas Eve once again. Although she seems distraught, she quickly comes to understand that she can do anything without consequences, because by midnight all will be erased. With this new-found excitement for life, Kate goes on a shopping spree, gets a tattoo and alters her appearance drastically, finally enjoying the gift she has been given. In addition to improving herself, she starts to help others and decides to make this Christmas Eve what she wants it to be. By letting go of her controlling ways and fear of being alone, Kate not only helps others find their happiness, but finds her own by finally trusting fate.
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.
Melody Gerard (Jennie Garth), a high-powered corporate workaholic for a retail conglomerate, is happy to spend the holidays jet-setting with her girlfriends. However, she’s in for an unpleasant surprise when her boss sends her to her sleepy hometown to convince the reluctant townspeople to allow them to build a new discount store. Now, forced to reconnect with her family and her childhood sweetheart, Carter McClure (Cameron Mathison), her task is not so simple, as all are vehemently opposed to everything Melody’s company stands for. Desperate to get out of town and back to her “real” life, Melody takes a spill and wakes up in an alternate universe where she never left home and is married to Carter! Once determined to leave her small town life behind, Melody must make sense of her new life and decide if you truly can go home again.
HOLIDAY IN HANDCUFFS
Trudie (Melissa Joan Hart) is a young woman with a funky, artistic sense of style and a creative spirit. A continuous disappointment to her parents, she’s a would-be painter stuck working as a waitress. After blowing an interview and getting dumped by her preppie, superficial boyfriend, Trudie suffers a spontaneous nervous breakdown. Panicked at the thought of going home alone for the holidays, she kidnaps a handsome and well-dressed customer, David (Mario Lopez), with the sole purpose of bringing him home for Christmas and introducing him to the family as “the one.” When David sees how inadequate Trudie feels around them, he agrees to play along with the charade until he can break free. But he adapts quickly to the crazy family and soon they are all enjoying a happy Christmas – until the police bust in on their holiday fun. Will David want Trudie arrested, or will he or realize she is rather arresting?
Former bounty hunter turned elementary school teacher Tory Bell (Raisa) was ready for a new life when she left the family business behind and moved to Manhattan. But when an old enemy is released from jail and vows retribution on Tory and her loved ones, she returns to New Jersey to take care of him once and for all. When Tory’s upper-class fiancé, James, follows her home for Christmas, she tries to keep her bounty hunting ways a secret, but the plan backfires when James unwittingly becomes involved in the Bells’ mission. Further complicating matters, Tory must work closely with her ex-boyfriend, Mike (Mike “The Miz” Mizanin), to bring down their target and keep James out of certain danger. But as Tory becomes further entrenched in her old life, she finds herself torn between whom she once was and her plans for the future. Will Tory choose her new life with James or will the thrill of bounty hunting and unresolved feelings for Mike prove too powerful to ignore?
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