TV: Hallmark Christmas movie with Desperate Housewives stars


James Denton and Teri Hatcher in the Hallmark Christmas movie “A Kiss Before Christmas.”

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Five More Minutes (6 p.m., Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) – This movie inspired by Scotty McCreery’s song “Five More Minutes” premiered Saturday night, but if you missed it, you have another chance. It’s about a woman’s Christmas wish being answered in unexpected ways when her late grandfather’s journal turns up and reveals an untold romance. Here’s everything you need to know about the movie (and song), including when it will repeat and how to find the channel.

Christmas on 5th Avenue (7 p.m., ION) – A new one from ION! As they decorate a spectacular Manhattan penthouse for Christmas, bubbly Eva Jordan brings writer Lucas Blade some joy for the holidays.

A Kiss Before Christmas (8 p.m., Hallmark) – In this new Hallmark movie, nice-guy Ethan casually wishes his life had taken a different course and wakes up the next day to find nothing is the same — he’s not married to his wife Joyce, he doesn’t have two teenaged kids and he’s CEO of his company. If he wants to reclaim his original life and the family he loves, he must convince Joyce he’s telling the truth and win her over — and he only has until Christmas Day to make it happen. This one features “Desperate Housewives Stars” Teri Hatcher and James Denton, plus Marilu Henner.

Baking Spirits Bright (8 p.m., Lifetime) – Another new Lifetime Christmas movie. In this one, Mira Varma takes pride in her family’s fruitcake business despite the decline of the confection’s popularity. When her parents hire Brady Phillips to boost sales for the holidays, Mira fights to hold on to the heart of the company she loves so much.

Who Is Christmas Eve? (8 p.m., Bounce) – This new Christmas movie follows Eve Simmons, who was left with nothing but questions and a locket when she was abandoned as an infant on Christmas Eve. Struggling to move forward in life, Eve embarks on a quest to find her birth parents with help from a famed investigative genealogist.

Christmas Down Under (8 p.m., ION) – In this movie, tightly-wound Ellie flies to Australia and enlists the help of an Aboriginal tour guide and a YouTube famous Uber driver to find her husband and his eclectic family in hopes of finding her true self along the way.

2021 American Music Awards (8 p.m., ABC) – Megan Thee Stallion has apparently pulled out of tonight’s awards show (she was scheduled to perform with BTS, who will take the stage twice). Performers include: Olivia Rodrigo with Bad Bunny, Silk Sonic, Walker Hayes, Tyler, the Creator and Carrie Underwood with Jason Aldean and Jennifer Lopez. Cardi B hosts.

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Brooke Cain is a North Carolina native who has worked at The News & Observer for more than 25 years. She is the service journalism editor and writes about TV and local media for The N&O’s Happiness is a Warm TV blog.

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