What’s on TV?: Holiday Weekend Viewing

by Sandi Berg
If you like to plan your holiday TV viewing for the family, here’s a sneak peek at what’s playing over Thanksgiving weekend. Enjoy!
Great Performances Ð "Andrea Bocelli: Cinema" The Dolby Theater, 6801 Hollywod Blvd., Hollywood, CA September 18, 2015

Great Performances Ð “Andrea Bocelli: Cinema”
The Dolby Theater, 6801 Hollywod Blvd., Hollywood, CA
September 18, 2015

Tenor Andrea Bocelli performs favorites from blockbuster movies Friday Night On PBS’ ‘Great Performances’ at 9 p.m.

From the internationally famous Dolby Theater in the heart of Hollywood, Andrea Bocelli pays musical tribute to the silver screen in a lush concert of beloved songs from the movies. Joined by Grammy-winning producer David Foster, the renowned tenor performs memorable favorites from blockbuster classics including The Godfather, Scent of a Woman, Dr. Zhivago, Once Upon a Time in America, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and many more.
Gift Production‘A Gift Wrapped Christmas’ Premieres Saturday Night At 8 p.m. On Lifetime Network
As part of the Lifetime Network’s kick-off to Christmas, here comes another new original holiday movie which is sure to put a smile on your face.  A Gift Wrapped Christmas stars Meredith Hagner (Men at Work), Travis Milne (Rookie Blue) and Beverley Mitchell (7th Heaven).
Personal shopper Gwen’s newest client, Charlie, is a high-rolling, workaholic, single father. When Gwen meets his 8-year-old son, Owen, during a package drop, she is saddened to see just how little time Charlie spends with him. Determined to get Charlie to appreciate his family, Gwen makes it her Christmas mission to get him into the festive spirit. As she gets closer to Charlie and Owen, she also discovers what she wants for the holidays.
Having just moved back to her hometown without her serviceman husband but with her young son, Gretchen Daniels finds her life in disarray as Christmas approaches. But she discovers new purpose when she helps to deliver a message to her neighbor, Melissa, which makes her an ally in the quest to find the neighbor's sibling she never knew she had. The women become bonded not only by the search, but by the understanding that being there for each other means they're no longer alone. This friendship becomes the greatest Christmas gift of their lives.  Photo: Leah Gibson, Jamie-Lynn Sigler  Credit:  Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer:  Bettina Strauss

Photo: Leah Gibson, Jamie-Lynn Sigler Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

‘The Christmas Note’ Premieres Sunday Night At 9 p.m.  On the Hallmark & Mystery Channel

 Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos) stars in this new original holiday movie. It’s an inspirational story under the guise of a mystery with an underlying message about adoption and the importance of friendship and family whether biological or not.
Having just moved back to her hometown without her serviceman husband but with her young son, Gretchen Daniels finds her life in disarray as Christmas approaches. She soon discovers new purpose when she helps to deliver a message to her neighbor, Melissa, which makes her an ally in the quest to find the neighbor’s sibling she never knew she had. The women become bonded not only by the search but by the understanding that being there for each other means they’re no longer alone. This friendship becomes the greatest Christmas gift of their lives.
my-one-christmas-wish-gallery-4Amber Riley Stars In A New Holiday Movie ‘My One Christmas Wish’ Sunday Night At 9 P.M. On The Up Network
Based on a real-story, My One Christmas Wish is a perfect vehicle for the very talented singer/actress Amber Riley (The Wiz Live! Glee). This is just part of the Up Network’s “Everything You Love About Christmas” holiday movies, specials and marathons airing through the end of the year.
For many, Christmas is a time when we wish for that very special gift that we’ve pined for all year long; a new flat screen television, fitness watch, sheepskin boots, or the latest Bluetooth speakers. For straight-A college student Jackie Turner, however, all she wanted was “to rent a mom and dad for Christmas.” And, instead of asking Santa, she posted her request in an ad on Craigslist and someone answers!

Sandi Berg is also a freelance journalist and writes about television for several magazines including Written By (Writer’s Guild of America), Life After 50 and Whole Life Times Magazine.   


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