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ION Television to Kick Off Holiday Season with Six Original Movies, Beg. 11/27

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ION Television kicks off the 2011 holiday season with six all new original movies, starting Sunday, November 27. ION Television will premiere the new holiday movies along with returning favorites on Sundays throughout the season. New titles for ION this year include "12 Wishes of Christmas," "Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas," "Holiday Heist," "A Golden Christmas 2," "Christmas Mail," and "A Christmas Kiss."

"What better way for ION to usher in the season than with a variety of new, festive movies," says Brandon Burgess, CEO, ION Media Networks. "This new collection of holiday movies exemplifies ION's commitment to deliver entertaining original programming for our broad-based audience."

ION Television's 2011 holiday schedule includes (*all times listed are
ET):

NEW - "12 Wishes of Christmas"

Premieres Sunday, November 27 at 9pm

CAST: ELisa Donovan, Gabrielle Carteris, Sarah Thompson, Fred Willard

Willing to try anything to transform her life, Laura follows her best friend's suggestion and sets up a session with a life coach, who tells Laura to make 12 wishes for a positive change in her life. But before long, Laura realizes that her wishes are sparking unforeseen circumstances and she must act quickly to get her life back and her dog before Christmas. Produced by Hybrid.

NEW -- "Mandie and The Forgotten Christmas"

Premieres Sunday, November 27 at 3pm

CAST: Kelly Washington, Amanda Waters, Glennellen Anderson

Thrust into the chaotic and unfamiliar world of a boarding school at Christmas, Mandie falls into trouble. While visiting the school's forbidden attic, Mandie stumbles upon a mystery from which she is warned to flee. Seeking the truth will require Mandie to lie, but it just might provide the key that unlocks the memories of a long forgotten Christmas. Produced by Lost World Productions.

NEW -- "Holiday Heist"

Premieres Sunday, November 27 at 1pm

CAST: Lacey Chabert, Rick Malambri, Vivica Fox, Chris Kattan

Jennifer is an art student who takes a Christmas break internship at the local art museum. Along with a group of college students also working the exhibit, they unexpectedly stumble into a trio of thieves planning a holiday heist of the exhibit. As the students are held hostage, they are forced to learn about themselves, each other and the spirit of Christmas, all while getting the courage to work together to thwart the thieves. Produced by LDG Film and Production.

NEW -- "A Golden Christmas 2"

Premieres Sunday, December 4 at 9pm

CAST: Julie Gonzalo, Bruce Davison, Kelly Stables, Alley Mills

When golden retriever owner, Lisa, takes her dog Jake and her neighbors' dogs for a walk one day, she interrupts a wedding proposal involving none other than her ex, David. Now, with David's wedding approaching, Lisa and he must decide whether to leave their love in the past, or to give it another chance. With a little help of three lovable pups, it's sure to be a Christmas to remember. Produced by MarVista Entertainment.

NEW -- "Christmas Mail"

Premieres Sunday, December 4 at 11pm

Cast: Ashley Scott, A.J. Buckley, Piper Harris


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