Monday, December 10, 2012

Terror on Highway 91 (1989) TV Movie

In this police drama, a rookie cop finds his idealism nearly destroyed when he discovers that most of the officers in his new precinct are corrupt. This is based on a true story. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Terror on Highway 91 (1989)TV Movie
Cast: Bonnie Johnson, Brad Dourif, Chuck Bibby, George Dzundza, Lara Flynn Boyle, Michael Burgess, Richard Brooks, Rick Schroder

Two for the Money (1972) TV Movie

In this drama, two private investigators must find a serial killer after the 12-year investigation of the police fails miserably. Intended as a pilot that never sold, it aired as part of the ABC Movie of the Week. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Two for the Money (1972) TV Movie
Cast: Anne Revere, Catherine Burns, Mercedes McCambridge, Neville Brand, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Hooks, Shelley Fabares, Stephen Brooks, Walter Brennan

Friday, December 7, 2012

Three Kings, The (1987) TV Movie

The made-for-TV Three Kings stars Jack Warden, Lou Diamond Phillips and Stan Shaw as three patients in a Los Angeles-area mental institution. Dressed as the Three Wise Men for a Christmas pageant, the trio is suddenly struck with the delusion that they are really their Biblical counterparts. As TV cameras grind away, the three ersatz Kings ride out of the Pageant--on camels--and into the mean streets of LA. As the story draws to its conclusion, the three escapees find themselves providing Christmas cheer for a group of homeless people on the outskirts of the city. Aaron Spelling's original story veers dangerously close to being devoured by its own cuteness at times, but Stirling Silliphant's script for Three Kings keeps the whimsy in check and the sillier events reasonably credible. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Three Kings (1987) TV Movie
Cast: Tiana Alexandra, Jane Kaczmarek, Lou Diamond Phillips, Charles Nelson Reilly, Pepe Serna, Stan Shaw, Tori Spelling, Vic Tayback, Jack Warden

Good King Wenceslas (1994) TV Movie

Wenceslas, the young king of Bohemia, lives trapped between the wisdom of his Christian grandmother and his tyranical stepmother. Only when he sees the suffering of the people does Wenceslas conclude that his stepbrother should never rule.

Good King Wenceslas (1994) TV Movie
Cast: Charlotte Chatton, Joan Fontaine, Jonathan Brandis, Leo McKern, Oliver Milburn, Perry King, Stefanie Powers, William Morgan Sheppard

Tony Bennett: A Family Christmas (1992)

Tony Bennett has been entertaining generations of audiences since 1950, performing a variety of hits with various internationally renowned bands; he has had a career filled with music awards and chart-toppers from all around the world. Songs include "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, The Christmas Waltz, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Where Is Love?, I Love the Winter Weather", and a medley that features "We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Jingle Bells, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Silent Night." ~ Forrest Spencer, Rovi

Tony Bennett: A Family Christmas (1992)
Cast: Tony Bennett, Manhattan Transfer

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas (2012) (TV)

For three seasons of "The Voice" now fans have known that Blake Shelton is brilliantly hilarious and incredibly charming. But how would it translate to his very own holiday special? Many celebrities have tried in recent years, but few have succeeded as well as Shelton did with "Blake Shelton's Not-So-Family Christmas" on NBC.

The hour special was littered with musical guests like Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson, not to mention his mother and his wife Miranda Lambert. He also had comedy bits throughout the special, with most of them hitting the right note -- even if he admitted his Larry the Cable Guy sketch might have been a little dark.

In it, he and Larry were in the claymation style of classic Christmas specials like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman." It was a hunting trip in the North Pole that went all wrong, with the pair ultimately killing or destroying virtually every beloved Christmas character.

He went dark again in a sketch where he traumatized children with twisted answers to their questions about "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." At other points he was getting beaten down by a cast of little people or trying to hawk a cheap knock-off of his swiveling chair from "The Voice."

Now that Shelton's got a laugh-filled Christmas special under his belt, fans can start counting the days until he's announced as an upcoming host on "Saturday Night Live." If he doesn't want to pull double duty, he could always invite his wife along to join in the fun as the musical guest.

Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas (2012) TV
Cast: Christina Aguilera, Kailee Bauer, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Dorothy Shackleford, Blake Shelton