The 2011-2012 TV season is in full swing with plenty of summer shows returning for the remainder of their seasons as well as many made-for-TV movies. Get your calendars out as it’s going to be another busy month:
November 1 – Covert Affairs will air its final 6 episodes of the current season on the USA Network starting tonight at 10 PM
November 3 – Bones will be back with an all-new season on FOX at 9 PM
November 3 – Burn Notice will be back on the USA Network for its final 6 episodes of the current season as of tonight at 9 PM
November 5 – The final episode of Bedlam will air on BBC America at 9 PM
November 5 – The Hallmark Channel movie Love’s Christmas Journey will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: While still mourning the loss of her husband and daughter, recently widowed Ellie King (Natalie Hall) visits her brother Aaron Davis, (Greg Vaughan) a sheriff in the small town of Haddonton, and his two children during the Christmas holiday. Ellie does her best to enjoy the holidays, even making new friends with Beatrice (JoBeth Williams), a local shop keeper and Deputy Strode (Dylan Bruce). Settling in nicely with her brother’s family, Ellie agrees to watch her niece and nephew when Aaron travels out of town to purchase adjacent land for farming. But when a corrupt attorney in town leaves a young man to blame for Mayor Wayne’s (Sean Astin) barn catching fire and burning, Ellie ignores distrusting townspeople and steps in to help to prove his innocence. To her dismay, the season’s festivities are threatened when Aaron goes missing. When all seems lost, Ellie not only gets the perfect holiday miracle—her brother delivered home safely on Christmas morning—but also the chance at a new life when she finds herself falling in love again. The cast includes Ernest Borgnine and Charles Shaughnessy.
November 6 – The new western drama Hell on Wheels will debut on AMC at 10 PM
Show Synopsis: The series is set in post-Civil War America, focusing on the story of Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) and his quest for revenge over the wartime death of his wife. The cast includes Common, Colm Meaney, Dominique McElligott, Ben Esler, Philip Burke and Eddie Spears.
November 6 – The film Mistletoe Over Manhattan will debut on Hallmark Channel at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Rebecca, Mrs. Claus (Tedde Moore) is worried that her exhausted, workaholic husband (Mairtin O’Carrigan) has lost his holiday spirit. She believes she can help him recapture his bliss and secretly heads to the one place she knows the spirit of Christmas must still exist, the place she fell in love with Nick – New York City. In a crowded diner, Rebecca befriends Joe (Greg Bryk), a caring cop who is worried about this kindly grandmother, who’s alone and low on funds. Joe reveals he and his wife Lucy (Tricia Helfer) are in the middle of a divorce. Sensing that Joe is still very much in love with his wife, Rebecca agrees to work temporarily as the family’s nanny until Christmas. To Rebecca’s delight, by healing Joe and Lucy’s family, she shows Santa that Christmas miracles are still possible and his job’s more important than ever.
November 6 – The USA Network movie John Sandford’s Certain Prey will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: The film centers on Lucas Davenport (Mark Harmon), the Deputy Chief of Police for the city of Minneapolis, who doesn’t need his job. He could have retired long ago with the money he made designing computer simulations, but he loves what he does just as much as he loves nice suits, fast cars and women. When a cop is shot after witnessing the murder of the wife of a local real estate lawyer, Davenport is called to the scene. The cops quickly zero in on the husband as the prime suspect until a team of FBI agents descends on Minneapolis with evidence linking the crime to elusive hit woman Clara Rinker (Tatiana Maslany). Taking charge of the investigation, Davenport suspects that Clara is not working alone and sets his sights on Carmel Loan (Lola Glaudini), a high-powered attorney with an intense obsession for the real estate lawyer. As Carmel and Clara try to cover up their crimes, the body count grows and Davenport does what he does best — break all of the rules to nab this deadly duo.
November 11 – The Disney Channel movie Geek Charming will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) stars as Dylan, a snobby popular high school junior who agrees to become the subject of a documentary being made by Josh (Matt Prokop) the school’s film geek. As the cameras roll, Josh and Dylan begin to gain new perspective on each other.
November 12 – Primeval is back for its fifth season on BBC America as part of their Supernatural Saturday, airing six new episodes starting tonight at 9 PM
NOTE: A marathon of Primeval’s season four episodes will also air today starting at 2 PM.
November 12 – The Lifetime movie We Have Your Husband will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: American Jayne Valseca (Teri Polo), her husband Eduardo (Esai Morales) and their two children live an idyllic life on their 1,000 acre ranch outside of a peaceful Mexico town. But one morning Eduardo is kidnapped and Jayne is left behind to pick up the pieces, throwing her into a living nightmare in which she is pushed to the limit to do everything she possibly can to raise the ransom money necessary to bring Eduardo back alive. Based on a true story and co-stars Olivia d’Abo.
NOTE: This movie was originally set to air on October 17, but was rescheduled.
November 12 – The Hallmark Channel movie Lucky Christmas will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Holly Ceroni (Elizabeth Berkley) is a single mother who has been destitute when it comes to luck and love. No one can afford a personal chef, forcing Holly to go back to waitressing. She buys a lottery ticket, kissing it for good luck before she tosses it in the glove compartment of her car, hoping this Christmas things will get better. That night Holly’s car is stolen, adding to her streak of misfortune. The next morning Holly discovers her lotto numbers are in fact the million dollar winner, but the ticket is in her missing car. Mike Ronowski (Jason Gray-Stanford) is one of the men behind Holly’s missing vehicle; he and his friend had inadvertently taken Holly’s car the night before. When Mike’s greedy friend finds the winning lottery ticket he suggests that Mike romance Holly in order to get a cut of the money to help save his family business. As Mike gets to know Holly, he unexpectedly falls in love with her and realizes there are more important things in life than money.
November 13 – The CMT movie Reel Love will debut at 7 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: When Holly (LeAnn Rimes) finds out her father Wade (Burt Reynolds) has suffered a heart attack, she drops everything and rushes back to her small Southern lake town to help him. Cantankerous Wade doesn’t want to rest, or take his meds, or eat healthy – all he wants to do is fish; and all Holly wants to do is return home. But what she doesn’t count on is developing an attraction for Jay (Shawn Roberts) — the new guy in town.
November 13 – The movie Cancel Christmas will debut on the Hallmark Channel at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Imagine Santa’s (Judd Nelson) surprise when the Christmas Board of Directors issues an ultimatum: In 30 days or less, make Christmas less commercial and material, or lose it forever. The Board is so sure the turnaround is hopeless that they give Santa the task of changing the hearts of privileged kids so they, in turn, will reach out to help a less fortunate boy. As he views the mission before him, Santa sees the following themes: private school, privilege, rich kids, mean kids, a science fair, a Golden Retriever, and a friendless boy in a wheelchair.
November 18 – The fall finale of Fringe will air on FOX at 9 PM
November 19 – The Hallmark Channel movie The Case for Christmas will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Santa (George Buza) is in trouble. Everyone is losing faith in him, and he’s being sued for ruining Christmas. Young lawyer Michael Sherman (Dean Cain) takes Santa on as his client to defend him against wealthy businessman Braxton Bennett (Barry Flatman). When it comes out that the law suit is all for Braxton’s own financial gain, Michael helps save Christmas and finds love with his friend Lauren (Rachel Blanchard) along the way.
November 19 – The Lifetime movie Salem Falls (based on the Jodi Picoult book) will premiere at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Jack McBride (James Van Der Beek), a beloved teacher and soccer coach at an all girls’ prep school, has a seemingly perfect life until a student’s crush initiates an uproar of accusations that ruins his reputation and destroys his career. After serving eight months in jail for the scandal, Jack leaves his once idyllic life to start over and stumbles upon the little New England town of Salem Falls. There, he takes a job at the local diner and is befriended by its owner, Addie Peabody (Sarah Carter). Just as Jack begins to feel whole again, a group of local girls and their ringleader (AJ Michalka) turn his world upside down with a shocking accusation against him, triggering a modern day witch hunt in a town haunted by its own troubled history.
November 20 – The movie A Christmas Wish will debut on the Hallmark Channel at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Martha Evans (Kristy Swanson) has been abandoned by her ne’er-do-well husband, who took all their cash and left her homeless and virtually destitute with her two daughters and stepson. She leaves town in the hopes of finding a job and a place to stay, eventually finding a job at a sleepy rural diner. But with her car broken down and the bills piling up, it looks like it’s going to be a bleak Christmas for the Evans family. However, there are warm hearts working behind the scenes that ultimately make this the happiest holiday of Martha’s life — a real answer to her prayers. The film also stars Tess Harper and Ed Herrmann.
November 24 – A marathon of episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation will air on BBC America from 8 AM to 5 PM
November 26 – Battlestar Galactica will air a marathon of episodes on BBC America from 6 AM to 9 PM
November 26 – Debbie Macomber’s Trading Christmas movie will premiere on the Hallmark Channel at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Emily (Faith Ford) misses her daughter Heather (Emma Lahana) who is attending college in Boston. Since her father died, Heather is sensitive to her mom’s dependence on long-standing holiday traditions. This Christmas, Heather has planned a trip to Phoenix with her boyfriend, but tells her mother she is staying on campus to study. After arranging a house-swap with Charles (Tom Cavanagh), an English professor from Boston who wants Washington State’s solitude in order to finish his novel, Emily hops on a flight to Boston to surprise Heather for Christmas. Unaware of the house swap, Emily’s best friend, Faith (Gabrielle Miller) walks in on Charles at Emily’s house and in Boston, Ray, Charles’ brother (Gil Bellows) responds to a 911 call only to find Emily at Charles’ condo. Will Christmas travel calamities lead to cross-country romances? Or have there been one too many surprises already?
The Lifetime movie Dear Santa will debut at 8 PM on November 26.
Lonely and drifting through life, twenty-four-year-old Crystal discovers a letter from a little girl asking Santa to send her daddy a new wife for Christmas. Crystal decides to seek them out in the hopes of making herself their gift from Santa. The film stars Amy Acker, David Haydn-Jones, Gina Holden and Emma Duke and was directed by Jason Priestley.
November 27 – The Walking Dead will air its fall finale on AMC at 10 PM
November 27 – The ABC Family Channel movie Desperately Seeking Santa will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Laura Vandervoort (Smallville and V) stars as an ambitious young marketing executive who dreams up the ticket to Christmas sales: a sexy Santa contest. Teenage girls and their moms flock to her mall when the gorgeous winner of the contest becomes a local hero, sending sales through the roof. She counted on this new Santa to win her a promotion – not win her heart, complicate her life and question everything she ever wanted.
November 27 – The Hallmark Channel movie Holiday Engagement will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Jilted by her high-powered fiancé just before Thanksgiving, and terrified of disappointing her demanding mother (Shelley Long), Hillary Burns (Bonnie Somerville) hires David (Jordan Bridges), an unemployed artist to pretend to be her fiancé over the holiday weekend. She soon discovers however, that the hired replacement may not be a replacement after all – but the real thing. The cast includes Haylie Duff and Sam MacMurray.
November 27 – Leverage will be back on TNT for the remainder of the season, airing 8 episodes starting tonight at 9 PM
November 27 – The Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Have a Little Faith will air on ABC at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Based on Mitch Ablom’s best-selling book Laurence Fishburne stars as Rev. Henry Covington, a Detroit preacher who overcame – along with his wife Annette (Anika Noni Rose) – a life mired in drugs and crime. Bradley Whitford portrays Mitch Ablom who met the reverend-in-recovery when writing a newspaper column about homeless people and homeless shelters. The film also stars Martin Landau.
November 27 – The new ION movie Holiday Heist will debut at 1 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: 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. The cast includes Lacey Chabert, Rick Malambri, Vivica Fox and Chris Kattan.
November 27 – Mandie and The Forgotten Christmas is the new ION movie that will debut at 3 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: 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. The movie stars Kelly Washington, Amanda Waters and Glennellen Anderson.
November 27 – The new ION movie 12 Wishes of Christmas will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: 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. Elisa Donovan, Gabrielle Carteris, Sarah Thompson and Fred Willard star.
November 28 – House will air its fall finale on FOX at 9 PM
November 28 – Rizzoli & Isles will return to TNT for the remainder of Season 2, airing 5 episodes starting tonight at 10 PM
November 28 – The Closer will return for the remainder of the season, airing 6 episodes starting tonight at 9 PM on TNT
November 29 – The fall finale of Ringer will air on The CW at 9 PM
November 29 – The TNT Mystery Movie Innocent will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Based on the Scott Turow book, Bill Pullman stars as Rusty Sabich, a judge charged with the murder of his wife, a situation that comes 20 years after he was cleared in the death of his mistress. During this latest trial, a secret affair from Rusty’s recent past threatens to hamper his defense and fracture his relationship with his son. The film stars Marcia Gay Harden, Alfred Molina, Richard Schiff and Mariana Klaveno.
November 30 – The film Ricochet will air as part of the TNT Mystery movie tonight at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: John Corbett plays Det. Sgt. Duncan Hatcher, who is investigating a corrupt judge (Gary Cole) while also becoming romantically involved with his wife (Julie Benz). Kelly Overton and Kadeem Hardison co-stars. Best on the book by best-selling author Sandra Brown.
Mark your calendar!