The following list provides all the season finales of cable series that will be airing as well as the specials, mini-series and holiday-themed made-for-TV movies that will air during December:
December 1 – The Hallmark Channel movie A Bride for Christmas will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: After Jessie (Arielle Kebbel from The Vampire Diaries) calls off her third engagement, she swears off serious relationships until he finds “the one.” That is, until charming but chronically single Aiden (Andrew Walker from Against the Wall) comes along. But unbeknownst to Jessie, Aiden has bet his friends that he can convince a woman to marry him by Christmas, which is only four week away. The film co-stars Sage Brocklebank (Psych) and Kimberly Sustad (Primeval New World).
December 2 – The Christmas Heart is the new Hallmark Channel movie that will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: When a teenage boy desperately needs a heart transplant on Christmas Eve, his family and neighbors’ forty-year tradition of lining their quaint street with Christmas luminaries is put on hold. When his parents, Ann (Teri Polo from Meet the Fockers) and Mike (Paul Essiembre from Rescue Heroes), pray for a donor on a stormy night, the neighbors suddenly realize their luminaries could have a deeper purpose. The film co-stars Tess Harper from No Country for Old Men.
December 2 – The winter finale of both Once Upon a Time and Revenge will air on ABC at 8 PM and 9 PM respectively
December 2 – Boardwalk Empire will air its season finale on HBO at 9 PM
December 2 – The season finale of The Walking Dead will air on AMC at 9 PM
December 2 – The ION movie A Star for Christmas will debut at 7 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: The only thing that is working in Cassie’s world is her small town business. Her Christmas Cupcakery is a huge success, but her love life is a mess. Cassie’s whole universe is turned upside down when she falls in love with a co-worker who is revealed to be a famous yet troubled actor. But, can their relationship survive the pressure of Hollywood and the holidays? The cast includes Corey Sevier (North Shore), Briana Evigan (Sorority Row), Travis Van Winkle (90210) and Brooke Burns (Melrose Place).
December 2 – A Christmas Wedding Date is a new movie on ION that will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: After being fired from her high-powered job, Rebecca heads back home
to see her mom, Shirley, and attend her friend’s small-town wedding on Christmas Eve. Initially convinced that the trip is a terrible mistake, especially her botched romantic conversation with former beau, Chad, Rebecca soon learns that, indeed, you can go home again, and, again — until you get it right. The cast includes Marla Sokoloff (The Practice), Chris Carmack (The O.C.), Catherine Hicks (7th Heaven), David DeLuise (Wizards of Waverly Place), George Wendt (Cheers) and Chelan Simmons (L.A. Complex).
December 2 – The Lifetime original movie Finding Mrs. Claus will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: When Mrs. Claus (Mira Sorvino from Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion) feels neglected by her less than attentive husband (Will Sasso from The Three Stooges), she goes to Las Vegas to help a little girl with her Christmas wish. But when Santa finds out and follows her to Sin City to make amends, he puts Christmas at risk when things don’t go quite as he planned. The film also stars Laura Vandervoort (V and Smallville) and Andrew Walker (Against the Wall).
December 4 – Sons of Anarchy will air its season finale on FX at 10 PM
December 4 – The mid-season finale of Emily Owens, M.D. will also air on December 4 at 9 PM
December 5 – The winter finale of Nashville will air on ABC at 10 PM
December 5 – Supernatural will air its mid-season finale on The CW at 9 PM
December 7 – The season finale of the new drama Hunted will air on Cinemax at 10 PM
December 7 – The Sundance Channel mini-series Restless (part one) will debut at 9 PM
Mini-Series Synopsis: This two-part mini-series is based on the novel by British writer William Boyd that follows the story of a daughter who discovers that her mother was recruited as a spy during World War II. The cast includes Hayley Atwell (Captain America), Rufus Sewell (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Michael Gambon (Harry Potter franchise) and Charlotte Rampling (Melancholia)
December 7 – The mid-season finale of Nikita will air at 8 PM on The CW
December 8 – The Hallmark Channel movie Come Dance With Me will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Financial investor Jack (Andrew McCarthy from St. Elmo’s Fire) is aiming for a promotion at a prestigious firm, run by his girlfriend’s (Stephanie Mills from Urban Legend) wealthy father. Wanting to make a good impression in hopes of proposing, he signs up for ballroom dance lessons before the firm’s big Christmas party, but is soon caught in a moral dilemma when his company plans to tear the dance studio down, and his feelings for his instructor Christine (Michelle Nolden from Saving Hope) move beyond the dance floor.
December 8 – Holly’s Holiday is the new Lifetime movie that will premiere at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Claire Coffee (Grimm) stars as advertising executive Holly, who can’t quite imagine why she is so drawn to the handsome mannequin in the perfect holiday window display she passes every morning (Ryan McPartlin from Chuck). When she is knocked unconscious by a falling icicle, her once fake window man becomes the man of her dreams, but she soon discovers that though his looks are perfect, his personality is still, well, plastic.
December 9 – The Lifetime movie All About Christmas Eve will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Haylie Duff stars as Eve Wright, an over-extended New York City party planner who has to decide whether to jeopardize her career and go off on a romantic Christmas vacation or risk ending the relationship when a top client insists on throwing a huge Christmas Eve party 3,000 miles away in Los Angeles.
December 9 – The ABC Family movie The Mistle-Tones will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Holly (Tia Mowry from The Game) is devastated when she is turned down for a spot in the Christmas singing group The Snow Belles so she forms her own group, the Mistle-Tones and challenges her rival Marci (Tori Spelling from the original Beverly Hills, 90210) and The Snow Belles to a Christmas Eve sing-off. The cast includes Jonathan Patrick Moore (The L.A. Complex), Reginald VelJohnson (Family Matters) and Tammy Townsend (Lincoln Heights).
NOTE: This movie will encore at 10 PM that same night; and will reair on December 13 at 5 PM, December 17 at 12 Noon and December 20 at 3 PM
December 9 – Help for the Holidays is the new Hallmark Channel movie that will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Although she loves Christmas, Santa’s elf Christine (Summer Glau from Firefly) wonders if there could be more to life than making toys in the North Pole. When Santa receives an emergency wish from a little boy in Los Angeles, he puts Christine on special assignment, sending her to L.A. to give the VanCamp family – mom Sara (Eva La Rue from CSI: Miami), dad Scott (Dan Gauthier from Tour of Duty), and their two kids – a holiday wake-up call.
December 9 – The Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Christmas with Holly will debut on ABC at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: After being left at the altar, Maggie Conway (Eliose Mumford from The River and Lone Star) relocates from Seattle to a smaller and calmer place: Friday Harbor in Washington State where she opens a shop. After the death of his sister, Mark (Sean Faris from The Lost Valentine), the local coffee shop owner, becomes responsible for raising his 6-year old niece Holly along with his two brothers. Maggie takes a special interest in Holly – especially with Christmas fast approaching – and by Christmas Eve, Maggie and Mark fall in love.
December 9 – The new ION movie Anything But Christmas will debut at 7 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: John loves Grace and her 10-year-old son, Zachary. Although he wants to propose to her at Christmas, it’s the one holiday John runs from. In this romantic comedy, chaos with exes, misunderstandings, parents and in-laws all imperil John and Grace’s relationship. But can they get it sorted out by the holidays? Elaine Hendrix (Joan of Arcadia), Sergio Di Zio (Flashpoint), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future franchise) and Adrian Holmes (Smallville) star.
December 10 – Syfy will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a two-hour special at 9 PM
December 10 – 90210 will air its mid-season finale on The CW at 8 PM
December 11 – The mid-season finale of Hart of Dixie will air on The CW at 8 PM
December 12 – Arrow will air its mid-season finale on The CW at 8 PM
December 13 – Both The Vampire Diaries and Beauty And the Beast will air their mid-season finales on The CW at 8 PM and 9 PM respectively
December 14 – The Sundance Channel mini-series Restless (part two) will debut at 9 PM
December 15 – The Hallmark Channel movie Baby’s First Christmas will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: When a pair of feuding colleagues, Kyle (Casper Van Dien from Starship Troopers) and Jenna (Rachel Wilson from Republic of Doyle) are thrown together after their siblings, Jim (Noah Cappe from The Good Witch TV movies) and Trisha (Natalie Lisinska from Total Recall) fall in love, they have to learn to get along in time for their nephew’s birth on Christmas. Realizing Jim and Trisha have major money troubles, Kyle and Jenna band together to help and end up on a snowy New York adventure that will prove miracles really do happen at Christmas.
December 15 – The Real St. Nick is the new Lifetime movie that will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Torrey Devito (Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries) stars as psychiatrist Kate, who attends to a handsome but unconscious man in a Santa Claus suit who saved her during an earthquake. When he awakens and insists he is Santa Claus, he is placed in the hospital’s psychiatric wing, where his Christmas spirit soon “infects” everyone in the ward and Kate can’t help falling for the man even before she finds out his real identity. The movie co-stars Callard Harris (Dallas).
December 16 – The Lifetime movie Merry-In-Laws will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Cheers alums Shelley Long and George Wendt star as Mr. and Mrs. Claus, who are about to meet their future daughter-in-law, a single, uber-intelligent mother and her equally Mensa-type son. Imagine saying “yes” to your boyfriend’s marriage proposal and then finding out that your future in-laws are Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.
December 16 – The 2-hour Royal Pains holiday movie will air on the USA Network at 9 PM
December 16 – The season finales of both Dexter and Homeland will air on Showtime at 9 and 10 PM respectively
December 16 – Christmas Twister is a new movie that will debut on ION at 7 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: After a massive, out-of-season swarm of Texas tornadoes levels weather
scientist Ethan Walker’s home on Christmas Eve, he must find courage in the face of devastation to help restore his marriage and rescue their missing children. The cast includes Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Victoria Pratt (Mutant X) and Richard Burgi (Desperate Housewives).
December 17 – Gossip Girl will air its two-hour series finale on The CW at 8 PM
December 20 – The two-hour Burn Notice season finale will air at 9 PM on the USA Network
December 25 – The annual Christmas episode of Doctor Who will air on BBC America at 9 PM
SPECIAL SYNOPSIS: Doctor Who accompanied by his newest companion (Jenna-Louise Coleman), the Doctor’s latest adventure through space and time sees him once again crossing paths with the homo-reptilian Silurian Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and her cohort Jenny (Catrin Stewart).
December 25 – The season finales of both Rizzoli & Isles and Leverage will air on TNT at 9 and 10 PM respectively
December 29 – The original Lifetime movie She Made Them Do It will debt at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: The film is based on the true, twisted life of Sarah Pender (Jenna Dewan Tatum of Step Up) a charismatic, intelligent young woman who would become one of the country’s most sought after fugitives. Mackenzie Phillips (One Day at a Time) co-stars.
December 30 – The holiday special of Call the Midwife will air on PBS from 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Mark your calendars!