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Brokaw: CBS highlights four new holiday films

By Francine Brokaw - Special to the Daily Herald | Nov 26, 2022

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A banner reads "More the Merrier," promoting the Christmas season schedule on CBS.

It’s that time of year again when new holiday films are hitting the screens and old favorites are returning. CBS has four new films that will not only entertain, but hopefully put viewers in the holiday spirit.

First, “Reindeer in Here” is an animated film based on the award-winning Christmas book. This cute story focuses on a young reindeer named Blizz — short for Blizzard — who has two different-sized antlers. This makes him unique, and Blizz will soon be in the hearts of viewers of all ages. Blizz wants to do something special and is joined by his friends in the North Pole to create a new holiday tradition.

Adam Devine voices Blizz and Candace Cameron Bure is the voice for Pinky, another reindeer. Bure is no stranger to holiday films, as the former Full House actor has starred in Christmas films for a variety of networks. The actor recently met virtually with the media to highlight the animated film.

“It’s been a huge dream of mine for a very long time to be in something animated that’s very special. And it was so fitting to — for my first animated movie to be in a Christmas one,” she said. “Christmas truly is my favorite holiday of the year. I’m a woman of faith, so there’s no bigger holiday than to celebrate Christmas. I love that I’ve become synonymous with Christmas because of the movies that I’ve done over the past 15 years.”

Bure admitted that she, personally, is in the Christmas spirit 365 days a year.

The filmmakers hope this movie will become an annual holiday tradition for families to enjoy together. “Reindeer in Here” premieres Nov. 29 on CBS and will be available to stream on Paramount+.

“Fit for Christmas” centers around a fitness instructor in the fledgling community of Mistletoe, Montana. And yes, of course, there is a love-interest in this film. Amanda Kloots plays Audrey, the Christmas-loving fitness buff. Paul Green is a businessman who comes to the town to turn the community center into a profitable enterprise, changing Audrey’s life in the process.

“I co-created the idea,” Kloots told members of the media. She, “definitely helped conceptualize the entire movie, right up until we were filming. And it was amazing. I have to tell you there was a day on set — I’ll never forget it — we were filming at the Mistletoe Inn. And it was so perfectly Christmas.”

“Fit for Christmas” premieres Dec. 4 on CBS and will be available on Paramount+.

Next up is “Must Love Christmas” starring Liza Lapira, Nathan Witte and Neal Bledsoe, in a tale about a popular romance writer who specializes in holiday-themed stores. She winds up in Cranberry Falls and smack dab in the middle of a love triangle with her childhood crush and a reporter there to get an interview with her. Who will win her heart?

Lapira talked to the media about the concept of the movie “meet cute” aspect. That is when two people have a, well, a cute initial meeting.

“For this movie in particular, I had two meet cutes. I enjoyed both of them immensely. Yeah. I always enjoy a meet cute. You know I got — I got both kinds of meet cute. I got the meet cute with the high school crush, the guy in my dreams that I haven’t seen in forever, the unrequited love re-meeting meet cute, and then I got the antagonistic banter witty meet cute so I’m thoroughly spoiled by this movie,” Lapira said.

“Must Love Christmas” premieres Dec. 11 on CBS and will be available on Paramount+.

The final film on the CBS holiday slate is “When Christmas was Young” starring Karen David and Tyler Hilton, premiering Dec. 18. David plays a singer/songwriter while Hilton is a music manager in need of a hit song. He wants to secure the rights to a Christmas song she wrote a long time ago. Will he get the rights or win her heart — or maybe both? This is, after all, a Christmas movie filled with joy and happiness.

The movie features original music by Sheryl Crow, who is also an executive producer of the film. Robert Tate Miller, the movie’s writer, said, “This movie revolves around a song which drives the story, and we were fortunate enough to have Sheryl Crow write this song, a gorgeous song, and it is the centerpiece, the core of this movie. And the song brings our couple together and drives the story.”

After premiering on CBS, the movie will also be available to stream on Paramount+.

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