The made-for-TV movie was a programming staple for the broadcast networks in the 1970s and 1980s. While it fell out of favor in the 1990s and was even dropped as an Emmy category for three years beginning in 2011, it has been on an upswing as of late. This year, 40 telefilms are in contention for the five nominations that will be revealed on July 13.
All 21,000 plus voting members of the TV academy have until June 26 to cast their ballots for their favorite TV movies. In the past, voters were limited in the number of telefilms that they could put forth; this year that cap (which was usually 10 per category) has been lifted. Unlike the Oscars, Emmy voters do not rank their choices and nominees are determined by a simple tally.
Unlike comedy and drama series, which are simply listed on the ballot by name, the television movie submissions include the air date, plot description and cast list.
Adventures In Babysitting
June 24, 2016
Inspired by the hugely popular 1980s film of the same name, the movie follows two competing babysitters, Jenny (Sabrina Carpenter) and Lola (Sofia Carson) when a dull evening turns into an adventure in the big city as they hunt for one of the kids who somehow snuck away.
[Starring: Sabrina Carpenter, Sofia Carson, Nikki Hahn, Mallory James Mahoney, Max Gecowets, Jet Jurgensmeyer, Madison Horcher, Kevin Quinn]
Agatha Christie’s The Witness For The Prosecution
January 30, 2017
1920s London. Glamorous Emily French (Kim Cattrall) is the victim of a brutal murder in this Agatha Christie classic. All evidence points to Leonard Vole, a young chancer to whom the heiress left her fortune. Leonard however, is adamant that his partner, an enigmatic chorus girl, can prove his innocence.
[Starring: Toby Jones, Kim Cattrall, Andrea Riseborough, Billy Howle, Monica Dolan, David Haig]
January 21, 2017
In this contemporary remake, BEACHES follows the serendipitous meeting of two young girls, who, though worlds apart in lifestyle, embark on unexpected and lifelong friendship. CC is an aspiring singer and Hillary is the daughter of a lawyer. Their friendship—even with its ups and downs—sustains them for decades.
[Starring: Idina Menzel, Nia Long]
Black Mirror: San Junipero
October 21, 2016
In a seaside town in 1987, a shy young woman and an outgoing party girl strike up a powerful bond that seems to defy the laws of space and time.
[Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mackenzie Davis]
Churchill’s Secret (Masterpiece)
September 11, 2016
In CHURCHILL’S SECRET Michael Gambon plays the greatest statesman of the twentieth century in his most difficult hour: a debilitating stroke which he seeks to hide from the world. Lindsay Duncan also stars as Churchill’s wife Clementine, and Romola Garai plays the remarkable young nurse who cared for him.
[Starring: Michael Gambon, Lindsay Duncan, Matthew Macfadyen, Romola Garai]
March 4, 2017
Recent law-school graduate Alexandra is assigned to single mom Sara whose two kids are taken away. Meanwhile, Alexandra is at odds with her wealthy grandmother and her judge is faced with presiding over a difficult case while her marriage to her husband collapses.
[Starring: Viola Davis, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Hayden Panettiere, Ellen Burstyn, Tony Shalhoub, Dan Fogler]
David Brent: Life On The Road
February 10, 2017
With “The Office” long in the past, middling salesman David Brent ditches work and goes on tour with his rock band in a disastrous stab at stardom.
[Starring: Ricky Gervais, Ben Bailey Smith, Tom Basden, Jo Hartley, Tom Bennett]
May 24, 2017
Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle, and nothing is ever the same for anyone in the Houseman family.
[Starring: Abigail Breslin, Colt Prattes, Debra Messing, Bruce Greenwood, Nicole Scherzinger, Sarah Hyland, Tony Roberts, Katey Sagal, Billy Dee Williams, J. Quinton Johnson]
Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love
November 30, 2016
In an all-new holiday sequel, the Partons, a family of humble means living in the mountains of Tennessee, face a devastating event that challenges their will. But when they experience a bewildering Christmas miracle, the Partons are drawn closer together.
[Starring: Dolly Parton, Gerald McRaney, Kelli Berglund, Ricky Schroder, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Jennifer Nettles]
Easy: Art And Life
September 22, 2016
A middle-aged graphic novelist who mines his personal life for material gets a taste of his own medicine when he meets a photography student.
[Starring: Jane Adams, Andrew Bachelor, Marc Maron, Alexandra Marzella, David Pasquesi, Emily Ratajkowski]
Framed For Murder: A Fixer Upper Mystery
January 15, 2017
When renovation expert Shannon Hughes suspects foul play in the death of her friend and neighbor, a famous crime reporter pitches in to help her get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding the man’s death and the $10 million in jewels that might be hidden somewhere in his house.
[Starring: Jewel Murray, Colin Ferguson, Erin Karpluk]
Garage Sale Mystery: Art Of Murder
January 8, 2017
Jennifer Shannon is a shopping expert whose observation skills allow her to uncover valuable antiques, as well as help her local police solve mysteries. Arranging a garage charity event, Jennifer finds a body. The detective determines that the cause of death was an accidental fall, but Jennifer suspects foul play.
[Starring: Lori Loughlin, Sarah Strange, Steve Bacic]
Hailey Dean Mystery: Deadly Estate
April 9, 2017
Hailey Dean, an acutely observant former prosecutor turned therapist, is involved in a new mystery when her friend suddenly vanishes in the midst of the sale of her friend’s late parents’ wealthy estate and home. Hailey finds herself invested in seeking justice, uncovering the truth behind the mysterious disappearance.
[Starring: Kellie Martin, Giacomo Baessato, Matthew MacCaull, Viv Leacock, Jim Thorburn, Michelle Harrison, Peter Bryant, Gwynyth Walsh, Emily Holmes, Cindy Busby]
A Heavenly Christmas (Hallmark Hall of Fame)
November 26, 2016
Eve Morgan finds herself tethered to her guardian angel. Eve is assigned the difficult task of helping a struggling singer use his musical gifts to heal old family wounds. Eve begins to embrace the meaning of Christmas, heal wounds of her own and perhaps find love along the way.
[Starring: Kristin Davis, Eric McCormack, Shirley MacLaine]
The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks
April 22, 2017
THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS tells the story of an African American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. Through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks, the film chronicles her search, with journalist Rebecca Skloot, to know the mother she lost.
[Starring: Oprah Winfrey, Rose Byrne, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Reg E. Cathey]
Journey Back To Christmas
November 27, 2016
It’s WWII and Hanna is grieving over her husband’s disappearance when the Christmas Comet appears. Hanna is caught in a terrible storm and knocked unconscious. She awakens in 2016 to discover the small kindnesses she did in her time have reverberated to the present.
[Starring: Candace Cameron Bure, Oliver Hudson, Brooke Nevin]
The Keys Of Christmas
December 19, 2016
DJ Khaled and Mariah Carey drop a holiday hater (Rudy Mancuso) into a mystical winter wonderland where an all-star cast of lyrical troublemakers show him the true meaning of Christmas.
[Starring: Mariah Carey, Rudy Mancuso, DJ Khaled, Ciara, Fifth Harmony, Bebe Rexha, Alex Aiono, Boyce Avenue, Gregory Brothers, Lorenzo Cromwell, Melanie Iglesias, Nicky Jam, Anwar Jibawi, Lele Pons, Mariah Strongin, Mike Tyson]
October 16, 2016
KILLING REAGAN explores the events surrounding the assassination attempt on president Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley Jr. The film begins in the final months leading up to the 1980 presidential election, and explores the challenges Reagan faced to define himself as a leader.
[Starring: Tim Matheson, Cynthia Nixon, Kyle More]
King Charles III (Masterpiece)
May 14, 2017
A willful king, a prophetic ghost, family betrayals… revenge! KING CHARLES III stars the late Tim Pigott-Smith as Prince Charles after his accession to the throne, sometime in the years ahead. KING CHARLES III envisions the turmoil that rocks the monarchy when his turn finally comes.
[Starring: Tim Pigott-Smith, Charlotte Riley, Oliver Chris]
Looking: The Movie
July 23, 2016
The guys reunite for a wedding in San Francisco for the first time since Patrick moved to Denver. Patrick looks to tie-up loose ends with Richie. Agustin wonders if his relationship with Eddie has become too traditional. Doris worries that Dom’s business has put a damper on his social life.
[Starring: Jonathan Groff]
Love Locks (Hallmark Hall of Fame)
January 28, 2017
Lindsey Wilson first found love in the romantic city of Paris when she was a student studying art there. Twenty years later, she returns with her daughter and finds that her first love Jack just might be the lasting love of her life after all.
[Starring: Rebecca Romijn, Jerry O’Connell, Bruce Davison]
January 12, 2017
MAD FAMILIES centers on three diverse families who find themselves sharing the same campsite during a busy Fourth of July holiday weekend. After realizing it was all because of a booking error, no one volunteers to vacate. So, they try to cohabitat peacefully, but shortly thereafter, madness ensues.
[Starring: Charlie Sheen, Leah Remini, Naya Rivera, Finesse Mitchell, Charlotte McKinney, Chris Mulkey, Efren Ramirez, Clint Howard, Danny Mora, Barry Shabaka Henley, Tiffany Haddish, Chanel Iman, Juan Gabriel Pareja, Lil Rel Howery]
February 25, 2017
Jones Universal Media Productions (JUMP) has been dominating the national urban media scene for years. Between affairs and conspiracies, deals with the cartel, a rival production company and even murder, the Jones family is doing everything they can to put a stop to whoever is trying to tear them apart.
[Starring: Brian White, Gary Dourdan, Pooch Hall, Stephen Bishop , Penny Johnson Gerald]
Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland
May 29, 2017
Michael Jackson wanted to give his kids the normal childhood he dreamed about, but his inability to escape public attention and scrutiny made that impossible. Told through the eyes of two family security guards, we see Michael’s devotion to fatherhood and the hidden drama in those final days.
[Starring: Navi, Chad L. Coleman, Samuel Adegoke]
The Most Hated Woman In America
March 24, 2017
A true-crime biopic about the disappearance of atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair, pioneering firebrand in the culture wars. THE MOST HATED WOMAN IN AMERICA captures the rise and fall of a complex woman: a controversial villain to some but an unlikely hero to many others.
[Starring: Melissa Leo, Josh Lucas, Michael Chernus, Rory Cochrane, Vincent Kartheiser, Sally Kirkland, Adam Scott, Juno Temple, Peter Fonda]
Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?
June 18, 2016
Mom Julie tries to embrace her daughter Leah’s new girlfriend, Pearl, but she can’t shake the feeling that something is wrong. Julie’s suspicions lead to a startling discovery that Pearl is a vampire. Will Julie be able to save Leah from an eternity of heartache before it’s too late?
[Starring: Tori Spelling, James Franco, Ivan Sergei, Leila George, Emily Meade, Nick Eversman]
New York Prison Break: The Seduction Of Joyce Mitchell
April 23, 2017
Married mother of three Joyce Mitchell meets convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat while working at the Clinton Correctional Facility, and helps them escape. When Joyce has second thoughts about their murderous plot, a statewide manhunt for the men ensues, culminating in a deadly takedown and her own conviction.
[Starring: Penelope Ann Miller, Joe Anderson, Myk Watford, Daniel Roebuck]
The Night Stalker
June 12, 2016
An account of serial killer Richard Ramírez and his rampage in California during the mid-1980s.
[Starring: Lou Diamond Phillips, Bellamy Young]
A Nutcracker Christmas
December 10, 2016
A passionate ballet dancer whose talented career was cut short due to a family tragedy finds herself reunited with the dancer she once loved, yet walked away from eight years prior. Now, they must once again team up professionally in order to save a production of “The Nutcracker.”
[Starring: Amy Acker, Sascha Radetsky, Sophia Lucia]
April 27, 2017
If your mirror became a portal to your 15-year-old self, what would you do with it? Assuming you have the guts to alter the very fabric of space-time… I mean, what could happen?
[Starring: Casara Clark]
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again
October 20, 2016
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: LET’S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN is a two-hour musical event and re-imagining of the classic 1975 cult film, featuring timeless songs such as “The Time Warp,” “Sweet Transvestite” and “Dammit Janet.”
[Starring: Laverne Cox, Victoria Justice, Ryan Mccartan, Annaleigh Ashford, Adam Lambert, Reeve Carney, Christina Milian, Staz Nair, Ivy Levan, Ben Vereen, Tim Curry]
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens
July 31, 2016
In SHARKNADO: THE 4TH AWAKENS, which takes place five years after the East Coast was ravaged in “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!,” Fin (Ian Ziering), his family and the cosmos have been living blissfully sharknado-free, until sharks–and ‘nados!–begin getting whipped up in places (and ways) least expected…
[Starring: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Tommy Davidson, Masiela Lusha, Ryan Newman, Cody Linley, Imani A. Hakim, Cheryl Tiegs, Gary Busey, David Hasselhoff]
Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece)
January 8, 2017
Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and John Watson (Martin Freeman) return to 221B Baker Street in THE LYING DETECTIVE. Sherlock faces the most chilling enemy of his career: the powerful, seemingly unassailable Culverton Smith (Toby Jones), a man with a dark secret. Also starring Amanda Abbington, Sîan Brooke and Mark Gatiss.
[Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Amanda Abbington, Mark Gatiss, Toby Jones, Sîan Brooke]
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground
February 19, 2017
The POstables face challenges in solving the postal mystery in post-Katrina New Orleans. Featuring inspirational music by Grammy Winner Keb’ Mo’, the story follows a local handyman and blues singer forced to evacuate and relocate as he wrote an undelivered heartfelt letter to his true love.
[Starring: Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Crystal Lowe, Geoff Gustafson, Gregory Harrison, Keb’ Mo’]
September 17, 2016
Mary Baxter traveled the world as a young dancer, blessed with four daughters from four different fathers, each as unique as the cities they are named after: Carolina, Austin, Dallas and Baltimore. After Mary’s death the estranged sisters reunite to mourn, old animosities resurface, and they discover a horrifying truth.
[Starring: Jacki Weaver, Stana Katic, Jess Weixler, Michelle Trachtenberg, Troian Bellisario, Amy Smart, Tom Everett Scott, Alfred Molina, Kathy Baker, Kaia Gerber]
May 22, 2017
In Nazi-occupied France, Lucile Angellier awaits news of her husband, along with her domineering mother-in-law. When a regiment of German soldiers arrive in town, they soon move into the villagers’ homes. Lucile tries ignoring Bruno, the German commander placed at her house, but she soon falls in love with him.
[Starring: Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristin Scott Thomas, Margot Robbie, Ruth Wilson]
Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le
October 15, 2016
Celebrated recording artist Michel’le was plucked straight from South Central, LA and catapulted into the spotlight. Surrounded by industry visionaries from Eazy-E to Tupac Shakur, she quickly climbed the charts; but, her musical successes became overshadowed by a life of abuse. Michel’le now shares her story with the world.
[Starring: Rhyon Nicole Brown, Curtis Hamilton, R. Marcos Taylor, Michel’le]
To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters (Masterpiece)
March 26, 2017
In the 1840s, the world’s most notorious authors were three provincial ladies in Yorkshire, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë, publishing under male pseudonyms. The movie charts the lives of the authors who penned JANE EYRE and WUTHERING HEIGHTS, while caring for their widowed father and dissipated brother, Branwell.
[Starring: Finn Atkins, Charlie Murphy, Chloe Pirrie, Jonathan Pryce and Adam Nagaitis]
August 22, 2016
After her husband’s passing, Eva faces life on her own for the first time. When she receives a life insurance check erroneously made out for five million dollars instead of the expected $50,000, Eva and her best friend Maddie decide to head for an adventure of a lifetime in Spain.
[Starring: Jessica Lange, Shirley MacLaine, Demi Moore]
The Wizard Of Lies
May 20, 2017
THE WIZARD OF LIES examines investment advisor Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme – the deception, lies and cover-up that thrust his wife and sons into a harsh and unrelenting spotlight during events that would lead to the ruin of countless people and institutions, but none more so than his family.
[Starring: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer]
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