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 Awards category for three years beginning in 2011, it has been on an upswing as of late. This year, 34 telefilms are in contention for the five nominations that will be revealed on July 12.
All 22,000 plus voting members of the TV academy have until June 25 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. Last year, that cap (which was usually 10 per category) was lifted. And, as opposed to the Oscars, voters for the Emmys 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.
The Beach House – April 28, 2018
Cara Rudland returns to her home, where she reconnects with her mother Lovie and former love Brett. When a hurricane hits, Cara helps Lovie save sea turtles from peril and learns life’s real truths: lasting love requires sacrifice, family is forever and mistakes of the past can be forgiven.
Starring: Minka Kelly, Andie MacDowell, Chad Michael Murray
The Beach Murder (Garage Sale Mystery) – August 06, 2017
Garage sale and mystery aficionado Jennifer Shannon wades into the mystery of Annie Winters’ husband after he is found dead in the ocean, the apparent victim of a surfing accident. Annie doesn’t believe the death was accidental, and she relies on Jenn’s detective abilities to solve this seemingly accidental death.
Starring: Lori Loughlin, Sarah Strange
A Case Of Murder (Garage Sale Mystery) – August 27, 2017
Garage sale shopper extraordinaire and amateur sleuth Jennifer Shannon purchases an old tape recorder which holds a recording she suspects might be of an actual murder.
Starring: Lori Loughlin, Sarah Strange, Steve Bacic
The Child In Time (Masterpiece) – April 01, 2018
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Stephen Lewis, a successful writer of children’s books, who is confronted with the unthinkable: the loss of a child. Stephen and his wife, Julie, are set on diverging paths as both struggle with grief. Over time, a balance of sorts returns and hope surfaces.
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kelly Macdonald, Stephen Campbell Moore, Saskia Reeves, Beatrice White
The Christmas Train – November 25, 2017
Journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles in time for Christmas. Forced to take the trip by train, Tom finds himself with a variety of characters who open his eyes to wondrous possibilities, and the opportunity for love he thought had been forever lost.
Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Danny Glover, Joan Cusack
Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story – January 20, 2018
Catherine Zeta-Jones stars in Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story, based on the life of drug lord Griselda Blanco, a pioneer in the Miami-based cocaine trade.
Starring: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Juan Pablo Espinosa, Jenny Pellicer
The Commuter (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) – January 12, 2018
Ed’s getting tired of his lot in life, but after he encounters a mysterious woman who sets him on a journey to Macon Heights, a town that doesn’t exist, he’ll return home to find his life has changed for the better, but at the ultimate cost.
Starring: Timothy Spall, Anthony Boyle, Rudi Dharmalingam
Dating Is Murder (Hailey Dean Mystery) – October 15, 2017
Attorney turned therapist Hailey Dean is pulled into another investigation when a popular new dating app links multiple missing person cases from around the city. Reuniting with her old team, Hailey discovers the potential dangers of online interaction, and must track down a killer before anyone else gets hurt.
Starring: Kellie Martin, Giacomo Baessato, Viv Leacock, Emily Holmes, Matthew MacCaull, Lucia Walters, Ben Sullivan, Kieran Sequoia, Toby Levins
Descendants 2 – July 21, 2017
A rich story full of adventure and heart, Descendants 2 is the music-driven sequel featuring Mal and the VKs as they face a new nemesis – Uma, the daughter of Ursula – who threatens to unleash all the villains imprisoned on the Isle, once and for all.
Starring: Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson, Booboo Stewart
Echoes (Lore) – October 13, 2017
Dr. Walter Freeman is the father of the icepick lobotomy. He believes the ten-minute procedure will all but end the need for the mental hospital. He has the best of intentions but winds up creating an entirely new kind of horror story.
Starring: Aaron Mahnke, Colm Feore, Kristen Cloke, Michael Bullard, R. Keith Harris, Judd Lormand, Peggy Jo Jacobs, Victoria Petrosky
Fahrenheit 451 – May 19, 2018
In an alternate tomorrow, fireman Montag burns books for a living. Under the guidance of his mentor Beatty, Montag represses intellectual thought and battles terrorists who want to preserve freedom, culture and history. Influenced by renegade Clarisse, Montag begins to question all he believes. Based on Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon, Sofia Boutella
Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story – January 27, 2018
Toni Braxton stars as Antoinette Tuff, a struggling single mom from Georgia who heroically averted a tragedy, saving hundreds of lives when she convinced a deranged gunman who stormed an elementary school to surrender.
Starring: Toni Braxton, Trevor Morgan, Malik Yoba, Yaya DaCosta
Flint – October 28, 2017
Flint follows the true story of three women who join forces after discovering that their town’s water is contaminated, resulting in devastating medical problems for their families. When their claims go unheeded, they expose the wrongdoings committed by government officials whose carelessness caused irrevocable harm to its residents.
Starring: Betsy Brandt, Marin Ireland, Jill Scott, Queen Latifah, Rob Morrow
Gently And The New Age (Inspector George Gently) – November 01, 2017
In 1970, Inspector George Gently (Martin Shaw) is retiring on a professional high when he is approached by a covert police unit with a cold case of a murdered girl. When the investigation leads to a murky web of political intrigue, Gently and his team are put in mortal danger.
Starring: Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby, Lisa McGrillis, Richard Harrington
High-Rise Rescue – August 13, 2017
When her family is trapped in a towering inferno with no way down to safety, a determined mother walks through the fire and flame to save her family at any cost.
Starring: Catherine Bell, Greg Bryk, Adrian Holmes
I Am Elizabeth Smart – November 18, 2017
In June 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her home by religious fanatic Brian Mitchell. She was starved, drugged and raped until, nine months later, she enabled her own rescue. In the film Elizabeth herself explores how she survived and confronts the truths and misconceptions about her captivity.
Starring: Alana Boden, Skeet Ulrich, Deirdre Lovejoy, George Newbern
In The Cloud – February 08, 2018
To stop a terrorist bomber, two estranged tech geniuses (Justin Chatwin, Tomiwa Edun) reunite after the death of their mentor (Gabriel Byrne) to devise a VR technology to extract the terrorist’s memories. But the clock is ticking on the next bomb.
Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Justin Chatwin, Tomiwa Edun, Laura Fraser, Nora Arnezeder
Instrument Of War – November 23, 2017
When B-24 pilot Clair Cline is shot down and captured, one war ends and another begins — to keep hope alive in a Nazi prison camp. To maintain his sanity Clair crafts a violin from bunk slats and makeshift tools. His homemade violin sparking an unforeseen outcome for the POWs.
Starring: Jack Aston, Andrea Deck, Daniel Betts, Urs Rechin
Kill All Others (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) – January 12, 2018
A man hangs dead from a lamppost, ignored, apparently murdered after a politician running for office encourages the population toward violence. When one man dares to speak up in protest, he instantly finds himself to be the new target.
Starring: Mel Rodriguez, Sarah Baker, Jason Mitchell
Last Scene Alive (An Aurora Teagarden Mystery) – January 07, 2018
When a Hollywood film crew comes to shoot in Lawrenceton, and the film’s star is found dead in her dressing room, crime-solving librarian Aurora Teagarden helps to prove the innocence of mystery writer Robin Daniels, a man she once dated.
Starring: Candace Cameron Bure, Yannick Bisson, Marilu Henner, Miranda Frigon, Peter Benson
Murder By Text (Garage Sale Mystery) – August 13, 2017
Garage sale and mystery aficionado Jennifer Shannon is pulled into a murder when a famous country singer’s rehearsal is stalled by the apparent suicide of bass player Lita Merrill. Discovering that a Taser was used to immobilize Lita before her death, Jenn is skeptical that her death was a suicide.
Starring: Lori Loughlin, Sarah Strange, Steve Bacic, Eva Bourne, Connor Stanhope, Kevin O’Grady, Jay Brazeau, Gabrielle Miller
Murder Most Medieval (Garage Sale Mystery) – August 20, 2017
Garage sale shopper extraordinaire and amateur sleuth Jennifer Shannon follows the trail of a killer after discovering a dead body in a suit of armor purchased for her client.
Starring: Lori Loughlin, Michael Shepard, Marnie Termuende, Jonathan Axelrod, Alan Ett, Harvey Kahn
Notes From The Field – February 24, 2018
A film adaptation of the play, Notes From The Field, composed of excerpts from interviews conducted by Anna Deavere Smith, combines her mastery performing real life characters and an investigation of how kids living in poverty get pushed out of school and into prison.
Starring: Anna Deavere Smith
Paterno – April 07, 2018
In the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, Joe Paterno, the winningest coach in college football history finds his legacy challenged and is forced to confront questions of personal culpability and institutional failure in regard to the victims.
Starring: Al Pacino, Riley Keough, Greg Grunberg, Larry Mitchell, Kathy Baker, Annie Parisse
Psych: The Movie – December 07, 2017
Fake psychic detective Shawn Spencer and Burton “Gus” Guster open up their new office in San Francisco, appropriately (though perhaps awkwardly) named psychphrancisco, and are back in business solving a case after a mystery assailant targets one of their own.
Starring: James Roday, Dule Hill, Corbin Bernsen, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson
Reap What You Sew (An Aurora Teagarden Mystery) – April 15, 2018
When DIY video star Poppy Wilson, a longtime family friend of the Teagardens, is found stabbed to death in the condo she’s been renting from Aurora, Aurora and Real Murders Club cohort Sally Allison work doggedly to identify the killer, especially since friends and family are among the key suspects.
Starring: Candace Cameron Bure, Lexa Doig, Marilu Henner, Peter Benson
Royal Hearts – April 24, 2018
Kelly, a hopeless romantic in Montana, and her father, Hank, a rancher, receive news that he has inherited an estate from a faraway land. When they travel there, they discover that Hank has not only inherited the estate, but the title that goes along with it – King!
Starring: James Brolin, Cindy Busby, Andrew Cooper
Sharknado 5: Global Swarming – August 06, 2017
The mission gets personal for Fin and his bionic wife, April when their son gets trapped in a traveling ‘nado and transported all over the world. Our globetrotting heroes will seek assistance from a highly- skilled squad of royals, scholars and Olympians in their most epic battle yet.
Starring: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Cassandra Scerbo
Story Of A Girl – July 23, 2017
Based on the best-selling YA novel by Sara Zarr, Story Of A Girl, explores a young woman’s coming-of- age in the digital era, in which mistakes can be preserved on hard drives and cloud servers.
Starring: Ryann Shane, Kevin Bacon, Sosie Bacon, Tyler Johnston, Jon Tenney
The Tale – May 26, 2018
Revisiting a story she wrote at thirteen, a documentary filmmaker (Laura Dern) faces life-altering questions about her first sexual experience and the elusive nature of memory. The Tale is Jennifer Fox’s personal memoir examining the journey from denial to truth—and the stories we tell ourselves to survive.
Starring: Laura Dern, Ellen Burstyn, Jason Ritter, Isabelle Nélisse, Elizabeth Debicki
Twice Upon A Time (Doctor Who) – December 25, 2017
The magical final chapter of the Twelfth Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi) journey sees the Time Lord team up with his former self, the first ever Doctor (David Bradley) and a returning Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), for one last adventure.
Starring: Peter Capaldi, David Bradley, Pearl Mackie
USS Callister (Black Mirror) – December 29, 2017
Capt. Robert Daly presides over his crew with wisdom and courage. But a new recruit will soon discover nothing on this spaceship is what it seems.
Starring: Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Michaela Coel, Jimmi Simpson
When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story – August 28, 2017
When Love Kills tells the story of Falicia Blakely, a teen mom and exotic dancer consumed by a fast cash lifestyle. Falicia soon attracts the attention of pimp and predator, Dino who’s empty promises of a better life together turn her into a pawn of his dangerous and violent games.
Starring: Niatia Lil Mama Kirkland, Lance Gross, Tami Roman
Zombies – February 16, 2018
Zombies is a music and dance-filled story following two star-crossed freshmen – a zombie and a cheerleader – each outsiders in their unique ways, who befriend each other and work together to show their high school and community what they can achieve when they embrace their differences.
Starring: Milo Manheim, Meg Donnelly, Trevor Tordjman, Kylee Russell, Carla Jeffery
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