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"A Baby For Christmas" review by Suzanne 12/13/15
Premieres Sunday, December 13, 7pm EST on UP

This is the third movie in the "Chandler Family" movies franchise that has been airing on UP for the past 3 Christmas seasons. In the first movie, the two young people, lawyer Blair (Karon Riley) and designer Marci (Malinda Williams) got together and got engaged.  Marci's mom, Stefanie (Victoria Rowell), and her aunts Myra and Elizabeth love Christmas and put a lot of pressure on themselves and their family members to uphold traditions of food, family, decorations and more. In the second movie, Blair and Marci got married at Christmastime, while Stefanie helped plan the wedding and then ran into her old friend Larry (Kristoff St. John). 

In this third installment, Marci is about to have a baby. She and her husband are very nervous about how to raise a child. The movie has 2 main plots. One is Marci and Blair trying to figure out their impending parenthood. The other is all about three sisters. Elizabeth wants to get a big promotion at work. Myra and her husband are retired but looking for something interesting to do. They get involved with a children's home.  Stefanie has a big decision to make regarding Larry but is upset that no one seems interested in upholding family Christmas traditions this year.  She does end up getting involved in a way that she didn't imagine. I don't want to spoil it for you.  It's really great seeing Victoria Rowell and Kristoff St. John back together again, even briefly (They played super-couple Neil and Dru on "The Young & The Restless."  He's still with the show, but she left in 2007.)

These movies are light and fun. They're great little Christmas movies about family and love (with a little music).  They're just the type of movie you want to see this time of year. I recommend that you watch all three movies.

Check out my interview with Kristoff St. John (Larry).









AT 7 & 9 P.M. EST ON UP

ATLANTA December 8, 2015First was the marriage proposal, then came the wedding and now a baby is on the way this Christmas in UP’s Original Movie, A Baby for Christmas (#ABabyForChristmas). This romantic holiday comedy brings the heart-warming Chandler family back with another fun filled story about love, family and the joy of a new baby arriving during the happiest time of the year. Building on the popularity of UP’s highly successful Marry Me for Christmas movie franchise, the ensemble cast is led by Malinda Williams (UP’s Marry US For Christmas, “Soul Food”), Victoria Rowell (UP’s Marry Me for Christmas, “The Young and the Restless”) and Karon Riley (UP’s Marry US For Christmas, 35 and Ticking).  A Baby for Christmas is set to premiere exclusively on UP on Sunday, December 13 at 7 and 9 p.m. EST as part of UP’s “Everything you Love About Christmas” annual Christmas programming slate.    

Other members of the cast include GregAlan Williams (“Necessary Roughness,” “The West Wing”), Chrystale Wilson (Marry US For Christmas, “For Richer or Poorer”), DeEtta West (UP’s Lyfe’s Journey and Marry US for Christmas), Clifton Powell (Ray, Norbitt) and Kristoff St. John (20 Ft Below: The Darkness Descending, “Family Time”), who is Rowell’s long-time “The Young and the Restless” co-star.

This Christmas, the Chandler family, much to Stephanie's (Victoria Rowell) dismay, seem to be distracted from the usual family holiday traditions. Marci (Malinda Williams) and Blair (Karon Riley), who tied the knot in last year’s Marry US For Christmas, are eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child due on Christmas day. The couple is doing everything in their power to ensure that they have the perfect baby girl - from meditation to changing their eating habits. Meanwhile, Marcis Aunt Myra (DeEtta West) and Uncle Donald (GregAlan Williams), who recently retired, are feeling bored and restless.  Eventually they find a meaningful way to occupy their time when Donalds cousin, Gavin Brooks (Clifton Powell), invites them to an orphanage where they follow their heart and offer a helping hand to the children.  Aunt Elizabeth (Chrystale Wilson) is distracted and obsessed about getting a promotion at work, but at what cost? Add to the mix, Stephanies blooming romance with Lawrence (Kristoff St. John) who is torn between being with her or continuing his mission work in another country. It appears the Chandlers have abandoned their Christmas traditions and lost the spirit of Christmas.  That is, until a group of kids at an orphanage helps the family to realize there is more to Christmas than wrapping gifts and baking cookies. 

“We’re thrilled to have the loving Chandler family back this year in A Baby for Christmas, a highlight of our ‘Everything You Love About Christmas’ programming,” said Barbara Fisher, svp, original programming, UP. “The tremendously talented cast shines in the third installment of this entertaining, romantic story that reminds our viewers what the holidays are truly about.”

UP presents A Baby For Christmas, a Swirl Films production. Produced by Eric Tomosunas and Keith Neal.  Executive Produced by Malinda Wiliams, Rhonda Baraka and Victoria Rowell.  Written by Rhonda Freeman-Baraka.  Director of Photography is Donovan Henneberg-Verity.  UP’s Marry Me for Christmas franchise includes Marry Me for Christmas and Marry US for Christmas both of which set premiere ratings milestones for the network.  Both premieres ranked in the top 10 among all ad-supported cable networks in key African American demos for the time period.* 

Follow our cast at:


·       Malinda Williams on Twitter @MalinsWorld

·       Victoria Rowell on Twitter @victoriarowell

·       Karon Riley on Twitter @karonjosephriley

·       GregAlan Williams on Twitter @GregAlanW

·       Chrystale Wilson on Twitter @chrystalethepro  

·       Kristoff St. John on Twitter @kristoffstjohn1

·       DeEtta West on Twitter @deettawest

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About Swirl Films

Swirl Films, led by Producer Eric Tomosunas, is the leading urban independent production company in North America, with over 80 productions in their catalog. 

Recent works in 2015 include television series “Born Again Virgin” and movies To Hell and Back, For the Love of Ruth and Stock Option.  Other notable titles include The Undershepherd  (2012 ABFF Best Narrative Feature, Best Actress and Best Director winners), 35 & Ticking, and Percentage, with Flavor Unit Production.  Other films produced by Swirl Films for UP include: My Other Mother, starring Essence Atkins, Lynn Whitfield and Jasmine Guy; Marry Us For Christmas, the sequel to last year’s Marry Me For Christmas, starring Malinda Williams; and The Perfect Summer, starring Eric Roberts, Sydney Penny and Jason Castro; My Dad's A Soccer Mom; Comeback Dad, starring Tatyana Ali, Charles S. Dutton and Loretta Devine; “She’s Still Not Our Sister” and “Sugar Mommas.”

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