VH1 announces vacation movie lineup starring Gabourey Sidibe, Ashanti, Ne-Yo and more – TV Insider | Episode Movies

The holiday season is upon us, and so is a deluge of holiday-themed content, and VH1, Comedy Central, and Paramount Network have six upcoming movies to tie in.

VH1 is scheduled to release four original titles every Wednesday from November 30th to December 21st, with the films being executive produced by Jamie Foxx, Gabourey Sidibe and Idris Elba. The films will also feature several star-studded cast members such as Sidibe, Ne-Yo, Ashanti, Vivica A. Fox, Nick Cannon, Loretta Devine, DC Young Fly and more.

Meanwhile, Paramount Network and Comedy Central will each be releasing a single vacation movie, both of which are slated for release in December.

Paramount Network will debut A Christmas in the Nashville countryside Tanya Tucker is headlining and executive producing, while Comedy Central focuses on the original Reno 911! Crew led by Thomas Lennon, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Niecy Nash-Betts for a Miraculous Raid Movie.

“Last year we broke the traditional holiday film mold in a big way,” said Nina L. Diaz, President of Content and Chief Creative Officer, Paramount Media Networks & MTVE Studios Head of Unscripted Entertainment & Adult Animation P+. “As we gaze at this new roster, with the depth of our powerful producers coupled with the diversity of our amazing talent, we will continue to push the classic holiday genre by offering our viewers something different to enjoy.”

Check out the holiday film series below.



Hip Hop Family Christmas Wedding

Premiere date: Wednesday, November 30, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Summary: The most famous hip hop family is back and this time the Christmas wedding bells are ringing! Jessica (Keri Hilson) and Jayson (Ne-Yo) prepare to say their vows while their moms, Tina (MC Lyte) and Nancy (Valarie Pettiford), battle for supremacy in wedding planning. Meanwhile, Blare (Terrence J) runs his own music label, and when he meets his stunning, beautiful new boss, Jai (Cassie), she proves to be a force to be reckoned with.

Pour: Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo, Terrence J, Serayah, Cassie, MC Lyte, Redman, Valarie Pettiford, Shad “Bow Wow” Moss.

Everything I didn't want for Christmas


Everything I didn’t want for Christmas

Premiere date: Wednesday, December 7, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Summary: Emily Harris is not well. In a desperate attempt to improve her life and not make a total shitty Christmas this Christmas, Emily writes a letter to Santa Claus. Fortunately and unfortunately, her wine-soaked wishes come true. PS She definitely doesn’t remember most of what she wrote in the letter, so you’re in for some unpleasant surprises. Which eventually leads to a Christmassy soul searching for what it actually wants/needs.

Pour: Gabourey Sidibe, Loretta Devine, Kel Mitchell, Karen Knox, and Andrew Bushell

Quote:Finally, a feel-good holiday story for adults who hate feel-good holiday stories,” says Gabourey Sidibe.

The Christmas carol of a new diva


The Christmas carol of a new diva

Premiere date: Wednesday, December 14, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Summary: Aphrodite became famous back then for performing THE timeless love song of the era. The song everyone plays at their wedding, in every cheesy commercial for diamonds or rings or puppies or soldiers coming home. It made her a lot of money, but Aphrodite HATES that song. She’s now the meanest judge on Pop The Question, but her life changes when Brianna becomes a breakthrough candidate, radiating love and purity. When Aphrodite reluctantly becomes her mentor, she does whatever it takes to dissuade her from love and love anthems, and so is visited by three spirits who take Aphrodite on a journey through the past, present, and future of love (and Christmas) to try to shake her off her funk and let the love back in!

Pour: Ashanti, Vivica A. Fox, Eva Marcille, Robin Givens, Mckenzie Small, and Mel B

Quote: “Coming from the land of Charles Dickens we love a good Christmas carol, so we’re thrilled to partner with Paramount to bring you Aydrea Walden’s red-hot version, with an outstanding cast of Ashanti, Vivica A Fox and Robin Givens, Eva Marcille and Mel B,” says Idris Elba. “From my family to yours, have fun and happy holidays!”

Nick Cannon Fuhged on Christmas


Fuhgeddover Christmas

Premiere date: Wednesday, December 21, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Summary: When an Italian-American superstar finds that her family is tired of her workaholic ways, she enlists the help of her celebrity friends Santa and magical elves to give them the best Christmas ever.

Pour: justina valentine, DC Young Fly, Conceited, Vinny Guadagnino, Vincent Pastore, Renee Graziano, Perez Hilton, Teresa Giudice, Fetty Wap and Sway, with Nick Cannon.

Quote: “There’s nothing quite like keeping it in the family, and that’s exactly what I’ve done with this mockumentary-style Christmas comedy!” says Justina Valentine. “All my ‘Wild ‘N Out’ fams and celebrity friends came and showed up to help me put on the most frantic and hilarious Italian-American family reunion ever. Featuring some larger than life characters (many played by me), this film definitely has the secret sauce to make it a classic.”


Reno 911!: It's a wonderful heist


Reno 911!: It’s a wonderful heist

premiere date: December 2022

Summary: It’s vacation time in Reno and Lieutenant Dangle wishes he’d never been born. With the help of a roller-skating “angel” he learns how much better life would be for the other MPs if he never existed. Will he decide to live anyway? There are still Christmas criminals to catch!

Pour: Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Cedric Yarbrough, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Niecy Nash-Betts, Carlos Alazraqui, Mary Birdsong, Ian Roberts, Joe Lo Truglio

Quote: “Reno 911 It’s a wonderful raid is the comfort food of vacation movies: as filling as a filling, as sweet as a stalk of peppermint, as heartwarming as five shots of pure rum on a chilly night. It was a pleasure to be reunited with the brilliant Nick Swardson, who returns as the “Christmas Angel” who gets Reno MPs to change their behavior ahead of Christmas Day,” says Thomas Lennon.

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A Christmas in the Nashville countryside


A Christmas in the Nashville countryside

premiere date: December 2022

Summary: Overwhelmed by her high-profile agent, a bombastic Hollywood director and a totally rigged holiday extravaganza, a country superstar abandons her outrageous lifestyle and seeks sanctuary on her grandmother’s farm in Tennessee. Instead of sanctuary, she finds romance when she reconnects with her handsome ex, a return to her musical roots, and an unexpected family when she discovers that three clever kids who have outsmarted the foster system are at the family homestead for Christmas Life.

Pour: Tanya Tucker, Keith Carradine, Ana Ortiz, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Olivia Sanabia

Quote: “It’s amazing that after 50 years in this business I’m seeing my dreams come true! And be there A Christmas in the Nashville countryside is definitely one of them. I’ve always wanted to do more acting and it was a godsend when this role came along. I can’t wait for everyone to enjoy the movie this season,” says Tanya Tucker.

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