2018 Holiday Programming Roundup: Thanksgiving and Christmas Specials from CBS to Freeform

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The holidays are on the horizon, and television networks everywhere are getting ready with a host of Thanksgiving and Christmas specials. Beginning on Thanksgiving Day, CBS will kick off the holiday season with its coverage of the Thanksgiving Day Para…

‘Life-Size 2′: Tyra Banks Is Back as Eve and She Wants You to Be Her ‘Extra Special Friend’ (Video)

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It’s her! Eve! And she wants to be your special friend, in the new trailer for Freeform’s “Life-Size 2.”

The 1-minute clip released Wednesday shows the return of Tyra Banks as everyone’s favorite real-life doll, Eve, who is no longer tormenting Casey Stuart (yeah, no Lindsay Lohan in this one) with her relentless cheerfulness. No, Eve’s new reluctant bestest pal is Grace Manning (played by Francia Raisa), who straight up thinks this woman believes she’s a doll is nuts.

And then Eve drinks liquid butter and tries to pay a $12,485 shopping spree bill with a toy credit card, and we can’t really fight against the crazy argument.

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Here’s the official description for the sequel, which will air on Freeform in December as part of the network’s “25 Days of Christmas” promotion:

In “Life-Size 2,” Grace Manning (Francia Raisa) is the 20-something CEO of Marathon Toys, a huge toy company started by her mother that is most famous for manufacturing the iconic Eve doll. Grace is also in the middle of her quarter-life crisis, realizing she is in over her head as CEO. To make matters worse, her wild-child ways are causing the company’s stock to plummet. With the help of her young next-door neighbor, Grace’s old Eve doll (Tyra Banks) magically awakens to help get Grace back on track and give her the confidence to be the woman and leader Eve knows Grace can be.

“Life-Size 2” is executive produced by Banks and Stephanie Allain, written by Cameron Fay and Stacey Harman and directed by Steven K. Tsuchida. The TV movie stars Banks, Raisa, Gavin Stenhouse, Shanica Knowles, Hank Chen and Alison Fernandez.

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Watch the trailer above.

“Life-Size 2” airs Sunday, Dec. 2 at 9/8c on Freeform.

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Freeform Orders Mermaid Drama Series ‘Siren,’ Picks Up Tyra Banks’ ‘Life Size 2’

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Freeform unveiled its upcoming programming slate at its 2017 Upfronts presentation on Wednesday, including a series order for the mermaid drama “Siren.”

The network has also picked up the Tyra Banks’ “Life Size 2,” the sequel to her 2000 ABC movie with Lindsay Lohan; the animated pilot “Sticks” from “Broad City” duo Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson; and as the unscripted series “Hollywood Movie Night With Karlie Kloss.”

“Siren,” which stars Alex Roe and “Game of Thrones” alum Eline Powell, has been given a 10-episode order. The network has also released the first trailer (above) for the series, which is scheduled to debut in Summer 2018.

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The long-gestating “Life Size 2” had previously been in development at Disney Channel, but is now scheduled to premiere on Freeform in December 2018. As in the original movie, Banks will star as Eve, a magical doll who comes to life in what’s described as “a fun, edgy, modern Christmas movie.” Banks will executive produce.

Freeform has also scheduled the previously announced movie “Angry Angel” for December 2017. The network has also teamed with Time Inc.’s People Magazine to develop multiple original scripted movies based on stories from the leading authority on celebrity, pop culture and entertainment news. Everywhere Studios will produce.

The network’s first animated comedy, “Sticks” is described as “an animated ‘Daria’ crossed with ‘Girls’ that follows the life of Sticks, a neurotic 20-something with a head filled with pop culture references and a love of Chili’s.”

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Jessica Stickles serves as writer and co-executive producer, with Glazer and Jacobson executive producing alongside Will Gluck and Richard Schwartz. “Sticks” is produced by Olive Bridge Entertainment and animated by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Hailing from the producers NBC’s “Hollywood Game Night,” “Hollywood Movie Night with Karlie Kloss” will made up of segments featuring supermodel Karlie Kloss and her friends offering moment-by- moment commentary around their favorite movies. Hazy Mills Productions’ Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner will serve as executive producers along with Kloss and Four Peaks Media Group’s Ben Nemtin and Duncan Pennand.

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‘Life-Size 2’ Starring Tyra Banks A Go At Freeform For 2018 Premiere

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The long-in-the-works Life-Size 2, a sequel to the 2000 fantasy TV movie starring Tyra Banks and Lindsay Lohan, is finally heading to production at Freeform. The original movie premiered on ABC as part of the Wonderful World Of Disney franchise with a second airing on Disney Channel shortly thereafter.
Disney Channel announced that it was developing a sequel in 2012, and the project had been in the works there ever since, with Banks coming on board early in the process to…