IT'S ALMOST THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN ABC FAMILY KICKS OFF ITS ANNUAL "COUNTDOWN TO 25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS" ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
The original movie "Christmas Bounty" stars WWE Superstar The Miz and Francia Raisa
(ABC Family's "The Secret Life of The American Teenager")
Burbank, CA (October 11, 2012) - As part of its annual "Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas" programming event, ABC Family presents the original action-comedy movie "Christmas Bounty," starring WWE Superstar Mike "The Miz" Mizanin and Francia Raisa (ABC Family's "The Secret Life of The American Teenager"), premiering on Tuesday, November 26 at 7:00pm ET/PT.
Former bounty hunter turned elementary school teacher Tory Bell (Raisa) was ready for a new life when she left the family business behind and moved to Manhattan. But when an old enemy is released from jail and vows retribution on Tory and her loved ones, she returns to New Jersey to take care of him once and for all. When Tory's upper-class fiancé, James, follows her home for Christmas, she tries to keep her bounty hunting ways a secret, but the plan backfires when James unwittingly becomes involved in the Bells' mission. Further complicating matters, Tory must work closely with her ex-boyfriend, Mike (Mizanin) to bring down their target and keep James out of certain danger. But as Tory becomes further entrenched in her old life, she finds herself torn between whom she once was and her plans for the future. Will Tory choose her new life with James, or will the thrill of bounty hunting and unresolved feelings for Mike prove too powerful to ignore?
"Christmas Bounty" was produced in partnership with WWE Studios and was written by Claudia Grazioso and Andrew Black & Vivian Lee. The movie was executive produced by Michael J. Luisi, co-executive produced by Richard Lowell and Marc Bienstock, and directed by Gil Junger.
"Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas" airs Wednesday, November 20 - Saturday, November 30. Other highlights include:
· Wednesday, November 26, 4:00pm -11:00pm ET/PT: Good grief! It's the Charlie Browniest of marathons, kicking off with the ABC Family premiere of "Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown," (4:00pm ET/PT) which follows the Peanuts gang on an exhilarating adventure where they face a bunch of cheating bullies while competing in a river raft race. The marathon continues with "Snoopy Come Home" (5:30pm ET/PT), followed by the ABC Family premiere of "Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown" (7:30pm ET/PT). In "Bon Voyage," Charlie and his friends head across the pond to France to participate in a two-week exchange program. The night ends with "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" (9:00pm ET/PT).
· Saturday, November 30 at 8:00pm ET/PT: Concluding a magical three-day Harry Potter marathon, it's the network television premiere of "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part 2." The boy wizard's final adventure concludes with the climactic ultimate battle between "The Boy Who Lived" and the Dark Lord Voldemort.
About WWE Studios
WWE Studios continues to strategically diversify its slate of films, which includes theatrical releases and direct-to-home premieres, under the guidance of President Michael Luisi. Upcoming films for WWE Studios include: Dead Man Down, which was co-financed with IM Global and will be distributed by FilmDistrict, starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace; The Hive, which was co-produced with Troika Pictures, starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin; The Curse of the Ghost Bear!, an animated feature from Warner Brothers Animation that will find Scooby Doo and the gang teaming up with WWE Superstars to solve a mystery at WrestleMania; No One Lives, which was co-produced with Pathé Films and world premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival during Midnight Madness, starring Luke Evans and WWE Superstar Brodus Clay(TM); and cult hit The Day, which was released in theaters by Anchor Bay Films on August 29, starring Dominic Monaghan and Ashley Bell.
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About ABC Family
Part of the Disney/ABC Television Group, ABC Family is distributed in over 97 million homes. ABC Family features programming reflecting today's families, entertaining and connecting with adults through relatable programming about today's relationships - told with a mix of diversity, passion, humor and heart. ABC Family's programming is a combination of network defining original series and original movies, quality acquired series and blockbuster theatricals. Emmy(R) Award-winning ABCFamily.com provides a variety of interactive entertainment and community features from rich, fan-centric programming - including blogs, viewing parties, webisodes, full episodes of the network's hit programming, along with sneak peek exclusive previews and behind-the-scenes clips. ABC Family is also the destination for annual Holiday events with "13 Nights of Halloween" and "25 Days of Christmas." ABC Family. A New Kind of Family.