THE FREEFORM NETWORK WILL AIR THE "31 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN FAN FEST" OCT. 5 AT 8 P.M. (ET/PT).
Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
Freeform will air "31 Nights of Halloween Fan Fest," an all-star party in celebration of Halloween classics like "Hocus Pocus" and "The Addams Family," plus a 35th anniversary tribute to "Ghostbusters" and a 50th anniversary tribute to "The Haunted Mansion."
The 90-minute special, filming at the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Sept. 12, will premiere on Oct. 5, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) as part of Freeform's "31 Nights of Halloween" programming event.
"31 Nights of Halloween Fan Fest" will be hosted by Vanessa Hudgens and Jordan Fisher, with a special appearance by Christina Aguileraand performances by Kristin Chenoweth and JD McCreary, In Real Life, Salt-N-Pepa, Ray Parker Jr. and additional surprise guest performers.
The night will also feature appearances by "Hocus Pocus" cast members Omri Katz, Vinessa Shaw, Doug Jones, Larry Bagby and Tobias Jelenik, as well as "Ghostbusters" star Dan Aykroyd and director Ivan Reitman, with additional appearances by Francia Raisa, Kevin Smith, Alaska, Ross Mathews, DJ Lady Bunny and more.
Aguilera will also receive the “Fan Favorite Music Icon Award” during the event in recognition of the six-time Grammy Award winner's contributions to the music industry over the past two decades.
Last year's "Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash" was the most-watched telecast of the Freeform's "31 Nights of Halloween" programming event and was the most-watched special in the network's history.
The "31 Nights of Halloween Fan Fest" is executive produced by Michael Levitt Productions. Levitt ("Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash," "Billboard Awards," "Scream Awards") serves as executive producer, with Austin Reading ("MTV Movie Awards," "Kids Choice Awards"), Paula Frank ("American Rescue Dog Show") and Gary Tellalian ("TV Land Awards," "Scream Awards") as co-executive producers.
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Freeform connects to audiences with bold original programming and immersive social engagement that moves the cultural conversation a little forward. As Walt Disney Television's young adult television network, Freeform channels the force and momentum of its audience in its quest for progress with authentic, groundbreaking original series such as "grown-ish," "The Bold Type," "Good Trouble," "Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists," "Siren," "Marvel's Cloak & Dagger" and more. The network also programs tentpole events such as "31 Nights of Halloween," "Kick Off to Christmas" and "25 Days of Christmas." Upcoming original series include "Party of Five," "Motherland" and "Everything's Gonna Be Okay."
IN OTHER TV NEWS:
TV ONE PRODUCING ORIGINAL HOLIDAY FILM "DEAR SANTA, I NEED A DATE"
TV One announced that production is underway in Atlanta, Georgia for its new holiday film, “Dear Santa, I Need A Date.”
The film stars Ray J (“Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” and “Moesha”), Reagan Gomez-Preston (“The Parent 'Hood” and “The Cleveland Show”) and Anne-Marie Johnson (“In Living Color,” “I'm Gonna Git You Sucka”) and is slated to premiere on TV One in December 2019.
The movie will be directed by Terri J. Vaughn (“The Steve Harvey Show” and “Daddy's Little Girls”), who also directed TV One's 2018 original holiday film “Merry Wishmas.”
"It's great to be part of TV One's holiday movie “Dear Santa I Need A Date," said leading star Ray J. "This is the perfect film for the holiday season and presented by a network that consistently supports me. I'm excited and ready to go."
“Dear Santa, I Need A Date” tells the comedic story of two successful and ambitious siblings Janelle Vaughn (Gomez-Preston) and Jason Vaughn (Ray J).Their parents, Mr. Vaughn (Jay DeVon Johnson) and Mrs. Vaughn (Johnson), are proud of their children's flourishing careers but are displeased with their dating lives.
Every holiday season, the Vaughn's anxiously prepare for their children to bring home a significant other only to be disappointed. This year, The Vaughn's apply pressure by expressing their concerns to Jason and Janelle, which sparks a bet between the siblings on who can find a date by Christmas.
"This is a holiday movie for the whole family to enjoy," says Gold Morgan, Manager of Original Programming and Production, who serves as Executive in Charge of Production for TV One. "This captivating tale of family and love is sure to resonate with our audience and become a favorite among the TV One original movies."
ABOUT SWIRL FILMS:
Swirl Films is America's "number one urban film production company," a full-service film & television production company with over 60 original productions in the past six years, focusing on urban content and programming, independent features and multi-camera productions.
Swirl Films is a major content provider for TV One including the original productions: “Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story” (2016), which was TV One's first ever biopic, starring LisaRaye McCoy, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Darius McCrary, Indirah Khan and Teyonah Parris as Howard. According to the network, the film broke record ratings, undeniably becoming the top original film in the network's history drawing in 2 million views, resulting in the networks highest ratings week ever.
Quickly surpassing those numbers is TV One's No. 1 original premiere of all time, “When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story” (2017), starring Lance Gross, Niatia Kirkland and Tami Roman, directed by actress Tasha Smith. Swirl Films previous production credits for TV One include” “Born Again Virgin,” starring Danielle Nicolet, Meagan Holder and Eva Marcille; “Here We Go Again,” starring LeToya Luckett, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Kyndall Ferguson; Russ Parr's award-winning film, “The Undershepherd,” “Hear No Evil” and “35 & Ticking” featuring Kevin Hart.
ABOUT TV ONE:
Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 59 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult black viewers.
The network represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows “Unsung,” “Uncensored,” “The DL Hughley Show,” “ATL Homicide,” “Fatal Attraction” and “Urban One Honors.”
In addition, TV One is the cable home of original blockbuster films including: “Bobbi Kristina” and “The Bobby DeBarge Story.” TV One is solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc., the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.
Editor’s Note: Information used in this article provided by Freeform and TV One publicity.