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‘This is Us’ Chrissy Metz Stars in Upcoming Faith-Based Film

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Miracles still happen. That is the message of the faith-based film, Breakthrough starring This is Us’ Chrissy Metz. Based on Joyce Smith’s book, The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother's Faith and Her Child's Resurrection, Breakthrough tells the true story of an event that happened just four years ago.

Metz plays Smith whose 14-year-old son falls through the ice of a Missouri lake. He was trapped under water for 15 minutes and even after he was rescued, he had no pulse for 43 minutes. All seemed lost and Smith was told to come in and say her goodbyes to her son as there was no hope for the boy. But Smith refused to give up and continued to pray for her son’s complete recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. Not only did her son come back to life, but he is alive today telling his story.

Directed by Roxann Dawson and produced by DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven), Breakthrough also stars Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter…

ABC Celebrates 50 Years of a Charlie Brown Christmas

Kristen Bell, Kristen Chenoweth and Sarah McLachlan (ABC)
It’s a little odd that ABC has chosen to air two back-to-back family specials on a "school night." It is also a bit odd that they chose to air the special, It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown, that will probably appeal more to their parents at 8:00 p.m. and the holiday special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, that will probably appeal more to the kids, at 9:00 p.m. when many will be bed.


Be that as it may, it looks like it will be an enjoyable show. Kristen Bell hosts the musical show will feature live performances including Kristen Chenoweth (singing “Happiness” from the Broadway show, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, which was her breakout role), Matthew Morrison (sining “Just Like Me) and Sarah McLachlan (“Christmastime is Here”). The special also includes performances by Boys II Men, Pentatonix, David Benoit and The All-American Boy Chorus. There are also so fun moments shared including Fergie talking about her days voicing the role of Charlie’s little sister, Sally Brown for the TV specials, It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown, Snoopy’s Getting Married, Charlie Brown and the Saturday morning TV show, The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.

Pentatonix (ABC)
 At 9:00 p.m., A Charlie Brown Christmas airs for its 50th year in a row. (If you are like me, you may remember when it was shown on CBS and was sponsored by Dolly Madison snack cakes, but I digress.) It’s the same as you remember it only digitally re-mastered to look better than ever. The special itself is only 30 minutes in length and is often paired with another Peanuts special, however, ABC hasn’t announced how they will be filling up the extra time.

A Charlie Brown Christmas will also re-air on December 20 at 9:00 p.m.


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