MTV Entertainment has six brand new holiday movies airing this season across VH1, Comedy Central, and Paramount Network. Get ready for some of your favorite music and reality TV stars, along with plenty of other big names as they give us their own brand of holiday. We can also look forward to the return of Reno 911, as well as a special treat for country music fans. This all comes a year after 2021’s ‘Naughty or Nice’ lineup, which included A Clüsterfünke Christmas and Miracles Across 125th Street.
“Last year we broke the traditional mold of holiday films in a big way,” said Nina L. Diaz, president of content and chief creative Officer, Paramount Media Networks & MTVE Studios, and head of unscripted entertainment & adult animation, Paramount Plus. “As we look toward this new slate, with the depth of our powerful producers coupled with the diversity of our amazing talent, we will continue to take the classic holiday genre head on by providing something different for our viewers to enjoy.”
Take a look at all four movies premiering on VH1 and two bonus Christmas movies appearing on other networks. We’re in for a whole month of MTV holiday cheer!
Hip Hop Family Christmas Wedding
Last year’s Hip Hop Family Christmas was such a hit that they’re bringing it back. And now music’s favorite couple — played once again by Keri Hilson and Ne-Yo — is about to tie the knot. This sequel also comes courtesy of Jamie Foxx and Datari Turner’s Foxx Hole Productions.
Hip Hop’s most famous family is back, and this time, Christmas wedding bells are ringing! Jessica (Keri Hilson) and Jayson (Ne-Yo) are getting ready to say their “I do’s”, while their mothers Tina (MC Lyte) and Nancy (Valarie Pettiford) are fighting it out for wedding planning supremacy. Meanwhile, Blare (Terrence J) is running his own music label, and when he meets his formidable, beautiful new boss, Jai (Cassie), she proves to be a force to be reckoned with.
Starring: Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo, Terrence J, Serayah, Cassie, MC Lyte, Redman, Valarie Pettiford, Shad "Bow Wow" Moss
Director: Greg Carter
Hip Hop Family Christmas Wedding Premieres November 30th, 2022 on VH1
All I Didn’t Want for Christmas
As star Gabourey Sidibie puts it, this is a ‘feel-good holiday story for adults who hate feel-good holiday stories.’ If you like plenty of sass and sarcasm — and a dash of heart — with your Christmas movie, then you’re going to love All I Didn’t Want for Christmas.
Emily Harris is not doing great. In a desperate attempt to improve her life and make this Christmas not totally suck, Emily writes a letter to Santa. Fortunately, and unfortunately, her wine-soaked wishes start coming true. P.S. She definitely doesn’t remember most of what she wrote in the letter, so she is in for some uncomfortable surprises. Which eventually leads to some Christmas-fueled soul searching about what she actually wants/needs.
Starring: Gabourey Sidibe, Loretta Devine, Kel Mitchell, Karen Knox, Andrew Bushell
Director: Brittany Scott Smith
All I Didn't Want For Christmas Premieres November 7th, 2022 on VH1
A New Diva’s Christmas Carol
The Elf Squad loved VH1’s 2000 holiday special A Diva’s Christmas Carol — starring the always fabulous Vanessa Williams. So you can imagine our excitement when we heard that a new version was in the works. This time, Ashanti takes on the lead role in this brand-new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most famous work. And the fact that Idris Elba serves as co-executive producer doesn’t hurt either.
Aphrodite was made famous back in the day for performing THE timeless love song of the era. The song that everyone plays at their weddings, in every sappy commercial for diamonds or rings or puppies or soldiers coming home. It made her a ton of money, but Aphrodite HATES this song. She’s now the meanest judge on Pop The Question but her life changes when Brianna, becomes the breakthrough contestant, exuding love and purity. When Aphrodite reluctantly becomes her mentor, she does everything possible to steer her away from love and love anthems and so is visited by three spirits who take Aphrodite on a journey through love (and Christmas) past, present and future to try and shake her out of her funk and let love back in!
Starring: Ashanti, Vivica A. Fox, Eva Marcille, Robin Givens, Mckenzie Small, and Mel B
Director: Rusty Cundieff
A new Diva's Christmas Carol Premieres December 14th, 2022 on VH1
Rapper/singer Justina Valentine has her hands full with this mockumentary-style film — serving as both leading lady and head producer. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. Not only does she get to embrace her Italian American roots, but Ms. Valentine also brought her Wild n Out family along for the ride.
When an Italian American superstar realizes her family is fed up with her workaholic ways, she gets help from her celebrity friends, Santa, and magical elves to give them the best Christmas ever.
Starring: Justina Valentine, DC Young Fly, Conceited, Vinny Guadagnino, Vincent Pastore, Renee Graziano, Perez Hilton, Teresa Giudice, Fetty Wap and Sway, with Nick Cannon
Fugheddabout Christmas Premieres December 21st, 2022 on VH1
Comedy Central Christmas: Reno 911: It’s a Wonderful Heist
It’s been almost 20 years since Reno 911 first aired, and 13 years since its original run ended. Now the whole department is back again, and just in time for the holidays. This December, get ready for even more hijinks and wild arrests, with a plot that turns It’s a Wonderful Life on its head.
It's Holiday Season in Reno, and Lieutenant Dangle wishes he'd never been born. With the help of a roller skating "Angel," he learns how much better the lives of the other deputies would be if he never existed. Will he decide to live on anyway? There's still Christmas criminals to catch!
Starring: Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Cedric Yarbrough, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Niecy Nash-Betts, Carlos Alazraqui, Mary Birdsong, Ian Roberts, and Joe Lo Truglio
Director: Christian Hoffman.
Reno 911: It's A Wonderful Heist Premieres December 2022 on Comedy Central
Paramount Goes Country: A Nashville Country Christmas
And finally, country fans can look forward to their own special on Paramount Network. Long-time legend Tanya Tucker always wanted to take on more acting roles. And now she gets that chance while reminding us all of the true meaning of Christmas.
Overwhelmed by her high-powered agent, a bombastic Hollywood director, and a totally tricked-out, off-base holiday spectacular, a country music superstar bolts from her outrageous lifestyle, seeking a haven at her grandma’s Tennessee farm. Rather than refuge, she finds romance when she reconnects with her handsome ex, a return to her musical roots, and an unexpected family when she discovers three clever kids who’ve outsmarted the foster system are living at the family homestead at Christmas.
Starring: Tanya Tucker, Keith Carradine, Ana Ortiz, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, and Olivia Sanabia
Director: Ashley Williams
Nashville Country Christmas Premieres December 2022 on Paramount Plus