Lifetime UK has picked up the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to TV movie Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow out of their output deal with A+E Networks, TVWise has learned. The two-hour movie will premiere on Lifetime UK on Christmas Eve (Thursday December 24th) at 10pm.
Jim Henson‘s Turkey Hollow follows Ron Emmerson and his family as they head toTurkey Hollow to spend Thanksgiving at the farm of Aunt Cly. Ron’s Kids soon find themselves swept up in tracking the “Howling Hoodoo,” an elusive monster that, up until now, Turkey Hollow residents have long dismissed as mere legend. The Thanksgiving holiday threatens to take a bleak turn when a scheming neighbor frames Aunt Cly for turkey theft, but the fractured family teams up with some surprising new friends to save the day.
The all-star cast lined up for Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow include Jay Harrington (Benched, Better Off Ted) as Ron Emmerson, Mary Steenburgen (Orange Is The New Black, Justified) as Ron’s eccentric Aunt Cly; Graham Verchere (Psych, Impastor) as Ron’s son Tim; and Genevieve Buechner (The 100, UnREAL) as Ron’s daughter Annie. Grammy and SAG winner Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is also set to appear in the festive film as the on-screen narrator.
The movie was produced by the Jim Henson Company for the the U.S. Lifetime network as part of their output for Thanksgiving. Cristopher Baldi and Tim Burns penned the script, based on a story and original characters created in 1968 by Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl and Kirk Thatcher. The executive producers are Lisa Henson, Michael Taylor and Halle Stanford, while Kirk Thatcher is attached to direct. Jim Henson’s Creature Shop designed and fabricated the creatures of Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow.
Speaking at the time that Lifetime commissioned Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow, Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company and daughter of Jim Henson, said: “Turkey Hollow is an unproduced gem from our Company’s archives. I have fond memories from my childhood of my father planning and developing this production. He was delighted by the idea of magical creatures living in the woods and was excited to portray them in a more realistic way than his other well-known puppet characters”.