ATLANTA – May 1, 2015 – Give it UP for your moms! UP, the network with feel good TV for you and your family, will celebrate moms everywhere this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, 2015 with a special slate of movies, including May’s original UP Premiere Movies Mothers of the Bride, starring Gail O’Grady, Betsy Brandt and Daniela Bobadilla, and Love by Design, with Jane Seymour, Giulia Nahamany and Dave Oaks; a binge-worthy mini-marathon of five consecutive episodes of the rock royalty mother/daughter UP Original Series “Shannon & Sophie“; and special new Mother’s Day moments from UP’s hit reality series “Bringing Up Bates,” which will spotlight the supersized family’s astonishing matriarch Kelly Jo, along with the Bates’ new moms Whitney and Alyssa and mom-to-be Erin. Meanwhile, UPtv.com is calling for viewers to submit selfies with their moms for a fun digital “Give It UP For Your Moms” celebration.
MOTHER’S DAY, Sunday, May 10, 2015
UP’s Mother’s Day celebration will begin at 10:30 a.m. EDT with the UP Premiere Movie The Brady Girls Get Married. Jan and Marcia have both met the men of their dreams and decide to tie the knot. They agree to hold the weddings together in the family’s back yard, but fight over whether to have a modern ceremony or a traditional one. Can the marriages be saved? Stars “The Brady Bunch’s” Maureen McCormick (UP’s Naughty & Nice, “Outsider’s Inn”), Eve Plumb (The Sister Plotz, “The Comeback Kids”) and Florence Henderson (“Instant Mom,” “30 Rock”).
At 12:30 p.m. EDT, UP will air the original UP Premiere Movie My Mother’s Future Husband. Headly Anderson is as close to her mother as any 15-year old can get. They hang out together in the diner her mom owns, get manicures, watch movies and even jog. But when Headly falls for a boy at school she realizes that she doesn’t have time for a new romance because she’s always with her mom. Now, she’s on the hunt to find her mother a husband so she can have a life! Stars Lea Thompson (“Switched at Birth,” Back to the Future, Some Kind of Wonderful), Matreya Fedor (“Mr. Young,” “The Troop”).
From 2:30-5 p.m. EDT, UP will present five consecutive episodes of the UP Original Series “Shannon & Sophie,” which explores and celebrates the close, funny mother-daughter relationship of Shannon Tweed-Simmons, actress, model and wife of KISS legendary bassist/co-lead vocalist Gene Simmons, and their daughter Sophie Tweed-Simmons, an actress, singer and fashion designer. Gene Simmons and son Nick Simmons also appear in the show. In the eight-episode reality series, Sophie decides it’s time to leave the family home and spread her wings as an adult – with Shannon — Sophie’s polar opposite — flying protectively close behind. In “Shannon & Sophie,” viewers see these two fun, offbeat personalities as they prepare for something all families face – a child leaving home and going out on their own. In the end, the series shows that whether you come from Hollywood or the Heartland, mom will always be your biggest supporter, while still driving you a little crazy.
At 5 p.m. EDT, UP presents the UP Premiere Movie Love by Design. Danielle is living her dream in New York City; a successful career at a high fashion magazine, a great apartment and handsome boyfriend. But when a coworker steals her idea (and her boyfriend), Danielle loses her self-control to her ultra-diva boss – and then loses her job. With her life in ruins, she heads home to Romania and the comfort of family and friends. Now, with the help of her colorful family, Danielle will rediscover herself and the passion that made her fall in love with fashion. Stars Jane Seymour (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” Wedding Crashers), Giulia Nahamany (High Strung), David Oakes (“The White Queen,” “The Borgias”). Love by Design will also air on Friday, May 15 (9 and 11 p.m. EDT).
At 7 p.m. EDT, UP will present the exclusive world premiere of the original UP Premiere Movie Mothers of the Bride. When a young woman, adopted at birth, gets engaged, she decides this might be a good time to meet her birth mother. Her adopted mother, so excited to plan her daughter’s wedding, is supportive…until she meets the birth mother, who is a hugely successful event planner. Stars Gail O’Grady (“NYPD Blue,” “American Dreams”), Betsy Brandt (“Breaking Bad,” Magic Mike), Daniela Bobadilla (“Anger Management,” Mr. Troop Mom). Mothers of the Bride will air again on Friday, May 22 (9 & 11 p.m. EDT) and Saturday, May 30 (9 pm. EDT).
UP caps off Mother’s Day with the 1 a.m. EDT showing of the UP Premiere Movie The Wedding Chapel. When uninspired, and newly single, painter Sara decides to take a trip to visit her mom, she becomes involved in a mission to save a local church in danger of being closed down. Now, she’ll embark on a mission that not only gives her a new outlook on life, but helps her mother rekindle a long lost love. Stars Emmanuelle Vaugier (“Two and a Half Men,” “Lost Girl”), Shelley Long (“Cheers,” “Modern Family”), Mark Deklin (“Devious Maids,” “GCB”).
UP is television’s trusted entertainment brand dedicated to providing viewers with “feel good TV for you and your family.” UP uplifts viewers every day with premiere movies, original reality, dramatic and comedy series filled with compelling stories and characters with character. In keeping with its brand promise, UP’s pro-social initiative, “Uplift Someone,” inspires people to do simple, everyday acts of kindness. UP can be seen in 70 million homes on cable systems and satellite providers across the United States. Based in Atlanta, UP is a division of UP Entertainment, LLC which also operates gMovies, the first faith-friendly streaming movie service and provides sales and operations services to the ASPiRE network.
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