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The Lifetime Original Movie Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow Arrives for Thanksgiving November 21st Starring Mary Steenburgen, Jay Harrington, and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges

MOVIE BASED ON AN ORIGINAL STORY AND CHARACTERS BY
JIM HENSON AND JERRY JUHL, EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY LISA
HENSON

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 9, 2015) ­­ Just in time for Thanksgiving, Lifetime
joins forces with The Jim Henson Company on the Lifetime Original Movie, Jim
Henson’s Turkey Hollow, starrring Academy Award® and Golden Globe®
Winner Mary Steenburgen (Orange is the New Black, Last Man on Earth), Jay
Harrington (Benched, Better Off Ted) and Grammy® and SAG winner Chris
“Ludacris” Bridges (Fast and Furious). The live­action family­friendly film is
based on original characters and story written in 1968 by creative mastermind
Jim Henson and his longtime writing partner, Jerry Juhl (The Muppet Show,
Fraggle Rock). Currently in production in Vancouver, Jim Henson’s Turkey
Hollow will premiere November 21, at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime.
“As we all know, Jim Henson was a one­of­a­kind visionary whose works have
entertained and sparked the imagination of millions of people across the globe
for generations,” said Tanya Lopez, SVP, Original Movies, A+E Networks. “It
is a true honor to partner with The Jim Henson Company and be able to
continue his legacy with this wonderful project.”
“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
well­known puppet characters,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson
Company and daughter of Jim Henson.The movie follows the story of the Emmerson family, recently divorced father
Ron (Harrington) and his kids Tim (Graham Verchere) and Annie (Genevieve
Buechner), as they head to the quaint town of Turkey Hollow to spend a rustic
Thanksgiving at the farm of Ron’s eccentric Aunt Cly (Steenburgen).
Surprised by the lack of internet and technology in Turkey Hollow, Tim and
Annie 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. Ludacris appears as an on­screen narrator in the film.
Produced by The Jim Henson Company, Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow is
Executive Produced by Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford (The Jim Henson
Company’s EVP of Children’s Entertainment), as well as Michael Taylor of
Multiple Media Entertainment. Kirk Thatcher (It’s a Very Merry Muppet
Christmas Movie) is directing. Christopher Baldi and Tim Burns wrote the
script based on a story by Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl and Kirk Thatcher. The
Burbank, CA location of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop designed and fabricated
the creatures of Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow.
ABOUT THE JIM HENSON COMPANY
The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family
entertainment for over 50 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in
puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the
world famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine
Grammy Awards. Recent credits include the Emmy®­nominated Sid the
Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, and Pajanimals, as well as the CG­animated
preschool series Doozers. Features include Alexander and the Terrible,
Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, as well as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and
MirrorMask. Television productions include Fraggle Rock, the sci­fi cult series
Farscape, the reality competition, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, and
Henson Alternative’s No, You Shut Up! currently airing on Fusion.
With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company
is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete
with soundstage and postproduction facilities. The Company is home to Jim
Henson’s Creature Shop™, a pre­eminent character­ building and visual
effects group with international film, television, theme park and advertising
clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry’s top
recording facilities known for its world­class blend of state­of­the­art and
vintage equipment.
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