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2018 Show Premieres

New year, new goals, and new shows on television you won’t want to miss. Familiar faces in unfamiliar storylines, 2018 has an exciting lineup of premieres. We have highlighted just a few trailers below to give you a taste of what to watch for starting this month.

 

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams – January 12 on Amazon Prime

A mix of sci-fi short stories, this series not only holds an elite cast (Bryan Cranston, Anna Paquin, Janelle Monae, Steve Buscemi) but it portrays a strange and futuristic world based on Philip K. Dick’s short stories.

 

The Resident – January 21 on Fox

A modern-day medicine story focuses on a headstrong senior resident as he mentors an idealistic young doctor. The blunt style of his guidance quickly reveals what it really means to work in the medical field, both good and bad.

 

The Alienist – January 22 on TNT

Set in 1896 in New York City, we are thrown into a murder mystery amongst extreme wealth and severe poverty. Dakota Fanning stars in this psychiatrist investigative series based on the novel by Caleb Carr.

Simple New Year’s Eve Party Tips

2017 is quickly coming to an end and Great Plains Communications wants to help you throw an amazing welcome party for 2018. Forget fighting the bitter cold weather that Old Man Winter seems to throw our way each New Year’s Eve and snuggle in with friends and family and our favorite party tips from cable channel, HGTV.

3 Easy Party Mix Recipes

It is always good to have some simple snacks you can place around the room for your guests as they arrive and settle in. With these three recipes, you will be sure to please the sweet, spicy, and salty cravings of the group.

 

3 No-Bake 5-Minute Appetizers

Sticking to easy access finger foods will allow guests to eat with drink in hand and continue to mingle around the room. With these quick no-bake and better yet, no-stress recipes there is no hassle of silverware or dirtying any dishes other than the ones you serve them in.

 

Champagne Jelly Shots

These champagne jelly shots are not only adorable, but they pack an additional surprise in the popping candy topper. Just add your favorite champagne, some agave syrup, and water to some plain gelatin and this party treat is sure to be a favorite. If you don’t want the popping candy, try adding your favorite fresh fruit pieces before chilling.

 

DIY Balloon Photo Booth Prop

Add a little extra fun to your party with this DIY balloon photo booth prop. You can truly make it specific to your style by changing up the colors of balloons, flowers and arrangement. As you can see in the video, they use PEX tubing and a connector for their base, but if you can’t find these items or just happen to have an extra hula hoop lying around it could easily be substituted in.

 

Great Plains Communications would like to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year!

Our Favorite Christmas Recipes

There should be just a few spots left on your advent calendar, because Christmas is almost here. This weekend will be full of last minute shopping, wrapping, and planning. As you venture out for those last few things, don’t forget to stop at the grocery store for Christmas dinner. Great Plains Communications has once again looked to our cable channel, Food Network and found some of our favorite recipes that are sure to impress your guests.

Baby Back Rib Crown Roast

Looking for something other than the traditional turkey and ham this year? This rib crown roast is budget friendly and will look stunning on your table, not to mention it’s delicious.

 

Christmas Pull-Apart Bread

Say good bye to your ordinary dinner roll and say yes please to this Christmas pull-apart bread. Melty cheese mixed with the herbs on top, this adorable tree shaped bread is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

 

Ugly Christmas Sweater Pie
This “knit” pie goes a step further by turning it into an ugly Christmas sweater. The crust lovers of the family won’t be able to get enough of this festive dessert.

 

Christmas Coal Candy

These cheeky candies would make great party favors or a playful prank on the kids. Either way, the cocoa-flavored candy is sure to create a few laughs.

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn more about the services we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

This Day in History – National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

We look to our cable channel, the History Channel for This Day in History as we recognized National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. December 7, 1941 is a day America will never forget as the US naval fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii experienced a devastating attack. It began at 8 a.m. and resulted in the death of 2,400 Americans, and 1,200 wounded soldiers. It being a Sunday, many military personnel had left to attend religious services off base. The Japanese air attack was a calamitous surprise. “Much of the Pacific fleet was rendered useless: Five of eight battleships, three destroyers, and seven other ships were sunk or severely damaged, and more than 200 aircraft were destroyed,” it reads on the History Channel website.

It has been 76 years, and we pay tribute to the 2,400 Americans who lost their lives and recognize those who survived the devastating attack at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941.

2017 Holiday TV Schedule

Have your hot cocoa and fuzzy socks ready, because the holiday TV specials have officially begun. What do you look forward to the most? Maybe it is Hallmark Channel originals such as The Christmas Cottage or Christmas Next Door or do you stick to classics such as the 1951 A Christmas Carol airing this Friday on TCM, and don’t forget about 25 Days of Christmas on Freeform (previously ABC Family). Below, we have the full list of movies included in this year’s 25 Days of Christmas on Freeform, from today forward.

Tuesday, December 5

7:30am/6:30c The Mistle-Tones

12:30pm/11:30c Four Christmases

2:30pm/1:30c Angry Angel

4:35pm/3:35c Elf

6:45pm/5:45c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

8:55pm/7:55c The Polar Express

12am/11c Eloise at Christmastime

 

Wednesday, December 6

7:30am/6:30c Snowglobe

12pm/11c Angry Angel

2:05pm/1:05c Eloise at Christmastime

4:15pm/3:15c Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

6:45pm/5:45c The Polar Express

8:50pm/7:50c Elf

12am/11c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

 

Thursday, December 7

7am/6c Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

11am/10c Snow Day

1pm/12c Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

2:35pm/1:35c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

4:45pm/3:45c Disney’s A Christmas Carol

6:50pm/5:50c Elf

9pm/8c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story

12am/11c A Dennis the Menace Christmas

 

Friday, December 8

7am/6c The Little Drummer Boy

7:30am/6:30c A Dennis the Menace Christmas

11am/10c Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

12:40pm/11:40c Eloise at Christmastime

2:45pm/1:45c Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story Marathon

4:50pm/3:50c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story

6:50pm/5:50c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 2

9pm/8c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3

11:30pm/10:30c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story That Time Forgot

12am/11c Arthur Christmas

 

Saturday, December 9

7am/6c Rudolph & Frosty’s Christmas in July

9:05am/8:05c Eloise at Christmastime

11:10am/10:10c Arthur Christmas

1:15pm/12:15c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 2

3:25pm/2:25c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3

5:55pm/4:55c Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story That Time Forgot

Santa Clause Double Feature

6:25pm/5:25c The Santa Clause

8:35pm/7:35c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

10:45pm/9:45c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

12:55am/11:55c Jack Frost (1979)

 

Sunday, December 10

7am/6c Jack Frost (1979)

8am/7c Snow Day

10:05am/9:05c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish

12:10pm/11:10c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

2:15pm/1:15c Disney’s A Christmas Carol

4:20pm/3:20c The Santa Clause

6:30pm/5:30c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

8:40pm/7:40c Elf

10:50pm/9:50c Four Christmases

1am/12c The Year Without a Santa Claus

 

Monday, December 11

7am/6c The Bells of Fraggle Rock

7:30am/6:30c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish

11am/10c The Little Drummer Boy

11:30am/10:30c Disney’s A Christmas Carol

1:35pm/12:35c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

2:40pm/1:40c The Year Without a Santa Claus

3:40pm/2:40c Four Christmases

5:50pm/4:50c Elf

8pm/7c Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic

9pm/8c The Polar Express

12am/11c Eloise at Christmastime

 

Tuesday, December 12

7am/6c Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey

7:30am/6:30c Eloise at Christmastime

11am/10c Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town

12:10pm/11:10c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

2:20pm/1:20c Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

4pm/3c Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

6:40pm/5:40c The Polar Express

8:50pm/7:50c The Santa Clause

12am/11c Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July

 

Wednesday, December 13

7am/6 ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

7:30am/6:30c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

11am/10c Rudolph’s Shiny New Year

12:10pm/11:10c Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

1:50pm/12:50c Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

4:30pm/3:30c Elf

6:40pm/5:40c The Santa Clause

8:50pm/7:50c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

12am/11c The Year Without a Santa Claus

1am/12c Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic

 

Thursday, December 14

7am/6c Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas

8:30am/7:30c Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic

11am/10c Mickey’s Christmas Carol

11:30am/10:30c Christmas Cupid

1:30pm/12:30c Elf

3:40pm/2:40c The Year Without a Santa Claus

4:40pm/3:40c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

6:45pm/5:45c Four Christmases

8:50pm/7:50c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

12am/11c Angry Angel

 

Friday, December 15

7am/6c Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups

9am/8c The Little Drummer Boy

11am/10c Eloise at Christmastime

1pm/12c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish

3pm/2c Angry Angel

5pm/4c Four Christmases

7:10pm/6:10c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

9:20pm/8:20c Elf

11:30pm/10:30c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

1:30am/12:30c Mickey’s Christmas Carol

 

Saturday, December 16

7am/6c The Little Drummer Boy

7:30am/6:30c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

9:35am/8:35c Mickey’s Christmas Carol

10:05am/9:05c Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

11:35am/10:35c Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas

1:05pm/12:05c Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

2:45pm/1:45c The Polar Express

4:55pm/3:55c The Santa Clause

7:05pm/6:05c Elf

9:15pm/8:15c Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas

11:55pm/10:55 Christmas with the Kranks

 

Sunday, December 17

7am/6c Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

8:30am/7:30c Christmas with the Kranks

10:40am/9:40c Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

12:20pm/12:20c The Polar Express

2:30pm/1:30c Disney’s Prep & Landing

3pm/2c Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice

3:30pm/2:30c The Santa Clause

5:35pm/4:35c Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas

8:15pm/7:15c Disney’s Frozen

10:45pm/9:45c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

12:55am/11:55c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

 

Monday, December 18

7am/6c The Little Drummer Boy

7:30am/6:30c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

8:35am/7:35c Four Christmases

10:40am/9:40c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

12:50pm/11:50c Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

3:25pm/2:25c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

5:30pm/4:30c Disney’s Frozen

8pm/7c Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic

9pm/8c Elf

12am/11c Arthur Christmas

 

Tuesday, December 19

7am/6c Frosty’s Winter Wonderland

7:30am/6:30c Arthur Christmas

9:40am/8:40c Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

12:20pm/12:20c Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic

1:20pm/12:20c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

3:30pm/2:30c The Year Without a Santa Claus

4:30pm/3:30c Elf

6:40pm/5:40c Christmas with the Kranks

8:50pm/7:50c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

12am/11c Angry Angel

 

Wednesday, December 20

7am/6c Mickey’s Christmas Carol

7:30am/6:30c The Mistle-Tones

9:30am/8:30c Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic

10:30am/9:30c Angry Angel

12:30pm/11:30c Eloise at Christmastime

2:30pm/1:30c The Year Without a Santa Claus

3:30pm/2:30c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

4:35pm/3:35c Christmas with the Kranks

6:40pm/5:40c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

8:50pm/7:50c Elf

12am/11c Four Christmases

 

Thursday, December 21

7am/6c Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer

8am/7c Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey

8:30am/7:30c Jack Frost

9:30am/8:30c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

10:35am/9:35c Eloise at Christmastime

12:35pm/11:35c Holiday in Handcuffs

2:35pm/1:35c Christmas with the Kranks

4:35pm/2:35c Four Christmases

6:40pm/5:40c Elf

8:50pm/7:50c The Polar Express

10:55pm/9:55c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

12am/11c Home Alone: The Holiday Heist

 

Friday, December 22

7am/6c Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer

8am/7c Christmas with the Kranks

10:05am/9:05c Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic

11:05am/10:05c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

1:15pm/12:15c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

2:20pm/1:20c The Year Without a Santa Claus

3:20pm/2:20c Arthur Christmas

5:25pm/4:25c The Polar Express

Santa Clause Double Feature

7:30pm/6:30c The Santa Clause

9:40pm/8:40c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

11:50pm/10:50c Elf

 

Saturday, December 23

7am/6c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

9:10am/8:10c Four Christmases

11:15am/10:15c Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

12:50pm/11:50c Elf

3pm/2c The Santa Clause

5:05pm/4:05c The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

7:10pm/6:10c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

9:20pm/8:20c Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas

12am/11c Disney’s A Christmas Carol

 

Sunday, December 24

7am/6c A Dennis the Menace Christmas

9:05am/8:05c Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish

11:05am/10:05c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

12:10am/11:10c Disney’s A Christmas Carol

2:15pm/1:15c The Polar Express

4:25pm/3:25c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

6:35pm/5:35c Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas

9:15pm/8:15c Elf

11:25pm/10:25c The Santa Clause

1:30am/12:30c ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

 

Monday, December 25

7am/6c Frosty’s Winter Wonderland

7:30am/6:30c Disney’s Prep & Landing

8am/7c Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice

8:30am/7:30c Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

11am/10c Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

12:35pm/11:35c The Polar Express

2:35pm/1:35c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

4:45pm/3:45c The Santa Clause

6:45pm/5:45c Elf

8:50pm/7:50c National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

12am/11c Four Christmases

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to find out what services we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-583-1483.

Easy Thanksgiving Party Tips

We have shared some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes, but there is a lot more that goes into hosting than just the food. Our cable channel, HGTV has some useful tips to keep in mind when pulling everything together before the big day.

 

How to Check a Propane Tank Level

Are you planning to fry your bird? Don’t get stuck with an empty stomach due to an empty propane tank. All you need is some hot water and a little science to find your propane level.

 

5 Ways to Fold a Napkin

An easy way to add simple elegance to any table is by folding the napkins. Check out these creative folds that are sure to impress your guests.

 

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins

While you could really use any fabric you want, these velvet pumpkins are a super simple way to add a little pop of color to your tablescape this Thanksgiving.

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn about what services we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

2 Weeks Out – Thanksgiving 2017

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is two weeks (and two days) away? We can’t. The holidays can be stressful. Maybe you are planning a menu for the one time a year your extended family will gather around the table. It could be a Friendsgiving this weekend and you are looking for a creative appetizer to impress. No matter how you celebrate Thanksgiving, it most likely includes food and loved ones. Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, Food Network and highlighted some of our favorite tips to help keep stress out of the recipe this year.

6 Sanity Saving Thanksgiving Tips

This quick 46 second video crushes some common issues such as lack of roasting rack, fridge space, and how to transport warm dishes like gravy.

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Apps

Remember that creative and delicious don’t have to mean expensive or complicated. The creative aspect could be how you serve a classic dish such as this butternut squash soup. Make it a shooter with a couple garnishes and your guests will appreciate the portability.

Freeze-Ahead Thanksgiving Feast

All of these dishes can be frozen up to 2 weeks, which means you could get some prep done this weekend and relieve some of the headache that comes with lack of counter space and stovetop burners the day of Thanksgiving.

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer but would like to learn about what services we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Don’t Forget to Set Your Clocks Back!

 

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour this Sunday, November 5, 2017! It is a common misconception that daylight saving time was created in the aid of farmers, to allow an extra hour of sunlight to work their fields. But Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, the History Channel to bring you the real reason we “fall back” and “spring forward”.

We adjust our clocks twice a year due to energy conservation and an attempt to match daylight hours to times when the majority of people are awake, dating back to 1895. According to the History Channel, “the first real experiments with daylight saving time began during World War I,” on April 30, 1916. In an effort to conserve electricity needed for war effort, Germany and Austria enforced a one-hour clock shift. The United States later adopted daylight saving in 1918.

Our Favorite Food Network Halloween Crafts

There is still time for some Halloween crafts and Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorites from our cable channel, Food Network.

Gingerbread house decorating is a classic Christmas activity, but what if that gingerbread house was turned into a haunted house? Watch this example from the Food Network, then build your own spooky creations.

 

With just a few ingredients that many have around the house already, you can make this glow-in-the-dark goo for the kids to enjoy or even to add some fun surprises to your Halloween party.

 

Speaking of a party, add the flavor of fall to your next gathering with this pumpkin keg and bourbon-apple punch.

 

Lastly, you can’t pass up the simplicity of this no-churn pumpkin pie ice cream. And don’t worry crust lovers, this recipe layers the baked crust throughout the ice cream for the full pumpkin pie experience.

 

Watch for more delicious recipes on Food Network. If you aren’t currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn what services we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

2017 Guide to Halloween TV Specials

Horror fans are welcoming the season as Halloween approaches. October is for picking apples and the perfect pumpkin, crafting a costume and watching the classics. From Hocus Pocus to Carrie, Great Plains Communications has put together a list of some of our favorite scary movie marathons, Halloween specials, and more you won’t want to miss throughout the month.

13 Nights of Halloween – Freeform

Starting October 19, the network celebrates the holiday by counting down with movies such as Sleepy Hollow, Hocus Pocus, and even an all-day Tim Burton marathon on October 23.

AMC FearFest – AMC

Running from October 21-31, FearFest will include the horror you have been missing with movies such as all the Halloween movies, Carrie, as well as more recent thrillers like Annabelle.

Classic Horror – TCM

The Turner Classic Movies has dedicated specific days of the week to different Halloween themes. Today would fall under Classic Horror Tuesdays with iconic films from the 1930s – 1960s, such as Frankenstein and The Wolf Man. Are you a Dracula fan? You will want to check out Dracula Sundays as they celebrate one of the most memorable movie monsters.

The Sandman

Saturday October 14, at 8 PM on SyFy

Watch as a young girl imagines the monster from her nightmares into existence.

The Watcher in the Woods

Saturday October 21, at 7 PM on Lifetime

Enjoy this remake of the original cult classic starring Angelica Huston.

1922

Friday, October 20 on Netflix

Based on the Stephen King novel, it is a story of Wilfred James, who has admitted to killing his wife with his son at their Nebraska home and now fears she is haunting him. Watch the trailer below.

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn more about the services we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

 

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