While you wait for your favorite TV shows to return check out these made-for-TV movies.
The Breaks (VH1)
Hip Hop heads rejoice! This original movie chronicles the rise of rap in the early 90s through the eyes of three fictional characters.
Nikki Jones is a brilliant recent grad who abandoned a scholarship to law school to pursue her dream of becoming a record exec. Her boyfriend, David Aaron, is the scrappy son of a legendary music producer who is unwilling to rest on his father’s laurels and notorious reputation. DeeVee is an aspiring producer on the hunt to find the next big rapper on the come-up.
This VH1 movie is inspired by rap reporter Dan Charnas’ Book “The Big Payback.” Seith Mann from The Wire, Walking Dead and Homeland is the writer, director and executive producer of the film.
The Breaks premieres January 4.
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (FX)
The O.J. Simpson story is not new. There have been several documentaries and miniseries on TV. However the star-studded cast of this FX original feature makes it noteworthy.
Cuba Gooding Jr. plays O. J., John Travolta is Robert Shapiro, Courtney Vance is Johnnie Cochran and David Schwimmer and Selma Blair play Robert and Kris Kardashian.
The mini series airs February 2.
The X-Files: Re-opened (FOX)
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are back together exploring the unexplained and the paranormal in this six-episode featurette. Die-hard fans may be disappointed: this is not quite a movie, but it’s not a full re-boot of the original show either. Whatever it is, X-Files fans still have plenty to be excited about.
The X-Files revival airs January 24.