Lifetime is gearing up to bring Christmas movie fans more original content than ever to ring in the holiday season. Here’s what you can expect from their ‘It’s A Wonderful Lifetime’ programming slate!
We may be in the dog days of summer, but Lifetime is already looking ahead to the holidays.
This year, the network plans to bring the yuletide cheer with a Christmas movie slate that features more original titles than ever before.
According to Deadline, Lifetime revealed on Monday (August 3) that their ‘It’s A Wonderful Lifetime’ holiday slate will officially feature 30 new movies for Christmas movie fans to enjoy.
In even more exciting news, the network also announced that they’re gearing up to diversify their lineup in a big way.
First up, 2020 will find Lifetime debuting their first Christmas movie featuring an LGBTQ romance at the forefront of the story. Titled The Christmas Set Up, the made for TV movie centers on a New York corporate lawyer who finds himself reconnecting with an old high school friend whom he used to have a secret crush on.
Other notable new titles include A Sugar & Spice Holiday— Lifetime’s first holiday flick centered around a Chinese-American family.
As always, the network has lined up a slew of familiar faces to star in the upcoming original movies. A few of the actors set to star in the various titles include: Mario Lopez, Melissa Joan Hart, Kelly Rowland, Betty White, Ed Begely, Jr., Cheryl Ladd, Faith Prince, Daniel DiTomasso, Marco Grazzini, and Tony Award winner Ali Stroker.
Lifetime is waiting until September to unveil its full ‘Its A Wonderful Lifetime’ slate, but you can read up on a handful of movies coming down the pipeline this holiday season below!
CHRISTMAS EVER AFTER
Popular romance novelist Izzi Simmons (Tony winner Ali Stroker) spends every Christmas at her favorite snowy bed & breakfast, but this year, she’s faced with an impending deadline and a severe case of writer’s block. Luckily, inspiration strikes in the unlikely form of the B&B’s new owner Matt (Daniel DiTomasso), who bears an uncanny resemblance to the handsome hero from Izzi’s novels. As both partake in the lodge’s annual itinerary of Christmas activities, Izzi’s writer’s block is cured and the first pages of her and Matt’s own love story may just be beginning. Christmas Ever After is produced by Neshama Entertainment in Association with Marvista Entertainment and executive produced by Arnie Zipursky, Suzanne Berger, Julianna Hays, Larry Grimaldi, Hannah Pillemer and Fernando Szew. Pat Kiely directs from a script by Katrina Mathewson and Tanner Bean.
From executive producer Tiffany Haddish, Christmas Unwrapped follows Charity (Amber Stevens West), an ambitious reporter, who learns the true meaning of Christmas when she investigates Erik Gallagher (Marco Grazzini), a beloved member of the town who insists all the gifts he provides are from none other than Santa himself. Cheryl Ladd also stars. Additional executive producers include Tracy “Twinkie” Bryd and Dominque Telson, Arnie Zipursky and Suzanne Berger for Neshama Entertainment and Larry Grimaldi, Hannah Pillemer and Fernando Szew for MarVista Entertainment. Bosede Williams directed from a script by Gary Hardwick.
Natalie Morgan (Melissa Joan Hart) is an author and host of a popular podcast, Holiday Love, which shares true stories of holiday romance with its listeners. While to the outside world and her listeners everywhere see Natalie is an expert on romance, she’s never truly experienced a romance of her own. As Natalie prepares to embark on a promotional tour for her new book, she stops back home to spend Christmas with her family and to celebrate her parent’s 50th anniversary where she unexpectedly begins to experience her own holiday romance as sparks ignite with local firefighter, Jack (Jason Priestley). Dear Christmas also stars Robin Givens, Ed Begley Jr and Faith Prince and is produced by Hartbreak Films, Paula Hart and Melissa Joan Hart. Emily Moss Wilson directs from a script by Juliet Giglio and Keith Giglio.
A SUGAR & SPICE HOLIDAY
Suzie, a rising young architect, returns to her small hometown in Maine for Christmas where, her Chinese American family runs the local Lobster Bar. Following the loss of her beloved grandmother who was a legendary baker in their community, Suzie is guilted into following in her grandmother’s footsteps by entering the local gingerbread house competition. Teaming up with an old high school friend Billy, who grew up to be a catch, Suzie must find the right recipes and mix of sugar and spice to win the competition and perhaps find some love in the process. A Sugar & Spice Holiday is produced by Brightlight Pictures and executive produced by Nancy Bennett, Shawn Williamson and Jamie Goehring, directed by Jennifer Liao and written by Eirene Donohue.
THE CHRISTMAS SET UP
Hugo, a New York corporate lawyer and his best friend Madelyn head to Milwaukee to spend the holidays with his mom Kate, who is also in charge of the local Christmas celebrations. Ever the matchmaker, Kate arranges for Hugo to run into Patrick, Hugo’s high school friend and secret crush, who has recently returned after a successful stint in Silicon Valley. As they enjoy the local holiday festivities together, Hugo and Patrick’s attraction to each other is undeniable and it looks as though Kate’s well-intentioned Santa-style matchmaking is a success. But as Hugo receives word of a big promotion requiring a move to London, he must decide what is most important to him. The Christmas Set Up is produced by Neshama Entertainment in association with MarVista Entertainment and executive produced by Danielle von Zerneck, Larry Grimaldi, Hannah Pillemer, Fernando Szew, Suzanne Berger and Arnie Zipursky. Script is written by Michael J. Murray.
Which Lifetime original Christmas movie are you most excited to tune in to this year?