‘The Christmas Set Up: Everything We Know So Far About Lifetime’s First-Ever LGBTQ Holiday Movie

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Lifetime is breaking new floor. This yr, it would air a vacation movie specializing in an LGBTQ romance, a primary for the cable community. 

Lifetime airs dozens of flicks yearly as a part of the “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” vacation programming block. But till now, heterosexual {couples} have all the time been on the coronary heart of these romantic flicks. That lack of range hasn’t gone unnoticed, with many calling on the channel to embrace extra numerous tales. 

This new Lifetime film will deal with a homosexual couple 

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Lifetime revealed that the upcoming film The Christmas Set Up may have two male leads. It follows 2019’s Twinkle All the Way, which featured an on-screen kiss between Lex (Brian Sills) and Danny (Mark Ghanimé). 

Casting for The Christmas Set Up continues to be happening, with manufacturing set to start later in August. An air date for the movie hasn’t been introduced, however this yr’s “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” occasion will start in mid-October and run by December.  

The plot of ‘The Christmas Set Up’ 

While we don’t but know who will star in The Christmas Set Up, Lifetime has revealed a couple of particulars concerning the story. 

In the film, Hugo, a company lawyer from New York, and his finest friend Madelyn journey to Milwaukee to spend the vacations together with his mother Kate. Kate, who’s in command of the native Christmas celebrations, decides to play matchmaker for her single son. She arranges for Hugo — simply returned to Wisconsin from a profitable stint in Silicon Valley — to run into Patrick, a friend from highschool on whom he had a secret crush. 

Sparks fly between Hugo and Patrick. But then Hugo will get phrase he’s simply acquired a giant promotion that can require him to maneuver to London. He’ll need to resolve whether or not his profession or love is extra necessary to him. 

Lifetime will even air a vacation film that includes an Asian-American household

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In addition to a movie with an LGBTQ romance, Lifetime additionally plans to air its first vacation film targeted on an Asian-American household, A Sugar & Spice Holiday.

In that film, a younger architect named Suzie returns house to Maine to spend the vacation along with her Chinese-American household, who run the native Lobster Bar. Once she’s again at house, she groups up with an previous highschool friend named Billy to enter the native gingerbread home competitors, persevering with the legacy of her late grandmother, a star baker. A Sugar & Spice Holiday shall be directed by Jennifer Liao and written by Eirene Donohue.

The Christmas Set Up and A Sugar & Spice Holiday are each a part of Lifetime’s effort to inform a greater variety of vacation tales, the community says. 

“We are thrilled to continue our legacy of creating a holiday destination that is welcoming to all at Lifetime,” Amy Winter, govt vp and head of programming, Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network, mentioned in an announcement. “With more new movies than any one cable network for streamer, I couldn’t be prouder of the incredible talent joining us in front of, and behind the camera, on these new holiday movies.”

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