After including a same-sex kiss in last year’s Christmas movie Twinkle All the Way, Lifetime is finally developing its first ever LGBTQ holiday movie. The network announced its upcoming project, titled The Christmas Set-Up, at today’s virtual Television Critics Association summer press tour, TVLine reports.
The Christmas Set-Up will be the first Lifetime Christmas movie with a same-sex romance featured front and center after years of programming starring heterosexual couples. According to the film’s official description, The Christmas Set-Up follows a romance between Hugo, a New York corporate lawyer, and his old high school crush, Patrick.
When Hugo and his best friend Madelyn travel to Milwaukee for the holidays, his mom, Kate, sets Hugo up with Patrick, who is back in town after working 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,” the synopsis reads. “But as Hugo receives word of a big promotion requiring a move to London, he must decide what is most important to him.”
Lifetime has yet to announce who will play Hugo or Patrick, but we do know that the network is currently working on casting The Christmas Set-Up, and production is set to begin later this month.
“We are thrilled to continue our legacy of creating a holiday destination that is welcoming to all at Lifetime,” said Lifetime and LMN programming EVP Amy Winter. “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.”
Lifetime’s news comes shortly after its Christmas movie competitor, the Hallmark Channel, announced that it will be adding LGBTQ stories and actors to its holiday movies. “Diversity and inclusion is a top priority for us and we look forward to making some exciting programming announcements in the coming months, including announcements about projects featuring LGBTQ storylines, characters, and actors,” Crown Media Family Networks exec George Zaralidis said in a statement last month. “We are committed to creating a Hallmark experience where everyone feels welcome.”
Source: New York Post
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