LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Lifetime has announced its first holiday film centered around a same-sex couple.
The network known for its Christmas movies said Monday that it has greenlighted “The Christmas Set Up.”
The film will play on the old trope of finding love while returning home for the holidays. Lifetime provided this synopsis:
“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.”
Casting is currently underway for the film, which is set to begin production this month.
Also on Monday, Lifetime announced that it has greenlighted its first holiday movie focused on a Chinese-American family, called “A Sugar & Spice Holiday.”
The two films are among 30 new movies in Lifetime’s “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” collection, which will feature 1,200 hours of holiday programming – 24/7 – from mid-October through December.
“We are thrilled to continue our legacy of creating a holiday destination that is welcoming to all at Lifetime,” said Amy Winter, EVP and Head of Programming, Lifetime and LMN. “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.”