Lifetime Plans A Christmas Movie Centered On A Gay Romance

If all goes in accordance to plan, 2020 could modify the match for LGBTQ-inclusive getaway entertainment. 

On Monday, Life span unveiled plans for 30 new videos that will comprise its “It is a Superb Lifetime” lineup, scheduled to kick off in mid-Oct. The slate will incorporate “The Christmas Setup,” the network’s very first movie to characteristic a exact same-intercourse few as its central romance. 

While the cast and creative group for “The Xmas Setup” has but to be introduced, a synopsis of the film reads as follows: 

Hugo, a New York company law firm and his ideal good friend Madelyn head to Milwaukee to spend the holidays with his mom Kate, who is also in cost of the regional Christmas celebrations. At any time the matchmaker, Kate arranges for Hugo to run into Patrick, Hugo’s superior college pal and top secret crush, who has lately returned after a thriving stint in Silicon Valley.

As they appreciate the community holiday festivities together, Hugo and Patrick’s attraction to each individual other is plain and it seems as even though Kate’s well-intentioned Santa-model matchmaking is a achievement. But as Hugo receives term of a significant promotion demanding a go to London, he ought to choose what is most significant to him.

And “The Xmas Setup” isn’t Lifetime’s only diverse yuletide providing. The community has also declared strategies for “A Sugar & Spice Holiday,” about a Chinese American spouse and children. The script will be prepared by Eirene Donohue, with Jennifer Liao connected to direct. 

“We are thrilled to continue on our legacy of producing a vacation place that is welcoming to all at Lifetime,” Amy Winter season, programming govt vice president of Life span and Life time Film Network, instructed Television Line. “I could not be prouder of the extraordinary expertise signing up for us in front of, and behind the camera, on these new getaway flicks.” 

Vacation-themed manufactured-for-Television set movies have been hit with rising criticism for their adherence to heterosexual (and overwhelmingly white) stories. That shifted a little previous calendar year, when Lifetime’s “Twinkle All the Way” integrated a kiss in between a gay couple (played by Brian Sills and Mark Ghanimé) at its summary. 

Brian Sills (left) and Mark Ghanimé in the 2019 Lifetime holiday movie "Twinkle All the Way."



Brian Sills (still left) and Mark Ghanimé in the 2019 Life time holiday movie “Twinkle All the Way.”

The gesture gained praise from critics including the Every day Beast’s Tim Teeman, who applauded the movie for its work to “shake up these snowy, usually heterosexual worlds of adore.” Other people, nevertheless, urged networks to go even further by earning LGBTQ romances and themes additional integral to their narratives. 

Lifetime’s announcement comes weeks following the Hallmark Channel pledged to include “LGBTQ storylines, people and actors” in its holiday break motion picture lineup. 

“We are dedicated to developing a Hallmark experience wherever everyone feels welcome,” George Zaralidis, vice president of community method publicity at Hallmark’s guardian corporation, Crown Media Family Networks, explained to HuffPost in an e-mail previous thirty day period. 

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