This is not a drill: Lifetime have just announced their long-awaited catalog of Christmas movies for this year, and it looks like they’ve made some big changes…
Here are all the details.
The long-awaited marathon of Christmas movies is a big deal on the channel, with viewers eagerly awaiting what movies they’ll be able to get their teeth into on the run-up to the holidays.
And reactions have been strong, to say the least.
From casting people of color in leading roles to LGBTQ+ representation, we’re starting to see some long-needed progress.
For instance, smash-hit superhero movie Black Panther was seen as a leap forward in diversity.
The Oscar-winning movie marked the first big-budget and well-hyped superhero movie with an all-Black cast.
Other filmmakers are also starting to make more effort to be inclusive, including when it comes to LGBTQ+ characters.
This week, Lifetime unveiled plans for thirty new movies that will make up its hotly anticipated “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” lineup – and they are making some changes.
But that’s not stopping us from getting excited for the upcoming festive spectacles.
In the past, it’s consistently failed to be LGBTQ+ inclusive.
Until now, that is.
We expected nothing less to gear us up for Christmas!
However, this year’s festive lineup will also include The Christmas Setup.
The movie marks the first time a same-sex romance has taken center stage.
But The Christmas Setup is the first time a same-sex couple is the lead in the movie.
The pair head to Milwaukee to spend the holidays with Hugo’s mom Kate, who is also in charge of the local Christmas celebrations.
But, as their relationship blossoms, a spanner is thrown into the works when Hugo gets offered a big promotion requiring a move to London.
“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 infamous network said they would be making an effort to include “LGBTQ storylines, characters, and actors” in its holiday-themed movies.
The Daily Beast’s Tim Teeman applauded the upcoming movie for its effort to “shake up these snowy, typically heterosexual worlds of love.”
While it’s certainly a step in the right direction for Lifetime, many urged networks to shine a light on LGBTQ+ storylines and romances in their productions overall – not just during the holidays.
The cast and creative team for The Christmas Setup is yet to be announced.
But reactions to the news of the movie have been pouring in nevertheless.
And felt that LGBTQ+ representation in the festive movie catalog was a long time coming.
Some think Lifetime is doing more for inclusivity than its rival, Hallmark.
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