Thursday, August 11, 2022

πŸŽ… LIFETIME ANNOUNCES TWO MOVIES FOR THE 2022 IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFETIME HOLIDAY SLATE with Melissa Joan Hart, Emily Kinney, Patrick Cassidy, Sarah Drew, Justin Bruening, Legendary Star Rita Moreno and More!

Top (L to R): Melissa Joan Hart, Emily Kinney, Justin Gaston

Bottom (L to R): Sarah Drew, Justin Bruening 



Lifetime just released news on two of their upcoming Christmas movies for the 2022 holiday season. See all the details in Lifetime's press release below...

PRESS RELEASE:

LIFETIME ANNOUNCES TWO MOVIES FOR THE 2022

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFETIME HOLIDAY SLATE 

 

ENTERTAINMENT ICON AND EGOT WINNER RITA MORENO

STARS ALONGSIDE TONY AWARD WINNER MARISSA JARET WINOKUR,

EMILY KINNEY AND JUSTIN GASTON IN 

SANTA BOOTCAMP
DIRECTED BY 
MELISSA JOAN HART 

 

SARAH DREW PULLS TRIPLE DUTY AND RETURNS

AS STAR, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND WRITER OF

REINDEER GAMES HOMECOMING
REUNITING ON SCREEN WITH JUSTIN BRUENING 



Los Angeles, CA – August 11, 2022– Lifetime is making a star-studded list, checking it twice, and adding EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) award winner Rita Moreno and returning favorites Marissa Jaret Winokur and Sarah Drew to the network’s 2022 It’s a Wonderful Lifetime movie slate. Moreno will be starring in Santa Bootcamp along with Winokur (Hairspray), Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead) and Justin Gaston (Nashville Star) and the holiday tentpole movie will be directed by the network’s Queen of Christmas, Melissa Joan Hart. This will mark a holiday reunion for Hart and Winokur, as they previously starred in the network's 2018 film A Very Nutty Christmas together. In addition, Santa Bootcamp will be Hart’s fourth directed picture for the network, which will join her previously directed Lifetime films, The Santa Con, Feliz NaviDAD and The Watcher in the Woods. Santa Bootcamp will also showcase the network's commitment to diversity and inclusivity, as deaf actors Deanne Bray and Zyra Singleton will be joining the cast.

Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy, Cruel Summer) pulls triple duty as the star, executive producer, and writer of Reindeer Games Homecoming. Drew stars opposite Justin Bruening (Sweet Magnolias, Grey’s Anatomy), reuniting the two former co-stars. Sarah has previously starred in Twinkle All the Way and Christmas Pen Pals. All will be joining Lifetime’s current nice list of announced 2022 holiday talent which includes Mario Lopez, Jana Kramer, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Patti LaBelle, Brooke Elliott, Brandon Quinn and Danny Pintauro.

"I have always been a holiday person… particularly Christmas. The idea that I'm actually going to participate in this wonderful Lifetime Christmas movie, Santa Bootcamp, just tickles me to no end," said Moreno. "I have been known, at Christmas time, to decorate anyone in my house who happens to stand still for more than a minute. I will decorate anyone and anything because I turn into a child. Therefore, what a treat for me! Thank you Lifetime. My grandchildren are already celebrating!"


Rita Moreno Headshot -
Photo Credit- Mark Hill.jpeg


The full It’s a Wonderful Lifetime slate and airdates will be announced this fall.

Full movie descriptions:

SANTA BOOTCAMP

When event planner, Emily Strauss (Emily Kinney, The Walking Dead), is hired by mall magnate, Ed Mancini (Patrick Cassidy, Castle) to stage the ultimate Christmas Gala for his most important investors, Emily finds herself being sent to bootcamp – Santa Bootcamp – to find the perfect Santa and inspiration she will need to make the evening a success. While there, Emily meets Belle (Rita Moreno, West Side Story), the bootcamp’s drill sergeant with a heart of gold, who helps Emily rediscover the magic of Christmas and find romance along the way. Additional casting includes Tony® award winner Marissa Jaret Winokur, Justin Gaston, John Schuck, and deaf actors Deanne Bray and Zyra Singleton.

Santa Bootcamp is directed by Melissa Joan Hart, who also serves as executive producer along with Irene Dreayer, Gina Rugolo Judd, and Paula Hart. The film is produced by Hartbreak Films Inc with a script written by Michael J. Murray.

REINDEER GAMES HOMECOMING

MacKenzie Graves (Sarah Drew, Grey’s Anatomy, Amber Brown) is a brilliant, competitive, crossword puzzle loving Biology teacher in Vermont who recently lost her father, beloved fire chief and the heart of the town’s holiday fundraising tradition “The Reindeer Games.” Every year since his death, she competes with her dad’s former team, a group of colorful retired firefighters, to win the Games and keep his tradition alive. The holiday however, her world is rocked when fading Hollywood star, and Mac’s high school crush, Chase Weston (Justin Bruening, Grey’s Anatomy, Sweet Magnolias), comes home for Christmas to visit his pregnant sister and nephew and is begrudgingly roped into participating in the Games. When the opportunity to compete against her former mega crush arises, Mac is determined to show him up and win the Kris Kringle Cup at all costs. As the competition heats up, so does the spark between Mac and Chase, and Chase soon finds himself eager to not only win the games, but also win her heart as well. Brian Sills also stars.

Reindeer Games Homecoming is produced by Johnson Production Group for Off Camera Entertainment. Stephanie Slack, Margret Huddleston, Sarah Drew, and Tim Johnson serve as executive producers. The film is directed by Brian Herzlinger with a script written by Sarah Drew.

ABOUT LIFETIME

Celebrating over 35 years of entertaining audiences, Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning award-winning movies, high-quality scripted series and breakout non-fiction series. Lifetime has an impressive legacy in public affairs, bringing attention to social issues that women care about with initiatives such as the long-running Stop Breast Cancer for Life, Stop Violence Against Women, and Broader Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers and producers, including women of color, to make its content. Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation. 

 --------------- End of Press Release ---------------



*Melissa Joan Hart - Photo credit is John Russo

2 comments:

  1. Not a great Lifetime fan but Reindeer Games Homecoming looks promising - Florence

    ReplyDelete
  2. Both sound good. Thanks for posting.
    Misty

    ReplyDelete

Please COMMENT and share your thoughts on Movies and More...

You may comment by using an Account, Name, or by choosing Anonymous! (If you pick Name, you can add your name, nickname, initials, or favorite handle! You can also leave the URL space blank, if you do not have a web-site.)

Whatever you choose, I enjoy hearing from you! Blessings, Net

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Don't Miss Out on Movie News!

.