It's finally happening!
After much social media feedback, calls for boycotts, controversy, and more, Hallmark is releasng its first holiday film featuring a central LGBTQ+ storyline. The film: The Christmas House. Jonathan Bennett and Brad Harder are the film's gay couple — the pair also make history as the first marred gay couple on the network — while Robert Buckley, Ana Ayora, Treat Williams, Sharon Lawrence, and Mattia Castrillo also appear as stars. Buckley wrote the feature.
For the plot, Buckley and Bennett play brothers, who have returned home for the holidays at the request of their mother in hopes of making a memorable occasion as they prepare to sell the family home. Buckley, playing Mike, finds himself reconnecting with Andi, his high school sweetheart, while Brandon (Bennett) returns with his husband Jake (Harder). The pair are awaiting a call about the adoption of their first child, who is played by Harder's real-life son Kael. Harder is married to Graham Arychuk and the pair are currently expecting a second child via surrogacy.
The Christmas House will premiere Sunday, November 22 at 8 p.m. ET.