If we aren't going to be able to travel for the holidays, at least we'll have some holiday movies to curl up in front of the computer to watch that feature LGBTQ+ storylines. In addition to Clea DuVall's Christmas rom-com featuring Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, and Dan Levy, Lifetime is releasing their own in a movie dubbed The Christmas Setup.
The Christmas Setup will be the first holiday movie on Lifetime with a lead LGBTQ+ storyline. As previoiusly announced, it follows Hugo, a New York lawyer who heads to Milwaukee to spend the holidays with his mom and his best friend. His mom plays matchmaker connects him with his high school friend (and longtime crush) Patrick. The connect, the love is there and, as expected, the pair are treated to a twist as they have to decide between love and career in the end.
While the plot isn't all that inventive, the film is set up to be quite sweet. Hugo and Patrick are being played by real-life husbands Ben Lewis and Blake Lee respectively. You may remember Lewis from Arrow and Blake Lee from Parks and Recreation. Oh, and Hugo's matchmaker mom? The one and only Fran Drescher! The cast also includes Ellen Wong who will play the best friend.
Lewis and Lee married in January 2016 after meeting in 2010.
The movie is one of 30 new Holiday movies in the upcoming season that begins October 23. There is no announced date for the film's premiere but Lifetime reportedly worked closely with GLAAD to get the storylines right.