�I�LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS,� A DELIGHTFUL HOLIDAY
COMEDY STARRING JONATHAN TAYLOR THOMAS, AIRS AS
THE �ABC SATURDAY MOVIE OF THE WEEK,� DECEMBER 24
Also Starring are Jessica Biel, Adam LaVorgna and Gary Cole
�I�ll Be Home for Christmas,� a holiday comedy starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas (�Walking Across Egypt,� TV�s �Home Improvement�), Jessica Biel (�Summer Catch,� TV�s �7th Heaven�) and Adam LaVorgna (�7th Heaven�), airs as the �ABC Saturday Movie of the Week� on Christmas Eve, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network (rebroadcast. OAD: 12/12/02). The film will air in HDTV format with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP.
In �I�ll Be Home for Christmas,� Jonathan Taylor Thomas portrays a California university student named Jake whose father sends him an airline ticket so he can fly home to New York. Jake has alternate plans: he wants to cash the ticket and persuade his girlfriend, Allie (Biel), to join him at a beach resort. The stakes get higher when Jake�s dad promises to give Jake a restored �57 Porsche if he gets home for Christmas.
The fly in the ointment is Eddie (LaVorgna), Jake�s rival for Allie�s affections, who strands Jake in the desert dressed in a Santa suit and takes off with Allie, who believes Jake has stood her up. Jake sets out on a hilarious cross-country odyssey in the Santa suit to earn his car and get his girl back.
�I�ll Be Home for Christmas� stars Jonathan Taylor Thomas as Jake, Jessica Biel as Allie, Adam LaVorgna as Eddie, Gary Cole (�I Spy,� �One Hour Photo�) as Jake�s Dad, Eve Gordon (TV�s �Felicity�) as Carolyn, Lauren Maltby as Tracey, Andrew Lauer (�Motherly Love�) as Nolan, Sean O�Bryan (�Big Fat Liar�) as Max, Lesley Boone as Marjorie, Amzie Strickland as tom-tom girl Mary and Mark de la Cruz as Esteban.
The 1998 release was directed by Arlene Sanford (TV�s �The West Wing,� �Ally McBeal�). The screenplay was written by Tom Nursall and Harris Goldberg (�Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo�) and based on the story by Michael Allin �Flash Gordon�). The feature is a production of Leo Productions, Mandeville Films and Walt Disney Pictures. (CLOSED CAPTIONED)
�I�LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS� IN HDTV:
The ABC Television Network�s HDTV broadcast of �I�ll Be Home for Christmas� will air in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC�s HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP.
This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.