LIFETIME ANNOUNCES THREE ADDITIONAL MOVIES FOR 2022 "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFETIME" HOLIDAY SLATE
SEVEN-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER
TONI BRAXTON EXECUTIVE PRODUCES
"A CHRISTMAS SPARK"
STARRING EMMY WINNER JANE SEYMOUR
IN A REUNION WITH JOE LANDO
16-TIME GRAMMY WINNING GOSPEL ARTIST
RETURNS TO LIFETIME TO EXECUTIVE PRODUCE
"KIRK FRANKLIN'S THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS"
STARRING NATURI NAUGHTON AND LUKE JAMES
JOINS THE LIFETIME HOLIDAY FAMILY WITH
ALONGSIDE TIM ROZON
TO KICK OFF SLATE ON NOVEMBER 5
Los Angeles, CA - September 1, 2022 - A round of Santa-plause for Lifetime as the network announces three more holiday movies for its 2022 It's a Wonderful Lifetime movie slate! Adding to the already star-studded lineup is the return of seven-time Grammy(R) award winner and entrepreneur Toni Braxton as the executive producer of A Christmas Spark, starring Emmy(R) award winning actress, Jane Seymour in a reunion with her Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman romantic co-lead, Joe Lando.
16-time Grammy(R) winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin returns to executive produce and star in his second holiday movie for Lifetime, Kirk Franklin's The Night Before Christmas. The film will feature Naturi Naughton (Power, Power Book II: Ghost) and Luke James (Star, The Chi).
Beloved television star, Jodie Sweetin, kicks off the holidays at Lifetime on November 5th at 8/7c with her movie, Merry Swissmas, also starring Tim Rozon (Schitt's Creek).
These films join previously announced movies Santa Bootcamp starring Rita Moreno and directed by Melissa Joan Hart, Steppin' into the Holidays with Mario Lopez and Jana Kramer, A New Orleans Noel starring Patti LaBelle and Keshia Knight Pulliam from EP Whoopi Goldberg and A Country Christmas Harmony with Brooke Elliott.
The full It's a Wonderful Lifetime slate and airdates will be announced this fall.
A CHRISTMAS SPARK
Recently widowed Molly (Seymour) has lost her zest for life and given up on ever finding love again. But when she decides to visit her daughter for Christmas she has no idea what holiday magic is in store for her. A former drama teacher, Molly reluctantly takes on the job of directing the town's Christmas pageant and soon finds herself falling for her leading man, Hank (Lando), the town's most eligible bachelor. As Molly and the irrepressible Hank fall in love, she rediscovers her inner free spirit and finds a new lease on life. And when the star of the pageant loses her voice moments before the show, it will be up to Molly to step into the spotlight and shine brightly for the first time in her life.
A Christmas Spark is produced by Lighthouse Pictures and is being distributed by Sony Pictures Television. Toni Braxton, Stephen Bulka, and Jamie Goehring are executive producing. Rhonda Baraka directs from a script by Eirene Tran Donohue.
KIRK FRANKLIN'S THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
While driving on Christmas Eve, estranged mother and daughter, Journee (Naturi Naughton) and Nia (Lorea Turner) are caught in a snowstorm that forces them to take refuge inside a church where parishioners are reeling from the cancellation of their annual holiday concert. The spirit of the season takes hold as Journee and Nia weather the wintry storm together with the other churchgoers, including Adam (Luke James) a handsome youth pastor and a heavenly music teacher (Kirk Franklin), who motivate the mother and daughter to reconcile their differences through music, faith, and love. With the help from this unlikely yet spirited group of strangers, Journee and Nia then band together in the hope of helping the church salvage not only their holiday traditions, but also their show-stopping Christmas day performance despite the raging storm outside.
Kirk Franklin's The Night Before Christmas is produced by Swirl Films and Big Dreams Entertainment. Kirk Franklin, Tracy "Twinkie" Byrd, Eric Tomosunas, Angela Plasschaert, Leslie Greif and Alex Kerr serve as executive producers. Tailiah Breon directs from a script by Tara Knight.
NOVEMBER 5 AT 8/7C
Alex (Jodie Sweetin) has wonderful memories of Christmas with her best friend Beth (Mikaela Lily Davies), until Beth started dating Alex's ex, Jesse (David Pinard). Because she has missed the last few Christmases with family due to her demanding job as an architect, Alex is excited to spend the holidays with her mother Caroline (Jane Wheeler), who is opening an inn in Switzerland. Much to her dismay, she learns that Jesse and Beth are also visiting for the Inns' opening. When Alex meets Liam (Tim Rozon), a single father and the manager of her mother's inn, Liam attempts to show her all the Christmas traditions and culture of Switzerland and helps Alex open herself up to love and forgiveness this holiday season.
Merry Swissmas is produced in association with Reel One Entertainment for Lifetime. Executive producers include Tom Berry, Barbara Fisher, Kenneth Hirsch, Laura Francis, Serge Desrosiers, and John L'Ecuyer, who also directs from a script by Lauren Balson Carter.
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