Hallmark Channel unveils its LGBTQ Christmas movie

Jonathan Bennett, at the GLSEN Respect Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Oct 25, 2019, will star in a Hallmark "Countdown to Christmas" movie this year Michael Tran/afp Via Getty Images

The Hallmark Channel wants to make men having sex with each other into another one of those heartwarming holiday traditions.

That’s why it has the story of a husband … husband as part of its popular “Countdown to Christmas” this year, Crown Media Family Networks announced on Sept. 23.

USA Today reports that The Christmas House will premiere Nov. 22  and stars Jonathan Bennett – perhaps best known for his roles in Mean Girls and Cake Wars.

According to the description for the TV movie, Brandon (Bennett) and his husband Jake (Brad Harder) visit Brandon’s parents for the holidays during which they “are anxiously awaiting a call about the adoption of their first child.”

Robert Buckley, from One Tree Hill, stars as Brandon’s brother Mike who also makes the trip home and reconnects with his high school love Andi (Ana Ayora). Their parents Bill (Treat Williams) and Phylis (Sharon Lawrence) hope “that bringing the family together to recreate the Christmas house will help them find resolution and make a memorable holiday for the entire family and community,” the description reads.

“Our holiday table is bigger and more welcoming than ever,” Michelle Vicary, executive vice president, programming said in the network’s announcement. “Our movies are rooted in warmth and positivity, meaningful connections, family gatherings, and seasonal traditions – a winning formula we hope will bring our millions of viewers much-needed levity and holiday cheer at the end of a tough year.”

The news from Hallmark follows Lifetime’s August announcement that, for the first time, its lineup would include films centered on LGBTQ romance and a Chinese American family.

No word on how Chinese Americans feel about that pair-up.


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