’Tis the (almost) season for Hallmark Channel holiday movies. Details are starting to emerge about the festive films that will soon grace our TV, and the channel is being more inclusive than ever.
Jonathan Bennett, who will forever be Aaron Samuels from Mean Girls to us, will star as one half of a gay couple looking to adopt their first child in The Christmas House. The movie will also feature Robert Buckley of One Tree Hill fame, Treat Williams, and Sharon Lawrence. It premieres on Sunday, November 22, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Here’s the synopsis:
“Working through some difficult decisions, Mitchell family matriarch Phylis (Lawrence) and patriarch Bill (Williams), have summoned their two grown sons—Mike (Buckley) and Brandon (Bennett)—home for the holidays. It is their hope that bringing the family together to re-create the Christmas house will help them find resolution and make a memorable holiday for the entire family and community. As Brandon and his husband, Jake (Brad Harder), make the trip home, they are anxiously awaiting a call about the adoption of their first child. Meanwhile, Mike reconnects with Andi (Ana Ayora), his high school sweetheart.”
We’re also finally getting a Hanukkah movie with the holiday’s name in the title (which we didn’t get last year). Premiering Sunday, December 20, Love, Lights, Hanukkah! will star Mia Kirshner, Ben Savage (Boy Meets World), and Marilu Henner. “As Christina (Kirshner) prepares her restaurant for its busiest time of year, she gets back a DNA test revealing that she’s Jewish,” Hallmark described the movie in a release. “The discovery leads her to a new family and an unlikely romance over eight nights.”
The slate will also feature Hallmark Channel staples like Candace Cameron Bure in If I Only Had Christmas, Lacey Chabert in Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas and Christmas Waltz, and Holly Robinson Peete in Christmas Doctor and Christmas in Evergreen: Bells Are Ringing.
Pour the cocoa and let’s get this Hallmark holiday season started.