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Lifetime unwraps plans for first holiday films centered on LGBTQ romance, Chinese American family

It may still be summer, but Lifetime is already gearing up for the holidays. And this year's lineup is expected to bring some major firsts.

The network announced Monday that this year's "It's a Wonderful Lifetime" holiday slate will include its first film centered on an LGBTQ romance, as well as its first to feature a Chinese American family.

"I couldn’t be prouder of the incredible talent joining us in front of, and behind the camera, on these new holiday movies,” Lifetime's EVP and Head of Programming Amy Winter shared in a statement.

According to the network, "The Christmas Set Up" is about New York corporate lawyer Hugo, who falls for his high school friend and secret crush Patrick during the holidays, after Hugo's mom, Kate, plays matchmaker.

It comes after Lifetime debuted "Twinkle All the Way" in 2019, which was the network's first movie to feature a same-sex kiss.

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"A Sugar & Spice Holiday" is about a young architect named Suzie who returns to her small Maine hometown for Christmas, where her Chinese American family runs a lobster bar. Following the loss of her grandmother, a legendary baker, Suzie teams up with her high school friend Billy for a baking competition.

Casting is currently underway for both films, with production set to begin this month. The full "It's a Wonderful Lifetime" slate will come out in September.

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