Lifetime Sets Cast For Holiday Movies ‘The Christmas Setup’: Fran Drescher

Lifetime has set the cast for The Christmas Setup, its first holiday movie with a lead LGBTQ storyline, and A Sugar & Spice Holiday, its first movie centered on an Asian American family. Real-life married couple Ben Lewis (Arrow, The Handmaid’s Tale) and Blake Lee (Fam, Parks and Recreation) will headline The Christmas Setup, along with Fran Drescher (The Nanny, Cancer Schmancer) and Ellen Wong (Glow); and Jacky Lai (V-Wars) and Tony Giroux (Motherland: Fort Salem) will star in A Sugar & Spice Holiday, alongside Tzi Ma (Mulan).

Written by Michael J. Murray, The Christmas Setup follows the story of New York lawyer Hugo (Lewis) who heads to Milwaukee with his best friend Madelyn (Wong) to spend the holidays with his mom Kate (Drescher), who is also in charge of the local Christmas celebrations. Ever the matchmaker, Kate arranges for Hugo to run into Patrick (Lee), Hugo’s high school friend and secret crush, who has recently returned after a successful stint in Silicon Valley. As they enjoy the local holiday festivities together, Hugo and Patrick’s attraction to each other is undeniable and it looks as though Kate’s Santa-style matchmaking is a success. But as Hugo receives word of a big promotion requiring a move to London, he must decide what is most important to him.

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