Lifetime Announces Three New Holiday Movies for 2022 with Patti LaBelle, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Brooke Elliott, Mario Lopez, Jana Kramer and Cheri Oteri
Ho, Ho, hold onto your stockings!
Lifetime Reveals Three New Movies
For Annual It’s a Wonderful Lifetime Holiday Slate
A New Orleans Noel Starring Keshia Knight Pulliam, Patti LaBelle
From EP Whoopi Goldberg
Brooke Elliott in her Return to Lifetime with A Country Christmas Harmony
as Star and EP
Alongside Brandon Quinn and Danny Pintauro
Holiday Favorites Mario Lopez and Jana Kramer Joining Forces to EP and Star
in Untitled Mario Lopez/Jana Kramer Holiday Movie with Cheri Oteri
Los Angeles, CA (February 28, 2022) – Lifetime always finds a way to celebrate the holidays just a little bit early and this year is no exception by revealing three new movies from the 2022 holiday line up. Legendary entertainer, Patti LaBelle gets into the holiday spirit starring with Keshia Knight Pulliam (Married at First Sight: Afterparty) in her fourth holiday film for the network, A New Orleans Noel, which also features Tim Reid and her real-life husband, Brad James. Pulliam executive produces alongside Whoopi Goldberg (Caught in His Web) on her second Lifetime film this year. Beloved Lifetime favorites, Mario Lopez and Jana Kramer, team up as stars and executive producers for the currently untitled dance-centric romp which will also star comedian Cheri Oteri and Lopez’s real-life wife, Courtney Lopez. Brooke Elliott, returns to Lifetime following her long-running critically acclaimed series Drop Dead Diva, to executive produce A Country Christmas Harmony with her Sweet Magnolias co-stars, Brandon Quinn and Danny Pintauro.
A New Orleans Noel
Starring Keshia Knight Pulliam, Brad James, Patti LaBelle & Tim Reid
From Executive Producer Whoopi Goldberg
Grace Hill (Pulliam) and Anthony Brown (James) could not be more different. Despite having gone to college to study architecture together, their lives took them on completely separate paths. However, when they’re both hired to work together on the home of Loretta Brown (LaBelle)—a New Orleans praline icon —the two find themselves working together at Christmas…and butting heads over more than just architecture. When Anthony and his family discover that Grace will be celebrating Christmas alone, they invite her to take part in their traditions and their celebrations. Soon, fiercely independent Grace begins to learn the importance of family and community, while modern Anthony learns to embrace tradition and the magic of Christmas. But when Grace is offered a new job far away from New Orleans she’ll have to decide if she’ll leave, or follow her heart.
Tim Reid stars as Marcel Lirette, a handsome, retired friend who moves back to town after years away and catches the eye of Lorretta.
A New Orleans Noel is produced by Evergreen Films with Daniel Lewis, Rick Carter, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Leonardis and Keshia Knight Pulliam serving as Executive Producers. Script by Angela Tucker and Alys Murray and directed by Angela Tucker.
Brad James is represented by Joy Pervis at J Pervis Talent Agency, manager Nils Larsen at Integral Artists, and attorney Matt Rosen at Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher.
A Country Christmas Harmony
Starring Brooke Elliott, Brandon Quinn & Danny Pintauro
Before Chrissy Kessler’s (Elliott) meteoric rise to fame, the country music superstar was just a small-town girl with dreams of the big time. Now, with her record sales on a rapid decline, Chrissy is strong-armed by an unrelenting record executive to return to the hometown she left behind to perform a live Christmas concert. Accompanying her on this journey is her longtime supportive assistant Eugene (Pintauro). Luke Covington’s (Quinn) quiet life is suddenly disrupted when he runs into Chrissy, his ex-girlfriend and former country music duo partner, who disappeared on him to pursue her solo career, all those years ago. After a tempestuous rainstorm forces the ex-sweethearts to seek shelter in Luke’s ranch home, the two realize that the only way they’ll survive the holidays is with the other one’s help.
A Country Christmas Harmony (wt) is produced by MarVista Entertainment and The Ninth House. Megan Ellstrom, Larry Grimaldi, Hannah Pillemer and Fernando Szew Executive Produce for MarVista Entertainment and Autumn Federici and Jake Helgren Produce for The Ninth House. Brooke Elliott also serves as Executive Producer.
Gary Entin and Edmund Entin write and direct.
Elliott is represented by Innovative Artists, Vault Entertainment and Gochman Law Group.
Quinn is repped by Joel King at Pakula King.
Pintauro is repped by Jeremy Katz at The Katz Company.
Untitled Mario Lopez/Jana Kramer Holiday Movie
Starring Mario Lopez, Jana Kramer, Cheri Oteri & Courtney Lopez
Former Broadway star, Billy Holiday (Lopez), returns to his hometown for Christmas after being abruptly fired as the host-producer-judge of the hit TV series “Celebrity Dance Off.” While there, he encounters Rae (Kramer), the charismatic owner of the local dance studio, where Billy’s 12-year-old nephew is her standout student. This Christmas Rae is planning a dance recital fundraiser with the goal of taking her students to see a Broadway show in New York City. Billy volunteers to help Rae with the recital by reviving the town’s traditional Christmas Eve show which was once a showcase for local talent. With Billy’s knack for producing and Rae’s knowledge of all things local, their collaboration clicks, and romantic sparks start flying!
Cheri Oteri stars as Dallas, Billy’s high-powered, fast talking Hollywood agent and Mario’s real-life wife, Courtney Lopez stars as Joanna, the charismatic host of “Celebrity Dance Off” who has just replaced Billy as executive producer and head judge.
The Untitled Mario Lopez/Jana Kramer Holiday Movie is produced by Via Mar and Roberts Media, LLC. with Jeff Stearns, Mark Roberts, Mario Lopez and Jana Kramer serving as Executive Producers. David Kendall directs from a script by Aliza Murrieta and Peter Murrieta.
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