(NewsUSA) - Now more than ever, it's time for holiday cheer, and Lifetime is set to deliver with the network's annual It's a Wonderful Lifetime slate of original heartwarming holiday programming.
Lifetime's huge, 35 movie holiday slate kicks off on November 12. After Thanksgiving, the network debuts 30 new holiday movies in 30 days,between November 26 and December 25, starring, Reba McEntire, Kelly Rowland, Melissa Joan Hart, Jana Kramer, Kirk Franklin, Tia Mowry, Smokey Robinson, Ricki Lake, John Schneider and many more.
This year's movies offer something for everyone, and reflect Lifetime's ongoing commitment to diverse storytelling. In "Baking Spirits Bright," (11/21) Mira Varma (Rekha Sharma) proudly operates her family's fruitcake business, despite the declining popularity of the once-ubiquitous holiday dessert. Mira's parents hire Brady Phillips (Dion Johnstone) and his high-powered marketing company to turn business around and boost sales for the holidays. Naturally, romance ensues as Mira works to hold onto the heart of the company she loves, while her heart has other ideas as well.
In "Reba McEntire's Christmas in Tune," (11/26) showstopper Reba McEntire is Georgia Winter, half of a singing duo with her ex-husband, Joe (John Schneider). Years after their personal and professional breakup, the pair agree to reunite for a Christmas charity concert at the request of their daughter, Belle. Georgia and Joe find themselves getting back in tune, both on stage and off.
For those Lifetime fans who can't get enough Liddle, Kelly Rowland returns in the third film, "Merry Liddle Christmas Baby." (11/27)
This Christmas, Jacquie Liddle (Rowland) and her husband Tyler (Thomas Cadrot) are preparing for the arrival of their first baby. More merriment and mayhem abound as Jacquie's sister Treena (Latonya Williams) and her husband Julian (Jaime M. Callica) consider adopting a baby themselves, and their fashionista sister Kiara (Bresha Webb) heats up her relationship with boyfriend Chris (Nathan Witte).
As in 2020, Lifetime's 2021 programming includes a LGBTQ+ romance.
This year, in "Under the Christmas Tree,"(12/19) Ricki Lake stars as the p?tissiere extraordinaire in a small town who also acts as matchmaker for Alma Beltran (Elise Bauman) and Christmas tree whisperer Charlie Freemont (Tattiawna Jones). Charlie finds the perfect tree for the Maine Governor's Holiday Celebration in Alma's back yard. What starts as a sparring match turns to a romance between the two women as Lake encourages them take a leap of faith with love and Christmas magic.
Fan favorite Mario Lopez returns this year in "Holiday in Santa Fe," (12/10) in which he attempts to hang on to his family-owned business of Mexican-inspired holiday ornaments and décor, while sparks fly with the big-chain greeting-card executive who wants to acquire the company.
Visit mylifetime.com for more information about the complete 2021 It's a Wonderful Lifetime lineup.