Lifetime Vacation Movies Christmas Icewine Reba McEntire Schedule

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COVID-19 cannot stop Christmas from coming. And that can’t stop Lifetime from including crowds of people in their 2021 holiday TV dramas, either, thanks to the widely available COVID vaccines and the safety protocols that have been implemented over the past year that make it possible to safely refill the small screen. with extras to make the scenes even more joyful and bright.

“I would say we’ve learned a lot. You know what, that really wasn’t really a topic of conversation about how to do them the same way we did when we were learning and learning and learning and leaving with the information, “Lifetime Programming Manager. Amy Winter said explained to TheWrap how much production has changed on the cable channel’s 2021 holiday films from the previous year’s Slate, which was their first tour during the pandemic.

“So at all levels, I think our film crew found a pattern and a rhythm on how to produce in the midst of it all. And some of the things that excite me is that we can do it safely. But bring back, I think, some of the things that people were missing in the movies produced last year. An example, there will be people in the background! (Laughs). We had a movie last year with Melissa Joan Hart and Jason Priestley [‘Dear Christmas’], where they were supposed to be at that Yule Ball and we had to rewrite it to make it do something. And she arrives late and he’s the only one there.

Winter continued, “This year there will actually be gatherings of people. We were able to figure out how to do it safely. And we actually think that’s a key trend that people want to see in the movie this year, is to see people coming together, to see people getting back together from this pandemic, because I think it is. ‘is something everyone can’t wait to do this holiday season in a way they weren’t able to do last year.

The season’s first holiday movie, “An Ice Wine Christmas,” debuts Friday, but Winter is excited for many more films to come in the weeks leading up to Christmas 2021, including titles with Reba McEntire, Mario Lopez, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, and Smokey Robinson, to name a few.

Learn more about TheWrap’s interview with Winter about this year’s original Lifetime vacation movies below.

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A Christmas ice wine / of a lifetime

TheWrap: Last year you discussed how plexiglass was used on Lifetime film to protect actors from the potential spread of COVID-19. Are there similar steps that have been taken again this year, even though we are in a post-vaccine world?

It’s funny i I haven’t heard that we’ve used Plexiglas scripts this year. I think everyone’s really started to understand the protocols and pre-tests and quarantines and stuff. So I’m excited to say that the vacation romance is back and people will be hugging each other and having wonderful happy endings. And so even though it’s not normal times yet, there was a certain feeling like this was a throwback to what everyone really likes and expects from these movies.

Under the Christmas tree for life

You’ve got some big-name new stars joining the Lifetime vacation roster this year, like Reba McEntire, in addition to flipping favorite Lifetime Christmas movies. What was it like launching hard-to-obtain talent now that the vaccine is available, which makes production safer, but a lot of people are still hesitant to go too far from home?

It’s actually made its way into another theme that we think people are interested in in the post-COVID era and that’s the idea that many of us haven’t been able to travel the way we do. which we are used to. So part of that vicarious life through the landscapes was of paramount importance for us to cover… And so we shot these movies wherever we thought we could do it safely and wherever we thought we could. actually get that talent you’re talking about. As you know, we shoot a lot of them in Canada, and not everyone wanted to go. And at different times of the year, travel between the two countries and protocols would change and change. But we’ve shot a number of films in the United States this year. We have Montana, Georgia, New Mexico, Michigan, Tennessee, Utah, and Connecticut. And so what we were able to do was approach some of these big stars and some of the beloved returning stars that we have and say to them, “OK, which makes the most sense to bring you back to our screen, do it safe and and have a good movie? ”So flexibility was the name of the game, for sure.

You have Reba for “Reba McEntire’s Christmas in Tune” and a deal to do a second film for Lifetime, don’t you?

Reba was just a big hit. I mean, who doesn’t love Reba McEntire? She is incredible. So filming that in his backyard was very important to us, just so we could make sure we had it. She is a very busy woman and it is a pleasure to work with her. So this movie and John Schneider as the romantic lead role, I just felt like the team was inspired by that. I just think the chemistry between them is incredibly fun to watch. But a huge payoff for us and we are so excited to have it in our Christmas season. And yes, we have another opportunity with her to move forward.

What other films are you most passionate about this year?

They are all like little gifts that we can open. I would say that I am really touched by Mario Lopez’s movie, “Holiday in Santa Fe” (premieres December 10th at 8pm), it came to us as a true love letter to the Latinx community and celebrating these traditions. So I’m very excited about it. It’s a fun movie, but it also has a lot of heart. And the other one which I think is just a fun idea is that Tia Mowry is back and her movie (“Miracle in Motor City”, which premiered Nov 28 at 8 p.m.) is based on her attempt to help the city festival and concert. And it’s in Detroit. And she has the idea of ​​trying to blackmail Motown legend Smokey Robinson. So it’s essentially her who tries to chase him down and get him to agree to help save this town’s concert. So I thought it was a lot of fun working with him and he’s so iconic. I am very familiar with the talent in the world of faith and the gospel and Kirk Franklin is such a huge name and talent in this world and this space, and we have had the opportunity this year to work with him on ” Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas, ”(premieres December 4th at 8pm) So it’s just another one where the music is in it, the hair on my arms stands on end when they sing. It’s just beautiful. It was a really great moment. exciting for us to work with him.

Lifetime’s holiday movie roster kicks off Friday with “An Ice Wine Christmas” at 8 / 7c.

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