By Sharee Silerio
Lifetime is bringing the movie “Secret Santa” (working title), starring “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” alumna Tatyana Ali, Jasmine Guy, Kim Fields, Mindy Sterling (“Austin Powers”), Dan Lauria (“The Wonder Years”) and Brendan Fehr (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) to television screens this winter.
The two-hour original movie is currently shooting in Salt Lake City, Utah, and looks like it’s going to be a Christmas-Grinch-Love story.
“Christmas is Hillary Nash’s (Ali) least favorite time of year. As the Senior Financial Analyst at the upscale Hudson Valley Outdoor Mall, she has to be the annual Christmas Grinch and cancel the leases of under-performing stores by the end of the year. One afternoon, her 8-year-old niece Molly, asks the mall Santa to help find a boyfriend for her beloved aunt. Unbeknownst to Molly, and Hillary, the mall Santa is just a substitute filling in and is actually Ryan McCue (Fehr), a lawyer-turned-artist who is decorating the mall for Christmas and trying to find his way after quitting his job and losing his fiancée. As Hillary and Ryan begin to fall for each other, they each don’t realize the other’s true identity: Hillary who is tasked with closing a failing gift wrap shop run by Ryan’s Aunt Patty and Ryan who is too ashamed to tell Hillary that he is the acting mall Santa.”
“Secret Santa” is produced by Jeff Schenck (“Sniper: Special Ops”) of Aro Entertainment and Hybrid’s Brian Nolan (“Christmas in Palm Springs”). Markus Hill (“Broadcasting Christmas”) is associate producer.
It’s crazy that the holiday season is just around the corner. Hopefully this film will be one of many to get us in the holiday spirit!
Can you believe that this year is almost over? What do you think about the film’s description? Are you going to look out for it on Lifetime?