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Hallmark’s ‘Christmas House’ its first with gay storyline

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Jonathan Bennett stars within the Hallmark Channel vacation film that includes a homosexual couple.

Hallmark has launched its first Christmas film with an LGBTQ storyline, amongst its 40 new movies this vacation season that the channel guarantees is its “most-diverse” lineup but.

“Imply Ladies” actor Jonathan Bennett stars in “The Christmas Home,” Hallmark’s first vacation movie centered round a homosexual love story. It aired Nov. 22.

The film additionally consists of notable actors like Robert Buckley (“One Tree Hill”), Ana Ayora (“Within the Darkish”) and Sharon Lawrence (“NYPD Blue”).

Hallmark introduced their intensive lineup of 40 new movies, together with 23 holiday-inspired films and 17 from their mysteries line, this fall. Regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic, the channel has managed to create model new tales to debut.

The lineup is part of Hallmark’s “Countdown to Christmas” program, which began an entire two months earlier than on Oct. 23. 

Many followers have been wanting ahead to the LGBT+ characters for years.

Bennett instructed “Each day Blast Reside” on Friday that having a job within the movie appears like being a part of progress, a way of duty and an honor. He stated it did not all the time work very nicely portraying a heterosexual character, like teenage heartthrob Aaron Samuels. 

“It is a robust factor to be idolized and referred to as one factor, and that is your entire dream coming true. And also you at the moment are within the greatest teen film ever made in many years, and also you’re the article of affection, you are the intercourse image, you are the man,” Bennett stated. “However then on the similar time the flipside is you have got the worry of ‘expensive God do not allow them to discover out who I actually am as a result of all this can get taken away.'”

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“The Christmas Home” options mother and father working by way of some tough choices who summon their two grown sons – TV star, Mike Mitchell (Buckley) and Brandon Mitchell (Bennett) – residence for the vacations. It is their hope that bringing the household collectively to recreate the Christmas home will assist them discover decision and make a memorable vacation for the neighborhood too. Brandon and his husband are anxiously awaiting a name in regards to the adoption of their first baby, whereas Mike reconnects along with his highschool sweetheart.

“Our vacation desk is greater and extra welcoming than ever,” Michelle Vicary, Hallmark Channel’s government vice chairman of programming, stated in an announcement. “This yr’s films replicate our most numerous illustration of expertise, narratives, and households,” she stated.

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