The Hallmark Channel is an integral part of the holiday season. Whether they’re showing holiday classics or new favorites, the network releases plenty of original films for you to enjoy. This year, Hallmark will release 40 new Christmas movies on its channel, including a very special first for the network – a gay Christmas rom-com!
Something that is highly anticipated and desired by the LGBTQ+ community is rom-coms featuring queer couples. If you’re a fan of Hallmark movies, seeing a gay couple in popular holiday media is to die for. With Hallmark delivering its first-ever gay Christmas rom-com this season, we’re excited to learn more about the storied film The Holiday Sitter!
The Vacation Sitter: The Plot
Like many Hallmark movies The Holiday Sitter is filled with beloved tropes and holiday goodness. Found family, a pretty neighbor, sweet children and holiday romance – what more could we wish for? Not to mention the main actors Sam and Jason, who fit the Hallmark brand very well.
The summary on Hallmark’s page for The Holiday Sitter Conditions:
“When Sam, a workaholic bachelor, babysits his niece and nephew before the holidays, he enlists the help of her handsome neighbor Jason and finds himself in an unexpected romance.”
As the first Hallmark film to feature a leading gay couple, we look forward to hearing more about it The Holiday Sitter as the release date approaches!
The Vacation Sitter: The Cast
The Holiday Sitter is gearing up to be an adorable holiday comedy for the Hallmark Channel and the talented actors starring in this film are perfect for their roles. Actor Jonathan Bennett, previously in Mean Girls, Van Wilder: Freshman Year, and as part of Hallmark’s first gay couple in The Christmas House, will return to the network to play as Sam. His co-star, handsome neighbor Jason, is played by George Krissa.
Additional roles are played by Chelsea Hobbs and Matthew James Dowden, who has starred in a number of Christmas films. Todd Walker and Amy Goodmurphy will also perform. One of the main characters, Miles Walker, is played by Everett Andres. With several more actors yet to be announced and The Holiday Sitter In post-production, we look forward to learning more about the film as the release date approaches.
Bennett and Krissa are out and proud Hollywood actors The Holiday Sitter even better for showing genuine gay representation. With so many films casting straight actors in gay roles, it’s great to see Hallmark’s first gay lead couple being played by actors who are actually gay! While we can’t find the names of the team that wrote The Holiday SitterLet’s hope the film offers the same level of realism for LGBTQ+ fans.
Everything else we know
As more queer couples enter mainstream network programming, there has been no shortage of controversy from those opposed to it. Recently, the Great American Family channel’s Candace Cameron Bure made it clear that her holiday content will focus on “traditional marriage.” The Holiday Sitter Star Jonathan Bennett insisted on sitting down.
To promote the film, star George Krissa posted many photos of him and Bennett to Instagram. The two look like the perfect Hallmark couple and we can’t wait to see their story The Holiday Sitter! Krissa certainly knows where his audience is and what they like, as does Bennett, both of whom have openly supported Hallmark’s first gay Christmas film. It’s healthy and exciting to see so much support The Holiday Sitter so far, and we can only hope the movie is just as sweet.
However, while the LGBTQ+ community celebrates, there is a history of dissatisfaction The Holiday Sitter hopefully comes to rest. In 2019, Hallmark faced backlash over an ad featuring a same-sex wedding. Hallmark initially refused to air the ad – which then led to a boycott by LGBTQ+ fans. Finally, Hallmark ran the ad, and we’re excited to see them making strides toward more inclusive content this season as well. However, when Hallmark announced plans to publish LGBTQ+ stories in the future in 2020, the group pushed back on One Million Moms and called for their own boycott. Thankfully, that hasn’t stopped the network from moving forward with their plans and bringing us The Holiday Sitter this year!
For a network that produces dozens of heartfelt and sweet movies each season, one of the channel’s most notable features has been staying out of politics in those movies. We hope so The Holiday Sitter is as much an escapist romance-fantasy as Hallmark’s other Christmas films, and we can’t wait to see it during the countdown to Christmas this year!
The Holiday Sitter will premiere on Hallmark Channel as part of the Countdown to Christmas special on December 11, 2022.