Forever Christmas (2020 Lifetime)
Synopsis (via Lifetime)
When workaholic reality TV producer Sophie starts working on a holiday-season show about Will, a wild, sexy guy who celebrates Christmas every day of the year, she finds herself falling for her mysterious, unlikely new star, renewing her long-lost faith in Christmas in the process.
Sophie is recently single, so she works out on her elliptical and makes smoothies. She is annoyed people are already talking about Christmas. It is only on Nov 1st!
Sophie works as a reality producer with her gay (possibly offensive depiction) co-worker Paul. Paul wants Sophie to convince Will Saunders to do a Christmas theme reality show for the holidays. Will celebrates Christmas 365 days a year. After doing online research, Sophie calls Will, who isn’t interested in reality TV but agrees to meet for coffee.
At coffee, we learn that Will is hot AF. Will agrees to show Sophie his house. It is FULL of Christmas decorations, but not that full. There is a Christmas by the sea soon that is just blue with a fish netting drape. (Not precisely Christmas.) He inherited the house from his grandparents, who also loved Christmas. Sophie loves the “howse” and convinces Will to do the reality show. The nosey neighbor, Fred, is NOT excited about it.
Sophie rolls up with her crew Lindsey, Kayla, Gia, and Aaron. They are all impressed with the house and Will’s handsomeness. Will and Sophie have crazy sexual chemistry right from the get-go. Will is resistant to Paul’s suggestions of costume and TV makeup. When it is time to get in front of the camera, Will is awkward and stiff. (Comedically played Christopher Russell.) Sophie and Paul decide to do a wardrobe change. Will changes his shirt in front of the camera, and everyone on set thirsts over his hot bod. (This is a horny Christmas movie? Yas!) Paul tries to make Will seem like a ladies man, but Will isn’t falling for producer tricks. He has seen The Bachelor.
Will brings flowers over to Sophies’ house and makes out with him. She kicks him out and wants to keep things professional. Onset, Paul continues to ask probing questions about Will’s personal life and past relationships. Behind the scene, Sophie gets real tea. She learns that Will’s parents died, and then they make out some more on the job.
More objectification of Will happens on set. They film him while changing again and ask Will to wear tighter shirts. Paul interviews the neighbors to see what they think about the Christmas house. Mostly, they like it. (Except for Fred.)
Production on the show continues, and we get a smoothy making montage intercut with Will being sexy to show the passing of time. (He falls off a ladder, and Paul thinks it is great television!) Sophie comes clean to Lindsey about her forbidden romance. Lindsey warns Sophie to be careful and promises to keep it on the DL.
Christmas tree shopping happens. Sophie and Will makeout more while saying sexy Christmas tree puns? They decorate the tree in her apartment and talk about It’s a Wonderful Life. Then they slow dance for no reason. BUT I’M HERE FOR IT!
Paul wants more drama and asks Sophie to produce more moments. She sends the boom operator into a sentimental gingerbread “howse” to get a reaction from Will. He is upset that she is manipulating his emotions and doesn’t give her the response she is looking for. He also has her interview with a therapist who says Will is probably crazy. Paul receives the drama he is looking for when he finds security camera footage of Will and Sophie hooking up.
The promo for the show is released, and Will watches it on his phone with Sophie. They give him the stupid jock edit, and Will is horrified. Sophie tells Paul to pull the ads, but the network loves them. Will regrets agreeing to do the show and blames them for using him. He only did it to spend more time with Sophie.
Sophie almost quits the show but stays on to try and salvage Will’s portrayal on the show. Against her better judgment, she almost sends Will an invite to the office holiday party but thinks better of it. Will sadly folds shirts and is alone in his Christmas house.
Will and Sophie run into each other on the street. She asks him to do publicity, and he says hell no—Sophie re-cuts the show and pitches it to the network executives. Jayla loves it and says they redefined the reality television genre. Sophie quits the show and asks for Lindsey to be her replacement.
Then Sophie rushes to Will’s house and leaves him a note. She asks for his respect and tells him that he is an amazing man. He watches the show with his dog and loves his new portrayal.
Will brings flowers over to Sophie’s house on Christmas eve. They decide to explore their showmance and he promises to be her’s 365 days a year. The kiss. The end!
Minority Report: Barista, Kayla, Gia, Neighbors, Executive Jayla,
Also known as Mr. 365, which initially aired on Passion Flix
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