Christmas movies made for TV have been filling the Hallmark Channel and Lifetime calendar for a few months now, but it’s time for the 2020 crop premieres. Get ready for 82 new ways to wallow in Christmas and eat the hours spent at home. Yes, these are formulas, but 2020 is the year to indulge in guilty pleasures.
Do you know what people are saying about Taco Bell? That the whole menu has just five ingredients (tortillas, cheese, meat, beans, sauce) remixed and rearranged in endless combinations? Christmas made for television is the Taco Bell of entertainment genres. Take the same haggard tropes – struggling hostels, small towns, career women who need to be cured of their oversized ambitions by falling in love with boring men – and just change the names and cast, and it’s a tradition. that works year after year.
Vulture’s synopsis (and trailers) list is broken down into themes, as multiple movies share the same setup, storylines, or try to stand out. There are three blog-centric movies (like it’s interesting), nine with a land developer as the villain (because how are you going to save the school / the wilderness / the historic monument?), Six with ” ‘treasure hunt’ as a plot device, and four movies (count them, FOUR) with LGBTQ themes. And a partridge in a pear tree somewhere, I’m sure. Happy to wallow!