A Guide to 2022 Holiday Films Starring DWTS Alumni

The 2022 vacation season is quick approaching and the networks have began saying their vacation movie slates, together with one movie that’s a couple of fictional “Dancing With the Stars” show referred to as “Celebrity Dance Off” — and it stars two “Dancing With the Stars’ contestants!

Below are all the small print about “Steppin’ into the Holidays,” plus 18 extra vacation movies from throughout the TV panorama which can be starring “Dancing With the Stars” alums.

‘Steppin’ into the Holidays’ Stars Mario Lopez & Jana Kramer

“Steppin’ into the Holidays” stars two “Dancing With the Stars” alums in a vacation romance — season three runner-up Mario Lopez and season 23 contestant Jana Kramer, plus Lopez’s real-life spouse Courtney Lopez performs the host of the “Dancing With the Stars”-like show.

The Lifetime press launch teases:

Former Broadway star Billy Holiday (Lopez) returns to his hometown for Christmas after being abruptly fired because the host-producer-judge of the hit TV sequence “Celebrity Dance Off.” While there, he encounters Rae (Kramer), the charismatic proprietor of the native dance studio, the place Billy’s 12-year-old nephew is her standout scholar. This Christmas, Rae is planning a dance recital fundraiser with the objective of taking her college students to see a Broadway show in New York City. Billy volunteers to assist Rae with the recital by reviving the city’s conventional Christmas Eve show, which was as soon as a showcase for native expertise. With Billy’s knack for producing and Rae’s information of all issues native, their collaboration clicks and romantic sparks begin flying!

Cheri Oteri stars as Dallas, Billy’s high-powered, fast-talking, Hollywood agent. Dallas scrambles to seek out Billy work after he’s fired by his boss, Wayne, performed by Mario Cantone, a community govt who’s equal elements charming and ruthless! Courtney Lopez , Mario’s real-life spouse, additionally seems within the movie as Joanna, the charismatic host of “Celebrity Dance Off,” who’s tapped to interchange Billy (her former fling) as govt producer and head decide after his recognition hits the skids.

It premieres Friday, November 25 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific occasions on Lifetime.

The Other ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Alums’ Holiday Films

Here is the remainder of the vacation slate starring “Dancing With the Stars” alumni. It covers movies airing on BET Plus, CBS, Great American Family (GAC), the Hallmark Channel, and Lifetime. The descriptions are from press releases from the assorted networks and the movies are listed so as of airdate.

Season 23 contestant Marilu Henner stars in “A Kismet Christmas,” which is a couple of lady named Sarah who’s “a kids’s e-book writer who returns to her hometown, the place she reconnects along with her household and Travis, her teenage crush. She quickly discovers {that a} long-held household legend may truly be true.” It premieres Sunday, October 23 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific occasions on the Hallmark Channel.

Season 22 contestant Jodie Sweetin stars in “A Cozy Christmas Inn” as actual property govt Erika, who ” travels to Alaska throughout Christmastime to accumulate a mattress and breakfast, solely to find that it is owned by her ex. While there, she finds herself falling in love with the city and fairly presumably him.” It premieres Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific occasions on Lifetime.

Sweetin is pulling double obligation this 12 months as a result of she additionally stars in “Merry Swissmas” as Alex, a lady who “has fantastic reminiscences of Christmas along with her greatest pal Beth (Mikaela Lily Davies), till Beth begins courting Alex’s ex, Jesse (David Pinard). Because she has missed the previous few Christmases with household as a result of her demanding job as an architect, Alex is happy to spend the vacations along with her mom, Caroline (Jane Wheeler), who’s opening an inn in Switzerland. Much to her dismay, she learns that Jesse and Beth are additionally visiting for the inn’s opening. When Alex meets Liam (Tim Rozon), a single father and the supervisor of her mom’s inn, Liam makes an attempt to show her all of the Christmas traditions and tradition of Switzerland and helps Alex open herself as much as love and forgiveness this vacation season. “Merry Swissmas” premieres Saturday, November 5 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific occasions on Lifetime.

Season 5 semi-finalist Cameron Mathison stars alongside Jill Wagner in “A Merry Christmas Wish” for Great American Family. In it, “An NYC promoting govt (Wagner) returns to her hometown to promote the household farm, however as an alternative reconnects along with her childhood pal (Mathison) and will get concerned with organizing the yearly Winter Wonderland, which takes place on the property.” “A Merry Christmas Wish” premieres Saturday, November 12 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific occasions on GAC.

Season 9 contestant Melissa Joan Hart is directing and govt producing “Santa Bootcamp,” starring season six semi-finalist Marissa Jaret Winokur, plus EGOT winner Rita Moreno. “Santa Bootcamp” is a couple of lady named Emily Strauss (Emily Kinney) who “is employed by mall magnate Ed Mancini (Patrick Cassidy, Castle) to stage the final word Christmas Gala for his most vital buyers, Emily finds herself being despatched to bootcamp – Santa Bootcamp – to seek out the proper Santa and the inspiration she might want to make the night a hit. While there, Emily meets Belle (Moreno), the bootcamp’s drill sergeant with a coronary heart of gold, who helps Emily rediscover the magic of Christmas and discover romance alongside the best way.” “Santa Bootcamp” premieres Saturday, November 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific occasions on Lifetime.

Season three contestant Vivica A. Fox is starring in a vacation film for BET referred to as “Holiday Hideaway” the place a lady named Carly (Camille Winbush), who’s “the queen of vacation celebrations” runs into bother when “her mistletoe misstep sends her working to a Holiday Hideaway that teaches her the significance of household, forgiveness and preventing for love.” It premieres on Thanksgiving Day, November 24 on BET Plus.

Season 17 contestant Brant Daugherty stars in “#Xmas,” a movie about Jen (Clare Bowen), a lady who “will get the possibility to enter a model’s design contest, she poses as a household influencer, enlisting the assistance of her greatest pal, Max, and her child nephew. When her video is chosen as a finalist, Jen is torn on whether or not to go on along with her good ‘household’ or reveal the reality.” It premieres Friday, November 25 at 6 p.m. Eastern and Pacific occasions on the Hallmark Channel.

Season 18 contestant Danica McKellar is starring in “Christmas on the Drive-In” as a lawyer working “to show that her city’s Drive In Theater, an area establishment isn’t closed down on the holidays, discovering romance with the very one that is attempting to promote the property.” It premieres Friday, November 25 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific occasions on GAC.

Season 14 contestant Gladys Knight is starring in “I’m Glad It’s Christmas,” the place an ” aspiring Broadway singer is satisfied to take part in a small-scale manufacturing for her native Christmas celebration. Along the best way, she finds hope and sudden mentorship in direction of her dream profession. But will her skilled success come at the price of her probability at love?” “I’m Glad It’s Christmas” premieres Saturday, November 26 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific occasions on GAC.

Season 18 finalist Candace Cameron Bure stars alongside Marc Blucas in “A Christmas… Present.” They play Maggie and Eric, the “busy dad and mom of youngsters who embark on a visit to the house of Maggie’s widowed brother to have a good time Christmas. Everyone has totally different expectations of the proper vacation. Through a sequence of transformative occasions, Maggie learns to embrace the season.” It premieres Sunday, November 27 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific occasions on GAC.

Season 5 contestant Jane Seymour is starring in a movie referred to as “A Christmas Spark,” the place she performs the not too long ago widowed Molly who “has misplaced her zest for all times and given up on ever discovering love once more. But when she decides to go to her daughter for Christmas, she has no thought what vacation magic is in retailer for her. A former drama trainer, Molly reluctantly takes on the job of directing the city’s Christmas pageant and shortly finds herself falling for her main man, Hank (Joe Lando), the city’s most eligible bachelor. As Molly and the irrepressible Hank fall in love, she rediscovers her interior free spirit and finds a brand new lease on life. And when the star of the pageant loses her voice moments earlier than the show, it is going to be as much as Molly to step into the highlight and shine brightly for the primary time in her life. This movie, which is a “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” reunion between Seymour and Lando, premieres Sunday, November 27 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific occasions on Lifetime.

“A Big Fat Family Christmas” stars two “Dancing With the Stars” alums — season two contestant Tia Carrere and season 14 contestant Jack Wagner. This movie is about Liz, a “photojournalist desperate to make it on her personal. To get a dream task — capturing the Chang household’s annual vacation occasion for a canopy story — she does not reveal that they’re, in truth, her household. When she finds herself rising near Henry, the co-worker protecting the story along with her, she needs to speak in confidence to him however does not wish to jeopardize her huge break.” It premieres Friday, December 2 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific occasions on the Hallmark Channel.

Season 20 contestant Patti LaBelle is starring in “A New Orleans Noel,” which is about two individuals, Grace Hill (Keshia Knight Pulliam) and Anthony Brown (Brad James), who couldn’t be extra totally different. The press launch reads, “Despite having gone to varsity to check structure collectively, their lives took them on utterly separate paths. But once they’re each employed to work collectively on the house of Loretta Brown (Patti LaBelle)—a New Orleans praline icon—the 2 discover themselves caught working collectively at Christmas…and butting heads over extra than simply structure. When Anthony and his household uncover that Grace might be celebrating Christmas alone, they invite her to participate of their traditions and their celebrations. Soon, fiercely impartial Grace begins to study the significance of household and group, whereas trendy Anthony learns to embrace custom and the magic of Christmas. And when Grace is obtainable a brand new job far-off from New Orleans, she’ll must resolve if she’ll go away or observe her coronary heart.” “A New Orleans Noel” premieres Saturday, December 3 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific occasions on Lifetime.

Season 30 finalist Amanda Kloots is starring in her very first TV film, “Fit for Christmas,” which she additionally co-wrote and govt produced. In the movie, she performs Audrey, “an enthusiastic Christmas-obsessed health teacher instructing lessons at her beloved, financially beleaguered group heart in quaint Mistletoe, Mont. She begins a vacation romance with an enthralling, mysterious businessman (Paul Greene), complicating his plans to show the middle right into a extra financially worthwhile resort property.” “Fit for Christmas” premieres Sunday, December 4 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time and eight p.m. Pacific time on CBS.

Season 12 semi-finalist Romeo Miller is headlining a Christmas movie referred to as “A Miracle Before Christmas,” the place “a fast-talking common relationship therapist (performed by LeToya Luckett) with all of the solutions in the case of fixing everybody else’s marriage, should now use the magic of Christmas to seek out the key to avoid wasting her personal.” It premieres Thursday, December 8 on BET Plus.

Season 19 contestant Jonathan Bennett is starring in “The Holiday Sitter,” which is about Sam, a “workaholic bachelor who babysits his niece and nephew earlier than the vacations when his sister and her husband must exit of city. Completely out of his factor, he recruits assist from their good-looking neighbor Jason and finds himself in an sudden romance.” It premieres Sunday, December 11 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific occasions on the Hallmark Channel.

Season 14 semi-finalist Maria Menounos stars in “The Holiday Dating Guide” as “Dating coach and aspiring e-book writer Abigale Slater,” who has “accomplished her first e-book—a how-to information for courting in in the present day’s trendy world—and is now greater than able to change into a broadcast writer. However, after studying the e-book, her writer Jack will not proceed with the deal with out realizing that her courting recommendation truly works. Before he has an opportunity to say no, Abigale proposes that she show the foundations work by utilizing them herself and making a person fall for her by Christmas Eve in 12 days. Although Abigale’s by no means seen love as a precedence for herself, she units out to seek out somebody who will fall rapidly sufficient to get this e-book in print. Things change when Abigale meets Michael Ryan (Brent Bailey), and her single-minded mission takes an sudden flip. While following her personal recommendation, and studying to count on the sudden within the course of, Abigale discovers the romance of her desires.” “The Holiday Dating Guide” premieres Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific occasions on Lifetime.

The 2022 vacation film season kicks off as early as October 21 on the Hallmark Channel and runs by means of New Year’s Eve 2022.

“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. Eastern and 5 p.m. Pacific time on Disney Plus.


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