98 Degrees' Drew Lachey And Actress/Musician Mackenzie Porter Star In The UP Original Movie "Guess Who's Coming To Christmas" Airing Sunday, December 8 At 7 p.m. EST On "America's Christmas Channel" Ensemble Cast Includes Peter Lacroix, Ellie Harvie, Evan Bird, Matt Ward and Olivia Chen PR Newswire ATLANTA, Nov. 6, 2013 ATLANTA, Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --UP, "America's Christmas Channel," presents the UP Original Movie Guess Who's Coming To Christmas (#GuessWho), a funny, romantic holiday movie for the entire family, starring singer/actor/emcee Drew Lachey (98 Degrees, "Dancing with the Stars") and actress/musician MacKenzie Porter (Christmas Rescue, "Dinosapien"). Kristoffer Tabori (The Carpenter's Miracle, "Judging Amy") directs from a screenplay written by Tippi and Neal Dobrofsky (Window Wonderland, Goodnight for Justice). Guess Who's Coming To Christmas will premiere exclusively on Sunday, December 8 at 7 p.m. EST, with encores at 9 and 11 p.m. EST on UP. The ensemble cast also includes Peter Lacroix ("Smallville," "Stargate SG-1"), Ellie Harvie (The Bouquet, Home Alone: The Holiday Heist), Evan Bird ("The Killing," "Falling Skies"), Matt Ward (TRON: Legacy, Christmas Comes Home to Canaan) and Olivia Chen ("Supernatural," "Entertainment Tonight Canada"). When his high-maintenance girlfriend Chelsea (Olivia Cheng) refuses to cook, jaded rock star Dax (Drew Lachey) is found by New York paparazzi passed out in his car with a frozen holiday turkey in the passenger seat. In order to repair his tarnished image, Dax publicly agrees to grant a fan's "Dear Santa" Christmas wish. To his dismay, his manager Jason (Matt Ward) drops Dax off in Cedar Grove, a small Midwest town, where he's committed to spend a week and perform in a local holiday Christmas concert. At first, Dax is horrified to be stuck in the Reverend Harding (Peter Lacroix) family's home under strict rules and a curfew. But he soon becomes charmed by the Reverend's wife Lynne (Ellie Harvie), teenage son Tim (Evan Bird) and very surprised contest winner and daughter Kelly (MacKenzie Porter), a sassy, unemployed book jacket writer. Dax begins to appreciate what the Hardings have as a family – love, caring and an uplifting holiday spirit. The movie features an original musical duet by Lachey and Porter, entitled "You." "Guess Who's Coming To Christmas throws a badly behaved rock star, in need of some image rehabilitation, into a completely unfamiliar situation – small town America," said Leslie Glenn Chesloff, executive vice president of programming, UP. "Although Dax – played with humor and heart by Drew Lachey – chaffs at being in a small town and under a reverend's roof, he quickly finds the holidays with this close family and their llamas inexplicably charming. As he rediscovers his musical voice, direction and joy, the question is what will Dax do when his holiday time-out ends?" UP presents an Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) production. Guess Who's Coming To Christmas stars Drew Lachey, MacKenzie Porter, Peter Lacroix, Ellie Harvie, Evan Bird, Matt Ward and Olivia Cheng. Directed by Kristoffer Tabori. Produced by Ira Pincus and Randolph Cheveldave. Casting by Candice Elzinga. Cinematography by David Pelletier and Adam Sliwinski. Editor is Garry M.B. Smith. Composer is Brent Belke. Script by Neil and Tippi Dobrovsky. Follow our cast at: oDrew Lachey on Twitter @DrewLachey and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/drewlacheyofficial oMacKenzie Porter on Twitter @MacKenziePMusic and online at http://mackenzieporter.ca/ oEllie Harvie on Twitter @ellieharvie and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ellie-Harvie/59017311407 oMatt Ward on Twitter @IamMattWard oOlivia Cheng on Twitter @ThatOliviaCheng For more information, please visit http://www.uptv.com/node/15845/about. About UP UP (www.uptv.com) is America's favorite network for uplifting family entertainment. The network presents original and acquired movies, series, stage plays and music specials along with gMovies, the first faith-friendly streaming movie service. The UP brand is reflected in "Uplift Someone," the network's successful pro-social initiative.UP can be seen in more than 65 million homes on various cable systems around the country, as well as DISH Network on channel 188, DIRECTV on channel 338 and Verizon FIOS on channel 224. Follow UP on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UPtv, Twitter on @UPtv and Instagram at UP_TV. About Entertainment One Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE: ETO) is an international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company's comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 35,000 film and television titles, 2,800 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks. SOURCE UP Website: http://www.uptv.com Contact: Chelsye J. Burrows, 770.692.4559, cburrows@UPtv.com; or David Gardner, 770.692.9939, dgardner@UPtv.com; or Jackie Bazan-Ross, 212.643.4664 X704, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Evelyn Santana, 212.643.4664 X702, email@example.com
98 Degrees' Drew Lachey And Actress/Musician Mackenzie Porter Star In The UP Original Movie "Guess Who's Coming To Christmas"
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