The Christmas Setup will air Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime

By Ally Mauch
November 13, 2020 01:00 PM
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There’s another holiday romance movie to add to the list this year — and this one is history-making.

The Christmas Setup is Lifetime’s first Christmas movie centered on a LGBTQ+ holiday romance. Plus, there’s another twist: stars Ben Lewis and Blake Lee are a married couple in real life.

In PEOPLE’s exclusive first look at the trailer, New York lawyer Hugo (Lewis) returns home to Milwaukee to find his mother Kate (Fran Drescher) is dead-set on setting him up with an old high school friend, Patrick (Lee).

In the clip, Hugo reluctantly goes home for the holidays, greeted by an enthusiastic mom. “Oh you look so skinny!” Drescher’s character, Kate, exclaims upon her son’s arrival.

“I feel like a teenager again,” Hugo groans.

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The mood quickly shifts, however, as Hugo has a chance — or maybe not-so chance — encounter with old friend and former crush, Patrick.

“When I saw him I almost died,” Hugo told friend Madelyn, played by Ellen Wong. Madelyn tries to reassure him, “I’m sure it's just all in your head.”

“No, literally — I fell down the stairs,” he replies.

It soon becomes clear that Hugo’s run-ins with Patrick are the work of mastermind Kate. “I think my mom just stays awake at night thinking of ways to publicly humiliate me,” he says while donning a Christmas-themed outfit.

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“I think you look adorable,” Patrick says.

“Mom, I don’t need you meddling in my social life,” Hugo tells Kate at one point, before the clip turns to a scene between him and Patrick in which Patrick posits that it was “fate that we crossed paths.”

“Fate or Kate?” Hugo says.

Despite Kate’s meddling, Hugo and Patrick appear to have a true connection. “I don’t have to ask Santa for anything this year,” Patrick says as the pair lean in for a kiss, with snow falling around them. “I already got it.”

The Christmas Setup will air Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.