via press release:
AMY SMART AND MARK-PAUL GOSSELAAR STAR IN THE ABC FAMILY ORIGINAL MOVIE
“12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS,” MAKING ITS WORLD PREMIERE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11,
AS PART OFTHE NETWORK’S 12TH ANNUAL “25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS” EVENT
“American Idol” Winner Jordin Sparks Sings an Original Song, “Angels are Singing,”
Based on the Classic “Twelve Days of Christmas,” Written Specifically for
The Project and Premiering in Opening of Movie
Michael Bublé’s Original Holiday Tune, “Cole December Night,” Wraps up Movie
Burbank, CA (November 14, 2011) – ABC Family delivers the gift of holiday cheer with the world premiere of the original movie, “12 Dates of Christmas,” starring Amy Smart (“Just Friends,” “The Butterfly Effect”) and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“Franklin & Bash,” “NYPD Blue”). The romantic comedy follows a young woman who re-lives the same first date on Christmas Eve over and over again. Will she be able to put her past behind her and finally get the romantic Christmas she longs for, or will she ruin her chances of love for good? “12 Dates of Christmas” is set to make its world premiere Sunday, December 11 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT), during ABC Family’s 12th annual “25 Days of Christmas” programming event, which will feature over 200 hours of holiday-themed entertainment for the whole family from December 1- 25.
In “12 Dates of Christmas,” Smart plays Kate, a young woman infatuated with Christmas and all the magic that surrounds it, and who is also determined to find love. In an attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend on Christmas Eve, Kate ends up ruining her blind date with Miles (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), a handsome guy her step mother set her up with. In an odd twist of fate, Kate is given the chance to relive Christmas Eve over again – in fact twelve times -- in order to not miss out on an opportunity she has always dreamed of: True love!
After understanding that a reconciliation with her ex is not in the cards, Kate decides to embrace what Christmas Eve has given her -- a loving family, great friends and the prospect of a new love interest in Miles. However, just as she seems to think she has gotten it right, the clock strikes midnight and Kate reluctantly has to relive Christmas Eve once again. Although she seems distraught, she quickly comes to understand that she can do anything without consequences, because by midnight all will be erased. With this new-found excitement for life, Kate goes on a shopping spree, gets a tattoo and alters her appearance drastically, finally enjoying the gift she has been given. In addition to improving herself, she starts to help others and decides to make this Christmas Eve what she wants it to be. By letting go of her controlling ways and fear of being alone, Kate not only helps others find their happiness, but finds her own by finally trusting fate.
“12 Dates of Christmas” teleplay by Aaron Mendelsohn and Janet Brownell; story by Aaron Mendelsohn & Blake Harris and directed by James Hayman. Frank von Zerneck and Beth Miller serve as executive producers, with Salli Newman as a producer.
19/RCA recording artist Jordin Sparks recorded an original song, “Angels are Singing,” based on the classic “Twelve Days of Christmas,” written specifically for the project and making its premiere in the opening of the movie. The song is available through ABCFamily.com starting November 27. Multi Grammy winning Michael Bublé’s new Holiday song “Cold December Night,” penned by the Canadian superstar, will be featured at the end of the movie. “Cold December Night” is from his new “Christmas” CD currently in stores.
Part of the Disney/ABC Television Group, ABC Family is distributed in over 97 million homes. ABC Family features programming reflecting today’s families, entertaining and connecting with adults through relatable programming about today’s relationships – told with a mix of diversity, passion, humor and heart. ABC Family’s programming is a combination of network defining original series and original movies, quality acquired series and blockbuster theatricals. ABC Family is also the destination for annual Holiday events with “13 Nights of Halloween” and “25 Days of Christmas.” ABC Family. A New Kind of Family.