By Lori Perkins
You knew it was only a matter of time before one of these competing Christmas movie producers was going to make a much sexier version of the annual Xmas romance extravaganza.
And it should be no surprise that this is NOT happening on the Hallmark channel, which just recently discovered Jewish people and gay sidekicks.
Lifetime released A Cowboy Christmas Romance on Dec. 9th using the very familiar Christmas romance trope of girl goes home and finds the hot guy of her dreams. In this one, a real estate agent returns home to Arizona to reclaim land belong to a hot cowboy/rancher.
According to an article in Entertainment Weekly, Sarah Drew, one of the Grey’s Anatomy writers, discussed the film on a podcast with the leading lady Jana Kramer: "It's the first Christmas movie that has a sex scene," Kramer said. "I read it and I was like, 'Well, this is going to be interesting...Spoiler alert — he lays me down on some hay, and then we, you know. Obviously, it’s still Lifetime, it’s still family. But it was pushing limits there, too. They didn’t cut anything. I was so happy that they really left it all in there.”
Drew added, "It all came out so beautifully, but especially the scene in the kitchen. I had written into the stage directions, ‘He pulls her up onto the counter, he shoves things off the table,’” she said. “I put it all in there, so I was like, ‘Don’t take the steam and the sex away from me. I wrote it on purpose, I want it in there.' How sad would that have been if that scene just got cut?"
In a recent Variety article, Tia Maggini, SVP of scripted content at Lifetime, also addressed the sexy Christmas content for the network. "We think that there’s an audience out there that’s hungry for grown-up romance, and we’re looking forward to adding some smolder to the usual holiday sugar and spice.”