It’s the holiday season, so several cable networks have extensive slates of Christmas movies prepared. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood star Ray J is leading a film on TV One that is set to premiere soon.
‘Dear Santa, I Need a Date’ premieres this month
Dear Santa, I Need a Date is a romantic comedy set to premiere as a TV One original film. Alongside Love & Hip Hop‘s Ray J, the film also stars Reagan Gomez-Preston, Anne-Marie Johnson, Jay DeVon Johnson, MAJOR., Reginae Carter, and B. Simone.
According to the network’s official description of the movie, the film “tells the comedic story of two successful and ambitious siblings Janelle Vaughn (Gomez-Preston) and Jason Vaughn (Ray J). Their parents, Mr. Vaughn (Jay DeVon Johnson) and Mrs. Vaughn (Johnson), are proud of their children’s flourishing careers but are displeased with their dating lives.”
The description continues, “Every holiday season, the Vaughn’s anxiously prepare for their children to bring home a significant other only to be disappointed. This year, The Vaughn’s apply pressure by expressing their concerns to Jason and Janelle, which sparks a bet between the siblings on who can find a date by Christmas.”
This veteran actress and director helms ‘Dear Santa, I Need a Date’
Terri J. Vaughn is the director of the film. Vaughn is most known for her roles on the classic sitcom, The Steve Harvey Show, as well as roles on other comedies like All of Us and Meet the Browns. She’s also made a foray into directing over the past several years, including the television films Hip Hop Holiday and Christmas Belles.
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I am full of gratitude! To see all 4 of the movies I directed this year on @entertainmentweekly list of New Christmas movies is a humbling feeling. God opened doors, opened minds and opened hearts, including within me, to make it so I got to do this. I was so focused on doing the work and making sure I kept my end of the deal to deliver great, heartfelt and fun movies I didn’t really take the time to let it sink in, but now I feel it all. I accomplished something pretty incredible this year because of the love, support and trust surrounding me. And I’m so happy that you all can now enjoy these accomplishments. Thank You God! #director #directher #directress #shebelievedshecouldsoshedid #shebelievesshecansoshedoes #ChristmasBelles #HipHopHoliday #TwasTheChaosBeforeChristmas #DearSantaINeedADate
Vaughn said in a statement, “I’m excited to have the opportunity to direct my second Christmas movie for TV One. The experience was amazing. Ray J and Reagan Gomez-Preston are so fun as brother and sister. And the cherry on top was getting Anne-Marie Johnson to play their mother. She’s so funny, and I’m such a huge fan of hers. I know the audience will have a lot of fun watching this hilarious cast!”
When does ‘Dear Santa, I Need a Date’ premiere?
The movie will premiere Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. followed by an encore presentation that night at 9 p.m. You should also expect for the film to air multiple times before Christmas Day on TV One.
“Working on Dear Santa [I Need a Date] was one of the most enjoyable working experiences in my long career. But more importantly, this wonderful movie will appeal to anyone -regardless of race, ethnicity, age, or gender – who loves love and loves the holidays,” said Anne-Marie Johnson.
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