KFC Made Its Own Lifetime Original Movie Starring Mario Lopez

The former Saved by the Bell star plays a handsome Colonel Sanders caught in a love triangle in the upcoming short film.

Lifetime movies are a beloved genre all their own—whether these made-for-TV flicks appeal to your personal tastes or not. But at least one literal tastemaker has decided to go all in: Kentucky Fried Chicken. And they’re here to add some spice—and herbs—to the holiday film season.

On Sunday, December 13, Lifetime will be airing A Recipe for Seduction—a 15-minute Christmas “Lifetime Original Mini-Movie”—released in partnership KFC and starring none other than Mario Lopez as Colonel Harland Sanders. Lopez now joins a long list of established actors who have portrayed the Colonel. And as an additional tie-in, Lopez is also the star of Lifetime's recently released Feliz NaviDAD… because of course he is.

KFC Lifetime Move a Recipe for Seduction

“As the holidays draw near, a young heiress contends with the affections of a suitor handpicked by her mother,” the mini-movie’s description begins. “When the handsome chef, Harland Sanders, arrives with his secret fried chicken recipe and a dream, he sets in motion a series of events that unravels the mother’s devious plans. Will our plucky heiress escape to her wintry happily ever after with Harland at her side, or will she cave to the demands of family and duty?”

The purposefully silly short film (Lifetime says it’s made “with a wink to the unique sensibilities celebrated in Lifetime movies”) will air at noon, after which anyone who missed it—or who can’t wait to watch it again and again—will be able to stream the movie on Lifetime’s website at mylifetime.com/christmas-movies.

And as KFC reminds us, nothing pairs better with A Recipe for Seduction than their chicken, so the chain is also partnering with Uber Eats to offer a special “a mini-movie and a meal” promotion: six free tenders with a purchase of $20 or more from December 13 to 19.

But one big question remains: Do people really want to watch what is essentially a 15-minute KFC commercial presented through the lens of the often-parodied Lifetime movie format? “We're no stranger to heating things up for the holidays, just like our famous fried chicken scented Firelog,” Andrea Zahumensky, KFC U.S. CMO, said in the announcement. “But let's face it, we could all use a little distraction this holiday season, so why not fill some of your time at home with a suspenseful drama and the comfort of our world-famous fried chicken?”

Or as the top comment on the YouTube trailer currently states, “This looks like a disaster. I’m in.” Yeah, it’s 2020; that seems about right.

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