Halloween may be right around the corner for those of us in the regular world, but if you're a television executive or PR specialist, you're planning ahead-- way ahead-- to the snowier, jollier holiday season. Today ABC Family has announced plans for its first original holiday special of the 2013 season, Christmas Bounty. Starring WWE Superstar (and former Real World housemate) Mike "The Miz" Mizanin and the network's own Francia Raisa (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Christmas Bounty leads the "Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas" line of programming, premiering on November 26 2013 at 7 p.m.
In the action-comedy, former bounty hunter turned elementary school teacher Tory Bell (Raisa) was ready for a new life when she left the family business behind and moved to Manhattan. But when an old enemy is released from jail and vows retribution on Tory and her loved ones, she returns to New Jersey to take care of him once and for all.
When Tory’s upper-class fiancé, James (Will Greenburg), follows her home for Christmas, she tries to keep her bounty hunting ways a secret, but the plan backfires when James unwittingly becomes involved in the Bells’ mission. Further complicating matters, Tory must work closely with her ex-boyfriend, Mike (Mizanin) to bring down their target and keep James out of certain danger. But as Tory becomes further entrenched in her old life, she finds herself torn between whom she once was and her plans for the future. Will Tory choose her new life with James, or will the thrill of bounty hunting and unresolved feelings for Mike prove too powerful to ignore?
The L.A. Complex' Chelan Simmons also stars as Tory's best friend.
Christmas Bounty was produced in partnership with WWE Studios and was written by Claudia Grazioso and Andrew Black & Vivian Lee. The movie was executive produced by Michael J. Luisi, co-executive produced by Richard Lowell and Marc Bienstock, and directed by Gil Junger.
“Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas” airs Wednesday, November 20 – Saturday, November 30 2013. Will you tune in?