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Christmas Dilemma Premieres on December 6th marking the Directorial Debut for Essence Atkins

Contributing writer, Chandra Gore had the amazing opportunity to preview and attend the exclusive Q&A with the cast of the New TV ONE Original Movie, Christmas Dilemma. Within the current climate of the current pandemic we are all looking for great movies especially during the holidays. Robyn Green Arrington, TV One’s VP of programming and production states “This will undoubtedly be a different kind of holiday, so we thought an offbeat Christmas comedy was the perfect choice.” Additionally, having consistency behind-the-scenes during this unpredictable time was a must, so working long-time production partner, Swirl was a no-brainer. Continuing our tradition of giving deserving and prepared talent an opportunity to diversify, made the decision to have Essence Atkins at the helm of this movie easy.” Jason Ryan also states that “Essence Atkins is able to see what even veteran directors may not be see or communicate.” He goes on to say what a joy and honor it was to work with her.

We are all familiar with Essence Atkins as she is Black Hollywood royalty. With a stellar resume it was only the next step in her impressive career to direct with The Christmas Dilemma marking her directorial debut.

Starring as Jay is BJ Britt as seen in the ABC series Agents of Shield and Paul Patterson, Jr. in the hit BET Series Being Mary Jane and Monica played by Brittany Hall as seen alongside Sanaa Lathan in Netflix’s original comedy “Nappily Ever After” and Being Mary Jane. This movie also stars Veteran Actors Carl Anthony Payne and Christopher B. Duncan.

CHRISTMAS DILEMMA follows a newlywed couple Jay (Britt) and Monica (Hall) as they struggle to decide which set of in-laws they should join for their first Christmas. After each pleads their case and even attempts a little trickery, they decide to bypass the guaranteed disappointment of picking one family over the other. Unbeknownst to them, the decision is made for them when their families show up at their home unexpectedly. Drama ensues as the in-laws clash, long-lost relatives decide to make an appearance, and Jay’s grandmother joins the holiday festivities accompanied by her caretaker who just happens to be Jay’s gorgeous ex-girlfriend.

Tune into TV ONE on Sunday December 6 at 7pm EST and 6pm CST to watch.

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