ABC Family issued the following.
WWE(R) STUDIOS AND ABC FAMILY BEGIN PRODUCTION ON “CHRISTMAS BOUNTY”
The Original Movie Will Air as Part of the Network’s Annual 25 Days of Christmas Programming Event
Francia Raisa Joins WWE Superstar The Miz
Burbank, CA (April 11, 2013) – WWE Studios (NYSE:WWE) and ABC Family began production this week on “Christmas Bounty,” a television movie that will world premiere during the network’s popular annual 25 Days of Christmas programming event. Network star Francia Raisa (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) joins the cast as Tory, opposite WWE Superstar Mike “The Miz” Mizanin. Will Greenburg (“Modern Family,” “The Office”) and Chelan Simmons (“The L.A. Complex”) will also star.
“Christmas Bounty” is an action-filled comedy about Tory (Raisa), a former bounty hunter turned elementary school teacher. Determined to have a normal life with her new fiancé, James (Greenburg), Tory would love to keep her bounty hunter past a secret. She reluctantly returns home for Christmas when a past bounty comes back for revenge. But when James follows her home for the holiday, she struggles to hide her wild family business and Mike (Mizanin), the bounty hunter ex-boyfriend she thought she’d left behind. Simmons plays Liz, Tory’s best friend who can’t quite understand why Tory would want to keep her past a secret. Also cast as Tory’s mom, Gale, is April Telek (“Hell on Wheels”). “Christmas Bounty” is written by Andrew Black & Vivian Lee, James Berg & Stan Zimmerman and Claudia Grazioso.
About WWE Studios
WWE Studios continues to strategically diversify its slate of films, which includes theatrical releases and direct-to-home premieres, under the guidance of President Michael Luisi. Upcoming films for WWE Studios include: “The Curse of the Ghost Bear!,” an animated feature from Warner Brothers Animation that will find Scooby Doo and the gang teaming up with WWE Superstars to solve a mystery at WrestleMania; “No One Lives,” which was co-produced with Pathé Films and world premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival during Midnight Madness, starring Luke Evans and WWE Superstar Brodus Clay(TM); and “12 Rounds 2 Reloaded,” starring WWE Superstar Randy Orton(TM), which will be distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
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About ABC Family
Part of the Disney/ABC Television Group, ABC Family is distributed in over 97 million homes. ABC Family features programming reflecting today’s families, entertaining and connecting with adults through relatable programming about today’s relationships – told with a mix of diversity, passion, humor and heart. ABC Family’s programming is a combination of network defining original series and original movies, quality acquired series and blockbuster theatricals. Emmy(R) Award-winning ABCFamily.com provides a variety of interactive entertainment and community features from rich, fan-centric programming – including blogs, viewing parties, webisodes, full episodes of the network’s hit programming, along with sneak peek exclusive previews and behind-the-scenes clips. ABC Family is also the destination for annual Holiday events with “13 Nights of Halloween” and “25 Days of Christmas.” ABC Family. A New Kind of Family.