Lifetime Cooks Up KFC Sponsored Mini Movie

Mario Lopez is Colonel Sanders (Image credit: Lifetime)

Lifetime is sharing its formula for TV movies with sponsor KFC with a 15 minute mini movie starring Mario Lopez as Colonel Harland Sanders called A Recipe for Seduction.

The mini-movie will make its debut on Lifetime Sunday. 

Lopez plays Sanders as a chef with a secret recipe in a story with a beautiful heiress, a scorned suitor, a scheming mother, jealousy and a possible murder, all elements familiar to Lifetime movie viewers.

Lopez starred in the November Lifetime movie FelizNaviDAD, which will re-run after A Recipe for Seduction.

"We’re no stranger to heating things up for the holidays, just like our famous fried chicken scented Firelog. 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?” said Andrea Zahumensky, KFC U.S. CMO. “A Recipe for Seduction is a perfect excuse to curl up at home and escape to your own happily ever after.”

KFC is sweetening the bucket by offering consumers who make a purchase of $20 or more for delivery via Uber Eats six free extra crispy tenders. 

The collaboration marks the first time Lifetime and KFC have worked together on mid-form content and fit in with the network's “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime Movie" slate. After its premiere on the cable network, the mini-movie will be available on VOD, Lifetime apps and

“Lifetime is the perfect holiday home to bring this spicy, unexpected tale to life,” said David DeSocio, executive VP, ad sales marketing & partnerships, A+E Networks. “Through a terrific cast, and with a wink to the unique sensibilities celebrated in Lifetime movies, this co-production spotlights each brand’s POV and marries them in a fun and authentic way. A+E Networks delivers custom creative that our audiences and clients love.”

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