Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez have signed on to star in the ABC Family original, Holidays in Handcuffs.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hart will play Trudie, a would-be painter stuck working as a waitress. After blowing an interview at a "real" job - disappointing her parents yet again - and getting dumped by her boyfriend, Trudie suffers a nervous breakdown. Stressed with having to go home alone for the holidays, she kidnaps a customer, Clay Martin (Lopez), whom she plans to bring home for Christmas and introduce him to the family as 'the One.'
Holidays in Handcuffs will begin production later this month in Calgary, Alberta; Ron Underwood is directing the Sara Endsley script. It will air in December as part of ABC Family's annual 25 Days of Christmas.