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Betty White to star in Lifetime movie, guaranteeing a very merry Christmas

It's going to be a White Christmas!
Actresses Betty White And Carolyn Hennesy Host Media Preview For Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association's Beastly Ball Fundraiser
Lifetime announced Thursday that White will star in a new holiday movie.Vincent Sandoval / WireImage
/ Source: TODAY

We're always down for whatever project national treasure Betty White is appearing in, but a new announcement from Lifetime has us wishing it was Christmas already!

That's because White, 98, will star in an as-yet-untitled Christmas movie "in which she helps whip would-be Santas into shape, spreading the true meaning of Christmas and leading everyone to wonder: Is she secretly Mrs. Claus?" This, according to a news release TODAY obtained from the network on Thursday.

White, who has five Primetime Emmy Awards, has been working in show business for over 80 years and is best known for her roles in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Betty White Show," "The Golden Girls" and "Hot in Cleveland." And she keeps busy: last year, she played Bitey White in "Toy Story 4." Though she's often played somewhat ditzy characters, we love her for being both sweet and a straight talker. (She also knows how to take a digitally altered football tackle.)

Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis will executive produce, star in and direct the new film "How We Sleep at Night: The Sara Cunningham Story."Albert L. Ortega / Getty Images

But that's not all that Lifetime has announced, revealing that it will premiere 50 new movies between May and the end of 2020. A few others of note include "How We Sleep at Night: The Sara Cunningham Story," starring Jamie Lee Curtis in the true story of a devoted Christian mother who "had to come to terms with her son being gay," according to the release.

There's also a third installment in the "Harry & Meghan" series, with a working title of "Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace." This time, the story will focus on how the new parents decided to step back as senior royals after their son, Archie, was born.

Murray Fraser (Harry) and Parisa Fitz-Henley (Meghan) in "Harry and Meghan: A Royal Romance," from 2018.
Murray Fraser (Harry) and Parisa Fitz-Henley (Meghan) in "Harry and Meghan: A Royal Romance," from 2018.Lifetime

For the holidays, Kelly Rowland is returning for "Merry Liddle Christmas Wedding," the sequel to "Merry Liddle Christmas," while Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez reunite (they last appeared together in "A Very Merry Toy Store" in 2017) for "Feliz NaviDad" (also a working title), about a single dad whose daughter tries to help him find the holiday spirit after his wife dies. Hart will direct and Lopez will star.

It's not a bad way to celebrate your 30th anniversary, which is what Lifetime is doing with its original movie franchise. We can't wait to snuggle in and turn on these tales!