Saved by the Bell's Mario Lopez stars in the Lifetime original short film A Recipe For Seduction as a hunky Colonel Sanders, founder of KFC.
Mario Lopez stars as a hunky Colonel Sanders in the Lifetime original short film, A Recipe for Seduction. Lopez is best known for his role as popular jock A.C. Slater on the classic late-80s/early-90s sitcom Saved by the Bell. Following his time on the show, he reprised his role as Slater in Saved by the Bell: The College Years and the 2020 reboot in which he is now the gym teacher at his old high school. A talented dancer, Lopez has also been featured as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars and hosted America's Best Dance Crew as well as The X Factor.
Lifetime, which describes itself as a "female-focused" network, is famous for its seemingly endless catalog of made-for-TV movies. Strong female leads, daytime soap dramas, and down-to-earth romances all fall in the network's wheelhouse. Especially around the holidays, audiences can count on Lifetime to deliver lighthearted, feel-good films. This year they're branching out with the first LGBTQ and Asian-American-led holiday films in the network's history.
A Recipe for Seduction follows Lopez's Colonel Sanders as a young man with a secret recipe and a tasty dream. The film focuses on the machinations of a wealthy mother who handpicks a sleazy suitor for her heiress daughter. Sanders, who becomes the cook at their estate, throws a wrench in the operation as he and the heiress begin to fall in love. In order to protect their financial future, the dastardly duo of mother and suitor conspires to take Sanders out. The short, a joint venture between Lifetime and Kentucky Fried Chicken, will debut on December 13th at noon EST on Lifetime. Check out the trailer below:
The marketing team at KFC is having a field day. The boisterous Colonel Sanders is an iconic and delightful caricature originated by the real Colonel Harland David Sanders, who founded the company. Lopez is far from the first to fill the man's shoes, joining the ranks of Randy Quaid and Seinfeld veteran Jason Alexander, among many others. The Colonel has recently starred in his own dating simulator, I Love You Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator, and a Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout skin is rumored to be on the way.
A Recipe for Seduction is likely the most self-aware film Lifetime has ever produced. The short leans into the dramatic romance the network is known for and runs with the notion that, with so many Lifetime films, there's pretty much one about everything under the sun. We can add KFC to the list. Lifetime knows to play to its strengths and Mario Lopez will star in a much more traditional flick, Feliz NaviDAD, about a single father looking for love around the holidays. No doubt, each film on Lifetime's holiday docket will be characteristically cheesy, but A Recipe for Seduction lets us know that they're in on the joke too.