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Ready for a young, sexy Colonel Sanders? Mario Lopez fits the bill in Lifetime romance mini-movie

WATCH: 'A Recipe for Seduction' trailer

A Recipe for Seduction looks finger-lickin’ good — if you’re into Lifetime romance movies and have a passion for KFC.

Starring Saved By the Bell star and Extra host Mario Lopez as the world-famous Colonel Sanders, mini-movie A Recipe for Seduction tells the spicy story of a young chef with a secret fried chicken recipe who disrupts a woman’s plan to marry off her heiress daughter to a handpicked suitor.

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The internet exploded with memes and jokes on Monday after the promotional movie poster — featuring Lopez clad in Sanders’ trademark white shirt, black tie, glasses and goatee and clutching a young woman in a red dress — made the rounds.

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Others on social media lamented the “movie,” saying it was just “one long KFC commercial.”

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Still, the network believes it’ll be a success.

“Lifetime is the perfect holiday home to bring this spicy, unexpected tale to life,” said David DeSocio, A+E Networks EVP of ad sales, marketing and partnerships. “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.”

DeSocio also said the mini-movie will be a great “distraction from all things 2020.”

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Unfortunately for Canadians, Lifetime Canada will not be airing the special. It premieres at 12 noon ET on Dec. 13 in the U.S.

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KFC, a unit of Yum! Brands Inc., urged American viewers to curl up with a bucket of chicken to watch the 15-minute movie.

With files from Reuters

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