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'Love Actually' mini-sequel debuts on NBC

Devoted fans of "Love Actually" have been wanting to see what has become of their favorite couples since the release of the 2003 romantic comedy. Tonight, they'll finally get their wish.

"Red Nose Day Actually," a short film that reunites nearly the entire cast of "Love Actually," debuts in the U.S. at 10 tonight on NBC as part of "The Red Nose Day Special," an event that works to end children's poverty. The mini-sequel  premiered in March as part of "Red Nose Day" in the United Kingdom.

"Love Actually" writer and director Richard Curtis had previously turned down requests to do a sequel because of the complicated nature of working the many story lines together and "I wouldn’t want to hope for lightning to strike twice," he told The New York Times.

After seeing the film again for the first time in a decade, Curtis told CNN "that got me thinking I could very quickly say what's happened to everyone."

So Bill Nighy returns as the hilarious aging rock star – this time discussing his dalliances with the Kardashians. Hugh Grant still has a penchant for dancing in odd places. Colin Firth, in that ugly turtleneck sweater, now has a large, loving family. Little Thomas Brodie-Sangster is all grown up but still asks his dad (Liam Neeson) for love advice on that familiar park bench. And Andrew Lincoln is back at Keira Knightley's door with a stack of his poster-sized messages – even poking fun at his "Walking Dead" beard.

Andrew Lincoln returns with his messages in "Red Nose Day Actually," a mini-sequel to "Love Actually." (Photo by: Nick Briggs/Comic Relief)

The U.S. version of the short includes an added segment with Laura Linney who couldn't make the initial filming. (It's been hinted at that she may finally find love.)

Curtis, who also directed "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Notting Hill," co-founded Comic Relief and "Red Nose Day" with comedian Lenny Henry after witnessing famine on a trip to Ethiopia. The first "Red Nose Day" was held in the U.K. in 1985 and has since raised about $1.3 billion to help such organizations as Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Save the Children.

Tonight's NBC programming features “Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day” at 8 p.m., “Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day” at 9 p.m. and “The Red Nose Day Special” at 10 p.m.

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