Lifetime’s original movie William & Kate, about the romance between Prince William (Nico Evers-Swindell) and Kate Middleton (Camilla Luddington) will premiere on Monday, April 18, 11 days before the William and Kate’s royal wedding. Lifetime is also planning a six-part documentary Royal Wedding of a Lifetime, which will launch after the William & Kate premiere. William & Kate is produced by the Konigsberg Co., Royal Wedding of a Lifetime by U.K.’s Renegade Pictures. Just yesterday, Hallmark Channel announced its own William and Kate movie, William & Kate: A Royal Love Story, to premiere on Aug. 13.
UPDATED: Lifetime is pairing its flagship drama Army Wives with a reality series featuring real-life army wives and kids as well as the solders forced to leave them behind when called to duty. The cable network has ordered 13 hourlong episodes from Coming Home, which chronicles five surprise and emotional reunions between U.S. soldiers and their families. Coming Home, hosted by former American Idol finalist Matt Rogers, will debut on March 6, following the fifth season premiere of Army Wives.
Coming Home should not be confused with TLC’s reality series Homecoming, announced in November, which has the same exact premise and country star Billy Ray Cyrus as host. TLC’s three-episode series has no premiere date yet and is expected to debut after the Lifetime’s Coming Home.
Both shows are tapping into the online phenomenon that videos of military family reunions have grown into. (A compilation posed below.) Coming Home is produced by RelativityREAL, with Tom Forman, the producer behind another reality tearjerker, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and Star Price executive producing.
The show, from Biggest Loser producer 3 Ball/Eyeworks and Full Moon & High Tide Prods., will chronicle the Emmy-winning actress and comedienne’s newfound life managing a fully-functional 40-acre macadamia and live stock farm on Hawaii’s Big Island alongside her long-time writer-musician boyfriend Johnny Argent and son Jake. “I’m coming back down to earth, and keeping it real,” Barr said. They’ve said ‘Roseanne’s nuts’ for years, and now I’m going to make that a reality – I’m all about nuts now, macadamia nuts!” The yet-untitled series will premiere later this year.
“Roseanne Barr is an undeniable force of nature and the idea of following her in this unique premise excited us from the get-go,” said Lifetime’s president and general manager Nancy Dubuc. “Roseanne is funny and brutally-honest, and our audience will relate to her decision to go on this adventure and create an entirely new life for herself.”
Barr is best known as the star of her her eponymous hit sitcom, which ran on ABC from 1988 to 1997. She returned to the network in 2003 for a reality show chronicling her efforts to launch a cooking and lifestyle show.
EXCLUSIVE: Lifetime’s new president and general manager Nancy Dubuc is putting her stamp on the female-centered cable network with her first scripted series orders. Lifetime has picked up to series two female-driven cop dramas, Against the Wall and Exit 19, for a launch later this year.
The orders, both for 13 episodes, can’t come soon enough for Lifetime, which desperately needs more original scripted programming. It is down to two scripted series – veteran Army Wives, which was renewed for a fifth season, and dramedy Drop Dead Diva, which has been picked up for a third season. The last scripted series premieres on the network were in 2009 (Diva and the short-lived comedy Sherri). Because of Lifetime’s acquisition by A&E Networks, Lifetime held off on development from mid-2009, when the deal was announced, until May 1, 2010 when History president and general manager Nancy Dubuc took over as Lifetime’s new president and general manager. She dived into development, reading piles of scripts identified by Lifetime’s development team led by JoAnn Alfano. “Over the last several months, we have been working tirelessly on a new development slate of scripted dramas, nonfiction series and original movies at Lifetime,” Dubuc said stressing that “continuing our legacy of great scripted dramas is critical” to the network’s success. She cited the newly picked-up Against the Wall and Exit 19 as examples of the “high-quality auspices …