Joey King Joins Lifetime’s ‘Outlaw Prophet’; Steven Cree In Starz’s ‘Outlander

By | Thursday April 10, 2014 @ 11:45am PDT

Joey King (The Conjuring, Oz The Great And Powerful) joeyking1has been cast in Lifetime’s original movie Outlaw Prophet from Sony Pictures Television. It focuses on the true story of Warren Jeffs, the leader of a Fundamentalist Mormon polygamist sect who spent more than a year on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List, eluded authorities and was ultimately caught by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper. Based on Stephen Singular’s book When Men Become Gods, the movie chronicles Jeffs’ rise to power after the death of his father, Rulon Jeffs (Martin Landau). King will play Elissa Wall, the battered young woman who brings Jeffs (Tony Goldwyn) to justice. King, repped by Dan Spilo at Industry Entertainment and Meredith Fine at Coast to Coast Talent Group, will next be seen in FX’s Fargo and Zach Braff’s indie Wish I Was Here.
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Global Showbiz Briefs: XYZ Boards ‘Redeemer’; ‘Testament Of Youth’ Gets Underway; ‘Black Box’ Sells; More

marko zarorXYZ Films has joined Spanish-language actioner Redeemer as executive producer and sales agent. The movie, Redentor in Spanish, stars Chile’s Marko Zaror (Expendables 2, Machete Kills). He’s teaming for the fourth time with writer director Ernesto Diaz Espinoza. This time around, the story follows a former hitman who has made a deal with God: Every day he will hold a gun to his own head and pull the trigger; each time he does not die, he will take it as a sign that he is meant to continue hunting down the men he used to work for. Principal photography starts on March 24 in Chile. Zaror is a highly trained martial artist across multiple disciplines who performs all of his own fight and stunt work without any wires or CGI tricks. Espinoza recently was editor on Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno and his credits as director also include Kiltro, The ABCs Of Death anthology and Bring Me The Head Of The Machine Gun Woman. Espinoza, Zaror and Diego Moral Heimpell are producers. Read More »

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Lifetime’s Promos Beginning Of The End For ‘Drop Dead Diva’: Video

By | Saturday March 8, 2014 @ 7:49pm PST

Lifetime tonight unveiled promo for sixth and final season of Drop Dead Diva, beginning Sunday, March 23 at 9 PM ET/PT. After a brief cancellation a year ago, Lifetime‘s Drop Dead Diva was resurrected with a fifth-season pickup and in September received a 13-episode Season 6 Read More »

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Freya Tingley & Peri Gilpin Top Lifetime Telefilm ‘The Choking Game’

By | Tuesday February 18, 2014 @ 7:58pm PST

peri_gilpin_2436702freya-tingley-from-'hemlock-grove'-celebrities-at_3602763The telepic based on Diana Lopez’s novel Choke follows a teenager who flirts with disaster after being introduced to the “game” of intentionally cutting off oxygen to the brain to get high. Freya Tingley (Hemlock Grove) stars in The Choking Game as Taryn, who is just starting her senior year when a charismatic new girl claims her as a “breath sister” as they take “flights” together. Frasier alum Peri Gilpin also stars in the Lifetime Original as Taryn’s mom, who tries to help after sensing that something is seriously wrong with her daughter. Directed by Lane Shefter Bishop and written by Jen Klein, the telefilm from Orly Adelson Productions is executive produced by Jonathan Eskenas, Bishop, Marilyn R. Atlas and Adelson.

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‘Dance Moms’ Star Abby Lee Miller Sued For Assault & Defamation By Fellow Cast Member: Video

By | Friday February 14, 2014 @ 7:16pm PST

Dance MomsKelly Hyland is suing the matriarch and producers of the Lifetime docusoap over a brawl that aired as part of this week’s episode. Her suit (read it here) claims that Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller assaulted and later defamed her. The suit says “the producers of the show [Collins Avenue Entertainment], in an effort to attract ratings and viewership, encourage and facilitate conflicts between Miller on the one hand and the young girl dancers and their mothers on the other.” It goes on to cite Miller’s “bullying and insulting leadership style” as the girls’ principal dance coach. The incident that fueled the assault claim happened November 22 before a dance competition in the Bronx. The suit claims Miller “repeatedly lunged toward Kelly gnashing her teeth and loudly attempting to bite Kelly.” Then, according to the filing, Hyland “in self-defense, slapped Miller and pulled Miller’s head away from her to avoid being bitten.” Hyland also claims that “the producers of the show desired for her to have a warrant issued for her arrest as that would make for intensely dramatic television.” Read More »

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Lifetime Develops Movie About Jesus’ Early Life With ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ Producer

By | Friday February 14, 2014 @ 2:59pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Jesus in the templeEXCLUSIVE: Following the success of The Bible miniseries on History, A+E Networks sibling Lifetime too has put in development a longform project about Jesus. Titled The One, the movie hails from Leslie Greif, the producer … Read More »

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Lifetime’s ‘Drop Dead Diva’ To End Run (Again) After Six Seasons

By | Thursday February 13, 2014 @ 9:32am PST
Nellie Andreeva

After a brief cancellation a year ago, Lifetime‘s Drop Dead Diva was resurrected dropdeaddiva__130116003510with a fifth-season pickup and in September received a 13-episode Season 6 renewal. Now the network has announced that the upcoming sixth season will be the series’ last. It will launch on March 23 with a two-hour premiere. Since resurrecting Diva last March, Lifetime saw both of its freshman series, Devious Maids and The Witches Of East End, perform well and earn second-season renewals. Additionally, the network just picked up two new hourlong series, Un-Real and The Lottery.

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Produced by Sony Pictures TV, the one-hour comedic drama Diva stars Brooke Elliott, Margaret Cho, Jackson Hurst, Kate Levering, April Bowlby, Lex Medlin and Justin Deeley. It follows the story of shallow model Deb who suddenly dies in an accident only to find her soul resurfacing in the body of a brilliant, plus-sized attorney, Jane (Elliot). For those following the show, at the close of last season, Jane (Elliott) thought she would finally have her happy ending with Grayson (Hurst), until Brittany (Old Jane) revealed to Grayson that Jane isn’t who he thinks she is. In the Season 6 premiere, Jane is forced to finally tell the truth to Grayson, but his reaction leaves her more lost than ever. Read More »

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Lifetime Picks Up Dystopian-Future Drama Pilot ‘Lottery’ To Series

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 10:17am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Lifetime_Logo_Vector_CMYK_1_Coral_031313_02Lifetime has completed a deal for a 10-episodes order to conspiracy thriller pilot The Lottery. As expected, it will join Lifetime’s recently picked up new drama Un-Real, from A+E Studios, which also received a 10-episode order. The … Read More »

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Lifetime Picks Up Marti Noxon’s Dark Comedy Pilot ‘Un-Real’ To Series

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 3:51pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Shiri Appleby Un-Real Lifetime SeriesLifetime has given a series order to Un-Real, its hourlong pilot starring Shiri Appleby and co-written/executive produced by Marti Noxon. I hear another Lifetime pilot, dystopian-future drama The Lottery, is in Read More »

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Lifetime’s Gabby Douglas Biopic Scores 3.8 Million Viewers

Lifetime’s Gabby Douglas biopic scored 3.8 million viewers Saturday –  a strong showing for the cable net but falling short of the network’s lifetimelogo__130912214712__131105184837previous two weeks’ worth of Saturday movies starring an ax murderess and siblings locked in an attic. … Read More »

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Tricia O’Kelley Joins ‘Devious Maids’, Joshua Sasse To Recur On ‘The Neighbors’

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 12:59pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Tricia O'KelleyTricia O’Kelley (The New Adventures of Old Christine) has been cast in a season-long recurring role on Lifetime’s Devious Maids. She’ll play Tanya, a local Beverly Hills resident. O’Kelley, repped by Domain and Art/Work Entertainment, recently recurred on ABC Family’s The Secret Life Of The American Teenager. Season 2 of Devious Maids is set to premiere April 20, when star Eva Longoria will direct the season opener. Read More »

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UPDATE: Disney Channel Movie ‘Cloud 9′ Draws 5M Total Viewers; Lifetime’s ‘Flowers In The Attic’ Attracts 6.1M

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 3:15pm PST

UPDATE, 3:15 PM: Disney Channel‘s latest original movie Cloud 9 premiered Friday Cloud9and pulled in 5 million total viewers, ranking as the night’s No. 1 cable telecast in total viewers. It drew 2.6 million in the kids 2-11 demo and 2.1 million kids 6-11, making it second-highest TV telecast season-to-date. It also was the No. 2 cable telecast among tweens (1.8 million/7.3 rating), behind the network’s Good Luck Jessie: NYC Christmas back in November. Cloud 9, which stars Dove Cameron and Luke Benwar, led into the debuts of new comedy series I Didn’t Do It which landed 3.9 million total viewers, and a sample of new game show Win, Lose Or Draw which followed with 2.8 million viewers.

Also on the original movie front, Lifetime said today it is moving the premiere date of The Trip To Bountiful starring Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood. and Keke Palmer. The adaptation of Horton Foote’s play was to bow February 22 but was shifted to Saturday, March 8 at 8 PM, where the network thought it would do better competitively.

FlowersInTheAtticPREVIOUS, 12:30 PM: Lifetime’s broadcast Saturday of its TV movie Flowers In The Attic was seen by 6.1 million total viewers, the network’s best original movie performance since the premiere of Steel Magnolias drew 6.5 million viewers in October 2012. Read More »

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TCA: ‘Devious Maids’ Returning On April 20; Eva Longoria To Make Directorial Debut In Season 2 Opener

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 2:53pm PST

DeviousMaidsPASADENA, CA (January 9, 2014) – Lifetime’s critically-acclaimed hit series Devious Maids (#DeviousMaids, #DeviousArmy), returns for a second season on Sunday, April 20, at 10PM ET/PT. The series is executive produced by Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria, and stars Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramírez, Roselyn Sánchez, Edy Ganem and Judy Reyes as five maids with ambition and dreams of their own while working for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Longoria will direct the series’ eagerly anticipated season two opener, marking her television directorial debut.

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TCA: Lifetime Orders ‘Flowers In The Attic’ Sequel

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 2:17pm PST

FlowersInTheAtticLifetime has gone ahead and ordered a sequel on its TV movie Flowers In The Attic before Flowers debuts. Based on V.C. Andrews’ book, Flowers In The Attic follows four siblings — two boys and two girls — who, TCADeadline__140109155905after their father’s death, are torn from an idyllic life and subjected to cruel abuse resulting from a long-hidden family secret. Abandoned by their mother (Heather Graham) and forced to endure unimaginable treatment living in their grandparents’ attic, they form their own family unit. But as the oldest boy (Mason Dye) and girl (Kiernan Shipka) come of age, their family’s past entraps them further as they try to escape from the harsh conditions in which they live. Ellen Burstyn portrays the children’s grandmother, Olivia. Flowers debuts January 18.

Related: TV Trailer: Lifetime’s ‘Flowers In The Attic’

“Ellen is caught in frigid New York but we can feel her evil presence from the video,” joked Rob Sharenow, EVP and General Manager of Lifetime, as he introduced the Flowers panel, after announcing the sequel, Petals On The Wind. Read More »

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TCA: Tim Gunn Raves About Guest Judge Macklemore On ‘Under The Gunn’

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 1:58pm PST

TCADeadline__140109155905“I’m going to be completely transparent — I thought the same thing!” Tim Gunn said of rapper Macklemore guest judging on Gunn’s new fashion competition series Under The Gun.” That in response to a WTF kind of question about the guest judge choice during the TCA press tour.gunn

“He was fabulous,” Gunn insisted. “He is so knowledgeable about fashion.”

“He was extremely articulate, he was a blast,” chimed in executive producer Sarah Rea.

In November, Lifetime announced it was further expanding the Project Runway franchise with Under The Gunn, a 13-episode new fashion series starring Project Runway co-host Gunn, produced by Runway‘s Bunim/Murray and The Weinstein Co. , featuring Runway alumni, and debuting January 16. Gunn, who a couple months earlier had won an Emmy with Runway co-host Heidi Klum, will carry on with his duties on the mothership competition show. This marks the third Project Runway offshoot on Lifetime, including Project Runway All Stars, now in its third season, and Project Accessory, which ran for one cycle.
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Lifetime Developing Brian Stelter’s Morning Infotainment Wars Book, ‘Top Of The Morning’, As Movie

Lifetime is developing a TV movie adaptation of Brian Stelter‘s Top Of The Morning: Inside the TODAYCutthroat World of Morning TV, about the rise of Good Morning America over Today in the morning infotainment ratings war. The movie will be … Read More »

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‘Bonnie & Clyde’ Bags 7.4 Million Viewers On Night 2

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 11:03am PST

The miniseries’ second night viewership across A+E NetworksHistory, A&E and Lifetime, was down 24% from Night One. Of the 7.4 million viewers, 3.1 million fell into the 25-54 age bracketfirst-photos-of-bonnie-and-clyde-miniseries-01. On History, the miniseries, … Read More »

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‘Bonnie & Clyde’ Miniseries Draws 9.8 Million Viewers Across Three Networks

By | Monday December 9, 2013 @ 10:45am PST
Nellie Andreeva

bonnieandclydeThe opening part of four-hour miniseries Bonnie & Clyde last night delivered 9.8 million total viewers and 4.2 million adults 25-54 viewers in simulcast on Lifetime, A&E and History. That is a respectable showing though it fell short of … Read More »

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Lifetime Sets Grim Sleeper Movie With Dreama Walker To Star; Stanley M. Brooks To Direct

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 4:29pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

dreamaEXCLUSIVE: The case of Los Angeles’ notorious “Grim Sleeper” serial killer is getting a TV movie treatment with Lifetime‘s The Grim Sleeper starring Dreama Walker (Don’t Trust The B—-) and co-starring actress-singer Macy Gray (Training Day), Ernie Hudson (Call Me Crazy), and Michael O’Neill (Dallas Buyers Club). It will be directed by Stanley M. Brooks in the veteran TV movie producer’s return to the genre. In 2010, Brooks left thstanleybrookse TV movie business after 21 years when he filed for bankruptcy as a result of a dispute with AFTRA, WGA and DGA over residuals from the Logo series Sordid Lives. Since then, he quietly took on a new career as a director with horror indie Perfect Sisters, which is awaiting release. It is fitting that Brooks’ return to the TV movie business is via Lifetime where he was a top telefilm supplier until severing ties with the network in 2010 amid his guild troubles. (Brooks is married to Lifetime’s head of TV movies Tanya Lopez.)

The Grim Sleeper, written by Robert Nathan (Law & Order) and Teena Booth (The Drew Peterson Story), is inspired by the true stories of the victims and survivor of the alleged serial killer dubbed the “Grim Sleeper” — referring to the apparent 14-year hiatus between his alleged murders. He targeted women in the Los Angeles area between 1985-2009. The plot will center on LA Weekly investigative reporter Christine Pelisek (Walker), who broke the story of the serial killer and coined the nickname. Read More »

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