Lifetime Taps Robin Roberts and T.D. Jakes for New Content!
The Lifetime movie network is vying for your views! They've tapped into our heartstrings and snagged our beloved Robin Roberts and T.D. Jakes for some new inspirational program.
"Lifetime plans to produce or acquire some 75 movies next year, a significant increase from 2018. The cabler has signed a wide-ranging production deal with “Good Morning America” anchor Roberts to produce movies and feature-length documentaries under the “Robin Roberts Presents” banner.
Also in the works for Lifetime is a five-movie series based on the novels of V.C. Andrews, starting next year with “V.C. Andrews’ Heaven.”
Roberts will focus on projects based on true events with an inspirational or educational focus. The first project under the deal will be a drama based on the life of famed gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. Roberts and Linda Berman of ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions are executive producers from a script by Bettina Gilois. Each of Roberts’ telepics will have a companion documentary examining the real people depicted on screen. Those will be exec produced by Robin Roberts and John R. Green with Lincoln Square Productions.
Jakes has signed with Lifetime to shepherd an anthology movie series dubbed “Seven Deadly Sins,” based on the book series by Victoria Christopher Murray. The first three entries — “Lust,” “Envy,” and “Greed” — are greenlit for production to air next year. Jakes, Derrick Williams, and Shaun Robinson are executive producers of the telepics. Jakes and Lifetime previously collaborated on the made-for “Faith Under Fire,” starring Toni Braxton, which premiered in January.
“V.C. Andrews’ Heaven” has set Annalise Basso, Julie Benz, Chris William Martin, and Chris McNally to star in the saga of twisted relationships in a West Virginia family. Paul Shapiro directs from a script by Scarlett Lacey. Harvey Kahn, Daniel Angel, Jane Startz, Tom Mazza, Juliet Smith, and Marnie Termuende are exec producers for Front Street Pictures."
Could Lifetime be trying to give OWN a run for it's money? We'll wait and see!