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At one time, the network’s programming seemed to be made up of movies like “Mommy Dearest” and formulaic stories of a woman who befriended the new girl in the neighborhood only to find out the new girl is plotting to take her place.
Since those days, the network has diversified its offerings with more innovative originals such as “Project Runway” and movies like “Sins of the Mother”, which stars Jill Scott.
“Sins of the Mother” went on to became the second highest rated film in the network’s history. Since then, the network has begun adding more shows geared toward black women.
The network has introduced a few movies with black women as the lead such as last year’s “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story”, which starred Taraji P. Henson. And Lifetime just announced that the movie “Abducted: The Carlina White Story”, starring Aunjanue Ellis, Keke Palmer, and Sherri Shepherd, has been green lighted.
In October, Lifetime will debut a sitcom starring Sherri Shepherd. The series centers on a single mom, paralegal and part-time comedienne/actress who tries to get back into the dating scene and move on with her life after divorcing her cheating husband.
There’s also talk of an upcoming adaptation of Terry McMillan’s “A Day Late And A Dollar Short.” In addition, Lifetime is the home of “Parallel Lives”: The Story of Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott King, which has received some negative feedback for casting Mary J. Blige.