April 15, 2008

Lifetime's New Slate for 2008-2009

Lifetime is trying to get younger. That is, they are trying to get younger women to watch the network. They announced their slate for the upcoming season and some shows are worth noting. Now that they stole Project Runway from Bravo they are on a mission.

Their big coup is that Patricia Cornwell, author of the Kay Scarpetta novels, has sold her novels for adaptation for the first time. Adaptations will begin with At Risk and its upcoming sequel The Front which will be released shortly. Have to say that I am disappointed. I've been waiting years for Scarpetta to come to the screen. (I dreamed that Kate Mulgrew would play Scarpetta).

Other shows include:

  • Mistresses, based on a BBC series that follows a group of friends from college through their adult years.
  • Drop Dead Diva, a light fantasy revolving around a demanding young actress who dies and returns to Earth in the body of a brilliant but "unpolished" attorney.
  • Rita Rocks, with Nicole Sullivan as a besieged wife and mother who forms a garage band
  • Libertyville, with Christine Ebersole as a divorced mother who's dating again while having to put up with zingers from her 24-year-old daughter and retired father.
Best news - they are adapting the fantastic British miniseries The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard, about a former supermarket manager who becomes prime minister. Loved that mini-series. Can't wait.