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Imitation of a Lifetime, Or of a Lifetime Movie?

7/26/2014 6:19 AM Eastern

Lifetime has become synonymous, to the point of parody, with TV movies about ripped-from- headlines murders or two-hankie chick flicks featuring women scorned and wronged or scorning and wronging.

Now, the network is looking to capitalize on that brand with a reality series, My Life is a Lifetime Movie. It promises to feature new stories of “scandal, deception, love gone bad, dark secrets, murder and other unscrupulous behaviors,” but this time using recreations featuring the actual people who lived through all that, rather than the actors and actresses who get to go to their trailers and put their feet up after their on-screen worlds fall apart or are stitched together with pluck and luck.

The Wire wondered if the show could prove to be a case of art imitating Lifetime imitating art. Will the network consider making any films based on the re-creations, which will include a teacher accused of sexual misconduct and a divorced mom who falls for a spy?

“As to the possibility of our making a story from My Life is a Lifetime Movie into a network movie, it’s too early to speculate,” a Lifetime spokesperson said, then provided the lure that keeps The Wire speculating: “But anything is possible.”

Don’t Worry, Kids: Doc McStuffins Has A Sticker For You!

Disney Channel is employing its hit preschool series Doc McStuffins to help quell kids’ fear of getting a checkup at the doctor.

As part of Child Health Day on Oct. 1, Disney will work with 3,000 pediatricians from around the country to provide kids with a Doc McStuffins “Check Up Check List” when they get a physical. Using special “heart stickers,” children will be able to check off each thing that happens during their checkup.

For example, if they get a shot, the sticker they receive will be a special Doc McStuffins sticker.

Disney officials said the campaign was created in an effort to help allay kids’ fears of going to the doctor by allowing them to further understand each step of their checkup visit.

An online version of the Check List will also be available at DisneyJunior.com and on the Disney Junior Facebook page.

Doc McStuffins is one of Disney Junior’s most popular series, averaging 2.5 million total viewers and more than 1.1 million viewers in the network’s key 2-to-5-year-old age bracket since its March debut, according to network officials.

— R. Thomas Umstead

Cable Center Forum Helped This Student Start Her TV Career

Job fairs don’t always lead directly to jobs, but last October’s Cable Mavericks Masters Forum steered one college student into a nascent career in cable programming.

Caitlin Uze attended the Cable Center sponsored one-day event in New York “because I was trying to figure out if [the cable] industry had a place for me and I really didn’t know anything about it.” She had spent a year as Miss Virginia, doing public speaking and advocacy work, and taking a communications course at Northern Virginia Community College.

C-SPAN’s Steve Scully and Time Warner Cable’s Peter Stern had an exchange that caught her ear: they agreed that, essentially, the communications business is about people.

“That’s exactly the way I think about social work,” Uze thought, so she approached Scully afterward. An internship at C-SPAN led to a full-time job at the network, working with Scully on his Washington Classroom program as an associate producer and teacher assistant.

Scully and Uze will be back in New York on Friday, Oct. 26, as the forum returns to The Paley Center For Media and streamed via cablemavericks.org.

There’s no guarantee of employment afterward, but Uze recommends it as “a really unique opportunity” to hear directly from people in the industry about what a career in cable might be like.

— Kent Gibbons

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