Lifetime Television will increase its output of original content by 50% next year, executives told TV critics in Los Angeles recently, noting that upcoming films are attracting name talent including Emmy Award nominee Mary Louise Parker, Mariska Hargitay and Debra Winger.
The network is currently in production on an original film starring Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim) and Annabella Sciorra (The Sopranos) called Identity Theft: The Michelle Brown Story. The network will use this film to educate viewers on better ways to protect their vital information.
Other upcoming programming includes a special on TV’s Greatest Sidekicks hosted by Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall of Laverne & Shirley; a reunion special featuring the cast of The Nanny sitcom with Fran Drescher; and a version of How Clean Is Your House? From England’s Channel 4 featuring host Kim Woodburn.
The latter series is being produced for the network by FremantleMedia, the company responsible for another popular import, American Idol: Search for a Superstar.
And Lifetime will move into the DVD business with the release of its highly rated Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story later this year.