Lifetime Reaches Out to the Departed


Pasadena, Calif. -- Lifetime Television is enlisting Merv Griffin Entertainment to produce a series around English clairvoyant Lisa Williams that is slated to debut this fall.

The Lisa Williams Project (working title) will delve into her bringing messages from loved ones, answering questions and offering insights through encounters with everyday Americans.

The women’s-targeted network also announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour here that Lara Flynn Boyle will star in original movie The House Next Door, which tells the tale of a woman drawn to a home filled with a unique sort of evil. The film is slated to premiere this fall.

Also on the movie docket: Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy, based on the memoir of the same name by breast-cancer survivor and Lifetime director of corporate communications Geralyn Lucas. It will bow during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Meanwhile, executives announced that sister service Lifetime Movie Network will premiere its first original film, paranormal thriller Past Tense, starring Paula Trickey (The O.C.), Aug. 12. LMN’s film showcase will also play home to Inspector Mom, starring Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years) as a mystery-solving suburban soccer mom.