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TCA: Lifetime inks production deal with Robin Roberts; orders “Married at First Sight” spin-offs

A+E Networks-owned women-focused network Lifetime has inked a production deal with journalist Robin Roberts that will see her executive producing a series of movies and documentaries for the channel. The partnership ...
July 26, 2018

A+E Networks-owned women-focused network Lifetime has inked a production deal with journalist Robin Roberts that will see her executive producing a series of movies and documentaries for the channel.

The partnership was announced during Lifetime’s TCA presentation on Thursday (July 26). Under the deal, Roberts (pictured) will executive produce a roster of feature projects based on true events under the banner ‘Robin Roberts Presents’. The slate of projects is expected to begin premiering next year.

The first of these projects will be a scripted movie focused on African-American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, whose music helped support Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. The second project to stem from the production agreement will focus on the true story of Alexis Manigo, who at age 18, found out she had been abducted as a baby from a Jacksonville, Florida hospital.

Each scripted project will be accompanied by a documentary, featuring some of the real-life characters depicted on screen. The docs will be executive produced by Roberts and John R. Green as a production venture between Rock’n Robin and Lincoln Square Productions for Lifetime.

Elsewhere, Lifetime is continuing to expand its original unscripted hours with the ‘Justice for Women with Gretchen Carlson’ block on Mondays and the ‘Real Love’ relationship block on Tuesdays.

Lifetime has ordered 20 more episodes of Live PD Presents: Women on Patrol from Big Fish Entertainment. Since its debut in June, the series has grown the time-period by 61% in adults 25-54. Dan Cesareo, Lucilla D’Agostino, Joe Venafro and Rick Hankey serve and executive producers for Big Fish Entertainment. Brie Miranda Bryant and Juliet Barrack serve as executive producers for Lifetime.

Lifetime is further expanding its ‘Real Love’ block with two Married at First Sight spin-off series from Kinetic Entertainment. The projects will be titled Married at First Sight: Honeymoon Island (8 x 60 minutes) and Married at First Sight: Happily Ever After (8 x 60 minutes).

Honeymoon Island will bring back unmatched participants from past seasons of the franchise for another shot of love. Executive producers are Chris Coelen, Eric Detwiler, Cat Rodriguez and Ally Simpson from Kinetic Content, and Gena McCarthy from Lifetime.

Meanwhile, Happily Ever After will centre on three couples from past seasons as cameras continue to roll on their stories. Executive producers are Chris Coelen, Eric Detwiler, Alex Cross and Ally Simpson from Kinetic Content. Gena McCarthy and Shura Davidson executive produce for Lifetime.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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