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Lifetime slates three docs on pop culture icons

A+E Networks-owned lifestyle channel Lifetime has reinforced its winter 2021 programming lineup with three documentaries focused on pop culture icons Salt-N-Pepa, Wendy Williams and Whitney Houston. Kicking off the network’s winter ...
November 25, 2020

A+E Networks-owned lifestyle channel Lifetime has reinforced its winter 2021 programming lineup with three documentaries focused on pop culture icons Salt-N-Pepa, Wendy Williams and Whitney Houston.

Kicking off the network’s winter slate will be Salt-N-Pepa Interview Special on Jan. 23 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, immediately following the three-hour scripted Lifetime original movie Salt-N-Pepa.

Hosted by Emmy and NAACP award winner Loni Love (The RealBridezillas), the interview-styled documentary will feature exclusive and intimate insight into the personal lives and careers of the Queens of Hip Hop – Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton. Produced by A&E Originals, the special is executive produced by Ted Butler.

Launching Jan. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the feature-length documentary The Wendy Williams Story…What A Mess! from Entertainment One and Creature Films will shed light on the private persona of television host Wendy Williams, the self-anointed “Queen of All Media.”

From her apartment in Manhattan, the film will shed light into the life and career of Williams, while also documenting the media personality as she navigates the challenges and heartbreak of divorce and her attempts at “righting her ship” once more. It will also offer an exclusive look at Williams’ notorious feuds with celebrities, her childhood and “the private darkness she has endured.”

The Wendy Williams Story…What A Mess! is executive produced by Williams, Tara Long, Mark Ford, Kevin Lopez, Sarah Girgis and Joie Jacoby from eOne and Creature Films. Brie Miranda Bryant and Gena McCarthy serve as executive producers for Lifetime.

Finally, the eOne- and Creature Films-produced documentary Whitney & Bobbi (pictured) debuts across Lifetime on Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The two-hour film will present an in-depth look at the parallel lives and tragic fates of pop legend Whitney Houston and her daughter Bobbi Kristina, both of whom faced similar struggles throughout their lives before turning to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain and pressures of life in the spotlight.

The candid film will examine the ups and downs of their personal stories alongside intimate conversations with the friends and family that were closest to them.

Executive producers for eOne and Creature Films include Tara Long, Shawna Foster, Madison Merritt, Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez, alongside Brandi Burnside-Boyd. Lifetime’s Brie Miranda Bryant and Gena McCarthy also executive produce.

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock, by way of Lifetime

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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