In a dramatic expansion of its original programming lineup powered by a 31% budget increase over 2006, Lifetime Television is launching a trio of new dramas this summer -- all within an 8-11 PM block on Sunday night -- marking the first time any basic cable network has ever premiered three new series for the same night of the week in the same programming season, Lifetime President and CEO Betty Cohen and Entertainment President Susanne Daniels announced.
The cornerstones of Lifetime's largest original programming investment ever will be Army Wives, about a diverse group of women (and one man) on an Army post, starring Kim Delaney and Catherine Bell, debuting on Sunday, June 3 at 10 PM (ET/PT), joined on Sunday, July 15 at 8 PM (ET/PT) by Side Order of Life, starring Marisa Coughlan as a reporter who receives a "wake-up call from the universe," before marrying co-star Jason Priestley. Followed at 9 PM (ET/PT) by State of Mind, showcasing actress Lili Taylor as a brilliant therapist dealing with personal problems and eclectic patients.
The diverse development slate features a dramedy adapted from "Desperate Housewives" star Teri Hatcher's book Burnt Toast and a project from acclaimed producer Denise DiNovi (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) along with a feel-good reality program, "How to Look Good Naked," hosted by Carson Kressley of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy."
Building upon the foundation of 177 Lifetime Original Movies since 1990, Lifetime Networks is producing more than 60 movies this coming season for both Lifetime Television and LMN, including Gena Rowland and Lacey Chabert in "What if God Were the Sun?"; Kirstie Alley in "Write & Wrong"; Andrea Bowen, Jennie Garth and Emmy® Award winner S. Epatha Merkerson in "Girl, Positive"; along with The Gathering, a supernatural miniseries debuting this fall. On the reality programming front, "Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead," which averaged nearly a million total viewers during its first season, returns for a sophomore year in October.
LMN, basic cable's second highest-rated women's network, premieres a dozen original movies over the next year, along with the launch of the Thursday Night True Crimes showcase in May and the LMN Student Filmmaker competition.
NEW LIFETIME ORIGINAL DRAMA SERIES
Army Wives -- Premieres Sunday, June 3 at 10:00 PM (ET/PT) -- From The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Television Studio comes "Army Wives," a new ensemble drama series about the struggles, dreams and friendships of a diverse group of women -- and one man -- living with their spouses and families on an active army post and the pressures and traditions of the military on those who are left behind while their partners serve their country. The series stars Kim Delaney ("NYPD Blue"), Sally Pressman ("Shark"), Brigid Brannagh ("Over There"), Brian McNamara ("The O.C."), Sterling K. Brown ("Starved"), Wendy Davis ("Commander in Chief"), Drew Fuller ("Charmed") and Catherine Bell ("JAG").
Side Order of Life -- Premieres Sunday, July 15 at 8:00 PM (ET/PT) -- From Academy Award-winning producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen (American Beauty) and co-executive producer, creator and writer Margaret Nagle (HBO's "Warm Springs") comes "Side Order of Life," a thought-provoking and comedic drama, centering on a young magazine photographer who suddenly re-evaluates her life and impending nuptials after receiving a "wake-up call from the universe." The series stars Marisa Coughlan ("Boston Legal"), Jason Priestley ("Beverly Hills, 90210"), Christopher Gartin (House) and Diana Maria Riva ("Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"). The series is produced by The Jinks/Cohen Company in association with Warner Horizon Television.
State of Mind -- Premieres Sunday, July 15 at 9:00 PM (ET/PT) -- From executive producing team behind the hit cable series "Nip/Tuck" and "The Closer," Greer Shephard and Michael Robin, comes "State of Mind." Created by practicing psychotherapist, author, professor and mother, Amy Bloom, the series follows a brilliant, take-charge family therapist whose personal problems rival those of her eclectic and offbeat patients after discovering her husband is cheating on her with their marriage counselor. The series stars Lili Taylor ("Six Feet Under"), Derek Riddell ("No Angels"), Mido Hamada ("The Path to 9/11"), Kevin Chamberlin ("Heroes," two-time Tony® Award nominee, Broadway's "Dirty Blond," "Seussical"), Theresa Randle ("Law & Order: CI") and Devon Gummersall ("Relativity," "My So-Called Life"). The series is produced by Shephard/Robin Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television.