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Set your DVR! Some interesting movies are airing on Lifetime this fall.
The Wateher in the Woods
Starring Anjelica Huston, Tallulah Evans
Directed by Melissa Joan Hart
Written by Scott Abbott
Premieres October 21 at 8pm ET/PT
In this reimagining of the ‘80s cult classic, Jan Carstairs (Tallulah Evans) and her family move into idyllic Aylwood manor for the summer, Mrs. Aylwood [Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston] thinks she looks a lot like her daughter who vanished 20 years before. The family is warned against entering the woods, but Jan and her little sister Ellie (Dixie Egerickx) hear voices coming from the forest. Jan starts to investigate the weird things which start happening.
Starring Queen Latifah, Betsy Brandt, Jill Scott and Marin Ireland
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Written by Barbara Stepansky
Premieres October 28 at 8pm ET/PT
Inspired by the Time Magazine story, “The Toxic Tap,” by Josh Sanburn, Flint focuses on whistleblowers who exposed the environmental scandal. After discovering that Flint, Michigan water is contaminated and has been causing major illnesses to themselves and their families, LeeAnne Walters (Betsy Brandt), Melissa Mays (Marin Ireland) and Nayyirah Shariff (Jill Scott) join forces to expose the wrongdoings committed by their government officials.
Lifetime has partnered with the United Way of Genesee County on a PSA, featuring the cast of Flint, to encourage viewers to donate to help the people of Flint. Funds raised will go to much needed short-term, immediate relief, including purchasing filters and bottled water, and long-term health and development needs for the children of Flint and their families. More information HERE.
The Lost Wife of Robert Durst
Starring Katharine McPhee and Daniel Gillies
Directed by Yves Simoneau
Written by Bettina Gilois
Premieres November 4 at 8pm ET/PT
Based on the book A Deadly Secret: The Bizarre and Chilling Story of Robert Durst by investigative journalist Matt Birkbeck, The Lost Wife of Robert Durst tells the story of Robert Durst’s first marriage. Kathie (Katharine McPhee) falls in love with real estate scion Robert Durst (Daniel Gillies). When Kathie disappears in 1982, her family and friends become concerned and disturbed that the police aren’t taking the case seriously. While Durst is currently in jail awaiting trial for the murder of his close friend, questions remain and The Lost Wife of Robert Durst explores what may have happened between Durst and Kathie.
Oscar Pistorious: Blade Runner Killer
Starring Andreas Damm and Toni Garrn
Directed by Norman Stone
Written by Amber Benson
Premieres November 11 at 8pm ET/PT
Oscar Pistorious: Blade Runner Killer tells the story of the sprint runner dubbed the “Blade Runner” who rose to fame after winning a gold medal in Paralympics and being the first double-leg amputee to participate in the Olympics. Oscar (Andreas Damm,) had a fairy tale romance with model Reeva Steenkap (Toni Garrn) until he shot and killed her one morning. Told from the perspective of Reeva and her mother gives viewers a glimpse into what happened that night.
I Am Elizabeth Smart
Starring Skeet Ulrich, Deirdre Lovejoy and Alana Boden
Directed by Sarah Walker
Written by Tory Walker
Narrated and Produced by Elizabeth Smart
Premieres November 18 at 8pm ET/PT
This year marks the 15-year anniversary of Elizabeth Smart’s abduction. Part of a cross-network event with A&E, Lifetime’s I Am Elizabeth Smart is an authorized movie about the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, told from her perspective and with her full participation. In June 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Ann Smart (Alana Boden) was abducted from her Salt Lake City home by religious fanatic Brian David Mitchell (Skeet Ulrich). He brought her to an encampment where he and his accomplice Wanda Barzee (Deirdre Lovejoy) held Elizabeth captive. Elizabeth Smart narrates the movie and is also a producer
The two-part documentary special, Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography debuts on A&E on November 12 and 13.
National Women’s Soccer League Game of the Week to be broadcast live on Lifetime on Saturdays beginning April 15
Lifetime cements its commitment to women and women’s television and entertaining by airing National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) games on Saturdays. Supporting and showcasing women’s sports strengthens Lifetime’s position as a television station focused on women and airing programming by women, about women. I played soccer in my youth and it’s an empowering team sport. I look forward to watching the games. Honestly I’ve always wanted to watch women’s soccer but it’s often difficult to find the games on cable. Knowing that there will be a NWSL game every Saturday makes it easy to support NWSL.
The NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime will air Saturdays beginning at 3:30pm ET with a 30-minute pregame show leading up to kickoff at 4pm ET. The season opener on Lifetime will be Portland Thorns FC hosting the Orlando Pride, The schedule includes 22 regular-season matches as well as playoff semifinal games and the NWSL Championship.
|DATE||PREGAME||KICKOFF||HOME TEAM||VISITING TEAM|
|April 15th||2:30PM||3:00PM||Portland Thorns FC||Orlando Pride|
|April 22nd||3:30PM||4:00PM||Orlando Pride||Washington Spirit|
|April 29th||3:30PM||4:00PM||Portland Thorns FC||Chicago Red Stars|
|May 6th||3:30PM||4:00PM||Chicago Red Stars||Houston Dash|
|May 13th||3:30PM||4:00PM||Houston Dash||Sky Blue FC|
|May 20th||3:30PM||4:00PM||Sky Blue FC||Houston Dash|
|May 27th||3:30PM||4:00PM||Houston Dash||Seattle Reign FC|
|June 3rd||3:30PM||4:00PM||North Carolina Courage||FC Kansas City|
|June 17th||3:30PM||4:00PM||Chicago Red Stars||Washington Spirit|
|June 24th||3:30PM||4:00PM||Orlando Pride||Houston Dash|
|July 1st||3:30PM||4:00PM||North Carolina Courage||Sky Blue FC|
|July 8th||3:30PM||4:00PM||North Carolina Courage||Seattle Reign FC|
|July 15th||3:30PM||4:00PM||Portland Thorns FC||North Carolina Courage|
|July 22nd||3:30PM||4:00PM||Chicago Red Stars||Orlando Pride|
|August 5th||3:30PM||4:00PM||Portland Thorns FC||Houston Dash|
|August 12th||3:30PM||4:00PM||Orlando Pride||Sky Blue FC|
|August 19th||3:30PM||4:00PM||North Carolina Courage||Washington Spirit|
|August 26th||3:30PM||4:00PM||Seattle Reign FC||Portland Thorns FC|
|September 2nd||3:30PM||4:00PM||Orlando Pride||Boston Breakers|
|September 9th||3:30PM||4:00PM||Orlando Pride||Seattle Reign FC|
|September 23rd||3:30PM||4:00PM||Houston Dash||Chigaco Red Stars|
|September 30th||3:30PM||4:00PM||Portland Thorns FC||Chigaco Red Stars|
The NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime will be available for live and on-demand streaming via the Lifetime iOS and Android apps and online at MyLifetime.com. Use #NWSLonLIFETIME to discuss on social media.
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is a ten-team Division-I women’s professional soccer league featuring national team players from around the world. The clubs are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, FC Kansas City, North Carolina Courage, Orlando Pride, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, and the Washington Spirit. Based in Chicago, the NWSL is supported by the Canadian Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation. For more information about the NWSL, log on to the league’s official website at www.NWSLsoccer.com.
Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning scripted series, non-fiction series and movies. The critically acclaimed UnREAL, Project Runway, Dance Moms, Bring It!, The Rap Game and Little Women franchises anchor the network’s programming, in addition to its over 25 original movies annually that continue to define the TV movie genre. In 2015, Lifetime launched Broad Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers and producers to make its content which totals over 450 original hours. Lifetime’s Fempire positions the network as a curator of feminist content and conversations, as well as a place where women connect, learn and are entertained. Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.
I suppose we shouldn’t mention Project Runway: Threads. I liked it because I like seeing young creative people. Guess it was a dry run for this new show. Project Runway: Threads was quite disjointed. The surprise challenge didn’t make much sense and Vanessa Simmons too low-key as host. So now there’s Project Runway Junior (#ProjectRunwayJunior) which features aspiring designers ages 13 to 17. Emmy® Award winner Tim Gunn will mentor the designers as well as co-host alongside supermodel Hannah Davis. Judges are: Kelly Osbourne, designer Christian Siriano and executive fashion editor at Cosmopolitan and Seventeen Magazine Aya Kanai.
The December 10th episode will feature a special video appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama to announce a challenge with Lands’ End that will support Let Girls Learn, a Presidential Initiative which includes a collaboration with the Peace Corps that helps adolescent girls around the world go to school and stay in school. The Project Runway Junior designers will create a design that will be used and sold on LandsEnd.com.
The winner of Project Runway Junior will receive a full scholarship to the prestigious FIDM in California, a complete home sewing and crafting studio provided by Brother, a feature in Seventeen Magazine and a $25,000 cash prize to help launch their line.
In the first episode of Project Runway Junior the challenge is a “First Impressions” challenge where the designers sketch and take photos from a roof deck with New York as inspiration. The show now reminds me of Master Chef Jr. with similar challenges to adult versions of the show. These competitors all excel at what they do for their ages. it’s toned down a bit but it’s still as entertaining. Kelly Osbourne and Aya Kanai contribute quite a bit as judges. Christian Siriano doesn’t appeal to me but apparently the Project Runway family loves him because he keeps getting brought on to judge shows. I just don’t find he has all that much personality. I can think of many other previous Project Runway designers I’d like to see as judges. Tim Gunn comes in to provide constructive feedback. He’s a positive influence. Project Runway: Threads tried to be its own show and didn’t model itself too much on Project Runway and that didn’t work. Here the show sticks to what works. All these kids are in the know about the show, the designers and current celebrities.
Project Runway Junior designers are:
Hometown: Brockton, MA
Favorite Designers: The Blonds, Preen Fall
Design Aesthetic: Outrageous Glam
Hometown: Minneapolis, KS
Favorite Designers: Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Siriano, Louis Vuitton
Design Aesthetic: Vibrant and Playful
Hometown: Swampscott, MA
Favorite Designers: Alexander McQueen, Tome, Christopher Kane, Proenza Schouler, Vivienne Westwood, Valentino, Emilio Pucci
Design Aesthetic: Polished and Modern
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
Favorite Designers: Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Versace
Design Aesthetic: Upscale and Sassy
Hometown: Toledo, OH
Favorite Designers: Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors
Design Aesthetic: Edgy & Eccentric
Hometown: Carlsbad, CA
Favorite Designers: Anna Sui
Design Aesthetic: California Lifestyle
Hometown: Queens, NY
Favorite Designers: Paula Gerbase, Stella Ishii, Jonathan Simkhai
Design Aesthetic: Sleek Streetwear
Hometown: Westlake Village, CA
Favorite Designers: Zac Posen, Elie Saab, Paolo Sebastian, Ralph & Russo
Design Aesthetic: Feminine and Elegant
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Favorite Designers: Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen
Design Aesthetic: British-Inspired Punk
Hometown: Cerritos, CA
Favorite Designers: Alexander Wang, Jeremy Scott, Samantha Plasencia
Design Aesthetic: Street Chic
Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Favorite Designers: Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Valentino, Iris Van Herpen, On Aura Tout Vu
Design Aesthetic: The Darker Side of Elegance
–previously appeared on Project Runway: Threads
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Favorite Designers: Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab, Vera Wang
Design Aesthetic: Feminine Hollywood Glam
Project Runway Junior premieres Thursday, November 12, at 9pm ET/PT on Lifetime.
The critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated franchise Hoarders, premieres an all-new season on Lifetime. Titled Hoarders: Family Secrets, the program features original stories of people who obsessively hoard to the extent that it overwhelms their families and their lives. The one-hour series premiere focuses on a Massachusetts family and will feature live segments culminating in an all-live intervention. The episode will also feature the story of a second, recidivist hoarder who faces jail time if he doesn’t pass a final city inspection.
Some hoarders face eviction, divorce, ruined relationships or the removal of minor children from their homes. They reveal their hoarding to family and friends for the first time and seek help from the Hoarders experts: Dr. Suzanne Chabaud, Dr. Robin Zasio, Dr. Michael Tompkins, Dr. Scott Hannan, Dr. Melva Green and Mark Pfeffer. Cleanup and organizing team include Dorothy Breininger, Matt Paxton, Cory Chalmers, Standolyn Robertson and Darnita Payden.
I didn’t find Hoarders: Family Secrets different from other seasons of Hoarders. Hoarding is always listed as the beginning as a disease/ a mental illness. I wonder what would happen if a show focused on the 60% of us fighting with mental illness. It would be a lot of lying in bed and crying. In former seasons, family members DO find out about the hoarding and in some cases lost touch with the hoarder and hadn’t been in the hoarder’s house for years. No shattering secrets were revealed in the episode I screened which airs next week. The second episode revolves around Joyce [Huntsburg, Ohio] and Kimberly.
Joyce: “My house is a mess and I’m embarrassed to show it to you.” Hoarders does exploit these awful situations. The animal hoarding disturbs me the most. I’m not sure the benefit in watching this show except that people who have piles of things think “I’ll never become a hoarder. I’ll never get that bad.” How do shows like this or Intervention benefit viewers? Joyce’s husband Wallace cleared out two rooms for herself and forbids her to enter them. He finally gives her an ultimatum, the hoarding gets cleared or the marriage ends. Dr. Green says that Joyce shows compulsive shopping tendencies, hoarding and anger and frustration toward her husband. At one point, Joyce says she doesn’t plan to remain with her husband any longer but by episode’s end they decide to remain in the same house even if it’s in more of a housemate capacity. Kimberly is an optometric tech. She works and her house looks filthy with trash. She’s not able to use the shower or bath. How does she manage to work and pay her bills if she has trash and piles of worthless things everywhere? I wish for once when there’s a working hoarder they’d show how she prepares for work in that filth and in a house where she often cannot use the bathroom or shower or tub. Every day they come in and wake Kimberly up to get to work on sorting through her hoarding mess.
Hoarders: Family Secrets premieres Thursday, May 28, at 9pm ET/PT
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LEXUS (sponsored) Challenge: create a street chic look that is inspired by NYC
Five designers left—Amanda, Charketa, Emily, Sean and Kini. three or more will be going to New York Fashion Week. It’s a two-day challenge with a $200 budget.
“With Korina being gone, everybody’s having fun and just relaxing,” Kini notes. “There’s not that tense feeling anymore.”
Amanda, inspired by graffiti and color, is designing a maxi dress.
Charketa, inspired by a window display, plans to make a skirt with petals.
Emily wants to design a big hoodie.
Sean saw a guy in a caftan and all-white on the street and wanted to use the clean look of white. He’s doing a high-waisted pant and a “play on” a baseball shirt.
Kini is designing a pencil skirt and trench coat.
Of course being Project Runway, on the second day the designers arrive to see five losing looks. Tim arrives with the button bag.
Second challenge: losing look redux challenge. Take a losing look and re-design it into a winning look. No need to connect it to the other design.
Amanda chooses Fade’s design. Charketa takes Korina’s design because it has a lot of fabric. Emily takes Stephanie’s dress. Kini chooses Mitchell’s red dress. Sean ends up with Sandhya’s pink kid’s outfit.
“I think of doing a structural gown but it’s definitely not a color I would choose,” Sean says.
“We’re SO close to fashion week,” Amanda notes.
The designers of the losing looks are brought back to be assistants. Korina is pissed and rolling her eyes as soon as she walks in. When she realizes she’s with Charketa she is super annoyed.
“As soon as Korina walks in it’s like a black cloud,” Charketa notes.
“Korina has the body language that tells the rest of the world to F- off. She is arms crossed, sour-faced. Korina looks pissed,” Sean says.
Korina tells Tim she can’t be there. That she doesn’t want to be there. “It’s very fresh and I’m really upset still,” Korina says. “I wouldn’t be of any help. It’s clear I shouldn’t be here.” Alexander is brought back to help Charketa.
Amanda notes: “Getting eliminated sucks for everyone. It’s not any more painful for her.”
Potential foreshadowing or obvious foreshadowing. Emily: “I’m so into my street look I’m not thinking about the redesign.”
Sandhya is so sweet that she thanks Sean for choosing her design. He tells her it was the only one left.
Tim doesn’t like what Sean’s doing at all. He doesn’t like the “hospital” blue or the pants or the cheap look of the white fabric.
He tells Char that she’s got a lot going on with her skirt and maybe doesn’t need the pocket. “I’d rather you be in a position where you have to pull back then ramp up,” he says.
He’s unimpressed with Kini’s look. He thinks there’s not enough there. “Can’t we go to Michael Kors and buy this? Where is your signature?
“I have mixed feelings. I do like the trench coat but I don’t like what’s underneath.” –Heidi Klum “The gown is so beautiful.”
“Less is more but it’s too much together.” –Nina Garcia
On the gown, Nina says: “It’s the right color. It accents all the right body parts.”
“I don’t mind your street style look but I don’t know if it was the best thing to do on an important day like today.” –Heidi Klum
“To me this oversize hoodie felt homeless and it really freaked me out.” –Zac Posen
On her second look, Zac noted: “There’s not much to talk about.”
“Emily you seem to have a very definite point of view and I am disappointed I didn’t see it with the do-over.” –Nina Garcia
“Your street chic looks amazing. I loved it. It’s you.” –Nina Garcia
“I love your street style. It’s Bohemian-chic. I love the colors you’ve chosen.” –Heidi Klum
“You have a nice eye for color. However it needs to look effortless. You have a lot on that skirt.” –Nina Garcia
“You have great ideas they just don’t execute out well.” –Zac Posen
“What is going on here. It’s fantastic! This is spectacular. The cut of the skirt is very unusual.” –Heidi Klum
“It’s probably one of the best pieces I’ve seen on Project Runway.” –Nina Garcia
“It looks original and I was blown away.” –Zac Posen
Amanda, Charketa, Kini and Sean are going to New York Fashion Week.
Emily is out. I liked Emily. I really liked what she herself is wearing at the Runway show.
It’s going to be pouring rain [at least in Boston] Saturday night. The theatrical film selection’s not that fantastic at the moment. So why not get all into this Lifetime movie which contains a few key Lifetime movie elements: a teen mom; a deadbeat teen dad (there rarely are any other kinds. I’ve watched Teen Mom); a baby napping; and a single mom cop tasked with the case. Cue the heart-strings pulling.
After 16-year-old Jennifer [Sammi Hanratty] resentfully gives birth to baby Zoe she figures her life’s over. Sure life as she knew it. Her mom [Alexandra Holden] gave birth to her at 16 too and seems super surprised that Jennifer made the same “mistake” that she did. “I’m a mistake?” Jennifer asks her mom. The only mistake I see is that her mom didn’t teach her daughter about birth control. Condoms, young women, condoms, condoms, condoms! She doesn’t feel anything maternally for this little being. When she’s walking Zoe one day, she runs into a friend from high school. She tells her: “I hate my life. I hate being a mom.” Her friend replies: “Jen you made a choice.” Yes, to have sex without birth control or to have an abortion. Aw, teens these days.
The school pal helpfully tells her that Zoe’s baby daddy’s been seen hanging with another girl. Of course Zoe thinks that she and the guy [Michael Grant] and Zoe will be one happy family. Because that’s how it works, right? She also tells Zoe that someone’s having a party and she should “take a night off” and show up. Zoe arrives home pretty hurt. Later on she leaves Zoe alone and goes out to the party. Arriving home rather drunk hours later to a pissed off mom, Jennifer puts Zoe in her crib saying: “Thanks for ruining my life.” Icy.
A few days later, she meets up with the boyfriend for some child support money and Zoe’s kidnapped. This scene seemed SO sketchy to me and it’s quickly clear why. I don’t expect a 16-year-old to be that cognizant of things but still. And when the boyfriend goes back to get flowers for Jennifer, something doesn’t jibe. Suddenly Zoe’s hurting deep down and finds herself involved in the search for her missing daughter in ways she never thought she would be. She also bonds with Detective Patricia Henderson [Jean Louisa Kelly], a single mother [by choice]. When Jennifer gets her own leads on Zoe’s kidnapper she works with Det. Henderson but also puts her own life in danger to save baby Zoe. When Jennifer does get Zoe back, she makes the mature and difficult decision to give her daughter up for adoption.
Hanratty does quite an exceptional job as the teen mom Jennifer. She realistically exhibits a wide breadth of emotions. You dislike her and then root for her as you should. If you can get through some banal moments, Zoe Gone is a rather exhilarating few hours of entertainment.
Quixotically this is yet another Lifetime movie written AND directed by men on a station devoted to WOMEN. Just don’t get it. There need to be more films and television programs on Lifetime written and directed by WOMEN.
Zoe Gone airs Saturday, March 29 at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime.
Last year executive producer Jennifer Aniston and Lifetime started the FIVE film project which brought five female directors together to direct five short films about domestic violence. This year the focus switches to mental illness with films about bipolar disorder, depression, PTSD, schizophrenia and how the illnesses affect friends, family, partners and careers. Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Bonnie Hunt, Ashley Judd and Sharon Maguire direct the films.
Brittany Snow plays Lucy, a schizophrenic, in three of the films. In this film she suffers a breakdown during law school as she goes off her meds. She’s institutionalized and meets and befriends Bruce [Jason Ritter]. They spent quite a bit of time in group therapy and walking around on the grounds of this really nice rehab facility. Lucy’s quite shook up and doubtful about her intended career as a lawyer due to her mental health. A psychotherapist [Academy-award winner Octavia Spencer] convinces her to use her illness to her advantage. Snow’s quite talented. Very impressive and emotive in this role. Not too theatrical or flat. She’s just right. Truly convincing.
With a single mom, played by the venerable Melissa Leo, suffering from bipolar disorder her teenaged daughter [Sarah Hyland] must effectively become the parent. When her mom endures manic and depressive episodes, she hides them from her friends as it’s difficult to explain and embarrassing as a teenager to have an abnormal mom. One afternoon her mom takes her friends on a shopping spree and Grace witnesses her becoming frighteningly unhinged. Hyland and Leo have a strong connection. Director Laura Dern captures the manic and depressive episodes quite well with colors and camera movement.
When Lucy [Snow] returns home it’s to the dismay of her younger sister Allison [Sofia Vassilieva] who brought her boyfriend to meet her parents and never expected to see her sister who she considers unstable. She’s not very understanding or supportive to Lucy. Finally she says, “I’m not afraid of you. I’m afraid of becoming you.” It turns out that Allison’s been worried that she’d develop schizophrenia just like Lucy.
Eddie [Mitch Rouse] is a comedian with depression. How could that be possible? He’s married and has plenty of friends too. Depression isn’t about one’s environmental situation. It’s about brain chemistry. Eddie’s in such despair and pain that he’s contemplating suicide. He’s become much darker than usual. Only his wife [Lea Thompson] recognizes this about him though.
Ashley Judd directs Jennifer Hudson as a soldier returning home after repeatedly being raped by her superior officer. She’s suffering from PTSD and ends up having her son taken away from her. Lucy is back and she’s representing Maggie. When Maggie isn’t too keen on it being Lucy’s first case Lucy explains that she understands what it’s like for others not to understand about her mental health. Lucy says: “I have seen thousands of spiders running up my best friend’s face.”
There’s such a strong stigma regarding mental illness that makes it difficult for people to honestly discuss. Anyone who has a mental illness or knows someone with a mental illness will understand and recognize the struggles faced by those in the films. There’s constant maintenance and vigilance. It takes a support system and perseverance. For someone who doesn’t know someone with mental illness perhaps these short films will dispel some misconceptions.
CALL ME CRAZY airs SATURDAY, APRIL 20 on LIFETIME at 8 PM ET/PST