Danielle Brooks as Mahalia Jackson in 'Mahalia' on Lifetime
Documentary

Mahalia Jackson Finally Gets the Treatment She Deserves in Lifetime’s ‘Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia’

When thinking of great Black female role models across history, one who stands out is Mahalia Jackson. She may not be well known outside of the musical sphere, but Mahalia was an important figure in the civil rights movement. Now she’s finally getting the (television) treatment she deserves in Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia, a biopic looking at Mahalia’s gospel career and the effect her music had on history. Mahalia is played by Danielle Brooks, formerly of Orange Is the New Black. The actress is Juilliard trained, and in this project she gets to show off her phenomenal voice (Brooks won […]

Magazine Archive

After 30 Years, The Lifetime Original Remains A Favorite

From Sleeping With My Student to Psycho Stripper, there’s no denying some of these Lifetime originals stop you dead in your tracks with their salacious titles. The Lifetime Original Movie dates back to July 31, 1990, with the Nancy Allen starrer Memories of Murder. For 30 years, Lifetime originals have solidified their place in the pop culture lexicon. The movies have garnered over 63 Emmy nominations, eight Golden Globe nominations and 20 Critics’ Choice nods. Many, however, are best remembered as being worthwhile biopics, punch-you-in-the-gut tear-jerkers, unbelievable true-crime stories or sensationalized cheesy guilty pleasures you just couldn’t turn away from. […]

Historical Programming

We Raise a Toast to Nellie Bly!

In honor of the Sunday premiere of Lifetime’s Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story, members of our staff raised a glass of emBRAZEN Wines’ Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was sent to us by the wine company in conjunction to and in celebration of the film, and features an image and quote of the intrepid journalist on the label. Christina Ricci stars in the thrilling film, which tells the saga of Bly, who feigned insanity and allowed herself to be committed to the notorious Women’s Lunatic Asylum on New York’s Blackwell’s Island. While there, she observed the center’s deplorable living […]

Drama

Christina Ricci Returns to Lifetime With ‘Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story’

The new Lifetime film Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story takes a true story of an incredible woman journalist named Nellie Bly and runs from there, crafting a psychological nightmare resembling a horror film in its shock factor. “Her story starts in a mental asylum in about 1890. She doesn’t know how she got there,” says Christina Ricci, who plays Bly. “We sort of follow her to discover that she is a journalist who went undercover, and something happened to her while she was in there that has left her with no memory and no way to prove who she […]