For its 2008-09 schedule, Lifetime Network has unveiled a diverse development slate in all genres, including original comedies, all with top talent in front of and behind the cameras.
In addition to season six of the watercooler hit "Project Runway
" bowing on Lifetime in November 2008, season two of the successful Carson Kressley
self-esteem makeover show "How to Look Good Naked
" will premiere in July and be expanded to a full hour.
Also returning to Lifetime on Sunday, June 8, at 10 PM (ET/PT), is the second season of the smash hit "Army Wives
," which is the network's highest-rated series in its 24-year history.
The robust scripted series development slate includes projects from award-winning producers, including Laura Ziskin, Paula Weinstein and Mark Gordon. For the first time in a decade, Lifetime is also in the primetime comedy business, developing a new half-hour series to join the top-rated "Reba
" this fall.
Basic cable's highest rated original movies among W25-54 are also being upgraded, with more high profile Red Carpet Lifetime Original Movie Events and an impressive roster of stars such as Kelly Preston
, Heather Locklear
, Shirley MacLaine
and Tatum O'Neal
, among others.
Lifetime also continues to build on its highly successful track record of adapting best-selling books into original films, with projects in development with novelists Patricia Cornwell, Candace Bushnell and John Updike. The popular Nora Roberts movie franchise will also be back with four new installments based on her best and latest books.
As it celebrates its 10th anniversary in June, Lifetime Movie Network is building great momentum. Lifetime Movie Network, the second highest-rated channel for women after Lifetime, has had seven straight months of prime and total day double-digit growth. Its first-ever miniseries, "The Capture of the Green River Killer," which premiered in March, was the highest-rated program in Lifetime Movie Network history. For 2008-09, Lifetime Movie Network is increasing both the quantity and quality of its original movie productions, with a record 18 new films planned with top auspices and actors. Projects include the adaptation of two Ann Rule crime novels.