[08/25/08 - 07:53 AM]
Lifetime Television Announces Expansion of Daytime Programming with Diverse Slate of New Unscripted Originals
The originals include the new series "Mom's Cooking" as well as two new weeklong special programming events, "Lisa Williams" and "Untitled Fat Friends Project."

[via press release from Lifetime]




LOS ANGELES, CA � From moms and daughters bonding together in the kitchen to best friends bonding over their struggles with weight, Lifetime is launching its first-ever slate of original unscripted daytime programming with the new series "Mom's Cooking," and two new weeklong special programming events, "Lisa Williams" (wt) marking the return of medium/clairvoyant Lisa Williams to the network, and a new docu-series, "Untitled Fat Friends Project" (wt), it was announced today by Jessica Samet, Senior Vice President, Reality Programming, Lifetime.

In making the announcement, Samet said, "We are excited to give our viewers original content in daytime with these three unique series. Heartfelt, 'Mom's Cooking' explores the bond between mother and daughter while also learning how to make a treasured secret recipe. 'Untitled Fat Friends Project' looks at the eternal struggle to lose weight, but links best friends sharing a common goal." Adding, "We are thrilled -- and know our viewers will be too -- to see Lisa Williams return to Lifetime. She is a true force of nature and has a dedicated and loyal fan base, selling out venues across the country with her one woman show."

The series are:

� Twenty half-hour episodes have been ordered of "Mom's Cooking," a unique cooking show that takes daughters inside their mom's kitchen to learn how to cook their favorite recipe from childhood, and will premiere in December 2008, Monday through Friday on Lifetime.

� The five-episode, half-hour special programming event, "Lisa Williams," will premiere on Monday, October 27, 2008, and will air for five consecutive weekdays on Lifetime.

� The five-episode, half-hour special programming event, "Untitled Fat Friends Project," will premiere in January 2009 will air for five consecutive weekdays on Lifetime.

Does your mom have a signature dish? Have you ever wanted to learn how to cook it? In "Mom's Cooking," host Joe Corsano takes eager daughters inside their mother's kitchen to learn how to cook a signature family recipe. Each episode follows one willing offspring as they enlist their mother to teach them how to make their favorite childhood dish step-by-step. Corsano guides the pair through the sentimental experience, as they bond throughout the cooking process and recount memories surrounding the meal. Ultimately, both mom and daughter each cook the coveted recipe and compare their final products. Ten episodes will be filmed in New York City featuring favorite New York style dishes and ten episodes will be filmed in Atlanta, GA, featuring southern style cooking. Michael Morrissey serves as executive producer. "Mom's Cooking" is produced by Boy Wonder Productions ("Under Construction") for Lifetime Television.

English clairvoyant Lisa Williams returns to Lifetime in a new five episode special programming event, "Lisa Williams" an updated version of her Lifetime series "Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead." The reformatted show marks Lisa's first television appearances since she began a tour of sold-out appearances throughout the country, as well as book-signings for her well-received autobiography. "Lisa Williams" will further explore Lisa's unique abilities as a clairvoyant-medium. Each taped episode will feature Lisa doing live one-on-one readings in a studio and in impromptu meetings with people she is drawn to out on the street. The series will premiere on Monday, October 27, 2008 and air for five consecutive days. Roy Bank, President of Television for Merv Griffin Entertainment, will oversee on behalf of MGE with Yanne Debonne ("Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead") returning as executive producer.

In "Untitled Fat Friends Project," a new five episode special docu-series, follows friends Anna Lloyd (30, Pasadena, CA), Lydia Moody (25, Los Angeles, CA), Megan Stewart (29, Anaheim, CA), Shawna McClellan (27, Anaheim, CA) and Morgan Lancaster (30, Monrovia, CA), as they attempt to loose weight together. They've enabled each other's weight problems to escalate for over half a decade, but now, they finally have the courage to transform their lives together. Each has their own reasons for wanting to lose the pounds, but all have one common goal � to look their very best at Anna's upcoming wedding. With the help of professional fitness trainer Jessie Pavelka, each woman will change her eating and exercise habits over the course of 90 days. They will also have the opportunity to heighten their self-esteem and work through the issues that lead them to their weight gain with the help of psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser. Tara Sandler ("House Hunters"), Jennifer Davidson ("$40 a Day"), Scott Templeton ("Design

on a Dime") and Kris Curry ("The Family") serve as executive producers. Annie Price ("Oprah's Big Give") is co-executive producer and showrunner. "Untitled Fat Friends Project" is produced by Pie Town Productions ("A Baby Story") for Lifetime Television.

LIFETIME is a diverse, multi-media company, committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. LIFETIME Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women and Lifetime Digital (including myLifetime.com) are part of LIFETIME Entertainment Services, a 50/50 joint venture of the Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company.

  [august 2008]  


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