Lifetime’s May Premieres




Set in 1977, Showing Roots explores the pent up racial tensions of a small town through the eyes of two women (Maggie Grace, Taken and Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black), who work together at the local beauty parlor. They forge an unlikely friendship and become inspired to integrate their town when the miniseries Roots hits the airwaves – much to the dismay of those around them. Rounding out the all-star cast are Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey), Adam Brody (The O.C.) and Cicely Tyson (The Trip to Bountiful), who starred in the original Roots. Showing Roots airs Thursday, May 26 at 10pm ET/PT.

Showing Roots is produced by Michael Mailer, Susan Batten and Nick Thurlow. Ostar Productions in association with Upload Films/AMPM Enterprises present the film executive produced by Bill Haber, Jeffrey Hayes, Martin Tuchman, Mary Margaret Bell, Tom Wynne, Blythe Frank, Jennifer Gelfer, Christopher J. Wilmont, Joseph Shapiro, Alan Helene, Steven Swarzman and Eduard de Gardiola. The movie is directed by Michael Wilson and written and produced by Susan Batten.

The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story

Premieres Saturday, May 7 at 8pm ET/PT


Basketball great Kevin Durant of The Oklahoma City Thunder captured the hearts of the nation when he accepted the 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player Award with his emotional speech crediting all of his success to his mother, Wanda Pratt, naming her “the real MVP.” Pratt’s moving story of a mother’s love, tenacity and sacrifice unfolds on Saturday, May 7 at 8pm ET/PT in The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story, just in time celebrate all the mothers around the world for Mother’s Day.

Executive produced by Academy Award nominee, Golden Globe, Grammy, SAG and Emmy Award winner Queen Latifah and her Flavor Unit team, the inspiring true story stars Cassandra Freeman (Inside Man, Single Ladies) stars as Wanda, Tracie Thoms (Cold Case, Rent) as her best friend and confidante, and Pauletta Washington (Wilma) portrays her mother Barbara. Daniel Bellomy and Nic Few star as the adult Kevin and Tony respectively.

The Real MVP: The Wanda Pratt Story is produced by A+E Studios (UnREAL). Executive producers from Flavor Unit are Queen Latifah (Steel Magnolias, The Rap Game), Shakim Compere (Bessie) and Shelby Stone (Bessie).Wanda Pratt also executive produces with Gina Ford and Brynee Baylor as co-executive producers. The film is directed by Nelson George (Life Support, A Ballerina’s Tale) and written by Yolonda Lawrence (Witches of East End) and Ligiah Villalobos (Ed).

Little Women: NY

Season Two Premieres Wednesday, May 4 at 10pm ET/PT



Little Women: NY is back with Lila, Dawn, Jason and Jazmin returning to take a bite out of the Big Apple. This season will be an emotional roller coaster as Jason finally opens up to his family while Lila is plagued with severe medical problems and Dawn searches for her birth parents. Exciting new faces also join the group including Katie, a mom-to-be, and Jessica, a tough talking Jersey girl who’s ready to shake things up. Will Katie and Jessica fit right in with the crew or turn their group dynamics upside down?

Little Women: LA: Matt & Brianna Special

Two-Part Special Premieres Wednesday, May 11 and May 18 at 9pm ET/PT

Following the premiere of the second season of Little Women: NY, a two-part Little Women: LA special will air, exposing Brianna and Matt’s rocky relationship.

Part One follows the very raw and real-time aftermath of Brianna’s discovery of Matt’s affair. Brianna is devastated and shocked to hear of his infidelity but now that they are married and she’s having his baby, she has a difficult road ahead of her.

In Part Two, Brianna is also looking to make amends with her biological mom and work through some of her family relationship issues. Meanwhile, Matt wants to save the marriage at all costs, but will Brianna agree to work things out in couples therapy or will she finally leave him for good?

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