It's Black Cinema Weekend On Lifetime w/ 2 Original Films Making Their World Premieres (Details)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
October 5, 2012 7:49 PM
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'Abducted: The Carlina White Story'

It's a black movie weekend on the Lifetime channel, with 2 original feature films both starring all-black casts, making their world premieres, headlining the network's Saturday and Sunday primetime schedule.

Thanks to recent news, like the lawsuit filed against the producers of the film, we've already harped all week about the Steel Magnolias remake (which is set to air on Sunday, October 7, at 9/8c), so much that we've neglected to remind you of the other film that's also making its debut this week - Abducted: The Carlina White Story - which will air the day prior to Steel Magnolias, tomorrow, Saturday, October 6, at 8/7c.

Recapping that story...

Abducted: The Carlina White Story stars Aunjanue Ellis, Keke PalmerRoger Cross and Sherri Shepherd in the true story of Carlina White (played by Palmer), who, after being abducted as an infant from a New York hospital, solved her own kidnapping and reunited with her biological parents 23 years later.

Vondie Curtis Hall directed the movie.

The case is said to be the first known infant abduction from a New York hospital.

Here's a little more info about the ripped-from-the-headlines story:

In August of 1987, new parents Joy White (Shepherd) and Carl Tyson (Roger Cross, 24) took their 19-day old daughter Carlina to Harlem Hospital in New York with a high fever. Ann Pettway (Ellis), who had suffered a series of miscarriages and was desperate for a child of her own, posed as a hospital nurse and befriended Carlina’s parents, even offering to watch over their daughter. But shortly after Carlina was admitted, Pettway removed the child’s IV line, placed her in an oversized handbag, and walked out of the hospital with Carlina hidden from view. While Joy and Carl desperately searched for their daughter over the years, Pettway was raising Carlina as Nejdra “Netty” Nance in Bridgeport, Connecticut. As Carlina grew older she began to suspect Pettway was not her birth mother and launched her own investigation.

Magnolias has received a lot of press, likely due to the fact that its cast boast much more familiar names and faces, and is a remake of a film that many are already familiar with, and I suspect it'll do very well in terms of ratings, when they are announced on Monday or Tuesday, which will in turn be reported here.

It probably won't help that Abducted airs on a Saturday night, when many would likely be out, and not sitting at home, watching movies. But that's what DVR is for, right?

I should be home to watch Magnolias, but I'll have to set my DVR to record Abducted, because I'll actually be attending the Viola Davis in-person conversation with David Denby, at the New Yorker Festival, which kicks off this weekend. 

For a glimpse at what to expect from Abducted, here are 2 previews:

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5 Comments

  • Gynnie Ann De Jesus | October 8, 2012 1:04 AMReply

    This story made me cry. I hope and pray that Ms. Netty is today, a found person, a person who is wise enough to embrace her biological parents and learn them enough to someday feel as if not one day was never taken away from her, her biological mother, and her biological father. As to this woman that committed this awful crime; well that is something of a personal decision. I can not fill those shoes, only she can do it. God Bless her.

  • WOW | October 7, 2012 10:53 PMReply

    @ D.C. Kirkwood and ALM, be careful what you ask for. First, I do not know what you're implying by "more BET than BET" but Abducted: The Carlina White Story was a low budget commercial infused melodrama. Albeit based on a true story, it was nothing to shout about. The interviews ( following the premire ) of the real Carlina White, her relatives, mother and father, were much more interesting. And what's the payoff and rewards of remaking a white classic, "Steel Magnolias" ? Geeez... more BET than BET... I don't think so.

  • toexplain | October 7, 2012 5:46 PMReply

    Writer is also Black Elizabeth Hunter

  • ALM | October 5, 2012 10:20 PMReply

    Is "Lifetime" now more "BET" than "BET" is?

  • D.C. Kirkwood | October 5, 2012 11:21 PM

    Yes I think that Lifetime in now more BET than BET. They are definitely stepping up there game as far as diverse casting in movies. They sought Charles Dutton out to do a movie with YaYa Dacosta called Racing Against Time. He even admitted he was skeptical. But they see it as MONEY making tool to help them bring in more viewers, which isn't a bad thing necessarily.

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