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Terry McMillan’s "A Day Late And A Dollar Short" Acquired For Lifetime TV Movie Adaptation

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act September 20, 2011 at 11:15AM

Terry McMillan’s 2001 bestselling novel A Day Late And A Dollar Short, has been acquired by Ostar Productions to produce as a movie for Lifetime television.
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Terry McMillan’s 2001 bestselling novel A Day Late And A Dollar Short, has been acquired by Ostar Productions to produce as a movie for Lifetime television.

Stephen Tolkin, primarily a TV director, will direct the 2-hour movie special, from a script adapted, not by McMillan, but by Shernold Edwards, also a TV-heavy talent.

Synopsis according to Publisher's Weekly:

Viola Price is the truth-telling, trash-talking Las Vegas matriarch at the center of McMillan's eagerly awaited new novel. As the book begins, Viola is in the hospital recovering from a devastating asthma attack, and she's decided to turn her life around, even if it means causing her large, unruly clan a little discomfort. Lewis, Viola's only son, is a drifter, handicapped both by his genius IQ and his alcoholism. Janelle, the youngest child, is perpetually searching for the perfect career, while ignoring signs that her 12-year-old daughter is in trouble. Viola's relationship with her perpetually angry middle daughter, Charlotte, is so volatile that Charlotte periodically hangs up in the middle of phone conversations, while Paris, Viola's eldest, appears to be brilliantly successful, but is actually desperately lonely and has developed a dependency on pills to maintain her superwoman act. To add to the confusion, Cecil, Viola's husband of 40 years, has moved in with his girlfriend, Brenda, a welfare mother pregnant with a child that may or may not be his. The story of how the family puts it back together is told from the perspective of all six main characters, and McMillan moves easily and skillfully from voice to voice. The characters are not entirely sympathetic; like Viola, McMillan (How Stella Got Her Groove Back) doesn't sugarcoat; the truth; but knowing their weaknesses does make their acts of courage all the more meaningful. This is a moving and true depiction of an American family, driven apart and bound together by the real stuff of life: love, loss, grief, infidelity, addiction, pregnancy, forgiveness and the IRS. Gutsier and less glitzy than How Stella Got Her Groove Back, McMillan's latest has perhaps the broadest appeal of any of her novels.

I haven't read Terry McMillan’s fifth novel, so I have nothing to say about it; anyone have?

And if you're familiar with the novel, how about some casting suggestions for the individual parts...

No ETA on when the completed film can be expected.

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