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Whoopi Goldberg To Star & Exec-Produce Lifetime's 'A Day Late and a Dollar Short'

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by Vanessa Martinez
June 21, 2013 2:33 PM
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Whoopi Goldberg will star in and serve as executive producer in the family ensemble drama titled A Day Late and a Dollar Short, based on Terry McMillan's bestseller by the same name. 

The Lifetime original film will see Goldberg as family matriarch Viola Price, who, after being diagnosed with life threatening asthma, attempts to amend her family's ills, which include a sibling rivalry, teen pregnancy and prescription drug addiction from one of her children, teaching a jailbird son how to be a father, a granddaughter in big trouble and rescuing an ex-husband from a conniving young girlfriend. 

As most of you are aware, author McMillan is best known for Waiting to Exhale and Stella Got Her Groove Back, so there should be plenty of good ol' drama in this not-so-little lifetimer

There seems to be quite a few roles for black actors to be cast in. We're definitely looking forward to those casting announcements. 

Have any of you read the novel? Thoughts?

See the full press release below:

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 21, 2013) – Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, Emmy®, Grammy® and Tony Award®-winner Whoopi Goldberg (GhostThe Color PurpleThe View) will headline and executive produce the Lifetime Original Movie A Day Late and a Dollar Short, based on the New York Times bestseller by Terry McMillan (Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back).  The announcement was made today by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President, General Manager, of Lifetime.

In A Day Late and a Dollar Short, when irascible matriarch Viola Price (Goldberg) learns that her next asthma attack is likely to kill her, she sets out to fix her fractured family before she sets a foot anywhere near the grave.  In this quest she has to contend with sibling rivalry, teen pregnancy and prescription drug addiction--and that’s just one of her four kids.  There’s also a jailbird son to teach how to be a better father, a granddaughter in bigger trouble than her mother is willing to admit and an estranged husband to rescue from his scheming young girlfriend.  It’s the kind of meddling that the Price family hasn’t experienced from Viola in decades, and she won’t have an easy time bending her loved ones to her will.

The project reunites Goldberg with McMillan, having co-starred opposite Angela Basset in the motion picture adaptation of McMillan’s novel How Stella Got Her Groove Back.  Goldberg also executive produced the Lifetime drama Strong Medicine from 2000 to 2006, as well as the 2001 Lifetime Original Movie What Makes a Family.


“Terry McMillan is one of America’s most beloved writers and A Day Late and a Dollar Short combines her signature emotional storytelling with the complex characters viewers identify with and love.  We are thrilled to be working again with Whoopi Goldberg, who will be emptying her enormous talents both in front of and behind the camera,” said Sharenow.

Production on A Day Late and a Dollar Short will take place this summer for a 2014 premiere.  Produced by Ostar Productions, the film will be executive produced by Stephen Tolkin (Perception, Brothers & Sisters), Whoopi Goldberg and Tom Leonardis (Ruby’s Bucket of Blood), Jeffrey Hayes (Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen KingThe Starter Wife) and Bill Haber (Rizzoli & IslesBeauty And The Beast).  Tolkin will direct from a script by Shernold Edwards (Haven).

A+E Networks will handle international sales for A Day Late and a Dollar Short.

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10 Comments

  • julius Hollingsworth | July 10, 2013 12:48 PMReply

    I'm happy for Whoopi, she's proof thats nice people can fish first in showbiz.Bravo.

  • Julien | June 24, 2013 3:32 PMReply

    I look forward to seeing this. Kudos to Lifetime.

  • Tami | June 24, 2013 12:12 AMReply

    One of my favorites by TM. Excited to see it on screen.

  • Orville | June 23, 2013 6:41 PMReply

    I happy for Whoopi Goldberg, Lifetime network knows that black female lead movies mean solid ratings. I believe the black version of Steel Magnolias was a ratings success and the movie with Keke Palmer and Sherri Shephard was also a ratings success. But I do wish this movie was a feature film because it is one of Terry McMillan's best books. Although I still think Disappearing Acts is her best novel.

  • Miles Ellison | June 21, 2013 6:39 PMReply

    Lifetime is expanding their brand beyond the white-women-in-jeopardy porn on which they built their network. Now they're trying for a more colorful array of cardboard stereotypes. Kudos.

  • Donella | June 22, 2013 11:54 AM

    Did this pivot in Lifetime's content focus occur about the same time that Oprah launched OWN?

  • AI | June 21, 2013 6:15 PMReply

    Love the book. Wish it weren't on Lifetime tho. :/

  • Beezdablock | June 21, 2013 5:16 PMReply

    I should add that this novel is generally considered, by critics, to be Terry McMillan's masterpiece. It is extremely well-written, thoughtful, and engaging. Absolutely her best novel. I always tell folks to ignore Stella (as it is her worse novel and says nothing about her actual talent). Read this one and you'll see how talented McMillan really is.

  • Beezdablock | June 21, 2013 5:13 PMReply

    Hmm. This is my favorite Terry McMillian book, so I would like to see this. But I also agree with Savannah about the relegation of black female leads to Lifetime.

  • SAVANNAH MORGAN | June 21, 2013 4:05 PMReply

    While I will be supporting this project & wish it the best, one can't help but to give pause to the relegating of Black films w/female leads to Lifetime.

    My question is if that is the new distribution channel for our films, what does that mean to those of us writing screenplays w/blk leads who aspire to be on the big screen?

    As far as black actresses what does that say to: A.) Marketability (since Lifetime is a domestic channel) B.) Profitability (box office receipts or lack thereof) all important factors when you are an indie filmmaker attempting to solidify a budget and procure funds.

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