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Thoughts On Lifetime’s Black Cinema Premiere Weekend? (‘Carlina White Story’ & ‘Steel Magnolias’)

Thoughts On Lifetime's Black Cinema Premiere Weekend? ('Carlina White Story' & 'Steel Magnolias')

Soooo… as noted in a post on Friday, it was a black cinema weekend on the Lifetime channel here in the USA, with 2 original films making their world premieres, headlining the network’s Saturday and Sunday primetime schedule: the ripped from the headlines drama Abducted: The Carlina White Story, which aired on Saturday, October 6, at 8/7c; and the all-black Steel Magnolias remake (which aired on Sunday, October 7, at 9/8c).

Did you watch either, or both? I did, and, in short, my reaction was, well, it’s the Lifetime channel.

But don’t let my lack of enthusiasm dissuade you, if you haven’t watched either of them yet (Lifetime will continue to re-broadcast both throughout the week, so you’ll have other opportunities to watch – check the network’s schedule for days and times; I know both films air back-to-back tonight, starting at 8pm with Steel, and then at 10pm with Abducted). After all, I’m really not in Lifetime’s target audience, so these aren’t movies that were made for me. If you’ve been a faithful Lifetime fan, you’re probably already familiar with the brand, so you’re either aboard for the ride, or you’re not. 

If you tuned in, I’d love to read your thoughts on either or both movies, so feel free to dive in… (I should note that Steel Magnolias features Adepero Oduye’s first released performance since her lauded debut in Pariah last year, and one of the reasons why I was interested in watching the movie; I wanted to see her in something else, since it’s been awhile since I last saw Pariah – spring 2011)…

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