Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Ricki Lake and Holly Robinson Peete to star in the Life Original Movie “Matters of Life and Dating” : The Irreverent and Poignant Strory of Searching for Mr. Right While Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

Movie Airs in October as Programming Centerpiece of Lifetime’s Award-Winning Public Awareness Campaign, “Stop Breast Cancer for Life”

Ricki Lake (“The Business of Being Born,” “Mrs. Winterbourne”), stars as a single woman returning to the dating scene after having a mastectomy in the upcoming Lifetime Original Movie “Matters of Life & Dating,” based on breast cancer survivor Linda Dackman’s book, Up Front. Co-starring Holly Robinson Peete (“For Your Love,” “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper”), the film explores universal frustrating, complicated and often comedic insights into looking for Mr. Right, while grappling with ingrained notions of beauty and finding unexpected strength and support from friends and family. “Matters of Life & Dating” will premiere Monday, October 22 at 9pm (ET/PT) on Lifetime Television.

In making the announcement, Susanne Daniels, President, Entertainment, Lifetime Networks said, “Following in the footsteps of last year’s Emmy-nominated film ‘Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastecomy,’ this year’s centerpiece of our Stop Breast Cancer for Life campaign is unique as it tackles a very different subject matter – dating. The story highlights the current issue of living beyond cancer, but it’s also a humorous and touching look at the trials and tribulations of dating that all women can relate to, whether they’ve faced breast cancer or not. Personally and professionally, I couldn’t be more excited to be working again with both Ricki Lake and Holly Robinson Peete, two extremely talented actors teamed together in what will be Lifetime’s must-see movie this fall.”

“Matters of Life & Dating” premieres during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month as the centerpiece of Lifetime’s 13th annual multi-platform Stop Breast Cancer for Life public service and advocacy campaign, which reaches women and families in more than 93 million homes across the country in partnership with the Network’s cable affiliates, advertising sponsors and twelve leading nonprofit organizations. The film echoes the creative concept of this year’s campaign, “Be My Support, Be My Strength, Be My Bra,” a playful but forceful depiction of the universe of strength at hand and within ourselves when facing breast cancer, based on the slang term for friend, “bra.” Lake and Peete also will appear in the Network’s original PSA campaign throughout October.

The film also touches on many important messages of Lifetime’s campaign, including promoting early detection of breast cancer, ensuring access to health care for all women and ending “drive-through” mastectomies, when women are forced out of the hospital sometimes hours after surgery and before they and their doctors feel they are ready to go home. The Network has now collected more than 18 million signatures on a petition on LifetimeTV.com urging Congress to pass critical bi-partisan legislation that would stop this practice.
Lifetime’s 2006 movie in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy” was recently nominated for an EmmyÒ Award in the category of “Outstanding Made for Television Movie.”

“Matters of Life & Dating” is produced by Barbara Lieberman Productions for Lifetime Television. Executive producers are Barbara Lieberman (Lifetime’s “Murder in the Hamptons,” “Obsessed”), Salli Newman (“The Good Old Boys,” “A Slight Case of Murder”) and Ricki Lake (“The Business of Being Born”). Peter Wellington (“Slings and Arrows,” “Luck”) directs from a script written by Nina Colman (“Meet Prince Charming,” “Dr. Doolittle 3”).