Lifetime Premieres Fall Slate of Must-See Movies

Kristine Carlson and Heather Locklear on the set of "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff: The Kristine Carlson Story"

(NewsUSA) - Stay glued to your TVs this October with Lifetime's all-new fall lineup, featuring gripping, emotional and informative new original movies featuring star-studded casts.

October begins with "The Good Father: The Martin MacNeill Story"(10/2). Based on a true story, the movie centers on the life of the Utah doctor, played by Tom Everett Scott, who seemed to have it all, with a beauty-queen wife, Michele (Charisma Carpenter), and adoring daughter, Alexis.

But this perfect picture becomes tainted when Michele dies from drowning while taking prescription medication following plastic surgery, and Dr. MacNeill brings home a "nanny" who is actually his mistress. Alexis, shocked by her father's behavior, starts to dig into his life, and discovers an individual capable of murder.

In "Dying to Belong" (10/9) journalism major Olivia (Favour Onwuka) meets shy freshman Riley (Jenika Rose), and the pair decide to participate in sorority rush to join Pi Gamma Beta, the sorority of Riley's popular mother, Katherine (Shannen Doherty).

In this suspenseful remake of the classic 1997 movie, Olivia plans an undercover story about sorority hazing, but uncovers deadly secrets involved in joining the Pi Gamma Beta "sisterhood."

Shannen Doherty appears again in "List of a Lifetime," (10/10) part of Lifetime's Broader Focus initiative that champions women in key production roles.

When Brenda Lee (Kelly Hu) is diagnosed with breast cancer, she seeks out the daughter she gave up for adoption at birth. She finds Talia (Sylvia Kwan) living with her adoptive parents, Diana (Shannen Doherty) and Marty (Jamie Kahler). Talia keeps her newfound relationship with her birth mother a secret and bonds with Brenda by helping her create a bucket list of everything she wants to do.

Other fall features include "Switched Before Birth,"(10/23) a heart-wrenching drama involving an IVF mixup that leaves one couple with twin babies, only one of whom is biologically theirs.

Olivia Crawford (Skyler Samuels) and her husband Brian (Bo Yokely) find themselves pitted against former friends Anna Ramirez (Justina Machado) and her husband Gabe (Yancey Arias).

In "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff: The Kristine Carlson Story," (10/16), Heather Locklear stars as Kristine, the wife of Dr. Richard Carlson, psychotherapist, motivational speaker, and author of the popular "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" books. The movie chronicles Kristine's journey to self-discovery and self-confidence in the wake of her husband's untimely death and amid the pressure to become the new voice of the brand he created.

Finally, "Torn from Her Arms," premiering on October 30, is based on a true story from the ongoing crisis at the U.S. border, in which a mother struggles to find her six-year-old daughter after being separated on arrival from El Salvador.

The cast includes Fátima Molina as Cindy Madrid and Camila Nuñez as her daughter, Ximena, along with Judy Reyes as immigration lawyer Thelma Garcia and Gloria Reuben as journalist Ginger Thompson, whose publicizing of their story brought national attention to the plight of undocumented immigrant families.

Visit mylifetime.com for more information about Lifetime's fall lineup and other programming.