Lifetime announces 5 new Ripped from Headlines movies for winter 2020

"You Can't Take My Daughter" - Photo Credit: Jace Downs/Lifetime, A&E
"You Can't Take My Daughter" - Photo Credit: Jace Downs/Lifetime, A&E /

Lifetime is preparing its 2020 film slate already. The year will kick off with five new Ripped from the Headlines films.

The year isn’t quite over just yet, but Lifetime is already preparing for 2020. The network is currently in the middle of airing, “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime,” but after the holiday movies are complete, the network will go in a much different direction.

Winter 2020 will kick-off with a fresh slate of movies inspired by recent headlines, including the Watts family tragedy, the Stacey Castor story, and more.

They’ve also hooked some big-name actors to star in the upcoming films like Lyndsy Fonseca, Nia Vardalos, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Brooke Smith, Kirstie Alley, and Niecy Nash.

Here is the complete rundown of Lifetime’s upcoming slate, which begins on January 18.

Robin Roberts Presents: Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story

  • Premieres: January 18

Niecy Nash stars as Gloria Williams in this film. Set in 1988, it tells the story of Gloria after she suffers from a miscarriage and then steals baby Kamiyah Mobley from a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Gloria raises Kamiyah as Alexis and doesn’t tell her anything about where she came from. But when Alexis is old enough to get a job, questions are raised about her missing birth certificate, and the whole ugly truth comes out.

Stay tuned after the movie wraps for Beyond the Headlines: The Kamiyah Mobley Story with Robin Roberts. The documentary will feature an exclusive sitdown with the real Kamiyah Mobley.

Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer

  • Premieres: January 25

At first, it appeared that Chris Watts was a charming family man devastated by the loss of his pregnant wife and kids after their shocking disappearance.

However, after intense questioning and a brutal investigation, it is discovered that Watts killed his own family and then masqueraded as a victim to the American public. Brooke Smith plays Tammy Lee, the CBI agent who aided in bringing Watts to justice.

There will also be a documentary after the film airs titled Beyond the Headlines: The Watts Family Tragedy. The feature will contain new footage of interviews with the real Tammy Lee, who managed to get Watts confession during a polygraph test.

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Poisoned Love: The Stacey Castor Story

  • Premieres: February 1

Nia Vardalos stars as Stacey Castor, a widow who begins a new relationship with her boss, David.

However, David dies suddenly under mysterious circumstances, and investigators begin to notice similarities between the death of Stacey’s first husband and her new one. Then, Stacey’s daughter tries to commit suicide, and suddenly Stacey Castor’s life begins to look like a serious nightmare.

The Neighbor in the Window

  • Premieres: February 8

The Neighbor in the Window is based on the book False Victim by Kathie Truitt. It follows the upbeat Karen, played by Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who becomes charmed by her lovely new neighbor Lisa.

But she soon realizes that Lisa is not everything she initially appeared to be when she begins to spread lies about Karen and her family.

You Can’t Take My Daughter

  • Premieres February 15

Lyndsy Fonseca plays Amy Thompson, a law student who is brutally attacked by a man she once considered a friend, named Demetri. Not long after the assault, Amy is startled to learn she is pregnant.

After the trial goes nowhere, Amy flees and starts a new life with her baby. Sadly, Demetri manages to track her down years later and attempts to sue her for custody of their daughter. Kirstie Alley also stars.

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Lifetime’s 2020 “Ripped from the Headlines” slate kicks off on January 18.