Why won’t the Lifetime movie The Bad Seed Returns air on May 30?

McKenna Grace stars in The Bad Seed Returns - Cr. Lifetime
McKenna Grace stars in The Bad Seed Returns - Cr. Lifetime /

Lifetime‘s upcoming movie The Bad Seed Returns, will not be airing on the channel on its original release date, and there’s a reason for it.

The new film is a sequel to 2018 film, The Bad Seed. The first movie starred Rob Lowe and McKenna Grace. Lowe served as director and Barbara Marshall wrote the script. The movie is a reimagined version of the 1956 psychological horror film based on the book of the same name by author William March.

In the upcoming sequel, Grace reprises her role as Emma, a seemingly typical teenage girl. The film is set several years after her father’s death (Lowe). She’s now living with her aunt Angela and navigating high school. But her aunt’s husband soon begins to suspect there’s more to the teen who may not be as innocent as she appears. A new girl at school also seems to know Emma’s secrets.

The film was supposed to premiere this Monday, but the lead actress decided to postpone the release date.

Why won’t The Bad Seed Returns air on May 30?

Grace, who co-wrote the script with her father Ross Burge, executive produced, and stars in the movie, shared the news in an Instagram post. She and the rest of the team behind the film decided to delay the movie’s release date due to the recent elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

The actress shared Texas is her home state and she and the team didn’t feel comfortable promoting the film this week. She also said they don’t feel like Monday is the right time to release the movie.

According to Deadline, Lifetime has confirmed the movie will air at a later date this year. But a confirmed release hasn’t been set yet. The news outlet also reports the network shared their decision with the Television Academy. The film won’t be released during its eligibility window anymore, meaning it can’t be nominated for the 2022 Emmys in September.

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