Lifetime to Partner With Terry McMillan on New Original Movies

Best-selling author Terry McMillan has teamed up with Lifetime to produce a series of new films under the “Terry McMillan Presents” banner. Best known for her bestselling novels-turned-films “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” and “Waiting to Exhale,” McMillan's new films for Lifetime will focus on the love and lives of African-American women and set in as part of Lifetime's 40th anniversary.

“As women, we can be messy. We can be complicated. We can be so many things,” McMillan said in a statement. “Life is never tied to a bow, so it’s exciting to be back in business with Lifetime allowing women to tell our own stories authentically.”

Original films under the “Terry McMillan Presents” banner will be announced later this year along with casting information. Lifetime and McMillan previously collaborated on “A Day Late and a Dollar Short,” which starred Whoopi Goldberg, Mekhi Phifer, Anika Noni Rose, Kimberly Elise, Tichina Arnold and Ving Rhames.

“Terry is an American treasure with her ability to capture the female experience in the search for love and happiness,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, Lifetime executive vice president and chief programming officer. “We are very excited to collaborate with her on these new films which I know will also resonate with our viewers.”

McMillan has won the NAACP Image Award and the Essence Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award. Her debut novel “Mama” also received the Doubleday New Voices Award and the American Book Award. Additionally, all of his novels have become New York Times bestsellers, including his latest novel “It’s Not All Downhill From Here.”

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