Lifetime ‘Matters’ for Ricki Lake

Original movie deals with breast cancer

Lifetime has greenlit the telepic “Matters of Life & Dating,” starring Ricki Lake as a woman who resumes dating after surviving breast cancer.

Project, which also stars Holly Robinson Peete, is the centerpiece of the cabler’s “Stop Breast Cancer for Life” public awareness campaign. Lifetime has slated the movie for Oct. 22 at 9 p.m.

Last year’s “Stop Breast Cancer for Life” centerpiece movie, “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy,” recently earned an Emmy nomination for telepic. In taking on romance, “Matters of Life & Dating” tackles a very different subject matter, said Lifetime Entertainment prexy Susanne Daniels.

“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,” Daniels said.

Barbara Lieberman Prods. (“Murder in the Hamptons”) is behind the movie; Lieberman exec produces with Salli Newman and Lake. Nina Colman wrote the script, with Peter Wellington directing.

Lake stars as a successful single woman in Boston who loses self-esteem after undergoing a mastectomy. Peete plays a childhood friend who reconnects with Lake’s character at a support group. Rachael Harris also stars.

Lake’s recent credits include the doc “The Business of Being Born”; Robinson Peete’s recent credits include the TV shows “Love Inc.,” “For Your Love” and “One on One.”

“Matters of Life & Dating” preems during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month; this year is the 13th in which Lifetime has undertaken its “Stop Breast Cancer for Life” advocacy drive.

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