Lifetime bows summer fare

Schedule heavy on telepix, reality fare

Making good on an $800 million commitment to bulk up its slate of original programs over the next two years, Lifetime has unveiled its summer sked, which includes several new original made-fors, specials and series.

“More Than Meets the Eye: The Joan Brock Story,” the first in a trio of original based-on-a-true-story telepics, stars Carey Lowell as a teacher for the blind who loses her own vision but succeeds in pursuing a career in education.

Bowing in July, “Going for Broke” stars real-life husband-and-wife team Delta Burke and Gerald McRaney in the story of a gambling addict who embezzled money from the Reno chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation to fund her habit. “Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story,” which stars Annie Potts as a mother who aids a police investigator in catching online sexual predators, rounds out the month.

Lifetime will also roll out a pair of retrospectives on ’80s laffers “The Golden Girls” and “Designing Women.” Both specials will reunite original cast members for a night of reminiscing.

New upcoming reality skeins on the summer sked include “The ‘I Do’ Diaries: My Best Friend’s Wedding,” which lets a pair of pals plan each other’s weddings, and “Head 2 Toe,” which follows two women undertaking the makeover of a third friend.

As previously reported, new scripted series are “1-800 MISSING,” with Gloria Reuben (“ER”), and “Wild Card,” starring Joely Fisher (“Ellen”).

Returning skeins include the medical series “Strong Medicine” and police drama “The Division.”

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