Lifetime has renewed its upcoming drama series You more than a month before the show officially premieres on the network, Lifetime announced during its Television Critics Association summer press tour Thursday.
The series, based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name, stars Penn Badgley as a bookstore manager who becomes obsessed with one of his customers (Elizabeth Lail). You premieres on Lifetime Sept. 9.
In other Lifetime TCA news, the network has signed Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts to a production deal that will include a series of movies and documentaries set to debut in 2019 under the banner Robin Roberts Presents, the network said.
The deal is part of Lifetime’s commitment to produce 75 original movies in 2019, according to Lifetime executive vice president of movies, limited series and original movie acquisitions Tonya Lopez.
Among the movies slated for the network include Seven Deadly Sins, produced by Bishop T.D. Jakes and based on the book series by Victoria Christopher Murray; Somebody’ Someone: The Regina Louise Story, based on a memoir about a young African-American girl who navigated over 30 foster homes and psychiatric facilities before age 18 and the one woman who believed in her; and V.C. Andrews’ Heaven, a five movie series based on the Casteel series from writer V.C. Andrews.
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