Press release from Lifetime, June 4, 2018:
Renowned journalist, author and female empowerment advocate Gretchen Carlson has joined forces with Lifetime for the network’s new Monday night Justice for Women with Gretchen Carlson programming block, centering on shows that highlight women who display courage, bravery and compassion in the pursuit of justice and fairness, it was announced today by Gena McCarthy, EVP, Head of Programming, Lifetime Unscripted & Head of Programming, FYI. The block will feature women at the forefront of law enforcement, series that highlight female survivors and specials that empower women to take back control. Kicking off on June 18, Carlson will host the two-hour programming block with wraps between each show, and also narrate the new series, Live PD Presents: Women on Patrol premiering at 9pm ET/PT. The season four premiere of Escaping Polygamy will bow at 10pm ET/PT.
“Off the heels of our recently announced Tuesday night Real Love Relationship Block, I’m excited that Mondays on Lifetime will be dedicated to strong women with Justice for Women with Gretchen Carlson,” said McCarthy. “Gretchen’s passion for women’s rights is incredibly inspiring and we are excited for the robust partnership.”
“I’m thrilled to further expand my relationship with Lifetime and have the opportunity to shine a light on powerful stories about women,” said Carlson. “As the preeminent women’s network, Lifetime is deeply committed to supporting, inspiring and empowering women and it’s an honor to be part of their family.”
Carlson recently announced her return to television in a pact with A+E Networks to create and host a series of documentary specials that will be developed by A+E Originals(TM), the newly launched non-fiction content development company. The first of these specials, The Brave with Gretchen Carlson (working title) for Lifetime, will focus on how Gretchen’s courageous actions to confront the scourge of sexual harassment in the workplace has served as a catalyst for so many other women to say #MeToo.
LIVE PD PRESENTS: WOMEN ON PATROL NARRATED BY GRETCHEN CARLSON
Premieres June 18 at 9 PM ET/PT
From Big Fish Entertainment, producers of A&E’s hit series Live PD, Lifetime’s Women on Patrol, narrated by Gretchen Carlson, will follow female law enforcement officers from around the country, including departments in Jackson (WY), Wilmington (NC), Tempe (AZ) and Stockton (CA) as well as officers featured on Live PD. In the twenty-episode half-hour series, viewers are provided an unfiltered and unfettered look at the female officers on the front line of some of the busiest police forces in the country as they patrol their communities.
Dan Cesareo, Lucilla D’Agostino, Joe Venafro and Rick Hankey executive produce for Big Fish Entertainment. Brie Miranda Bryant and Juliet Barrack serve as executive producers for Lifetime.
ESCAPING POLYGAMY SEASON 4
Premieres June 18 at 10 PM ET/PT
In each one hour episode of Escaping Polygamy, sisters Andrea, Jessica and Shanell who daringly left The Kingston Clan, a powerful?polygamous?group based in Salt Lake City, Utah, known as “The Order” work, with friends and strangers alike who are in various stages of leaving polygamy to help them escape too. Their first-hand knowledge of the struggle to leave and adjust to the outside world make them the perfect advocates for others looking to leave. However, as more polygamous sects become aware of the girls’ mission, the more they are despised by those faithful to the religion making escapes increasingly dangerous.
This season, in addition to helping members from The Kingston Clan, the sisters help followers of other polygamous groups escape, including those in The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and the Apostolic United Brethren.??The many people who reach out to the sisters for help throughout the season include, an elite Order leader’s daughter who wants to escape an impending marriage to her older cousin; star-crossed lovers who want to leave the restraint of the strict FLDS religion to be together; an AUB father looking to save his children from the painful world of polygamy; and the son of infamous FLDS prophet, Warren Jeffs, who needs help finding his mother whom the religion tore away from him as a child.
The path out of polygamy is not an easy one, and those who dare to leave face challenging emotional obstacles. Largely shunned by their family and friends, there is often temptation to return to the only world they know, to avoid an overwhelming sense of isolation. It is through the continued support and guidance of Andrea, Jessica and Shanell that these people rebuild their lives to create a new sense of family.
Escaping Polygamy is produced by RIVR Media. Executive producers for RIVR Media are Dee Haslam, Rob Lundgren, and Lori Stryer. Jennifer Wagman serves as executive producer for Lifetime.