Lifetime’s ‘Doomsday Mom: The Lori Vallow Story’ Is Ripped From The Headlines

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Ready for one of the most shocking Ripped From The Headlines stories? This is the real-life story of Lori Vallow and her two missing children. Lifetime’s Doomsday Mom: The Lori Vallow Story tells this horrific story.

This real-life story stars Lauren Lee Smith (Frankie Drake Mysteries, The Wedding Ring), Marc Blucas (One Heart, Holiday For Heroes), Patrick Duffy (Dallas, The Christmas Promise), Linda Purl (Paul’s Promise, Claire-ity), Emily Tennant (Polly Pocket, Project Blue Book), Joshua Hinkson (Sic, Small Rain Down), Alison Wandzura (Van Helsing, The Healing Powers Of…), Spencer Lord (Family Law, Riverdale), Tim Perez (Maid, Van Helsing), Astrid Truman (Schmigadoon!, Used), and Alias Dalman (When Time Got Louder, A Christmas Wish).

Bradly Walsh directed this in his directorial debut. Stephen Tolkin (New York Prison Break: The Seduction Of Joyce Mitchell, Cleveland Abduction) wrote the script.

You read about Lori Vallow in the papers. Now, watch this Ripped From The Headlines movie on LMN. Here are the details.

What Is Lifetime’s Doomsday Mom About?

According to the Lifetime synopsis, Doomsday Mom: The Lori Vallow Story is based on the true story of Lori Vallow (Smith).

The mother of two children, in the fall of 2019, she  gained national attention when her children, JJ and Tylee, were reported missing from their Idaho home.

However, as investigators dug into the private lives of Lori and her husband Chad Daybell (Blucas) they became concerned. That is because the couple was involved in a doomsday-prepper group.

Moreover, investigators had to scour five different states for clues. They uncovered a larger mystery, including several questionable deaths.

Eventually, in June 2020, JJ and Tylee’s bodies were found in the backyard of Chad’s home.

Lifetime Lori Vallow-
Lifetime Lori Vallow-

When Can You Watch Doomsday Mom: The Lori Vallow Story?

The premiere of Lifetime’s Doomsday Mom: The Lori Vallow Story is on Thursday, February 17, at 8 p.m., Eastern, on LMN.

Lauren Lee Smith Found Portraying Lori Vallow A Challenge

When Lauren Lee Smith took on this Lifetime role, she told TV Line she had wanted to “shake things up.” Portraying the complex Lori Vallow was the challenge she was looking for. “I took a deep dive into the whole story, and I found it morbidly fascinating.”

Moreover, Smith had problems understanding Vallow. She researched her real-life character. Eventually, she discovered that Lori was considered “loving.” However, this was before she met Daybell. Once she met him, she was “brainwashed.”

Equipped with this information, Smith could come up with how to portray this horrific transformation.

I found the character so surreal and hard to understand, and the idea of trying to figure out how this woman came to do what she had done intrigued me. That, and coming up with our own interpretation of how she got to where she got, was a really interesting challenge.

Don’t miss the premiere of Doomsday Mom: The Lori Vallow Story on Thursday, February 17, at 8 p.m., Eastern, on LMN.

Georgia Makitalo

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