Lifetime had a very difficult job on Thursday, at the Television Critics Association virtual press tour. One of their most anticipated movies, Girl In Room 13, stars Anne Heche, who at the time of the press tour, was in critical condition.
Since then, she is expected to not survive the injuries sustained when her car crashed into a house in the Los Angeles area.
Will Lifetime still be premiering Girl In Room 13 in September?
Will Lifetime Still Premiere Girl In Room 13 In September?
According to Deadline, at the Thursday TCA22, Lifetime immediately discussed their Anne Heche movie, Girl In Room 13. The Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, Amy Winter, quickly asked reporters to not inquire about Heche’s condition.
“As many of you know, Anne remains in critical condition and all of us here at Lifetime are deeply concerned for her and everyone affected. We hope that her friends and family stay strong during this difficult time. You know, just as much as we do, that we ask that you kindly refrain from inquiring about her health status.”
However, she chose to focus on the importance of Heche’s work and the topic of human sex trafficking.
“This project is important to Anne, along with each and every one of us. We all sought to make a film that would bring attention to this appalling issue of human sex trafficking. We hope that this film reached you and that you are just as inspired as Anne was to help us with our mission to stop violence against women. Thank you for your support and your questions about the film.”
They shared that because this Ripped From The Headlines movie is so important, it will still premiere in September.
When Will Girl In Room 13 Premiere On Lifetime?
Girl In Room 13 will premiere on Saturday, September 17, at 8 p.m., Eastern, on Lifetime.
Director Elisabeth Röhm Shares Importance Of Anne Heche Movie
Director Elisabeth Röhm made it clear that everyone at Lifetime took this decision very seriously. She told the reporters at TCA22 that this movie was very important to Anne Heche. In addition, Röhm revealed that Heche’s performance was “phenomenal.”
“We’re all so dedicated to the cause, stopping violence against women and I again thank Lifetime so much for creating this platform. All of us, especially Larissa who played this victim, are committed to that cause, We talked about it — every single one of us — that this was our mission. And although [Anne] is deeply missed, right now, I will say the film is finished and she did a phenomenal performance — a tour de force much like Larissa.”
On Friday, Deadline updated Anne Heche’s condition. They reported that the actress is “not expected to survive.” That is because she experienced a severe anoxic brain injury, and will be taken off of life support.
The official statement read, “We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.”
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