Lifetime’s ‘Circle Of Deception’ Continues LMN’s Slay Bells

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Slay Bells continues with a trio of Ann Rule book adaptations, and the LMN premiere of Lifetime’s Circle Of Deception. Circle Of Deception stars Paul McGillion (An Unexpected Christmas, Stargate Atlantis),  Jill Morrison (A Sugar & Spice Holiday, Where Your Heart Belongs), Viv Leacock (Lost In Space, When Calls The Heart), Diane Neal (NCIS: New Orleans, Somewhat Damaged), April Telek (Big Sky River, Christmas She Wrote) and Tamara Tunie (Flight).

In addition, Tahmoh Penikett (Devil In Ohio, Battlestar Galactica), Tamara Tunie (As The World Turns, See), Daniel Bacon (When I Think Of Christmas, Fort Salem), Lauren Akemi Bradley (The Good Doctor, So Help Me Todd), Daphne Hoskins (A Fabled Holiday, Loudermilk), Richard Keats (Christmas At The Golden Dragon, Nancy Drew), Adam Lolacher (The 100, Time For Him To Come Home For Christmas), Corey Turner (Firefly Lane, Riverdale), and Alison Wandzura (The Good Doctor, Trigger Me).

Christina Ray (Murdoch Mysteries, Hudson & Rex) adapted this from Ann Rule, with Ashley Williams (Meats, A Nashville Country Christmas) in her directorial debut.

This movie is based on the Ann Rule New York Times Best Seller true crime book, Practice To Deceive.

What Is Lifetime’s Circle Of Deception About?

According to the Lifetime synopsis, Russel Douglas (McGillion) is a businessman in a small, island community. He was found dead, right after Christmas. Moreover, Russel was married, but soon-to-be-divorced, to Brenna Douglas (Morrison).

Meanwhile, Brenna Douglas had long confessed to her former beauty queen best pal, Peggy Sue Thomas (Neal) that Russel was abusive to her. Brenna shared stories of both physical and mental abuse.

The investigation went through a rollercoaster ride of possible suspects. They ranged from best friends and neighbors to ex-wives. Turns out, Peggy got her former guy, Jim Huden (Penikett) to do the evil deed.

When Can You Watch Lifetime’s Circle Of Deception?

The LMN premiere of Lifetime’s Circle Of Deception is on Saturday, December 24, at 8 p.m., Eastern, on LMN.

Used with Lifetime's permission
Used with Lifetime’s permission

Don’t Miss Lifetime’s Sleeping With Danger

Another Lifetime movie, Sleeping With Danger, is part of the Slay Bells series. This movie premieres on Saturday, December 24, at 6 p.m., on LMN.

Sleeping With Danger stars Elisabeth Röhm, Antonio Cupo, Alison Araya, Adam Beauchesne, Veena Sood, Christie Burke, Marlie Collins, Hiro Kanagawa, Mike Dopud, Leslie Hendrix, Veronika Hadrava, Jason Burkart, Emmett Lee Sting, Christina Lewall, Mika Mitchell and Chris Duchaine.

This movie is based on Ann Rule’s true crime collection, Mortal Danger And Other True Cases.

According to the Lifetime synopsis, “Paul Carter (Cupo) was like a knight in shining armor when he met flight attendant Grace Tanner  (Röhm) and swept her into a passionate love affair. But her dream man quickly became her nightmare as his jealous rage ultimately led to a brutal attack. Incredibly, Grace was able to escape and go into hiding. Fearing for her life and the safety of other women Paul might seduce, Grace works with the police to bring Paul to justice.”

Used with Lifetime's permission
Used with Lifetime’s permission

A Murder To Remember Closes Out Christmas Eve Slay Bells

Lifetime’s A Murder To Remember airs on Saturday, December 24, at 10 p.m., Eastern, on LMN. This movie stars Kevin Rodriguez, Maddie Nichols, TC Matherne, Carolyn McCormick, and Leslie Hendrix.

This is based on Ann Rule’s true crime book, Empty Promises.

According to the Lifetime synopsis, “Javier  (Rodriguez) and Robin Rivera (Nichols) are celebrating their one-year anniversary on a camping trip. But when Javier ends up dead, Robin finds herself alone in the rough wilderness. She accepts help from another camper, a mysterious stranger named Sam (Matherne), and slowly places her life in his hands. But is Sam there to protect Robin? Or does she need protecting from him?”

Will you be watching any of the Ann Rule adaptations coming to LMN?

Georgia Makitalo

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