No one watches Lifetime original movies to laugh. People watch them to feel something, something that’s been lost. They want to cry. They want raw emotion.
Kevin Durant gave us everything a Lifetime movie is supposed to during the tremendous speech he presented after receiving the 2014 NBA MVP award. During the speech, which you can watch part of at the bottom of this post, he thanks everyone who helped him get to that point. And "everyone" means everyone. Near the end, he got to his mother, who he called "the real MVP." That name stuck…enough to get her a movie and a title.
Cassandra Freeman (Inside Man, Single Ladies), Tracie Thoms (Cold Case, Rent), Pauletta Washington (Wilma), Daniel Bellomy, Nic Few (Major Crimes, The Exes), and Demarius Mack (Real Husbands Of Hollywood) have been cast in Lifetime original movie with the working title of The Real MVP: The Wanda Pratt Story, based on the life of NBA star Kevin Durant’s mom. Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere’s Flavor Unit are executive producers. Production is currently underway in Vancouver on the film, which will bow on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 8, on Lifetime. A&E Studios is producing.
If you have the time, it’s worth watching that MVP speech, certainly one of the best moments from an athlete in recent memory.
I can never thank my mom enough for all she's done and sacrificed. See it all in #TheRealMVP: The Wanda Pratt Story coming to @lifetimetv