Lifetime’s ‘The Bad Guardian’ About Guardianships Gone Wrong Gets Premiere Date

The Bad Guardian (Credit: Lifetime)

Lifetime thriller The Bad Guardian is set to premiere on May 18.

Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina the Teenage Witch) and La La Anthony (BMF) lead the cast of the film.

The story centers on a woman named Leigh (Melissa Joan Hart), whose father Jason (Eric Pierpoint) suffers a fall while she’s out of town. The courts assign Jason a guardian named Janet (La La Anthony), and the situation quickly takes a turn.

Inspired by true stories of Americans put in the care of a court-appointed guardian, the movie raises the question — are these caretakers helpful or harmful?

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According to the official description, “Janet is legally in charge of every aspect of Jason’s life, and doesn’t waste any time placing him in a nursing home, auctioning off his house, all worldly possessions, and using the excuse that the proceeds are needed for his care… Jason’s health deteriorates, to the point that he needs a life saving treatment, which Janet decides is too expensive. As whistleblowers around Jason meet untimely ends, Leigh finds the strength to take down the guardian and the corrupt system that supports her.”

The Lifetime movie is produced by Allegheny Image Factory with Jeffrey Tinnell and Robert Tinnell serving as Producers. Elizabeth Stephen Executive produces and Claudia Myers directs from a script by Ashley Gable.

The Bad Guardian premieres May 18 at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime.

The week before, Lifetime will air Mommy Meanest starring Lisa Rinna, her daughter Delilah Hamlin, and Briana Skye.

The movie is inspired by real events and tells the story of a teenage girl with a history of being cyberbullied, only to discover the person behind the horrible text messages is her own mother.

“Divorced mother Madelyn (Rinna) and her daughter Mia (Briana Skye) have always had a tight bond. But when Mia starts spending more time with her new boyfriend and is on the verge of leaving for college, Madelyn is panicked by her emerging independence,” Lifetime says in the official description.

Delilah Hamlin plays Mia’s friend Summer, marking the first time Rinna and Hamlin have been in a movie together.

The film is produced for Lifetime by Stalking Productions in association with Johnson Production Group.

Rinna is best known to fans for her role on Days of Our Lives and as a cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She serves as an executive producer on the Lifetime film alongside Stacy Mandelberg

Navid Soofi produces and Greg Beeman directs from a script written by Gregg McBride.

Mommy Meanest debuts May 11 at 8pm ET/PT.