‘Robin Roberts Presents’ new Lifetime movies based on true stories

Lifetime launches ‘Robin Roberts Presents’ series of fact-inspired dramas

The “Good Morning America” co-anchor launches a “Robin Roberts Presents” franchise of fact-inspired Lifetime movies with Saturday’s drama “Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story.”

Robin Roberts has done many things during her “Good Morning America” tenure, but she’s entering uncharted territory. For her, anyway.

The award-winning ABC weekday staple becomes an executive producer of TV movies with the premiere of Lifetime’s recurring “Robin Roberts Presents” franchise Saturday, Jan. 18. The fact-based dramas will correspond with Roberts-hosted documentaries on the same subjects … the first film being “Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story,” about a young woman (played by Rayven Ferrell) who comes to realize the South Carolina woman who raised her (portrayed by Niecy Nash) kidnapped her as a newborn from a Florida hospital.

“We did quite a few stories” on the situation on “GMA” when it first became news, the friendly Roberts recalls. “My colleague Eva Pilgrim spent a lot of time with Kamiyah, and I did a satellite interview with Kamiyah as well. It was a story that really resonated with our audience, and I was just so impressed with how Kamiyah was handling everything. I could not imagine finding out, at 18, that the person who raised you was not really your mother.

The “Good Morning America” co-anchor launches a “Robin Roberts Presents” franchise of fact-inspired Lifetime movies with Saturday’s drama “Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story.”

“The way she was navigating both families, and the response we were getting from our ‘GMA’ audience, made me want to know more about it,” adds Roberts. “And I’m glad that we’re doing a companion documentary, because you want to know how she’s doing now.”

Roberts’ “Beyond the Headlines” interview with the real Mobley – who recently announced she’s moving back to her native Florida – immediately follows the movie. “I also spoke to her biological father,” Roberts reports, “and she’s really drawn to him and the children he has, though she’s close to her South Carolina family as well. She’s still trying to build a relationship with her biological mother; that has been a little more tenuous for her.”

The project also is significant for ESPN alum Roberts as the springboard into a new career phase. “I’m a journalist, and storytelling is storytelling,” she reasons. “It’s been challenging, because I’m used to the world I’ve been in, where I go in and we’re live for two hours. There’s an immediacy to what I do day-in and day-out, but on the other hand, not with this. You have to be patient.

“I spent time with Kamiyah and her legal team securing the rights to her story,” notes Roberts. “Did we take some artistic license? That’s what you do (in a drama), and that’s why it was so important to me as a journalist to have the documentary. We had to give people the absolute facts, but I’m getting to stretch another muscle that I don’t usually use at ‘GMA,’ so it’s been a great complement.”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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