It was announced yesterday that Lifetime, Television for Women, is making another one of their patented biopics, this time based on the life of Kevin Durant’s mother, Wanda Pratt. As someone who has been known to depressively hole up in my bedroom on a weekend with a couple of bags of birthday cake Oreos and a loaded .45, watching made-for-Lifetime movie marathons until the firemen knock a wall down, I came up with a few possible storylines that might be for this two-hour, low-budget masterpiece of feminine-marketed viewing.
TRIUMPH OF COURAGE: THE WANDA PRATT STORY
Emmy-winner Meredith Baxter turns in another award-worthy performance as tough inner-city single mom Wanda Pratt. A former star point-guard for her college basketball team, a few wrong turns in life left Wanda stuck in poverty and dreaming of a better life for her two boys. Though she swore never to pick up a basketball again, a chance encounter with Bob Dandridge (Grant Show) inspires her to take to the court one more time…and turn her two boys in world-famous champions, no matter what!
ONE WOMAN’S COURAGE: THE REAL WANDA PRATT
Nancy McKeon is Wanda Pratt, a woman who had everything: a beautiful home. A loving firefighter husband. Two wonderful children. But with a spark and a flash it was all nearly ripped away from her when a fire took everything she had without notice. Now, stuck on the streets with two hungry basketball-loving kids, she does the unthinkable: goes to firefighting school and avenges her husband’s death by making sure-fire never destroys another family again. But becoming the city’s first lady firefighter is easier said than done and Wanda’s about to learn that she’s truly out of the frying pan… and into the fire!
HAVE COURAGE, SISTER: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO WANDA PRATT
Alone on the mean streets of Washington D.C., a teenage Wanda had to fight for everything in this uncaring and unforgiving world. Years later, a grown Wanda (Robin Givens), blessed with two basketball-dribbling boys, realizes she desperately needs to get out of the inner city before it takes their dreams away too. Loading everything into a car, they head down to Georgia and back into the home she ran away from: the home of her long-estranged parents the Pastor (James Earl Jones) and Mother Maybelle (Della Reese). Tempers clash, old demons come back to haunt them and revelations come to light, but only through the forgiving spirit of love can they become a family again.
COURAGE IN THE DARK: A WANDA PRATT MYSTERY
When she moved back to her hometown of Pleasantwood, Alabama, single mom and former cop Wanda Pratt (Valerie Bertinelli) though she had left the criminal element of the big city behind. But, somehow, trouble has a way of finding her! When the dead bodies of town’s star high school basketball players start turning up, she’s reluctantly called back into duty and her sleuthing skills are put to the test. With the help of her two boys, high school b-ballers who just might be next on the killer’s list, Pratt is going to follow a bloody trail that’ll lead her back to the past she tried to runaway from!
A DEADLY COURAGE: THE PEOPLE VS. WANDA PRATT
For single mom Wanda Pratt (Lea Thompson), her two boys were everything…everything until Calvin Parrish (Andrew Shue) entered her life; a smooth-talking handsome man, Pratt thought she had found the man of her dreams…but soon enough, he became the monster of her nightmares! When the police won’t help (“He hasn’t broken any laws, ma’am! We can’t do anything until he does!”), Pratt takes the law into her own hands to protect herself and her two boys from this unhinged stalker who’ll do anything for the perfect family…even murder!
THE 12 DAYS OF COURAGE: A WANDA PRATT CHRISTMAS TALE
It’s beginning to look a lot like funny when single mom Wanda Pratt (Broadway star and Thunder superfan Kristin Chenoweth) finds herself on twelve different dates with twelve different NBA players thanks to a little help from her two mischievous basketball-loving boys and a jolly ol’ bearded gent (Rob Estes) who just moved in next door. But, as Wanda works through one comically disastrous date after another, she soon learns that sometimes love has been right in front of you the whole time. But will he realize that before the clock strikes midnight?
If Louis Fowler had a Lifetime biopic, he'd cast Rosie O'Donnell as himself. Follow Louis on Twitter at @LouisFowler.