V.C. Andrews Dawn, starring Brec Bassinger & Donna Mills, premieres July 8 on Lifetime! – TRAILER

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V.C. Andrews Dawn, the first of a series of movies based Andrews’ popular Cutler books, is set to premiere July 8, 2023 on Lifetime. Let’s take a first look!

V.C. Andrews Dawn, starring Brec Bassinger & Donna Mills, premieres July 8 on Lifetime! – TRAILER

Plot

Dawn follows the story of Dawn Longchamp (Bassinger), who after growing up in humble surroundings with a very hardworking and loving family suddenly has everything she loves ripped away from her when she is thrust into a new family whose dark and twisted secrets change the course of her life forever. As Dawn struggles to fit in, her wicked grandmother Lillian Cutler (Mills) rules her life with an iron fist and inflicts cruel punishments when Dawn does not follow her strict orders. When Dawn finds herself entrenched in the mysteries surrounding the family, it becomes clear that a dark and unescapable curse looms over the Cutlers.

Donna Mills on Why ‘Lillian Is Way Badder’ Than Abby From ‘Knots Landing’

Donna Mills’ most famous TV part is undoubtedly the manipulative Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner, whom she deliciously played for nine seasons (1980-89) on CBS’s primetime soap Knots Landing. But the actress says that even Abby might run and hide from powerful hotel owner Lillian Cutler in Lifetime’s limited series V.C. Andrews’ Dawn, premiering Saturday, July 8. “People say to me, ‘You’re used to playing the bad girl because you played Abby.’ And I say, ‘Lillian is way badder!’”

In the premiere, Lillian’s nastiness is unleashed on innocent teen Dawn Longchamp (Brec Bassinger, DC’s Stargirl), who learns that she’s really the presumed-dead Eugenia Cutler, and the humble “parents” she grew up with (played by Jesse Metcalfe and Helena Marie) abducted her as a baby.

Being a minor, Dawn has no choice but to be separated from her loving brother, Jimmy (Khobe Clarke), and move in with grandmother Lillian, who quickly puts Dawn to work at Cutler’s Cove as a chambermaid.

“Did you expect to be treated like some long-lost princess?” Lillian seethes to a horrified Dawn on their first meeting.

Dawn believes she’ll find solace once she meets her biological parents, father Randolph (Jason Cermak, whom Lifetime viewers might recognize from V.C. Andrews’ Heaven) and mother Laura Jean (Miranda Frigon), but she soon finds that they and everyone else in the hotel live by Lillian’s stern rules. She manipulates the family “through punishment and falsifying things,” Mills says. “It’s going to be the way she wants it to be.”

Dawn believes she’ll find solace once she meets her biological parents, father Randolph (Jason Cermak, whom Lifetime viewers might recognize from V.C. Andrews’ Heaven) and mother Laura Jean (Miranda Frigon), but she soon finds that they and everyone else in the hotel live by Lillian’s stern rules. She manipulates the family “through punishment and falsifying things,” Mills says. “It’s going to be the way she wants it to be.”

As Dawn’s drama becomes increasingly unraveled, the strong-willed high schooler fights Lillian every step of the way. Could Dawn and Lillian be more alike than they first perceived?

“I think so,” Mills says. “Dawn was brought up in a whole different way, but she does have the Cutler blood.”

That’s very evident in the July 15 installment when Dawn is able to get the upper hand on Lillian and moves to New York City to enroll in a performing arts school.

Playing the vicious matriarch was a kick for Mills, and she found Lillian’s psychology endlessly fascinating. “She’s very nasty, and the thing is, you don’t know why.” But, she adds, “you find out a lot of [her history].” And you can bet it’s juicy!

Cast

Brec Bassinger (Stargirl, Bella and the Bulldogs) stars in the title role of Dawn Longchamp, alongside Emmy winner Donna Mills (Nope, General Hospital) as Lillian Cutler. Also set to star are Emmy nominee Fran Drescher (The Nanny), Joey McIntyre (New Kids on the Block) and Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives).

McIntyre portrays Dawn’s infamous singing teacher and Broadway star, Michael Sutton. Drescher plays Agnes Morris, the out of work actress and overly made up drama queen who is the house mother at the performing arts school where Dawn resides. Metcalfe is Ormand Longchamp, Dawn’s adoptive father, while Khobe Clarke (Yellowjackets) portrays Dawn’s adoptive brother Jimmy Longchamp.

Cast also includes Jason Cermak as Dawn’s father Randolph Cutler; Miranda Frigon as Dawn’s mother, Laura Jean Cutler; as well as Elyse Maloway (Super Monsters, The Magicians) and Dane Schioler (Prom Pact) as Dawn’s siblings Clara Jean and Philip Cutler. Additionally, Corey Woods plays Dawn’s boarding school roommate, Tricia; and Helena Marie plays Sally Longchamp, Dawn’s adoptive mother.

Trailer and sneak peeks

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