Lifetime Greenlights New Original Movie "The Good Father: The Martin MacNeill Story"

Starring Tom Everett Scott, Anwen O'Driscoll and Charisma Carpenter from Exec Producer Nancy Grace


Lifetime (US)

Lifetime has greenlit the new ripped from the headlines original movie, The Good Father: The Martin MacNeill Story, based on the true story of Dr. MacNeill, a Utah doctor whose true nature behind his seemingly perfect persona came to light after the death of his wife. From executive producer Nancy Grace, the movie will star Tom Everett Scott (13 Reasons Why) as Dr. MacNeill while Charisma Carpenter (Veronica Mars) takes on the role of his wife, Michele. Anwen O'Driscoll (Left for Dead: The Ashley Reeves Story) stars as his daughter, Alexis who idolized McNeill until she began questioning the circumstances of her mother's death. The movie will debut this fall on Lifetime.

Based on actual events, The Good Father tells the story of Dr. MacNeill (Scott) and the incredible life he led with his former beauty queen wife, Michele (Carpenter) and their eight children. A pillar of the community, he was respected and loved by all especially by his daughter Alexis (O'Driscoll) who adored him and even wanted to follow in his footsteps to become a doctor. But everything soon changes after Dr. MacNeill convinces Michele to have plastic surgery, ultimately leading to her drowning while on prescription medication. Just a few short weeks after his wife's suspicious death, Dr. MacNeill brings home Gypsy Willis, a new live-in "nanny" for his children but who is in actuality his mistress. Shocked by her father's actions, Alexis begins to question everything she has known about him and discovers the depth of his lies, including his bogus medical credentials, falsified military records, and that the man and good doctor she once revered, was capable of murder.

The Good Father: The Martin MacNeill Story is produced by Good Doctor Films Inc. for Lifetime. Nancy Grace and bestselling author Josh Sabarra executive produce alongside Howard Braunstein. Annie Bradley directs from a script written by John Fasano and Abdi Nazemian.

Tom Everett Scott Bio

Scott first came to Hollywood's attention as the soulful drummer in That Thing You Do, Tom Hank's feature film directorial debut. Other film credits include Sundance favorite River Red, the drama Boiler Room, One True Thing opposite Meryl Streep, the animated sci-fi Mars Needs Moms, the alien thriller Race To Witch Mountain, the romantic comedy Because I Said So opposite Diane Keaton, family comedies Parental Guidance opposite Billy Crystal, Diary of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, and the award winning La La Land. Scott most recently appeared in Disney's Clouds. In addition to an impressive and diverse film slate, Scott's television credits include Law & Order, Will & Grace, Sons Of Anarchy, ER, Southland, Z Nation, How To Get Away With Murder, Reign, Scream, 13 Reasons Why, I'm Sorry, The Healing Powers Of Dude, And The Council Of Dads. He made his Broadway debut in the Tony-nominated show The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane. He is represented by Gersh and John Carrabino Management.

Charisma Carpenter Bio

Carpenter first made her television debut with a guest spot on Baywatch, before receiving a call from legendary producer Aaron Spelling and subsequently being cast on the primetime soap opera, Malibu Shores. But her big break - and the one that would forever change the trajectory of her life - came shortly thereafter when she was cast as Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a role she would portray for three seasons before migrating to its spin-off series, Angel, and continuing on for four more seasons. Carpenter went on to recur on Charmed as the demon Kyra and on Veronica Mars as gold digging stepmother Kendall Casablanacas as well as Greek and, most recently, CW's Pandora. Additional guest starring roles include CSI, Burn Notice, Supernatural, Blue Bloods, Sons of Anarchy, Scream Queens, Chicago, P.D., Lucifer and 9-1-1. She is represented by Defining Artists and managed by Gladys Gonzalez.

Anwen O'Driscoll Bio

Rising star Anwen O'Driscoll can recently be seen in the new film for Lifetime, Left For Dead: The Ashley Reeves Story. She will next star in the independent film, You Can Live Forever. She can also be seen in the Netflix series October Faction, CBC's/The CW's Burden of Truth, and the Starz series American Gods.

Nancy Grace Bio

An outspoken, tireless advocate for victims' rights and one of television's most respected legal analysts, Nancy Grace is currently headlining the all-new syndicated television series Bloodline Detectives. She is the founder and publisher of, a crime-fighting digital platform that investigates breaking crime news, spreads awareness of missing people and shines a light on cold cases. In addition, Crime Stories with Nancy Grace, a daily show hosted by Grace, airs on Fox Nation, SIRIUS XM's Triumph Channel 132 and is downloadable as a podcast. Previously, she was the powerful force behind CNN Headline News' (HLN) top-rated Nancy Grace, Oxygen's hit show Injustice with Nancy Grace and A&E's limited series Grace vs. Abrams.

Source Lifetime (US)

August 6, 2021 12:58pm ET by Pressparty  


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