This week’s new Lifetime original movie proves that checking out a person’s background before hiring them is never a bad idea. In Manny Dearest, Ashley Scott stars as a single mother who hires a male nanny, only to later learn that he has murder on the brain. The new film debuts at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 29. Read on for a preview of the movie.
Previously titled Stranger With My Kids, Manny Dearest is about single mom Karen Clark, who needs help taking care of her two young sons. Karen decides to hire a male nanny named Alex. She doesn’t know that Alex wants a family of his own, no matter what the cost. Alex is ready to murder anyone who stands in his way. (Clearly, starting a family by normal means never occurred to him.)
This is the second new Lifetime movie of April 2017 to feature Ashley Scott as a single mother tormented by a man. The UnREAL actress previously starred in Fatal Defense, in which she played a single mom whose self-defense instructor becomes her stalker.
Mitch Ryan, who appeared on One Tree Hill as Alexander Coyne, plays the villain of Manny Dearest.
Director Chad Krowchuk is better known as an actor, playing the minor role Glen Woodburn in both Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. He also appeared in Wayward Pines and Gracepoint. He previously directed 2016’s Undercover Wife, which also aired on Lifetime.
The screenplay was written by Bryan Dick, whose previous credits include The Perfect Stalker, Sorority Murder and Patient Killer.
PREMIERE DATE: Saturday, April 29, 2017
TIME: 8 p.m. ET
Sunday, April 30 at 12:02 a.m.
CHANNEL: Lifetime (To find out what channel Lifetime is for you, click here to go to TVGuide.com and change your provider under “TV Listings.”)
PLOT: “Single mom Karen hires Alex, a ‘manny’ to help with her two young sons, never suspecting Alex has other plans and wants her family as his own, even if he has to murder to achieve his goal.”
Ashley Scott as Karen Clark
Mitch Ryan as Alex Stanley
Woody Jeffreys as Greg Hitchens
Dylan Kingwell as Max Clark
Jett Klyne as Rex Clark
Directed by Chad Krowchuk
Screenplay by Bryan Dick
Story by Ken Sanders and Daniel West
Executive Producers: Sebastian Battro, Tom Berry, David DeCrane, Breanne Hardley, Ken Sanders
Producers: Gilles LePlannte, Nicole Reid
Production Company: Cover Productions