One again, the story of Lyle and Erik Menendez is the focus of a new television show. This time, Lifetime is dramatizing it with a movie starring Courtney Love as their mother. Menendez: Blood Brothers debuts at 8:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 11. Read on for a preview of the movie.
The Menendez Brothers’ murder of their parents, entertainment executive Jose Menendez and Mary “Kitty” Menendez, have inspired countless movies and TV shows. Back in January, ABC aired the Truth And Lies: The Menendez Brothers – American Sons, American Murders documentary. In the fall, NBC will dramatize the trial with Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. In 1994, Edward James Olmos played Jose Menendez in a TV movie called Menenez: A Killing in Beverly Hills.
The new Lifetime movie focuses on the brothers’ relationship with their mother, Kitty, played by Courtney Love in her first role since 2015. While the brothers were sexually abused by their father, Kitty did nothing, at least according to Blood Brothers.
Lyle and Erik Menendez were convicted of killing their parents in 1989 during a high-profile 1994 trial. They were sentenced to life in prison without parole. Lyle is imprisoned at Mule Creek State Prison, while Erik is at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility.
The film was directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. Bailey and Barbato are six-time Emmy nominees for their work on Million Dollar Listing NY, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, Becoming Chaz and Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking. They are also producers on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
This is writer Adbi Nazemian’s first full-length script to reach a screen since 2005. He also wrote Beautiful Girl (2003), Celeste in the City (2004) and The Quiet (2005).
PREMIERE DATE: Sunday, June 11, 2017
TIME: 8 p.m. ET
Monday, June 12 at 12:02 a.m. ET
Monday, June 12 at 10:02 p.m. ET
Tuesday, June 13 at 2:04 a.m. ET
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: “Based on the true story, the movie explores the inner lives and motivation behind the murders of entertainment executive Jose Menendez and his wife Kitty at the hands of their sons Lyle and Erik in 1989. The movie will also reveal new details about the extreme abuse the brothers endured at their father’s hands, all while their mother looked the other way.”
Nico Tortorella as Lyle Menendez
Courtney Love as Kitty Menendez
Benito Martinez as Jose Menendez
Myko Oliver as Erik Menendez
Meredith Scott Lynn as D.A. Leslie Abramson
Directed by Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato
Written by Abdi Zanemian
Executive Producers: Charles Pugliese, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato & Abdi Nazemian
Production Companies: Lifetime Television