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Terry McMillan's 'A Day Late and a Dollar Short' comes to the small screen

Author Terry McMillan with the cast of A Day Late and a Dollar Short. From left to right: Kimberly Elise, Mekhi Phifer, Anika Noni Rose, Terry McMillan, Whoopi Goldberg, Ving Rhames, and Tichina Arnold.
Author Terry McMillan with the cast of A Day Late and a Dollar Short. From left to right: Kimberly Elise, Mekhi Phifer, Anika Noni Rose, Terry McMillan, Whoopi Goldberg, Ving Rhames, and Tichina Arnold.goodblacknews.org

One of America’s leading voices in women’s fiction is once again bringing one of her saucy tales to the small screen. The TV movie adaptation of Terry McMillan’s novel “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” premieres on Lifetime Saturday.

“A Day Late and a Dollar Short” is McMillan's 2001 New York Times bestselling novel that centers on Viola Price, a middle-aged woman who is dealing with her disintegrating marriage and a whirlwind of other family issues.

Asthma has just landed Viola in the ICU, and while laid-up on her sick bed, she is visited by her gaggle of dependent adult children who have no qualms about lugging their drama to her bedside.

Headlining the movie's star-studded cast is Whoppi Goldberg who plays Viola and also serves as a producer, Ving Rhames, Kimberly Elise, Mekhi Phifer, Anika Noni Rose, and Tichina Arnold.

Thus far McMillan has published eight novels in her 36-year career. While some authors birth works far more frequently, McMillan's gestation seems to take a little longer.

However, the commercial appeal of the writer's popular novels like "Waiting To Exhale" and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" have earned her that right. If there is a story to be told, trust that McMillan will tell it—in her own good time.

The movie premieres on Lifetime Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Kevin Don Porter is a CBS local contributor and the author of the mysteries MISSING and OVER THE EDGE—both available on Amazon.com. Visit his website at www.kevindonporter.com. Friend him on Facebook and Goodreads, and follow him on Twitter: @kevindonporter.