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Lifetime Television gave a sigh of relief Thursday as the network won an appeal which will allow it to broadcast Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story.
According to USA Today, Lifetime will premiere the story of convicted killer, Chris Porco, Saturday even if he doesn’t support it. The decision came Thursday from the New York State Appellate Division from an injunction which was requested by Porco back in February.
Romeo Killer stars Matt Barr (Hatfields and McCoys) as Porco, Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) and Lolita Davidovich (Gods and Monsters). The film is based on Porco’s story back in 2004 when he was 21-years-old. At that time, he was the main suspect for the killing of his father and the attempt to murder his mother in Delmar, N.Y.
Porco was convicted on both accounts and is currently serving his 50-year sentence in prison, reports Fox news. Porco hasn’t given up yet and has filed suit against the network saying that the film goes against his rights.
Lifetime announced a statement in a press release, “The Lifetime Original Movie Chris Porco doesn’t want you to see will air as originally planned.”
It seems that now Lifetime is able to air Romeo Killer and are using this as a promotion springboard.
Romeo Killer airs Saturday March 23 at 8 p.m. ET. After the film, Lifetime will air Beyond the Headlines: The Real Romeo Killer. It will include private interviews with Porco, his ex-girlfriend and the lead investigator.