Lifetime Orders ’53 Days: The Abduction Of Mary Stauffer’ & ‘Saving Alex’ TV Movies

Lifetime is adding two new TV movies to their Ripped From The Headlines slate. The network has greenlit production on 53 Days: The Abduction Of Mary Stauffer, starring Alyson Hannigan (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, American Pie), and Saving Alex, a gay conversion therapy drama.

53 Days: The Abduction Of Mary Stauffer is set on May 16, 1980, when the lives of teacher and missionary Mary Stauffer (Alyson Hannigan) and her eight- year-old daughter Beth (Daphne Hoskins) were forever changed when they were held at gunpoint on their way home.  With their hands bound and forced into the trunk of Mary’s car, the mother and daughter were held captive by the man, Ming Sen Shiue, who Mary later discovered was her former student from 15 years prior, was obsessed with Mary and had been stalking her ever since. Enduring torture, rape and numerous threats, Mary turned to her faith to sustain her and her daughter while held in captivity for 53 days, before they were able to finally escape their horrific nightmare.

Saving Alex tells the story of 15-year-old Alex, who, after revealing she is gay, is sent by her Mormon parents against her will to a conversion therapy home in Utah. Trapped for eight months with strangers, Alex faced horrible punishments and beatings that were intended to cure her homosexuality. After realizing she would have to submit to their rules in order to survive, Alex was eventually allowed to attend school, where she became friends with a boy that was the president of the gay-straight alliance. He helped Alex get in touch with an attorney, who later helped orchestrate her escape. The movie, which is based on true story, is produced by SilverScreen Pictures and stars Addison Holley, Sarah Booth and Ian Lake. Jeffrey Hunt, Kyle Clark and Lina Wong are the executive producers. Jeffrey Hunt directs from a script by Michelle Paradise.