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'The Client List' Synopsis and Other Essential Information

By

Jennifer Love Hewitt
Photo Credit: Michael Desmond ©2012 A&E Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

Premise:

Based on the hit 2010 made-for-television movie, The Client List returns with Jennifer Love Hewitt as Riley Parks, a single mother in severe financial straits who goes to work in a Texas massage parlor that offers more than just the traditional rub down. While at first Riley refuses to offer the services her co-workers do, the temptation to make enough money to save her family from financial ruin is too much to resist. Can Riley lead a double life and not get caught? Stay tuned...

Series Premiere:

April 8, 2012.

When is it on?:

Sundays at 10 PM ET on Lifetime. The show also airs several times during the week, so be sure to check local listings. Viewers can also catch the show on Video on Demand and on Lifetime.com.

'The Client List' Cast:

  • Jennifer Love Hewitt as Riley Parks
  • Cybill Shepherd as Linette
  • Loretta Devine as Georgia Cummings
  • Colin Egglesfield as Evan Parks
  • Rebecca Field as Lacey
  • Naturi Naughton as Kendra
  • Alicia Lagano as Selena
  • Kathleen York as Jolene

True Story?:

The original Lifetime movie is actually based on a real life story about a massage parlor in Odessa, Texas that was busted back in 2003.

Movie vs. TV Series:

When Lifetime decided to make a series out of their hit movie, several important plot point were changed...
  • In the movie, Jennifer Love Hewitt's character was named Samantha Horton. In the show, her name is Riley Parks.
  • In the movie, Samantha was still happily married to her husband, but in the show, her husband has left her -- thus prompting Riley to get a job at the massage parlor.
  • In the movie, Cybil Shepherd's character was named Cassie and her name in the series is Linette.
  • In the movie, the massage parlor gets busted and Hewitt's character worked with the DA to exchange the names on the client list for her freedom. In the end, the neighborhood women came to Samantha to get "ideas" on how to please their husbands so they wouldn't want to visit massage parlors. Although the series doesn't go as far as busting the day spa, it doesn't necessarily mean that isn't where the series is headed one day down the road.

About Jennifer Love Hewitt:

While many likely remember Hewitt from her role as Sarah Reeves in the hit series Part of Five, this talented actor appeared in two television series in the early '90s and starred in the movie Sister Habit 2 as Margaret. Following her successful run in Party of five, Hewitt then got a spinoff titled The Time of Your Life, which failed miserably. She then got a starring role in the successful film franchise I Know What You Did Last Summer.

After a several other film roles, Hewitt than landed the lead role in the successful paranormal drama Ghost Whisperer, which ran for five seasons on CBS. In addition to her role in The Client List, Hewitt also recurs in the TV Land comedy Hot in Cleveland as Wendie Malick's equally narcissistic daughter Emmy Chase.

In addition to her successful acting career, Hewitt is also an accomplished singer. She recorded and wrote the lyrics for a soundtrack for the movie If Only and Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders. She has performed in two episodes of Ghost Whisperer and in the movies I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Trojan War and Can't Hardly Wait. She has put out several albums and has appeared in a number of music videos.

Trivia:

  • Jennifer Love Hewitt was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in the made-for-television version of The Client List.
  • The series takes place in a small Texas town, but is filmed in Los Angeles.

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