Lifetime’s made-for-television movie “Five,” airing Monday, could be an Emmy contender next year. The film about five women battling breast cancer includes segments directed by Emmy nominees Patty Jenkins (“The Killing“), Demi Moore (producer of “If These Walls Could Talk”) and previous acting champ Jennifer Aniston (“Friends”).
John Griffiths of Us Weekly called the flick “mostly maudlin,” but applauded Aniston for eliciting, “a glowing turn from Patricia Clarkson as a feisty survivor-type.” Clarkson is already a two-time Emmy winner for guest appearances on “Six Feet Under” and she could compete for “Five.” In 2003, she earned a supporting Oscar nod as a cancer patient in “Pieces of April.”
Other stars of “Five” include Emmy nominees Jeanne Tripplehorn (“Grey Gardens”), Bob Newhart (“Newhart”), Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”), Annie Potts (“Love & War”), and Emmy darling Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”).
Even if “Five” is mawkish, it may yet strike a chord with Emmy voters. They nominated “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy” in 2007, another Lifetime movie about breast cancer. Since then, the cablecaster has reaped bids for “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” (2008), “Coco Chanel” (2009), and “Georgia O’Keeffe” (2010) which all received so-so reviews.
What might work against “Five” is that it is an anthology film, though its stories are interwoven. The last anthology to be nominated for Best TV Movie was HBO’s “If These Walls Could Talk 2” (2000) which was comprised of three segments about lesbian couples.
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