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TV: Dick Vitale documentary on ESPN, ‘Flowers in the Attic’

ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale is interviewed for the ESPN original documentary “Dickie V.”

ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale is interviewed for the ESPN original documentary “Dickie V.”


Here’s what to watch tonight.

Dickie V (4 & 9:30 p.m., ESPN)

This ESPN documentary premiered earlier this week on the streaming channel ESPN+ but makes its linear debut on ESPN today. The 80-minute film chronicles the life and career of Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick VitaleESPN’s voice of college basketball for more than four decades.

Vitale has been an inspiration to many as he has battled two forms of cancer since 2021. The documentary weaves through the past and present to chronicle his struggle against melanoma, lymphoma, and ulcerated lesions on his vocal cords. The film features “raw, revealing scenes of the broadcaster in the hospital and recovering at home,” with the documentary also serving as a history of the network, as Vitale’s time at ESPN goes back to its origins. Since the first college basketball game he called for ESPN — Wisconsin at DePaul on December 5, 1979 — Vitale has gone on to call more than a thousand games.

We also get a look at Vitale’s dedication to fighting cancer, starting with the 1992 diagnosis of his close friend, former NC State basketball coach Jim Valvano (who also worked on-camera at ESPN). Since that time, Vitale has focused on raising money to fight cancer — pediatric cancer, specifically — and he has helped raise tens of millions of dollars for the cause. Earlier this week, Vitale was named the recipient of the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2022 ESPSYS.

“Dickie V” includes interviews with Mike Krzyzewski, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, John Calipari, Robin Roberts, Chris Berman, Mike Tirico and many others.

Luke Fetherston, Hannah Dodd and Buck Braithwaite star in the Lifetime limited series “Flowers in the Attic: The Origin.” LIFETIME

Flowers in the Attic: The Origin (8 p.m., Lifetime)

Tonight we get the third installment of the new Lifetime limited series that serves as a prequel for the VC Andrews “Flowers in the Attic” gothic novels. The series, which premiered two weeks ago and airs over consecutive Saturday nights, reveals the twisted origin and dark secrets of the Foxworth family.

Here’s everything to know about “Flowers in the Attic: The Origin”:

What the series is about?: The series “tells the story of the headstrong and determined Olivia Winfield, who is working alongside her beloved father, Mr. Winfield, when she finds herself unexpectedly wooed by one of the nation’s most eligible bachelors, Malcolm Foxworth. After a whirlwind romance, Olivia finds herself as the mistress of the imposing Foxworth Hall, where she soon discovers that the fairytale life she expected has quickly become a nightmare. Under Malcolm’s debonair exterior lies a dark heart, and a twisted evil lurks inside Foxworth Hall that will threaten Olivia’s happiness and that of her children. Ella’s attempts to keep them all safe ultimately push Olivia to become her’s most terrifying version of herself, leading to her inevitable — and notorious — decision to lock her grandchildren in the attic.

What happens in ‘Part 3: The Murderer’? After a devastating and unimaginable loss that will haunt her for the rest of time, Olivia finds both her son and daughter in forbidden relationships. She opposes their unions, but as she tries to hold on, more destruction finds her and pushes her further to her breaking point. Finally, blood is on her hands de ella as an old foe’s fate waits to be revealed.

Did you miss Parts 1 & 2? Part 1 airs today at 4 pm and Part 2 follows at 6 pm

The stars: Jemima Rooper stars as Olivia Winfield Foxworth and Max Irons as Malcolm Foxworth, parents to Corinne Foxworth and grandparents to Chris and Cathy Dollanganger.

Other cast members include Kelsey Grammer as Garland Foxworth, father of Malcolm Foxworth; Harry Hamlin as Mr. Winfield, Olivia’s father; kate mulgrew as Mrs. Steiner, head of Foxworth Hall staff; Paul Wesley as John Amons, Olivia’s cousin; Alana Boden as Alicia Foxworth, Garland Foxworth’s new wife; hannah doddas Corrine Foxworth; T’Shan Williams ace housekeeper Nella; and Callum Kerr as Christophera Foxworth relative whose life becomes intertwined with Corrine’s. Luke Fetherston and Buck Braithwaite also star.

Lifetime has rights to the entire VC Andrews catalog, and has already released 14 movies: “Dark Angel,” “Fallen Hearts,” “Gates of Paradise,” “Web of Dreams,” “Heaven,” “Flowers in the Attic,” “Petals in the Wind,” “Seeds of Yesterday,” “If There Be Thorns,” “My Sweet Audrina,” “Ruby,” Pearl in the Mist,” “All That Glitters and “Hidden Jewel.” The titles are available on demand.

“Flowers in the Attic: The Origin” is based on the prequel novel “Garden of Shadows” by Andrew Neiderman.

A new VC Andrews Collection novel, “Becoming My Sister,” was recently published by Gallery Books.

Christmas in Toyland (8 p.m., Hallmark)

In this new movie, a toy store data analyst tries to save hundreds of jobs right before Christmas to help keep the in-store experience alive. It stars Vanessa Lengies and Jesse Hutch.

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Brooke Cain is a North Carolina native who has worked at The News & Observer for more than 25 years. She is the service journalism editor and writes about TV and local media for The N&O’s Happiness is a Warm TV blog.


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