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Lifetime Movie Network Preview: Iris Johansen’s The Killing Game 

Photo Credit: Lifetime Television
Photo Credit: Lifetime Television

Here at TV Goodness, we like to preview new TV movies, but we make exceptions at Christmas for our favorites and I’m making an exception again because a lot of people discovered Ty Olsson this season on Supernatural, but they might not realize he’s been doing good work for years (yes, he’s another one of my Canadians). One of my favorite TV movies from him, 2011’s Iris Johansen’s The Killing Game, is rolling around tomorrow and Monday on Lifetime Movie Network and it’s worth a spot on your DVR.

It’s a standard issue murder mystery, but what kicks it up a notch is the casting, the acting, and the chemistry between Laura Prepon, who plays Eve Duncan, a forensic artist, and Olsson, who plays her BFF, Joe Quinn, a detective who’s been her rock since the murder of her daughter several years earlier. The film follows what happens when her daughter’s presumed-dead killer resurfaces and leaves clues about previously unknown victims. Other members of the cast include Continuum‘s Brian Markinson, Stargate SG-1‘s Teryl Rothery, and Rogue‘s Kavan Smith.

The book was adapted by Jill Blotevogel (Eureka, Harper’s Island, Moonlight) and I had hoped because Duncan’s character is the focus of several of Johansen’s books, we’d have had another movie (or four) greenlit, but so far that hasn’t happened. It’s too bad. I’d tune in again right now for Prepon and Olsson.

Iris Johansen’s The Killing Game airs tomorrow on Lifetime Movie Network at 8 pm/7 c and repeats at 12 am/11 c and again Monday at 3 pm/2 c.  If you miss it, you can also catch it on Amazon Instant Video and iTunes. Here’s a preview:


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  1. DeHenau Rita

    I thought it was a superb movie, I did not record it, I sure wish I had, I did love the 2 main actors, Prepon/Olsson and their characters and sometimes strange chemistry, they should at least given the viewers a movie were they find Bonnie for closure! Could it be that these 2 did not get along all that well on the set? I read it somewhere – if they didn’t, they sure did not show it in the movie! beautiful couple……….

    1. Heather M

      Thanks for reading and writing! I’m not aware of any BTS drama but I didn’t look for it, either. 😉 My guess would be that it was a case of Lifetime only doing literary series adaptations with Nora Roberts for a stretch there, and the general availability of the cast. They’ve all kept working on other projects.

      The film is available for purchase as a DL on Amazon —

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