Lifetime has greenlit the new ripped from the headlines original movie, The Good Father: The Martin MacNeill Story, based on the true story of Dr. MacNeill, a Utah doctor whose true nature behind his seemingly perfect persona came to light after the death of his wife. From executive producer Nancy Grace, the movie will star Tom Everett Scott (13 Reasons Why) as Dr. MacNeill while Charisma Carpenter (Veronica Mars) takes on the role of his wife, Michele. Anwen O’Driscoll (Left for Dead: The Ashley Reeves Story) stars as his daughter, Alexis who idolized McNeill until she began questioning the circumstances of her mother’s death. The movie will debut this fall on Lifetime.
Based on actual events, The Good Father tells the story of Dr. MacNeill (Scott) and the incredible life he led with his former beauty queen wife, Michele (Carpenter) and their eight children. A pillar of the community, he was respected and loved by all especially by his daughter Alexis (O’Driscoll) who adored him and even wanted to follow in his footsteps to become a doctor. But everything soon changes after Dr. MacNeill convinces Michele to have plastic surgery, ultimately leading to her drowning while on prescription medication. Just a few short weeks after his wife’s suspicious death, Dr. MacNeill brings home Gypsy Willis, a new live-in “nanny” for his children but who is in actuality his mistress. Shocked by her father’s actions, Alexis begins to question everything she has known about him and discovers the depth of his lies, including his bogus medical credentials, falsified military records, and that the man and good doctor she once revered, was capable of murder.
The Good Father: The Martin MacNeill Story is produced by Good Doctor Films Inc. for Lifetime. Nancy Grace and bestselling author Josh Sabarra executive produce alongside Howard Braunstein. Annie Bradley directs from a script written by John Fasano and Abdi Nazemian.