The story of Gwen Shamblin is coming to Lifetime in a new movie starring Jennifer Grey — and it’s a story so unbelievable that it just has to be ripped from the headlines. The film — Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation — dramatizes the life of the controversial Christian diet guru who turned her weight loss program into not only a way of life, but a way to eternal life. Along the way, though, the megachurch that she founded in Tennessee became much more cult-like than Christ-like — with dire consequences for those left in Shamblin’s wake.
The Lifetime adaptation of Shamblin’s story stars Jennifer Grey as the infamous evangelist. But where can you see or stream Starving for Salvation? And where can you learn more about the real Gwen Shamblin? We’ve got you covered.
What time does Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation premiere on Lifetime?
Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation premieres on Lifetime on Saturday, February 4 at 8 p.m. ET. You can also watch Lifetime live and online via Lifetime’s website, provided that you have a cable login.
You don’t have to have cable to watch Lifetime programming live as it airs, though. A number of live TV streaming services carry Lifetime, like frndly, Hulu, Sling TV, and Philo.
When will Lifetime rerun Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation?
After premiering on Saturday, February 4 at 8 p.m. ET, Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation will rerun at the following times on Lifetime:
- Sunday, February 5 at 12 a.m. ET
- Thursday, February 9 at 11 p.m. ET
- Saturday, February 11 at 6 p.m. ET
How to stream Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation, Jennifer Grey’s New Lifetime Movie:
If you miss Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation when it airs on Saturday night, you will still be able to see the movie. Following the premiere of Starving for Salvation, you will most likely be able to stream the film on-demand via any of the above services. That includes the Lifetime’s website, frndly, Hulu, Sling TV, and Philo. Lifetime also has its own streaming service — Lifetime Movie Club — that costs $4.99/month and comes with a free trial. It’s likely that Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation could end up available to watch on Lifetime Movie Club, too.
Who is in the Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation cast?
Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing) stars as Gwen Shamblin, and Vincent Walsh (Lost Girl) plays her husband Joe Lara. Jorja Cadence (Reacher) plays Gwen’s daughter Elizabeth Shamblin Hannah, and Connor McMahon (Hotel for the Holidays) plays Elizabeth’s husband Brandon Hannah.
Is Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation based on a true story?
Yes, it very much is.
Gwen Shamblin Lara was a real faith leader whose Remnant fellowship church still operates in Tennessee today, and she founded the Christian “diet program” The Weigh Down Workshop. If you want to see how Gwen Shamblin’s real story went down, you can stream the docuseries The Way Down: God, Greed, and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin on HBO Max.
Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation premieres on Lifetime on Saturday, February 4 at 8 p.m. ET