(August 5, 2009)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Lifetime Television Movie Filmed on Campus Premieres August 22

SHREVEPORT, La.—The original Lifetime Television movie, "Acceptance" filmed on the campus of Centenary College and around Shreveport in late 2008, will premiere Saturday, August 22 beginning at 8 p.m. CDT.

Acceptance is an all — new original comedy about the pressures of the college admissions process, and based on the critically acclaimed book Acceptance: A Novel by Susan Coll.

The movie stars two-time Academy Award nominee Joan Cusack (Working Girl, In & Out) and Mae Whitman (Arrested Development, Independence Day). Acceptance was directed by Sanaa Hamri (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2).

High school student and overachiever Taylor Rockefeller (Mae Whitman) is weathering the storm of her senior year while struggling to cope with the stress of applying to her dream colleges. Her parents are on the verge of a breakup, which complicates her life even further. Taylor's mother, Nina (Joan Cusack), is focused on Taylor getting into a top school for the sole purpose of meeting a suitable husband. When Taylor decides that the lowly-ranked Yates College is the right choice for her, she and her mom face off over what is really best for her future happiness.

Taylor's close friends, Harry (Jonathan Keltz, Degrassi: The Next Generation) and Maya (Deepti Daryanani, The Cheetah Girls: One World), also gunning for admission to top universities, are not above going to extremes in order to be accepted into the schools of their choice.

The three friends and their modern-day, dysfunctional families navigate SAT scores, campus visits and school applications as they try to remain sane during the highly competitive process of college admissions that most American families with high school kids have to face.

To learn more about the movie and meet the cast, click here.


About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and is regularly rated as one of the top colleges in the South. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.