2017 Oscar Winner Viola Davis Lends Her Talent to Lifetime's 'Custody'

Marisa Roffman

In this high-pedigree effort from Broadway veteran James Lapine (Into the Woods), an overwhelmed single mother named Sara (The Affair’s Catalina Sandino Moreno) suddenly finds herself fighting for guardianship of her children after being wrongly accused of child abuse by the officials at one of her kids’ schools.

Oscars 2017: Viola Davis Wins Best Supporting Actress for 'Fences'

Oscars 2017: Viola Davis Wins Best Supporting Actress for 'Fences'

Davis has been nominated for an Academy Award three times in her career.

Custody’s impressive all-star cast also includes current awards darling and executive producer Viola Davis (above) as the judge presiding over the case, Tony Shalhoub, Ellen Burstyn and Nashville’s Hayden Panettiere as Sara’s rookie lawyer. Writer-director Lapine was inspired to write the film after conferring with a friend who happens to be a Family Court judge: “There are no ‘good guys and bad guys’ in this story,” Lapine says. “Each of the characters is very human and struggling with their personal lives as they pursue justice.

Custody, Saturday, March 4, 8/7c, Lifetime