Sigourney Weaver Reaches Up

Jan. 16 2009, Updated 1:38 p.m. ET

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Sigourney Weaver will make her first appearance in a TV movie next weekend with the Lifetime original Prayers for Bobby.

Prayers tells the true grim story of Bobby Griffith who spent years in controversial church programs intended to treat homosexuals during the repressed '70's. Weaver plays Bobby's staunch mother Mary.

"Kids all over the country are going through this," Weaver recently told TV Guide.

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"Bobby felt so alone. His parents thought they were doing the right thing. They felt they were saving him and his soul."

So why do a TV movie after nearly 40 years starring on the big screen?

"It was never a decision not to do TV," Weaver disputes. "Wherever these compelling stories are told, I'll be glad to work."

But what about --

"There are no aliens, there are no Ghostbusters," the screen siren disclaims. "Actually I think the alien has been overexposed."

Aw, man! But!

"I did talk to Ridley Scott about doing another movie in outer space. I miss science fiction."

Okay, okay. Prayers for Bobby airs next Saturday on Lifetime.

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