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The Client List is a television film that premiered on the Lifetime Network on July 19, 2010. It starred Jennifer Love Hewitt and was directed by Eric Laneuville. The film is a fictionalized dramatization of a 2004 prostitution scandal[1][2] in Odessa, Texas. It follows Sam Horton, a mother of three who becomes a prostitute to meet her financial obligations.[3]

The Client List
The Client List.jpg
Promotional poster
Written by Suzanne Martin
Directed by Eric Laneuville
Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt
Cybill Shepherd
Teddy Sears
Lynda Boyd
Chelah Horsdal
Sonja Bennett
Theme music composer Richard Marvin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Ted Bauman
Howard Braunstein
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Michael Jaffe
Dannielle Thomas
Editor(s) Lisa Robison
Running time 97 minutes
Original network Lifetime Network
Original release July 19, 2010 (2010-07-19)



Samantha Horton (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is a former Texas beauty queen and a mother of three. After she loses her job, her family faces financial difficulties and foreclosure of their home. Her husband, Rex Horton (Teddy Sears) - a former football star - loses his construction job due to a knee injury. Out of desperation, Samantha takes a job at a massage parlor and soon discovers that sexual favors for a “client list”, consisting of prominent members of society, is part of her job.

At first, Samantha refuses to give out sexual favors, but she later decides that catering to the clients' needs is worth every penny. While her earnings increase, she hides the true nature of her job from her mother Cassie Montgomery (Cybill Shepherd) and friends. Once she becomes the most popular masseuse among the clients, she is arrested by the DA (District Attorney) for prostitution. Samantha cooperated to help the DA to form a client list, for a lowered sentence of just a few weeks in jail.

When Samantha is released from jail, she tries to turn her life around. She is confronted by the clients’ wives who want sex advice from her. The story concludes when Samantha takes a job as a waitress and goes back to college.



The Client List drew in an audience of 3.9 million viewers and was the highest rated program for the evening amongst female viewers between the ages of 18 and 49.[4] Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker considered it a typical Lifetime film that "offer[ed] cheap thrills … while offering moral uplift." Calling it "malarkey," he felt that Hewitt was able to sell the film to the audiences due to her "talent for communicating sincerity and charm."[5]

Awards and nominationsEdit

The film received a Golden Globe nomination for Jennifer Love Hewitt in the category "Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television," but lost to Claire Danes starring as Temple Grandin in the film of the same name.[6]

Home mediaEdit

The film was released on DVD in January 2011 in North America.

Television seriesEdit

On August 10, 2011, it was announced that Lifetime had ordered production of The Client List television series based on the film. Hewitt acted as the lead role and also served as an executive producer. The series however, was a re-imagination of the film (with Hewitt's character having a different name from the film), and was not a direct continuation of the film's story line. The series premiered on April 8, 2012.[7] On November 1, 2013, Lifetime cancelled the series after two seasons; the final episode of the series aired on June 16, 2013.[8][9]


  1. ^ Vine, Katy (January 2005). "She Had Brains, a Body, and the Ability To Make Men Love Her". Texas Monthly. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Lee, David J. (June 28, 2004), 61 arrested in Healing Touch case, Odessa American, retrieved 2014-02-22 
  3. ^ Pantera, Gabrielle (July 19, 2010). "Tonight on Lifetime: The Client List". Hollywood Today. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ Levine, Stuart (July 20, 2010). "'Client List' fares well for Lifetime". Variety. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  5. ^ Tucker, Ken (July 19, 2010). "'The Client List' review: Jennifer Love Hewitt shook her money-maker". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  6. ^ "'The King's Speech,' 'Glee' Lead Golden Globe Pack With Most Nominations". Fox News. December 14, 2010. 
  7. ^ Seidman, Robert (August 10, 2011). "Jennifer Love Hewitt to Star in and Executive Produce New Lifetime Series 'The Client List'". Tv by the Numbers. Retrieved August 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ Ng, Philiana (November 1, 2013). "Lifetime Cancels 'The Client List'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 1, 2013). "Lifetime's 'The Client List' Cancelled After Two Seasons". Retrieved November 1, 2013. 

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