In an interview with New York’s Daily News, Wendy Williams mentioned that Aaliyah’s family are wrong to think that a TV biopic of the superstar won’t have the same impact as a feature film. “In my opinion, TV trumps motion picture…As a woman who loves to lay in the house and watch a motion picture, I feel that the family might be a little misguided in the power of box office versus TV. Lifetime will play the movie over and over. TV is the way to get your story told.” Williams, who serves as executive producer of the project, also commented on the criticism Zendaya Coleman received when she was cast as the singer(the Disney Channel star later dropped out of the role). “I was sorry that people – my people, black people – started talking about her skin complexion and how it was not going to jibe with Aaliyah’s.” Williams stated. With Alexandra Shipp in play as the R & B sensation, the biopic is slated to air sometime in February.