Lizzie Borden took an axe, killed her father and stepmom, got acquitted and now what? That is what Lifetime’s mini-series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles is going to tell us beginning tonight at 10p.
Now that the trial is over, Lizzie (Christina Ricci) and her sister, Emma (Clea DuVall) are trying to get their lives back to normal. Only problem is everyone is trying to get a piece of their money. Without money, how will they be able to do that? To make matters worse, where ever they go people seem to die. Even though Lizzie has been cleared of her parents’ murder, cops are wondering if she is the suspect in these latest crimes? Is she or is it just a coincidence? You will just have to tune in to find out.
When I heard about this mini-series I was looking forward to see what they were going to do with it. While I enjoy the story, I hate the editing. It feels like an artsy independent horror film and I am not a fan of those type of movies. If you can get past that, then you will enjoy the story loosely based on one of the most notorious females of the late 19th Century.
Ever since Dance Moms has started, it seems like Abby Lee Miller has never really been supportive of her student Nia. Now, that Chloe, Paige and Brooke left the show, it appears that Nia has been the primary target of the dance teacher’s. Her mom, Holly, has remained quiet for most of the show’s run; but since the new season started, she found her voice. Several times Holly has confronted Miller and the dance teacher has in turn taken it out on Nia.
Recently, the show relocated from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles, so that the girls could have more opportunities. Miller hasn’t done anything for Nia, so Holly took things into her own hands. She made some calls and got Nia into a recording studio with Aubrey O’Day. Abby tried to sabotage the meeting with a phone call to O’Day that was seen on the episode, but it didn’t work.
When Nia returned to dance studio, Abby said she would not be dancing in the group number. Basically, she punished the preteen for going behind her back to do something she wasn’t helping her do. How can Nia not be mad at the woman who is supposed to be her teacher, but doesn’t do anything but her put her down time and time again.
Well, Lifetime released a deleted scene from yesterday’s episode and we finally hear from Nia. While she was playing a clip of her song for the girls and the other dance moms, she voiced her opinion about the woman who is supposed to be her manager and help her. She said, “I did that without Abby too. You don’t need Abby to do everything. You can do stuff by yourself. You can do just fine.” You tell them girl because yes, you can and you totally did.
Now, I have to wonder why didn’t Lifetime air this scene? Is it because they don’t want to show that some of the girls are sick of, what I perceive as, being bullied by Abby Lee Miller? You never hear them talk bad about her, but here is the proof that at least one of them has on one occasion. I wonder if some of the other girls feel the same way. I am sure they do. I know I want to see more clips like this on the show. This season has gotten very hard for me to watch. The amount yelling, name-calling and puts downs, I see come from Abby are sickening. It used to be an even mix of that and the dancing, but now I feel it is all about Abby losing her temper. I think if things don’t change soon in the editing of the show, more people like me will stop watching. If we stop watching, then the show gets cancelled. If the show gets cancelled, then how will artists like Sia find the subjects for their music videos? That’s right, I read somewhere that Sia Tweeted Maddie that she wanted her in the music video, and she didn’t go through Abby to do it initially. Just saying.
Are you feeling the same way I am about the turn Dance Moms has taken this season?
MasterChef Junior is back with another scrumptious season on Fox tonight at 8p and you want to see what they have cooked up for us.
This season’s 19 contestants consist of two 8-year-olds; four 9-year-olds; three 10-year-olds; five 11-year-olds and five 12-year-olds. One of those 8-year-olds is the show’s youngest competitor to date and he is also the littlest one yet. So little, he has problems lifting up the box to reveal the items in that week’s Mystery Box Challenge. Before you feel bad for Riley, don’t because he is one tough competitor. All of these pre-teens prove to be excellent Chefs. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if most of them can cook better than you and me.
On tonight’s episode, they start with a Mystery Box Challenge that ends with a MasterChef Junior first. Then for the elimination challenge, the contestants have to make a pasta dish from scratch. To anyone who has tried to make the pasta, you know it is not easy. Yet they make it seem that way. Finally, the show concludes with a multiple elimination and a lot of tears. So have the tissues ready. But it OK to cry a little bit because the rest of the episode makes you smile. MasterChef Junior is pure happiness, and we all need more of that.
Then at 9p, it is time for a show that instead of pumping kids up, it seems to destroy their spirits. That’s right, Dance Moms is back for season 5 on Lifetime, and it is time for this show to end.
When it first started out, it was fun because it was about the dancers. Now it is all about the conflicts.
First, they introduced Cathy. Then when Abby Lee Miller and her didn’t get along, they turned her into an evil witch that fights with Abby and the moms in every episode she appears in. When the show couldn’t do that every week, they created a new team to compete with the elite dance team. Proving to be a failure, they ended that. Another way to bring conflict to the show was to bring in other dancers so that their mom’s could fight with moms that were already on the show. But that wasn’t enough, when one of the original moms got into a confrontation with Abby Lee and it became national news, the show decided to do more of that. On the season 4 finale, Christi got into a verbal argument with Abby Lee over how she treat her daughter Chloe. Words were said by the dance teacher that were so awful, they walked out.
Did that mean they walked off the show permanently? In tonight’s episode, we find out yes they did. Now the remaining moms are saying that the two other moms are trying to shut down Abby’s studio and bad mouth them whenever they can. Well, it stops for a little while because one of the past dancers of the week returns to cause more friction between the moms. It works, but the show doesn’t anymore.
It is all so staged. I wouldn’t mind it, if it wasn’t such a hateful show. As the show has gone on, it appears to me that Abby Lee Miller has gotten so much worse to the girl. She belittles them all the time and destroys their confidence whenever she can. Unless their name is Maddie or Mackenzie. It is disgusting and I don’t know how anyone can be OK with that being their perceived persona. I wouldn’t want my image to be that of an older woman who seems to enjoy screaming at and harassing little girls. Would you?
Another thing that drives me crazy about her, is she constantly tells these girls, who are not even teenagers, to stop crying. It is for their pillows at night. But when the press shows up at her door, while she’s at a competition with the girls, she starts to cry in front of them. What is good for the goose, I guess is not good for the gander.
The other thing I hate about the perception I have of her, it is OK for her to bully these pre-teens, but it is not OK for anyone else to bully her. The second anyone does, she calls the cops or authorities.
I don’t know why I still watch this show, but for some reason I do. If you are stronger than me, then I am telling you to stop watching it. Maybe if you did, she would stop treating the kids the way that she does for television. I worry about the impact her words will have on them as they grow up. We have all been scarred by a teacher, but for most of us it ends after a year. These girls have multiple years with her.
So once again, I beg you not to watch. Because if you don’t, then maybe Lifetime will be put it out of my misery.
Although, I have a feeling this season with them going to LA might change the show enough that people will tune out. At least I pray it does.
One last thing, I am so sick of her saying how she has made stars. Who? There were kids from my JHS that were part of an Oscar winning documentary about dance called He Makes Me Feel Like Dancing. And you know the guy who won Dancing with the Stars this season? Well, Alfonso Ribiero, also went to my JHS. So I think I went to the same school with bigger dancers than the ones she produced. I am sure if I did the research, I would find out that a few Broadway stars also went to my elementary or JHS. Not bragging, just proving a point. I am not putting down her past dancers, BTW.
I don’t think she made these girls stars, the show did. I mean do you really think that Maddie would’ve been in Sia’s video if it wasn’t for Dance Moms? I am sure if the show didn’t exist the singer would’ve found another dancer to have star in the video for Chandelier. Don’t you agree?
Grumpy Cat gets her own movie tonight at 8p on Lifetime and Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever might be the network’s best holiday film ever!
Grumpy Cat (Aubrey Plaza) lives in Whiskers Pet Shop in a mall. The owner has been having some rough times and he hasn’t been paying the rent. The landlord tells him, he has two days to get him all the money or he will be evicted. Now, he has to find a way to get all of that money to pay his rent.
That is where JoJo comes in, he is a beautiful and very expensive dog and thankfully someone wants to adopt him. That means Whiskers is saved…or is it?
You see, there are two guys who want to earn enough money to tour with their rock band and they see JoJo as they cash ticket. They decide to break in to Whiskers and steal him.
Then there is 12-year-old Chyrstal (Megan Charpentier), and she doesn’t have many friends. She volunteers at Whiskers, so she has something to do. One day at the mall, she meets a Santa who tells her to make a wish. She wishes for a friend.
That friend turns out to be Grumpy Cat. By some miracle, ever since she made that wish, she can hear Grumpy Cat talk.
Now the two of them are fast friends, which is a really good thing. That is because she is in the store when the two guys come to rob it. Now it is up to them to save the day, will Chyrstal and Grumpy Cat be able to do? You will just have to tune in to find out.
That and to watch a really cute movie that pokes fun at itself. The film literally gets catty with itself and that is going to make you enjoy it ever more. Seriously, who doesn’t love talking cat movies? And one that is on the joke makes is even better.
Don’t take my word for it, take my cat’s word for it. When I asked her how it was, she said, “Purrfect!” Actually, she just purred, but we know what she meant. And you know will know exactly what Grumpy Cat means because unlike my kitty, the internet sensation has one! Meow!
High School Possession possess Lifetime tonight at 8p and you want to let the spirit of this telemovie compel you.
Chloe (Jennifer Stone) was your average high school senior, but after her father walked out on her, she has been a completely different person. She is attacking people, drinking, sleeping around and missing school. No one knows what is wrong with her, but her mom (Ione Skye) and her best friend, Lauren (Janel Parrish), are not going to give up on her. Even though she seems like a lost cause.
Lauren is assigned to do a story on The Chosen for her school newspaper and this religious group might be the answer. Lauren walks in on Reverend Young (William McNamara) doing an exorcism and she is thinking that her friend, who is hearing voices, might be possessed.
When he is refuses to help her, Lauren and The Chosen decide to their own exorcism. Will it work?
You have to tune in this suspenseful well-executed movie with a surprise ending to find out.
Lizzie Borden Took an Axe was such a huge hit for Lifetime that the network is bringing it back as a limited series. The telemovie ended with her acquittal, and Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles will be a fictionalized look at her life after that with her sister in their new home. The press release describes the follow-up as, “when numerous people close to Lizzie – ranging from her half-brother to Broadway luminaries and the head of the criminal underworld — start to mysteriously die under brutal and strange circumstances, legendary Pinkerton detective Charlie Siringo (Cole Hauser) becomes determined to prove her involvement in their ultimate demise.”
Christina Ricci and Clea Duvall will reprise their roles in this 6 episode drama that will debut some time next year.
I hope that this the show is successful and done well because I would like to see Lifetime do more follow-ups to other real life stories that captivated us all. Imagine the possibilities.
When I first moved to LA, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to interview Brittany Murphy. The two of us bonded over our brown curly hair, although her’s was not curly at the time. She was sweet, innocent, loveable and someone you could totally see being good friends with. She just oozed star quality. Amanda Fuller (who is even worse in this than she is on Last Man Standing) captured none of these qualities in The Brittany Murphy Story that airs tonight on Lifetime at 8p.
Not only is she horribly miscast, but the biopic is also totally unnecessary. There is nothing interesting about this choppy tale. They skip over some of her highlights for I don’t know what filler. You do not learn anything about this late great actress.
She was discovered in acting class, did a commercial, convinced her mom to move to LA and started acting. She did several TV shows, but that is barely a blip in the story. Then she did Clueless, and a lot of red carpets. Just when she was getting big, her mom’s second diagnosis of breast cancer took over her life. She gave up acting for a while to be with her mom, and Hollywood forgot about her. Since she is at her lowest point, she starts dating former-photographer Simon Monjack (Eric Petersen, he was completely forgettable as Kirstie Alley’s son on that crappy TV Land sitcom). Even though people warn her against him, she marries him. He gives her pills, prescription only, to help her with different ailments like depression.
Finally, she gets sick and refuses to go to the hospital because she doesn’t want more rumors of drug abuse spread about her. It is a fatal mistake as we know, and the movie ends. Before the credits roll, they tell us, what we already knew, about her death.
So this movie tells us nothing new. It doesn’t portray her as the special person that she was and Amanda Fuller is just hideous in the role. Therefore, if you were thinking of watching, there has to be something else you can do. I mean, sleeping is even more exciting than watching this dull, poorly done movie.
It is shame that Brittany Murphy’s story is told this way because she deserved so much better than this piece of sh!t.
We have anxiously been waiting for months to see the beginning of The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, and today Lifetime released the first five minutes from the telemovie.
After watching those first few minutes, it looks exactly how we knew it was going to be. It’s going to be so bad that it is like going to be like totally awesome. It is like, for sure, going to sweep the Emmys next year.
Seriously, I don’t know about you, but I’m so excited for September 1st. I can’t wait to learn even more about the lives of our favorite high schoolers from the ’90s when the cameras weren’t rolling.
Tell me I am not the only one who is doing a Jesse Spano over this movie, especially after seeing how it all starts out. I am so having a Zack attack as I type!
Lifetime released a sneak peek from The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story and the telemovie that debuts on September 1st is going to be an instant classic. I have a feeling it is going to be this year’s Sharknado. As in so bad it is the best thing to happen to television in a while!
Tonight at 10p The Lottery makes its debut on Lifetime and you don’t want to miss the network’s best series yet. And I’ve watched almost every Lifetime series since they started making their own shows, so I would know.
In 2015, women are slowly becoming infertile for an unknown reason. Within a few years, the last human baby will be born and still no one can figure out why women stopped having children. In 2015, Dr. Alison Lennon (Marley Shelton) comes up with a way to fertilize the first eggs in years. Seems like that would be good news for her, but it is not.
When the government finds out that she’s fertilized 53 eggs and is about to do same to 47 more, they take over her project and kick her out. Now she is on her own, but there are people after and they want her dead.
Right now, those eggs are in lab, and they need to find 100 women to impregnate. The President (Yul Vasquez) decides to hold a lottery to find those women from all walks of life. Who are those lucky women?
But that is only part of our story, Kyle (Michael Graziadei), is the father to one of the last 6 kids born in The US. His wife is a drug addict who left him high and dry to take care of their son, Elvis. The mothers at Elvis’ school don’t think that Kyle is doing a good job as his dad, so they try to get the special kid taken away from his father. When they succeed, he has to kidnap his son to get him back. That leads to them being chased, but will they be found? And what happens when they are caught?
The Lottery is unlike anything I’ve ever seen on television, and it’s so well done you will be hooked from the first minute. So tune it because I promise you will not be disappointed in the brilliant drama that makes us look at world where we are the ones facing extinction. How does that change us human beings? Are we better people for it or are we worse? That is something the show and you will ponder as you watch.