Lifetime’s Disastrous ‘Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B’ Paints Her Teen Marriage to R. Kelly as a ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Story

During the past year or so, Lifetime’s reputation has changed. Once a network that aired unintentionally funny made-for-TV movies about tragic (but ultimately triumphant!) women and the men who wronged them, it has become a network that now regularly releases weak, pseudo-controversial, and above all, too-awful-for-words biopics about celebrities: the unfathomably bad Liz and Dick, the sleepy and boring Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story, and the utterly shameless The Brittany Murphy Story. The network’s latest mistake is Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, another horrendous mess to throw on top of Lifetime’s growing pile of crap. … Read More

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‘Project Runway: Threads’ and the Unexpected Joy of Children’s Reality Competitions

There isn’t much that you need to know about Lifetime’s newest unscripted program, Project Runway: Threads, in order to decide whether you’re going to watch it. All you really need to know is that it’s a fashion design competition featuring teens and tweens who are ten times better at conceptualizing and creating original fashion designs than you are at simply getting dressed in the morning. Threads, along with Fox’s child cooking competition MasterChef Junior (which is quite possibly the cutest show ever), may just usher in a new sub-genre of reality programming: Talented Kids Doing Awesome Shit While Making Adult Viewers Feel Bad About Their Lack of Skills.  … Read More

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Lifetime’s ‘Girlfriend Intervention’ Is a Racist Mess

Lifetime’s new makeover show Girlfriend Intervention can easily be compared to Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. The quick pitch must have included the phrase “Queer Eye but with black women,” and I’m sure it was a conscious attempt to bring diversity to a network that primarily focuses on made-for-television movies about white women in trouble. I’m obviously all for diversity on TV, but if this racist mess of offensive caricatures and broad stereotypes is what Lifetime has to offer, then I’d prefer to see them stop trying.  … Read More

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‘The Brittany Murphy Story’ Is the Shameless Lifetime Cash Grab We All Knew It Would Be

Here’s what you need to know to understand how truly shitty Lifetime’s The Brittany Murphy Story is: it opens with sad tweets from celebrities responding to her death, its storyline is reminiscent of both the nerd narrative of Lifetime’s Saved by the Bell movie and a ’90s teen makeover movie, and Ashton Kutcher is the only person who comes out looking good. Yes, in a story about Brittany Murphy’s life and death, Kutcher is the only redeeming character. Great job, Lifetime.  … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘Party Down’ Comes to Hulu, Lifetime Orders ‘The Omen’ Series

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, Malcolm Gladwell’s medical drama, Lifetime’s The Omen sequel, and Animal Planet’s animal birth Labor Day marathon — what the hell is going on with TV? … Read More

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Lifetime Is Developing a Marilyn Monroe Miniseries Because No One Can Let That Woman Rest in Peace

Will people ever tire of resurrecting Marilyn Monroe as various caricatures, instead of letting a woman who actually existed rest… Read More

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Lifetime’s ‘Saved by the Bell’ Movie Is ’90s Nostalgia at Its Absolute Worst

Nineties nostalgia is so fun, isn’t it? Well, it won’t be for much longer. The decade’s pop culture memories fuel sites like… Read More

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The 35 Campiest TV Movies Ever Made

This week, SyFy debuts the sequel to last summer’s surprise TV movie hit, SharknadoSharknado 2: The Second One is expected to be even campier and sillier than its predecessor and will possibly go down as one of the most ridiculous TV movies ever made. But, of course, it’s got quite a bit of competition: there are plenty of other patently absurd made-for-television movies out there. From SyFy’s shark obsession to Lifetime’s melodramatic teen flicks, here are 35 of the campiest TV movies of all time.  … Read More

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What Lifetime’s ‘The Choking Game’ Teaches Us About Teens These Days

Keeping up with all the latest teen trends can get exhausting. Every day there’s a breaking news report about an awful new #hashtag or some creative way to get high. Between the selfies and the molly, who has the time to keep track of everything? Fortunately, there’s one network dedicated to investigating these ever-changing trends. It turns out, teens are now choking each other to get high — and Lifetime is ON IT. … Read More

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