Lifetime

Lifetime’s Silly ‘90210’ Movie Built an Alternate ’90s TV Universe

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Towards the end of Lifetime’s The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 StoryShannen Doherty (Samantha Munro) is out. She has been voted off the island — err, the show — by her fellow cast members for her bad-girl ways, and they need a replacement. In walks sweet, unassuming Tiffani Thiessen, played by Alyssa Lynch, the very same actress who portrayed Thiessen in the recent Saved by the Bell Lifetime movie.
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Why Do We Love Lifetime’s Tame “Unauthorized” Movies About ’90s TV Shows That Weren’t Even Good?

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Tomorrow night, Lifetime will air The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story, the third installment of an unofficial, unauthorized series which has already included Saved by the Bell and Full House. (Melrose Place‘s will premiere next week, on October 10.) The decision to air these movies is at once understandable and confusing: Nostalgia — and scandals — will always be big, but why are audiences sucked into tame behind-the-scenes depictions of series that weren’t that great to begin with?
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Why Was Lifetime’s ‘The Unauthorized Full House Story’ So Boring?

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Lifetime has made the decision to go full speed ahead with its series of “unauthorized” original movies. The network is aware that it’s not making good movies, but ones that are fun to hate — Senior Vice President of Original Movies Tanya Lopez views The Unauthorized Full House Story as the network’s version of Sharknado. The problem, though, is that Lifetime tends to make its movies too tame to be entertaining. 
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Why TV’s Best Geniuses Are Brilliant Manipulators Like ‘UnREAL’s’ Rachel

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This summer, Lifetime finally gave us those dark and complicated women its movies have always tried to master with its first original scripted series, UnREAL. An unflinching look at how Hollywood churns out fairy-tale dating shows with no regard for the people involved, the series was immediately impressive. UnREAL has managed to skillfully balance its soapy melodrama with its more startling darker turns, especially in relation to its incredibly complex women characters.
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LMN’s ‘Escaping Polygamy’ Goes Inside the Harrowing World of the Kingston Clan

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In 2013, Lifetime aired Escape from Polygamy, a mind-numbing original TV movie about two young people, Ryder and Julina, who fall into forbidden love within their polygamous community, only to find out that Julina is promised to Ryder’s father. This not-so-subtle update of Romeo and Juliet was predictably terrible, but that (presumably) didn’t stop it from inspiring this week’s similarly titled six-episode docuseries Escaping Polygamy.
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Laurence Fishburne Is Starring as Author Alex Haley in A&E’s ‘Roots’ Remake

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Deadline reports that Laurence Fishburne will be playing the role of author Alex Haley in A&E’s upcoming remake of Roots. The original eight-episode miniseries adaption, which debuted in 1977, is based off Haley’s novel, Roots: The Saga of An American Family — a narrative of American slavery and the life of the character Kunta Kinte, who’s captured in the Gambia and sold into slavery once on American soil.
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Sharp, Original ‘UnREAL’ Savages Reality TV Stereotypes in Lifetime’s Best Show in Years

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When it comes to quality scripted dramas — or quality anything, really — Lifetime is never the first network that comes to mind, if it ever comes up at all. Lifetime practically revels in its poor reputation, boasting its laughably bad biopics and questionable movies about “empowered” (but mentally/physically tortured) women. And that’s what makes the arrival of UnREAL such a rare treat. The drama, which premieres tonight, is not only addictive and entertaining; it’s also shockingly smart — and easily the best program the network has put out in years.
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