Lifetime

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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Lifeless, Unnecessary ‘Grace of Monaco’ Finds Its Level at Lifetime

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Grace of Monaco isn’t a Lifetime Original Movie — it’s quieter and less sensational than the network’s biopics, and doesn’t take too much interest in destroying its subject, Grace Kelly — but it’s certainly a good fit on the network. Prior to its Cannes premiere (and subsequent panning by critics)Grace of Monaco was met with criticism for being an inaccurate portrayal and a “farce,” just like basically every other Lifetime biopic. It also has all the general staples of a Lifetime flick: embarrassing acting, shoddy writing, a general disconnect between scenes, and most of all, utterly boring.
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From Cannes to Lifetime: A ‘Grace of Monaco’ Disaster Timeline

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Dozing off on the couch Memorial Day evening with a belly full of improperly cooked-out burgers and cheap beer is a bit of a holiday tradition (in our house, anyway), but this year, there’s a particularly fascinating bit of television programming for you to nod off to: Grace of Monaco, in which Oscar winner Nicole Kidman plays iconic movie-star-turned-princess Grace Kelly. This was supposed to be a giant movie: opening the Cannes Film Festival, awards season push by the Weinstein Company, Oscar glory. Instead, it’s quietly making its stateside debut on Lifetime, a network better known for cringe-worthy original biopics and tales of women in jeopardy. So how did such a prestige project end up on a punchline network? Let’s roll the tape.
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Lifetime’s Disturbing Obsession With Kidnapped Women

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This month, Lifetime is airing three different movies about women who get kidnapped. Last week was Cleveland Abduction, tomorrow night is the premiere of Stockholm, Pennsylvania, and later this month (May 23) the network will air Kidnapped: The Hannah Anderson Story. The movies vary in quality — though none are especially memorable, as is Lifetime’s way — but each remarks on Lifetime’s ongoing and increasingly unsettling obsession with kidnapped women. 
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