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Jesus Is “The Best Boyfriend Ever” on Lifetime’s Surprisingly Insightful ‘The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns’

The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns is the anti-reality show reality show. It’s not anti-reality but anti-what we’ve come to know (and enjoy) about the reality genre. There is absolutely no sex or drugs or alcohol. No one is hooking up — any relationships are ended during the first few minutes of the pilot episode, as the girls must remain celibate — and there is not a single man in sight. The cast lives in a peaceful environment where catfights are against the rules. The girls are not competing against each other to find a husband but working together as they all prepare to give themselves to Jesus. The Sisterhood is only technically a reality show, which makes it inherently interesting, but it does slip into reality clichés every once in a while, which allows it to remain compelling to those with no interest in the religious aspects of the show. It sort of works. … Read More

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‘Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever’ Is Every Bit as Awful as You Feared

About halfway through Lifetime’s Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, there is a poor special effect featuring two Grumpy Cats flying red and green airplanes across the screen. The planes carry banners that read, “If you’re still watching this, I worry for you.” Well. At least this movie is self-aware, I suppose. There are multiple self-deprecating meta moments throughout the movie that break the fourth wall and laugh at the audience for watching this strange, too-early, and pathetic Christmas “special.” The joke’s on us for watching, sure, but the joke is also on Lifetime, and on Grumpy Cat (and his owners), and on Aubrey Plaza (who voices the cat), and on everyone else who had anything to do with this movie. … Read More

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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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