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The A.V. Club The A.V. Club Oct 09, 2019. 21 comments

Ripped from the headlines: 12 TV movies that raced from scandal to small screen

Ripped from the headlines: 12 TV movies that raced from scandal to small screen

This Saturday, Lifetime will air The College Admissions Scandal , a dramatic depiction of Operation Varsity Blues. The scandal over parents pulling illegal strings to get their kids into college broke this past March and spread like wildfire, especially given that two of the parents involved were TV actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. By July, Lifetime had announced that it would offer...

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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Aug 24, 2019. 5 comments

Lifetime drops a breathless trailer for its movie about the NXIVM sex cult

Lifetime drops a breathless trailer for its movie about the NXIVM sex cult

NXIVM, the bizarre “sex cult” that counted Smallville actress Allison Mack in its ranks, is too weird a story to not get dissected to death. HBO, for example, has a documentary on the way , while Lifetime, as one might expect, wasted little time in putting together its own sensational depiction. Today, the network released a trailer for its take, and, well, it’s about as unsubtle...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Aug 13, 2019. 9 comments

Lifetime's College Admissions Scandal finds its stars (sadly, Lori Loughlin isn't one)

Lifetime's College Admissions Scandal finds its stars (sadly, Lori Loughlin isn't one)

Despite it being the role she was born to play, it doesn’t appear as though Lori Loughlin will be getting the chance to play herself in Lifetime’s ripped-from-the-TMZ-updates TV movie The College Admissions Scandal. Instead, the soapy channel’s adaptation of the all-too-real story of rich and famous dummies doing dumb illegal things to help get their presumably similarly dumb kids into...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Jul 24, 2019. 16 comments

Lifetime finally announces the college admissions scandal movie we all assumed it would make

Lifetime finally announces the college admissions scandal movie we all assumed it would make

The college admissions scandal was born to be a made-for-TV movie, what with it involving rich and famous people misbehaving, but it has somehow taken until now for Lifetime—the preeminent destination for made-for-TV-movies—to get around to making a ripped-from-the-headlines TV movie about it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lifetime just announced a college admissions scandal movie...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Mar 06, 2019. 12 comments

Chris D'Elia to really stretch as an actor by playing a comic in season 2 of You

Chris D'Elia to really stretch as an actor by playing a comic in season 2 of You

[The following contains spoilers for season one of You.]

Lifetime’s stalker comedy-drama You found an unexpected second life after it was added to Netflix, where it became a giant hit and prompted a bunch of confused viewers to go, “Wait, am I rooting for the stalker?” And unlike its protagonist, the series presumably welcomed the attention.

Now, after the second season of the show decided to...

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Joelle Monique Joelle Monique Jan 31, 2019. 23 comments

You, me, and toxicity

You, me, and toxicity

The opening shot of You is an upside-down fisheye-lens view of the sprawling New York City skyline. The angle tilts viewers headfirst into a disturbed perspective of love and romance in the 21st century. Highlighting both the isolation and over-sharing exacerbated by social media, You sheds light on the toxic behaviors exhibited by an entire generation of millennials. Using an obsessed...

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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Jan 11, 2019. 7 comments

R. Kelly's estranged daughter calls him a "monster": "I am well aware of who and what he is"

R. Kelly's estranged daughter calls him a "monster": "I am well aware of who and what he is"

Surviving R. Kelly, Lifetime’s deep dive into the sexual assault and imprisonment allegations the R&B singer’s carried for years, is making some serious waves. Not only has it led artists like Lady Gaga and Phoenix to disavow their previous collaborations with Kelly, but it’s also prompted honest-to-goodness legal action . Now, a new voice has emerged in the ongoing discussion, one with a...

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Shannon Miller Shannon Miller Jan 11, 2019. 20 comments

Lady Gaga has finally apologized for her collaboration with R. Kelly

Lady Gaga has finally apologized for her collaboration with R. Kelly

Lady Gaga has finally apologized for working with R.Kelly, and it only took a a little over five years, some in-depth investigative reporting, a Lifetime docuseries, and an official criminal investigation in Georgia to get to this point.Early this morning, Gaga released a written statement supporting R. Kelly’s many victims via her Twitter account:

Gaga’s apology comes after the...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Jan 08, 2019. 13 comments

Facebook shuts down page seemingly dedicated to harassing R. Kelly accusers 

Facebook shuts down page seemingly dedicated to harassing R. Kelly accusers 

As reported by TMZ (via The Hollywood Reporter), a page called “Surviving Lies” popped up on Facebook recently that was dedicated to discrediting the women who have accused R. Kelly of sexual abuse. It event went as far as directly attacking the accusers by name, sharing details from one woman’s arrest record, and accusing two women—via an unsubstantiated recording—of plotting together to...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Jan 07, 2019. 17 comments

Chance The Rapper says Surviving R. Kelly comments were taken out of context

Chance The Rapper says Surviving R. Kelly comments were taken out of context

In one episode of Lifetime’s overnight hit documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, Chance The Rapper is shown saying, “I didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were black woman,” making it sound like Chance was willing to ignore the sexual misconduct allegations that have been made against R. Kelly because the women making the allegations are black. This weekend, Chance has explained...

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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Jan 05, 2019. 10 comments

John Legend on appearing on Surviving R. Kelly: "I don't give a fuck about protecting a serial child rapist"

John Legend on appearing on Surviving R. Kelly: "I don't give a fuck about protecting a serial child rapist"

Last night saw the premiere of Surviving R. Kelly , a six-part docuseries from Lifetime that digs into the myriad allegations of sexual assault , pedophilia , and imprisonment made against its namesake singer. But, though more than 50 people are interviewed in the documentary, the absence of Kelly’s collaborators and colleagues in the music industry is striking. In interviews with both the

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William Hughes William Hughes Dec 05, 2018. 9 comments

Surviving R. Kelly premiere interrupted by phoned-in gun threat

Surviving R. Kelly premiere interrupted by phoned-in gun threat

Attendees at a private premiere screening of Lifetime’s new docuseries Surviving R. Kelly were forced to evacuate a New York theater tonight, after an anonymous threat was called in about potential gun violence at the venue. Those in attendance included #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, #OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign, and several women who have accused singer R. Kelly of subjecting them to...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Sep 10, 2018. 16 comments

The Bad Seed fails to thrive in Rob Lowe's ill-conceived Lifetime remake

The Bad Seed fails to thrive in Rob Lowe's ill-conceived Lifetime remake
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There’s really only one scene in The Bad Seed—Lifetime’s remake of the evil-kid classic directed by and starring the network’s most enthusiastic celebrity associate, Rob Lowe—that even begins to live up to the campy potential of its premise. Lowe’s David, who has just begun to suspect that his daughter Emma (Mckenna Grace) might be a...

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Danette Chavez Danette Chavez May 15, 2018. 11 comments

Project Runway will return to Bravo in wake of Weinstein Co. sale

Project Runway will return to Bravo in wake of Weinstein Co. sale

The flailing (and rightfully so) Weinstein Company was recently snapped up by Lantern Capital Partners , a private equity firm so, uh, versatile, it buys up underperforming car dealerships while also branching out into the entertainment business. Now Deadline reports that one of Lantern’s first acts as the new stewards of the Weinstein Co. is to return Project Runway to its Bravo home.

The...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Oct 18, 2017. 4 comments

UnReal's season 3 trailer gives us the meat-market absurdity of The Bachelorette

UnReal's season 3 trailer gives us the meat-market absurdity of The Bachelorette

UnReal nearly broke its arm trying to pat itself on the back during season two, despite the fact its treatment of hot-button issues like media racism and police brutality resulted in a story that was kind of a mess. But when your Bachelor satire stumbles, do the next obvious thing: Tackle The Bachelorette.

The show’s new installment finds Everlasting turning its attention to a woman...

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Gwen Ihnat Gwen Ihnat Jun 11, 2017. 24 comments

Spend Sunday night with the fierce ladies of Claws

Spend Sunday night with the fierce ladies of Claws

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, June 11. All times are Eastern.

Top picks

Claws (TNT, 9 p.m.): This new series looks at the lives of five women who run a Central Florida nail salon as a front for money laundering, offering what TNT calls “a midnight-dark, wickedly funny meditation on female badness.” The promos are certainly high-octane, and the cast includes standouts like...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife May 09, 2017. 24 comments

Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller is heading to prison

Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller is heading to prison

In a turn of events that frankly seems more suited for a TLC reality star, Deadline reports that Abby Lee Miller, a.k.a. the lady with the big hair who made children cry on Lifetime’s Dance Moms, has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison by a federal judge in Pittsburgh. Miller was indicted on nearly two dozen counts of fraud about a year and a half ago, in October 2015; she stepped...

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Danette Chavez Danette Chavez Feb 19, 2017. 24 comments

Music biopics hit a new low in Lifetime’s Britney Ever After

Music biopics hit a new low in Lifetime’s Britney Ever After
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Lifetime’s unauthorized Britney Spears biopic presents itself as a fairy tale come true, right down to the title. But Britney Ever After ends up playing just as innocent as its subject once did—Leslie Libman’s film...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Jan 24, 2017. 23 comments

Oh baby baby, Lifetime’s Britney biopic looks nuts

Oh baby baby, Lifetime’s Britney biopic looks nuts

Although you should never doubt Lifetime’s ability to take a salacious story and puree it into the TV-movie equivalent of baby food, the network has once again got our hopes up with the trailer for its newest celebrity biopic, Britney Ever After. Starring Hail, Ceasar! bit player Natasha Bassett as the troubled pop star, Britney Ever After follows the Louisiana native’s rise to fame and...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Jan 20, 2017. 17 comments

Lifetime’s Beaches remake is too muted to be a great weepie

Lifetime’s Beaches remake is too muted to be a great weepie
TV ReviewsAll of our TV reviews in one convenient place.  BeachesB-BeachesB-B-BeachesDirector

Allison Anders

Runtime

87 minutes

Rating

Not Rated

Cast

Idina Menzel, Nia Long, Sanai Victoria

Availability

January 21 at 8 p.m. Eastern on Lifetime

For a generation that grew up with weekly trips to the video store, 1988’s Beaches is a classic—a minor classic, perhaps, but a classic nonetheless. Starring...

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