Lizzie Borden takes another whack… Lifetime has ordered the limited series “Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles,” in which Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Christina Ricci (“Monster”) will reprise her haunting role as the notorious murder suspect she portrayed in the network’s hit original movie “Lizzie Borden Took An Ax” (#LizzieBorden).
Screen Actors Guild Award inner Clea DuVall (“Argo”) will also reprise her role in the series as Lizzie Borden’s sister, Emma. The announcement was made today by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lifetime.
“Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles” delivers an intense and fictionalized account of actual events and people surrounding Lizzie’s life after her controversial acquittal of the horrific double murder of her father and stepmother in 1892, when the exonerated figure lives a life awash in newfound celebrity.
But when numerous people close to Lizzie – ranging from her half-brother to Broadway luminaries and the head of the criminal underworld — start to mysteriously die under brutal and strange circumstances, legendary Pinkerton detective Charlie Siringo (“Cole Hauser,” “Good Will Hunting”) becomes determined to prove her involvement in their ultimate demise.
Emmy nominee John Heard (“The Sopranos”) will portray William Almy, the business partner of Lizzie’s murdered father Andrew, while Lizzie’s half-brother William will be played by Andrew Howard (“Hatfields & McCoys”). Six-one hour installments of “Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles” will air on Lifetime in 2015.
“For more than a century, the world has been captivated by the legend of Lizzie Borden. But no one has captured her enigmatic menace as well as Christina Ricci,” said Sharenow. “This series will take viewers further down Lizzie Borden’s dark path, revealing what many people suspected about her mysterious life.”
“Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles” will be produced by Sony Pictures Television and executive produced by Judith Verno (“Lizzie Borden Took An Ax”) and Ricci. The limited series will be written by Greg Small & Rich Blaney (“Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret”), Barbara Nance (“House of Lies”), Jason Grote (“Mad Men”) and David Simkins (“Grimm”). Stephen Kay (“Sons of Anarchy”) will direct episodes one and two.
In its January 25, 2014, world premiere, “Lizzie Borden Took An Ax” averaged 4.4 million Total Viewers. Among social media, it was the evening’s most-tweeted program across television, while it also drove the highest traffic to a movie premiere on mylifetime.com since November 2012. In 2014 YTD, it is ad-supported cable’s second most-watched movie telecast among Women, second only to the Lifetime Original Movie Flowers in the Attic.
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Lifetime is a premier female-focused entertainment destination dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning scripted series, non-fiction series and movies. As a result of the network’s aggressive programming strategy that has doubled the hours of its original programming, 2013 marked Lifetime’s second straight year of growth among Total Viewers. Lifetime Television, LMN, Lifetime Real Women and Lifetime Digital are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.
The above press release was issued by Lifetime.