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Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 7:45PM EDT
Dance Mom's Abby Lee Miller quotes Martin Luther King Jr. as she's released from halfway house
“TIMES UP!!!! ‘Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.’ Martin Luther King Jr.,” she wrote on Instagram after formally finishing up her federal prison sentence.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 5:47PM EDT
UnReal's disappointing third season led to its impending move to Hulu after a "lowball and modest offer"
UnReal has performed better on Hulu than it has on Lifetime, which has an older-skewing audience. So according to The Wrap, A&E Networks didn't hesitate to give UnReal's fourth season, which has already been filmed, to Hulu at a cost of "slightly more" money.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 1:13PM EDT
UnReal is expected to end with Season 4 as it moves to Hulu
Lifetime will continue to air The Bachelor-spoofing drama series, but only after new episodes air on Hulu. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hulu offered A&E a larger some of money to get air new episodes of UnReal first. The deal is reminiscent of NBC sharing Friday Night Lights with DirecTV, which got to air new episodes of the beloved high school football series first.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
The Meghan Markle-Prince Harry specials have been terrible
"Avoid all of these shows," Margaret Lyons says after watching seven of them, from TLC's When Harry Met Meghan: A Royal Engagement to Lifetime's Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance to CBS' Meghan Markle: American Princess. "The convergence of history, celebrity and glamour should be a fertile area for one-off TV specials, and there’s plenty of genuine information — about rituals, about rites, about politics, about tiaras, about dads — worth acknowledging or exploring," says Lyons. "Also, come on: Weddings are fun! At times, these shows are giddy and fizzy and dorky, and I learned a few historical tidbits along the way. But the claims to personal intimacy ranged from visibly untrue to quietly sad, and the shows all used many of the same talking heads, the same clips and the same dumb, dubious claims (no, Suits is not a celebrity-making show). A boring tabloid is a sin. Worse, the contrived narrative that the shows collectively push — the idea that Harry and Meghan’s romance is 'a fairy tale' — is jarringly backward."
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Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Lifetime's Harry & Meghan movie took a controversial stance on the royal family's rumored ancestry
Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance ended with a rumor that has stuck to the Royal family for years. "Admittedly, information on historical figures can’t necessarily be spoiled in the traditional sense when it comes to movies and TV. But in the case of the Lifetime movie Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, its portrayal of the royal couple hews so closely to reality that some scenes that take storytelling license may be mistaken for fact," says Hanh Nguyen, adding that "while the Queen did give approval in real life for Harry and Meghan to get hitched, Lifetime’s movie took the fairy tale one step further."
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 12:29PM EDT
Project Runway returning to Bravo
The fashion design competition realty show aired its first five seasons on Bravo before moving to Lifetime for Seasons 6 through 16. "We are beyond excited to reboot Project Runway at the network where it all began," says NBC Universal's Frances Berwick. "Leaning into the creative process in an entertaining way has always been part of Bravo's DNA, and Project Runway perfectly captures that." A&E Networks, which owns Lifetime, canceled its agreement to air Project Runway in January following the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Weinstein was removed as executive producer last October.
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 12:41AM EDT
Lifetime's Meghan Markle actress had seen her on Fringe, but had no idea who she was
Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance star Parisa Fitz-Henley was so taken with Markle and Prince Harry's engagement interview that she told her manager to sign her up for an audition should a film ever be made about their romance. "I love the show Fringe and I had seen her on a couple of episodes, but I didn't know who she was or her name," she says. "Unfortunately, in all the advertisements I saw of Suits, it was always the guys that were advertised, so I didn't know that she was on it. It was only after seeing the engagement interview that I started paying closer attention to her… especially after I got that audition!" ALSO: Here's a list of all the upcoming Prince Harry-Meghan Markle specials.
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 10:52PM EDT
Lifetime to follow Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance with documentary Harry and Meghan: Royal Rebels
The cable network decided that Sunday's fictional TV movie on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's romance should be accompanied by a one-hour special on how they are being "royal rebels" in bucking tradition for their royal wedding.
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 9:08PM EDT
Lifetime's Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance was written in two weeks
Lifetime greenlit the TV movie, airing Sunday, the same day Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement. Scarlett Lacey, who co-wrote the script with Terrence Coli, said they started writing in December and finished in January. “It was fast. It was very fast,” adds Coli. “Two weeks.”
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 8:06PM EDT
R. Kelly scandal is getting the Lifetime docuseries and TV movie treatment
Lifetime has ordered a documentary series and a scripted movie that will delve into the alleged abuse of underage women by the controversial R&B singer. Both projects are part of Lifetime’s Stop Violence Against Women campaign.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Claim: Royal Family is worried about a sex scene in Lifetime's Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance
“What I’ve heard is that they’re seriously worried about the sex scene,” says the film's director, Menhaj Huda, who adds that Buckingham Palace didn't like a scene in the trailer of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in bed together. Where did Huda get this information? “My wife’s best friend has been dating the press secretary of the palace," he says. ALSO: A former Will & Grace producer created an Instagram show about 4-year-old Prince George plotting to derail the royal wedding.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 10:40PM EDT
UnReal boss talks Season 3 finale, previews "Everlasting All Stars"
Season 4 won't be like Bachelor in Paradise, says showrunner Stacy Rukeyser. "It’s actually Everlasting All Stars," she says. "I wish it was in paradise because that would have meant we could film someplace like Fiji, but it’s not. It’s in the same mansion, but it’s Everlasting All Stars. We have some of the characters coming back. I don’t think this is a secret because it’s been on social media — August is coming back, Alexi is coming back. And some people that I don’t want to say, but people from previous seasons."
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:57AM EDT
Gretchen Carlson signs A&E deal, will take on sexual harassment on Lifetime's The Brave with Gretchen Carlson
The former Fox News anchor will host at least three specials on A&E Networks that focus on sexual misconduct.
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Penn Badgley plays an obsessed man seeking love in You official trailer
Based on Caroline Kepnes' novel, Badgley's upcoming psychological thriller TV series is described as a 21st century romantic story that asks the question "What would you do for love?" You premieres on Lifetime September 9.
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 6:37PM EDT
Lifetime orders Girl in the Bunker movie from the makers of Girl in the Box
Girl in the Bunker will tell the true story of Elizabeth Shoaf, who was abducted in 2006 and held captive in a hidden underground bunker. The May 28 Memorial Day broadcast will be followed by Elizabeth Shoaf: The Girl in a Bunker, a documentary on Shoaf. The film, by the team who made the 2016 Lifetime movie Girl in the Box, stars E.T.'s Henry Thomas, Julia LaLonde and Moira Kelly.