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The Lizzie Borden Chronicles Drops Again in Ratings


UPDATE:  Meant to include this notice of the 3rd consecutive drop in ratings after the 3rd Episode.   Wanna bet the Series ends up 0 for 8?

As predicted. Ratings drop is deeper than I expected. Maybe I won’t have to do a Go Fund Me campaign after all. I am/was thinking of raising money for ads in Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter beseeching Lifetime Movie Channel execs not to pick up a second season.

After the 3rd Episode, there’s THIS  I predict Sunday night (April 26, 2015) will be another drop.

I wonder how Christina Ricci is feeling about it now?   Maybe like this:

aa“I’m so tired of dragging this phuckin’ thing around.”

(Chrstina Ricci after Take 22)

Let’s hope for a continued downward spiral.

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Posted by on April 26, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Lizzie Borden Chronicles vs. Mad Men Final Episodes

Both MAD MEN-THE FINAL EPISODES and THE LIZZIE BORDEN CHRONICLES debut Sunday night, April 5th at 10: pm (Eastern and Pacific).   Who will win the Ratings Race? Which will you be watching Sunday night and which will you DVR?

NBC and the Lifetime Movie Channel hope you’ll be watching their premieres.  Frankly, neither are my taste.  I’m still mourning the end of Downton Abbey and still taking my meds on finding out next season will be its last.  But I digress.  For what I think, see below these promo banners. LBC MM FE I think Elizabeth Moss would have made a better (acting-wise) and more authentic Lizzie Borden.  And I think Christina Hendricks would have been a much sexier Lizzie than Christina Ricci’s sexo-comedic portrayal of her. MM Peggy MM

Clearly, Christina Ricci’s career got an adrenalin surge when Lifetime selected this compelling case, pimping out the enigmatic Lizzie Borden and transforming her into a gross caricature – a post pubescent sociopath.

I don’t care that The Lizzie Borden Chronicles is not based on historical fact   I don’t care that it proposes to only portray what “might have happened” after her Trial.  The damage is done.  And I’ll be writing about all that later.


Posted by on April 3, 2015 in lifetime movie channel


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Swansea Cousin Confirms Lizzie Borden Was “Odd”

In my FIVE DECADES of researching the Borden case, Fall River, the Gardners of Swansea, etc. etc. etc. I have never, ever come across validation of this rumor. Now it is confirmed….Lizzie Borden really was an odd duck.


I suspect Christina Ricci’s portrayal of Lizzie Borden will be prolific in such manners of behavior as illustrated in the above article – not to mention somewhat validated by the video clip of the Lizzie Borden Chronicles shown below.


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Here’s the first trailer preview of the Lifetime Movie Channel’s Lizzie Borden Took an Axe. 

Oh lord.  I knew it was gonna be bad, I just didn’t figure it would be THIS bad.  Even Alex and Sierra would not have sung the lyrics to the well known jingle this way!

Click the link below at your own risk



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Posted by on December 14, 2013 in TV, Theatre & Film


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Lifetime Movie Channel Presents Christina Ricci as Lizzie Borden


If you get Google Alerts on Lizzie Borden, you’ve known for a long time that the Lifetime Movie Channel is doing a movie of our endearing Lizzie and the most mystifying, classic unsolved murder case.  You would also know that filming and post production has concluded and it is scheduled to be broadcast on January 25th, 2014.  But I post this here for those of you who may NOT know.

I predict the airing, and undoubtedly repeat airings, of this production will serve to perpetuate so many myths and untruths about Miss Borden and the case in general. I’ll tell you why:

1.  In the first place, Lizzie was 32 at the time, not a “young girl”.

2.  The murder weapon was a hatchet, not an axe.

3.  The production company and research people did little to no in-depth research, as is usually the case with these formulated productions.

4.  None of the cast members, ( including Christina Ricci), production crew, or director even bothered to visit the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast to get a sense of what was then a territorial layout between the sisters on the one hand and the father and stepmother on the other.

5.  The LMC’s productions appeal to a target market that has an interest in “love gone wrong” kind of shows and have become noteworthy in cable news and social networking sites when trending.   They have a pool of production companies and directors, none of whom are “A”-listers.

6.  Budgets are tight,  on “short shoot” schedules, and often sacrifice authenticity for cost effectiveness.

7.  Christina Ricci playing Lizzie would be a good fit if Justin Bieber were playing Andrew Borden.

Nope, I’ll say it here and now:  This will NOT be a movie that captures the depth and texture of the case, Fall River, and Lizzie herself.  Just as Elizabeth Montgomery’s looks and performance is burned into the minds of a viewers from a generation ago, Ricci and the LMC will permanently embed its story into the minds of a newer – and younger – generation.

The mass of viewers (who are not Borden case afficionados) will forever believe Lizzie Borden was a young, psychopathic girl who wielded a bloody axe to do her daddy and stepmother in.   Thus, the iconic one dimensional Lizzie Borden will remain.



Posted by on December 6, 2013 in TV, Theatre & Film


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Two Lizzie Borden Biopics

Sarah Bunting does a pretty fair job in comparing what a Lifetime Movie Channel vs. HBO rendition of the Lizzie Borden story would look like.  At least she is acknowledging the Sevigny project is not moving.  Here’s what she wrote on one of her blogs:

“Two Lizzie Borden Biopics Enter; One Leaves


According to the nursery rhyme, Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother forty whacks — and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one. But the nursery rhyme doesn’t know the half of it: it was her stepmother; she didn’t hit either of them that many times; she may not have hit anyone at all (she was acquitted of the murders); she had a shoplifting problem that could have derived from her father touching her inappropriately…it’s one of the great American crime stories, not least because it technically remains unsolved.

Lizzie is getting the biopic treatment in an upcoming Lifetime movie, with Christina Ricci in the Lizzie role; the production just added Clea Duvall (as Lizzie’s sister, Emma) and Billy Campbell (as Lizzie’s lawyer, Andrew Jennings). Not only that, but TV Line seems to think the HBO version of the story is still in play; Chloe Sevigny made a few headlines in March of 2011 when HBO announced the development of the two-part miniseries, but it’s gone quiet since then.

Let’s just assume that it’s still a going concern, because a Sevigny/Tom-Hanks-produced iteration of the case would kick ass — especially if it comes out at the same time as the Ricci version. An embarrassment of gory riches! But who would do it better?


Sevigny makes a more believable Lizzie. It’s close, and Ricci is a solid actress, but she’s a bit too dark and petite to match Lizzie physically, and Sevigny’s work on American Horror Story is great practice for the psychological demands of the Lizzie role.

Winner: HBO.

Other Casting

It’s probably unfair to compare them without intel on who else might have joined the HBO project’s cast. As impressive as Duvall and Campbell can be, you’d have to think the Hanks imprimatur on Hollywoodized history would attract even bigger names. And it’s just my opinion, but Duvall would work better as the maid, Bridget (and I’m dying to know who’s cast in that role).

Working with what we do know, though…

Winner: Lifetime.

The Crime Itself

The nursery rhyme is right about one thing: Lizzie did use a hatchet. Crime-scene photos of her father do exist and are as hideous as you would expect. HBO is demonstrably not afraid to go there, whereas you’d expect Lifetime to soft-pedal the gore.

Who you rank higher here depends on your stomach for monster make-up. I’m a fan of grisly realism.

Winner: HBO.

The Trial

Might depend on their respective takes on Lizzie’s innocence. Occam’s razor dictates that she’s guilty, but the physical evidence is ambiguous. Either way, Lifetime is expert at both lady-psycho stories (see also: their upcoming Jodi Arias flick) and woman-in-peril stories.

Winner: Lifetime.

The Aftermath

After her parents’ deaths, Lizzie bought the house she always wanted in the fashionable part of town, and began spending a lot of time with an actress and her company. Many accounts stop juuuuuust short of saying that Lizzie and Nance O’Neil were…you know…Lebanese, while implying that their relationship, whatever its nature, estranged Lizzie from her sister. If that part of Lizzie’s bio merits exploration, HBO will do a better job; Lifetime seems likely to skip from the acquittal to the maid’s rumored deathbed confession to the credits.

Winner: HBO.

So…Who Will Do It Better?

Like the murders themselves, there’s just a lot we don’t know: who’s playing what, whether HBO is even going to film their Lizzie Borden movie, who’s writing the Lifetime version. In a perfect world, HBO sees an opportunity to be the Lizzie 30 Rock to Lifetime’s Studio 60 and gets things rolling with Sevigny’s team. In this world, we have to dance with the Lizzie what brung us, and since Lifetime’s Lizzie is actually happening?”

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Posted by on June 16, 2013 in TV, Theatre & Film


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