Lizzie Borden's Christina Ricci Talks 'Satisfying,' Expanded Round 2

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles

Some things just go well together. Lifetime and famous murderers? That’s a winning combination.

Following the success of last year’s TV movie Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, the cable network will debut its limited series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles in April — now with two additional episodes, the network announced Friday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena.

Christina Ricci once again will star as Borden, the real-life woman who was tried (and acquitted) in 1892 of murdering her father and stepmother.

“It’s a fictionalized version of what happens after the trial, as she continues to misbehave,” Ricci said of the eight-hour series. “This is an imagining of what could have happened.”

So, how did Ricci prepare to inhabit such a dark role once more? Easy: It was fun.

“I never expected to play her again, but she’s really fun in this interpretation,” Ricci said. “This version of her is actually a lot more satisfying. She has a sense of self-awareness. But at the same time, we do deal with the complexities and emotions behind what created this monster.”

Will viewers find themselves rooting for Borden, much like Dexter and Breaking Bad viewers cheered for those antiheroes? Maybe, says director Stephen Kay.

“There’s an element where you don’t understand why you’re rooting for her, but you are,” Kay said. “But in the same breath, you’re going, ‘Someone freaking stop her.””

Will you tune in to The Lizzie Borden Chronicles? Hit the comments with your early thoughts on the series!

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  1. Et al says:

    This might be good but I hope they ditch the anachronistic music gimmick. That device can work, but it didn’t work in the Lizzie Borden movie.

    • lizo says:

      I disagree. I thought the music was great. Going that way doesn’t work all the time (I thought it was a mess in Guardians of the Galaxy), but in LB it helped create a really creepy and unnerving mood.

  2. pamela says:

    I like the idea of the show because the movies of the crime and trial have been done already however I would prefer it to be based off of historical facts and not made up for the Lifetime world.

  3. lizo says:

    I absolutely adored the tv movie. It was exceptionally well done and creative. It felt fresh and Ricci was perfect. Excited for the series version.

  4. Carol says:

    I really want to see this series but live in Canada and don’t have the Lifetime channel in our package. So disappointing.

  5. cg says:

    I love Christina Ricci and she is doing a fantastic job as Lizzie ,I look forward to every single Sunday night to watch the show I say keep it going

  6. Dani says:

    I think Christina ricci is a mudered she should be sent to jail for killing those people she is creepy

  7. Barbara Mckay says:

    I like looking at this show because it will wake you up. You will be all into it.

  8. David says:

    It’s crap, I don’t watch it anymore.

  9. carol says:

    I love the show and I do hope it comes back.

  10. Tom McLean says:

    This show is fantastic and the attention to the Victorian detail is exceptional. I hope they continue the series!