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.””
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