My Life Is a Lifetime Movie

More like great water-cooler gossip than actual true-crime material, the self-deprecating humor helps but doesn't exactly distinguish the series from other examples of this genre, which is already prevalent on channels like Investigation Discovery.

Poking fun at its own reputation as a purveyor of melodramatic TV movies, Lifetime debuts a new reality-hybrid series titled “My Life Is a Lifetime Movie.” With a heavy emphasis on its trademark woman-in-peril motif, the show weaves flashy reenactments together with real-life interviews. More like great water-cooler gossip than actual true-crime material, the self-deprecating humor helps but doesn’t exactly distinguish the series from other examples of this genre, which is already prevalent on channels like Investigation Discovery.

Containing two stories in each hour, the premiere starts with the seemingly winning combination of sex and spies. “Lovely Little Liars” first looks at small town in Iowa rocked by accusations that Jodi Barrus, a popular female teacher, had sex with a student — a story that’s mostly just troubling, albeit filled with salacious sexual details.

The second half focuses on a woman who discovers her third husband is not a refugee rescue worker, as she believes, but in fact a Cuban spy. Both stories get stretched like a pair of ill-fitting yoga pants to fill out the hour.

Granted, everyone’s thought at one point or another their life would be great fodder for a TV movie. But while the concept is intriguing, there’s a fine line between sleazy fun and being convicted of a felony.

Lifetime has ordered seven episodes of the series, with upcoming titles like “I Married a Teenager” and “Prince Charming and the Swinger.”

If the idea succeeds, the network seemingly will have opened the floodgates to an inexhaustible supply of material plucked from the headlines — stories viewers can consume, for better or worse, in half the time it takes to watch an actual Lifetime movie.

My Life Is a Lifetime Movie

Lifetime, Wed. Oct. 17, 10 p.m.

Production: Produced by DiGa Vision and Lifetime Television. Executive producers, Liz Gateley, Tony DiSanto, Jordan Roberts, Jessica Antonini; director, Jordan Roberts; story producers, Barbara Davilman, Simone Hillard.

Crew: Camera, Hisham Abed; editors, Chris Cooke, Ed Salier, Jessica Schoen, Christina Schwerin; casting, Melissa Rothschild. Running time: 60 MIN.

More TV

  • Brian Roberts and Jeremy Darroch

    Sky Auction: Comcast Beats Fox With $39 Billion Bid

    Poking fun at its own reputation as a purveyor of melodramatic TV movies, Lifetime debuts a new reality-hybrid series titled “My Life Is a Lifetime Movie.” With a heavy emphasis on its trademark woman-in-peril motif, the show weaves flashy reenactments together with real-life interviews. More like great water-cooler gossip than actual true-crime material, the self-deprecating […]

  • Meryl Streep Wants Tracey Ullman to

    Meryl Streep Wants Tracey Ullman to Run for President

    Poking fun at its own reputation as a purveyor of melodramatic TV movies, Lifetime debuts a new reality-hybrid series titled “My Life Is a Lifetime Movie.” With a heavy emphasis on its trademark woman-in-peril motif, the show weaves flashy reenactments together with real-life interviews. More like great water-cooler gossip than actual true-crime material, the self-deprecating […]

  • Into The Dark -- "The Body"

    TV Review: 'Into the Dark: The Body' on Hulu

    Poking fun at its own reputation as a purveyor of melodramatic TV movies, Lifetime debuts a new reality-hybrid series titled “My Life Is a Lifetime Movie.” With a heavy emphasis on its trademark woman-in-peril motif, the show weaves flashy reenactments together with real-life interviews. More like great water-cooler gossip than actual true-crime material, the self-deprecating […]

  • Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC EntertainmentPaley

    Bob Greenblatt Poised to Step Down as NBC Entertainment Chairman (EXCLUSIVE)

    Poking fun at its own reputation as a purveyor of melodramatic TV movies, Lifetime debuts a new reality-hybrid series titled “My Life Is a Lifetime Movie.” With a heavy emphasis on its trademark woman-in-peril motif, the show weaves flashy reenactments together with real-life interviews. More like great water-cooler gossip than actual true-crime material, the self-deprecating […]

  • New Report Alleges NBC News Chief

    NBC News Chief Andy Lack Faces Scrutiny Over Handling of Sexual Harassment Claims

    Poking fun at its own reputation as a purveyor of melodramatic TV movies, Lifetime debuts a new reality-hybrid series titled “My Life Is a Lifetime Movie.” With a heavy emphasis on its trademark woman-in-peril motif, the show weaves flashy reenactments together with real-life interviews. More like great water-cooler gossip than actual true-crime material, the self-deprecating […]

  • RuPaul

    TV News Roundup: RuPaul's Netflix Comedy 'AJ and the Queen' Adds 4 Cast Members

    Poking fun at its own reputation as a purveyor of melodramatic TV movies, Lifetime debuts a new reality-hybrid series titled “My Life Is a Lifetime Movie.” With a heavy emphasis on its trademark woman-in-peril motif, the show weaves flashy reenactments together with real-life interviews. More like great water-cooler gossip than actual true-crime material, the self-deprecating […]

  • Jon Huertas and Chris Sullivan

    'This Is Us' Bosses Talk Toby and Miguel Centric Episodes and Filming in Vietnam

    Poking fun at its own reputation as a purveyor of melodramatic TV movies, Lifetime debuts a new reality-hybrid series titled “My Life Is a Lifetime Movie.” With a heavy emphasis on its trademark woman-in-peril motif, the show weaves flashy reenactments together with real-life interviews. More like great water-cooler gossip than actual true-crime material, the self-deprecating […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content