Christina Ricci and Lifetime are taking another whack at the life of notorious murder suspect Lizzie Bordon in the limited series “Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles,” the network announced today.
In the follow-up to January’s “Lizzie Borden Took An Ax,” this project will offer a fictionalized account of the events and people involved in Borden’s life as she encounters new-found celebrity after her controversial acquittal of the murders of her father and stepmother in 1892. When numerous people close to Lizzie — including her half-brother William (“Hatfields & McCoys'” Andrew Howard), Broadway luminaries, and the head of the criminal underworld start to mysteriously die under brutal and strange circumstances — legendary Pinkerton detective Charlie Siringo (Cole Hauser, “Good Will Hunting”) becomes determined to prove her involvement in their ultimate demise. Emmy nominee John Heard (“The Sopranos”) also stars as William Almy, the business partner of Lizzie’s murdered father Andrew.
“For more than a century, the world has been captivated by the legend of Lizzie Borden. But no one has captured her enigmatic menace as well as Christina Ricci,” said Rob Sharenow, EVP and g.m. of Lifetime. “This series will take viewers further down Lizzie Borden’s dark path, revealing what many people suspected about her mysterious life.”
Six one-hour installments of “Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles” will air in 2015 on Lifetime. It will be produced by Sony Pictures Television and executive produced by Judith Verno (“Lizzie Borden Took An Ax”) and Ricci. It will be written by Greg Small and Rich Blaney (“Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret”), Barbara Nance (“House of Lies”), Jason Grote (“Mad Men”) and David Simkins (“Grimm”). Stephen Kay (“Sons of Anarchy”) will direct episodes one and two.