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100 things that apparently happened, as told by 'The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story'

On Monday, September 1, Lifetime ushered in a new generation of unauthorized biopics with its behind the scenes look at what really happened on the 1990s hit Saved by the Bell. The cast has largely disavowed themselves from the project and/or Dustin Diamond’s scandalous memoir Behind the Bell, and considering that the movie is based on that biography, it’s safe to say most of the things that happened in this movie didn’t really happen that way at all.

But still, we watch. We learn. We cringe. We tweet.

Here are 100 things that APPARENTLY happened, if we’re to believe that the Diamond-produced Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story was based on truthfacts and actualhonests and was in no way, shape, or form a gross embellishment of events: READ FULL STORY

Watch the first 5 minutes of Lifetime's 'Unauthorized Saved by the Bell' movie

It looks like Lifetime has decided to start school a little early this year.

Before its premiere on Sept. 1, the network has released the first five minutes of the highly anticipated and already much-talked about The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story. After barely giving us a real trailer, releasing the opening sequence on Facebook is an interesting way to capture viewers’ attention. Before the full title credits roll, we meet Zach, Screech, and the whole gang in a limo en route to what appears to be their first big public appearance after the premiere of Saved by the Bell. In that brief car ride, they question if anyone will even like the show—cute plot device since we obviously know what happens next. They don’t make Lifetime movies for unlikable people! (Murderers not included.)

Zach Morris—or rather Mark-Paul Gosselaar, or really Dylan Everett, the young Canadian actor taking on the part(s)—even has a signature moment of breaking the fourth wall and talking directly into the camera. That is until Screech (Sam Kindseth) takes over, confirming the rumors that the film will in fact be told from Dustin Diamond’s point of view. (It’s based on his book, Behind the Bell.)


The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story airs on Lifetime on Labor Day, Monday Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET.

Lifetime's 'Petals on the Wind': Is it as bananas as the book?

The short answer, alas, is “no.” And really, how could it be? V.C. Andrews’ Petals on the Wind is in a class of its own, one where movie adaptations dare not go — a world in which it’s perfectly fine and great for a 40-something widower to fall in love with a gorgeous, 15-year-old shut-in who’s just been raped by her equally beautiful brother. (Don’t worry about the lack of consent, though; according to Andrews, the girl kind of wanted it anyway. Also totally normal and okay.)

So yeah: In Lifetime’s version of Flowers in the Attic, the rape was reimagined as a consensual act, probably because watching 14-year-old Kiernan Shipka engage in incest is already traumatic enough. And though there is no universe in which Lifetime’s version of Petals could reasonably be called “understated,” its decision to flash forward 10 years after the events of Flowers allows it to sail right past many of the book’s most disturbing elements — though it does meet others head-on. And while this movie, like the first, tends to be disappointingly muted — psst, actors: this material is ridiculous! Why are most of you taking it so seriously? — it does have occasional flashes of insanity that meet (and, at one point, possibly exceed) the book’s own ludicrous level. In fact, if I could do it all over again, I might recommend watching the movie this way, just to get past the dull bits: READ FULL STORY

'Devious Maids': Five ideas for plot twists this season

When I began covering Lifetime’s new soap Devious Maids last year, I was every bit the open-minded – albeit conflicted – journalist. The internal debate I was having about the show – about five Hispanic maids – went something like: “Well, there’ll finally be a television show with a primarily Latina cast!” Followed by, “But they’re all maids.” A slew of thoughts ensued, all along the lines of “We Latinas are more than maids – we’re doctors, engineers, bankers and more,” and then “maids are people too and that’s how many immigrants earn their start in this country.” READ FULL STORY

Get ripped while watching Lifetime: The 'Gabby Douglas Story' workout plan

Nothing goes better with a cheesy Lifetime biopic than, 1) actual cheese, and 2) wine — preferably, lots of it. But somehow, guzzling empty calories while watching tiny teenagers perform astonishing feats of athleticism just seems wrong… especially when one of those tiny teens is the real Gabby Douglas, who does stunt work for her celluloid doppelganger Imani Hakim in The Gabby Douglas Story. (The film’s competition scenes also feature actual footage of Douglas’s professional triumphs.)

The solution? Instead of watching Gabby in awe and envy while you stuff your face, take the film’s debut as an opportunity to get your sweat on. Its subject material is the perfect inspiration — and its knack for hitting every stop along the inspirational TV movie highway make it perfect for a drinking-game-esque fitness routine. The rules, if you dare:

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10 reasons Lifetime is bonkers (and brilliant) for making a 'Flowers in the Attic' sequel

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that Flowers in the Attic — V.C. Andrews’ neo-gothic, incest-laden trashterpiece — is utterly, utterly nuts. To wit: The plot revolves around a beautiful idiot named Corrine who keeps her four children locked on the top floor of a creepy old mansion while she tries to convince their estranged, incredibly wealthy grandfather to write her back into his will. (She’ll get no money if her father knows she has kids.) Why can’t this woman, I don’t know, support her family by getting a job? Because shut up, that’s why!

If you’ve ever devoured the book — especially as a guilty but enthralled teenager — you know that what happens next is even more ridiculous: The kids learn that their father was also their mother’s half-uncle. (Raise your hand if you didn’t know half-uncles were a thing before Flowers in the Attic). Their wicked, Bible-thumping grandmother beats them, starves them, covers eldest sister Cathy’s hair with tar, and won’t stop insinuating that Cathy and her older brother Chris totally want to bone. Cathy and Chris do, in fact, totally bone. (Actually, he rapes her, but Andrews is so twisted that she implies Cathy was asking for it.) And that’s before their youngest brother Cory dies because — drum roll — their mother’s been poisoning them with arsenic-laced doughnuts for months.

Death by doughnut! Truly, Flowers in the Attic is without equal — or so you’ll think until you read its sequel, Petals on the Wind.

On Thursday, Lifetime announced that it’s already planning to bring Petals to the small screen for the first time — even though the network’s new adaptation of Flowers won’t premiere until Jan. 18. This is, in short, an insane, baffling, possibly genius idea — and here’s why.
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'The Client List' canceled after major season 2 cliffhanger: But we need answers!

It’s official: Lifetime has canceled The Client List, a.k.a. my guiltiest pleasure on television. After two years of watching Riley Parks go from housewife to dirty masseuse to potential murderer, I’m now expected (read: forced) to walk away from the show just as it was about to give me some answers. What have I done to deserve this?! Is it too much to ask to put a pregnant Jennifer Love Hewitt back in her stilettos for one more teeny tiny little season? She doesn’t even have to massage people anymore. I’m willing to compromise.

For those of you who need a refresher course, season 2 ended with Riley’s world essentially imploding. The police were hot on her trail, she had just burned down her own massage parlor (potentially killing a wanted criminal in the process), and the two most important men in her life had finally figured out that she was hiding a massive secret. Allow me to paint you a picture: A beaten up Riley stood in front of two gorgeous men (who wanted answers) as her business burned to the ground behind her and sirens approached. Her last words were literally, “I can explain.” Sorry Riley, but you’ll never get the chance. And now, what was a good tease has turned into what might be the worst final line of a show … ever.
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'Witches of East End' premiere react: In need of a little magic

The witching hour has come and gone with Lifetime’s Witches of East End pilot, and I’m undecided on just how strong the spell really is so far.

In the magical show’s introductory hour, we were immediately thrown into the world of the Beauchamp family, made up of mom Joanna (Julia Ormond), and sisters Ingrid (Rachel Boston) and Freya (Jenna Dewan-Tatum). I hope you were holding on to something in the first few minutes, because the whiplash was intense. Less than a minute in, Freya had already mentioned a weird dream she had … and the all-too-obvious witchy hints began. Spoilers ahead!

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Lifetime's Gina Gershon 'House of Versace' movie: Let's talk about it

Did you watch House of Versace tonight on Lifetime? Do you feel like you spent the last two hours huffing peroxide fumes and saying “It’s hot! It’s sexy! It’s worrrrking!” to your cat while you made him tiny bias cut dresses out of tinfoil? No? ME NEITHER.

But let’s discuss it anyway. Some real-time thoughts:

1. I do not envy Gina Gershon having to fill Maya Rudolph’s lace-front from the old Donatella sketches on SNL (which are annoyingly hard to find online, except for this). Maya basically played her as a sozzled blond honey badger from hell who ate cocaine for breakfast, Capri Slims for lunch, and go-go boys for dinner, and she was perfection.

2. Oh wait! Gina is not so bad. The wig looks good, very Victoria Gotti with a little extra VO5. And I like the whole Harvey-Fierstein-goes-to-Roma rasp she’s working. More menthols! Also, Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars, Just Shoot Me) nails Gianni, looks-wise.

3. These runway shows and photo shoots are kind of janky. Lifetime, I know setpieces are expensive but this is House of Versace, not House of Vinyl Markdowns. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: Liam Hemsworth stars in 'Paranoia,' Luke Bryan releases an album, Lifetime has a new original flick, and more

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Halfway through August and not sure what to do? Check out everything that’s on our pop culture radar this week: READ FULL STORY

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