Lifetime has ordered two additional episodes of its new limited series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles bringing the total to eight. The follow-up to Lifetime’s original movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax stars Christina Ricci in a reprisal of her role as the real-life women accused, but acquitted, of murdering her father and stepmother; Clea DuVall also reprises her role as Lizzie’s sister, Emma, in the eight-part series, which premieres in April.
Lifetime ordered the sequel because Lizzie Borden Took An Ax averaged 4.4 million in its January 25 premiere. The sequel is a fictitious take on Borden’s life following her real-life acquittal, “as she continues to misbehave,” Ricci told TV critics today at Winter TV Press Tour 2015. “This is an imagining of what could have happened…This version of her is actually a lot more satisfying,” Ricci confessed, explaining of the character, “She has a sense of self-awareness. ” In round numbers that means the acquitted Lizzie embarks on a life awash in newfound celebrity, and more people around her meet their maker in interesting ways. Director Stephen Kay promised TV critics they would root for Borden in the sequel, “But in the same breath, you’re going, ‘Someone freakin’ stop her’.”
The Lizzie Borden Chronicles is produced by Sony Pictures Television and executive produced by Judith Verno (Lizzie Borden Took An Ax) and Ricci. Lizzie Borden Took An Ax averaged 4.4 million Total Viewers in its January 25 world premiere.