Lifetime is expanding the run of Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles.
A follow up to the network’s original TV movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax, the limited series was originally picked up in October 2014 with a six episode order, but has now been extended to eight episodes, Lifetime announced at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.
Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles picks up following Lizzie’s acquittal of the murder of her father and stepmother in 1892, which has resulted in Lizzie becoming something of a celebrity. But when numerous people close to Lizzie – ranging from her half-brother to Broadway luminaries and the head of the criminal underworld — start to mysteriously die under brutal and strange circumstances, legendary Pinkerton detective Charlie Siringo becomes determined to prove her involvement in their ultimate demise.
Christinia Ricci and Clea DuVall, who starred in the TV movie, are set to reprise their roles as Lizzie and Emma Borden, respectively. Other cast member lined up for the limited series include Cole Hause (Good Will Hunting) as Pinkerton agent Charlie Siringo; John Heard (The Sopranos) as William Almy, the business partner of Lizzie’s murdered father Andrew; and Andrew Howard (Hatfields & McCoys) as William, Lizzie’s half-brother.
The limited series is being penned by Greg Small, Rich Blaney, Barbara Nance, Jason Grote and David Simkins. Sony Pictures Television, who also produced Lizzie Borden Took An Ax, will produce, with Judith Verno serving as the executive producer. Stephen Kay, Russell Mulcahy and Howard Deutch are attached to direct the series, which is set to premiere on Lifetime in April 2015.