It’s official, this is not the Lifetime your grandmother used to watch. The network has been slowly changing its brand to a more contemporary setting. One inclination was original programming that appealed to a younger audience. We got a taste of what the network could do with the Lizzie Borden series, and the film that accompanied it.
Now, another murderous subject is coming to Lifetime. According to Deadline Hollywood, Lifetime will bring Charles Manson’s circle of teenage girls as the subject of their next film. Titled, Manson’s Lost Girls, the film will focus on the girls who followed Manson around as he committed heinous murders.
These girls not only followed Manson, but also helped him carry out these crimes, which was supposed to start a race war. So who will play the Manson girls? MacKenzie Mauzy will play Linda Kasabian, Eden Brolin will play Susan Atkins, and Greer Grammer will play Leslie Van Houten. Charles Manson will be played by Jeff Ward.
Lifetime isn’t the only network to get on the Manson train. NBC has the show Aquarius which stars Gethin Anthony as Manson, and David Duchovny as detective Sam Hodiak.
The official synopsis of Manson’s Lost Girls is as follows:
“Manson’s Lost Girls, from Asylum Entertainment, tells the story of Linda Kasabian (Mauzy) as she first meets ‘the family’ at the seemingly idyllic Spahn Ranch hippie commune, where she and her baby daughter are embraced with open arms. Seduced by the group’s free-love lifestyle, Linda revels in a profound sense of sisterhood and acceptance.”
“She is especially taken with Manson, who soon draws her into criminal activities, including late-night ‘creepy crawls’ breaking into and stealing from lavish homes. Linda begins to see the evil in Manson, but the others remain fiercely loyal. Once she becomes an accomplice in what Manson calls ‘Helter Skelter,’ a drug-fueled murder spree that included the brutal death of actress Sharon Tate and her unborn child, Linda breaks away and turns herself in as a witness for the prosecution.”
Here’s a few reactions to the new Lifetime film.
While someone wrote in to Deadline, “Hopefully it’s just like Aquarius and they make all the casting choices very ‘Melrose Place meets Models Inc.’ (Because realistic looking killers are kind of boring.)”
What do you think of Lifetime’s decision to cover famous killers?