Sunday, July 09, 2006

Lifetime: The Channel for Women?

Ok, perhaps the better question is why I just spent the last ninety minutes with a Lifetime movie on while I did some work. It's a Sunday afternoon, and the choices are slim but I need something to keep me awake while I do a monotonous work assignment. So I was lured into watching the last half of this movie as the a central character was the dad from Everwood, a WB show I've enjoyed over the past few years.

I am sorry to say that this isn't the first time I've been tempted to waste an afternoon watching a horrible movie. Somehow they suck you in, although you know the ending already: unhappily ever after. Ironically Lifetime proclaims itself to be the channel for women, although every movie is about women being victimized. For example, today's flick is about a married choir leader who had an affair with a much admired deacon of the church. The choir leader filed divorce papers, falsely claiming that her husband abused her and the like. The affair continued and ultimately the deacon ended up shooting his wife in cold blood. The church fires the choir leader and supports the murderous deacon. She attempts suicide. Then she is tricked into treatment with a therapist who drugs her in an attempt to admit her into a mental hospital to keep her from testifying against the deacon. That's when I turned it off.

In an effort to avoid studying while in law school, I watched a Lifetime movie about a woman who was abused by her husband. She finally mustered the strength to defend herself and ended up killing him. Then she went to jail for a life sentence. So depressing! Then you have the college girl raped by a fraternity member who is continually taunted and revictimized and eventually goes crazy.

I am confident that this will be my first and last Lifetime movie of 2006. On a positive note, Lifetime does air the Golden Girls on a regular basis. Now that's much more worth watching. For a detailed discussion of the various Golden Girls, check out Donatello's latest blog.

I hope everyone else spent their Sunday afternoon with more worthwhile endeavors!


ilLegal said...

there is simply no better way to procrastinate than a bad, drama-ridden movie!

kimberly said...

What a wierd topic for a movie. Is that a true story? That's the creepiest thing about those Lifetime movies, I never know if it's true. hopefully not. why don't they just show movies about makeovers and what not to wear and how to decorate and remodel your home. I think TLC should be named the new channel for women. Not that I do any of that stuff either. But I like to watch that stuff more than I like to watch scary movies about being attacked at church.

Ally said...

Kimberly, you'll be sad to learn that this movie was based on a true story (according to the commercials). I agree that TLC is much more women friendly, and in college, I wasted many afternoons watching the Baby Story and crying. Yes, I was (and am) pathetic.