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'Amanda Knox' Lifetime Movie Will Get Update, But No Sequel ... Yet

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 4th 2011 10:30AM
Lifetime Amanda KnoxAs the news broke that an Italian court had freed Amanda Knox, we couldn't help but hope for a Hayden Panettiere-fronted sequel to the Lifetime movie 'Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy.'

Well, it looks like our dreams will have to stay just that.

According to Deadline, Lifetime has no plans for a sequel to the 2011 movie. You know what that means? Start your campaigns for an episode of 'The Good Wife' or 'Law & Order: SVU'!

The Los Angeles Times reports Lifetime has altered the TV movie to include several sentences explaining the latest changes to the case. They will appear before and after the film.

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Amanda Knox is Free! Bring on the Lifetime Sequel

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 3rd 2011 4:43PM
Amanda Knox Lifetime SequelAmanda Knox is a free woman. Yep, she's been acquitted of the murder of Meredith Kercher, a British exchange student she met while studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, and is heading home.

What's next? We hope another Lifetime movie.

In February 2011, 'Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial in Italy' aired on Lifetime. Starring Hayden Panettiere and Marcia Gay Harden, the movie was typical Lifetime fare. There was drama, romance and violence and the Knox family wasn't too keen on it. In fact, they tried to have the movie blocked from air. But their efforts were unsuccessful, and the film was watched by 2.8 million viewers.

When the movie aired on Lifetime, the 'Heroes' star told AOL TV she did a copious amount of research, but didn't form an opinion on her guilt or innocence.

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Alan Alda, Hugh Dancy Stop by 'The Big C,' Bret Michaels Sues CBS for Tonys Fall and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 28th 2011 5:15PM
Alan AldaAlan Alda is donning scrubs once more.

The onetime 'ER' actor has booked a guest role on Showtime's 'The Big C' as Dr. Atticus Sherman, an oncologist whom Laura Linney's Cathy consults after her first cancer treatment fails, the network announced today.

Also joining the half-hour comedy: British actor Hugh Dancy, who has signed on for a recurring part, Deadline reports.

In other TV news ...

Remember that time Bret Michaels got hit in the head with a stage piece at the Tony Awards? Well, he's suing CBS and the show's producers for not telling him how to exit the stage properly. [THR, Esq.]

CBS corporate synergy alert! Julie Chen and Holly Robinson Peete of 'The Talk' and Drew Carey of 'The Price is Right' will appear on each other's shows in a crossover event scheduled for next week. [EW]

Alton Brown has signed a new three-year deal with the Food Network. The star will continue to develop and host shows as well as appear on 'The Next Food Network Star,' 'The Next Iron Chef' and 'Iron Chef America.' [Deadline]

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Hayden Panettiere on Playing Amanda Knox in Controversial Lifetime Movie

by Pat Gallagher, posted Feb 21st 2011 9:00AM
Hayden Panettiere stars in 'Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy' on Lifetime
Lifetime Television is taking a bold step by airing their made-for-TV movie 'Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial in Italy' tonight at 9PM ET, given the ongoing controversy over the case.

Most of the country is aware of Knox, due to the almost-constant news reports covering this international headline-grabbing story: Knox, an American exchange student, was accused by Italian authorities of brutally stabbing and killing her British roommate Meredith Kercher on November 2, 2007 in their flat in Perugia, Italy. After a well-publicized and controversial trial, Knox was convicted of murder and sentenced to 26 years in prison; her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years. An acquaintance, Rudy Guede, was sentenced to 30 years, which was reduced to 16 in 2009.

Knox's family has apparently made an effort to block the film, saying it creates an "evil opinion" of their daughter while lawyers appeal her conviction.

Hayden Panettiere, best known for her role as cheerleader Claire Bennet on 'Heroes,' plays Knox in the movie. There's a lot riding on her shoulders playing a living person who is currently spending her days and nights in a small jail cell awaiting word on her appeal. We spoke to Panettiere to find out if she had reservations about making this movie, if she had an opinion of Knox's guilt or innocence and if she made an attempt to meet Knox in person.

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Amanda Knox's Lawyers Want Hayden Panettiere Lifetime Movie Pulled

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 7th 2011 11:40AM
Hayden Panettiere'Heroes' star Hayden Panettiere's new Lifetime movie, 'Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy,' is scheduled to premiere Feb. 21. But if Knox's lawyers have anything to say about it, the movie won't air at all.

According to Deadline, Knox's legal team has formally petitioned Lifetime to pull the movie from its schedule and remove a trailer on its website while Knox's case is still under appeal. Knox's lawyers say that if Lifetime doesn't comply by Feb. 10, they will persue legal action against the network.

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