Lifetime to Air Three ‘The Unauthorized…’ Stories This Fall

Lifetime’s Unathorized film franchise continues this summer with the original movie The Unauthorized Full House Story (#UnauthorizedFullHouse). From its start as an unassuming family comedy in 1987 to its eventual wildly popular 192-episode run, the film centers on the rise of the cast of one of America’s most beloved family sitcoms and the pressures they faced in balancing their television personas with their real lives.The Unauthorized Full House Story will premiere Saturday, August 22, at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime.

Find out how John Stamos almost got the Olsen twins fired. One wonders if the film will address the infamous Dave Coulier-Alanis Morissette relationship or Jodie Sweetin’s Dance Off, Pants Off days. And look for the reboot Fuller House, next year on Netflix, starring the original cast reprising their roles.

The iconic roles include:
DANNY TANNER: Garrett Brawith (Rolling) as Bob Saget
JOEY GLADSTONE: Justin Mader (Death Race) as Dave Coulier
JESSE KATSOPOLIS: Justin Gaston (Days of Our Lives) as John Stamos
REBECCA DONALDSON-Katsopolis: Stephanie Bennett (Big Eyes) as Lori Loughlin
D.J. TANNER: Shelby Armstrong and Brittney Wilson (Rogue) as the younger and older versions of Candace Cameron
STEPHANIE TANNER: Dakota Guppy (The Returned) and Jordyn Olson (The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story) as the younger and older versions of Jodie Sweetin
MICHELLE TANNER: Blaise and Kinslea Todd as the toddler versions of twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen; Calla and Tyla Jones playing them at age six and Kylie and Jordan Armstrong as the twins at nine years of age
KIMMY GIBBLER: Aislyn Watson (Finding Mrs. Claus) and Jaime Schneider (Twisted Tales of My 9 to 5) as the younger and older versions of Andrea Barber


Later this fall, Lifetime takes on the hit 1990’s FOX shows Melrose Place and Beverly Hills, 90210.

Ah, the 1990s.  Sideburns, frosted tips, slap bracelets, fanny packs and, of course, the launch of two shows that made television history — Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place.  In a Lifetime “throw back-to–back” weekend event, The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story premieres Saturday, October 3, at 8pm ET/PT and The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story  follows on Saturday, October 10, at 8pm ET/PT.  The movies are the latest in Lifetime’s “Unauthorized Story” film franchise and revisit two of the decade’s most iconic programs and reveal what transpired behind the scenes during the cast members’ rise to fame. 

An international pop culture phenomenon, Beverly Hills, 90210 ruled the ‘90s television landscape and reigned as the top teen show for nearly a decade during which Jason Priestley, Luke Perry, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling became household names.  The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story reveals the roller coaster ride behind the show’s first four seasons, highlighting the drama between cast members and producers both on and off-set as they journeyed together from near-cancelation to unparalleled fame and success.  


The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story cast includes:

  • AARON SPELLING: Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons)
  • DARREN STAR: Adam Korson (Hot in Cleveland)
  • BRENDA WALSH/SHANNEN DOHERTY: Samantha Munro (Degrassi: The Next Generation)
  • BRANDON WALSH/JASON PRIESTLEY: Max Lloyd-Jones (Switched at Birth)
  • KELLY TAYLOR/JENNIE GARTH: Abbie Cobb (Suburgatory)
  • DYLAN MCKAY/LUKE PERRY: Jesy McKinney (Chapter III: Nightmare)
  • DONNA MARTIN/TORI SPELLING: Abby Ross (Once Upon a Time)
  • STEVE SANDERS/IAN ZIERING: David Lennon (Restless Virgins)
  • ANDREA ZUCKERMAN/GABRIELLE CARTERIS: Michele Goyns (The Town That Came A-Courtin’)
  • VALERIE MALONE/TIFFANI-AMBER THIESSEN: Alyssa Lynch (The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story)

Launched in 1992 as a companion for Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place quickly became a giant television hit in its own right.  Originally designed to be an authentic, grounded look at 20-something life in Los Angeles, the program soon became 90210’s soapier, yet equally popular counterpart.  The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story highlights the remarkable behind-the-scenes moments that shaped the series including early casting drama, Heather Locklear arriving to “save” Melrose Place, and the actors begging their writers for even wilder storylines to make them fan favorites.


The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story cast includes:

  • AARON SPELLING: Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons
  • DARREN STAR: Adam Korson (Hot in Cleveland)
  • AMANDA WOODWARD/HEATHER LOCKLEAR: Ciara Hanna (Power Rangers Megaforce)
  • BILLY CAMPBELL/ANDREW SHUE: Frank Bailey (The Super Alliance)
  • JAKE HANSON/GRANT SHOW: Ryan Bruce (The Memory Book)
  • JANE MANCINI/JOSIE BISSETT: Chloe McClay (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce)
  • KIMBERLY SHAW/MARCIA CROSS: Teagan Vincze (The Scarehouse)
  • MATT FIELDING/DOUG SAVANT: Joseph Coleman (Supernatural)
  • MICHAEL MANCINI/THOMAS CALABRO: Brandon Barash (Major Crimes)
  • RHONDA BLAIR/VANESSA A. WILLIAMS: Karissa Tynes (Jennifer’s Body)
  • SYDNEY ANDREWS/LAURA LEIGHTON: Chelsea Hobbs (Make It or Break It)
  • SANDY LOUISE HARDING/AMY LOCANE: Lanie McAuley (Scarecrow)