[11/30/05 - 12:00 AM]
Sharon Lawrence, Tim Matheson and Mika Boorem to Star in Lifetime Original Movie 'Augusta, Gone,' Based on True Story of a Mother Who Struggles to Save Her Teenage Daughter from Self-Destruction

[via press release from Lifetime]

Sharon Lawrence, Tim Matheson and Mika Boorem to Star in LIFETIME Original Movie 'Augusta, Gone,' Based on True Story of a Mother Who Struggles to Save Her Teenage Daughter From Self-Destruction

- Based on Martha Tod Dudman's New York Times Best-Selling Book -

- Matheson Also Directs and Executive Produces -

- Lifetime Partners with the National Runaway Switchboard to Help Advise Parents and Keep Teens Safe -

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30 -- LIFETIME is adapting the New York Times Best Seller(R), Augusta, Gone, to air as a LIFETIME Original Movie starring Emmy(R) nominee Sharon Lawrence ("NYPD Blue," "Little Black Book"), Emmy(R) nominee Tim Matheson ("Judas," "The West Wing") and Mika Boorem ("Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights," "Blue Crush"), it was announced today by Trevor Walton, Senior Vice President, Original Movies. "Augusta, Gone" is the heart-wrenching true story of a devoted single mother whose teenage daughter's self-destructive and hostile behavior becomes more than either or them can handle. "Augusta, Gone" will premiere in March 2006 on LIFETIME Television.

"Martha Tod Dudman's struggle with her volatile daughter Augusta is at once terrifying and inspiring," said Walton. "The estrangement between the two is a magnified version of what many families experience. As heartbroken parents torn between the unconditional love they have for their child and the tough love required to put their daughter back on the right path, Sharon Lawrence and Tim Matheson will bring real emotional depth to this film. And the talented, young actress Mika Boorem will bring her unique intensity to the fiery, troubled Augusta."

Martha (Lawrence) is a successful businesswoman and divorced mother who prides herself on the close relationship she maintains with her two children, Augusta (Boorem) and Jack (Sage Testini). But when the once-sweet Augusta enters her teen years, she is overwhelmed by feelings of anger and self- loathing, and her personality undergoes a radical and frightening transformation. Seeking escape from the pain, Augusta starts down a dark road of drugs, drinking and complete disregard for authority that eventually leads the 15-year-old to a life on the streets. Distraught, Martha and her ex- husband, Ben (Matheson), seek the help of an educational consultant who advises them to send their daughter to a strict wilderness camp for troubled teens. But even the institution's experienced and tough-as-nails administrators find Augusta difficult to control, and Martha sadly realizes there is no quick answer to her daughter's behavior.

Every day, between 1.3 and 2.8 million runaway and homeless youth live on the streets of America. One out of every seven children will run away before the age of 18. In conjunction with the movie, LIFETIME is partnering with the National Runaway Switchboard to create an original public service announcement (PSA) to air immediately following the premiere and online content that will offer both parents and teens additional information and resources. Lawrence is best known for her role as the compassionate and headstrong District Attorney Sylvia Costas on the ABC drama "NYPD Blue," for which she received a Screen Actors Guild(R) Award and three Emmy(R) nominations. The actress most recently starred in the acclaimed British play "Under the Blue Sky" and made a splash last season on the ABC dramas "Desperate Housewives" and "Boston Legal." Her upcoming feature film releases include "Nearing Grace," with David Morse, and "The Alibi," with Selma Blair and James Brolin. Lawrence's other feature film credits include "Little Black Book," with Holly Hunter and Brittany Murphy; "The Only Thrill," with Diane Keaton and Sam Shepard; "Nearing Grace," with Jordana Brewster; and "Gossip," with Kate Hudson. Her extensive list of television credits include "Word of Honor," "Wolf Lake," "Fired Up," "Ladies Man," "Atomic Twister" and "Aftershock: Earthquake in New York." The actress has left lasting impressions as a guest star on several hit shows, including "Law & Order: SVU" and "Judging Amy."

Matheson has wide-ranging credits in television and feature films as an actor, producer and director. He received immediate attention for his first television role on the series "Window on Main Street." This appearance resulted in leading roles on many popular series, including "The Twilight Zone," "Leave it to Beaver" and "My Three Sons." Matheson's feature film credits include the hit comedy "Animal House," Steven Spielberg's "1941," "The Story of Us," "Van Wilder," "She's All That," "Black Sheep," "Yours, Mine and Ours" and "A Very Brady Sequel." Most recently, Matheson guest starred on the critically acclaimed NBC drama "The West Wing," for which he received two Emmy(R) nominations. His extensive television credits include "Judas," "Martha, Inc: The Story of Martha Stewart," LIFETIME Television's "Navigating the Heart," "Forever Love" and "Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families." As a producer, Matheson was responsible for bringing "Breach of Conduct" and "Cold Case" to television and "Blind Fury" to the big screen. He has worked behind the camera, directing episodes of popular television shows such as "Without a Trace," "Numb3rs," "Cold Case," "St. Elsewhere," "Ed," "Third Watch" and "The Twilight Zone."

Boorem began her career in 1996 with a guest appearance on the popular CBS series "Touched by an Angel." Since then, the young actress has starred in the feature films "Sleepover," "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights," "Carolina," "Blue Crush" and "Riding in Cars with Boys." In addition, Boorem has made guest appearances on episodes of "Dawson's Creek," "Providence," "Walker, Texas Ranger," "Ally McBeal," "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" and "The Drew Carey Show." She was recently seen in the independent film "Smile," which was released in August.

"Augusta, Gone" is produced by Nightstar Productions in association with Robert Greenwald Productions for LIFETIME Television. Laurie Goldstein ("Disappearance," "Sharing the Secret") is the executive producer. Tim Matheson ("Hell Swarm," "In the Company of Spies") will executive produce, act and direct. The teleplay is by Haden Yelin ("See You in My Dreams," "Little John").

LIFETIME is the leader in women's television and one of the top-rated basic cable television networks. A diverse, multi-media company, LIFETIME is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. Launched in 1984, LIFETIME serves more than 89 million households nationwide. In 1998, LIFETIME launched Lifetime Movie Network, now in 49 million homes, and in 2001, Lifetime Real Women. LIFETIME Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women, Lifetime Home Entertainment, Lifetime Radio for Women and Lifetime Online are part of LIFETIME Entertainment Services, a 50/50 joint venture of The Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company.

Web Site: http://www.lifetimetv.com

  [november 2005]  

· ED (NBC)

[10/13/15 - 11:28 AM]
Video: WGN America Unveils Provocative First Trailer for the Highly Anticipated New Drama "Outsiders"
David Morse, Thomas M. Wright and Ryan Hurst co-star in the series, premiering in early 2016.

[10/13/15 - 11:27 AM]
DIY Network Premieres "Miami Flip" on October 21
In the series, licensed contractor and fearless renovator Carolina Sullivan showcases her keen eye for buying low and selling high as she and her team gut outdated Miami properties and renovate them into gorgeous modern homes to sell.

[10/13/15 - 11:22 AM]
Hallmark Channel Reaps Top Ratings with Premiere of Latest Original Movie, "Harvest Moon"
The Hallmark Channel spins the numbers for Saturday, October 10.

[10/13/15 - 11:08 AM]
ABC Television Network Gives Hit New Drama Series "Quantico" a Full Season Order
Season to date, "Quantico" ranks as Sunday's No. 1 scripted broadcast show in Adults 18-49, improving the 10 o'clock hour for ABC by 44%.

[10/13/15 - 10:41 AM]
Starz Shocks Fans with a Surprise Screening of "Ash vs Evil Dead" at New York Comic-Con 2015
Nearly 2,400 fans were treated to the surprise screening at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

[10/13/15 - 10:26 AM]
FX to Air Special Halloween Marathon of the Hit FOX Show "Scream Queens"
Spend Halloween night with FX, catching up on the first six episodes of the new FOX horror comedy.

[10/13/15 - 09:59 AM]
Donald Trump to Host "SNL" on Nov. 7 with Musical Guest Sia
Trump previously hosted "SNL" on April 3, 2004.

[10/13/15 - 09:08 AM]
H.R. Pufnstuf Returns to Kids TV for First Time in Over 45 Years in Sid & Marty Krofft's Preschool Hit "Mutt & Stuff" on Nickelodeon
Featuring H.R. Pufnstuf, Cling and Clang, Freddy the Flute and the Rescue Racer, the special is part of an additional 20 episode order that Nickelodeon has greenlit, bringing the total to 40 for "Mutt & Stuff's" first season.

[10/13/15 - 08:34 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Stays on Top with "Voice," "Blindspot"
Both series hold even with last week among adults 18-49.

[10/13/15 - 08:25 AM]
History Explores the Theory That Adolf Hitler Successfully Escaped from the Bunker in the New Series "Hunting Hitler"
The eight-part series launches premieres Tuesday, November 10 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/13/15 - 07:00 AM]
Musical Performers Announced for "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," Airing Dec. 8
Eight-time Grammy Award(R)-winning artist Rihanna, Selena Gomez and Grammy Award(R)-nominated "The Weeknd" will perform on the annual CBS event.

[10/13/15 - 06:56 AM]
"Castro: The World's Most Watched Man" Debuts Thursday, October 22 at 10/9c on American Heroes Channel (AHC)
The one-hour documentary looks at the life of Fidel Castro through the eyes of the spies who have observed him for over a half-century.

[10/13/15 - 06:47 AM]
Sundance TV Celebrates the 35th Anniversay of The Shining with Stephen King Thriller Week Beginning on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 8:00pm ET/PT
Said stunt is timed with the highly anticipated season two premiere of SundanceTV's International Emmy(R) and Peabody Award-winning French drama, "The Returned."

[10/13/15 - 06:00 AM]
Oprah Returns to the "Dr. Phil" Stage for a Rare Interview and to Preview Her New Television Event
They recall unforgettable times from their over 20-year friendship and working relationship, as well as Oprah's life today running her OWN cable network.

[10/13/15 - 03:06 AM]
FOX Sports Adds Eight Live Bundesliga Matches to FOX Broadcast Schedule in 2016
FOX Sports is adding eight live Bundesliga games on the FOX broadcast network on Saturdays in 2016 from January 30 to the season's final day on May 14.