or


[12/15/08 - 01:18 PM]
Emmy Award Nominee Lauren Ambrose and Adam Kaufman Star in "Loving Leah," a New "Hallmark Hall of Fame" Presentation to Be Broadcast Sunday, JaN. 25 on the CBS Television Network
Susie Essman, Ricki Lake, Natasha Lyonne and Mercedes Ruehl also star in the film, based on the play of the same name.

[via press release from CBS]

(NOTE TO EDITORS: Loving Leah is the new title for this movie that was previously announced as "Unorthodox.") --

EMMY AWARD NOMINEE LAUREN AMBROSE AND ADAM KAUFMAN STAR IN "LOVING LEAH," A NEW "HALLMARK HALL OF FAME" PRESENTATION TO BE BROADCAST SUNDAY, JAN. 25 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

Susie Essman ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Ricki Lake ("Hairspray," "China Beach"), Natasha Lyonne ("American Pie") And Academy Award and Golden Globe Award Winner Mercedes Ruehl ("The Fisher King") Also Star

Emmy Award nominee Lauren Ambrose ("Six Feet Under") and Adam Kaufman ("Without a Trace") star in LOVING LEAH, a new "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation to be broadcast Sunday, Jan. 25 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. This quirky love story revolves around the unexpected wedding and unconventional married life of a 26-year-old widow and her late husband's brother, a handsome 30-year-old cardiologist. Susie Essman ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Ricki Lake ("Hairspray," "China Beach"), Natasha Lyonne ("American Pie") and Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Mercedes Ruehl ("The Fisher King") also star.

Jake Lever (Kaufman), a successful, 30-year-old Washington, D.C. doctor who seems to be living his dream, is stunned to learn of the death of his older brother, Benjamin. Jake and his mother, Janice (Ruehl), who are not religious, drifted apart from Benjamin after he moved away to become a rabbi and chose to devote nearly all of his time to his rabbinical duties and his faith. As a result, Jake and Janice are virtual strangers to Benjamin's young widow, Leah (Ambrose), and the other mourners in Benjamin's close-knit Hasidic community in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Already ill-at-ease in Benjamin's world, Jake is shocked when he is asked to honor an ancient Levirate marriage law. As a single man, he's expected to marry the childless Leah to carry on Benjamin's name...or else deny his brother's existence in a ceremony that will release them from this generally un-enforced Jewish law.

Despite his serious relationship with a beautiful surgeon, Carol (Christy Pusz), Jake finds it unthinkable to deny his brother's existence and impulsively suggests he and Leah marry and maintain a secretly platonic relationship in Washington, D.C. Leah gladly accepts as a means of finally pursuing her own dreams without offending her very traditional and domineering mother, Malka (Essman).

Jake and Leah's oversimplified plan to live separate lives out of Jake's two-bedroom apartment proves to be more challenging than anticipated, especially when Leah's suspicious mother shows up unexpectedly. The harder they work to disguise their "pretend" marriage, the more their real love for each other grows.

Ricki Lake portrays Gerry, the first female rabbi Leah has ever met, who invites Leah to join her temple in Washington, D.C. Natasha Lyonne plays Leah's sister, Esther.

Lauren Ambrose was twice nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work in the series "Six Feet Under." Additionally, she and her "Six Feet Under" co-stars won two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Her additional television credits include a recurring role on "Party of Five." Among her film credits are "Starting Out in the Evening" with Frank Langella. Her theater credits include the Broadway production of "Awake and Sing!" and the role of Juliet in the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of "Romeo and Juliet" in Manhattan.

Adam Kaufman's television series credits include a recurring role as the father of Samantha Spade's child on CBS's "Without a Trace" and recurring roles on "Dawson's Creek" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Among his guest-starring television appearances are "CSI: NY" and "CSI: Miami," both on the Network, "Mad Men," "Monk," "Law & Order," "Veronica Mars" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." He also starred in the cable mini-series "Taken."

Susie Essman's television credits include a starring role in the cable series "Curb Your Enthusiasm," for which she and her cast mates were nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Among her additional television credits are guest-starring appearances on "The King of Queens," on the Network, "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." Her film credits include "Keeping the Faith."

Mercedes Ruehl won an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for her supporting role in "The Fisher King." Her additional film credits include "Married to the Mob," "Lost in Yonkers," "Big," "84 Charing Cross Road," "Crazy People" and "Last Action Hero." Among her television credits are recurring roles on the series "Entourage" and "Frasier" and a lead role in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation "The Lost Child." On Broadway, Ruehl won a Tony Award for her performance in "Lost in Yonkers" and received Tony Award nominations for her work in "The Shadow Box" and "The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?"

Ricki Lake made her film debut as Tracy Turnblad in the original version of John Waters' "Hairspray" and had a cameo role as a talent agent in the recent production of the film. Her additional film credits include "Serial Mom," "Mrs. Winterbourne" and "Cry-Baby." Her television credits include a regular role on the series "China Beach" and a recurring role on CBS's "The King of Queens." She also hosted her own talk show, "Ricki Lake," for which she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award as Outstanding Host.

Natasha Lyonne's film credits include "American Pie" and "American Pie 2," "Slums of Beverly Hills," "But I'm a Cheerleader," "Kate & Leopold," "Krippendorf's Tribe," "The Grey Zone" and "Die, Mommie, Die." She also appeared in the cable mini-series "If These Walls Could Talk 2."

LOVING LEAH is a Hallmark Hall of Fame production. Brent Shields ("Pictures of Hollis Woods") and Michael Besman ("About Schmidt") are the executive producers; Jeff Bleckner ("Boston Legal") is the director; P'nenah Goldstein wrote the script based on her play of the same name.

RATING: To Be Announced





  [december 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO)
· LOVING LEAH (CBS)
· SIX FEET UNDER (HBO)
· WITHOUT A TRACE (CBS)









[04/15/14 - 03:06 PM]
NHL Regular Season Sets Viewership Records Across NBC & NBCSN
NBC spins the numbers for its NHL coverage to date this season.

[04/15/14 - 03:02 PM]
Monday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: "The Voice" Tops Demos, "DWTS" Leads Viewers
Plus: numbers for Syfy's "Warehouse 13," MTV's "16 & Pregnant" and TBS's "Bam's Bad Ass Game Show."

[04/15/14 - 02:00 PM]
A Special Behind-the-Scenes Preview of "24: Live Another Day" Airs Saturday, May 3, on FOX
The half-hour special features interviews with the series' Emmy Award-winning director, producers and series stars.

[04/15/14 - 01:51 PM]
"The Maya Rudolph Show" Special Set to Air on NBC May 19
Andy Samberg, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, Craig Robinson and Sean Hayes are among those slated to appear.

[04/15/14 - 01:15 PM]
Discovery Channel's "Naked and Afraid" #1 Ad Supported Program in Cable Among Men on Sunday
Discovery spins the numbers for Sunday, April 13.

[04/15/14 - 12:24 PM]
Nickelodeon's First Preschool Literacy Mobile App Tops Educational, Kids and Paid App Lists
The app aims to help kids develop phonemic awareness, letter knowledge and letter-sound associations, and promote excitement about words and learning to read.

[04/15/14 - 12:13 PM]
"48 Hours: Father and Son" Is Saturday's #1 Non-Sports Broadcast Program with Viewers
CBS spins the numbers for Saturday, April 12.

[04/15/14 - 12:10 PM]
Abby Lee Miller to Make Over Struggling Dance Studios in New Series "Abby's Studio Rescue," Premiering June 17
Each week, the show follows Abby as she dishes her tough love and no-nonsense advice while giving dance studios a second chance to finally bring home the gold.

[04/15/14 - 12:01 PM]
Stephen Colbert to Visit CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," Tuesday, April 22
CBS announced last week that Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning "The Colbert Report," will be the next host of the "Late Show."

[04/15/14 - 11:41 AM]
Video: "Salem" - First Full Season Trailer
The new series launches this Sunday, April 10 at 10:00/9:00c on WGN America.

[04/15/14 - 11:37 AM]
Adult Swim Ranks #1 in Primetime Delivery of Adults 18-34 Among All Basic Cable Networks
Turner spins the numbers for the week of April 7-13.

[04/15/14 - 11:28 AM]
Sunday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: "Game of Thrones" Holds Onto Demo Crown
Plus: numbers for MTV's "2014 Movie Awards," AMC's "Mad Men" and HBO's "Veep."

[04/15/14 - 11:24 AM]
Saturday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: FOX Tops Charts with NASCAR Sprint Cup
Plus: numbers for Syfy's "Bermuda Tentacles," Lifetime's "Death Clique" and TLC's "Sex Sent Me to the ER."

[04/15/14 - 11:07 AM]
Second-Place Chelsea v. Sunderland Saturday on NBC at 12:30 PM ET Highlights NBC Sports Group's Weekend Slate of Matches
Lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White is joined by Jim Beglin for the call from Stamford Bridge.

[04/15/14 - 10:49 AM]
Werdum and Browne Clash in Epic Heavyweight Bout at FOX UFC Saturday
Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace and No. 2-ranked Fabricio Werdum (17-5-1) matches wits and fists with Hawaiian knockout artist and No.3-ranked Travis Browne (16-1-1) to determine who faces champion Cain Velasquez next.