[12/16/08 - 01:03 PM]
Citizen Jane, an Original Movie Based on the Life of Jane Alexander -- National Figure in the Victim's Right's Movement - Now in Development for Hallmark Channel for 2009
James Dalessandro has been tapped to pen the project, which is tentatively planned to air in 2009.

[via press release from The Hallmark Channel]


"Citizen Jane," an original movie based on the life of recently deceased victim's rights activist Jane Alexander, is in development for Hallmark Channel. It is being produced by Grosso Jacobson Communications Corporation with James Dalessandro as the writer. It is tentatively planned to air in 2009.

San Anselmo, Calif. resident, Jane Alexander, known by many as "Citizen Jane," died Sunday afternoon, December 14, 2008 at age 86. Jane was a national figure in the Victim's Rights movement, thanks to her group Citizens Against Homicide, and the book Citizen Jane, written by James Dalessandro in 1998. In 1996, Jane helped win a landmark conviction of Tom O'Donnell, Jane's former boy friend, for the murder of her 88-year old aunt, Gertrude McCabe, who had been savagely murdered in her San Jose home in 1983. The trial was the culmination of a 13-year journey to get justice for the victim.

In 1994, Alexander and San Rafael resident Jan Miller � whose daughter Veronica was murdered in Chico, California in 1984 and is as yet unsolved � founded Citizens Against Homicide to assist victim's families in the pursuit of justice. Jane and Jan helped solve 20 murders and expanded Citizens Against Homicide into all 50 states, with more than 5,000 members, a monthly news letter, and national acclaim. Jane received numerous awards, including the "Witness of the Year" from the California District Attorney's Association, and in 2004, Jane and Jan were invited to speak at a national Victim's Rights group in Newcastle, England, and German television did a one-hour special on their work. In 2006, California's First Lady, Maria Shriver, presented Jane Alexander with the "Minerva Award" for outstanding Citizenship. Shriver had phoned Jane several days before her death to offer support and aid in her struggle with cancer, and Governor Swarzenegger had supported the efforts of Jane and Jan Miller by offering state funds as reward money to witnesses in old homicide cases.

Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming to a national audience of 86 million subscribers. The top tier program service is distributed through more than 5,450 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country. Hallmark Channel consistently ranks among the top 10 ad-supported cable networks in Prime Time and Total Day household ratings and is the nation's leading network in providing quality family programming. Crown Media also operates a second 24-hour linear channel which plays the greatest family movies of all time, Hallmark Movie Channel, and launched Hallmark Movie Channel HD in April, 2008.

  [december 2008]  


[10/24/16 - 02:45 PM]
"Frozen," Walt Disney Animation Studios' Blockbuster Film, Makes Its Network Broadcast Premiere on ABC This Holiday Season
Look for "The Making of Frozen: A Return to Arendelle" that same night, Sunday, December 11 on the Alphabet.

[10/24/16 - 02:19 PM]
Video: MTV's "Sweet/Vicious" First Look Promos!
MTV's new series starring Eliza Bennett and Taylor Dearden and created by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson premieres November 15.

[10/24/16 - 01:21 PM]
TLC & Discovery Family to Premiere "Unichef: Uniting Through Food" on Thursday, November 17
The special will premiere at 7/6c on TLC followed by an encore presentation at 9/8c on Discovery Family Channel.

[10/24/16 - 01:20 PM]
Louis C.K., Ryan Reynolds, Tracy Morgan and More Join the Guest List as TBS's "Conan" Heads to New York for a Week of Shows
It will also continue O'Brien's string of innovative road show broadcasts from cities across the United States and around the globe.

[10/24/16 - 12:38 PM]
Food Network Gets Festive for the Holidays with the Return of "Cake Wars: Christmas"
Jonathan Bennett hosts the six hour-long episodes filled with the most over-the-top Christmas cake confections ever seen.

[10/24/16 - 11:21 AM]
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' "Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas" 2016 Original Movie Premieres
"Love Always, Santa" will kick things off Sunday, November 6 on the cable channel.

[10/24/16 - 11:15 AM]
National Geographic Channel Announces Unprecedented and Historic Global Release of "Before the Flood"
"In our minds, there is no more important story to tell, no more important issue facing our planet than that of climate change," said Courteney Monroe.

[10/24/16 - 10:26 AM]
"Underfire: The Untold Story of PFC. Tony Vaccaro," Recounting the Life of a WWII Combat Infantryman and War Photographer, Debuts Nov. 14 on HBO
The film chronicles the life and vision of this remarkable man, exploring how photography defines the way the public perceives armed conflict, and revealing the sheer difficulty of survival while taking photos in a war zone.

[10/24/16 - 10:26 AM]
The CW Orders New Seasons of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," "Penn & Teller: Fool Us," and "Masters of Illusion" for Summer 2017
The new seasons of these series will return as part of The CW's 2017 Summer schedule, with dates and times to be announced later.

[10/24/16 - 10:23 AM]
Video: Four New Promos for FX's New Drama Series "Taboo" Starring Tom Hardy
The new original series from Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott premieres early 2017.

[10/24/16 - 10:09 AM]
Video: Amazon Releases Retro 80s Commercial for "Red Oaks" Season 2
Look for the new season to premiere on Amazon Prime Video November 11.

[10/24/16 - 09:13 AM]
Amazon Original Series "The Grand Tour" Announces Studio Recording in Nashville, TN
"The Grand Tour" will launch in 4K on Friday, November 18 exclusively for Amazon Prime members.

[10/24/16 - 08:54 AM]
Seahawks-Cardinals "SNF" Leads Preliminary Results for the Night Among the Big 4 in Every Key Measure
NBC spins the numbers for Sunday, October 23.

[10/24/16 - 08:43 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: "Sunday Night Football" Keeps NBC on Top
The Peacock once again leads the evening among total viewers and adults 18-49.

[10/24/16 - 07:55 AM]
Mike Tirico to Make Horse Racing Debut as Host of NBC's Primetime Coverage of the 2016 Breeders' Cup
"What a great event and venue for my maiden voyage with our incredibly talented horse racing team," Tirico said.