[02/10/09 - 11:04 AM]
Get Swept Away This Spring with Four All-New Lifetime Original Movies from #1 Best-Selling Author Nora Roberts
"Northern Lights," "Midnight Bayou," "High Noon" and "Tribute" will all roll out between March 21 and April 11.

[via press release from Lifetime]



LOS ANGELES, CA (February 10, 2009) � This Spring, plan your escape as Lifetime Television sets the mood for romance with four all-new Lifetime Original Movies from best-selling sensation Nora Roberts. Airing over four consecutive Saturdays, the films include Nora Roberts' Northern Lights, starring LeAnn Rimes (Holiday in Your Heart), Eddie Cibrian (Ugly Betty) and Rosanna Arquette (Desperately Seeking Susan), premiering Saturday, March 21; Nora Roberts' Midnight Bayou, starring Jerry O'Connell (Crossing Jordan), Lauren Stamile (Grey's Anatomy) and Faye Dunaway (Chinatown), premiering Saturday, March 28; Nora Roberts' High Noon, starring Emilie de Ravin (Lost), Ivan Sergei (Jack and Jill) and Cybill Shepherd (The L Word), premiering Saturday, April 4; and Nora Roberts' Tribute, starring Brittany Murphy (8 Mile) and Jason Lewis (Sex and the City), premiering Saturday, April 11. Acclaimed director Martha Coolidge (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Valley Girl) directs Nora Roberts' Tribute. Each movie will air at 9:00 PM (ET/PT).

Nora Roberts' novels Northern Lights, Midnight Bayou, High Noon and Tribute each spent weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list upon initial release. The April 11 television premiere of Tribute, an immediate best-seller in hardcover last July, coincides with the paperback release of the book on March 31.

Following the Network's enormous ratings success with previous Nora Roberts' adaptations, Lifetime Television has once again joined forces with Mandalay Television and Stephanie Germain Productions to produce the all-new original movies. In 2007, the four Nora Roberts telefilms cumulatively reached more than 34 million viewers and Nora Roberts' Angels Fall was the highest rated Lifetime Original Movie of the year.


In an attempt to start a new life and forget the recent traumatic death of his work partner, former Baltimore policeman Nate Burns (Cibrian) accepts the job of chief of police in the small, remote town of Lunacy, Alaska. Nate is not looking for romance, but, the moment he meets Meg Galligan (Rimes), an independent and feisty bush pilot with her own demons, he finds himself falling in love. The town is rocked when the body of Meg's father, a man who Meg believed had abandoned her and her mother Charlene (Arquette) 16 years ago, turns up in a mountain cave. Nate quickly finds himself in the middle of a high-profile murder investigation and must use his big-city survival instincts to solve the mystery that threatens his new life and new love.


Harvard-educated lawyer Declan Fitzpatrick (O'Connell) impulsively gives up his comfortable life to buy Manet Hall, a newly restored plantation manor near New Orleans. Legend has it that the house is haunted, and, shortly after Declan moves in, he starts hearing voices and seeing seemingly inexplicable apparitions. Declan is also distracted by his undeniable attraction to Cajun local Lena Simone (Stamile), who grew up on the bayou with her grandmother, Odette (Dunaway), and who also has her own mysterious connection to the manor. Living in the house, Declan begins to have visions of events that took place in the mansion during centuries past. With the help of Odette, Declan and Lena realize that they are inextricably linked to Manet Hall and uncover a shocking secret that has been hidden for more than 100 years.


Lieutenant Phoebe McNamara (de Ravin) is an expert hostage negotiator who juggles her high pressure career with the demands of raising her young daughter and contending with her agoraphobic mother, Essie (Shepherd). When Phoebe meets handsome bar owner Duncan Swift (Sergei), he can't resist her take-charge attitude and attempts to earn her affections. Though she tries to resists his charms, Phoebe soon realizes no amount of negotiation will keep Duncan at arm's length. Her life takes a turn for the worst when she is attacked by an unknown assailant and then begins to receive a series of mysterious, threatening messages. Phoebe soon discovers she is the target of a psychopathic killer set out to destroy her both personally and professionally.


Cilla McGowen (Murphy) is a former child star who has found more satisfying work restoring old houses. In search of a normal life, Cilla buys her grandmother's farmhouse in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley to rescue it from ruin. Her hope for serenity is soon eclipsed by haunting dreams of her famous grandmother, who died of a supposed overdose in the house more than 30 years ago. Cilla soon forges a romantic relationship with Ford Sawyer (Lewis), her handsome new neighbor, who ultimately comforts and protects her when her dark dreams and family secrets spiral into a real-life nightmare.

The Nora Roberts adaptations join an impressive list of novels developed into Lifetime Original Movies, including the top rated basic cable movie for 2008, Kim Edwards' The Memory Keeper's Daughter, starring Dermot Mulroney, Emily Watson and Gretchen Mol, and Jodi Picoult's The Tenth Circle, starring Kelly Preston, Ron Eldard and Brittany Robertson.


Since publishing her first novel in 1981, Roberts has gone on to become a #1 New York Times best-selling sensation. With more than 300 million books in print, Roberts' novels have spent a combined 155 weeks at the #1 spot on the coveted Times list. Since 1999, every book published under her name has hit the New York Times Best Seller list.

Roberts is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Roberts is represented by literary agent Amy Berkower at Writers House, LLC and by CAA. Roberts' books are published by Penguin Group (US).


In addition to producing the first four Nora Roberts Lifetime Original Movies, Stephanie Germain produced the Emmy� nominated Ike: Countdown to D-Day which starred Tom Selleck for A&E, the 2004 summer blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow which starred Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) and Lifetime's Gracie's Choice, starring Kristin Bell, Diane Ladd and Ann Heche. Gracie's Choice premiered in January 2004 and became one of cable's highest rated films, with Heche garnering an Emmy� nomination for her performance. Some additional television credits include CBS' The Pilot's Wife, based on Anita Shreve's bestseller and starring Emmy and Oscar� winner Christine Lahti; the ABC special effects telefilm Superfire, created by best-selling authors Richard Preston and Doug Preston; ABC's King of the World: The Muhammad Ali Story, based on the book by Pulitzer Prize� winner David Remnick and starring Terrence Howard; ABC's Holiday In Your Heart, starring LeAnn Rimes and Bernadette Peters; and CBS' miniseries The Doris Duke Story, starring Lauren Bacall and Richard Chamberlain. For two seasons, Germain co-produced Showtime's one-hour series Jeremiah, starring Luke Perry.


Mandalay Television has achieved great success in series, long form television movies and miniseries. Mandalay's critically acclaimed, Peabody Award�-winning series Brotherhood is in its third season on Showtime. Over the past decade, Mandalay's movies and miniseries have produced some of the strongest ratings of all-time, including Dean Koontz's Intensity, a four-hour miniseries based on the best seller, and the highest rated miniseries on Fox; First Daughter, a two-hour original movie starring Mariel Hemingway for TBS, which was the highest rated basic cable movie in history and spawned two sequels, First Target and First Shot; Blood Crime, which launched USA's Crime Friday and was the highest rated original program for the Network in 2002; and The Linda McCartney Story for CBS. Mandalay Television's groundbreaking micro series, RPM, starring Johnathon Schaech, recently aired on TNT.


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. Lifetime Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women and Lifetime Digital (including myLifetime.com) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, a 50/50 joint venture of Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company.

  [february 2009]  


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