[06/14/10 - 11:19 AM]
Chyler Leigh, Matt Czuchry and Patricia Wettig to Star in Lifetime Original Movie the 19th Wife
The film, based on David Ebershoff's New York Times best-selling novel, is due this fall.

[via press release from Lifetime]


Drama Based on David Ebershoff's Best-Selling Novel About Polygamy to Premiere on Number One Women's Network This Fall

LOS ANGELES (June 14, 2010) - Chyler Leigh (Grey's Anatomy), Matt Czuchry (The Good Wife) and Patricia Wettig (Brothers & Sisters) have been cast to star in the upcoming Lifetime Original Movie The 19th Wife, it was announced today by Tanya Lopez, Senior Vice President of Original Movies, Lifetime Networks. The film, from Sony Pictures Television, is based on David Ebershoff's New York Times best-selling novel that takes an inside look at the secret world of polygamy. The 19th Wife will premiere on Lifetime in the fall.

The film follows "19th Wife" and fundamentalist sect "First Church of Latter Day Saints" member BeckyLyn (Wettig), who is accused of killing her husband. Queenie (Leigh), another wife in the sect, doesn't believe BeckyLyn is capable of such violence and, desperate to prove her innocence, reaches out to her excommunicated son Jordan (Czuchry) for help in freeing his mother. But when Queenie and Jordan start asking questions about the fateful night of the murder, they quickly see all is not what it seems -- putting their own lives at risk.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the characters from David Ebershoff's amazing novel about family bonds and secrets come to life with the talents of these emerging and seasoned actors," said Lopez. "Chyler Leigh, Matt Czuchry and Patricia Wettig are all currently starring in some of the most successful dramas on television which will resonate strongly with our viewers. The 19th Wife will be an exciting production on all levels."

The movie will be executive produced by Barbara Lieberman (Lifetime's Lying to be Perfect) and Andrea Baynes (Sex and the Single Mom). Rod Holcomb (The Good Wife) will direct the teleplay by Richard Friedenberg (James Patterson's Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas). Sony Pictures Television will produce.


Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment around the world and for every platform: broadcast and cable television, first-run and off-network syndication and digital distribution. In addition to one of the industry's largest libraries of feature films and television shows, SPT boasts a current program slate that includes the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. Internationally, SPT is a leader in local language productions around the world, some of which are co-produced with local partners and sells SPE-owned formats in approximately 70 countries. To better serve its clients and partners worldwide, SPT maintains offices throughout the world, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the People's Republic of China, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Venezuela and the United Kingdom. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio is a key strategy in SPE's long-range commitment to the global marketplace, with 122 channel feeds, which are available in more than 140 countries reaching almost 438 million households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE's premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT is a part owner of cable channel GSN, FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service, and national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT's syndicated series as well as in all of SPE's digital businesses in the United States, for Sony Music Entertainment and for the Tennis Channel. SPT (www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.


Lifetime Television, the number one rated women's network, 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(R), Lifetime Movie Network(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime Digital´┐Ż (which includes myLifetime.com, LMN.tv, Lifetime Games, Roiworld.com, DressUpChallenge.com, MothersClick.com and LifetimeMoms.com) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A&E Television Networks, LLC. A&E Television Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst Corporation and NBC Universal.

  [june 2010]  


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