Announces Four New All Original Movies From Author Nora Roberts
Television Re-Teams With Mandalay Television, Stephanie Germain
Productions and Best-Selling Author Nora Roberts to Produce Four All-New
"NORA ROBERTS' HIGH NOON," STARRING EMILIE DE RAVIN
("LOST"), IVAN SERGEI ("JACK AND JILL") AND GOLDEN
GLOBE(R) WINNER CYBILL SHEPHERD ("THE L WORD") KICKS OFF QUARTET
TO PREMIERE IN 2009
Additional Adaptations Include "Nora Roberts' Midnight
Bayou," "Nora Roberts' Tribute" and "Nora Roberts'
#1 New York Times Best-Selling Author, Roberts Has Over 300 Million
Books in Print
LOS ANGELES, California
Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Lifetime is joining forces once
again with Mandalay Television and Stephanie Germain Productions to
produce four new Lifetime Original Movies based on Nora Roberts' books to
premiere in 2009. The order follows the success of the four previous Nora
Roberts' movies that aired on Lifetime Television in 2007 that reached
over 34 million viewers. "Nora Roberts' High Noon," starring
Emilie de Ravin ("Lost," "Roswell"), Ivan Sergei
("Jack and Jill," "Crossing Jordan") and Golden
Globe(R) winner Cybill Shepherd ("The L Word,"
"Moonlighting") is the first of the 2009 Nora Roberts' movies to
begin production. The other three films will include "Nora Roberts'
Midnight Bayou," "Nora Roberts' Tribute" and "Nora
Roberts' Northern Lights." Peter Guber and Stephanie Germain serve as
In making the announcement, Tanya Lopez, Senior Vice President,
Original Movies, Lifetime Networks, said, "Our loyal viewers are
devoted Nora Roberts fans, as evidenced by the great ratings and
popularity of our movies last year. I'm thrilled to be re-teaming with
Nora, Peter and Stephanie for four more enticing films."
In "Nora Roberts' High Noon," expert hostage negotiator
Lieutenant Phoebe McNamara (de Ravin) 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. When Phoebe is assaulted by an unknown assailant in her precinct,
she can't help but be deeply shaken. She later receives a series of
mysterious and threatening messages and soon discovers she is the target
of a psychopathic killer out to destroy her personally and professionally.
Best known for her role as Clare Littleton on the hit ABC series,
"Lost," Emilie de Ravin first garnered the attention of
international audiences with her performance on the popular television
series "Beastmaster: The Legend Continues." Within one month of
moving to Los Angeles from her home in Australia, she landed the role of
Tess Harding in The WB's "Roswell" and had a recurring role on
the CBS series, "The Handler." Soon after, she starred in the
television remake of Stephen King's classic horror film,
"Carrie." De Ravin's recent film credits include the indie film
"Brick," "The Hills Have Eyes," "The Perfect
Game" and "Ball Don't Lie."
Ivan Sergei made a name for himself in the independent film world with
a star-making performance in "The Opposite of Sex" with
Christina Ricci. He went on to star in "The Big Day,"
"Scorched," "Dangerous Minds," "We Met on the
Vineyard," "Playing Mona Lisa" and "Gunfighter's
Moon." Most recently, he appeared in "The Break Up" with
Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn. For television, Sergei will soon be
seen guest-starring in the season finale of Lifetime's hit series,
"Army Wives." He starred in the telefilms "Santa Baby"
with Jenny McCarthy; "10.5"; "Mother May I Sleep with
Danger"; and "If Someone Had Known." Sergei is also well
known for his series lead role in The WB's "Jack and Jill,"
opposite Amanda Peet. Additionally, Sergei guest-starred in "Crossing
Jordan," "Hawaii," "Charmed," "Touched by An
Angel," "Cybill," "Party of Five" and
"Kindred: the Embraced."
Four-time Golden Globe(R) winner Cybill Shepherd has dazzled audiences
on screen and stage for over two decades. Currently, she stars in the
provocative Showtime series, "The L Word," but is most
recognized for her role in the comedy, "Moonlighting" opposite
Bruce Willis, and for her CBS sitcom "Cybill." Shepherd's
additional television credits include the NBC telefilm "Martha
Stewart, Inc.," the series "Yellow Rose," "Eight
Simple Rules," "I'm With Her," "Journey of the
Heart," "While Justice Sleeps," "Baby Brokers,"
"There Was a Little Boy" and "Stormy Weathers," which
she also executive produced. She also starred in "Which Way
Home" for TNT, the mini-series "The Long Hot Summer" and
"Telling Secrets." Additionally, Shepherd executive produced,
co-wrote and starred in "Memphis," based on Shelby Foote's novel
Shepherd made her film debut in "The Last Picture Show" and
went on to star in "The Heartbreak Kid," "Taxi
Driver," "Daisy Miller," "Alice," "Married
To It," "Once Upon a Crime," "Texasville" and
"Chances Are." Shepherd can soon be seen in the thriller,
"The Detective" and "Marine Life." On stage, Shepherd
recently sold out a two-week run of her one woman show, "Cybill
Disobedience...With Music" at the Soho Theatre in London. She also
had starring roles in theater productions of "Shot in the Dark,"
"The Seven Year Itch," "Last of the Red Hot Lovers,"
"Lunch Hour," "Vanities" and "Picnic."
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 138 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. Amazon.com recently
reported that Roberts is their third most popular author - following only
to Tom Clancy and J.K. Rowling. Roberts is a member of several writers
groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing
industry. Nora Roberts is represented by literary agent Amy Berkower at
Writers House, LLC and by CAA. Nora Roberts' books are published by
Penguin Group (US).
"Nora Roberts' High Noon" is produced by Mandalay Television
and Stephanie Germain Productions for Lifetime Television. Peter Guber
("Rainman," "Batman," "The Color Purple,"
"The Jacket"), Stephanie Germain (Lifetime's "Gracie's
Choice," "The Day After Tomorrow") and Peter Strauss
("The Jacket") are the executive producers. Salli Newman
("Nora Roberts' Carolina Moon") will produce and Jordy Randall
("Nora Roberts Blue Smoke"), Tom Cox ("Nora Roberts'
Montana Sky") and Murray Ord ("Nora Roberts' Carolina
Moon") are co-producers. Terri Kopp ("Law & Order")
wrote the teleplay and Peter Markle (Lifetime's "The Tenth
In addition to the first four Nora Roberts Lifetime Original Movies,
through her production company, Stephanie Germain produced TNT's Johnson
& Johnson presentation of Richard Paul Evan's bestseller, "A
Perfect Day," starring Rob Lowe; and Lifetime's "Gracie's
Choice," starring Kristin Bell, Diane Ladd and Anne Heche, who
received an Emmy(R) nomination for her performance. "Gracie's
Choice" premiered in January 2004 and became one of cable's highest
rated films. Some additional credits include: the highest rated television
movie of its season, CBS' "The Pilot's Wife," based on Anita
Shreve's bestseller and starring Emmy(R) and Oscar(R) award winner
Christine Lahti; the ABC special effects extravaganza "Superfire,"
created by best-selling authors Richard Preston and Doug Preston; ABC's
"King of the World: The Muhammad Ali Story," based upon the book
by Pulitzer Prize winner David Remnick and starring Terrence Howard; ABC's
"Holiday In Your Heart," starring LeAnn Rimes and Bernadette
Peters; CBS' miniseries "The Doris Duke Story," starring Lauren
Bacall and Richard Chamberlain; and the TBS premiere movie "Fatal
Error," starring Janine Turner. Germain co-produced Showtime's one
hour series, "Jeremiah," starring Luke Perry, for two seasons.
She was also an executive producer on the blockbuster "The Day After
Tomorrow," starring Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal, and directed by
Roland Emmerich ("Independence Day").
Mandalay Television has achieved great success in series, long form
television movies and miniseries. Mandalay's critically acclaimed, Peabody
Award-winning series "Brotherhood" is entering its third season
on Showtime. Mandalay 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 by
Dean Koontz - the highest rated miniseries ever on FOX Broadcasting;
"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 has
recently completed production on "RPM," a ground breaking
microseries for TNT starring Johnathon Schaech.
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