Andie-macdowell-cedar-cove-debbie-macomber-hallmarkDebbie Macomber created the story, and now Andie MacDowell will star it. Now that´s a recipe for a family success. And it´s actually Hallmark´s first bet to run a primetime series for early 2013.

“Cedar Cove,” the movie, is the basis for the network’s first-ever primetime series. The movie pilot will premiere in late 2012, with the new one-hour drama series expected to premiere shortly after in early 2013. “Cedar Cove,” is based on the bestselling book series by renowned author Debbie Macomber. The past partnership between Hallmark Channel and Debbie Macomber has resulted in the network having three of the top rated Original Movies on all of ad-supported cable TV three years in a row. “Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle,” “Debbie Macomber’s Call Me Mrs. Miracle,” and “Debbie Macomber’s Trading Christmas” all premiered as #1 for both the day and the week each premiered, 2009-2011, respectively.

In making the announcement, Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel said, “We are beyond thrilled to have a star of the magnitude of Andie MacDowell to star in ‘Cedar Cove,’ the movie that is the basis for Hallmark Channel’s first-ever primetime series. Andie is widely recognized around the world as a gifted actor and a top box-office draw and there is genuine, mutual excitement today between the network and our star about the future of the new series,” Ms. Vicary concluded.

In “Cedar Cove,” MacDowell will star as Judge Olivia Lockhart whose Cedar Cove Municipal Court is the professional milieu and social microcosm of issues the judge will face in her own day-to-day life with family and friends.

“Cedar Cove” is an Orchard Road Productions Ltd. Film.  The movie pilot is written by Bruce Graham (“Debbie Macomber’s Trading Christmas”).  Mr. Graham adapted the material from Debbie Macomber’s series of books, Cedar Cove.  Executive Producers are Debbie Macomber, Dan Wigutow, Caroline Moore, Harvey Kahn, Michael Scott and Allen Lewis.  Michael Scott will direct “Cedar Cove,” the movie.

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