[10/26/11 - 10:59 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, October 26 Updates include: Jerry O'Connell, Jim Gaffigan to star in comedies for CBS, NBC; Dan Lauria to star in TBS's "Sullivan & Son"; and Austin Butler is the latest to "Intercept" at ABC Family.
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release, October 2011) Emmy and Tony Award winner and Oscar nominee Laurence Fishburne ("What's Love Got to Do with It," "Two Trains Running") stars as Rev. Henry Covington in the new Hallmark Hall of Fame film, "Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith," premiering SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The movie, based on the latest best-selling book by Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven), was filmed on location in Detroit. Henry Covington was a Detroit preacher who overcame - along with his wife, Annette, played by Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose ("Dreamgirls," "Caroline, Or Change") - a life mired in drugs and crime. Mitch Albom, portrayed in the movie by Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing," "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"), met the reverend-in-recovery when he wrote newspaper columns about homeless people and homeless shelters. Covington's I Am My Brother's Keeper Church provided food and a place -- on the church floor -- where homeless people could sleep.