[08/02/06 - 12:00 AM]
Rob Lowe Takes Lead Role in TNT Original Movie a Perfect Day, a Johnson & Johnson Spotlight Presentation(R) Movie

[via press release from TNT]


Film Based on Best-Selling Novel by Richard Paul Evans, Directed by Peter Levin (Homeless to Harvard) and Written by Joyce Eliason (We Were the Mulvaneys) Set to Premiere on TNT This December

Rob Lowe, who starred in TNT�s extremely popular adaptation of Stephen King�s Salem�s Lot in 2004, has been cast in the lead role in the TNT Original movie A PERFECT DAY, according to an announcement by Michael Wright, senior vice president of original programming for TNT and sister network TBS. This JOHNSON & JOHNSON SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION� movie is based on the bestseller by Richard Paul Evans and is being directed by two-time Emmy� nominee Peter Levin (Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story, The Lyon�s Den) from a teleplay by four-time Emmy�-nominated writer Joyce Eliason (We Were the Mulvaneys, The Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All). It comes to TNT from Sony Pictures Television and MAGNA Global Entertainment, with Stephanie Germain (The Day after Tomorrow) and MAGNA Global�s Sunta Izzicupo (Buffalo Girls) and Frances Croke Page (Saving Milly, The Wool Cap) serving as executive producers. A PERFECT DAY is slated to premiere this December.

�After having worked with Rob Lowe on previous TNT productions, we are thrilled to have him in the lead role for A PERFECT DAY,� Wright said. �We couldn�t hope for a better actor to bring to the screen this heartwarming drama about one man�s journey through self-discovery.�

�We are delighted to be starting production on A PERFECT DAY and to be working with Rob Lowe, Peter Levin and our partners at Magna Global,� said Helen Verno, executive vice president, movies for television and miniseries, Sony Pictures Television.

A PERFECT DAY tells the story of Robert Harlan, a man who, after being fired from his job, pursues his lifetime dream of writing a novel. But after he achieves enormous success with his book, he loses track of the things he loves the most, only finding his way after a stranger enters his life.

Lowe recently co-starred in the hit satirical film Thank You for Smoking. His extensive big-screen credits include Frances Ford Coppola�s The Outsiders, Class, The Hotel New Hampshire, Oxford Blues, Youngblood, St. Elmo�s Fire, About Last Night, Wayne�s World, Tommy Boy, Mulholland Falls, Contact, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Square Dance, for which he received a Golden Globe� nomination. He is currently working on Stir of Echoes: The Dead Speak.

For television, in addition to headlining TNT�s acclaimed miniseries Salem�s Lot, Lowe starred for four seasons in the Emmy�-winning drama The West Wing, earning two Golden Globes� and an Emmy� nomination for his role as Sam Seaborn. His other series credits include the legal drama Lyon�s Den and the crime drama Dr. Vegas, while his television movie credits include TNT�s Framed, with Sam Neill; the CBS holiday drama The Christmas Shoes; Tennessee Williams� Suddenly Last Summer; the Stephen King miniseries The Stand; and Hallmark Hall of Fame�s Thursday�s Child, which earned him a Golden Globe� nomination. Lowe also wrote and directed American Untitled/Desert�s Edge for Showtime.

A PERFECT DAY is the ninth TNT Original to be produced under the JOHNSON & JOHNSON SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION� movie banner. The critically acclaimed, award-winning Door to Door, starring Emmy�-winner William H. Macy as a successful door-to-door salesman with cerebral palsy, kicked off the series of movies in July 2002. It was followed by Miss Lettie and Me, starring Mary Tyler Moore and Burt Reynolds, in December 2002; Wilder Days, starring Peter Falk and Tim Daly, in October 2003; The Winning Season, with Matthew Modine and Kristin Davis, in April 2004; the Emmy�-nominated The Wool Cap, which re-teamed Door to Door�s Emmy�-winning actor/writer William H. Macy and writer/director Steven Schachter, in November 2004; and 14 Hours, with JoBeth Williams, Rick Schroder and Kris Kristofferson, in April 2005. In November 2005, Johnson & Johnson added to the franchise with the premiere of The Engagement Ring, a romantic comedy/drama starring Patricia Heaton. And this August, TNT will present The Ron Clark Story, starring Matthew Perry as a dynamic teacher working with inner-city kids.

The JOHNSON & JOHNSON SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION� movie series development effort was initiated by Interpublic�s MAGNA Global Entertainment. Johnson & Johnson has long supported the creation of quality programming, and through the JOHNSON & JOHNSON SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION� movie series, the company�s advertising affiliate has collaborated with TNT to bring inspirational stories to the American viewing public.

MAGNA Global Entertainment (MGE) is a division of Interpublic�s MAGNA Global USA. MGE has produced 87 hours of original programming and more than 340 hours of total television viewing on seven networks for 19 clients. Notable successes include the four-time Emmy�-nominated JOHNSON & JOHNSON SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION� movie The Wool Cap and the six-time Emmy�-winning JOHNSON & JOHNSON SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION� movie Door to Door; the critically acclaimed hit series The Restaurant on NBC and Blow Out on Bravo; and the CBS MOW Saving Milly, sponsored by members of the Family Friendly Programming Forum.

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry�s leading content providers. SPT produces and distributes top-rated, award-winning programming in every genre, including series, movies and family entertainment for network and cable television; first-run syndicated series; off-network syndicated programs; and theatrical releases. SPT (www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

Turner Network Television (TNT), television�s destination for drama and one of cable�s top-rated networks, offers original movies and series, including the acclaimed detective drama The Closer, starring Emmy�, Golden Globe� and Screen Actors Guild Awards� nominee Kyra Sedgwick; Saved, a new character-driven drama starring Tom Everett Scott; and this summer�s four-week television event Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King. TNT is also home to powerful one-hour dramas, such as Without a Trace, Law & Order, Las Vegas, Cold Case, ER, Charmed and Judging Amy; broadcast premiere movies; compelling prime-time specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards�; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and the NBA. TNT is also available in high-definition.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming to the basic cable industry.

  [august 2006]  

· 14 HOURS (TNT)

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