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Heather Locklear ('Nora Roberts' Angels Fall') Returns to Lifetime in the New Original Movie 'Flirting with 40' (Working Title)
Locklear's previous effort for the channel, "Nora Roberts' Angels Fall," was the most-watched Lifetime Original Movie of 2007.

[via press release from Lifetime]

Heather Locklear ('Nora Roberts' Angels Fall') Returns to Lifetime in the New Original Movie 'Flirting With 40' (Working Title), the Story of a Divorced Mother Not Ready to Give Up on Life and Love

Movie Based on Jane Porter's Popular Novel and Produced by Sony Pictures Television

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 6 -- Heather Locklear, who starred in "Nora Roberts' Angels Fall," the most-watched Lifetime Original Movie of 2007 (drawing nearly five million viewers), returns to the network in the new holiday themed Lifetime Original Movie, "Flirting with 40" (wt). In the lighthearted and poignant story, Locklear portrays a divorced mother of two on the brink of her 40th birthday who, while on vacation, enters into an unexpected romance with a much younger man and learns that life can begin at 40. "Flirting with 40" will premiere in December 2008 on Lifetime Television.

In making the announcement, Tanya Lopez, Senior Vice President, Original Movies, Lifetime Networks, said, "We're thrilled to welcome Heather back to Lifetime after the huge success of 'Angels Fall.' It's obvious that our viewers adore her. This movie is an honest look at how sometimes women can become stuck in first gear, yet finding the courage to make a dramatic change in their lives can truly be invigorating, even to the chagrin of friends and family."

Helen Verno, Executive Vice President, Movies and Miniseries, Sony Pictures Television, said, "All of us at Sony are enormously pleased to be continuing our working relationship with Heather who most recently appeared in our series 'Rules of Engagement.' She is perfect for the part, and we are delighted that she shares our enthusiasm for 'Flirting with 40.'"

In "Flirting with 40," Jackie Laurens (Locklear) is divorced with two kids and facing her biggest fear: turning 40. Her best friend Anne convinces her to go to Hawaii for the big 4-0. At the last minute, Anne cancels and Jackie finds herself alone in Hawaii facing a lonely birthday without her friends or kids. But what looks like a disaster suddenly turns around when Jackie meets Kai, her handsome, much younger surfing instructor. Soon, Jackie embarks on a very uncharacteristic, but wildly passionate fling, convinced it will just be a vacation romance. But as it turns into something more, Jackie faces the disapproval of her loved ones. Riddled with guilt, she is forced to figure out if she is willing to risk everything for a chance at newfound happiness.

Best known for creating some of television's most memorable characters, four-time Golden Globe(R)-nominee Heather Locklear has enjoyed a prolific career in both television and film. Locklear's television credits include "Spin City," "Melrose Place," "Dynasty," "T.J. Hooker," the HBO thriller "Double Tap," the NBC telefilm "Shattered Mind," the ABC miniseries "Texas Justice" and "Nora Roberts' Angel's Fall" in 2007 for Lifetime. Recently, she guest-starred on the CBS comedy "Rules of Engagement." In 2005, Locklear starred with Hilary Duff and Chris Noth in "The Perfect Man." She was also featured in MGM's "Uptown Girls" and in Warner Bros.' "Looney Tunes: Back in Action."

Locklear is repped by ICM and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Her attorney is Gerald Edelstein.

"Flirting with 40" is produced by von Zerneck/Sertner Films, Peace Out Productions and Sony Pictures Television for Lifetime Television. Judith Verno ("Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America," "The Hunt for the BTK Killer," "Into Thin Air"), Frank von Zerneck and Robert M. Sertner (Lifetime's "Racing for Time," "Fatal Desire" and "We Were the Mulvaneys") are the executive producers. Lucy Mukerjee is co-executive producer. The script is written by Julia Dahl ("The West Wing," "Party of Five").

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 for network and cable television, as well as first-run and off-network series for syndication. With more than 25 programs on the air, SPT boasts a 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. SPT also owns one-half of cable channel GSN, and is a partner in FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service. Sony Pictures Television oversees all of Sony Pictures Entertainment's (SPE) domestic digital distribution efforts across all platforms, including the internet and mobile. Sony Pictures Television, advertiser sales, is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT syndicated series as well as in all of SPE's digital businesses, for Sony BMG and for iN DEMAND's high-definition channel Mojo and Tennis Channel, and is part owner of national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT (http://www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

Lifetime is the leader in women's television and one of the top-rated basic cable television networks. A diverse, multi-media company, Lifetime 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, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women and Lifetime Digital (including myLifetime.com) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, a 50/50 joint venture of The Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company.

SOURCE Lifetime
http://www.lifetimetv.com http://www.sonypicturestelevision.com http://www.myLifetime.com

  [february 2008]  


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