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
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
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").
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