Lifetime Orders Amish Crime Drama Film/Backdoor Pilot Starring Neve Campbell

By | Wednesday December 7, 2011 @ 8:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Lifetime has greenlighted two-hour original movie/backdoor pilot Sworn to Silence, starring Neve Campbell. The project, based on the book by Linda Castillo, will be executive produced by Unforgettable star Poppy Montgomery and Barbara Lieberman (Lifetime’s upcoming The Pregnancy Project), with Campbell co-executive producing. Additionally, Party Of Five alumna Campbell has signed a development deal with Lifetime for scripted dramas and original movies. Sworn to Silence is set in the Amish farming community of Painter’s Mill, Ohio, which was shaken up by a series of brutal murders 15 years ago. Kate Burkholder (Campbell), who as a young girl survived the terror and left the Amish life behind, now returns to Painter’s Mill as its Chief of Police. But Kate’s renewed life in her hometown is shattered when a murder investigation triggers deep-seated emotions from her childhood and exposes a dark secret that could destroy her. The movie/backdoor pilot will be directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal (Girl Fight) from a script by Mark Malone (Law & Order: Criminal Intent). “I’ve always admired Neve’s work,” Lifetime Networks’ president and general manager Nancy Dubuc said. “She is a proven talent who will bring a high level of intensity and presence to this role and Sworn to Silence.”

After revisiting its movie The Client List into a series, Lifetime is taking the step early with Sworn To Silence, building the series possibility into the film as it goes forward. And, given Lieftime’s substantial longform slate, the network may continue to mine it for potential series in the future. “Growing our scripted programming remains a top priority for Lifetime and our longform strategy provides us with a strong stable from which to identify potential series,” Dubuc said. Read More »

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TCA: Dramatizing Marilu Henner’s Real-Life Condition An ‘Unforgettable’ Experience

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.

It was former Taxi star Marilu Henner’s appearance on 60 Minutes in December 2010 that was key in finally bringing to fruition — following a two-year gestation — the new CBS procedural … Read More »

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Dylan Walsh To Star In CBS Cop Drama Pilot

By | Wednesday March 16, 2011 @ 6:39pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Former Nip/Tuck star Dylan Walsh has been tapped as the male lead opposite Poppy Montgomery in CBS’ untitled Ed Redlich/John Bellucci pilot. The project, which will be directed by The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo helmer Niels Arden Oplev, … Read More »

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Poppy Montgomery Set As The Lead Of CBS Drama Pilot

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Without a Trace co-star Poppy Montgomery is returning to CBS as the star of the network’s untitled Ed Redlich/John Bellucci pilot. The project, which will be directed by The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo helmer Niels Arden Oplev, centers … Read More »

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