Andie MacDowell to helm Hallmark Channel's first prime-time series
Andie MacDowell is going where actor Dean Cain and craft guru Martha Stewart have gone before: the Hallmark Channel, where she'll helm the network's first prime-time series.
The actress is set to star in "Cedar Cove." It will start with a two-hour movie pilot airing later this year and continue with a 13-episode drama series that is expected to premiere in early 2013 (because "Frasier" reruns can't do it all!).
"Cedar Cove" is based on the book series by Debbie Macomber and will feature MacDowell as municipal court Judge Olivia Lockhart.
The network has seen past success with Macomber's original movies: "Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle,” “Debbie Macomber’s Call Me Mrs. Miracle” and “Debbie Macomber’s Trading Christmas" — all performing well on the network.
Production on the movie pilot of "Cedar Cove" will start in early June. MacDowell also costars in ABC Family's "Jane by Design," which is wrapping production on the second half of its first season.
— Yvonne Villarreal
Photo: Andie MacDowell attends the '"ud" premiere at Cannes on Saturday. Credit: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images.