Posted: Thursday, January 16th 2014 at 8:09am
TV movie based on Rhonda Rich book to air
GAINESVILLE - A movie based on a book by Gainesville author and syndicated columnist Rhonda Rich is set to air this weekend on the UP Network.
The UP Original Movie "The Town That Came A-Courtin’", starring Valerie Harper (“Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Rhoda”), Lauren Holly (“NCIS,” “Motive”), Cameron Bancroft (“24,” “Beverly Hills: 90210”) and Lucie Guest (“Heath Nutz,” “Blackstone”) will be telecast Sunday at 7:00, with encores at 9:00 and 11:00.
The film and book are loosely based on an experience Rich had during a book tour.
Abby Houston (Lauren Holly) is a smart, beautiful, successful author and fiercely independent Southern woman. When we meet her, she is curiously being kept captive in a remote cabin in the woods by an obsessed fan, Walter (Toby Hargrave). Days earlier, Abby and her publicist Jamie (Lucie Guest) were visiting the lovely town of Bliss, Mississippi on her most recent book tour. In Bliss, local Magnolia Blossom B&B owner Charlotte (Valerie Harper) and their well-meaning prayer chain have big plans for Abby – as the perfect match for their widowed Mayor Spencer Alexander (Cameron Bancroft), a single dad of two. A series of collisions, several bouquets and numerous good words later, Abby relents to having dinner with Spencer and finds a handsome, earnest man. Eagerly encouraged by the entire town, they embark on a whirlwind, public romance. But just as they are about to share a first kiss, Spencer is reminded of his late wife and abruptly pulls back. Hurt and sad, Abby is determined to leave Bliss behind, only to find her obsessed fan waiting. With phones buzzing and the town mobilized, what happens next will determine her future.
You can follow the cast at:
· Valerie Harper on Twitter @ValerieHarper and on her website, valerieharper.com
· Lauren Holly on Twitter @LaurenHolly and on her website, laurenholly.com
· Lucie Guest on Twitter @Lucieguest.
Link: Rhonda Rich
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