Shepherd, Dunaway in Lifetime's Nora Roberts films

Mon Oct 27, 2008 5:32am EDT

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Lifetime has lined up Cybill Shepherd and Faye Dunaway to play grandmothers in the first two of its four movie adaptations of Nora Roberts novels.

Shepherd will star in "High Noon" along with Emilie de Ravin and Ivan Sergei, while Dunaway will be joined in "Midnight Bayou" by Jerry O'Connell and Lauren Stamile.

In "High Noon," hostage negotiator Lt. Phoebe McNamara (de Ravin) juggles her career with the demands of raising her young daughter and contending with her agoraphobic mother (Shepherd). Phoebe becomes the object of affection of a bar owner (Sergei) and the target of a psychopathic killer.

In "Midnight Bayou," lawyer Declan Fitzpatrick (O'Connell) impulsively gives up his settled life to buy a newly restored -- and possibly haunted -- plantation manor near New Orleans. In the house, Declan begins to see visions from a century past and, with the help of a Cajun local (Stamile) and her grandmother (Dunaway), he uncovers a shocking secret.

The other two Roberts adaptations are "Tribute" and "Northern Lights." Lifetime scored big ratings in 2007 with another four-pack of Roberts adaptations.

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