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"Nora Roberts' Carnal Innocence" review by Suzanne
Premieres Monday, June 13, at 8 pm ET/PT on Lifetime

This is a fairly entertaining movie. The acting is really good and the writing is not bad. It is a murder mystery, but it is also a romance, and it has some comedy and unusual characters.

It is a good mystery, and you may not figure out whodunnit until the end. They do a good job of building suspense and keeping you guessing.

The movie takes place in a small Southern town. Some young women are being murdered. A young man named Tucker Longstreet (played by Colin Egglesfield) has been involved with the women that keep getting killed. Meanwhile, a young violinist named Caroline (played by Gabrielle Anware of "Burn Notice") comes to town. She moves into her late grandmother's house and is caught up in the murder mystery and involved with Tucker.

There are many characters in the movie, such as Tucker's friends and relatives, the police, and FBI agent who visits, and other people in town. Shirley Jones plays Tucker's aunt.

The acting is not bad. Egglesfield was not all that great on All My Children, but he is decent here. He must have learned to act since then, or he has a better director on this movie. Anwar and Jones, of course, are always brilliant.

It's a nice little diversion and worth watching, particularly if you like romance and mystery.

Press Info:

Lifetime Television’s Original Movie, Nora Roberts' Carnal Innocence, will premiere on Monday, June 13, at 8:00pm ET/PT.

Nora Roberts' Carnal Innocence follows the story of the town of Innocence, Mississippi, where a serial killer threatens the serenity of the sleepy town and its people. The movie stars Gabrielle Anwar (Burn Notice, The Tudors), Colin Egglesfield (Something Borrowed), and Academy Award winner Shirley Jones (Hidden Places).

Carnal Innocence is the ninth Nora Roberts' film adaptation broadcast on Lifetime Television.



Gabrielle Anwar, Colin Egglesfield and Academy Award® Winner Shirley Jones Headline Network’s Latest Nora Roberts’ Film Adaptation

LOS ANGELES, CA (MAY 16, 2011) – Following Lifetime Television’s ratings success with eight previous Nora Roberts’ movie adaptations, the network has once again joined forces with Mandalay Television and Stephanie Germain Productions to produce the original movie Nora Roberts’ Carnal Innocence, premiering Monday, June 13th, at 8pm ET/PT. Starring Gabrielle Anwar (Burn Notice, The Tudors), Colin Egglesfield (Something Borrowed) and Academy Award® winner Shirley Jones (Hidden Places), Nora Roberts’ Carnal Innocence follows the story of the town of Innocence, Mississippi, where a serial killer threatens the serenity of the sleepy town and its people.

After suffering a professional set back, world-renowned violinist Caroline Waverly (Anwar) decides to head to Innocence, Mississippi, where she spent summers as a child, for some peace and solitude away from the spotlight. Shortly after arriving, Caroline meets the arrogant, but charming, Tucker Longstreet (Egglesfield), a member of one of the town’s most prominent families who is quickly smitten by her. But Caroline’s dreams for tranquility turn into a nightmare when she discovers the body of a young woman, the possible victim of a serial killer who the authorities suspect may be Tucker. Caroline soon discovers that even in a town called Innocence, secrets have no place to hide. Oscar® winner and multiple Golden Globe® and Emmy® nominee Shirley Jones also stars.

Nora Roberts’ Carnal Innocence is produced by Mandalay Television, Stephanie Germain Productions and Silver Screen Pictures for Lifetime Television. Stephanie Germain (Gracie’s Choice, The Day After Tomorrow), Peter Strauss (The Jacket) and Peter Guber (Rainman, Batman, The Color Purple) serve as Executive Producers. Rick Arredondo will produce. Peter Markle will direct from a screenplay written by Donald Martin (The Craigslist Killer) and Janet Brownell (Nora Roberts’ Angels Fall, Eloise at the Plaza), based on the best-selling novel by Nora Roberts.

Initially released in 1992, and re-released in April 2011, Carnal Innocence has spent 11 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list.

In 2009, Lifetime premiered four original movies based on Roberts’ novels, including Tribute, starring the late Brittany Murphy and Jason Lewis; Midnight Bayou, with Jerry O’Connell, Lauren Stamile and Faye Dunaway; High Noon, starring Emilie de Ravin, Ivan Sergei and Cybill Shepherd; and Northern Lights, featuring LeAnn Rimes, Eddie Cibrian and Rosanna Arquette. Northern Lights averaged more than 4.5 million Total Viewers in its debut, making it Lifetime’s most watched original movie premiere of 2009 among Households, Adults 25-54, Adults 18+, Total Viewers and Women 18+. In 2007, four Nora Roberts’ original movies, including Angels Fall, Carolina Moon, Montana Sky and Blue Smoke premiered on Lifetime with a combined reach of more than 20 million viewers. Two of the top three movies of the year on basic cable among Women 18+ were Angels Fall and Montana Sky.

Lifetime Television will re-broadcast Carolina Moon at 6:00pm ET/PT on June 13th, leading into the premiere of Carnal Innocence. Lifetime Movie Network will re-broadcast a marathon of Nora Roberts’ original movies Tribute, Blue Smoke and Northern Lights beginning at 12:00pm ET/PT.

Since publishing her first novel in 1981, Roberts has gone on to become a #1 New York Times best-selling sensation. With more than 400 million books in print, Roberts’ novels have spent a combined 176 weeks at the #1 spot on the coveted Times list. Since 1999, every book published under her name has hit the New York Times best-seller list. The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.” Roberts is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Her books are published by Penguin Group. Carnal Innocence is a Bantam release.

In addition to producing eight Nora Roberts Lifetime Original Movies, Stephanie Germain produced the Emmy nominated Ike: Countdown to D-Day, which starred Tom Selleck for A&E, the 2004 summer blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow, which starred Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day), and Lifetime’s Gracie’s Choice, starring Kristin Bell, Diane Ladd and Anne Heche. Gracie’s Choice premiered in January 2004 and became one of cable’s highest rated films, with Heche garnering an Emmy nomination for her performance. Some additional television credits include CBS’ The Pilot’s Wife, based on Anita Shreve’s best-seller and starring Emmy and Oscar winner Christine Lahti; the ABC special effects telefilm Superfire, created by best-selling authors Richard Preston and Doug Preston; ABC’s King of the World: The Muhammad Ali Story, based on the book by Pulitzer Prize® winner David Remnick and starring Terrence Howard; ABC’s Holiday In Your Heart, starring LeAnn Rimes and Bernadette Peters; and CBS’ miniseries The Doris Duke Story, starring Lauren Bacall and Richard Chamberlain. For two seasons, Germain co-produced Showtime’s one-hour series, Jeremiah, starring Luke Perry.

Mandalay Television has achieved great success in series, long form television movies and miniseries, including the franchise of eight highly successful Lifetime Original Movies based upon the books of Nora Roberts. Mandalay’s critically acclaimed, Peabody Award®-winning series Brotherhood is in its third season on Showtime. Over the past decade, Mandalay's movies and miniseries have produced some of the strongest ratings of all-time, including Dean Koontz’s Intensity, a four-hour miniseries based on the best seller, and the highest rated miniseries on Fox; First Daughter, a two-hour original movie starring Mariel Hemingway for TBS, which was the highest rated basic cable movie in history and spawned two sequels, First Target and First Shot; Blood Crime, which launched USA’s Crime Friday and was the highest rated original program for the Network in 2002; and The Linda McCartney Story for CBS. Mandalay Television also produced the groundbreaking micro series, RPM, starring Johnathon Schaech, for TNT.

Lifetime Television is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. Lifetime Television®, Lifetime Movie Network®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ (which includes,, Lifetime Games,, and are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst Corporation and NBC Universal.

Gabrielle Anwar as “Caroline Waverly”
Gabrielle Anwar made a name for herself in her breakout role in Scent of a Woman, where she was whisked off her feet into an acclaimed tango with Al Pacino. Additional movie credits include Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken, Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead, The Three Musketeers and the independent feature Happy Together. Currently, Anwar can be seen in USA Network’s Original Series, Burn Notice. Other television credits include Showtime’s The Tudors, BBC’s adaptation of Mortimer’s Summer’s Lease and starring opposite Noah Wyle in TNT’s telefilm The Librarian II.

Colin Egglesfield As “Tucker Longstreet”
Colin Egglesfield is an emerging talent who is poised to become one of the industry’s most promising rising stars. He stars opposite Kate Hudson in the film Something Borrowed, based on The New York Times best-selling novel, which was released in May. Other film credits include appearances in Must Love Dogs, Beautiful Dreamers and The Good Guy.

Egglesfield’s television credits include The CW’s Melrose Place, Brothers & Sisters, and a series regular on All My Children for five seasons. He’s made guest star appearances on Law & Order: SVU, Leap of Faith, Gilmore Girls, Nip/Tuck and Charmed. Egglesfield currently resides in Los Angeles.

Shirley Jones As “Della Duncan”
A critically acclaimed singer, actress and stage performer, Shirley Jones has charmed audiences since she started singing at the age of six. Upon graduating from high school, Shirley went to New York to audition for the casting director of Rodgers and Hammerstein. She was soon cast in the Broadway production of South Pacific, and within a year, she was starring in her first film Oklahoma. Jones film career soared, and she was soon cast in Carousel, April Love and Never Steal Anything Small. In 1960, she earned an Academy Award© for Supporting Actress in the role of a prostitute opposite Burt Lancaster in Elmer Gantry. She continued her musical roots in The Music Man, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father and Bedtime Story.

In 1970, Jones made a transition to the small screen, cast in the role as “Shirley Partridge” in The Partridge Family starring opposite her step-son David Cassidy. The cast capitalized on the show’s popularity by recording a few albums which included songs I Think I Love You and Doesn’t Somebody Want to Be Wanted. Jones numerous television credits include Shirley, The Drew Carey Show, and guest appearances on Melrose Place, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Days of our Lives, The Cleaner and most recently Ruby & the Rockits.

She received a star on the Walk of Fame in 1986. In the 1990’s, Jones focused her efforts on a successful concert career, touring the U.S. as a singer and is still touring in 2011. Jones is married to comedian Marty Ingels and is the mother to three other sons, Shaun, Patrick and Ryan Cassidy, who all have had careers in theater, stage and screen. Jones currently resides in Los Angeles.

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