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Primetime Show Reviews
"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.
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
Carnal Innocence is the ninth Nora Roberts' film adaptation broadcast on
FULL PRESS RELEASE:
LIFETIME TO PREMIERE ORIGINAL MOVIE NORA ROBERTS’ CARNAL INNOCENCE ON MONDAY, JUNE 13
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.
ABOUT NORA ROBERTS
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.
ABOUT STEPHANIE GERMAIN PRODUCTIONS
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
ABOUT MANDALAY TELEVISION
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.
ABOUT LIFETIME TELEVISION
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 myLifetime.com, LMN.tv,
Lifetime Games, Roiworld.com, DressUpChallenge.com and LifetimeMoms.com) 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
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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