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"Secrets of Eden" review by Suzanne
Premieres Saturday, February 4, 8:00pm et/pt on Lifetime

I love John Stamos, so it is always great to see him in a different role. I've never seen him as a pastor before, so this is very different. In a small Vermont town, a woman and her husband are found dead, and the pastor was having an affair with her, so he is the prime suspect. Stamos narrates the show from the pastor's point of view, yet somehow he is still able to keep it close to the vest as to whether he is guilty of the crime or not.

He's baptizing her...really!We see the story unfold, mostly in flashbacks, as the local police detective, Catherine Benicasa (who is also a member of the same church!) tries to prove that the pastor did it.  It's based on a best-selling novel by Chris Bohjalian.

I had a little problem with the ending. It seems far-fetched to me that the person who did kill one of the people did it and expresses no regret, given the close relationship between this person and the victim, despite what type of person the victim was. I know that is very cryptic, and I'm sorry, but I don't want to give away the ending and spoil it for you. I also didn't like how the person didn't get punished properly. I'm sorry, but you should not murder anyone, no matter how much they deserve it, unless it is self-defense.  This person wasn't even awake, so... that is pretty vile.

I thought the acting was pretty good in the movie. If all ministers looked like Stamos, church attendance would go up, that's for sure! :)

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JOHN STAMOS STARS IN THE NEW SEDUCTIVE, SCANDALOUS LIFETIME ORIGINAL MOVIE, SECRETS OF EDEN

Based on Chris Bohjalian’s New York Times Best-Selling Novel, Film Premieres February 4

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 6, 2012) – Emmy® nominated actor, producer and television icon John Stamos (Glee, ER) returns to the small screen in the Lifetime Original Movie, Secrets of Eden, co-starring Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad, The Practice), which is set to premiere on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 8:00PM ET/PT. Based on Chris Bohjalian’s New York Times best-selling novel, Secrets of Eden unveils the shocking secrets and facades of happiness that reside within a small, close-knit town after a gruesome tragedy occurs. Secrets of Eden centers on Stephen Drew (Stamos), an adored small-town minister in Haverhill, Vermont and the brutal and sadistic murder-suicide of Alice and George Hayward, the town’s most-beloved parishioners. While the community never imagined such a destiny for the Haywards, dark secrets begin to surface, causing many to realize they may not have been the perfect family everyone thought they were. When evidence of an affair between Alice and Reverend Drew surfaces, Detective Catherine Benicasa (Gunn) suspects that the crime may actually be a double-murder -- with the likable minister as the prime suspect. Now, Katie, the Hayward’s orphaned 15-year old daughter, may be the only key to uncover the disturbing secrets of what happened behind closed doors on that fateful night and the suffering they endured as a “not so perfect” family. Secrets of Eden is executive produced by Craig Anderson (Lifetime’s Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy) and Mary Young Leckie (Everest). Tawnia McKiernan (Burn Notice, Monk) directs.

ABOUT LIFETIME

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®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ 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.

Emmy® nominated actor and producer, John Stamos, continues to enjoy a wide variety of roles on film, television and the stage.

Stamos recently starred in Father of Invention with Kevin Spacey, about an eccentric inventor who tries to rebuild his billion dollar empire. He also starred in the Tony® Award-winning musical, Hairspray, with Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur at the Hollywood Bowl last summer. He also recently guest-starred in an episode of NBC’s hit series, Law & Order: SVU, HBO’s Entourage and most notably starred in a multiepisode arc on FOX’s hit series, Glee as Dr. Carl Howell.

On Broadway, Stamos has had tremendous success, most recently starring as Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie and the Tony® Award-winning Nine. Stamos made his Broadway debut in 1995’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and in 2002, he starred as the Emcee in Cabaret. As a producer, Stamos is currently in development with Twentieth Century Fox and Neil Meron & Craig Zadan for a feature musical set to the songs of the Beach Boys. Through his St. Amos production banner, Stamos produced and starred in The Two Mr. Kissels, a Lifetime Original Movie based on the true story of two multimillionaire brothers who married the women of their dreams and wound up dead. Additional producing credits include the ABC miniseries Beach Boys: An American Family, which earned Stamos an Emmy® nomination as producer, and the highly rated CBS telefilm Martin & Lewis. Stamos also produced and starred in ABC’s comedy Jake in Progress and the ABC romantic comedy Thieves about a pair of master thieves who become covert government agents.

Stamos starred in NBC’s Emmy® Award-winning drama series ER, as Tony Gates, a maverick, hot-tempered, and flirtatious doctor and Gulf War veteran. His addition to the ensemble cast helped create a revival in ratings for one of the longest-running prime-time dramas in television history. Stamos was also seen in the Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated adaptation of Raisin in the Sun for ABC, as well as the A&E original film Wedding Wars, and The Marriage Fool opposite Walter Matthau and Carol Burnett. On the big screen, Stamos made his entry into the independent film world in the black comedy Dropping Out, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000 and in the contemporary romantic comedy Grownups. His recent independent film credits include I Am Stamos and Knots.

Stamos’ career has spanned over 25 years, beginning with the hit soap General Hospital in which he was nominated for an Emmy®. He later starred in one of the most iconic family television programs playing Uncle Jesse on the popular ABC series Full House. Stamos has also displayed his musical talents over the past 25 years while touring with The Beach Boys.

Stamos currently lives in Los Angeles where he recently received the honor of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

CREDITS

THE CAST 

Pastor Drew JOHN STAMOS
Catherine Benicasa ANNA GUNN
Alice Hayward SONYA SALOMAA
Kate Hayward SAMANTHA MUNRO
Heather Laroche ATHENA KARKANIS
Ginny McBradden LISA RYDER
George Hayward GRAHAM ABBEY
Jim Haim JOHN BOURGEOIS
Emmet Walker JP MANOUX
Paul Benicasa JOHN ROBINSON
David Dennison NEIL FOSTER
Aaron Lance BARRY FLATMAN
Tina McBradden JORDAN TODOSEY
PRODUCTION
Executive Producers CRAIG ANDERSON
MARY YOUNG LECKIE
Co-Executive Producer DEAN SCHRAMM
Line Producer/UPM GREG COPELAND
Directed by TAWNIA MCKIERNAN
Director of Photography MICHAEL STOREY, CSC
Production Designer SEAN BREAUGH
Editor RON WISMAN, SR.
Casting by SHANA LANDSBURG

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