February 21, 2012 9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Annie Potts to Star in Hallmark Movie 'The Music Teacher' (Exclusive)
Looking to build on the success of Fox's Glee, the Hallmark Channel has set The Music Teacher, a two-hour movie set to star Annie Potts and feature original songs and lyrics from a former Madonna composer.
Music Teacher revolves around Alyson Daley (Potts), a high school music teacher who is on the brink of losing her beloved school music program because of district budget cuts. In an effort to spare the program, Daley's former students band together to stage a musical to raise money to keep the program alive.
Composer Alan Ett, whose credits include Madonna: Truth or Dare and Betty's White's 90th Birthday special, will pen original songs and lyrics specifically for the film.
Potts, whose Broadway credits include taking over for Tony nominee Hope Davis inGod of Carnage, will next be seen in ABC's Texas-set soap GCB, which premieres March 4. She's repped by Innovative Artists and Frontline Management.
Music Teacher will premiere Sunday, Aug. 12 at 8 p.m. and comes as musicals including Fox's Glee and NBC's Smash have become valuable properties to their respective networks.
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