September 11, 2012 4:26pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Camryn Manheim, Diane Neal to Star in Hallmark Movies (Exclusive)
Camryn Manheim and Diane Neal are on duty for Hallmark.
Manheim will play the business partner of Julia Stiles in the Hallmark Hall of Fame telefilm The Makeover, while Neal will front the Hallmark Movie of the Week This Magic Moment, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Makeover stars Stiles (Dexter) and David Walton (Perfect Couples) in a modern twist on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. Stiles will play Hannah, a driven, Harvard-educated professor who runs for Congress. Manheim will play Colleen Pickering, who decides to enlist the help of Walton's average guy, Elliot Doolittle, for the next election.
Frances Fisher (The Host) co-stars as Elliot's colorful mother, Allie. C. Jay Cox (Sweet Home Alabama) penned the teleplay for the pic, which is due to be broadcast next year on ABC.
Meanwhile, Law & Order: SVU's Neal will play Helen, a charming, strong and witty actress who gets caught up in a love triangle in This Magic Moment. From Larry Levinson, the telefilm centers on a video store owner and budding screenwriter named Clark Gable who falls for a famous actress in town to film a movie while he also deals with residual feelings for an old flame.
Vincent Spano, Travis Schuldt, Charles Shaughnessy, Molly Burnett, Aliana Huffman and Mitchell Fink co-star.
Manheim, whose credits include The Practice, Harry's Law and Ghost Whisperer, is repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and Stone Meyer. Neal, who recently booked a recurring role on USA Network's Suits, is with Greene & Associates Talent Agency and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Fisher is with Greene & Associates and Sanders Armstrong Caserta.