Lifetime commits to 'Sins' miniseries

Eric Close to star; Jeff Renfroe will direct

Lifetime Movie Network is taking a contemporary look at the seven deadly sins.

The cable network is moving with production on "Seven Deadly Sins," a four-hour miniseries based on Robin Wasserman's "Seven Deadly Sins" series of novels: "Lust," "Greed," "Envy," "Wrath," "Gluttony," "Sloth" and "Pride."

"Without a Trace" alum Eric Close is set to star in the mini, written by Gary Tieche and to be directed by Jeff Renfroe.

Dreama Walker ("Gossip Girl"), Rachel Melvin ("Days of Our Lives"), Jared Keeso ("The Guard"), Emma Lahana ("The Guard"), Greyston Holt ("Durham County") and Steven Grayhm ("Taken") co-star in the project. It is slated to begin production late this month for a 2010 premiere.

In "Sins," Harper (Walker) is a manipulative queen bee at her high school whose popularity is usurped when a transfer student (Melvin) comes to town, seduces Harper's boyfriend (Keeso) and shamelessly pursues handsome French teacher Mr. Powell (Close).

Meanwhile, Harper's father is carrying on an extramarital affair with Sharon Geary, the town sheriff. When a teen is mysteriously killed and Harper is accused of the murder, Geary has to prove the guilt of her lover's daughter, even if it means uncovering every dark secret and lie.

Geary's investigation reveals that no one is who they appear to be, from the mysterious Mr. Powell to her own son (Holt). Geary's role is still uncast.

SDS Films is producing, with Barbara Lieberman serving as executive producer and Ted Bauman as producer.