LMN's first mini is 'Desperate'


Lifetime Movie Network is revisiting the deadliest string of murders by a serial killer in U.S. history with "Desperate: The Search for the Green River Killer."

The four-hour project, which stars Tom Cavanagh, Amy Davidson, Sharon Lawrence and James Russo, marks LMN's first miniseries.

Based on the book "Chasing the Devil: My Twenty-Year Quest to Capture the Green River Killer," by Sheriff David Reichert, the lead investigator on the Green River case, "Desperate" follows two teen girls trying to escape their rough life at a Seattle-area trailer park who get on a collision course with the infamous Green River Killer.

The book was adapted by writer John Pielmeier (FX's "Sins of the Father"). Norma Bailey (Lifetime's "Eight Days to Live") is set to direct the mini.

The Green River case began in 1982, when the bodies of three women were found in and near the Green River in suburban Seattle. The killer, whose identity remained a mystery for 20 years until a DNA test linked Gary Ridgway to the first victims, targeted runaway teenagers and prostitutes. Ridgway ultimately confessed to killing 53 women.

Cavanagh will portray Reichert, who navigated a number of suspects and false leads over two decades until he zeroed in on the unassuming Ridgway. Davidson portrays Helen "Hel" Remus, one of the serial killer's early victims and narrator of the story.

Stanley M. Brooks (AMC's "Broken Trail") and Juliette Hagopian are executive producing "Desperate." Scott Anderson is co-executive producing.

Cavanagh is known for his starring roles on NBC's "Ed" and CBS' "Love Monkey." He is repped by Endeavor and manager Joan Sittenfield.

Davidson co-starred on ABC's "Eight Simple Rules." She is repped by Stone Manners Agency, manager Gladys Gonzalez of John Carrabino Management and attorney Bob Myman.

Lawrence recently co-starred on the CW's "Hidden Palms" and had a recurring role on ABC's "Desperate Housewives." She is repped by ICM.

Russo's credits include AMC's "Broken Trail." He is repped by attorney Rick Genow.