Morrow, Denton have 'Custody' of Lifetime original


In an unusual move, Lifetime Television has greenlighted an original movie with two male leads, the tentatively titled "Custody," and has tapped Rob Morrow and James Denton to star.

Kay Panabaker ("Nancy Drew") also is starring in the movie, which is described as the heartwarming story of a widowed, middle-class college professor (Morrow) who risks losing custody of his 13-year-old stepdaughter (Panabaker) to the wealthy biological father (Denton) that she never knew. "Custody" is set to premiere on the female-targeted network in September.

"It's truly unique for us to develop material with not one but two male leads, and we are thrilled to have cast two popular television stars such as James Denton and Rob Morrow," Lifetime senior vp original movies Libby Beers said. "This is a compelling story about an extremely bright young girl torn between two fathers who both love her and the choices she has to make."

"Custody" is produced by Jaffe Braunstein Films in association with Gail Lyon Films. Howard Braunstein, Michael Jaffe and Gail Lyon are executive producing, while Nadia Tass is directing from a script by Kathy Kloves.

Morrow, who plays Don Epps on CBS' "Numbers," is best known for his portrayal of Joel Fleischman on "Northern Exposure," a role that earned him multiple Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. His feature film credits include "Quiz Show," "Last Dance" and "Maze," an independent feature that he also wrote, directed and produced.

Denton just completed his third season starring as plumber Mike Delfino on ABC's "Desperate Housewives." His TV credits include roles in "The Pretender," "Philly" and "Threat Matrix." Denton recently wrapped production on the feature film "Tortured" alongside Jon Cryer and Laurence Fishburne.

Panabaker is onscreen in the Warner Bros. Pictures feature film "Nancy Drew." Her film credits include "Monsters, Inc." and "Dead Heat." She also earned a 2005 Young Artists Award for her role on the WB Network series "Summerland."