Two Hallmark pics meet the challenge


Hallmark Channel has two original movies in the works: "The Wilderness Family," starring Peter Strauss and Jonathan Silverman, and "The View From Here," starring Angie Dickinson and Laura Leighton.

"Wilderness" revolves around a hectic, harried family that inherits a cabin in the woods. When they are faced with a daunting challenge, they realize the most important thing in life is one another. DeDee Pfeiffer, Linsey Godfrey and Nolan Gerard Funk also star.

"View" centers on a hard-nosed journalist (Leighton) who returns home after several years to visit her ailing estranged mother (Dickinson) and winds up uncovering a plot against the town's residents and facing the reasons she left home years ago. Shanley Caswell also stars.

Both movies, from executive producer Larry Levinson, are set to air in late 2009. "Wilderness" is directed by Bradford May from a script by Alex Greenfield; "View" is directed by Steven Bridgewater from a script by Donald Martin and Mitchell Gabourie. (partialdiff)