'Woods' telepic on path to CBS


CBS has greenlighted "Pictures of Hollis Woods," a Hallmark Hall of Fame telefilm to star Academy Award winner Sissy Spacek, nominee Alfre Woodard and James Tupper.

Based on Patricia Reilly Giff's book, "Woods" centers on 12-year-old Hollis Woods (Jodelle Ferland), who, after being abandoned as a baby, has bounced around the foster-care system until she meets quirky retired art teacher Josie (Spacek), who understands her and gives her unconditional love. However, Josie's difficulty remembering things gets progressively worse, and Hollis becomes the caregiver.

Woodard will play the girl's more than patient social worker. Tupper will play a husband and father of Hollis' previous foster family who wanted to adopt her until tragedy struck.

Emmy winner Ann Peacock ("A Lesson Before Dying") adapted the book to the small screen. Tony Bill ("Flyboys") is directing the film, which is in production in Victoria, B.C.

Brent Shields ("The Valley of Light") is executive producing. Dan Paulson ("Full Court Miracle") is producing.