Choices of the Heart" MINISERIES PREMIERS May 13 &14 on PAX
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"Christy, Choices of the Heart" premieres
as a two-part miniseries, Sunday, May 13 and Monday May 14 from 8:00 to
10:00 p.m., (CT/MT); 9:00 to 11:00 p.m., (ET/PT) on PAX, and answers
the question millions of fans have asked for over 30 years: who will
Catherine Marshall's beloved heroine marry? The miniseries also dramatizes
what many consider the two most pivotal events of the novel: the
typhoid epidemic that hits Cutter Gap and Christy's crisis of faith.
The cast features Lauren Lee Smith
("Get Carter," MTV's "2Gether," "Dark Angel") as Christy Huddleston; Diane
Ladd ("Rambling Rose," "Wild At Heart") as Christy's mentor, Quaker missionary
Alice Henderson; James Waterston ("Dead Poets Society," "Dog Race In Alaska")
as the eager young preacher David Grantland; and, various cast members
from the popular but short-lived CBS series "Christy" including Stewart
Finlay-McLennan ("E.A.R.T.H. Force," "ER") as Cutter Gap's dedicated Dr.
Last fall, Christy's highly anticipated
return to the screen was met with enthusiastic response from fans when
the first film, "Christy: The Movie," premiered on PAX in November. Picking
up where that first installment left off, "Choices of the Heart" focuses
on the theme of survival and the evolution of the characters that populate
the remote mountain hamlet of Cutter Gap. The first segment, "A Change
of Seasons," centers on the deadly typhoid epidemic. When the disease takes
the lives of Christy's closest friends, it leaves her to question her faith
and even the existence of God. The audience will experience the pain of
relationships lost when viewers say good-bye to some to the beloved characters
in the Christy saga. And, at the conclusion of Part One, Christy
will accept David Grantland's proposal and Dr. MacNeill will leave the
cove to bury his heartbreak in typhoid research.
In the second evening's installment,
"A New Beginning," the storm of the century hits the cove. Cabins
are washed away, many townspeople are missing and left stranded, while
others residents seek refuge in the mission house. This natural disaster
brings the community together, and with the return of Dr. MacNeill, affirming
Christy's decision as to whom she will marry. Both MacNeill and Grantland
are heroic and valiant, leaving Christy to make a difficult choice.
The outcome of the marriage will
remain a secret until the Monday, May 14 broadcast, known only to the Marshall-LeSourd
family and executive producer Tom Blomquist. To obtain peak performance
from all the actors, the outcome was withheld from the director of "A New
Beginning," and alternate wedding and breakup scenes were shot.
The decision to have Christy marry
was given vital consideration by the Marshall-LeSourd family who had recovered
Catherine's notes for a sequel novel, notes that clearly indicated Christy's
The mini-series became the vehicle
for completing character arcs begun 34 years ago with the publication of
the novel, leaving room for an entirely new and equally inspiring dynamic
in Cutter Gap.
The stellar production team for "Christy,
Choices of the Heart" includes executive producer and screenwriter, Tom
Blomquist ("Walker, Texas Ranger"), co-executive producer and director
of "Christy: The Movie" Chuck Bowman (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," Pretenders"),
producer Deboragh Gabler ("Lear," "Take My Life" "Wednesday Woman"), and
pre-eminent Canadian cinematographer Laszlo George ("Mrs. 'Arris Goes To
Paris," "The Promise," "Body Of Evidence").
"A Change of Seasons" was written
by Phillip Gerson ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman") and directed by George
Kaczender ("Jonathan: The Boy Nobody Wanted," "In Praise of Older Women").
"A New Beginning" was scripted by Brenda Lilly ("Second Noah," "Honey,
I Shrunk The Kids") and directed by Don McBrearty ("A Child's Christmas
In Wales," "A Tale of Two Isaacs"). Emmy-nominated "Christy" composer
Ron Ramin returned to compose an original score and music.
The miniseries was produced by Peace
Arch Entertainment in association with Canan FilmWorks, LLC, with partners
John Schneider, John Agoglia and Tony Fantozzi (who also serve as executive
producers), Hallmark Entertainment and PAX TV. The film was produced
in cooperation with Marshall-LeSourd, LLC, the family of Catherine Marshall.
About PAX TV:
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family entertainment network, reaches 81% of U.S. television households
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Through the company's strategic relationship with NBC, the two networks
shared the premiere of the dramatic series "Mysterious Ways" this past
summer. The series continues every Tuesday this season on PAX and
has just returned to NBC on Monday nights. Other PAX original 8:00
p.m. (ET/PT) series include "Miracle Pets," "Twice In A Lifetime," "It's
a Miracle" and "Encounters with the Unexplained."
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