ATLANTA – June 4, 2015 – Production is currently underway in Millersburg, OH on the original UP Premiere Movie Love Finds You In Valentine, a sweeping romantic drama starring Diogo Morgado (Son Of God, “The Messengers”), Michaela McManus (“Aquarius,” “One Tree Hill”), Lindsay Wagner (The Paper Chase, “The Bionic Woman”) and Ed Asner (Up, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”). Based on the popular book by Irene Brand, Love Finds You In Valentine will air exclusively on UP in 2016.
Building upon the popularity of UP’s highest-rated original movie of 2014, Love Finds You In Sugarcreek, the film is a George Shamieh production and directed by Curtis Grey. Chevonne O’Shaughnessy and Cindy Bond are executive producers. Bryar Freed-Golden (UP’s upcoming Love Finds You in Charm, Love Finds You In Sugarcreek) wrote the adapted screenplay, based on the book by Brand. The second film in the franchise, Love Finds You In Charm, premieres this Sunday, June 7 at 7 p.m. EDT.
In Love Finds You In Valentine, after her parents die, law student Kennedy Blaine (Michaela Mcmanus) inherits a ranch in the small town of Valentine, Nebraska. She travels to Valentine with the intent of selling the ranch, but is drawn to the area’s beauty – and to ranch foreman, Derek Sterling (Diogo Morgado). Putting her life in L.A. on hold, she decides to spend some time at her ancestral home and, despite a long-standing feud, to reconnect with family members, including a grandfather, Gabriel Morgan (Ed Asner), who she has never met. But soon Kennedy is subjected to harassment by someone who clearly wants her to leave Valentine. Depending on Derek and his mother June’s (Lindsay Wagner) assistance, she sets out to discover who is behind the offenses. But when her search reveals painful details about her family and raises questions about Derek’s own past, will Kennedy still want to know the truth?
“Love Finds You In Valentine is the third film in UP’s ‘Love Finds You’ franchise, springing from the success of Love Finds You In Sugarcreek, current buzz and media attention for June 7th’s premiere of Love Finds You in Charm, and the continuing popularity of the ‘Love Finds You…’ book series,” said Barbara Fisher, svp, original programming, UP. “We are thrilled to have our two spectacular leads, Diogo Morgado and Michaela Mcmanus, sharing the screen with beloved actors Lindsay Wagner and Ed Asner.”
Author Irene Brand’s goal of being a writer was conceived at an early age in her rural home in West Virginia. In the early 70’s, she started publishing in historical, religious, and general magazines. During that time, she also edited and compiled two church histories. She has written Sunday school curriculum, edited a two-year series of mission curriculum, and her works have appeared in five program-material anthologies. She has written 43 works of fiction and had 4 non-fiction books published. Her first inspirational romance was published in 1984.
The “Love Finds You™” book series was launched in October 2008 by Guideposts imprint Summerside Press with the goal to give readers a taste of local life across America. Each of the almost 60 novels to date – by revolving authors, including Daughety – draws on the compelling history or unique character of a real place, such as Charm, Ohio. Learn more at www.ShopGuideposts.org/love-finds-you.
The first movie in UP’s “Love Finds You” franchise was the hit Love Finds You In Sugarcreek, a romantic mystery/suspense drama set in Amish country, starring Tom Everett Scott (That Thing You Do!, “Southland”), Sarah Lancaster (“Chuck,” “Everwood”) and Golden Globe®– and BAFTA-nominated actress Kelly McGillis (Witness, Top Gun). Filmed in Sugarcreek, Ohio, Love Finds You In Sugarcreek debuted exclusively on UP on June 1, 2014. The second movie in the franchise, Love Finds You In Charm, debuts exclusively on UP on Sunday, June 7 at 7 p.m. EDT.
UP presents Love Finds You In Valentine, a George Shamieh production. Starring Diogo Morgado, Michaela McManus, Lindsay Wagner and Ed Asner. Produced by George Shamieh. Executive produced by Chevonne O’Shaughnessy and Cindy Bond. Directed by Curtis Grey. Casting by Lillian Pyles. Director of Photography is Adam White. Editor is Brett Hedlund. Adapted screenplay by Bryar Freed-Golden, based on the book by Irene Brand.