Valerie Harper, Lauren Holly Cast in ‘The Town That Came A-Courtin’

The former “Rhoda” actress will play a bed-and-breakfast owner in TV movie based on Ronda Rich novel

By Tim Kenneally

Former “Rhoda” star Valerie Harper has joined the cast of “The Town That Came A-Courtin’,” which began production in Vancouver on Wednesday.

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Lauren Holly, Cameron Bancroft and Lucie Guest have also been cast in the film, which is based on author and columnist Ronda Rich’s bestselling novel of the same name.

In the film, Holly stars as as successful author and fiercely independent Southern woman Abby Houston, who finds herself being held captive in a remote cabin by an obsessed fan.


Harper — who shocked fans earlier this year when she announced that she has terminal brain cancer — will play Charlotte, the owner of a bed-and-breakfast in the fictional town of Bliss. The townspeople of Bliss plot to set Houston up with their widowed mayor, Spencer Alexander (Bancroft), a single father of two.

The movie, which is being produced by Odyssey Media, will premiere on cable network UP, which specializes in uplifting family entertainment, in January.

“UP is thrilled to have the always inspirational Valerie Harper as part of our talented ‘The Town That Came A-Courtin”‘cast,” UP’s svp, original programming Barbara Fisher said “Joined by Lauren Holly, Cameron Bancroft, and Lucie Guest, this uplifting, sometimes bumpy romance showcases how a community’s spirit and good will can help people connect and find each other.”

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