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Lifetime Wants a Nicholas Sparks Civil War Show

Author/producer Nicholas Sparks arrives at the premiere of Relativity Media's "Safe Haven" at TCL Chinese Theatre on February 5, 2013 in Hollywood, California.

Lifetime has green-lit a backdoor pilot from tear-jerking romance overlord Nicholas Sparks, the network announced. Deliverance Creek is set at the end of the Civil War and focuses on a woman trying to defend her family's land only to butt heads with her town's corrupt bank, which forces her to become an outlaw. (We're picturing a sweaty, dirty — yet very beautiful! — woman cocking an unwieldy revolver and insisting an intruder get off her property. Just a guess.) Lifetime will air it as a two-hour TV movie that will maybe turn into a series, which worked great for The Client List, though one assumes there will be fewer professional hand jobs on Deliverance Creek.

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