The network has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which will launch sometime next year.
In the TV movie, based on a true story, Hewitt played a Texas housewife whose husband injures his knee and can't work. To support the family, she begins work at a day spa only to learn the business offers much more than just massages. She soon partners with the spa's disorganized owner to run the business.
It looks like the series will turn Hewitt's character into a single mom who enters the "spa" biz only after her husband abandons her. She will struggle to balance duties as a single mom in a conservative town and her career as a determined businesswoman who must hold together a group of fiery and unpredictable employees.
Lifetime has also signed a development deal for both potential series and movies with Hewitt's production company, Fedora Films, which also include Hewitt directing an upcoming Lifetime movie. "Beloved by viewers, Jennifer Love Hewitt is an amazing talent on and off the screen and we are very excited about continuing our relationship with her on The Client List," said Lifetime Networks' president and general manager, Nancy Dubuc, told the site. "This project falls in line with our strategy to expand Lifetime's slate with unapologetic programming that will surprise audiences."
Jordan Budde (Beverly Hills, 90210) adapted the film to series, and the film's producers Dannielle Thomas, Howard Braunstein, Michael Jaffe and AJ Rinella will also executive-produce the series alongside Hewitt. "Jordan Budde has written a show that truly reflects the spirit of the movie and I am looking forward to an amazing partnership with Lifetime as both a producer and actress," Hewitt said.
This will be Hewitt's first series since Ghost Whisperer, which was canceled by CBS in 2010 after five seasons. She most recently guest-starred on Law & Order: SVU last season and starred in the CBS TV movie The Lost Valentine. Hewitt earned her first Golden Globe nomination for her performance in The Client List, which drew 3.9 million viewers when it premiered in July 2010.
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