Jennifer Love Hewitt to star, exec produce

Lifetime is turning its Jennifer Love Hewitt telepic “The Client List” into a series.

Actress will topline and exec produce the hourlong skein, which will air on the femme-skewing cabler in 2012. Network has ordered 10 episodes.

Lifetime has also inked Hewitt’s production shingle, Fedora Films, to a first-look development deal for future series and movies.

Storyline involves a Texas housewife (Hewitt), who is left in deep financial straits after her husband deserts her and takes a job at a seemingly traditional day spa in a neighboring town. When she realizes massages aren’t the only services on the menu, she grabs the opportunity to relieve her financial hardships by partnering with the parlor’s feisty but disorganized owner to run the business.

The series will follow Hewitt’s character as she balances two starkly different lives — one as a single mom in a conservative town struggling to provide for her family and the other as a savvy and ambitious businesswoman working with a rowdy, sexy and unpredictable group of women.

Others set to exec produce are Dannielle Thomas, Howard Braunstein, Michael Jaffe, AJ Rinella and Jordan Budde, who wrote the pilot.

“This project falls in line with our strategy to expand Lifetime’s slate with unapologetic programming that will surprise audiences,” said network topper Nancy Dubuc.

Hewitt is repped by Untitled, WME and attorney Bob Wallerstein.

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