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Farrow lies ‘On the Edge’ at Lifetime

Whelan co-stars in Mendel-directed telepic

Lifetime Television has greenlit “On the Edge,” a Mia Farrow-led telepic about a divorcee whose teenage daughter is addicted to prescription drugs.

The movie, which also stars “Once And Again’s” Julia Whelan as the troubled teen, is skedded to debut in August on the femme-oriented cable network.

“On the Edge” is produced by Patricia Clifford Prods. in association with Viacom Prods. Clifford is exec producer, Robert Mandel is directing, and Betty Goldberg wrote the script.

Farrow, an original cast member of the classic primetime sudser “Peyton Place,” starred in the 1999 CBS telepic “Forget Me Never.” Her long list of feature credits range from “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Purple Rose of Cairo” to “Miami Rhapsody” and “Reckless.”

Thesp also recently completed CBS comedy pilot “Julie Lydecker,” which did not get picked up for the fall.

Order for “On the Edge” is part of femme-oriented cabler’s strategy to preem one original movie per month.

Other upcoming monthly originals are rogue cop pic “Scared Silent,” starring Penelope Ann Miller, Reed Diamond and Andrew Jackson, which preems on Monday; June’s “Too Young to Be a Dad,” starring Kathy Baker, Bruce Davison and Paul Franklin Dano; and July’s tentatively titled “Losing It,” about parents losing control at kids’ athletic games and starring Terry Farrell and Adrian Pasdar.