Imperioli, Burstyn Get 'One More Day'

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ABC has landed a pair of award-winning actors to topline its adaptation of Mitch Albom's book "For One More Day."

The film, which will air in the coming season under the "Oprah Winfrey Presents" banner, will star Emmy winner Michael Imperioli ("The Sopranos") and Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn ("Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," "Requiem for a Dream"). The movie began production this week.

Imperioli will play a washed-up former baseball player named Chick Benetto whose life has spiraled into a cycle of alcoholism and depression. He returns to his hometown to commit suicide. Before he does, though, he's granted another day with his late mother (Burstyn), who shows him a path to setting his life right.

Albom is writing the adaptation of his best-selling novel. It's his third book to be adapted for television and a reunion with Winfrey, who produced the Emmy-winning "Tuesdays with Morrie" in 1999. Lloyd Kramer, who directed the last Albom project, "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," will perform the same duties this time.

Winfrey and Kate Forte are the executive producers.

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