An airdate has been set for Hallmark Channel's Freshman Father, starring Designing Women alum Annie Potts and Guiding Light's Kim Zimmer. The much-talked about— among soapers at least— flick will air June 5. Check out the synopsis below.
John Patton (Seeley), the small town high school prom king, star quarterback and class valedictorian is all set to start Harvard in the fall when his steady girlfriend, Kathy (Britt Irvin, "The Assistants"), tells him she is pregnant. The couple makes the difficult decision to marry, and Kathy agrees to follow John to school. Then, when the compromises and responsibilities of young parenthood wear on her, Kathy leaves her son, Adam, and John behind to return to her small town.
Struggling now with his classes, a new job and taking care of his son by himself, John wonders how he will do it all. His luck improves a bit when he finds an apartment and his new manager, Dorothy (Potts), becomes his surrogate mom. But then John realizes he's failed a calculus exam after an all-nighter taking care of Adam and he decides to throw in the towel and start packing for home. It's only when an unlikely mentor appears – the hard-nosed Dean Frost (Zimmer) – that John gets a second chance and the support he needs to continue his dream.
More information is coming out about Freshman Father, the TV-movie Guiding Light alum Kim Zimmer recently revealed she was filming. According to Variety, the Hallmark Channel film will reunite Zimmer with Annie Potts, whom she worked with some 20 years earlier when Zimmer guest-starred on Potts' hit CBS sitcom Designing Women.
On Designing Women Zimmer played Mavis, the cousin of loveable-yet-dimwitted office manager Charlene (Jean Smart). Mavis was trapped in an abusive marriage in the powerful episode of the sassy, Southern-fried sitcom. Potts portrayed Charlene's best friend, sardonic, divorced mom Mary Jo. See clip above courtesy of Nohea Star.