Andie MacDowell stars in new Hallmark Channel show

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FILE - This May 27, 2012 file photo shows actress Andie MacDowell during the 65th international film festival in Cannes, southern France. MacDowell stars in "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove," premiering Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 8 p.m. EST on the Hallmark Channel. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andie MacDowell says she hesitated when she was offered a chance to star in a new Hallmark Channel series.

MacDowell was eager to work on the drama, "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove," based on novelist Macomber's books about a small town.

But the actress says she worried the project would interfere with finishing her "job" as a parent, with a daughter yet to graduate high school and still at home.

But she says a delay in production solved the problem.

"Cedar Cover" features MacDowell playing a small-town judge. The show debuts Saturday on the Hallmark Channel. It's the channel's first prime-time series.