Emmy-winner Valerie Harper has begun work on a TV movie called "The Town That Came A-Courtin'."
Production started this week in Vancouver, and the movie will premiere in January on UP.
The movie is based on Ronda Rich's novel, which was inspired by a book tour she took.
Harper is waging a public battle against inoperable brain cancer. She has shared her hopeful outlook in a series of TV interviews.
In the movie, she will play a B&B owner in the town of Bliss, Miss., and her character will help a successful author (Holly) find romance with the town's mayor (Bancroft).
"UP is thrilled to have the always inspirational Valerie Harper as part of our talented the 'Town That Came A-Courtin' ' cast," Barbara Fisher, senior vice president for original programming at UP, said in a statement. Fisher said the movie's "uplifting, sometimes bumpy romance showcases how a community's spirit and good will can help people connect and find each other."
Harper has been a public favorite since "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and played her beloved character in the spinoff "Rhoda."