In the TV movie Love by Chance, when pastry chef Claire Michaels (Beau Garrett) falls in love by chance with handsome young doctor Eric (Ben Ayers), she couldn’t be happier. But when she finds out it was her well-intentioned, meddling mother Helen who created an online profile for her daughter and set the young couple up, Claire is not happy. Feeling betrayed, Claire puts an end to her budding romance with Eric.
Claire’s mother Helen is portrayed by Brenda Strong. She’s known for her roles on The 100 (Queen Nia), Bones (Senator Hayley Winters), Dallas (Ann Ewing), Scandal (Joan Reston), Desperate Housewives (Mary Alice Young), Everwood (Julia Brown), 7th Heaven (Mrs. Carmen Mackoul), Sports Night (Sally Sasser), and Seinfeld (Sue Ellen, the “bra-less” wonder), among others. Love by Chance premieres on April 16 at 9pm on Hallmark. It will air again on April 23 at 7pm and April 24 at 11am.