Cedar Cove is an American drama television series on the Hallmark Channel that began on July 20, 2013. Based on author Debbie Macomber's book series of the same name, Cedar Cove focuses on Municipal Court Judge Olivia Lockhart's professional and personal life and the townsfolk surrounding her. It is the network's first-ever original, scripted series.
The first season of 13 episodes aired from July 20 through October 12, 2013. The second season of 12 episodes aired from July 19 through October 4, 2014. On October 29, 2014, the series was renewed for a third season.
Sarah Smyth as Justine Lockhart, Olivia's artistic daughter who is an insecure person, largely because of the death of her twin brother Jordan when they were thirteen and the resulting dissolution of her parents' marriage
Corey Sevier as Seth Gunderson, Justine's high school boyfriend who, now a commercial fisher, returns to town in hopes of renewing their relationship together. Was portrayed by Greyston Holt in the pilot episode.
Timothy Webber as Moon, the aged hippie proprietor of Moon's, a cafe/knick-knack store
Paula Shaw as Charlotte Jeffers, Olivia's headstrong mother (season 1)
Delilah (voiceover only), a nationally syndicated radio host who provides quotes and inspirational passages as the host of her radio show in-universe in a fictional sense. These set up some of the plot devices which occur throughout each episode. (season 1)
Elyse Levesque as Maryellen Sherman, Grace's daughter and manager of the Cedar Cove Art Gallery (season 1, recurring season 2)
Sebastian Spence as Cliff Harting, a rancher. He was estranged from his father, once famous country singer Tom Harting, at the time of Tom's death. (season 2, recurring season 1)
Tom Stevens as Eric Griffith, Jack's irresponsible son who blames much of that irresponsibility on the fact that he had no male role model growing up (season 2, recurring season 1)
Jesse Hutch as Luke Bailey, an ex-Navy Seal suffering from PTSD (season 2)
Jesse Moss as Ian Rendall, Cecilia's military husband
Matreya Fedor as Allison Weston, a high school student who volunteers at the library
Andrew Airlie as Stan Lockhart, Olivia's ex-husband and Justine's father, who left the family following the death of their son Jordan, Justine's twin brother. He is a Seattle based physician, and is remarried. (season 1)
Cindy Busby as Rebecca Jennings, the young, ambitious assistant district attorney (season 2)
Julia Benson as Jeri Drake, a journalist and one of Jack's ex-wives (season 2)
Rebecca Marshall as Alex, Cliff's female ranch hand (season 2)
The series is filmed on Vancouver Island. Macomber stated that she tried to get the series filmed in Washington. "We did get tax incentives [for filmmakers] back but the problem is we don’t have the infrastructure Canada does," she said.
With the announcement of the July 19, 2014, premiere date for the second season, Hallmark also announced that Sue Tenney, executive producer and writer for 7th Heaven, would take over as series showrunner.
Book to television deviation
In the book series, Grace's husband is disturbed by his actions in the Vietnam War and commits suicide, but, for the television series, Macomber revealed that the network considered that "too heavy" of a storyline. Instead, Grace arrives home from vacation to announce her husband is divorcing her.
Cedar Cove was given "generally favorable" reviews at the Metacritic website, based on the aggregate score of 62 out of 100 from ten critics.The Wall Street Journal 's Nancy DeWolf Smith called the series "relaxing," adding that it is "as burden-free as a day on the beach with an umbrella, a book and a breeze." Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times commented, "Despite a certain built-in B&B preciousness, Cedar Cove evokes certain splendid shows of another time and place, including the late-great 'Family ' and the longtime Irish hit 'Ballykissangel.'"The New York Times 's Neil Genzlinger commented that the "able" cast "makes it stand out from the stream of interchangeable Hallmark movies that aim for the same tone and audience."
Ellen Gray of the Philadelphia Daily News commented on the difference between Hallmark's standard fare and Cedar Cove, "While [Hallmark] movies are often forced to rush headlong toward their happy endings, a series can take more time. And in [the] four subsequent episodes I've seen, the stories and characters get to breathe a bit." The New York Post 's Linda Stasi stated, "It ain't brain surgery and nobody’s going to win any Emmys, but that’s not why fans watch Hallmark." David Hinckley of New York's Daily News stated, "From the early evidence...there’s every indication a Hallmark series will be the same sort of television comfort food as a Hallmark movie."
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 's Rob Owen called the series "comfortable, uncomplicated, unchallenging entertainment," adding, "which makes it ideal for Hallmark's brand. Fans of Hallmark's movies will enjoy it; viewers who want to be more engaged and absorbed by a program may be bored." Brian Lowry of Variety stated,"There's still a distinction to be drawn between 'light' and 'weightless,' which is roughly where this new show registers—in part because the Olivia-Jack relationship is the only aspect with any resonance."
Ratings for Cedar Cove made Hallmark the top cable channel for its time slot on Saturdays.
As of October 4, 2014[update], 25 episodes of Cedar Cove have aired, concluding the second season.
The show began airing in the United Kingdom on 5USA from February 9, 2014. The show began airing in Turkey on Dizimax Drama on 5 March, 2014. The show began airing in Greece on NovaCinema 1, NovaCinemaHD on June 4, 2014. The show began airing in Germany on Sat.1 Emotions on March 18, 2014 and aired Tuesdays at 8 p.m., reruns aired during the summer on Fridays at 10 p.m. starting July 18, 2014.
Home media release
On July 15, 2014, Hallmark released the first season of Cedar Cove in a three-disc DVD set.