Cedar Cove (TV series)

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Cedar Cove
CedarCoveIntertitle.png
GenreDrama
Romance
Developed byBruce Graham
Written byDebbie Macomber
(Book)
Starring
Composer(s)Mario Vaira
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes25 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Ron French
  • Carl Binder
  • Caroline Moore
  • Dan Wigutow
  • Debbie Macomber
  • Andie MacDowell
  • Harvey Kahn
  • Michael M. Scott
Producer(s)Connie Dolphin
Location(s)Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Running time76 minutes (pilot); 42 minutes
Production company(s)Orchard Road Productions
Broadcast
Original channelHallmark Channel
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runJuly 20, 2013 (2013-07-20) – present (present)
External links
Website
 
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Cedar Cove
CedarCoveIntertitle.png
GenreDrama
Romance
Developed byBruce Graham
Written byDebbie Macomber
(Book)
Starring
Composer(s)Mario Vaira
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes25 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Ron French
  • Carl Binder
  • Caroline Moore
  • Dan Wigutow
  • Debbie Macomber
  • Andie MacDowell
  • Harvey Kahn
  • Michael M. Scott
Producer(s)Connie Dolphin
Location(s)Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Running time76 minutes (pilot); 42 minutes
Production company(s)Orchard Road Productions
Broadcast
Original channelHallmark Channel
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runJuly 20, 2013 (2013-07-20) – present (present)
External links
Website

Cedar Cove is an American drama television series on the Hallmark Channel that began on July 20, 2013.[1] 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.[1]

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.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Setting and filming[edit]

Although filmed in Vancouver and Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, the setting for the series (both book and television) is based on Port Orchard, Washington, producer/writer Debbie Macomber's summer residence.[10]

The series is filmed on Vancouver Island.[11] 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.[10]

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.[12]

Book to television deviation[edit]

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.[10]

Reception[edit]

Cedar Cove was given "generally favorable" reviews at the Metacritic website, based on the aggregate score of 62 out of 100 from ten critics.[13] 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."[14] 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.'"[15] 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."[16]

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."[17] 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."[18] 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."[19]

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."[20] 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."[21]

Ratings for Cedar Cove made Hallmark the top cable channel for its time slot on Saturdays.[22]

Episodes[edit]

As of October 4, 2014, 25 episodes of Cedar Cove have aired, concluding the second season.

International distribution[edit]

The show began airing in the United Kingdom on 5USA from February 9, 2014.[23] The show began airing in Turkey on Dizimax Drama on 5 March, 2014.[24] The show began airing in Greece on NovaCinema 1, NovaCinemaHD on June 4, 2014.[25] 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.[26]

Home media release[edit]

On July 15, 2014, Hallmark released the first season of Cedar Cove in a three-disc DVD set.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Andie Macdowell and Dylan Neal Star In "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove", a Hallmark Channel Original Series World Premiere on July 20, the Network's First-Ever Series". The Futon Critic. March 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Miller, Thomas. "Hallmark Channel Renews CEDAR COVE For Third Season". Seat42F.com. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 17, 2012). "Hallmark Channel Reaffirms Series Order To ‘Cedar Cove’ Starring Andie MacDowell". Deadline Hollywood. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 8, 2012). "‘Being Human’ & ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Add Actors, ‘Cedar Coves’ Books Co-Lead". Deadline Hollywood. 
  5. ^ "Teryl Rothery Added to Cast of Series Regulars in Hallmark Channel's First-Ever Primetime Series, "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove," Two-Hour World Premiere July 20". The Futon Critic. April 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Raisler, Carrie (July 20, 2013). "Cedar Cove". A.V. Club. AVClub.com. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bruce Boxleitner Added to Cast as Series Regular in Hallmark Channel's "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove"". The Futon Critic. May 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Barbara Niven Added to Cast As Series Regular in Hallmark Channel's "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove"". The Futon Critic. May 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Too all who have sent me notes commenting on hearing my voice on the radio in the new Hallmark series, "Cedar Cove", thank you for noticing...". Delilah Facebook page. 28 July 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c Owens, Rob (July 15, 2013). "Hallmark takes a trip to ‘Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove’". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Filming List". British Columbia Film Commission. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Hallmark Channel's First-Ever Primetime Series "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove" Begins Production on Second Season March 2014". The Futon Critic (Press release). January 11, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove: Season 1". Metacritic. July 20, 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  14. ^ DeWolf Smith, Nancy (July 18, 2013). "That Incredible Lightness of Being". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  15. ^ McNamara, Mary (July 19, 2013). "Television review: Small-town life has its moments in 'Cedar Cove'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  16. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (July 19, 2013). "Dialing Down the Adrenaline in a Town With a Laid-Back Judge". The New York Times. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  17. ^ Gray, Ellen (July 18, 2013). "'Project Runway' returns to save the unicorns". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  18. ^ Stasi, Linda (July 19, 2013). "The jury's out on 'Cedar Cove,' but at least it's predictable". New York Post. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  19. ^ Hinckley, David (July 18, 2013). "‘Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove,’ TV review". Daily News. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  20. ^ Owen, Rob (July 14, 2013). "Tuned In: Hallmark's debut scripted series likely to please the network's regular viewers". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  21. ^ Lowry, Brian (July 17, 2013). "Review: "Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove"". Variety. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  22. ^ Elavsky, Cindy (January 12, 2014). "Celebrity Extra". King Features. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  23. ^ Munn, Patrick (January 31, 2014). "5USA acquires UK rights to Hallmark's Cedar Cove - Sets premiere of February 9th". TVWise.co.uk. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  24. ^ [1] (Turkish)
  25. ^ Cedar Cove | novamedia.gr (Greek)
  26. ^ http://www.sat1emotions.de/serien/cedar-cove
  27. ^ Lambert, David (June 13, 2014). "Cedar Cove - Based on Debbie Macomber's Books, Andie MacDowell Leads 'Season 1'". TVShowsOnDVD. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 

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