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 seasons1
No. of episodes13 (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 seasons1
No. of episodes13 (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 the Cedar Cove Municipal Court and revolves around Olivia Lockhart's professional and personal life. It is the network's first-ever original, scripted series.[1]

On September 30, 2013, the series was renewed for a second season, scheduled to air in 2014.[2]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Promotional photo showing Olivia Lockhart (Andie MacDowell) and the slogan "Small Town. Big Heart."

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.[9]

The series was filmed on Vancouver Island from March 23 through July 23, 2013.[10] 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.[9]

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.[9]

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.[11] 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."[12] 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.'"[13] 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."[14]

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."[15] 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."[16] 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."[17]

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."[18] 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."[19]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProduction
code
U.S. viewers
(million)
1"Pilot"Michael M. ScottBruce GrahamJuly 20, 2013 (2013-07-20)100-1202.62[20]
Olivia Lockhart (Andie MacDowell) is the divorced municipal court judge of Cedar Cove and is dealing with the death of her son. She is soon offered a federal judgeship by a Washington State Senator Pete Raymond (Barclay Hope) whom she knows from law school. He chose to nominate her for the federal position because only one of her some 20 court decisions that had been appealed was overturned by the higher court. Word of this quickly reaches Jack Griffith (Dylan Neal), a newcomer to small town life. He is also an alcoholic trying to get his life in order. Olivia's daughter Justine (Sarah Smyth) gets a marriage proposal from Warren Saget (Brennan Elliott), a wealthy home developer. She wants to wait and goes to her high school reunion where she meets Seth (Greyston Holt for this episode), her sweetheart back then. He attempts to kiss her, she pushes him away, and they get into an argument. She later accepts Warren's proposal. Olivia prepares for the federal judgeship, until she reads Jack's article about her departure and sees her huge farewell party. She tells Jack not to print the story, as she is staying put. 
2"A House Divided"Andy MikitaCarl BinderJuly 27, 2013 (2013-07-27)10012.41[21]
Olivia's best friend, Grace Sherman (Teryl Rothery), returns from vacation, during which she has received divorce papers from her husband. Warren threatens to tear down the historic lighthouse. Bob (Bruce Boxleitner) and Peggy Beldon (Barbara Niven) lead the townspeople in protest. The case ends up in Olivia's courtroom. Her new romance with Jack is threatened when he publishes an unfavorable story about Olivia and the case. Justine ends her engagement to Warren and rekindles her relationship with Seth. At a loss to find a legal loophole to save the lighthouse, Olivia is told a preservation philanthropist will put up 80% of the land's value. Olivia covers the rest. Warren agrees to the deal but only if he can take credit for changing his mind to save the lighthouse. She reluctantly accepts. 
3"Reunion"Martin WoodCarl BinderAugust 3, 2013 (2013-08-03)10021.99[22]
Jack’s estranged son Eric (Tom Stevens) arrives unannounced in Cedar Cove. Jack must endure Eric's rehashing his father’s alcoholic past and poor parenting. Grace sees Eric steal money from the newspaper lockbox and approaches Olivia about it. Before Jack can be told about Eric's questionable behavior, Eric admits to "borrowing" the money. Meanwhile, Olivia's mother Charlotte (Paula Shaw) is given a key by a stroke victim at a hospital where she volunteers. The man dies and Charlotte must get help with the key from Olivia's ex-husband Stan (Andrew Airlie) when her daughter initially refuses. Stan says the key unlocks a storage locker, which contains his belongings and identity. The man was a once-popular country music star who had abandoned his family. Elsewhere, Seth must leave town again, but gives Justine the keys to his boat and a book on astronomy. They agree to look at Polaris at night, knowing the other is looking at it, as well. 
4"Suspicious Minds"Michael M. ScottEric TuchmanAugust 10, 2013 (2013-08-10)10032.07[23]
Bob and Peggy allow an injured man, who shows up in the middle of the night, to stay at the Thyme and Tide. The next morning, Peggy finds him dead in his room. Word quickly spreads throughout the town. Sheriff Davis (Garry Chalk) investigates and Jack covers the story. Concerned with Jack's son Eric's mood, Olivia gives him a job. Meanwhile, at the town's annual Art Walk, Justine receives a prominent booth to display her work. Her father Stan arrives to support her, invoking unresolved feelings. 
5"For the Sake of the Children"Neill FearnleySusin NielsenAugust 17, 2013 (2013-08-17)10041.96[24]
In court, Olivia hears both sides of Rosie (Kendall Cross) and Zach Westen's (Lochlyn Munro) divorce case, struggling to decide what's best for the Westen children, Allison (Matreya Fedor) and Eddie (Sean Michael Kyer). The case causes Olivia to have painful memories of her own divorce. Jack also recalls his past when he notices Eric is stalling to find a job while taking advantage of his father's guilt. Meanwhile, after budget cuts forces the Mayor to close the town library, Grace raises the money to keep it open herself by hosting a fundraiser, where she meets a charming new arrival, Cliff Harting (Sebastian Spence). 
6"Free Spirits"Michael M. ScottBruce GrahamAugust 24, 2013 (2013-08-24)10052.10[25]
When Seth doesn't come home from his job at sea, a concerned Justine takes a dangerous trip to a remote Alaskan town to find him. Olivia recalls the death of her son several years ago. Worried about Justine, she loses sleep and is hesitant to go to Seattle for the weekend with Jack. Both she and Justine ultimately realize their adventures might be worth letting go of their fears. 
7"Help Wanted"Peter DeLuiseEric TuchmanAugust 31, 2013 (2013-08-31)1006
The Westen divorce takes a toll on daughter Allison, and she works more at the inn to escape. Her mother gets a permanent room there and pushes Allison's limits. Then, before Jack and Olivia can get some time away to be together, Lenny (Richard De Klerk), a reformed criminal she helped put in jail years ago, returns to town seeking a fresh start. She promises to help him find a job, but everyone in town shuns him. The harbor's pergola catches fire and Lenny is viewed as the culprit, but a court decision shocks everyone. 
8"And The Winner Is..."Martin WoodBruce GrahamSeptember 7, 2013 (2013-09-07)10071.83[26]
Justine and Olivia scheme to help Grace and Maryellen (Elyse Levesque) win their respective men—Cliff Harting and John Bowman (Charlie Carrick)—in the town's charity bachelor auction, which is organized by Charlotte. Jack is sure he can count on a winning bid from Olivia, but he questions their relationship when her ex-husband Stan asks her to help him finally deal with the death of their son. The winner of the auction is a surprise to Olivia and the rest of the townspeople. 
9"Old Flames, New Sparks"Martin WoodKen CrawSeptember 14, 2013 (2013-09-14)10082.23[27]
Threatened by Olivia's renewed bond with her Stan, Jack realizes his feelings for her are moving fast. Meanwhile, Grace spends more time with her old crush, Olivia's brother Will (Cameron Bancroft), who confides a deep secret in her that could change the terms of their relationship. While they grapple with their histories, Olivia's and Grace's daughters begin to plan their futures, as Justine decides to move in with Seth and Maryellen realizes she should take things slow with John Bowman after discovering he might not be who she thinks he is. 
10"Conflicts of Interest"Neill FearnleySusin NielsenSeptember 21, 2013 (2013-09-21)1009
After Grace kisses Will, he won't stop calling to confess his feelings. Worried that Olivia will eventually find out, Grace decides to tell her, only to discover Will has been hiding something about his marriage. Meanwhile, Warren has a heart attack, and Justine rushes to his side. This adds stress for Seth, who is debating on taking a four-month job at sea. Stan's wife Melanie (Anne Marie DeLuise) visits Olivia, who is dealing with a minor car accident. Jack comforts Olivia, but gets a call from a sports editor about a Philadelphia job. 
11"Stormfront"Neill FearnleyBruce GrahamSeptember 28, 2013 (2013-09-28)1010
Stan files for divorce and decides to move back to Cedar Cove. He claims it's to be closer to Justine, but Olivia senses he is trying to win her back, causing her to be nostalgic. Jack turns down the Philadelphia job offer to stay with Olivia. She is nervous to tell him about Stan's return, and he hears the news from Stan himself. Grace, shaken over Will's lies, finally reveals their affair. After Maryellen investigates John's deceptive past, she confronts him about it. 
12"A New Life"Martin WoodBruce GrahamOctober 5, 2013 (2013-10-05)1011
As the Christmas season approaches, Olivia's spirits are down when Jack moves to Philadelphia after their sudden breakup. However, when he returns to hire his replacement at the Chronicle, his lingering love for Olivia arises. Complicating his short stay even further, he finds one last story to cover after noticing FBI agents watching a nervous Warren Saget. Justine is stunned when Seth returns with an offer that could change both of their futures. At the Thyme and Tide Inn, Peggy welcomes Shelly (Hayley Sales), a young pregnant woman whose shocking connection to the community—the identity of her baby's father—is revealed after she asks Olivia for legal counsel for an adoption. 
13"Homecoming"Martin WoodCarl BinderOctober 12, 2013 (2013-10-12)10122.36[28]
Justine and Seth finally learn the truth about Warren’s corrupt business deals and double-life, but she gets in danger when cooperating with the FBI. Grace convinces Cliff to give dating another chance, while Olivia and Jack are happily reunited after he makes Cedar Cove his permanent home. They must track down Eric, who now is responsible for his unborn daughter. When he finally arrives at the Thyme and Tide Inn, his reunion with girlfriend Shelly turns bittersweet as complications of her pregnancy force her to be hospitalized. Unexpected devastation hits Justine and Seth’s new restaurant on Christmas day, and the townspeople prove their compassion for others. 

References[edit]

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