Road to Avonlea

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Road to Avonlea
RoadToAvonlea intertitle s2.jpg
season 2 intertitle
FormatDrama
Created byKevin Sullivan
StarringSarah Polley
Jackie Burroughs
Lally Cadeau
Cedric Smith
Gema Zamprogna
Zachary Bennett
Mag Ruffman
Country of originCanada
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes91, plus a TV movie. (List of episodes)
Production
Running time60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelCBC Television
The Disney Channel
Original runJanuary 7, 1990 (1990-01-07) – March 31, 1996 (1996-03-31)
External links
Website
 
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Road to Avonlea
RoadToAvonlea intertitle s2.jpg
season 2 intertitle
FormatDrama
Created byKevin Sullivan
StarringSarah Polley
Jackie Burroughs
Lally Cadeau
Cedric Smith
Gema Zamprogna
Zachary Bennett
Mag Ruffman
Country of originCanada
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes91, plus a TV movie. (List of episodes)
Production
Running time60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelCBC Television
The Disney Channel
Original runJanuary 7, 1990 (1990-01-07) – March 31, 1996 (1996-03-31)
External links
Website

Road to Avonlea is a Canadian television series first broadcast in Canada between January 7, 1990 and March 31, 1996, and in the United States starting on March 5, 1990. It was created by Kevin Sullivan and produced by Sullivan Films (later Sullivan Entertainment) in association with CBC and The Disney Channel, with additional funding from Telefilm Canada. The Disney Channel began airing the series in the United States on March 5, 1990,[1] and continued airing it into January 1997.[2]

It was adapted from the following books by L.M. Montgomery (author of Anne of Green Gables, which Sullivan had previously adapted as Anne of Green Gables in 1985 and Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel in 1987, and later Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story in 2000): The Story Girl, The Golden Road, Chronicles of Avonlea and Further Chronicles of Avonlea.

Some episodes of the show were turned into the independent books by different authors. There have been around 30 titles released.

In the United States, its title was shortened to simply Avonlea, and a number of episodes were re-titled and re-ordered. When the series was released on VHS and DVD in the United States, the title changed from Road to Avonlea to Tales from Avonlea.

The series is set in the fictional small town of Avonlea, Prince Edward Island, in the early 20th century (1903–1912). There, 10-year-old Montreal heiress Sara Stanley (Sarah Polley) is sent by her wealthy father to live with her two maiden aunts, Hetty and Olivia King, to be near her late mother's side of the family. The show's focus shifted over the years from Sara's interactions with her new-found relatives, to stories about the King family. Later seasons of the show focused more on residents of Avonlea who were connected to the King family. Sarah Polley left the show in 1994, returning for one guest appearance in the 6th season and one in the 7th season.

Following the series proper, a reunion movie called Happy Christmas, Miss King (aka An Avonlea Christmas) was produced in 1998.

Characters[edit]

Major characters[edit]

Secondary characters[edit]

Guest stars[edit]

Through all seven seasons of Road to Avonlea, many big name actors made an appearance on the show, some multiple times. Among them:

Episodes[edit]

Locations[edit]

Aerial Shot of Avonlea Courtesy of Sullivan Entertainment Inc.

The Road to Avonlea set was created in Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada (the town where Lucy Maud Montgomery lived and wrote for a decade after moving from Prince Edward Island). The town of Avonlea was adapted from existing buildings and roads were painted red to emulate the red sand of the Island. Filming also regularly took place at Westfield Heritage Centre in Flamborough, Ontario. Photography and enhanced digital matter work married second unit scenes of Prince Edward Island with the Leaskdale location where necessary.

DVD releases[edit]

Sullivan Entertainment released all 7 seasons on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time between 2005-2006.[4] In 2009, they began re-releasing the series in wide screen format. As of December, 2012, all seven seasons and the Christmas special have been released in widescreen format.

Awards and nominations[edit]

During Road to Avonlea's seven-year run, it won and was nominated for numerous awards worldwide.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 8, no. 2, March/April 1990: pp. 22, 27, 31, 36.
  2. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 14, no. 6, December 1996/January 1997: pp. 28-29, 48.
  3. ^ "Road to Avonlea Official Website". Roadtoavonlea.com. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  4. ^ "Road To Avonlea - DVDs, Movies, Series, Box Sets". ShopAtSullivan.com. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 

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