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I hope the marvelous Elizabeth Cheshire avoided the child actor curse
7 October 2006
"Sunshine" was a delightful 30-minute comedy-drama.
Sam Hayden (Cliff De Young) was a young widower raising his
step-daughter Jill (Elizabeth Cheshire) in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Sam had a band that included Weaver (Bill Mumy) and Cory (Corey
Fischer). Sam dreamed of becoming another John Denver, but the band
struggled to get by. Sam had to take on odd jobs to make ends meet.
Lovely Nora (Meg Foster) was a close friend and potential love interest
The relationship between Sam and Jill was beautifully written and
played. There was no laugh track, which was a blessing. The show was
somewhat reminiscent of "The Courtship of Eddie's Father", but even
This film was based on a TV movie called "Sunshine", which I have never
seen but would like to.
The producer of the movie and series was George Eckstein ("The
Fugitive","Duel", "Banacek"). John Badham directed a couple of
The series was canceled after 13 episodes, but there was a follow-up
movie called "Sunshine Christmas". The movie was written by Carol
Sobieski ("The Neon Ceiling") and directed by Glenn Jordan ("One of My
Wives is Missing"). Sam turns 30 and realizes he is not going to make
the big time as a musician. Nora has married a doctor. A despondent Sam
goes back to Texas to visit his parents (Pat Hingle and Eileen
Heckert). Sam starts working as a reporter on his father's one man
newspaper, which is in a town in the middle of nowhere. Nora visits and
asks the parents how Sam can be happy with a life that doesn't include
music. Sam's aging parents want to take Jill away from him and raise
her in a stable environment.
A beautiful, sentimental finale for this fine series.
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