Mary Elizabeth, an outgoing white girl, and Rene, a shy black girl, become close friends as they grow up in 1960's Alabama. Their friendship comes to an end, however, when Mary Elizabeth (... See full summary »

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 Mary Elizabeth 'M.E.' Sims / ... (88 episodes, 1998-2002)
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 Rene Jackson (88 episodes, 1998-2002)
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 Colliar Sims (83 episodes, 1998-2002)
Olivia Friedman ...
 Kelly Sims / ... (70 episodes, 1998-2002)
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 Young Rene Jackson (66 episodes, 1998-2001)
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 Young Mary Elizabeth 'M.E.' O'Brien (66 episodes, 1998-2001)
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 Sara Jackson / ... (64 episodes, 1998-2002)
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 Young Colliar Sims (61 episodes, 1998-2002)
Nancy McLoughlin ...
 Catherine O'Brien (56 episodes, 1998-2002)
Elise Shirley ...
 Young Teresa O'Brien (51 episodes, 1998-2002)
Calvin DeVault ...
 Davis Sims (41 episodes, 1999-2002)
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 Ajoni Williams / ... (41 episodes, 1998-2002)
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 James Jackson (36 episodes, 1998-2002)
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Mary Elizabeth, an outgoing white girl, and Rene, a shy black girl, become close friends as they grow up in 1960's Alabama. Their friendship comes to an end, however, when Mary Elizabeth (ME) gets pregnant and Rene doesn't support her decision to keep the child and marry her boyfriend. Thirty years later, ME is still living in Alabama with her husband as they struggle to make ends meet. Rene, meanwhile is a successful attorney working in Washington. After the death of her father, Rene decides to move back to her old hometown, where she meets ME again. As the pair resume their old friendship, they reminisce on old times and the events that occurred after splitting up. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Two different lives. One incredible friendship.

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Donzaleigh Abernathy, who plays Sara Jackson (the wife of a civil rights activist), is the daughter of Rev. Ralph Abernathy, one of the key figures of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The SCLC was the keynote organization behind the actual Civil Rights movement. See more »

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Sarah Jackson: After what that man did to us 35 years ago, this is nothing.
Bill Moody: What did O'Brien 35 years ago?
Rene Jackson: Let's just say I breathed a sigh of relief every night when my father came home.
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Any Day Now
Written by Burt Bacharach, Bob Hilliard
Sung by Lori Perry
Arranged by Susan Marder
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It's such a wonderful program.
1 November 2003 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I remember myself just sitting at home, flicking through all these cliche programs. I just fell upon a KKK meeting in black and white. I find such an interest in how these people feel they are doing a service for "their" country when all they do is disgrace our forefathers. Anyway, from that day on, I got hooked to it. It's just so realistic. It tackles so many common problems. I just loved it. Yeah, yeah, I'm a guy, but it's such a cool program. I got it here on Lifetime Networks but it comes on at around 1:30 AM to 2:30AM. Lately getting cut off by trashy and ridiculous infomercials. Anyway, if you catch an episode, just look at it. It's so... Powerful. I love the original girls that played the young Mary-Elizabeth and the young Rene. They were better than their replacements. I love Lorraine Toussaint, she just showed a power in her character, but she also had that weakness. It's hard to describe, but she great. ME played by Annie Potts is also wonderful. If nothing else, it's awesome to see their relationship and how long its been together. Even through the stupidity of segregation, they survived. This is getting too long. Long story short, I love the show. I hope that Colliar Sims (young and old) work on some new projects. As well as ME and Rene. Kelly is a nice character. Davis is okay. Ajoni is interesting. Joe, that's a hilarious guy right there. CATCH THE SHOW PEOPLE, you'll love it.


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