Cedar Cove: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (20 Jul. 2013)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cecilia Rendall
Charlotte Jeffers
Timothy Webber ...
Senator Pete Raymond
Kurt Evans ...


Family court judge Olivia Lockhart is a single mother and respected town leader in the small, coastal town of Cedar Cove, Washington. She makes news when she denies the divorce petition of Cecilia and Ian Randall, attracting the attention of local newspaper editor and newcomer to town Jack Griffin. Written by Anonymous

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Small Town. Big Heart.


Drama | Romance






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Author Debbie Macomber set her books in Port Orchard, Washington and tried to have the series filmed there, but costs were less in Canada. See more »


Justine's outfit changes from the time that she leaves to go to lunch with Seth and the very next scene where they are walking and eating. See more »


Olivia Lockhart: [Speaking from the bench] However, I am not going to give a final ruling on this decree today.
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Head Outta Water
Performed by Daniel Wesley
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Andie MacDowell shines as Judge Olivia Lockhart
21 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't normally watch the Hallmark channel but was curious about their first TV series, which is based on a book series of the same name.

Cedar Cove is set in a fictitious small Washington State coastal town. In the first episode we meet the small town judge who is ethical. wise, unpretentious, and who is offered a federal judgeship by her Washington State U.S. Senator. They knew each other from law school, but he chose to nominate her for the federal position because only one of some 20 decisions of hers that had been appealed was overturned by the higher court. Other characters in the story are the town's newspaper editor who is a newcomer to small town life, her daughter who is dating a wealthy older man, a younger man who wants to renew a relationship with her, and a young couple who are in her court for a divorce.

The plot of the episode, which mostly dealt with problems couples had in their relationships but also involved political and legal issues, kept me interested. For the most part the acting was good, particularly Andie MacDowell's. I thought the actor playing the reporter was a trifle hammy. My impression of Hallmark is that it is akin to the Harlequin Romance novels, but I didn't feel that way about this pilot episode. Hopefully the future episodes will continue in this same manner.

It's nice to have at least one dramatic series that doesn't involve criminal investigations or vampires.

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