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On Saturday (July 20), Hallmark Channel's first original scripted series premiered, bringing author Debbie Macomber's books to life. "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove" stars Andie MacDowell and highlights the slower and simpler side of television. But did it live up to its source material?
MacDowell stars as Olivia Lockhart, the municipal judge in the titular town, a coastal community in Washington State that's so idyllic it almost harkens back to a different era of television. In the two-hour pilot, Olivia is offered the change to take the federal bench -- a job that would take her out of Cedar Cove. You can probably guess how that resolves itself.
"Cedar Cove" looks to be a leisurely alternative bit of programming for those viewers who are turned off by today's fast-paced TV dramas. But is it satisfying to fans of Macomber's books? If you watched the premiere, let us know what you »
TV can be painfully derivative, and when a show comes along that is not easily categorized, other than light drama, it's risky.
When that show is Hallmark Channel's first scripted series, it's even more of a chance. But "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove," debuting with a two-hour pilot Saturday, July 20, looks to be as sure of a deal as anything could be.
Starring Andie MacDowell, the series fills a gap. It's a quiet drama, without dismemberments, supernatural forces or fantastic premises. For those who have had enough boorish behavior, this is a welcome respite.
"I like to think about it as a little bit of a modern version of Andy Griffith, and I'm Andy," MacDowell tells Zap2it. "I don't want to be agitated so much on television. I don't need to watch any more agitation."
There's a peaceful quality to the show. That quietude comes from MacDowell's character, Olivia Lockhart, »
The inherent challenges associated with producing a first original series for Hallmark Channel that adheres to its movies’ soft-focus profile are readily apparent in the early chapters of “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove,” featuring Andie MacDowell as a judge in an idyllic town where a new arrival is chided for locking his car. Creating drama within a place where very little happens represents a tall order, and while some will no doubt view this as a refreshing tonic from sex and violence elsewhere, it’s the video equivalent of that smooth-jazz station you program into the car but never listen to.
Adapted from Macomber’s novels (which have already provided the foundation for three successful Hallmark movies), the two-hour premiere introduces MacDowell as Judge Olivia Lockhart, who presides over a Washington state courtroom where common sense and chewy goodness are every bit as important as analyzing the law. Tempted by »
- Brian Lowry
“New York Times” Best-Selling Author Debbie Macomber Cedar Cove TV series comes to Hallmark Channel July 20 What a burst of sunshine. New York Times best-selling author Debbie Macomber is one of those people who always see the glass as half full, finding happiness in the simplest of things. “I’m a generally happy person,” she admits. “When [Wayne and I] were first married, he would wake up and he would say, ‘Do you have to shine so bright in the morning?’” The author of over 100 novels continues to shine, and even brighter, this month as Hallmark Channel rolls out [...]
- Barb Oates
Updated: Erin Krakow (Castle, Army Wives) and Daniel Lissing (Last Resort, Crownies) have joined the cast of When Calls The Heart. The one-hour original scripted series set to premiere in January 2014 on the Hallmark Channel stars Jean Smart and Lori Loughlin who will reprise their roles from the two-hour original movie that debuted October 5 on Hallmark. Based on Janette Oke’s bestselling Canadian West book series, When Calls The Heart chronicles the story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to high society life, who receives her first classroom post in a small coal-mining town in the Western frontier lead by two strong coal-miner widows, Abigail Stanton (Loughlin) and Frances Tunnecliffe (Smart). When Calls The Heart is a Brad Krevoy Television and Believe Pictures production. Brad Krevoy, Brian Bird, Michael Landon, Jr., Roman Viaris, Francisco Gonzalez, and Jimmy Townsend serve as executive producers, with Bird and Landon Jr. serving as showrunners. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The summer season of originals is officially upon us! Here’s the rollout plan for scripted and reality shows on cable and broadcast:
Season Premiere: The Pioneer Woman (Food Network)
Season Premiere: The Killing (AMC)
Season Premiere: Keeping Up With The Kardashians (E!)
Series Premiere: Princesses: Long Island (Bravo)
Series Premiere: The Wanted Life (E!)
Season Premiere: The Real Housewives of New Jersey (Bravo)
Series Premiere: Top Hooker (Animal Planet)
Season Premiere: Call of the Wildman (Animal Planet)
Season Premiere: Kitchen Crashers »
- Lynette Rice
Hallmark has a hot new series coming this summer. .Debbie Macomber.s Cedar Cove,. Hallmark Channel.s first regularly scheduled scripted series will star Andie MacDowell and it will air Saturday July 20 at 8 Pm Et. It was announced by the network that Teryl Rothery was cast along with Ms. MacDowell and Dylan Neal in the upcoming .Cedar Cove." Debuting with a two-hour installment on Saturday, July 20 at 8 p.m. Et, the series is based on the New York Times bestseller, .Debbie Macomber.s Cedar Cove. sees MacDowell as a small-town family court judge named Olivia Lockhart. Teryl Rothery was cast as her best friend Grace and Dylan Neal the new editor of the local newspaper and her »
- April Neale
Hallmark Channel said today it is boosting its original programming efforts, adding another scripted series to its schedule and two pilots to its development slate. The network unveiled during parent Crown Media’s upfront presentation in NY that it has greenlighted 10 episodes of When Calls The Heart, based on the book series by Janette Oke. The movie pilot is set to premiere October 5 and the series will debut in January 2014. It joins Hallmark’s first original scripted series, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, the Andie MacDowell-starrer that premieres July 20 as a two-hour movie, followed by new one-hour episodes on Saturdays beginning July 27. Set in the Western frontier, Heart centers on young teacher Elizabeth Thatcher (Poppy Drayton) who trades high society life for a classroom post in the prairie, determined to prove she is brave enough to live on her own. She learns through her aunt’s secret diary that »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
25 February 2013 12:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Hallmark Channel is launching a new family TV-movie series. In partnership with Walmart, Proctor & Gamble, Walden Media and Arc Entertainment, the cable network will unveil Walden Family Theater as a destination for family-friendly films, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. There will be six new films airing on Fridays throughout the year, in addition to a slew of favorites from Hallmark Channel's library. Walmart will sell DVDs of the new movies the Tuesday after they air. Story: Hallmark Gives First Scripted Series Order to Andie MacDowell's 'Cedar Cove' Walden Family Theater will debut March 15 with the world premiere
- Philiana Ng
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