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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Series cast summary:
...  Mary Elizabeth 'M.E.' Sims / ... 88 episodes, 1998-2002
...  Rene Jackson 88 episodes, 1998-2002
...  Colliar Sims 83 episodes, 1998-2002
...  Kelly Sims / ... 70 episodes, 1998-2002
Shari Dyon Perry ...  Young Rene Jackson 66 episodes, 1998-2001
...  Young Mary Elizabeth 'M.E.' O'Brien 66 episodes, 1998-2001
...  Sara Jackson / ... 64 episodes, 1998-2002
...  Young Colliar Sims 61 episodes, 1998-2002
...  Catherine O'Brien 56 episodes, 1998-2002
Elise Shirley ...  Young Teresa O'Brien 51 episodes, 1998-2002
...  Davis Sims 41 episodes, 1999-2002
...  Ajoni Williams / ... 41 episodes, 1998-2002
...  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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On the first episode, there is a flashback that took place in 1962. Renee, played by Lorraine Toussaint, was supposed to be about 10 years old in the flashback. In real life, Lorraine Toussaint was only a 2 year old toddler in 1962, since she was born in 1960. 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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Wonderfully Nostalgic
22 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Normally, I pretty much dislike anything that comes on Lifetime due to the fact that most of their show's come off as being anti-male. However, this is a wonderfully written show and it is more than just about the relationship of two young girls that grew up in the final days of segregation. Annie Potts is delightful as M.E. and Lorraine Touissant is wonderful as Rene. Touissant's performance on the show is even more incredible due to the fact that she was only a child when the flashbacks occurred. Also, Chris Mulkey is great as Collier. Even though he tries to be a tough talking beer drinker, he still gives Collier a sense of vulnerabillty. This show definitely breaks Lifetime's reputation for "man bashing" and show's that they can produce a great show.


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