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Cedar Cove

"Cedar Cove" review by Eva
Airs Saturdays 8/7c on Hallmark

Cedar Cove is a show based on the popular series of books by Debbie Macomber. It stars Andie McDowell as Judge Olivia Lockhart and Dylan Neil as Jack Griffin.  He's editor of the Cedar Cove Chronicle and new in town.  In the first episode, there is an instant connection between the two as Olivia shows Jack around town and tells him how life is more relaxed in Cedar Cove, since people donít lock the doors of their car or home (everyone knows each other).  I was at a slight disadvantage when I watched this show, since I had never read the series of books before, and the first episode doesnít do a very good job of introducing the characters to someone who has never read the books before.  I had to watch the second episode before I really got the point of the show.  It reminds me of one of my favorite classic TV shows, "The Andy Griffith Show".  Olivia is the judge of Cedar Cove, and every week she has to solve a problem that either affects the town itself, or a town resident. At the end of the first two shows that I have seen, the problem gets solved and everyone is happy.  I think you're supposed to get a warm fuzzy feeling in your heart.  I have not yet gotten the warm fuzzy feeling, but I think the show will grow on me. 


Cedar Cove is the perfect small town, the type everyone wishes they could live in; a town where everyone knows one another and cares for each other.  The people of Cedar Cove love the town and always want to do what is best to preserve the history of the town.  The books are inspired by the town of Port Orchard, Washington, so it does my heart good to know there is a beautiful little town like Cedar Cove in real life.  This show is what I call escapist television; a show that doesnít have complicated plots, where you can just relax and rest your brain and look at the beautiful scenery of the show.  For an hour, you feel like life isnít so bad because you have visited Cedar Cove.  The show airs on Hallmark Channel Saturdays at 8 Eastern 7 Central time and is repeated several times during the week, in case you missed the episode.  I think fans of the book series will love the show, while people who have not read the books will either have to read the books after they start watching the show, or watch a few shows before they can get to know the characters.  Overall, I give the show 4 out of 5 stars, only because I feel that you have to watch a few shows before you get to understand and root for all the characters if you have not read the books. 

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