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"Chesapeake Shore" review by Eva Diaz  8/23/16
Sundays 9/8c on Hallmark Channel

Chesapeake Shores is the latest Hallmark Channel original series, based on books written by New York Times best selling author Sheryl Wood.  I had never read these books, but I thought I would watch this show anyway because I miss  Hallmark's previous show, "Cedar Cove."  I don't think that Hallmark should have canceled that one.  "Chesapeake Shores" is similar to "Cedar Cove," in that it's set in a beautiful little town...the idyllic type that anyone would wish to live in.  The show has two great veteran actors that quite frankly steal the show from the youger cast.  Treat Williams (Mick O'Brien) plays the patriarch of the O'Brien clan, and Diane Ladd (Nell O'Brien) is Mick's  mother, who helped raise his children after their mother left them when they were little.  The show is worth watching just to watch these two wonderful actors perform.  I like this show because it doesn't seem quite as warm and fuzzy as other Hallmark shows and movies -- this family is dysfunctional and doesn't hide it. 

Abby Winters (Meghan Ory, "Once Upon a Time")  returns home when her family needs her and decides to stay and raise her daughters there after she realizes she has spent so much time working that she has missed out on her daughters' lives.  Abby also wants to see if there are still sparks between her and her old boyfriend Trace Riley (Jesse Metcalfe of "Desperate Housewives" and "Dallas").  The two actors have great chemistry together and are fun to watch.  This show reminds me of modern version of "The Waltons," with modern day problems and no clean cookie-cutter answers at the end of each show.  I give this show a 4 out of 5 stars because there are a few places in the show that aren't realistic, but otherwise, it is good and entertaining TV.


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