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Shore" review by
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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