'Cedar Cover - Season One'
(Andie MacDowell, Dylan Neal, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2014 / Cinedigm)
Overview: Andie MacDowell stars as Judge Olivia Lockhart who is considered the community s guiding light in the picturesque, coastal town of Cedar Cove, Washington. But like everyone else, Olivia fights the uphill battle of balancing career with family and finding love, all while doing her best to care for the township she calls home.
DVD Verdict: Based on the best-selling author Debbie Macomber s beloved book series. 'Cedar Cove' is an excellent, down to earth realistic drama series. It seems like it has been a long time since I have been able to find a television series of this quality. I enjoy the wholesome small town feel it delivers. The actresses and actors do an amazing job portraying their characters. The chemistry between them is excellent.
As already stated above, it's Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, near Seattle, and Hallmark Channel as they pair up to produce a winner for all the family. In a small town, when everyone knows everyone's business, it makes for multi-plot episodes; just like the Cedar Cove books. Books and TV episodes are all different, but closely related, as you would guess.
In the first of the 13 episodes here in Season One (otherwise known as the Pilot), we meet the regulars of Cedar Cove and quickly discover their relationships to one another - both old and new. I have to say I fell deeply in love with the Judge's waterfront cottage, but come the "official" first episode it had sadly changed and been replaced!
Throughout the season we get story lines like an unidentified man having a stroke, a local B&B fatality, Judge Lockhart getting approached by an ex-con she sentenced, a generalized whirwind mixture involving ex's, mistress, dates, separation, and spiraling kisses, and come the last episode, a Christmas tale also, of course.
I have enjoyed many quality movies on Hallmark and I am thrilled with this series. I can't wait for the next season! If you haven't watched this series you are missing out on a quality show that will give you a warm feeling in your heart.
Oh, and as a little bonus piece of information on the show, the lighthouse shown in the opening credits - and in many of the series' promotional materials - is actually located in Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Features of a Behind-The-Scenes Featurette.