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Chesapeake Shores "Pilot" Review - AVClub

AVClub: Not only does Hallmark Channel offer a multitude of light romantic TV movies to cover every single season of the year, but in 2013, it ventured into its first scripted series: Cedar Cove, starring Andie MacDowell as a judge presiding over a small, idyllic island town. Hallmark recently axed the show after its third season—leaving MacDowell’s character’s love life permanently up in the air—but not before setting up a template of sorts for a Hallmark show: A postcard-perfect small town, ideally on the water, where all the residents know each other’s business because they all secretly love it that way. There’s nothing more scandalous than a romantic triangle, perhaps some light embezzlement, but the everyday worries of most people’s lives are far beyond what shows up on the screen (I called out the series as one of my favorite hangover watches, just because it’s so soothing). Which of course is reminiscent of the romance novels these series are based on: Debbie Macomber wrote the Cedar Cove volumes, while the newer Chesapeake Shores book series comes to us from Sherryl Woods.

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