Hallmark Channel has a big announcement. They are premiering their first ever primetime original series “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove.” Watch as romance and drama unfold in the beautiful small town of Cedar Cove. The lives of locals like Judge Olivia and newspaper editor, Jack as well as Bob and Peggy the local Bed and Breakfast owners help make summer hotter on Hallmark Channel.
In “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove,” Golden Globe® winner Andie MacDowell plays Judge Olivia Lockhart whose Cedar Cove Municipal Court is the professional milieu and social microcosm of issues the judge will face in her own day-to-day life with family and friends. Veteran actor Dylan Neal plays Jack Griffith, the new editor of the Cedar Cove Chronicle and budding love interest for Judge Lockhart. The series is based on the bestselling book series Cedar Cove by #1 New York Times bestselling author, Debbie Macomber.
In the two-hour pilot, Judge Lockhart is overjoyed to hear that her name is being put forth for appointment to a Federal judgeship in Seattle by her longtime friend, Senator Pete Raymond. Olivia asks that her family keep the news a secret. In the meantime, Jack Griffith, desperate for a meaningful news story, corners Olivia’s mother who inadvertently tells the editor about everything in her daughter’s life – including the possible appointment. Suddenly, Olivia (much to her chagrin) is front page news. In the courtroom, Olivia rejects Cecelia and Ian’s petition for divorce, because she is convinced the young couple still loves each other. In the meantime, Olivia’s feelings about daughter Justine’s suitor couldn’t be colder.
I received a screeners copy of the premier for review
Bruce Boxleitner (“TRON,” “Babylon 5,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King“) and Barbara Niven (“One Life To Live,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Moonlight & Mistletoe”) will be regulars in the series.