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TV Series Review

Not everyone has a secret meth operation. Or is a forensics specialist who moonlights as a serial killer. Or moons over ageless and lovelorn vampires. Sure, maybe most folks have a secret or two lurking in the ol' hall closet, but perhaps not all involve massive felonies or eternal damnation—even in the weird wide world of television.

The Picture of Normal, But Not in Illinois

Welcome to Cedar Cove, a quiet hamlet located in the comforting district of the Hallmark network. Here, power struggles are over old lighthouses, not iron thrones. When people date, their first conversations are about where to eat—not what to do if one of them turns into a zombie or werewolf. Based on a series of books written by Debbie Macomber, Cedar Cove is a low-key yet competent series anchored by actress Andie MacDowell. If television is comfort food, this is its homemade meatloaf.

Which is not to say you should eat red meat at every meal. Judge Olivia Lockhart, a divorcee who recently lost her son, serves as the Cove's grounded center. She's dating local newspaper reporter Jack Griffith, a recovering alcoholic with a bit of a past. Olivia's daughter, Justine, seems perpetually entangled in relationships with one of the town's many tortured beaus. Grace, Olivia's best friend and a topnotch librarian, is seeing local rancher Cliff, and—

Well, you get the idea. Not only do Cedar Cove residents love their soapy town, but they love one another, sometimes two or three at a time—but not really like that. It is those love matches, triangles and rhombuses that keep things in this northwestern village … interesting?

Hidden Away … For a Good Cause

Most of the time the sexual stuff is kept behind closed doors, away from the camera. And while the Cove's dastardly villains scheme and connive their way into creating uncomfortable situations for decent folk, thrown punches are about as far as things go down the violence track. Bad language is infrequent as well. And Jack's (mostly) successful struggle with alcoholism reminds us of the not-so-subtle dangers of drinking to excess.

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Episode Reviews

Cedar Cove - August 8, 2015: "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"
Cedar-Cove: 8-30-2014

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Andie MacDowell as Olivia Lockhart; Dylan Neal as Jack Griffith; Sarah Smyth as Justine Lockhart; Teryl Rothery as Grace Sherman; Brennan Elliott as Warren Saget; Timothy Webber as Moon; Barbara Niven as Peggy Beldon; Bruce Boxleitner as Bob Beldon; Sebastian Spence as Cliff Harting; Corey Sevier as Seth Gunderson; Elyse Levesque as Maryellen Sherman; Paula Shaw as Charlotte Jeffers; Tom Stevens as Eric Griffith; Garry Chalk as Sheriff Troy Davis; Andrew Airlie; Charlie Carrick as John Bowman; Jesse Hutch as Luke Bailey; Hayley Sales as Shelly; Emily Tennant as Cecilia Rendall; Jesse Moss as Ian Rendall; Cindy Busby as Rebecca Jennings; Julia Benson as Jeri; Rebecca Marshall as Alex Baldwin; Colin Ferguson as Paul Watson; Cameron Bancroft as Will Jeffers

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Paul Asay

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