Friday, July 31, 2015

"Chesapeake Shores" - a Hallmark Channel TV Series starring Meghan Ory, Jesse Metcalfe, Diane Ladd, Barbara Niven, and Treat Williams

The Inn At Eagle Point
(A Chesapeake Shores Novel
Book 1)


REVIEW


TV Series: Chesapeake Shores

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: August 14, 2016

UPDATE: Episode Plot Details & Images - Scroll Down Below!

*Chesapeake Shores began with a 2 HOUR Pilot Movie - See My Review - Scroll Down Below!

*It is a weekly 1-Hour Sunday Night Television series starring Meghan Ory, Jesse Metcalfe, Diane Ladd, Barbara Niven, and Treat Williams!

*Based on the Chesapeake Shores book series by Sherryl Woods!

*If you missed an Episode of Chesapeake Shores- Watch it HERE!







CAST:

Meghan Ory ... Abby O’Brien
Jesse Metcalfe ... Trace Riley
Treat Williams ... Mick O’Brien
Diane Ladd ... Nell O’Brien
Laci Mailey ... Jess O’Brien
Emilie Ullerup ... Bree O’Brien
Barbara Niven ... Megan O’Brien







(EPISODE DETAILS BELOW!)

Review of "Chesapeake Shores" based on the Pilot Episode:

(Please know: This Review May Contain a few Spoilers)


Yes, you can come home again! The water’s fine, so dive right in - to ‘Chesapeake Shores’!

There’s always something warm and familiar, when one returns home. If you are a frequent Hallmark movie watcher, then you will feel right at home, come on in, the door is open… with the new weekly television series ‘Chesapeake Shores’ which features well-known actors and actresses from previous Hallmark favorites, such as: Megan Ory (‘The Memory Book’, ‘Debbie Macomber’s Dashing Through the Snow’), Jesse Metcalfe (‘Fairfield Road’, ‘A Country Wedding’), Treat Williams (‘Safe Harbor’, Hallmark Hall of Fame Movies ‘Front of the Class’ and ‘Beyond the Blackboard’), Laci J Mailey (‘Notes from the Heart Healer’, ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’), and Barbara Niven (‘Cedar Cove’, ‘Murder She Baked’, ‘A Christmas Detour’, and much more!).



If you missed an Episode of Chesapeake Shores- Watch it HERE!




Here’s some background on “Chesapeake Shores”…

Since Abby O'Brien Winters left Chesapeake Shores 10 years ago for success in the “big city”, her world has become business mergers, acquisitions, meetings, and late night deadlines, all with the goal of climbing the corporate ladder. However, when she receives a desperate call from her sister Jess pleading for her to return home, she pushes everything aside and heads to Chesapeake Shores. Once there, she quickly begins to see day to day life very differently. As a single mother, with two young daughters, Abby eventually eases back into life at the shore, amongst a once disconnected family, including: her father (Treat Williams), grandmother (Diane Ladd), sisters (Laci J Mailey & Emilie Ullerup) , mother (Barbara Niven). And, not to mention, there just happens to be the handsome Trace Riley (Jesse Metcalfe), her old sweetheart… the one she left behind!




There is so much stirring in Chesapeake Shores, especially in Abby’s heart. Her sister Jess has recently acquired an old inn she plans to restore and turn into her own B & B. Unfortunately, the old place is not in good condition, and appears to be falling apart, which may be the perfect analogy for the O’Brien family, who have been severed and broken, but seem to be trying to rebuild their family once again from the foundation up. Tensions and old past hurts still linger, but the O’Brien family still holds tight to each other and the town of Chesapeake Shores, where life may move a bit slower, but not necessarily easier.


The lives of the O’Brien family are certainly not drama free. After coming home, it’s evident that Abby is seeing life a whole lot clearer, as she begins to wonder where she and her daughters truly belong… New York? … or Chesapeake Shores? A health scare from her Grandmother Nell (Diane Ladd) adds to the drama, and gives Abby a reason to pause and reflect on the important things in life, including time spent with her young girls.




Seeing her busy, distracted career life through the eyes of her family, Abby fears she has already become her father, who was a workaholic when she and her siblings were growing up, which is why her mother left years ago.


Trace, Abby’s old flame, is somewhat distant at first upon her return, but soon enough he comes around and eases Abby out of her rigid routine, gets her to relax, and eventually enjoy life again. Where has he been these last 10 years? He was a singer, out on the road traveling, but his heart drew him back to Chesapeake Shores, where he has become a contractor. Perhaps he’s just the right guy to help Abby and her family, rebuild their lives.

Abby must decide, if she will dive back in to life in Chesapeake Shores, and help herself and her family sink or swim.

Surprises are in store… along with heartwarming moments, emotional homecomings, fireworks, and the lasting hope of reconciliation!

Come home to Hallmark Channel – Come Home to Chesapeake Shores!


(Review by: Net, itsawonderfulmovie.com)




(COMPLETE EPISODE DETAILS BELOW!)


See or Skip:

Please note: Hallmark Channel’s ‘Chesapeake Shores’ TV series is an adult drama based on the novels by Sherryl Woods, of the same name. This review is based solely on the 2 hour original pilot movie.

I would say ‘Chesapeake Shores’ is a combination of ‘A Country Wedding’ plus ‘Harvest Moon’, with a definite mix of ‘Cedar Cove.' With that in mind, if you enjoyed these previous Hallmark movies, or the series 'Cedar Cove,' then you should also like ‘Chesapeake Shores’. In my opinion, it is an adult type Television drama, definitely with a pace that is geared more toward grown-ups, so please keep that in mind.

Please share in the comments below your thoughts on ‘Chesapeake Shores’!





"Chesapeake Shores" Season 1 EPISODES:


Pilot EPISODE : (2 Hour) Premiere -

Abby O'Brien Winters returns to Chesapeake Shores when she receives a panicked phone call from her younger sister Jess, who has renovated the charming Inn at Eagle Point. The Maryland town her father built has many sad memories and Abby, thanks to her demanding career, divorce and young twin daughters, has not had time to spare. Saving the inn from foreclosure means dealing not only with her fractured family but also with Trace Riley, the man she left ten years ago. Trace initially poses an obstacle but becomes an unexpected ally and a second chance at finding love.



Photo Credit: Copyright 2016 Crown Media United States,
LLC/Photographer: Marcel Williams


If you missed an Episode of Chesapeake Shores- Watch it HERE!


EPISODE 1 : Home to Roost, Part 1 - As the whole O'Brien family reunites in Chesapeake Shores for the first time in years, Abby attempts to learn from her own father's mistakes to avoid missing out on her young daughters' lives. As she contemplates leaving Wall Street behind, her high school sweetheart Trace struggles to open up about the reason he left Nashville. Harboring resentment for both of her parents, Jess sets out to prove she doesn't need their help to open her bed and breakfast. But just as it seems this family can't find common ground, an unexpected confrontation proves the O'Briens can come together in a crisis.







Photo Credit: Copyright 2016 Crown Media United States
LLC/Photographer: Ricardo Hubbs


If you missed an Episode of Chesapeake Shores- Watch it HERE!


EPISODE 2 : Home to Roost, Part 2 - As the O'Brien family reunion weekend continues, it seems the family is peacefully cohabitating - but is it just the calm before the inevitable storm? After Abby announces she's making a permanent move to Chesapeake Shores to raise her daughters, she contends with Connor's harsh judgement as she prepares to go to court to fight for custody. As Abby and Trace agree to put any romantic feelings on hold, Trace struggles with upsetting news from his past. And when Mick offers Bree a way to overcome her writer's block, she finds she'll be making some big life changes of her own.






Photo Credit: Copyright 2016 Crown Media United States
LLC/Photographer: Ricardo Hubbs


If you missed an Episode of Chesapeake Shores- Watch it HERE!


EPISODE 3 : We're Not Losing a Son... - As Abby settles in and starts her job at her firm's Baltimore office, she wonders if she can remain just friends with Trace. But when a beautiful woman from Trace's past in Nashville arrives in Chesapeake Shores, determined to convince Trace to return to his music career, Abby will be left more uncertain than ever. And as Megan tries to repair her relationship with Connor in New York, the O'Brien family will receive upsetting and unexpected news about one of their own.















Photo Credit: Copyright 2016 Crown Media United States
LLC/Photographer: Ricardo Hubbs





If you missed an Episode of Chesapeake Shores- Watch it HERE!



EPISODE 4 : We're Gaining a Daughter - As Kevin remains missing, Mick, Nell and the rest of the O'Brien family nervously wait for more news, while Abby goes to New York to fight for custody of her daughters. Despite Leigh's stubborn efforts, Trace continues to hide from his past, but a surprising new idea may have him returning to his music dream after all - if he can make a deal with his ex. And as the family gets the news they've been hoping for, Abby's court ruling will prove this family belongs together more than ever before.









Photo Credit: Copyright 2016 Crown Media United States
LLC/Photographer: Ricardo Hubbs




If you missed an Episode of Chesapeake Shores- Watch it HERE!



EPISODE 5 : Georgia on my Mind - The O'Brien family is stunned when Kevin's fiancĂ©e, Georgia, arrives in Chesapeake Shores, determined to take over as he returns home to recover. As Megan immediately clashes with Georgia's overbearing presence, Abby is questioned in connection with a mysterious fraud investigation. And when Trace's own father refuses to help him with a loan, he learns of a bigger betrayal as the warehouse property is sold to an unexpected new investor.







Photo Credit: Copyright 2016 Crown Media United States
LLC/Photographer: Ricardo Hubbs



If you missed an Episode of Chesapeake Shores- Watch it HERE!


EPISODE 6 : Second Chances - Abby finds out the truth about the fraud investigation from an unlikely source, and suddenly realizes what it could mean to lose it all. As she turns to Trace, he'll confess to the life-changing reason he left his music career in Nashville. And as Megan confronts Mick about the mistakes that once pushed her away, Nell makes an announcement that will stun everyone, just as a horrible accident threatens to reverse all the progress they've made.







Photo Credit: Copyright 2016 Crown Media United States
LLC/Photographer: Ricardo Hubbs



If you missed an Episode of Chesapeake Shores- Watch it HERE!



EPISODE 7 : Deals Undone - As Mick nervously faces a failing business deal, Abby is subpoenaed in the investigation against Wes, and Connor comes up with a plan to prove her innocence. Kevin recovers from his fall at home while struggling to define his future with Georgia, before Jess opens up about a devastating event that could help them understand each other. And Trace learns the warehouse property is still in reach, but his long-held anger toward his own father could prevent him from finally realizing his dream.










Photo Credit: Copyright 2016 Crown Media United States
LLC/Photographer: Ricardo Hubbs



If you missed an Episode of Chesapeake Shores- Watch it HERE!



SEASON FINALE - EPISODE 8 : Exes Mark the Spot - Abby and Trace seem finally ready to move forward, as Jess, David and Bree attempt to untangle their complicated love triangle. But as the family comes together for a last-minute party, unexpected guests, old flames and new romances will make for an interesting evening, before an emergency phone call puts Trace in trouble with the law. With the O'Briens toasting to a summer spent together, Mick, Megan and the rest of the family will find their story is just beginning.










Photo Credit: Copyright 2016 Crown Media United States
LLC/Photographer: Ricardo Hubbs

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*If you missed an Episode of Chesapeake Shores- Watch it HERE!

33 comments:

  1. Pretty excited about this - the cast sounds amazing so far, and Hallmark's TV series are always wholesome, decent TV. :)

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    1. I'm pretty excited about it, too! So agree- the cast sounds amazing, so far!!!

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  2. This should be amazing and will hopefully become a series. Fantastic series of book every bit as good as Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove.

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    1. I've heard they are planning a limited series on this one. Not sure what that means, but if it has great fan support.... who knows, right!?!?!?! #Hearties :)

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    2. Essentially the movie will be a pilot for a future series. ;) They did the same for Cedar Cove but when hallmark saw the completed product they ordered the complete series before the pilot even aired. :)

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  3. can't wait for fall have loved the obrian family since theey first came into reading. have all their books. can't wait for the movies. thank you hallmark.

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    1. I'm not familiar with this book series, but from what I've heard fans love it and I think it sounds intriguing!

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  4. is this movie based on the Chesapeake Shores series by Sherryl Woods?

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    1. Yes, it most certainly is! I will add that above. Thank you, Becky, for bringing that to my attention.

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    2. Lovely and am
      azing series.

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  5. Can't wait for this series, love that Jesse Metcalfe will be a part of this. Would be great if they could get Autumn Reesor to play Abbie, she is awesome and I loved her and Jesse in A Country Wedding. They had such chemistry

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  6. Does anyone know when in 2015 this is being released. I stared this book series this year and can't wait for the movie!!!!!

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  7. I don't know if you saw it but they start filming in Steveston and apparently Meghan Ory is playing Abby : http://yvrshoots.com/2015/09/shoot-hallmarks-chesapeake-shores-turns-steveston-into-maryland-town-instead-of-maine-one.html ! :)

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  8. I'm very excited about this series. Love Sheryl Woods' books... have read her books for years!

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  9. When does it start, loved the books

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  10. I'm almost done with the last few books...excited for this series but hoping they don't cancellation it like they did cedar cove!

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  11. Just saw on hallmark channel that Chesapeake shores will be a series. Did I miss a movie?

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  12. Thanks for a wonderful share. Your article has proved your hard work and experience you have got in this field. Brilliant .i love it reading. movies

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  13. I enjoy the books, but I hope they don't change it so drastically as they did Cedar Cove. I was disappointed in that series and how much they varied from the books.

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  14. Thanks for keeping us up to date!

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  15. Where I can find the link to see the movie?

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    1. Chesapeake Shores is going to be a television show on Hallmark Channel that hasn’t premiered yet (it airs on July 17th).

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    2. Wanted to add the latest Hallmark update on the Chesapeake Shores series!

      A Premiere Date has been released!

      *UPDATE 5/12/16: It's official! The Hallmark Channel sends out Press Release confirming 'Chesapeake Shores' will premiere on Sunday August 14, 2016!

      If all goes according to the original plan, then it should start off with a 2 hour pilot movie, then proceed weekly on Sunday nights as a 1 hour TV series drama.

      I know many of you are looking forward to this series... Stay tuned for more details!

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  16. From the previews and the sneak peeks we have seen, this is going to be a terrific series. The jury will surely decide, but some have said this is better than Cedar Cove. :)

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  17. Great review of Chesapeake Shores, Net! Now I can't wait even more to see this new series. It has everybody in it that I love! Especially Jesse Metcalfe! I'm extra excited to here you say it's a mix of Cedar Cove and A Country Wedding, two of my Hallmark favorites! I'll be watching August 14!

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  18. Thank you for your review. We are looking forward to this show!

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  19. I love the books so far, I am on book 2, but book 1 with Abby & Trace was sooooo gooood. Cant wait to watch this.

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  20. Excellent review here. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this new series, but your review prepared me for these Hallmark shocker moments! Thanks Net! I'm not going to keep watching, however, if this sort of behavior continues or increases. Why do I always feel like everybody is always trying to test their limits to see how far they can go. Not needed. Stay true to yourself. That works. That's why people usually like you. This felt, at times, out of place for Hallmark. Definitely glad you warned me, so I didn't watch with my young daughter, who typically enjoys all the new Hallmark movies with Mommy. If I can't watch it with my daughter, then I'll be forced to skip it or record it.

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  21. My wife and I watched Chesapeake Shores last night. She liked it a lot and is still talking about it today, picking out vacation spots. We will be watching the next ep.! Chris L.

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  22. I liked what I saw last night, and I do like the fact that it is perhaps more adult, as it was very, very tame compared to the major networks.

    That said, I was a fan of Cedar Cove, and I'm not sure about the writers, etc of that series, but I found CS to be better developed than CC. I thought the story lined flowed well and the character development was very good, also, considering it was a 2 hour movie. It made me want to watch more and to see where these people are going. And the fact that it is a multigenerational story is intriguing as well. The casting of Megan Ory and Jesse Metcalf is excellent, and I felt the chemistry with them, as well as with Treat Williams and Diane Ladd. Good job, Harllmark!!

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  23. I love Jesse Metcalfe and I just didn`t want this movie to end. I will be watching faithfully.

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  24. Is there a second season planned??? I hope so!

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    1. I was going to ask the same question here, Judy. Is there a Chesapeake Shores season 2 in the works? I sure hope so, too!

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