Chesapeake Shores vs Cedar Cove

I am a Hallmark Channel fan. That’s right; I admit it. They got me with their Christmas spectacular, and I just kept coming back for all their branded movie months.  It is a channel that has sweet, entirely predictable, fun movies and now television shows.

Since its expansion into branded content, the channel has started creating television shows.  Hallmark found success with their first venture, Cedar Cove, and kept going. Most recently they released a new series based on a series by author Sheryl Woods called Chesapeake Shores.

Now, let me say this now, I was a fan of Cedar Cove. One could argue that Cedar Cove died so Chesapeake Shores could live. Yeah, you could put it that way considering the ratings and age groups skew the same way.

However, three differences make Chesapeake Shores better than Cedar Cove. I write this a fan of both. While I miss Cedar Cove, Chesapeake Shores was a great replacement.

Family Core

Chesapeake Shores follows the O’Brien family. That includes a family of three girls and two boys. A mother, father, and Gran (the one that keeps the family together).  The family is the core or heart of the show. If they were to burst apart, the show would lose its sparkle. On Cedar Cove, you had Andie McDowall’s character as the lead but no family to bond over. There was no center of the show. Things just happened, and then people reacted.

Story Possibilities

Chesapeake Shores has a lot of possible narratives to follow. With that big of a family, each kid can have multiple storylines that can diverge off and then come back to involve different family members. I can see stories developing naturally for these characters. On Cedar Cove, the stories started out natural but then, in the second season at least, things began to appear forced. With a lot of characters from the books missing, a lot of the story shifted to characters that couldn’t handle it (cough the daughter cough).

Gran. Just Gran.

 Finally, one character rules above them all. The one person that ties the show together is Gran. The matriarch of the O’Brien family.  She is the only one who could go into a church, yell at God to bring back her grandson from war, and have it happen. She also has a secret history in her home country of Ireland that we are just starting to figure out.  On Cedar Cove, there is no such character. I guess the character of Grace was a lot of fun and had meaningful moments, but she isn’t like Gran. Sometimes a show needs that one character to love unconditionally.

Both shows are great, but I can see how Chesapeake Shores may have learned from Cedar Cove’s mistakes.  Try to stay close as possible to the books, create a home base, and have that one character you just can’t ignore. Some might find this show cliché or quaint, but I find it sweet. With television getting darker in tone every year it is nice to have a show be lighter and a little brighter. I guess I’m not the only one. According to Futon Critic, Chesapeake Shores is one of the most watched shows in network history among the 25-54 age group.

You can watch Chesapeake Shores on Sundays at 9 pm and Cedar Cove on Netflix.

For this Saturdays ‘Love it or Leave it’ I will be covering ABC’s Cristela.

Until then, have a great pop cultured day.


What Happens Next or How Holiday Movies Need Sequels Too! 

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(Let that image above be your nightmare fuel.)

It is that time of year again. You know what I am talking about! Halloween has officially ended, and we have just jumped head first into the most sacred time of year. The two-month Christmas Spectacular. That is right.

Even Tom Turkey is dressed up as an Elf on a Shelf.

Regardless of where you stand on this topic (I have a few ideas, but I am too busy enjoying my Starbucks Red Cup Drink in 78 degree weather. Damn you Jersey weather!) it is the Christmas season and television will make sure you know that. That includes the main Hallmark and Mysteries Channels that have now been taken over by holiday movies.

I know I am coming across as someone who hates these movies. Not even close. I enjoy watching surgery sweet romantic stories especially in a time where all news tends to be bad news. I am enjoying the sweet world that Hallmark is presenting right now in the two-month Christmas Spectacular.

As I sit and watch some beloved movies, there are a few that make me want more. So, here is my list of holiday movies that I wish had sequels. Since I’m feeling like a rebel, these days I included one Lifetime Holiday movie in there that deserves some love.

So, lets see if you agree with my list!

The Snow Bride

The Snow Bride is a Hallmark Holiday Movie that aired in 2013. Here is a brief summary before I delve into why it deserves a sequel. Tabloid reporter, Greta Kaine, races to be the first to cover a possible story concerning the famous Tannenhill family. A few misunderstandings and mishaps later she is playing the girlfriend of Ben Tennenhill. Hilarity ensues.

Why a sequel?

I’m attached to these characters. I found the chemistry between the whole cast (even Claire Sinclair) to be great. I bought that these people would be one big happy family with a lot of funny adventures. I’m convinced the sequel could be centered around Maggie and Peters’s friendship changing while Greta and Ben plan their wedding (oh please we all knew where that was going). It could be a fun movie. It can bring together a cast that obviously had a lot of fun making the first film.
Hallmark? Get on that. Stat.

Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade aired in 2012 on the Hallmark Channel. Technically, it is a Thanksgiving Day Movie but Hallmark fudges that a bit. Here is a summary.
Emily Jones, the Chicago Thanksgiving Day parade coordinator, has to deal with a development consultant that she is convinced was hired to ruin her beloved parade. She decides to stop him from ruining the parade she will teach him the importance this parade has in the community. As they get to know each other, they start to fall for each other.

Why Does this Deserve a Sequel?

I mostly want a sequel because I loved the chemistry between the leads (this is going to be a theme for this whole blog post). I bought that they would fall hard for each other. I know the actors (Autumn Reeser and Antonio Cupo) were in another Hallmark movie but they aren’t the main couple! I wanted another movie where they end up together. I can’t even think of a plot for this movie. I guess while they are planning their wedding they find out they may have known each other for longer than expected? I don’t know, but I want these two actors back on my screen quick!

Borrowed Hearts

Ok. I may be cheating but I just came across this movie on YouTube, and it brought back so many memories. It doesn’t normally play on TV anymore, but I read in my research that it aired on CBS in 1997! (Seriously…I thought this movie came out in 1994.) However, the movie plays like a Hallmark film…so…I declare this movie a Hallmark Holiday Movie (congrats movie!)
A confirmed bachelor, Sam Field, needs a quick family to close an important business deal over Christmas with Mr. Del Campo. Enter his employee Kathleen Russell and her daughter Zoey. They decide to play the role because she needs the money for a down payment on a house. Hilarity ensues.

Why a Sequel?

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I think a lot was left in the air. Not only do the main characters have to deal with their newfound relationship but her crappy ex is still out there. There is a lot left. I thought the sequel could be focused on Kathleen’s and Sam’s daughter Zoey. Whether it’s her leaving for college or getting married (I’ve been binge watching Say Yes to the Dress, so weddings are on my mind). They start to fall apart and need Javier Del Campo (angel) to show back up.
I’m afraid Roma Downey would make the film too religious, and Eric McCormack wouldn’t come near a television movie but then I remember I have no say in anything when it comes to television so…yeah. Make it happen CBS/Hallmark. Hey…Lifetime…you can try too! Speaking of Lifetime…

*The Christmas Consultant*

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This movie was designed for multiple sequels but for some reason it never happened. I assume it is because people were narrow-minded and judged it based on the cast (shame on you). Also, the ratings were nonexistent. Apparently, I was the only one who liked this movie (the cast even calling it corny) but I stand by my love for this movie. I see the good-hearted sweetness and run with it. I like my cheesy movie dammit! Anyway….
A stressed out family hires a Christmas consultant to run their holidays. Family bonding and hilarity ensues.

Why a Sequel?

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Seriously. I can see another Christmas movie where David Hasselhoff helps out another stressed out family while bringing in the first family that brought him back from the brink. They could have had the character help out with different holidays and even have a sweet storyline for himself. This movie has so many possibilities and for some reason Lifetime never ran with it. Then again…Lifetime isn’t the same network anymore (That is a whole other blog post. I have lots of feelings about the direction of Lifetime).

So, that is my list. There are a lot of other movies I wish had sequels, but Hallmark seems focused on their NorthPole series at least when it comes to sequels. I find, in my extensive internet research (take that with a grain of salt), that people would rather see their favorite romantic holiday movies have sequels. We see these characters every year for two months. It would be fun to see further into their lives and see how much has changed for them.
Do you have any television movies you would like to see sequels to? Write me a comment telling me all about it!

Until then, the randomness has ended. Hope you enjoyed!