Sometimes you need a feel-good watch.
Like a feel-good story, certain movies and TV shows evoke that warm, cuddly, snug-under-a-blanket feeling that can’t be replicated elsewhere. You know the one. And while I enjoy witty repartee and medical dramas as much as the next person, sometimes a show like “Cedar Cove” is just what the tender-hearted ordered.
Based on Debbie Macomber’s popular book series, Hallmark Channel’s original television series “Cedar Cove” debuted Saturday. 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. Jack Griffith (Dylan Neal), the editor of the Cedar Cove Chronicle, is a new friend and potential love interest for Judge Lockhart.
I watched the almost-two-hour opener with my mom and sister Saturday and got engrossed. Aside from the gorgeous scenery, I was really impressed with the acting and multiple plots drawing us into the story. It’s obvious that Olivia’s artist daughter is dating a jerk and should totally be with her first love, but I like that the answers don’t seem to come easy. And working for a newspaper, of course, I liked the journalistic element.
After just one episode, I already feel attached to the characters and invested in Olivia’s fate. Cedar Cove evokes the warm feeling I got when visiting Stars Hollow through “Gilmore Girls,” and I love when a show’s setting becomes a character in itself. I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment! And it’s nice to have a summer show to watch with the girls — especially when it’s mostly lighthearted while still having heart. (And it’s totally not cheesy.)
If you’re intrigued, too, perhaps some prizes will entice you? Courtesy of the Hallmark Channel, one lucky winner will receive . . .
• $15 Amazon Gift Card to start the Cedar Cove book series
• Recyclable shopping tote
• Debbie Macomber’s 16 Lighthouse Road Book
• Micro-Fleece winter beanie
Giveaway is open to U.S. entrants only through 12 p.m. EST on Friday, July 26. One entry per person. One winner will be randomly selected and emailed by Meg for their mailing address.
To enter, please fill out this form!
Feel free to leave a comment below, but your form submission is the only way to enter the contest.
Watch “Cedar Cove” on Saturday nights at 8p/7c on the Hallmark Channel, and check out the show’s trailer below!