Try Not To Fall Asleep On Your Way Through "Cedar Cove" Review

I changed my mind, I think we should put it up for adoption.

Such is the sort of dilemma that good ol' Olivia Lockhart (Andie MacDowell) is here to fix in the second season of Cedar Cove (2013-), based on the series by Debbie Macomber. Macomber writes more books in a year than I get haircuts. The Cedar Cove series got a new member about once a year from 2001 to 2011. She even wrote some of the scripts for this show. How she ever found time to knit and then write a book on the subject boggles the mind. Then again, if her books are as full of banal common sense and low drama as the Hallmark "original" series, then I'm pretty sure all you need is a life supply of adderall to put together one of these manuscripts at typing speed. Reading them must be like eating paste. Some people like paste.

Olivia Lockhart (MacDowell) is a judge in the whitest, most middle class territory in the contiguous United States. All of her friends and family suffer from the kind of tough emotional troubles that a pot of tea and some firm, encouraging words can put right in an hour. Now she's got this thing going with Jack Griffith (Dylan Neal), a recovering alcoholic and journalist who has some difficulty with his son who is having difficulty with his girlfriend who is pregnant and may or may not get help from Olivian in putting said spawn up for adoption. The boy looks like he's out of central casting for "creeper" so maybe that's a good idea. Then there's Warren Saget (Brennan Elliott) who is rich and basically a prick. Olivia isn't going to help him--or is she? Then there's Alan from Tron (1982) and I think he might have been an alcoholic too.

This stuff is too boring for daytime soaps. But at least it's nonthreatening.

Bonus features

A "Behind the Scenes" featurette.

"Cedar Cove Season 2" is on sale July 14, 2015 and is not rated. Drama. Directed by Andy Mikita, Gary Harvey, Martin Wood, Neill Fearnley, Scott Smith. Written by Ken Craw, Bruce Graham, Mark Haroun, Debbie Macomber, Susin Nielsen, Sue Tenney, Derek Thompson. Starring Andie Macdowell, Dylan Neal.

Jason Ratigan • Staff Writer

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