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Evening Shade - Season One


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  • Actors: Burt Reynolds, Dominic Messina
  • Directors: Richard Kline, Michael Jeter, Dennis Erdman, Charles Frank, Robert Ginty
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JOXR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,731 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The sun set on Evening Shade in 1994, but it's morning again for this charmingly laid-back series set in a small Arkansas town populated by a gallery of colorful characters. Evening Shade gave Burt Reynolds what Look Who's Talking gave John Travolta; a career bump after his star had somewhat dimmed. Reynolds would earn a People's Choice Award, an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his tailor-made role as Wood Newton, a former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback who returns to his small town to serve as the high-school football coach. As the series begins, the team is mired in a 30 games-and-counting losing streak. His wife, Ava (Marilu Henner), whom Wood married when she was 18, no sooner launches her campaign for prosecutor, than she learns she is pregnant. Evening Shade was created by Clinton cronies Harry Thomason and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (it is said that Hillary suggested the show's setting and title), but the show is a Red Stater's dream; a celebration of small town America and the three F's; family, friends, and faith. In the pilot, Wood bemoans the replacement of the local eatery's jukebox and the substitution of Milli Vanilli and "Me So Horny" for the cherished songs of his youth, like "Blueberry Hill." In "Gambler's Anonymous," get out your tissues when guest star Kenny Rogers sings the stirring "20 Years Ago." Reynolds anchors the series (he also directed eight episodes) and snaps one-liners with his flip panache, but he generously cedes the spotlight to the stellar ensemble of estimable character actors, including Hal Holbrook as Evan, Ava's father and the crusty publisher of the local newspaper, Ossie Davis as Blue, the sage owner of the local barbeque hangout, and whose Our Town-esque narration frames most of the episodes, Charles Durning as the outsized family physician, Michael Jeter, an Emmy-winner as the wimpy-looking math teacher who signs on as Wood's new assistant coach, and Elizabeth Ashley as southern diva Frieda, Ava's aunt. Adding more local color are Nub (Charlie Dell), the slow-witted paperboy (a character that would barely pass PC muster today), Ann Wedgeworth as Merleen, the doc's sexy wife, and Linda Gehringer as Fontana Beausoleil, a striptease artist with a heart of gold. Evening Shade has its own easy-going rhythm, and the same smart and sassy humor the Thomasons brought to Designing Women. In the episode, "Hooray for Wood," a movie crew is in town to film a Civil War miniseries. When a producer mentions they don't have enough blacks for slaves, Blue dryly replies, "Age-old problem." --Donald Liebenson

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Wood Newton (Burt Reynolds) is a retired pro American Football player who has returned to his childhood home - the small town of Evening Shade, Arkansas. He's now the coach of the local high school Football team, which brings him closer to the other residents of the town.

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Movie Mania VINE VOICE on May 9, 2008
Evening Shade was the comeback show for Burt Reynolds and the follow-up show for Marilu Henner. As a rule these shows are usually a disaster but Evening Shade was beautifully written with a supporting cast to die for. Produced by Linda Bloodworth Thomason at the height of her Designing Women success.

The show focuses on Wood Newton (Reynolds), a former pro football player who has returned to his home town of Evening Shade, Arkansas to be the town's high school football coach and his wife Ada (Henner), a lawyer who becomes the town's DA. The following cast of supporting characters round out the show:

Herman Stiles (Michael Jeter)- Wood's assistant coach

Frida Evans (Elizabeth Ashley) - Ada's free thinking sister

Ponder Blue (Ossie Davis) - The owner of the local bar and grill

Evan Evans (Hal Holbrook) - Ada's father

Merleen Eldridge (Ann Wedgeworth) - Evan's younger girlfriend

Dr. Harlan Elldridge (Charles Durning) - The town doctor

Burt Reynolds received an Emmy Award fot this season - his only career Emmy. Plus Charles Durning, Michael Jeter and Elizabeth Ashley receive nominations for this season.

This show brought together some of the finest actors from Broadway including five Tony Award winners.

Michael Jeter was fresh off his emotional Tony Award win for Grand Hotel and this show made him a star. He won the Emmy for the second season.

Charles Durning also was fresh off his Tony win but he had been a major character actor in all mediums for the last twenty years. He received two Oscar nominations in 1982 & 1983. And prior to the show, received 4 Emmy nominations.

Ashley had been a confirmed Broadway star since her 1975 Tony Award win.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Finkelstein on September 17, 2008
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This is a terrific show and I'm so glad it's finally out on DVD. All the characters are fantastic and funny. I was sad to finish the last DVD in the season.... I can't wait for Season Two to be released!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bennet Pomerantz VINE VOICE on June 1, 2008
Evening Shade is a 1980's throw back to the great TV of the 1960's. Burt Reynolds leads a cast veteran actors in a modern day Andt Griffith show.

Wood Newton (Reynolds) is a former pro American Football player who has retired and returned to his childhood home with his wife (Marilu Henner) and his kids, the small town of Evening Shade, Arkansas. He's now the coach of the local high school football team. His assistant Herman Stiles (Micheal Jeter) acts like a Barney Fife to Wood's Andy. There is his friend Ponder Blue (Ossie Davis, who looks like he is having a ball doing this), The town Doctor and his wife (Charles Durning and Ann Wedgeworth) and Wood's Father in Law (Hal Holbrook)

One could wish this DVD would have Reynolds, Holbrook, Durning or Henner doing an audio commentary track. However this aint happening

We have lost the talents of Micheal Jeter and Ossie Davis. This show is a showcase to their acting talents.

so go get some shade and bask in its laughter

Bennet Pomerantz Audioworld
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GrannyBooks on August 23, 2010
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From September 1990 through May of 1994 those of us who managed to find this delightful show and chase it around the CBS schedule (it went from Friday at 8 to Monday at 8, then Monday at 9:30, back to Friday at 8 and finally back to Monday at 8, all in the first twelve months it was on!) felt we were part of that little town in Arkansas called Evening Shade. The people there were people we knew and cared about because they cared about each other. We laughed with them and, sometimes, we cried with them. They were the families we wanted to be like and the town we wanted to live in. In today's world of endless "reality" shows that bear no resemblance to the reality most of us experience, a retreat to Evening Shade soothes the nerves and sweetens the outlook. The people of Evening Shade, like all of us, are not perfect, but they try to enjoy life and do the best they can. They are kind to each other. What better standard could there be for any of us?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DVD Fan on April 6, 2009
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I loved this show when it was first on and it is even more enjoyable seeing it today, knowing how few of today's shows are not worth watching. What a wonderful cast of characters "Evening Shade" contained!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bridget on February 16, 2009
Why can't television be like this now? People in the South are funny and this is a really good example of the way of life in a small town. My absolute favorite episode is "the mustache shaving one". It doesn't get much funnier than that. I hope they release the other seasons soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Dick on November 7, 2008
Where is season 2 ??? This show is so much much more than many series and has some of the greatest actors/actresses of TV's history. It is an enjoyable watch for all ages. The quality of the set is A#1. But we need the rest of the series!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rose McCreary on September 16, 2008
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This is just 1 of my many favorites that got canceled (just to many to list).
This to me is one of the best family entertainment shows that was put on TV. Love the entire cast. The quality is awesome.
Hope you will purchase it.
Sincerely,
Rose
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