Evening Shade - Season One
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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.Read more ›
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I knew the storylines wouldn't be very good, but Durning, Ashley, Holbrook, Wood's assistant coach, and most of all MERLENE were just terrific..Published 2 months ago by BOL78
Loved this show when it was on and love it more now! Bring us the last 3 seasons!Published 3 months ago by Okiegal
This DVD was just what I wanted. I received it when it said. It was in excellent condition! I'm very pleased.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
HAVE TO BE FROM A SMALL COMMUNITY TO APPRECIATE THIS SERIES. LIFE SHOULD BE LIKE HIS.Published 11 months ago by john lee
I really enjoyed this DVD. I wish they had some other seasons for sale, but I have not been able to find anything.Published 13 months ago by German Girl