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Evening Shade, CBS
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This was a really funny, charming, somewhat quirky and comfortable show with an incredible cast. They were all great. Burt Reynolds played a retired football player named Wood Newton, who returned to his hometown of Evening Shade, Arkansas, where he coached a high school football team, the Mules. His wife, a prosecuting attorney named Ava (who we liked), was played by Merilu Henner from Taxi. They had a son named Taylor, who was on the team that his dad coached. I guess they had a couple of younger kids, who I don't remember well. Ava's father, Evan Evans, was played by Hal Holbrook. He was either a widower, or divorced, I forget which. But he married a much younger woman, a stripper named Fontana Beausoleil (who we liked). There was also a guy named Ponder Blue, played by Ossie Davis (who sort of narrated the show, as well as being one of the characters). And there was a doctor named Harlan Eldridge. He was married to woman named Merleen, who was kind of spacey. There was a guy named Herman Stiles, who was mainly a high school math teacher, but also Wood's assistant football coach (though I don't think he knew much about football). There's Ava's aunt Frieda Evans. And a guy named Nub Oliver, who seemed... I dunno, childlike, or whatever. And there were probably plenty of other characters. It was very much an ensemble show. I wish I could remember it better than I do, and I'd like to see it again someday. (So far only season one is on DVD, which I haven't got, but maybe I will sometime.)


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