from Chesapeake Shores
from Chesapeake Shores

One of the newest shows on television is about a woman who grew up in Maryland, moved to New York City, got married and divorced, and is thinking of moving back to Maryland.
Called Chesapeake Shores, it’s based on the novels of Sherryl Woods and started its firstseason last Sunday as an “original series” on the Hallmark channel.

With stars such as Treat Williams, Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory and Diane Ladd, it’s part soap opera, part family drama – the sort of romantic, multi generational program viewers expect to find on the Hallmark Channel. It even has a spin-off line of fashions worn by cast members on the show.

There’s just one aspect of the show that may be a little off-putting to Marylanders. Though it’s supposedly set in Maryland and all about living on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, it was filmed thousands of miles away – on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Scenes were filmed on Vancouver Island’s Qualicum Beach and in the neighboring town of Parksville, British Columbia, serving as the fictional Maryland town of Chesapeake Shores.

The production company apparently was able to create all the sets it needed from there to tell its story about Maryland, filled with scenes of docks and crab-eating and late night swims off the beach. For those who don’t find that a problem, the show airs Sundays at 9 p. m.

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Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.