Chesapeake Shores is a drama television series, based on the novel series of the same name by Sherryl Woods, produced by Chesapeake Shores Productions Inc in association with Borderline Distribution. The series had a two-hour premiere on the Hallmark Channel on August 14, 2016. Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Barbara Niven, Laci J. Mailey, Emilie Ullerup, Brendan Penny, Andrew Francis, Diane Ladd and Treat Williams star in the series. John Tinker was showrunner and executive producer for the first two seasons. Phoef Sutton became the showrunner and principal writer for season five.
|Based on||book series|
by Sherryl Woods
|Developed by||John Tinker|
|Opening theme||"Coming Home Soon" by Adam Woodall Band|
"Home" by Daughtry
|Country of origin|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||52 (list of episodes)|
|Production locations||Vancouver Island, British Columbia|
|Running time||48–96 minutes|
|Distributor||Borderline Distribution, Inc|
Sony Pictures Television (international)
|Original network||Hallmark Channel|
|Original release||August 14, 2016 –|
In March 2021, it was announced that Metcalfe would be exiting the series. His character's storyline concluded early in the fifth season. Actor Robert Buckley joined the main cast in season five. The show's fifth season aired from August 15 to October 17, 2021.
The series' sixth and final season premiered on August 14, 2022.
Abby O'Brien Winters returns from New York to her hometown of Chesapeake Shores, Maryland, after receiving a panicked phone call from her youngest sister Jess, who is renovating the Inn at Eagle Point. Abby's demanding career, divorce, and young daughters have kept her too busy to even think about the town her father built. Saving her sister's inn from foreclosure means dealing not only with her fractured family but also with Trace Riley, her first love whom she abruptly left sixteen years ago. He initially is an obstacle but becomes an unexpected ally and a second chance at finding love. The troubled family dynamic is intensified when Abby's estranged mother comes back to town.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||9||August 14, 2016||October 9, 2016|
|2||10||August 6, 2017||October 8, 2017|
|3||10||August 5, 2018||October 7, 2018|
|4||6||August 25, 2019||September 29, 2019|
|5||10||August 15, 2021||October 17, 2021|
|6||10||August 14, 2022||October 16, 2022|
- Jesse Metcalfe as Trace Riley (seasons 1–5),[a] a musician and Abby's first love who has returned to Chesapeake Shores from Nashville. After high school, Abby abruptly left Trace and Chesapeake Shores without warning, which they had to work through upon her return.
- Meghan Ory as Abby O'Brien-Winters: a high-powered New York City career woman, divorcée, mother to two young daughters, and the oldest of Mick and Megan's five children. After years away from her family, she takes a trip to her hometown of Chesapeake Shores and decides to stay.
- Barbara Niven as Megan O'Brien: Mick's estranged wife. Her children held a grudge over her leaving many years ago, but she claims Mick left her no choice. She couldn't be around him, but also didn't want to uproot the children from their home.
- Laci J. Mailey as Jess O'Brien-Peck: Abby's youngest sister who has bought a dilapidated old inn that she intends to transform into a bed and breakfast. On the brink of financial disaster, she must call on Abby to save her from early bankruptcy.
- Emilie Ullerup as Bree Elizabeth O'Brien: Abby's younger sister who is a struggling playwright living in Chicago. Her first play earned her glowing reviews, but she has found it difficult to duplicate its success. Her writer's block and her grandmother's illness cause her to return home.
- Brendan Penny as Kevin O'Brien, older son of Mick and Megan. Initially a medic in the U.S. Army, he explores other career opportunities in season two.
- Andrew Francis as Connor O'Brien, younger son of Mick and Megan who is initially a law student, and later an aspiring attorney.
- Diane Ladd as Nell O'Brien: matriarch of the O'Briens and Mick's mother. When Megan moved out and Mick was frequently on the road for work, Nell became the children's primary caregiver.
- Treat Williams as Mick O'Brien: patriarch of the O'Briens who runs his own construction company. His wife Megan left him many years ago, making him a single father working hard to provide for his family.
- Robert Buckley as Evan Kincaid (season 5–6), a successful entrepreneur who brings a development project to town. He later becomes Abby's love interest.
- Abbie Magnuson as Caitlyn Winters, daughter of Abby and Wes
- Kayden Magnuson as Carrie Winters, daughter of Abby and Wes
- Serge Houde as Del Granger, Abby's boss at Capital Management in Baltimore (seasons 1–4)
- Britt Irvin as Danielle Clayman, Connor's law school classmate who becomes his love interest (seasons 1–4)
- Karen Kruper as Dee Riley, Trace's mother (seasons 1–4)
- Tom Butler as Lawrence Riley, Trace's father (seasons 1–4)
- Carlo Marks as David Peck, the chef at Jess' inn whom she learns is from a very wealthy family; he becomes her boyfriend and eventual husband
- Michael Karl Richards as Wes Winters, Abby's ex-husband and father to Caitlyn and Carrie (seasons 1–3)
- Brittany Willacy as Leigh Corley, Trace's bandmate and songwriting partner (seasons 1–3)
- Ali Liebert as Georgia Eyles, Kevin's ex-fiancé (season 1)
- Kyle Cassie as Martin Demming, Bree's former longtime boyfriend (seasons 1–2)
- Jessica Sipos as Sarah Mercer-O’Brien, a local firefighter and Kevin's love interest, who later becomes his wife (season 2–present)
- Bradley Stryker as John Rawl, bassist for Trace's former band who later joins the Trace Riley Band (seasons 2–3)
- Gregory Harrison as Thomas O'Brien, Mick's brother who is an environmental attorney (seasons 2–5)
- Victor Webster as Douglas Peterson, a widower that Abby meets who later partners with Mick in a land development deal (seasons 2–3)
- Jerry Trimble as Mark Hall, a Nashville music executive who takes an interest in the Trace Riley Band (seasons 2–4)
- Oliver Rice as Simon Atwater, a novelist and Bree's love interest (seasons 2–4)
- Kent Sheridan as Donovan Wylie, an established country music star with whom the Trace Riley Band is touring as an opening act (seasons 3–4)
- Teryl Rothery as Robin O'Brien, Thomas' wife (season 3)
- Malcolm Stewart as Dennis Peck, David's father (seasons 3 & 5)
- Gillian Barber as Deidra Peck, David's mother (seasons 3, 5 & 6)
- Jordana Largy as Alexandra Peck, David's sister (seasons 3 & 6)
- Lanie McAuley as Emma Rogers, a bartender at The Bridge and an aspiring singer (season 4)
- Marci T. House as Hannah Urso, a respected playwright who offers to help Bree with details of her new play (season 4)
- Greyston Holt as Jay Ross, a third grade teacher and Abby's potential new love interest (seasons 4–5)
- Stephen Huszar as Luke Tatum, a down-on-his-luck former high school acquaintance of Kevin's who returns to Chesapeake Shores (season 5 & 6)
- Raylene Harewood as Margaret Keller, a paralegal at Connor's new law firm; she later becomes Connor's paralegal when he launches a private practice (seasons 5 & 6)
- Keith Dinicol as Arthur Driscoll, a once-respected artist who has become reclusive (season 5)
- Matthew Kevin Anderson as Jerry Trask, a former high school nemesis of Bree's who becomes her boss when she accepts a teaching job (season 5)
- Wesley Salter as Mandrake, Evan Kincaid's chauffeur, personal assistant and confidante (seasons 5 & 6)
In addition to playing the character Trace, Jesse Metcalfe performs some of the songs used in the series' episodes. A songwriter for more than a decade, Metcalfe also composed two of the songs himself.
Production for the second season started in spring 2017. It premiered on August 6, 2017. On January 13, 2018, Hallmark announced that the show was renewed for a 10-episode third season, which premiered on August 5, 2018.
At the Television Critics Association winter press tour in February 2019, it was announced that the series would return for a fourth summer season, consisting of only six episodes; a spinoff television film was simultaneously announced. The fourth season premiered on August 25, 2019.
On February 28, 2020, it was announced that the series would return for a fifth season. Season five premiered on August 15, 2021.
On March 29, 2022, it was announced that the series was renewed for a sixth and final season, expected to premiere in its usual August slot.
Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times said Chesapeake Shores is "as well scrubbed and predictable as they come — in other words, perfectly suited to Hallmark's target audience." He added, "fans of [Sherryl Woods's series of novels], at least, will probably enjoy seeing this annoyingly pristine world brought to life."
Gwen Ihnat of The A.V. Club gave the two-hour series premiere a B grade, praising the "ethereally gorgeous" Meghan Ory and the "acting powerhouses" of Treat Williams and Diane Ladd. She added that they "may make the show worth watching, and the giddy chemistry of the romantic leads certainly doesn't hurt."
Chesapeake Shores' two-hour premiere on Sunday, August 14, 2016, was seen by 1.942 million viewers. Its largest ratings demographic were people over the age of 50, with a 1.42 share, followed by a 0.45 share among women aged 18 to 49. Over the course of the first season, the series was Hallmark's "most-watched in the network's history" by women and adults in the 25–54 age demographic in its live plus three days (L+3) of DVR viewing, leading to its second-season renewal.
- For Season 5, Metcalfe is still credited as a series regular for the first two episodes.
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