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Chesapeake Shores

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Country of origin
United States Canada

First episode date
14 August 2016



Developed by
Dan Paulson

Original language(s)

Hallmark Channel


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Based on
Characters created by Sherryl Woods

Jesse Metcalfe Meghan Ory Barbara Niven Laci J. Mailey Emilie Ullerup Diane Ladd Treat Williams

Opening theme
"Coming Home Soon" by Adam Woodall

Executive producers
John Tinker, Dan Paulson, Martin Wood, Nancey Silvers, Sherryl Woods

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Chesapeake Shores is a Canadian/American drama television series, based on the novel series of the same name by Sherryl Woods, produced by Chesapeake Shores S1 Productions in association with Borderline Distribution. The series had a two-hour premiere on the Hallmark Channel on August 14, 2016. Meghan Ory, Jesse Metcalfe, Treat Williams and Diane Ladd star in the series. John Tinker is showrunner and executive producer.


On January 15, 2017, Hallmark announced that the show was renewed for a 10-episode second season. Production starts in spring 2017 with a slated July premiere.

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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.


  • Meghan Ory as Abby O'Brien: 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.
  • Jesse Metcalfe as Trace Riley, 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, an action for which he has never forgiven her.
  • Treat Williams as Mick O'Brien: patriarch of the O'Briens. His wife Megan left him many years ago, making him a single father working hard to provide for his family.
  • 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.
  • Laci J. Mailey as Jess O'Brien: Abby's youngest sister who has bought a dilapidated old inn that she intends to transform into a bed and breakfast. Poised for financial disaster, she must call on Abby to save her from early bankruptcy.
  • Emilie Ullerup as Bree O'Brien: Abby's younger sister who is a struggling playwright living in Chicago. Her first play earned her glowing reviews, but she has yet to recreate its success. Her writer's block and her grandmother's illness cause her to return home.
  • Barbara Niven as Megan: Mick's estranged wife. Her children hold 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.
  • Recurring

  • Abbie Magnuson as Caitlyn Winters, daughter of Abby and Wes
  • Kayden Magnuson as Carrie Winters, daughter of Abby and Wes
  • Brendan Penny as Kevin O'Brien, oldest son of Mick and Megan who is an active medic in the U.S. Army
  • Andrew Francis as Connor O'Brien, youngest son of Mick and Megan who is a law student
  • Michael Karl Richards as Wes Winters, Abby's ex-husband
  • Brittany Willacy as Leigh Corley, Trace's bandmate and songwriting partner
  • Serge Houde as Del Granger, Abby's new boss in Baltimore
  • Ali Liebert as Georgia Eyles, Kevin's fiancée
  • Karen Kruper as Dee Riley, Trace's mother
  • Tom Butler as Lawrence Riley, Trace's father
  • Carlo Marks as David Peck, Jess's boyfriend who seems to have more in common with Bree
  • Production

    Chesapeake Shores is filmed on Vancouver Island's Qualicum Beach and its neighboring town of Parksville, British Columbia. The first season was filmed there from May through July 2016.

    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.


    The series premiered on the Hallmark Channel on August 14, 2016. It premiered on Canada's W Network on August 25, 2016.

    Critical reception

    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.


    Chesapeake Shores Wikipedia