Evening Shade (1990-1994)

Status: Ended

Airdate: 1990-09-21

Runtime: 30 minutes

Rating(s): 7

Genre(s): Comedy

Language(s): English


Evening Shade is an American sitcom television series that aired on CBS from 1990 to 1994. The series stars Burt Reynolds as Wood Newton, an ex-professional football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who returns to rural Evening Shade, Arkansas to coach a high school football team with a long losing streak. Reynolds personally requested to use the Steelers as his former team because he is a fan. The general theme of the show is the appeal of small town life. Episodes ended with a closing narration by Ossie Davis summing up the events of the episode, always closing with "... in a place called Evening Shade." The show's final episode saw the guest appearances of Willie Nelson and Buzz Aldrin as escaped convicts on the run from authorities, the final scene being a spectacular shoot-out reminiscent of the final scene of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The opening segment included clips from around Arkansas, including the famous McClard's Bar-be-que, which is situated on Albert Pike Blvd. and South Patterson St. in Hot Springs National Park.

Episode Title Rating Airdate Skipped Watched
Normal Episodes 100
Season 1 24
Season 2 25
Season 3 25
Season 4 26
Cast 11
Burt Reynolds - Wood Newton
Marilu Henner - Ava Evans Newton
Hal Holbrook - Evan Evans
Charles Durning - Harlan Elldridge
Ann Wedgeworth - Merleen Elldridge
Michael Jeter - Herman Stiles
Jay R. Ferguson - Taylor Newton
Ossie Davis - Ponder Blue
Candace Hutson - Molly Newton
Elizabeth Ashley - Freida Evans
Jacob Parker - Will Newton
Production 1
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason - Producer
Network 1

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