Any Day Now (TV series)

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Any Day Now
Genre Drama
Starring Annie Potts
Lorraine Toussaint
Mae Middleton
Olivia Hack
Sherri Dyon Perry
Maya Goodwin
Opening theme "Any Day Now" performed by Lori Perry
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 88
Production
Running time 60 min (approx)
Broadcast
Original channel Lifetime
Original run August 18, 1998 – March 10, 2002

Any Day Now is an American drama series that aired on the Lifetime network from 1998 to 2002. The show stars Annie Potts and Lorraine Toussaint, who are best friends despite the difference in their races.

The show's title is taken from the 1962 Chuck Jackson song "Any Day Now", which was later covered by Ronnie Milsap in 1982. A version performed by Lori Perry served as the show's theme song.

Setting[edit]

Any Day Now focuses on the lives and interactions of two female protagonists: Mary Elizabeth "M.E." O'Brien Sims (Potts) and Rene Jackson (Toussaint). The two had grown up as close friends in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1960s during the peak of the civil rights movement. However, their friendship ended when M.E. became pregnant and chose, despite Rene's disapproval, to keep the child, drop out of college, and marry her boyfriend, Colliar Sims.

More than twenty years later, M.E. and her husband still live in Birmingham, where they struggle to make ends meet. Their oldest son, Bobby, died as a child, but they have two more children, daughter Kelly and son Davis. Rene moved to Washington, D.C. where she was a successful attorney for many years, but after the death of her father, Rene decides to move back to Birmingham and establish a law practice there. She reunites with M.E. and the two quickly resume their close friendship. In every episode, contemporary storylines are interwoven with a storyline from their shared past.

Format[edit]

Each hourlong episode contained alternating scenes from two different timelines. The 1960s timeline followed the young version of the girls, who became friends despite the discomfort of M.E.'s naively bigoted parents and her openly racist Uncle Jimmy, an avowed member of the Ku Klux Klan. M.E. and Rene's friendship was fostered by M.E.'s loving grandmother, and her older brother, Johnny, who was sent to Vietnam, while M.E.'s older sister, Teresa, often threatened to tell their parents that M.E.'s "little colored friend" had been in their house. Colliar Sims (played by Dan Byrd), M.E.'s childhood sweetheart and eventual husband, played a large role in this timeline as well. Rene's family included her father, James, who was a lawyer and an active member of the civil rights movement; her mother Sarah, also active in the movement; and her older brother Elston, who was the same age as M.E.'s brother Johnny but dodged the draft by fleeing to Canada.

The contemporary timeline showed M.E. and Rene as adults. M.E. was a homemaker with aspirations of becoming a writer, and Rene starts her own law firm in Birmingham. Characters from the 1960s timeline appeared in the contemporary timeline as well, such as Rene's widowed mother, her brother Elston (openly gay, with an adopted son), M.E.'s oft-divorced sister Teresa (Delta Burke), and M.E.'s aging parents, whose views on race had mellowed somewhat over the years, quite in contrast to unrepentantly racist Uncle Jimmy, who still antagonized Rene if given the chance.

The show dealt with issues like modern-day racism, homosexuality, religion, women's rights, rape, natural disaster, alcohol, suicide, and death. During the third season, M.E.'s daughter Kelly dated an African-American boy, Ajoni, and became pregnant by him at age 17, much to Colliar's dismay; Kelly and Ajoni chose to marry and keep the baby, who they named Emmett. Eventually, M.E. published a book and was invited to teach at the local college. Rene's overall story arc dealt mainly with her law practice; although she enjoyed great success as a lawyer, eventually focusing her practice on civil rights law, she sometimes regretted that she had never married nor had a family. In the final episode of the show, Rene married Judge Clyde "Turk" Terhune (William Allen Young).

In most episodes there was either a common theme between the scenes presented from each timeline, or a direct connection between the events depicted in the past and how it affected those in the present.

In the fourth season, the actresses Mae Middleton (M.E.) and Shari Dyon Perry (Rene) were replaced by Olivia Hack and Maya Goodwin, respectively, as the producers wanted the girls to encounter more mature storylines. However, Dan Byrd kept the role of Colliar Sims.

Any Day Now ended after its initial four-season (88 episodes) contract expired. The show would have been renewed, but Annie Potts chose instead to care for her family. The series ended with Rene's marriage, as well as M.E. and Rene's mothers finally putting an end to their decades-long animosity.

Main cast & crew[edit]

  • Annie Potts as Mary Elizabeth "M.E." Sims
  • Lorraine Toussaint as Rene Jackson
  • Sherri Dyon Perry as Young Rene Jackson (1998–2001)
  • Mae Middleton as Young M.E. O'Brien (1998–2001)
  • Maya Goodwin as Young Rene Jackson (2002)
  • Olivia Hack as Young M.E. O'Brien (2002)

Supporting cast[edit]

  • Chris Mulkey as Colliar Sims
  • Julie St. Claire as Joy (1998–1999)
  • Christopher Winsor as Davis Sims (1998)
  • Calvin Devault as Davis Sims (1999–2002)
  • Olivia Friedman as Kelly (Sims) Williams
  • Derrex Brady as Ajoni Williams
  • John Lafayette as James Jackson
  • Donzaleigh Abernathy as Sara Jackson
  • Christopher Babers as Young Elston Jackson
  • William Converse-Roberts as Matthew O'Brien
  • Nancy Mcloughlin as Catherine O'Brien
  • James Deeds as Johnny O'Brien
  • Elise Shirley as Young Theresa O'Brien
  • Delta Burke as Theresa O'Brien
  • Michael Pavone as Jimmy O'Brien
  • Dan Byrd as Young Colliar Sims
  • Millie Perkins as Grandma Irene Otis
  • Richard Biggs as Bill Moody
  • Bronson Picket as Joe Lozano
  • Tony Barriere as Young Tully
  • Mary-Pat Green as Odessa
  • Taneka Johnson as Lakeisha Reynolds
  • Don McManus as Graham Pearce
  • Alyssa Nichols as April
  • Alexandra Hedison as Rhonda
  • Monique Edwards as Cynthia

Main crew[edit]

Deborah Joy Levine (Executive Producer), Bill Finnegan, Bob Lowry, Nancy Miller, Sheldon Pinchuk, Gary A. Randall, Lori-Etta Taub, Oz Scott, Joe Ann Fogle, Michael Zinberg, Sibyl Gardner, Dayna North, Nicole Mirante, Annie Brunner, Valerie Woods, and Lois Johnson.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Young Artist Awards[edit]

All performances were categorized into the "Best Performance in a TV Drama Series" category.

1997–1998[1]
  • (Won) Chaz Monet — Guest Starring Young Actress
  • Supporting Young Actress
    • (Nominated) Mae Middleton
    • (Nominated) Shari Dyon Perry
1998–1999[2]All nominees won their own awards
  • Dan Byrd — Supporting Young Actor
  • Shari Dyon Perry — Supporting Young Actress
  • Mae Middleton — Young Actress Age Ten and Under
  • Tony C. Barriere — Guest Starring Young Actor
1999–2000[3] — Neither won an award
  • Supporting Young Actor
    • Dan Byrd
    • Tony C. Barriere
  • Supporting Young Actress
    • Shari Dyon Perry
    • Mae Middleton
    • Olivia Friedman

2000–2001 — (Nominated) Best Family TV Drama Series[4]

Other awards[edit]

2000 Primetime Emmy Awards — (Nominated) Outstanding Costumes for a Series: Mary Anne Aston (Costume Supervisor); Elizabeth P. Palmer (Costume Designer)[5]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "The 20th Annual Youth in Film Awards." Young Artist Awards, 1999. <http://www.youngartistawards.org/pastnoms20.htm>.
  2. ^ "Twenty-first Annual Young Artist Awards: 1998–1999." Young Artist Awards, 2000. <http://www.youngartistawards.org/noms21.htm>.
  3. ^ "Twenty-Second Annual Young Artist Awards: 1999–2000." Young Artist Awards, 2001. <http://www.youngartistawards.org/noms22A.htm>.
  4. ^ "Twenty-Third Annual Young Artist Awards: 2000–2001." Young Artist Awards, 2000. <http://www.youngartistawards.org/noms23A.htm>
  5. ^ "Any Day Now." Emmys, 2000. Web. 20 Feb. 2012 <http://www.emmys.com/shows/any-day-now>.

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