Any Day Now (TV series)
|Any Day Now|
|Created by||Nancy Miller
Deborah Joy LeVine
Shari Dyon Perry
|Opening theme||"Any Day Now" performed by Lori Perry|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||88|
|Running time||60 min (approx)|
|Production company(s)||Paid Our Dues Productions
|Original release||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.
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.
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Each hour-long 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 (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 (John Lafayette), 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 Season 3, M.E.'s daughter Kelly dated an African-American boy, Ajoni (Derrex Brady), and became pregnant by him at age 17, much to Colliar's dismay; Kelly and Ajoni chose to marry and keep the baby, whom they named Emmett. Eventually, M.E. published a book and was invited to teach at the local college. Rene's over-all 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
- Annie Potts as Mary Elizabeth "M.E." Sims
- Lorraine Toussaint as Rene Jackson
- Shari Dyon Perry as Young Rene Jackson (1998–2001)
- Mae Middleton as Young M.E. O'Brien (1998–2001)
- Maya Goodwin as Young Rene Jackson (2001-2002)
- Chris Mulkey as Colliar Sims
- Olivia Hack as Young M.E. O'Brien (2001-2002)
- Derrex Brady as Ajoni Williams
- Olivia Friedman as Kelly (Sims) Williams
- John Lafayette as James Jackson
- Donzaleigh Abernathy as Sara Jackson
- Julie St. Claire as Joy (1998–1999)
- Christopher Winsor as Davis Sims (1998)
- Calvin Devault as Davis Sims (1999–2002)
- 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
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
Young Artist Awards
All performances were categorized into the "Best Performance in a TV Drama Series" category.
- (Won) Chaz Monet — Guest Starring Young Actress
- Supporting Young Actress
- (Nominated) Mae Middleton
- (Nominated) Shari Dyon Perry
- 1998–1999 — 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 — 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
- "The 20th Annual Youth in Film Awards." Young Artist Awards, 1999. <http://www.youngartistawards.org/pastnoms20.htm>.
- "Twenty-first Annual Young Artist Awards: 1998–1999." Young Artist Awards, 2000. <http://www.youngartistawards.org/noms21.htm>.
- "Twenty-Second Annual Young Artist Awards: 1999–2000." Young Artist Awards, 2001. <http://www.youngartistawards.org/noms22A.htm>.
- "Twenty-Third Annual Young Artist Awards: 2000–2001." Young Artist Awards, 2000. <http://www.youngartistawards.org/noms23A.htm>
- "Any Day Now." Emmys, 2000. Web. 20 Feb. 2012 <http://www.emmys.com/shows/any-day-now>.