Chesapeake Shores

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Chesapeake Shores
Chesapeake shores title card.png
Genre Drama
Based on Characters created
by Sherryl Woods
Developed by Dan Paulson
Theme music composer Adam Woodall
Opening theme "Coming Home Soon"
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 25 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • John Tinker
  • Dan Paulson
  • Martin Wood
  • Nancey Silvers
  • Sherryl Woods
  • Michael Berns
Producer(s) Matt Drake
Production location(s) Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Camera setup Multiple-camera
Running time 48–96 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Chesapeake Shores S2 Productions Inc.
  • Daniel L. Paulson Entertainment
Distributor Borderline Distribution, Inc.
Original network Hallmark Channel
Picture format
Original release August 14, 2016 (2016-08-14) – present (present)
External links

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 Productions Inc in association with Borderline Distribution. The series had a two-hour premiere on the Hallmark Channel on August 14, 2016.[1] Meghan Ory, Jesse Metcalfe, Treat Williams, Brendan Penny, Andrew Francis and Diane Ladd star in the series. John Tinker is showrunner and executive producer.[2]

On January 15, 2017, Hallmark announced that the show was renewed for a 10-episode second season, which aired from August 6 through October 8, 2017.[3][4][5]

On January 13, 2018, Hallmark announced that the show was renewed for a 10-episode third season, which premiered on August 5, 2018.[6][7]


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-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.
  • 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 had 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. 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 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.
  • 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.


  • Abbie Magnuson as Caitlyn Winters, daughter of Abby and Wes
  • Kayden Magnuson as Carrie Winters, daughter of Abby and Wes
  • 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
  • Britt Irvin as Danielle Clayman, Connor's law school classmate who becomes his love interest
  • Ali Liebert as Georgia Eyles, Kevin's ex-fiancée (season 1)
  • 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
  • Kyle Cassie as Martin Demming, Bree's former longtime boyfriend
  • Bradley Stryker as John Rawl, bassist for Trace's former band who later joins the Trace Riley Band (seasons 2–3)
  • Jessica Sipos as Sarah Mercer, a local firefighter and Kevin's love interest (seasons 2–3)
  • Gregory Harrison as Thomas O'Brien, Mick's brother (seasons 2–3)
  • 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 2–3)
  • Oliver Rice as Simon Atwater, a novelist and Bree's love interest. (seasons 2–3)
  • Teryl Rothery as Robin O'Brien, Thomas' wife (season 3)


Season 1 (2016)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
11"Pilot"Martin WoodNancey SilversAugust 14, 2016 (2016-08-14)1.94[8]
When Abby O'Brien was 17 years old, her mother, Megan, left her father Mick, Abby and her siblings Bree, Kevin, Connor, and Jess. Fifteen years later, Abby, a successful career woman and divorced mother of two daughters, Carrie and Caitlyn, lives in New York. Just when Abby is told her ex-husband Wes is getting remarried, her sister Jess asks her and the girls to visit Chesapeake Shores for a weekend. Abby is concerned upon learning Jess is renovating a rundown home into a bed and breakfast and is also needing help with finances. Returning home, Abby sees her high school sweetheart, Trace, now a successful country musician, whom she left to move to New York. Meanwhile, there is tension between Mick and Abby, stemming from him being a frequently absent parent when she was growing up and its negative impact on the family. She soon realizes that she has been a somewhat similar parent for her girls. She voices her fears to Trace, and he whisks her away for a moonlit swim that ultimately leads to a kiss. She later apologizes for both the kiss and for leaving him years ago. She extends her visit when Nell, the grandmother who raised her, suffers a minor illness. Middle sister Bree also make a trip home. Reconnecting with her family, Abby contemplates her children growing up there. Trace reveals that he tried to find her in New York after college, but stopped upon hearing of her engagement. He also admits that the Nashville scene wasn't for him and he came home to recharge. Abby then visits her firm's Baltimore office, where she is extended an open employment offer; the office's proximity to Chesapeake Shores and the family-friendly hours appeal to her. That night, Mick surprises everyone as he has summoned Megan to town. After years of strained relations, he believes the family should reconnect. Soon, Mick's sons, Connor and Kevin, also return home.
22"Home to Roost, Part One"Peter DeLuiseJohn TinkerAugust 21, 2016 (2016-08-21)1.86[9]
Nell returns home from a doctor visit, hinting there is something wrong but not wanting to discuss it. Abby jogs by Trace's place, and they briefly discuss last night and what it might mean. Soon after, Wes arrives to pick up the girls and gets into an argument with Abby. He gets in his car and says he'll be back in an hour. Abby returns to Trace, and they try to talk about each other's lives over the past several years. Trace won't open up about why he returned from Nashville, only saying that the music business isn't what he hoped it would be. As the two start to embrace, Abby stops and tells Trace the only way they can have a chance together is if her girls always come first and he lets things happen at her pace. As Jess prepares for the soft opening of her B&B, Megan takes a room there and the two later argue. A pipe bursts and Mick rushes to the B&B to fix it before the opening. Kevin, an Army medic, announces he's being deployed again to Afghanistan. Wes returns and hands papers to Abby, saying their current arrangement isn't going to work. Trace catches them arguing and starts toward Wes, but Abby tells him to butt out.
33"Home to Roost, Part Two"Peter DeLuiseJohn TinkerAugust 28, 2016 (2016-08-28)2.18[10]
Abby decides to accept the job offer in the Baltimore office and stay in Chesapeake Shores to raise her daughters. She consults Connor, her soon-to-be lawyer brother, on the best way to fight for custody. Trace continues to struggle with things he left behind in Nashville, as evidenced by a heated exchange with someone on the other end of a phone call. Trace and Abby meet and agree that, for now, they need to be friends and nothing more. Mick suggests to Bree that staying in Chesapeake Shores for a while may be just what she needs to overcome her writer's block.
44"We're Not Losing a Son..."Martin WoodNancey SilversSeptember 4, 2016 (2016-09-04)2.21[11]
Just as Abby and Trace are getting comfortable with their "friendship" agreement, Trace's beautiful singing partner Leigh arrives unannounced from Nashville. Leigh tries to convince Trace to return to Nashville and finish the album they were working on, while Trace hints at problems he needed to leave behind. Leigh checks into Jess's bed & breakfast, leaving Jess and Bree to wonder if the relationship between Trace and Leigh went beyond music. Megan visits with Connor in his small apartment and tries to mend old wounds, but Connor's resentment is still very apparent. Nell convinces Mick to stop meddling in Jess's business, so Mick takes on a new project – building a playhouse for Abby's girls. Abby goes to see Trace at the diner, and catches him and Leigh smiling and laughing over a meal. At the end of the episode, Mick gets a call from an Army representative, saying that Kevin's unit in Afghanistan has gone missing.
55"We're Gaining a Daughter"Martin WoodNancey SilversSeptember 11, 2016 (2016-09-11)2.23[12]
Mick receives news regarding his son Kevin, who has been missing in action. This causes anxiety within the family. Trace tells his music partner, Leigh, he cannot return to Nashville to finish the album they started together. Mick and Abby travel to New York for her custody battle with her ex-husband Wes. Neither party can come to an agreement concerning their two daughters. The judge grants Abby temporary custody until an agreement can be made over the summer. Trace finds an abandoned warehouse for sale in town and dreams of turning it into a place for the townspeople to listen to music, with a studio upstairs. He then agrees to finish the album, as he needs the money, but he says when it's done, so will be his partnership with Leigh. She tries to kiss him, but he stops her. Mick receives another phone call saying that Kevin is alive and will be transported to a hospital. Mick and Nell discuss his father, who died in 1999. Mick wishes his children had the same feelings for him as he had for his father.
66"Georgia on My Mind"Anne WheelerJohn TinkerSeptember 18, 2016 (2016-09-18)1.85[13]
Out of nowhere, a woman named Georgia arrives at the house and says she is Kevin's fiancée. She has convinced the hospital to let Kevin recover at home. All the O'Briens want to tend to the injured Kevin, while also trying to figure out more about the mysterious Georgia. Abby is at work when an agent from the SEC shows up and asks what was in the boxes she transported home from New York. Not knowing what is going on, Abby calls Connor, who tells her to "lawyer up". Connor is otherwise occupied taking the bar exam, and starts to get romantic with his study partner. Bree tells Abby that while she was in Chicago, she found out her long-time boyfriend Martin is seeing someone else. Trace's banker father tells him he has been rejected for a loan to buy the warehouse, saying there is nothing he can do to get around Trace's debts and lack of a steady job – also mentioning regular payments Trace is sending back to Nashville. Trace later finds out that Mick bought the building. At home in her room, Abby pores over the contents of her New York office, trying to figure out what spiked the interest of the SEC, while she watches a video of Trace and Leigh singing together.
77"Second Chances"Anne WheelerKirsten HansenSeptember 25, 2016 (2016-09-25)1.89[14]
At her new book exchange booth, Bree meets a man named David, who sort of flirts with her. She later tells Jess about it, and Jess prepares to see her new boyfriend. Trace talks about the warehouse with Mick, who likes his idea of making it a music venue and asks if they can be partners on the project. Wes visits Abby and asks about the SEC investigation. She learns it is related to a deal he and his fiancée Gabrielle were working on while Abby was still employed in New York. He says he and Gabrielle broke up, that he now has no job and is facing an investigation, and that the girls are all he has left. He and Abby agree to work out something, without lawyers, regarding the children. Megan confronts Mick, saying she is upset that the kids feel she just left them years ago. She says she never wanted to leave, but she couldn't be with Mick and she didn't want to uproot the kids. Abby visits Trace, and admits she was jealous seeing him with Leigh. Trace finally reveals that he was the driver in an auto accident that badly injured his bass player, who may never walk again, and Trace is dealing with the guilt. Bree meets Jess's boyfriend and sees it is David, leading to an awkward moment. Nell prepares for a trip to Ireland. Kevin rides into the woods with Connor, and, despite Kevin's injury, they climb to an old tree house. Kevin talks about his convoy in Afghanistan hitting an IED, and he's obviously still shaken. When the two climb down from the tree, Kevin falls and cannot move.
88"Deals Undone"Martin WoodNancey SilversOctober 2, 2016 (2016-10-02)2.19[15]
Kevin appears to have suffered no ill effects from his fall, but he and Connor are nevertheless chastised by the family for doing something so careless. Trace learns that Mick pulled out of his deal to buy the warehouse and is declined a loan from his father's bank. Although his father later offers him a personal loan, Trace refuses, knowing it will be conditional. Mick then shows Trace a different property he owns that needs some work, but might also make a great music venue. The two agree to a partnership. Abby is served with a summons by the Department of Justice, who wants to seize all of the contents she has from her New York office. Connor gets involved and, without consulting Abby or Wes, sets up a meeting with the DOJ rep. Connor convinces the rep that Gabrielle, Wes' ex-fiancée, is the real culprit and says Wes and Abby should be exonerated for their cooperation. Though his move is successful, Connor is scolded by Abby and Megan for taking such a risk as he is not an actual lawyer. One of Mick's business deals takes a turn, and he becomes cranky and distant as his children remember him. During a family fun day at a game center, David invites Bree to participate with him and Jess. Jess soon becomes angry as she is excluded from David and Bree's talks. Georgia prepares to leave town and reminds Kevin that they both agreed to start their new life in Daytona Beach. Trace invites Abby on a date, dancing at his soon-to-be music venue.
99"Exes Mark the Spot"Martin WoodNancey SilversOctober 9, 2016 (2016-10-09)1.72[16]
Jess tells David she wants to break up, as they have nothing in common. Almost immediately after, she says she needs a chef at the B&B and offers him the job. As Abby and Trace grow closer together, Wes tells Abby he will no longer fight for custody of their daughters. He also announces he'll be looking for a job in the area, and Abby promises to be generous with visitation. Kevin confides in Connor that he loves Georgia, but is not in love with the idea of marrying her. He announces he's going back to Johns Hopkins to become a doctor. At a family gathering, both Leigh and Bree's former flame Martin show up unannounced. Bree argues with Martin, saying she waited for years for him to propose marriage, only to have him break her heart. Trace gets a phone call and learns his father has been hospitalized, so he leaves the party abruptly. On the way to the hospital, he is stopped for speeding, then arrested for an outstanding warrant. Back at the party, Martin announces the real reason he showed up: he offers Bree the position of Playwright in Residence at the Chicago theater where he is a director. Mick finally arrives at the party. With his five children surrounding him, he tells each how proud he is of them.

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
101"Secrets, Lies, and School Supplies"Sean McNamaraNancey SilversAugust 6, 2017 (2017-08-06)1.87[17]
As the town prepares for the annual lantern festival, Trace must return to Nashville to face a mistake from his past. Meanwhile, Mick takes his granddaughters back-to-school shopping and covertly works on a business deal that is bound to cause family conflict. Jess is overwhelmed by both a busy weekend at her bed and breakfast and the news that her mother, Megan, has returned to town for good. Bree must decide if she will move to Chicago to produce her play. As the festival nears, Trace and the O'Briens try to put their challenges aside, so that four generations—including grandma Nell—can come together.
112"Pasts and Presents"Sean McNamaraMichael BernsAugust 13, 2017 (2017-08-13)1.61[18]
As Mick moves forward with his bold plans to develop the O'Brien Trust land, he tells Trace he has to sell the music club space. Trace's father returns home from his surgery and again offers Trace a loan to buy the property, but Trace decides to try a different tactic. Jess is working around the clock planning to host her second cousin's wedding at the B&B, forcing her to reluctantly accept help from Megan. Kevin has a possible PTSD episode in front of Megan, but later runs toward danger as he was trained, and saves a man's life with Abby's help. Connor interviews for his first job as a lawyer. Bree travels to Chicago, and finds herself confronting Martin for making major changes to the script for her play. As Trace and Leigh work on a song, she tries to convince him that he belongs back in Nashville.
123"Photographs and Memories"Terry IngramMichael MacLennanAugust 20, 2017 (2017-08-20)1.84[19]
As Abby sends her girls off to their first day at a new school, conflict arises between Trace and Wes about their roles in the family. This is complicated further when a Nashville recording label takes interest in Trace and Leigh's new demo. The O'Brien siblings reminisce over their own school days watching home movies shot by Megan, but these videos have Jess feeling left out and angry at her mother for leaving when she was young. Megan tries to help Jess market the B&B as the slow season approaches, but Jess is resistant. Connor learns that his new place of employment values conformity over individualism. Nell helps Connor dress more professionally, but struggles to prevent Mick from butting heads with his brother Thomas (Gregory Harrison) over family land. Bree sees that the bookstore in town is going out of business and takes it upon herself to save it, while Kevin learns that a cute firefighter named Sarah, whom he met at the accident scene, is interested in him. This causes a dilemma, as Kevin hasn't yet officially ended things with Georgia.
134"It's Always Nashville"Terry IngramKristen HansenAugust 27, 2017 (2017-08-27)1.70[20]
Trace and Leigh learn that famous Nashville producer Mark Hall (Jerry Trimble) will be recording their new single. As they attempt to sing the song in the studio, Hall says he doesn't hear enough emotion in their voices. He orders them to different rooms and tells each to imagine someone special they would sing to. Thinking of Abby, Trace nails his take, but it leads to Hall thinking that Trace would be better off as a solo act, without Leigh. Jess tries to help out Bree's book store by promoting an appearance from Simon Atwater, a hot new author, but Bree learns her sister hasn't asked Simon yet. Kevin finally asks out Sarah on a date, saying he will explain why he didn't call her back after their last encounter. Abby says her client has agreed to work with Mick on developing the O'Brien Trust land, but Nell thinks it is more important for Mick to reconcile with Thomas.
145"Buried Treasures"Mike RohlMichael MacLennanSeptember 3, 2017 (2017-09-03)1.85[21]
Nell discovers a treasure map that Bree made as a teenager, leading Bree and Kevin to hunt for a family time capsule in the backyard. Trace is in Nashville fighting Mark to keep Leigh on an upcoming album at the risk of his own career. Later, the Trace Riley Band, featuring Leigh, debuts at an industry event show, while an irritated Mark observes. Abby meets a handsome widower in the PTA, Douglas Peterson (Victor Webster). At her bed and breakfast, Jess must deal with a demanding customer, but David later discovers that the guest is a famous travel writer. Mick and Thomas continue to spar over the development deal, never seeing eye-to-eye about the past or the future. Megan reconnects with the family by giving Connor dating advice and tutoring her granddaughters.
156"Grand Openings"Mike RohlDavid MaplesSeptember 10, 2017 (2017-09-10)1.80[22]
As The Bridge nightclub's opening nears, Trace spends late nights practicing with Leigh and his band, while Mick fights city hall to obtain a live music permit. Abby receives a promotion at work, but it could leave her with less time to spend with the family and Trace. Frustrated with her own work prospects, Megan gets an endorsement from an unexpected ally. Jess begins to develop feelings for David, while also trying to get him to open up about himself. Bree is surprised at her bookstore by a new admirer, author Simon Atwater. Connor reconnects with former schoolmate Danielle (Britt Irvin), and Kevin focuses on Sarah. Sensing romance in the air, Nell hosts a dinner for her grandchildren and their new love interests. The Bridge opens with a good crowd on hand, but moments into the Trace Riley Band's first song, Abby gets a text from Wes saying their sick girls want their mommy. Trace sees her leave.
167"All Our Yesterdays"Anne WheelerNancey SilversSeptember 17, 2017 (2017-09-17)1.72[23]
Mick receives damaging information about Thomas from Abby's client, and considers whether to use it in their town hall debate over the family land trust. Jess plans a special meal to win over David, but is fearful to take the next step in their relationship. Bree is also afraid to move forward with Simon, telling Megan that she always gets into relationships that are doomed. Connor and Kevin both contemplate their careers, concerned they may be headed down the wrong paths. Overloaded with work, both Trace and Abby try to find time to spend with each other and their families. On advice from Nell, Megan tells her children the real reason she left for New York all those years ago.
178"Forest Through the Trees"Anne WheelerAnn HamiltonSeptember 24, 2017 (2017-09-24)1.86[24]
Trace takes Abby on a camping trip where they reconnect, and he makes a vow that, no matter where their careers take them, he will always put Abby first. Jess fears falling in love with David because she always screws up things, while Bree is letting the pain of her past with Martin prevent her from getting involved with Simon. Both eventually share a romantic moment with their significant others. Sarah confides to Kevin that her late husband was a Marine who died on the battlefield three years ago, adding that she's not yet ready to start a new relationship. Connor helps Thomas with a legal project and becomes intrigued with the possibility of a career in environmental law. Mick decides to compromise on the O'Brien Trust land and finally sits down with Thomas to talk. Meanwhile, a video of the Trace Riley Band singing "Freefall" has gained over 400,000 views, causing Trace to realize he's likely heading back to Nashville.
189"The Royal Court"Andy MikitaNancey SilversOctober 1, 2017 (2017-10-01)1.92[25]
After his band's music video goes viral, Trace receives offers from music executives, but he tries to convince his band to follow through on their plans to remain independent. After a conversation with Mick, Trace later wants to give an apologetic Mark Hall another chance. Abby, Nell, and Megan spend some family time together preparing a princess birthday party for Carrie. Kevin finds inspiration to follow his passion while visiting a fallen army friend's mother with Bree. Watching the shop in Bree's absence, Jess discovers that running a bookstore is not as easy as she thought. She makes a big error in a book order, but David secretly bails her out. Connor turns to Danielle when he finds his career direction shifting. After Mick refuses to use incriminating information against Thomas, he must find a new investor for his development deal.
1910"Freefall"Andy MikitaAnn HamiltonOctober 8, 2017 (2017-10-08)1.63[26]
After Mark Hall offers Trace and his band a worldwide tour deal, Trace and Abby worry about how it might impact their future together. David makes a confession to Jess. As Nell ponders a lost love from her past, Abby, Jess, and Bree are faced with the possibility of losing their new loves in the present and turn to each other for strength and support in sisterhood. Kevin reconnects with Sarah as they prepare for Megan's art fair, which has Kevin confused about the nature of their relationship. Mick explores a land development partnership with Douglas, while adjusting to news that Connor has been working for Thomas.

Season 3 (2018)[edit]

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201"An Open Book"Sean McNamaraMichael BernsAugust 5, 2018 (2018-08-05)1.67[28]
After three months on tour, Trace gets three weeks off and returns home to Abby. During a magazine interview, he realizes that protecting Abby and the girls from the paparazzi will be difficult. Mick faces off against Connor in an environmental legal battle over the land development deal, and tries to warn him of a major error before it is too late. Jess discovers Bree's manuscript, causing tensions to rise when she reads its contents. Meanwhile, Kevin continues paramedic training and grows closer to Sarah. As everyone gathers for the annual Oyster Festival, Nell recruits the family to save a local landmark.
212"The Way We Were"Sean McNamaraNancey SilversAugust 12, 2018 (2018-08-12)1.41[29]
While Trace ponders a big gig that would take him away from Abby, she questions whether to give him an unopened letter that she wrote him years ago. Mick and Megan meet with Thomas, whose rekindled spark with his once-estranged wife prompts each of them to assess their own relationship. Simon returns into Bree's life, but the rift between her and Jess leaves her without a sounding board. Kevin is concerned upon seeing Connor's girlfriend with another man. Nell continues her fight to preserve the wishing fountain. Meanwhile, after several days of not hearing from David, Jess gets a letter from him inviting her to Maine.
223"The Rock is Going to Roll"Terry IngramBrian RossAugust 19, 2018 (2018-08-19)1.46[30]
As Trace tries to spend time with Abby's daughters before embarking on the next leg of his tour, they question his role in their lives. Bree joins Jess on a trip to visit David and his parents, but Jess still harbors hurt feelings over Bree's manuscript. Jess needs Bree's support more than ever, though, when she discovers why David's parents want to meet her. Mick sees striking similarities between his troubled relationship with his brother and his sons' relationship with one another, as Kevin and Connor feud over Kevin's meddling in Connor's relationship. Meanwhile, Nell is increasingly persuasive trying to convince the mayor to keep the wish fountain.
234"Once Upon Ever After"Terry IngramMichael BernsAugust 26, 2018 (2018-08-26)1.63[31]
Abby joins Trace on his tour, but she learns her family's privacy might be jeopardized by paparazzi. Mick and Megan help prepare for the vow renewal ceremony of Thomas and Robin, which also brings Connor and Kevin closer together after Nell assigns them a task. Meanwhile, Jess considers a life with David away from home, but Bree makes a troubling discovery about his mother that causes both sisters to question the Peck family's motives.
245"Love Eventually"Sean McNamaraNancey SilversSeptember 2, 2018 (2018-09-02)1.60[32]
Abby is burdened by continued paparazzi attention from Trace's growing fame. As he works through his loneliness while on tour away from Abby, Trace writes a song for her, prompting an unexpected reaction from Leigh. Mick tries to repair his relationship with Connor at Megan's insistence, but their stormy history makes Connor reluctant to reconcile. Kevin is concerned when Sarah seeks adventure after a near-death accident at work, noticing similarities to his own behavior following his war injury. Bree edits her novel with Simon's help and realizes she and one of her characters both seek self-preservation that hinders their relationships. Meanwhile, Jess fears her relationship with David is over after she blew up at his parents.
256"Here and There"Sean McNamaraBrian RossSeptember 9, 2018 (2018-09-09)1.44[33]
Abby learns Wes is in a serious relationship and misses Trace's support when work obligations pull him away. Mick and Megan's relationship continues to evolve, but is influenced by their past. Having worked on her own for months, Jess adjusts to David's return. Bree attempts to define her relationship with Simon. Kevin enjoys a week of on-the-job fire training with Sarah, but is worried when he can't find any local offers for a full-time position. Meanwhile, Nell recruits Connor to investigate a contestant that breaks the rules in an annual gardening competition, but a surprising discovery causes her rethink her plan.
267"It's Just Business"Terry IngramJill GoldsmithSeptember 16, 2018 (2018-09-16)1.49[34]
Trace discovers that The Bridge has fallen into debt due to an unscrupulous manager while he was on tour, and he tries to repair the damage. His discovery prompts Mick to reconsider the terms of their partnership and to put aside friendship and family when business is at stake. Abby tries to balance her stressful workload with being a "super mom" to keep up with Wes' new fiancée. Jess is suspicious when David's sister arrives in town looking for help with the family business. Bree asks Nell to read her manuscript, but realizes the real test will come when she gives it to Megan. When Kevin doesn't receive a job offer near Chesapeake Shores, Sarah considers relocating for a dream job. Connor faces ex-girlfriend Danielle in court. Meanwhile, Megan turns serious when the mayor eliminates her job at the Arts Council.
278"All Our Tomorrows"TBATBASeptember 23, 2018 (2018-09-23)TBD
289"Forward to the Past"TBATBASeptember 30, 2018 (2018-09-30)TBD
2910"Before a Following Sea"TBATBAOctober 7, 2018 (2018-10-07)TBD


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.[35]

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.[36]

Production for the second season started in spring 2017.[5]


The series premiered on the Hallmark Channel on August 14, 2016. It premiered on Canada's W Network on August 25, 2016.[37]


Critical reception[edit]

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."[38]

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."[39]


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.[8] 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.[5]


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