Second Chances (American TV series)

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Second Chances
Created byLynn Marie Latham
Bernard Lechowick
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
ProducerLatham/Lechowick Prods.
Production locationValencia, California
Running time45 minutes
Original release
ReleaseDecember 2, 1993 (1993-12-02) –
February 10, 1994 (1994-02-10)

Second Chances is an American drama television series created and written by producers Bernard Lechowick and Lynn Marie Latham. The two-hour pilot episode was directed by Sharron Miller. Its cast includes Connie Sellecca, Matt Salinger, Megan Porter Follows, Jennifer Lopez, and Michelle Phillips. The series premiered December 2, 1993, on CBS, and aired its final episode on February 19, 1994. Hotel Malibu, which was touted as a spinoff of this series, debuted in August 1994.

This series marked a reunion between actors Ronny Cox and Frances Lee McCain who had worked together two decades before on another CBS series called Apple's Way.



No.TitleDirected by [1]Original air date
1–2"Save the Last Dance for Me"Sharron MillerDecember 2, 1993 (1993-12-02)
Note: Aired as a two-hour premiere episode.
3"Coincidence or Conspiracy"Joseph L. ScanlanDecember 9, 1993 (1993-12-09)
4"Living in Between"Sharron MillerDecember 16, 1993 (1993-12-16)
5"I Can't Get No Satisfaxion"Nicholas SgarroDecember 23, 1993 (1993-12-23)
6"Swimming Through Mud"Sharron MillerJanuary 6, 1994 (1994-01-06)
7"If the Truth Be Told"Gene ReynoldsJanuary 13, 1994 (1994-01-13)
8"Down Looks Like Up"Jack FiskJanuary 20, 1994 (1994-01-20)
9"Miss Friendly Santa Rita"Stefan ScainiJanuary 27, 1994 (1994-01-27)
10"Justifiable Jealousy"Gene ReynoldsFebruary 10, 1994 (1994-02-10)


On January 17, 1994, the Northridge earthquake damaged the show's sets, and CBS decided to cancel the series instead of investing money to repair them – in addition to the cost of rebuilding, both Connie Sellecca and Megan Follows were pregnant and would have been far along by the time the sets were rebuilt. The series' last episode ran on February 10, 1994, as part of CBS's "Crimetime After Primetime" lineup. Part of the cast and characters were moved to the summertime replacement show Hotel Malibu in August 1994, which was touted as a spinoff of the series.


Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly rated the pilot episode a C− saying that it "relies on too many verbal cliches and pat coincidences to promise much in the way of engrossing escapism".[2] Tony Scott of Variety stated that the series "needs more riveting material" as the pilot episode "suffers from blatant, uninvolving characters, low-caliber plotting and subcommercial appeal".[3]


  1. ^ From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Second Chances : no"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2017-06-01.
  2. ^ Tucker, Ken (December 3, 1993). "After the Lovin' - Connie Sellecca Blows Off an Old Flame in 'Second Chances'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-04-22.
  3. ^ Scott, Tony (December 6, 1993). "Second Chances". Variety. Retrieved 2009-04-22.

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