Second Chances (U.S. TV series)
|Created by||Lynn Marie Latham|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|Production location(s)||Valencia, California|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Original release||December 2, 1993 –|
February 19, 1994
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.
- Connie Sellecca as Dianne Benedict
- Matt Salinger as Mike Chulack
- Ronny Cox as George Cook
- Megan Porter Follows as Kate Benedict
- Justin Lazard as Kevin Cook
- Jennifer Lopez as Melinda Lopez
- Francis Lee McCain as Felicity Cook
- Michelle Phillips as Joanna Russel
- Pepe Serna as Salvador Lopez
- Ray Wise as Judge Jim Stinson
- Ramy Zada as Det. Jerry Kuntz
|No.||Title||Directed by ||Original air date|
|1–2||"Save the Last Dance for Me"||Sharron Miller||December 2, 1993|
|Note: Aired as a two-hour premiere episode.|
|3||"Coincidence or Conspiracy"||Joseph L. Scanlan||December 9, 1993|
|4||"Living in Between"||Sharron Miller||December 16, 1993|
|5||"I Can't Get No Satisfaxion"||Nicholas Sgarro||December 23, 1993|
|6||"Swimming Through Mud"||Sharron Miller||January 6, 1994|
|7||"If the Truth Be Told"||Gene Reynolds||January 13, 1994|
|8||"Down Looks Like Up"||Jack Fisk||January 20, 1994|
|9||"Miss Friendly Santa Rita"||Stefan Scaini||January 27, 1994|
|10||"Justifiable Jealousy"||Gene Reynolds||February 10, 1994|
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". 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".
- 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.
- Tucker, Ken (December 3, 1993). "After the Lovin' - Connie Sellecca Blows Off an Old Flame in 'Second Chances'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-04-22.
- Scott, Tony (December 6, 1993). "Second Chances". Variety. Retrieved 2009-04-22.