Evening Shade

Evening Shade
Promotional cast photo
Created byLinda Bloodworth-Thomason[1]
StarringBurt Reynolds
Marilu Henner
Michael Jeter
Jay R. Ferguson
Hal Holbrook
Ossie Davis
Charles Durning
Elizabeth Ashley
Ann Wedgeworth
Charlie Dell
Candace Hutson
Jacob Parker
Narrated byOssie Davis
Opening themeInstrumental theme
by Sonny Curtis (1990–1992)
Theme with lyrics
by Bobby Goldsboro (1992–1994)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes98 (list of episodes)
Executive producersLinda Bloodworth-Thomason
Harry Thomason
Burt Reynolds
Running time30 minutes
(with commercials)
Production companiesBloodworth/Thomason Mozark Productions
Burt Reynolds Productions
MTM Enterprises
CBS Productions
Distributor20th Television
CBS Television Distribution
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 21, 1990 (1990-09-21) –
May 23, 1994 (1994-05-23)
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Evening Shade is an American sitcom television series that aired on CBS from September 21, 1990, to May 23, 1994. The series stars Burt Reynolds as Wood Newton, an ex-professional football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who returns to rural Evening Shade, Arkansas, to coach a high-school football team with a long losing streak. Reynolds personally requested to use the Steelers as his character's former team, because he was a fan.[2]

The general theme of the show is the appeal of small-town life. Episodes often ended with a closing narration by Ossie Davis, as his character Ponder Blue, summing up the events of the episode, always closing with "... in a place called Evening Shade." The opening segment included clips from around Arkansas, including the famous McClard's Bar-B-Q, which is situated on Albert Pike Blvd. and South Patterson St. in Hot Springs National Park.

  1. ^ Letofsky, Irv (October 29, 1990). "The Sitcom Behind the Sitcom: Television: The countdown to an 'Evening Shade' rehearsal can be comedic. Just ask writer and producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  2. ^ Wallace, David (February 17, 1991). "TELEVISION: The Dawning of 'Evening Shade': How the producing team of Harry and Linda Thomason lured Burt Reynolds and other movie heavyweights to a sitcom". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 12, 2010.