‘Evening Shade’ Cast: Meet the stars of this famous Sitcom

Evening Shade Cast

The TV Series ‘Evening Shade’ stars Burt Reynolds, Marilu Henner, Jay R. Ferguson, Michael Jeter, Ossie Davis, Hal Holbrook, Charles Durning, Ossie Davis, Ann Wedgeworth, Elizabeth Ashley, Candace Hutson, Charlie Dell, and Jacob Parker. Let’s have a look at ‘Evening Shade’ Cast & Crew, Series Plot, Preview, and more.

‘Evening Shade’ is an American Sitcom TV Series aired on the famous Television Network CBS from 1990 to 1994. It narrates the story of an ex-football player Wood Newton, who played for the American Professional Football Team Pittsburgh Steelers. He appoints as a coach of a high school football team that has a long history of losses. The main theme of the show is life in a small town, Evening Shade, Arkansas.

This Series is created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, an American director, writer, and TV Producer known for the series Designing Women(CBS).

‘Evening Shade’ main crew includes producers, Tommy Thompson, Douglas Jackson, Executive Producers, Harry Thomason, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, David Nichols, Victor Fresco. Series Edited by, Tony Hayman, Music by, Snuff Garrett, Bobby Goldsboro.

‘Evening Shade’ Plot

An Ex-football player back to his hometown to coach a high school team has a losing streak.

‘Evening Shade’ Cast List

  • Burt Reynolds as Wood Newton
  • Marilu Henner as Ava Evans Newton
  • Jay R. Ferguson as Taylor Newton
  • Michael Jeter as Herman Stiles
  • Ossie Davis as Ponder Blue
  • Hal Holbrook as Evan Evans
  • Charles Durning as Dr. Harlan Eldridge
  • Ann Wedgeworth as Merleen Eldridge
  • Elizabeth Ashley as Frieda Evans
  • Candace Hutson as Molly Newton
  • Charlie Dell as Nub Oliver
  • Jacob Parker as Will Newton

Burt Reynolds as Wood Newton

Burt Reynolds Actor
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Burt Reynolds Quick Biography

NationalityAmerican
ProfessionActor, Director
Date of Birth11 February 1936, died: 6 September 2018
Home TownLansing, Michigan, United States
Known forGunsmoke, Hawk, Dan August
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Marilu Henner as Ava Evans Newton

Marilu Henner Actress
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Marilu Henner Quick Biography

NationalityAmerican
ProfessionActress, Singer, Producer
Date of Birth6 April 1952
Age69 Years(as of 2021)
Home TownChicago, Illinois, United States
Known forTaxi(Sitcom), Hammett(1982), The Man Who Loved Women(1983), Rustlers’ Rhapsody(1985), Between the Lines(1977)
Social AccountsInstagram

Jay R. Ferguson as Taylor Newton

Jay R. Ferguson Actor
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Jay R. Ferguson Quick Biography

NationalAmerican
ProfessionActor
Date of Birth25 July 1974
Age47 Years(as of 2021)
Home TownDallas, Texas, United States
Known forMad Men, The Conners
Social ProfileWikipedia

Michael Jeter as Herman Stiles

Michael Jeter Actor
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Michael Jeter Quick Biography

NationalityAmerican
ProfessionActor
Date of Birth26 August 1952
Died30 March 2003
Home TownLawrenceburg, Tennessee, United States
Known forSesame Street(TV Series), Zelig(Film), Tango & Cash(1989), Waterworld(1995)
Social ProfileWikipedia

Ossie Davis as Ponder Blue

Ossie Davis Actor
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Ossie Davis Quick Biography

NationalityAmerican
ProfessionActor, Writer, Activist, Director
Date of Birth18 December 1917
Died4 February 2005
Home TownClinch County, Georgia, United States
Known forThe Client(1994), Do the Right Thing(1989)
Social ProfileWikipedia

Hal Holbrook as Evan Evans

Hal Holbrook Actor

Hal Holbrook Quick Biography

NationalityAmerican
ProfessionActor, Screenwriter, Director
Date of Birth17 February 1925
Died23 January 2021
Home TownCleveland, Ohio, United States
Known forMark Twain Tonight! (Stage Show), Magnum Force(1973), Into the Wild(2007), Designing Women(1986-1993)
Social ProfileWikipedia

Charles Durning as Dr. Harlan Eldridge

Charles Durning Actor
Source: CBS TV

Charles Durning Quick Biography

NationalityAmerican
ProfessionActor
Born28 February 1923
Died24 December 2012
Home TownHighland Falls, New York, United States
Known forThe Sting, The Muppet Movie, Dog Day Afternoon, True Confessions
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Ann Wedgeworth as Merleen Eldridge

Ann Wedgeworth Actress
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Ann Wedgeworth Quick Biography

NationalityAmerican
ProfessionActress
Born21 January 1934
Died16 November 2017
Home TownAbilene, Texas, United States
Known forThree’s Company, Sweet Dreams, Evening Shade
Social ProfileWikipedia

Elizabeth Ashley as Frieda Evans

Elizabeth Ashley Actress
Source: CBS TV

Elizabeth Ashley Quick Biography

NationalityAmerican
ProfessionActress
Date of Birth30 August 1939
Age82 Years(as of 2021)
Home TownOcala, Florida, United States
Known forTake Her, She’s Mine
Social ProfileWikipedia

Candace Hutson as Molly Newton

Candace Hutson Actress

Candace Hutson Quick Biography

NationalityAmerican
ProfessionActress
Date of Birth3 May 1980
Age41 Years(as of 2021)
Home TownSavannah, Georgia, United States
Known forThe Land Before Time(1988), Dolly Dearest(1991)
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Charlie Dell as Nub Oliver

Charlie Dell Quick Biography

NationalityAmerican
ProfessionActor
Date of Birth31 October 1943
Age78 Years(as of 2021)
Home TownNueces County, Texas, United States
Known forDesperate Housewives, Trapper John MD, Columbo
Social ProfileIMDb

Jacob Parker as Will Newton

Jacob Parker Quick Biography

NationalityAmerican
ProfessionActor
Date of Birth14 February 1985
Age36 Years(as of 2021)
Home TownTarrant County, Texas, United State.
Known forThe Power Within(1995), A Killing in a Small Town(1990)
Social ProfileIMDb

Series Details

Series NameEvening Shade
CreatorLinda Bloodworth-Thomason
Executive ProducersLinda Bloodworth-Thomason, Burt Reynolds, Harry Thomason
Country of OriginUnited States
GenreSitcom
LanguageEnglish
Running Time30 Minutes
Release Date21 September 1990
Last Episode23 May 1994
Original NetworkCBS

Wrap up

CBS launched the show on 21 September 1990, and it received higher ratings during the entire run. After four years of successful broadcasting, CBS canceled the show on 23 May 1994 due to its skyrocketing production cost. In 2008, CBS/Paramount released the DVD of the first season. In 2019, Visual Entertainment released the DVD of the complete series.

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