Evening Shade

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Evening Shade is an American sitcom television series that aired on CBS from 1990 to 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 former team because he is a fan.

The general theme of the show is the appeal of small town life. Episodes ended with a closing narration by Ossie Davis summing up the events of the episode, always closing with "... in a place called Evening Shade." The show's final episode saw the guest appearances of Willie Nelson and Buzz Aldrin as escaped convicts on the run from authorities, the final scene being a spectacular shoot-out reminiscent of the final scene of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

The opening segment included clips from around Arkansas, including the famous McClard's Bar-be-que, which is situated on Albert Pike Blvd. and South Patterson St. in Hot Springs National Park.

  1. Linda Bloodworth-Thomason


Series Cast

  1. Burt Reynolds

    Burt Reynolds

    Wood Newton

    98 Episodes

  2. Marilu Henner

    Marilu Henner

    Ava Evans Newton

    98 Episodes

  3. Hal Holbrook

    Hal Holbrook

    Evan Evans

    98 Episodes

  4. Charles Durning

    Charles Durning

    Harlan Elldridge

    98 Episodes

  5. Ann Wedgeworth

    Ann Wedgeworth

    Merleen Elldridge

    98 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 4

1993 | 26 Episodes

Season 4 of Evening Shade premiered on September 20, 1993.

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English

Runtime 30m



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