The charming and
quirky hit drama series "Northern
Exposure," a show with such colorful
characters that it captures the hearts
of fans everywhere, will be broadcast
exclusively on Hallmark Channel U.S.
beginning Monday, October 1 at 11:00
PM (ET/PT). Check out the "Northern
Guide (below) and Photo
Set in the fictional hamlet of Cicely, Alaska, the series
stars Rob Morrow as proverbial
"fish out of water" Jewish
physician "Dr. Joel Fleishman."
Fleishman, New York City born and
bred, is a recent Columbia University
medical school graduate who finds
himself stuck playing doctor in Cicely,
Alaska, a bargain he made in exchange
for his government financed education.
Dr. Fleishman meets
more than his share of vivid personalities
in Cicely, but the main characters
include "Maggie," (Janine
Turner) the beautiful daring bush
pilot who has five dead boyfriends
and is Joel's landlord. "Maurice
Minnifield," (Barry Corbin)
Cicely's resident former NASA astronaut,
owns half the town and makes certain
that Dr. Fleishman stays to fulfill
his obligation. There is "Ed,"
(Darren E. Burrows) the aspiring
filmmaker and shaman whose desire
to know his parents takes him to the
place where he became a man in order
to remember all that made him happy.
"Holling" (John Cullum)
is Cicely's former mayor and the owner
of "The Brick" restaurant
and tavern and a man in love with
young Shelly. The beauty queen who
stole Holling's heart is "Shelly,"
(Cynthia Geary) a young woman
who invented a pattern of speech known
as "Shellyspeak." "Chris,"
(John Corbett) also known as
"Chris in the Morning,"
is Cicely's voice and radio disc jockey.
Chris became an ordained minister
after answering an ad in Rolling Stone.
"Ruth Ann" (Peg Phillips)
is the owner of Cicely's general store
and the only person in town who can
say she has truly danced on her own
grave. "Marilyn Whirlwind"
(Elaine Miles) is the taciturn
and mostly silent office assistant
who raises ostriches and falls in
love with flying men.
"Northern Exposure," which premiered on July 12, 1990 as an inconspicuous summer "replacement" show, quickly took hold of the television landscape. It is still considered to be the pioneer of "dramedy," the fusion of drama with a comedic undertow. "Northern Exposure" is widely celebrated as the series that created this new genre of television, whose successes today include shows like "Ally McBeal" and "Ed."
The unique, contemporary,
hour-long series, which won seven
Emmy Awards and two DGA Awards, was
created by Joshua Brand and
John Falsey, whose earlier
writing credits include the critically
acclaimed dramas "St. Elsewhere"
and "I'll Fly Away." David
Chase, creator of "The Sopranos,"
won an Emmy for his writing on "Northern