As a fan of both the book and TV series (as well as a native Tennessean), I was very excited when I came across a continuation. I shouldn't have been, because this was nothing but a constant disappointment. Miss Alice had none of the strength of will that her character was defined by, Lauren Lee Smith was completely lacking in the sweetness and charm that made Kellie Martin in the title role, and the rest of the cast either over-acted so much that I actually winced or were simply forgettable. Even the cast members who returned from the TV series seemed as if they had lost all connection to the characters.
In perhaps one of the more offensive changes, all the effort that had gone into making the characters sound convincingly Appalachian was lost, leaving the cast with generic and fake 'southern accents'.
In short, this mini-series was terrible, the dialog was atrocious, plot contrived and the acting was painful to witness.
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