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21 Jump Street (Fox-Syndicated 1987-1991, Johnny Depp, Richard Grieco)

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You’re an ace cop but you find yourself flashing your driver’s license more than your shield. What do you do? In the case of Tom Hanson (played by Johnny Depp), you join the Jump Street Chapel, where your young looks will work to your advantage. This premise made for one of the Fox network’s first hits, 21 Jump Street.

In the pilot episode, Hanson joined Doug Penhall, Judy Hoffs and Harry Truman Ioki as cops who went undercover as high school students. Sounds a little The Mod Squad-ish maybe, but nothing about this show felt rehashed. The core of the series was its reality—playing neither for cuteness nor melodrama, the show was a genuine drama and the characters were compellingly real. Not only were each of the four officers distinctively interesting, but by posing as different teenagers at different schools every week, they dealt with a variety of situations such as drug use and teen suicide.

Hanson, whose father had been killed in the line of duty, joined the force at nineteen after breaking up with the love of his young life, Laura. Although he was a good cop, his boyish looks ended up botching a case, causing him to be sent to the 21 Jump Street station (actually a converted chapel) to work under Captain Adam Fuller. Like Hanson, Doug lost one of his parents at an early age. Doug’s mother had killed herself when he was six, leaving him to take care of his alcoholic father and his younger brother, Joey. Despite his dysfunctional family history, Doug retained a wry sense of humor that endeared him to the others.

Judy joined the group after graduating from prestigious Sarah Lawrence. Because she was the only female officer at Jump Street, Judy generally dealt with high school girls and situations that she had confronted only a few years before, during her own adolescence. Rounding out the foursome was H.T. Ioki, also known as Vinh Van Tran, who struggled with the fact that he still had family trapped in Vietnam.

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In the third season, with the original five cast members still on board, the producers decided to add a new officer in the form of bad-boy Dennis Booker (Richard Grieco). At the end of this season, Hanson was framed in the murder of a dirty cop and was sent to jail. Booker, who had been involved with the case, brought forth evidence to free Hanson, and then resigned from the force. He never really fit in at Jump Street, so he was soon spun-off onto his own show, Booker, in which he became a private detective.

Jump Street started to incorporate the officers’ personal lives into the storylines during the fourth season. Penhall fell in love with and married Marta, who was soon deported to her native El Salvador. Aided by Hanson, Penhall went to El Salvador to search for Marta, only to discover that she had been killed. Marta’s sister, however, convinced Doug to take her five-year-old son Clavo back with him to the U.S. to be raised in safety. Penhall raised the child as if he was his own, helping him to overcome his grief over his lost wife. After this season, Jump Street moved to first-run syndication, and Depp and Dustin Nguyen (Ioki) left the show.

Soon the cast was joined by Joey Penhall, Doug’s younger brother, also a cop (the actors who portrayed the Penhall brothers were also brothers in real life). The two worked together for a while before Doug, in an effort to be a better father to Clavo, retired from Jump Street. Though Penhall remained on the show, his absence was felt in the chapel, so officers Anthony “Mac” McCann, Dean Garrett and Kati Rocky joined the crew. By this time, the officers were also working undercover in colleges. This was the last season of the show, which lost many viewers when the original cast went their separate ways.

Though 21 Jump Street regularly dealt with teen issues and often had one of the cast members addressing the audience at episode’s end, the show was never patronizing to its young viewers. Rather, it was a youthful but intelligent show that characterized Fox’s early attempts at targeting a new audience. And the fact that those youngster cops were awfully cute didn’t hurt either.

2012 saw the arrival of a less than stellar big screen outing with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum followed in 2014 by sequel 22 Jump Street.

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USA / Fox (1987-1990), Syndicated (1990-1991) – 20th Century Fox / x50 minute episodes / Broadcast 12 April 1987 – 17 September 1990 and First run Syndication 1990-1991

Theme Music: Holly Robinson.

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Johnny Depp as Tom Hanson
Holly Robinson as Judy Hoffs
Dustin Nguyen as H.T. Ioki
Peter DeLuise as Doug Penhall
Frederic Forrest as Richard Jenko
Steven Williams as Adam Fuller
Alexandra Powers as Kati Rocky
Sal Jenco as Sal Banducci
Richard Grieco as Dennis Booker

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You Can’t Fight Christmas (TV One 2017, Brely Evans, Andra Fuller)

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You Can't Fight Christmas TV One

You Can’t Fight Christmas begins with the annual holiday decorating of the Chesterton Hotel by interior design expert Leslie Major (Evans). She is hard at work managing the transformation when she meets and develops a crush on the hotel owner’s handsome grandson, Edmund James (Fuller). Soon she discovers that Edmund and his uptight business partner, Millicent (White), have secret plans.

They intend to completely revamp the hotel into an upscale business resort once Edmund inherits it from his grandfather. Scheming Millicent also has plans for Edmund that involve a wedding ring.

Is he ready to take their partnership to the next level? Can Leslie save the hotel and its Christmas legacy? Will Edmund find his Christmas spirit?

You Can’t Fight Christmas also features appearances by Travis Winfrey (Single Ladies), Porsha Coleman (Hollywood Today Live), and cross-over appearances by Ash and Davis Jr.

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Brely Evans as Leslie Major
Andra Fuller as Edmund James
Persia White as Millicent Williams
Porscha Coleman as Belinda King
Travis Winfrey as Kevin Boudreaux
Nathan Davis Jr. as Thomas Wallace
Dedrick Bonner as Darren Rollins
Matthew Jones as Arnold Willis
Larry Poindexter as Jasper
Richard Gant as J. J. James
Marla Gibbs as Beverly Lawrence
Erica Ash as Regina Young
Ava Elise Farmer as Brie Wallace
Nicholas Anthony Reid as Waiter
Glen Marzillo as Tony

crew details
Director: Kenny Young
Writer: Marnie Martin
Producers: Elizabeth Cullen, Sean Dwyer

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: TV One – Poke Productions
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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Royal Christmas Ball, A (ION 2017, Tara Reid, Ingo Rademacher)

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Royal Christmas Ball ION

Dateless for the Christmas ball, 39-year-old bachelor, King Charles of Baltania, tracks down his American college sweetheart, only to discover Allison has never been married, yet raised a 17-year-old daughter, Lily, who mathematically might be Charles’ biological princess.

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Tara Reid as Allison
Ingo Rademacher as King Charles
Mira Furlan as Rosa
Haley Pullos as Lily
Faune Chambers Watkins as Eva
Mykel Shannon Jenkins as Sam
Marc Anthony Samuel as Marcus
Christian Olivo as Victor
Miles Burris as Emile
Kennedy Lea Slocum as Taylor
Claire Cohen as Lorena
David Meza as Waiter
Cesar Cipriano as Florist
Stan Bly as Paparazzi
Brian Nolan as Paparazzi

crew details
Director: David DeCoteau
Writer: Suzanne Dunn
Story: Jeffrey Schenck, Peter Sullivan

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: ION – Hybrid Films
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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Runaway Christmas Bride (ION 2017, Cindy Busny, Travis Milne)

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Runaway Christmas Bride ION 2017

A runaway bride, Kate, making herself scarce for the holidays, meets a ski patrol rescuer, Jason, at a resort. Her December days begin to brighten, until her parents and jilted fiancé, Alex, show up at the mountain to reset the wedding for Christmas.

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Cindy Busby as Kate
Travis Milne as Jason
Christos Shaw as Mike
Karen Kruper as Lily Paulson
Mark Milburn as Alex Atkins
Bruce Dawson as Rick Atkins
Roz Murray as Kim Atkins
Trent Pryor as Wedding Rehersal Guest
Holly James as Wedding Guest

crew details
Director: David DeCoteau
Writer: Brian Skiba

production details
Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: ION – Odyssey Media
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Saturday 9 December 2017

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