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Action (Fox 1999, Jay Mohr, Illeana Douglas)

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Alternately praised by critics for its no-holds-barred insider look at Hollywood and criticized for its profanity-laden dialogue, Action was–truth be told–doomed from the start.

Starring the perfectly cast comedian-actor Jay Mohr as sharp-tongued, unscrupulous movie mogul Peter Dragon (a character allegedly based on the series’ honcho, Joel Silver), Action followed Dragon as he schemed to produce his next blockbuster movie, Beverly Hills Gun Club.

Featuring A-list guest stars like Sandra Bullock (as Peter’s ex-girlfriend and the star of his homemade sex video called “While You Were Sleeping…on My Face”), the series was rife with rapid-fire one-liners and in-the-know humor. (Can you guess the real-life inspiration for the balding, well-endowed, gay media mogul who was Dragon’s boss?)

Ultimately, the show suffered from a lame time slot (Thursdays at 9:30) and an audience that wasn’t ready for (or simply didn’t care about) what really goes on in Tinseltown.

Still, even its strongest detractors must give it props for what is the most clever series finale of all time. After learning Fox had axed the show, Action’s execs quickly had an episode filmed wherein the dastardly Dragon suffers a heart attack and dies.
Only 8 of the 13 episodes aired.

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Jay Mohr as Peter Dragon
Illeana Douglas as Wendy Ward
Jarrad Paul as Adam Rafkin
Jack Plotnick as Stuart Glazer
Buddy Hackett as Uncle Lonnie
Lee Arenberg as Bobby G.
Fab Filippo as Holden Van Dorn

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Creator: Chris Thompson
Executive Producers: Barry Katz, Joel Silver

production details
Country: USA
Studio: Fox
Duration: 30 minute episodes | 13 episodes made but only 8 aired.
Aired From: 1999

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Clochmerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)

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Period sitcom, based on a novel by Gabriel Chevallier that was adapted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, that saw the French villagers of Clochmerle kick up a fuss over plans to install a new toilet.

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CYRIL CUSACK as Major Piechut
ROY DOTRICE as Ponosse
KENNETH GRIFFITH as Ernest Tafardel
WENDY HILLER as Justine Putet
HUGH GRIFFITH as Alexandre Bourdillat
BERNARD BRESSLAW as Nicholas the Beadle
MADELINE SMITH as Hortase Girodet
GEORGINA MOON as Rose Biraque
PETER USTINOV as Narrator

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Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm

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Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)

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In Roy Clarke penned sitcom The Clairvoyant used car salesman Arnold Bristow is knocked down in a car accident and suddenly finds himself with psychic powers – or so he believes. There was a pilot broadcast 27 Nov 1984.

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ROY KINNEAR as Arnold Bristow
SANDRA DICKINSON as Lily
HUGH LLOYD as Burma
SHAUN CURRY as Newton
GLYNIS BROOKS as Dawn
CARMEL CRYAN as Carmen

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Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell

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Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986

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Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)

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Christmas Princess Nicole Munoz

Christmas Princess is the true story of Donaly Marquez who, through a childhood of neglect and abuse, achieved her dream of becoming a rose bowl princess. An inspirational story of resilience, strength and finding a family to call your own.

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Nicole Muñoz as Donaly Marquez
Rosa Blasi as Sara
Zak Santiago as Ignacio Marquez
Olivia Steele Falconer as Emily Marquez
Jaedon Siewert as Abraham Marquez
Lina Renna as Young Donaly
Paloma Kwiatkowski as Chloe
Ty Wood as Trent
Pendo Muema as Monique
Kalyn Miles as Maria
Kaaren de Zilva as Roberta
Garfield Wilson as Dr. Miller
Clay St. Thomas as Judge #1
Patti Allan as Judge #2
Natalie von Rotsburg as Judge #3

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Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen

production details
Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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