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Amazing Spiderman, The (CBS 1978, Nicholas Hammond, Chip Fields)

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First introduced in an issue of Amazing Fantasy in 1962, the wall-crawling wonder known as Spider-Man has become one of the most popular characters in all of comicdom. This character was the alter-ego of Peter Parker, a misfit high-school student who got super powers when bitten by a spider that was accidentally irradiated during a scientific experiment. His new abilities included super strength, the ability to climb walls, and a heightened ability to sense danger. After that legendary first appearance, Spidey soon got his own title, and the rest is comic book history.

In 1977, the character was brought to television by executive producers Dan Goodman and Charles Fries as a two-hour film. It was one of a series of Marvel Comics adaptations done for CBS in the late 70’s, which also included Captain America and Dr. Strange. The Spider Man film did so well in the ratings that CBS commissioned the producers to develop it into a short-run series for the spring of 1978.

The Amazing Spider Man series fast-forwarded a bit from the origin story, picking up Peter Parker’s life as a college student and as a photographer for the Daily Bugle. Peter kept his superheroic double life a secret from most, including Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson and his wisecracking secretary Rita. But when that trouble-detecting spider-sense started tingling, Spidey swung into action. Unfortunately, since TV budgets are limited, Spider-Man usually followed the route of TV’s The Incredible Hulk, downplaying the colorful supervillains of the comic books in favor of non-supernatural, human antagonists.

The series did well, but did not become a full-time series because network executives at CBS thought having two full-time superhero series (The Incredible Hulk and Wonder Woman) was enough. Seven more episodes were filmed and aired as individual specials between the fall of 1978 and the summer of 1979. An additional character, photographer Julie Mason, was added for these episodes.

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Nicholas Hammond in Peter Parker mode. Probably the oldest portrayal of Spiderman we’ve seen on screen.

The last episode, “The Chinese Web,” was telecast on July 6th, 1979. No further episodes were made. However, various episodes of the series were subsequently released on a few different video labels and have become popular items with collectors. Re-runs of the show also pop up on cable periodically.

After several movie versions and reboots since the early 2000’s onward Spidey is finally back inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe (but still under the control of Sony who have made all the previous Spiderman movies) and made a triumphant debut in Captain America: Civil War (teaming up on Iron Man’s side.) before the arrival in 2017 of Spiderman: Homecoming

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USA / CBS – Fries & Goodman / 2×90 minute episodes / 11×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 5 April 1978 – 6 July 1979

Producers: Robert Janes, Ron Satlof, Lionel E.Siegel

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NICHOLAS HAMMOND as Spiderman/Peter Parker
CHIP FIELDS as Rita
ROBERT F. SIMON as J. Jonah Jameson
MICHAEL PATAKI as Capt. Barbera
ELLEN BRY as Julie Mason

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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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Christmas Reunion, A (Lifetime 2015, Catherine Hicks, Denise Richards)

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A Christmas Reunion Lifetime

In A Christmas Reunion a Madison Avenue executive, Amy, discovers an unusual Christmas surprise when she inherits her Aunt’s hometown bakery. The real surprise comes when she learns the other half of the bakery was left to her long-ago boyfriend, Jack.

Unresolved personal issues resurface between them, as the exes return home to co-manage the store, along with its traditional holiday cookie bake-off.

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Denise Richards as Amy Stone
Patrick Muldoon as Jack Evans
Jake Busey as Dylan Carruthers
Catherine Hicks as Aunt Linda
Parker Stevenson as Don Dupree
Patricia De Leon as Janette Crowder
Jon Briddell as Luke Crowder
Robert R. Shafer as Frank O’Brien
Anna Barnholtz as Chloe
John Colton as Steve Evans
Sandra Evans as Shari
Brody Fitzgerald as Young Jack Evans
Michael Gaglio as Earl Pratt, Sr.
Gib Gerard as Earl Pratt, Jr.
Joyce Greenleaf as Helen

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Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: 13 December 2015

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Final Vision (ID 2017, Scott Foley, Dave Annable)

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Final Vision is a twisted psychological thriller and a true-crime drama based on the longest running criminal case in U.S. history. It’s the story of Jeffrey MacDonald (Foley), a handsome, Ivy League-educated U.S. Army Green Beret doctor, who was convicted of brutally murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters in the middle of the night.

Told through the eyes of best-selling author Joe McGinniss (Annable), who was approached by MacDonald to write a book about his personal nightmare as he was about to go to trial.

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Scott Foley as Jeffrey MacDonald
Dave Annable as Joe McGinniss
John Doman as Bernie Segal
Lochlyn Munro as Wade Smith
Jessica Harmon as Colette MacDonald
Caroline Aaron as Leslie Sterling
Primo Allon as MP Sergeant
Julia Maren Baker as Kimberly MacDonald
Julia Benson as Nancy McGinniss
Baylee Breen-Wood as Kristen MacDonald
April Cameron as Nurse at St. Mary’s
Aaron Craven as James Blackburn
Bruce Dawson as Doctor
Parveen Dosanjh as Woman at Party
Lane Edwards as Brian Murtagh

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Writer: Denis O’Neill
Director:  Nicholas McCarthy
Executive Producers: Angela Bromstad, Christine Connor, Linda Berman S

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Country:  USA
Network and Production Companies: ID – Lincoln Square Productions
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From:  Sunday 10 December 2017

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