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Bachelor Father (CBS-NBC 1959-1962, John Forsythe)

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Bachelor Father single-handedly ushered in the era of ‘single-parent’ television comedy. It starred John Forsythe as Bentley Gregg, a rich and single lawyer who lived the playboy life in Beverly Hills. His carefree lifestyle changed when he gained a permanent houseguest in the form of his niece, Kelly. Bradley took the girl in after his sister and her husband died in a car accident, and the former playboy soon found himself turning into a father figure for the irrepressible and often rebellious Kelly.

Kelly’s best friend was Ginger, and her high-school boyfriend was Howard. When Kelly moved on to college in later seasons, she found a new beau in the form of lawyer Warren Dawson. Cal and Adelaide were Ginger’s parents, and Peter was the faithful butler at the Gregg household. Victor Yung occasionally guest starred as Peter’s cousin, Charlie. Gregg also went through no less than five secretaries during the course of the show: Vicky, Kitty Devereaux, Kitty Marsh, Suzanne and Connie.

This show is one of a select handful that managed to play on all three major networks during its original series run: from ’57 to ’59 on CBS, ’59 to ’61 on NBC, and ’61 to ’62 on ABC. But after the ABC run, Bentley hung up his official father’s cap (figuratively) and passed the mantle on to later single parent shows like Family Affair and Julia.

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USA / CBS – NBC – ABC – Universal / 157x30m-e / Broadcast 15 September 1957 – 25 September 1962 (9/15/57 – 6/7/59 CBS then 6/18/59 – 9/21/61 NBC then 10/3/61 – 9/25/62 ABC

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John Forsythe as Bentley Gregg
Noreen Corcoran as Kelly Gregg
Sammee Tong as Peter Tong
Bernadette Withers as Ginger
Jimmy Boyd as Howard Meechim
Aaron Kincaid as Warren Dawson
Catherine McLeod as Louise Farrell
Whit Bissell as Bert Loomis
Florence MacMichael as Amy Loomis
Del Moore as Cal Mitchell
Evelyn Scott as Adelaide Mitchell
Alice Backus as Vickie
Shirley Mitchell as Kitty Deveraux
Jane Nigh as Kitty Deveraux
Sue Ane Langdon as Kitty Marsh
Sally Mansfield as Connie
Pat McCaffrie as Chuck Forrest
Joan Vohs as Elaine Meechim
Karl Swenson as Charles Burton
Cheryl Holdridge as Gloria Gibson
Cheryl Holdridge as Lila Gibson
White Bissell as Steve Gibson
Victor Sen Yung as Charlie Fong
Beal Wong as Peter’s Grandpa Ling
Sid Melton as Harry
Harry Von Zell as Frank Curtis
Cherylene Lee as Blossom Lee
Frances Fong as Susie
David Lewis as Horace Dawson
Sheila Bromley as Myrtle Dawson
Beulah Quo as Peter’s Aunt Rose
Jeanne Bal as Suzanne Collins

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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

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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

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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

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

production details
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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