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Bionic Six, The (Syndicated 1987-1989, John Stephenson, Carol Bilger)

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Imagine your typical family sitcom—Dad, Mom, couple of kids, maybe some adoptees, lots of wisecracks. Now add bionically-enhanced superpowers. Suddenly makes that family much cooler, doesn’t it? That was just the idea behind The Bionic Six.

Jack Bennett wasn’t just a good husband and father, he was also one heck of a crimefighter. Having been loaded down with bionics by a certain Professor Sharpe, Jack battled evil as “Bionic One,” all without the knowledge of his family or anyone else (save Professor Sharpe, of course). But when the crash landing of an alien ship buried his family under a ski resort avalanche, Bionic One’s secret identity went kaput.

Jack rescued the fam, but not without a fight against major baddie Dr. Scarab. Plus, the rest of the Bennett family came out of their little close encounter with an unhealthy dose of alien radiation. To get them out of their coma, Jack and Professor Sharpe gave the bionic treatment to the Bennetts. They recovered quickly, plus they all got their share of super-powered bionics as a bonus. Now united in both bionics and in the fight against evil, the Bennetts took on Dr. Scarab and his cronies as the Bionic Six.

Bionic One was still the man of the house, but Mom One (Helen) was no slouch. The rest of the family included Rock One (Meg), Sport One (Eric), adopted kid I.Q. (J.D.), and Karate One (Bunji), who was placed under the guardianship of the Bennetts after his real father disappeared. The Bennetts kept up all the appearances of a typical suburban family, but at the first sign of trouble, a serious bionic butt-kicking was on the way.

The Bionic Six was co-created by LJN Toys, who hoped to replicate the success of their ThunderCats toy line from a few years earlier. Sadly, the Bennett family failed to find the same audience as Lion-O and company, leaving the airwaves only two years after their premiere. But even in the end, the producers still had a sense of humor, titling the final episode “That’s All, Folks.”

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USA / Syndicated – TMS Entertainment / x20 minutes / Broadcast 1987 – 1989 syndicated

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John Stephenson as Jack Bennett / Bionic One, Klunk
Carol Bilger as Helen Bennett / Mother One
Bobbi Block as Meg Bennett / Rock One
Norman Bercard as J.D. Bennett / I.Q.*
Hal Rayle as Eric Benett / Sport One, Bob, Joe Kapoola / Shadow Boxer
Brian Tochi as Bunjiro “Bunji” Bennett / Karate One, Rivet Rick
Alan Oppenheimer as Prof. Sharpe, Metalhead
Jim MacGeorge as Dr. Scarab (Willmer Sharpe)
Frank Welker as Chopper, Glove, Mechanic
Neil Ross as F.L.U.F.F.I.*, Kaleidoscope, Perceptor
Jennifer Darling as Madame O
Shuko Akune as Momo Yashima
Howard Morris as Professor Hugo Fish, Techno Tex

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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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Christmas Encore (HMC 2017, Erin Agostino, Marie Dame)

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Christmas Encore Hallmark 2017

In Christmas Encore a struggling actress is cast in her last off (off) Broadway show – a modern take on “A Christmas Carol” – before giving up her dream and moving home.

Instead, she finds romance with her director and a renewed passion for her craft and the city. But when the historic theater loses its lease and the show is set to fold, she and her cast mates are need of a Christmas miracle.

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Erin Agostino as Morgan
Marie Dame as Ellen Lambert
Brennan Elliott as Julian Walker
Maggie Lawson as Charlotte Lacy
Mélanie St-Pierre as Samantha Cross

crew details
Director: Bradley Walsh
Writer: Jennifer Notas Shapiro

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Hallmark Movie Channel
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Saturday 9 December 2017

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