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Courtship of Eddie’s Father, The (ABC 1969-1972, Bill Bixby, Brandon Cruz)

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The Courtship of Eddie’s Father continues to be a cult favorite for many television fans. Even though it hasn’t been repeated in syndication as much as other sitcoms from its era, it is still fondly remembered by a legion of viewers who considered the title character to be their fantasy father figure.

Bill Bixby starred as Tom Corbett, a magazine publisher and widower trying to raise his son Eddie, while simultaneously maintaining a career. Tom always found his personal life to be a little bit complicated, because Eddie was always trying to play matchmaker and set him up with the neighborhood’s available women. All single dads should be so lucky…

Tina Rickles was Tom’s secretary, and other characters on the show included Mrs. Livingston, the Corbetts’ Japanese housekeeper, and Norman Tinker, the swinging art director for Tom’s magazine. Jodie Foster occasionally popped up as Joey Kelly, a friend of Eddie’s.

The show ran for just under three seasons on ABC. Co-star James Komack also produced the show and would go on to create Chico and the Man. Bill Bixby would later return to prime time television via CBS’s The Incredible Hulk. And Eddie…well, we’re pretty sure he turned out all right.

“People, let me tell you ‘bout my best friend…”

Courtship of Eddie's Father

The little girl is Jodie Foster as Joey Kelly, a friend of Eddie’s.

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USA / ABC – MGM / 78×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 17 September 1969 – 14 June 1972

Producer: James Komack / Theme Vocal: Best Friend by Nilsson

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Bill Bixby as Tom Corbett
Brandon Cruz as Eddie Corbett
Miyoshi Umeki as Mrs. Livingston
Tippi Hedren as Cissy Drummond
James Komack as Norman Tinker
Karen Wolfe as Etta
Kristina Holland as Tina Rickles
Jodie Foster as Joey Kelly
Francine York as Kate Landis

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

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Clochmerle BBC 1972

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

production details
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

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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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