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Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, The (NBC-Lifetime 1987-1989, Blair Brown, David Strathairn)

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Long before Ally McBeal furrowed her brow, fretted over her love life and fawned over her male coworkers, there was Molly.

Molly Dodd (Blair Brown) was a thirtysomething, divorced, self-involved Manhattanite who spent much of her time musingabout her love life and ever-changing careers–which usually went hand in hand.

There was ex-hubby Fred (William Converse-Roberts), who was her boss when she sang with his band; Dennis (Victor Garber), her boss and love interest when she sold real estate; Moss (David Strathairn), her boss and the object of her flirtation when she worked in a Village bookstore; and the ill-fated Nat (full name: Nathaniel Hawthorne), a black policeman who fathered Molly’s child and then died after having an allergic reaction to MSG while eating lunch.

Not quite as quirky as Ally and gang (thankfully, there were no dancing babies), Molly’s crew also included her widowed but dating mother, her unhappily married sister Mamie and her best friend Nina. The show ranks right up there with female-driven series like The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda before them and Roseanne and Grace Under Fire after them.

Molly only lasted a year on NBC but helped put Lifetime on the map when she migrated to the cabler, which started touting itself as the first network for women. Almost as trailblazing was Molly’s interracial romance, the single-mom storylines, Ally-esque fantasy scenes and relentlessly intelligent comedic/dramatic writing.

It was the real deal, way before McBeal.

Days and Nights of Molly Dodd

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USA / NBC-Lifetime-Finnegan-Just You and Me Kid / 65×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 21 May 1987 – 29 Jun 1988 (NBC) and 21 Jan 1989 – 3 January 1993

Creator and Producer: Jay Tarses

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Blair Brown as Molly Dodd
William Converse-Roberts as Fred Dodd
Allyn Ann McLerie as Florence Bickford
James Greene as Davey McQuinn
Victor Garber as Dennis Windmer
Kabir Bedi as Birmanyi
Jay Tarses as Nick
Richard Venture as Edgar
Sandy Faison as Mamie
Tanya Fenmore as Katherine
Peter MacNichol as Steve Cooper
Joan McMurtrey as Claire Windmer
Maureen Anderman as Nina Shipman
David Straithairn as Moss Goodman
Darrell Larson as Dwight Bickford
John Glover as Mike Sayles

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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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