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Duck Factory, The (NBC 1984, Jim Carrey, Teresa Ganzel)

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Any show that plays Jim Carrey as a straight man against characters more eccentric than himself has an anomaly value that should be discussed. The Duck Factory featured a young and relatively subdued Carrey playing Skip Tarkenton, a sweet and eager cartoon animator, brand new to Hollywood.

Of course, because Hollywood wasn’t the most innocent place on earth, Skip’s colleagues were decidedly less sweet and eager. There was Brooks the animator, Wally the voice man, Marty the writer, Aggie the business manager, Roland the second animator and Nancy the editor. The characters were inspired by some real life players in the animation world, too: Wally, a character who did so many voices that he had actually lost track of his own, was played by Don Messick, who was the real life voicer of, among others, Boo Boo in Yogi Bear, Ruff in Ruff and Reddy, and Scooby-Doo. And the show’s animation was supervised by Allan Burns, who had co-created The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show a few years prior.

Just before Skip bounced through the flailing animation studio’s doors, its leader had died—leaving everyone looking to the new guy for leadership. They got some of that from the Skipster, but he was never what you’d call business savvy. Mostly, he just liked to draw and date cheerleader types named Becky.

The Duck Factory appeared as a mid-season replacement show in 1984, following The Cosby Show, though with none of those same Huxtable family ratings. It has a following today because of reruns on cable, the Carrey factor, and because let’s face it, a show that combines a sitcom with cartoons, two of television’s golden children, seems like TV time pretty well spent.

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USA / NBC / x25 minute episode / Broadcast 12 April – 11 July 1984 / Thursdays then Wednesdays at 9.30pm)

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JIM CARREY as Skip Tarkenton
TERESA GANZEL as Mrs Sheree Winkler
JACK GILFORD as Brooks Carmichael
JULIE PAYNE as Aggie Aylesworth
NANCY LANE as Andrea Lewin
JAY TARSES as Marty Fenneman
CLARANCE GILYARD JR as Roland Culp
DON MESSICK as Wally Wooster

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Clochemerle (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 Clochemerle 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

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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

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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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