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Fall Guy, The (ABC 1981-1986, Lee Majors, Heather Thomas)

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Action shows have had plenty of cop and detective heroes, but somehow, the ever-humble stuntman usually got left out of the picture. This imbalance was corrected in the early 1980’s when The Fall Guy hit the airwaves. This show was the brainchild of the ever-prolific Glen A. Larson, the television producer behind such colorful fare as B.J. And The Bear, Battlestar Galactica, and Knight Rider. Like those classics, The Fall Guy blended a comic-book-style premise with plenty of action and humor.

The focus of The Fall Guy was Colt Seavers, a Hollywood stuntman. This character was brought to life by Lee Majors, a macho actor best known to viewers as The Six Million Dollar Man. Majors also sang the show’s witty country-pop theme song, “The Unknown Stuntman,” which chronicled the woes of your average, everyday stuntman.

But Colt was much more than an ordinary stuntman. This man’s man supplemented his rough-and-tumble day job by moonlighting as a bounty hunter. Of course, this side gig turned out to be every bit as dangerous as his movie and TV work.

Colt also had two assistants to aid him in his quest for justice and profits. The first was his nephew Howie Munson, an aspiring stuntman who usually seemed pretty hapless in the derring-do department. The other assistant was Jody Banks, a foxy stuntwoman who added plenty of moxie and eye-candy to the show’s proceedings. Colt and crew’s assignments were doled out by series of bail-bondswomen: the first was Samantha “Big” Jack, later to be followed by Terri Michaels and finally Pearl Sperling in the show’s final season.

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Each week’s episode began in fine James Bond fashion, with Colt performing a death-defying stunt on a movie set. This would be followed by a visit to the bail-bondswoman for an assignment. She always painted the week’s assignment as an easy score, but it never quite worked out that way for poor Colt. Inevitably, the quest for an easy bounty would lead Colt and his team into a predicament that required him to put his stuntman skills to use. Usually, the stunt he used to escape danger used elements of the stunt he performed at the beginning of the episode, keeping a karmic balance to our man Colt’s wild double life.

The Fall Guy never disappointed in the “colorful villain” arena, pitting Colt and his team against a diverse group of foes that included everything from rampaging bikers to evil UFO’s, along with the familiar thieves and smugglers. Even more colorful than these villains was the guest star who made an appearance in each episode: the laundry list of famous guest faces included the likes of Buddy Hackett, Elvira, and Richard Burton (!). There was also the occasional music-themed episode that would include acts like Sha Na Na or The Temptations.

The result was a splashy, good-natured adventure that blended thrills, laughs, and a bit of glitz into an audience-friendly package. Thus, it was no surprise when this very commercial creation became a ratings hit. The Fall Guy ended up enjoying a five-season run that carried it into the spring of 1986.

Theme song lyrics
“It’s a death defyin’ life I lead,
I take my chances.
I die for a livin’ in the movies and TV,
But the hardest thing I ever do
Is watch my leadin’ ladies
Kiss some other guy while I’m bandagin’ my knee…”

“I might fall from a tall building,
I might roll a brand-new car,
Cause I’m the Unknown Stuntman
That made Redford such a star…”

production details
USA / ABC – TCF / 101×50 minutes / Broadcast 4 November 1981- 2 May 1986

Creator/Executive Producer: Glen A. Larson / Music: Stu Phillips / Theme Music: David Somerville, Gail Jenson, Glen A. Larson / Sung by Lee Majors

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LEE MAJORS as Colt Seavers
DOUGLAS BARR as Howie Munson
HEATHER THOMAS as Jody Banks
JO ANN PFLUG as Samantha “Big Jack” Jack (1981-1982)
MARKIE POST as Terri Shannon/Michaels (1982-1985)
NEDA VOLZ as Pearl Sperling (1985-1986)

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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.

cast
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

crew details
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen

production details
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

crew details
Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat

production details
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 ID

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.

cast
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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