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Ferris Bueller (NBC 1990, Charlie Schlatter, Jennifer Aniston)

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Like Fast Times before it, this sitcom was based upon a successful teen-oriented film. In this case, it was a television adaptation of the 1986 hit Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, now simply titled Ferris Bueller. Though it kept the movie’s characters and sense of liberated coolness intact, Ferris Bueller had an all-new cast and shifted the action from Illinois to California.

At Ocean Park High in Santa Monica, Ferris Bueller was one of the most popular students. Cameron was his slightly-neurotic best friend, and Sloan Peterson was his dreamy girlfriend. Ferris preferred to spend as little time in school as possible and was always hatching schemes either to get out of class or to avoid doing work. Unfortunately, the school’s principal, Ed Rooney, was onto him and was always looking for a chance to bust Ferris. Another problem was Ferris’s sister, Jeannie, who was jealous of Ferris’s ability to get away with murder and wanted to see him get taken down a peg.

No matter who the enemy was, Ferris managed to stay a step ahead as he pulled off his anti-work schemes with an array of nifty gadgets. He had a portable computer to hack the school’s computer system, a cellular phone to imitate the voices of authority figures, and a remote control to foul up various school machines (often during assemblies). He also had to deal with less-technical crises from time to time, such as when Sloan went on a date with a football player to make him jealous, or the time Cameron landed a girlfriend, only to have her become attracted to Ferris.

The show aired only 13 episodes before being cancelled in December of 1990, but it periodically pops up in reruns. It is still affectionately remembered by people who wish they could live out their anti-school-and-establishment fantasies the way Ferris did. The show is also notable for giving the role of Jeannie to Jennifer Aniston, who would later find fame as a cast member on another NBC sitcom, Friends.

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USA / NBC – Paramount / 13×25 minute episode / Broadcast 23 August – 16 December 1990

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Charlie Schlatter as Ferris Bueller
Jennifer Aniston as Jeanie Bueller
Sam Freed as Bill Bueller
Cristine Rose as Barbara Bueller
Brandon Douglas as Cameron Frye
Richard Riehle as Ed Rooney
Judith Kahan as Grace
Ami Dolenz as Sloan Peterson
Jeff Maynard as Arthur Petrelli

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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

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 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.

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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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