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Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper (ABC 1992-1997, Mark Curry, Raven-Symone)

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Mark Curry was working as a pharmacist in his home town of Oakland, California, when his customers talked him into trying out his routine onstage at a local comedy club. He was a hit and soon became a popular stand-up comic both in and outside the U.S. However, he is best known to television viewers as the title character on Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper.

Curry played Mark Cooper, a former basketball-player who returned to Oakland to teach at his old high school. Although he would rather have been the school’s coach, Cooper occupied himself with teaching classes like science and driver’s education.

As a former class clown who still loved practical jokes, Cooper was uniquely qualified to deal with the many would-be jokesters in his classroom. The biggest challenge in this area was the wisecracking Earvin Rodman. Another child character on the show was Jesse, a neighborhood boy who often ended up in the middle of one of Cooper’s adventures. A later addition to the school was P.J., the school’s principal, played by sitcom vet Nell Carter (Gimme A Break!).

At home, Cooper dealt with a houseful of women. Robin was a music teacher, and Vanessa was her attractive and intelligent friend. Vanessa was played by Holly Robinson, who was best known for being one of the young cops on 21 Jump Street. As the show progressed, Vanessa and Cooper fell in love and got married.

Dawnn Lewis, the actress who played Robin, left after the first season and was replaced with not one, but two characters. Geneva was Mark’s outspoken cousin, and Nicole was Geneva’s daughter, who confounded Mark’s attempts at surrogate parenting with her free-thinking tendencies and sense of humor. She was played by Raven-Symone, who had gotten her start in a similar precocious-child role on The Cosby Show.

The show’s storyline depicted Mark’s attempts to balance his school career with his home life. More often than not, he’d get caught scheming while trying to get the best from both worlds, winding up in conflict with one of the many people in his life. These plotlines gave Curry lots of room to put his stand-up comedy skills to good use. In a memorable episode called “True Lies,” Mark got caught in a lie by Nicole while trying to get out of taking her to the circus and was ‘grounded’ by the women of the house.

The show also periodically embraced serious themes. An unforgettable example of this was “Increase The Peace,” which depicted a young friend of Earvin’s being killed due to her brother’s gang-member lifestyle. The episode closed with the cast making a plea to the audience to ‘stop the violence.’

Hangin' With Mr Cooper

Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper was part of ABC’s early 90’s TGIF lineup and quickly became a hit with viewers. At one point, Mark Curry was declared one of TV Guide’s “favorite people on television.” The show continued for five seasons and ended its network run in August of 1997. It is still widely viewed today in syndication, remaining memorable not only for Curry’s comedic skills, but also for its pro-education slant. Curry himself was a college graduate and made sure the show presented learning in a positive light. Thus, Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper is of enduring value for both its humorous and social value.

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USA / ABC – Jeff Franklin Prod. – Lorimar / 93×25 minute episode / Broadcast 22 September 1992 – 30 August 1997

Creator: Jeff Franklin / Executive Producers: Jeff Franklin, William Buckley, Michael Warren

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Mark Curry as Mark Cooper
Dawnn Lewis as Robin Dumars (1992-93)
Raven-Symone as Nicole Lee (1993-97)
Sandra Quarterman as Geneva Lee (1993-97)
Holly Robinson Peete as Vanessa Russell
Marquise Wilson as Tyler Foster (1993-97)
Omar Gooding as Earvin Rodman
Nell Carter as P.J. Moore (1993-97)
Roger E. Mosley as Coach Ricketts (1992-93)
Christopher Carter as Andre Bailis (1992-94)
Luis Avalos as Principal Rivas (1992)
Dominic Hoffman as Thaddeus White (1993-94)
George Lemore as Isaac (1992-93)
Ron Canada as Coach Corley (1994-97)

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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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