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Hawaii Five-O (CBS 1968-1980, Jack Lord, James MacArthur)

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Jack Webb may have invented the cop show format with Dragnet, but it took a character actor named Jack Lord to take it to the pinnacle of its success with Hawaii Five-O. This classic program juxtaposed traditional cops-and-robbers thrills against the scenic backdrop of Hawaii to become the longest-running police show of all time. Twenty years later, this exotic action drama continues to justify its place in television history by remaining a top favorite in television syndication.

Hawaii Five-O focused on Steve McGarrett, an intense and dedicated cop who headed a division of the Hawaiian State Department known as Five-O. This elite unit reported directly to the governor of Hawaii and focused their efforts on eliminating the Hawaiian criminal underground. Assisting McGarrett in his war on crime were Danny “Dano” Williams, his top assistant, and Chin Ho Kelly. McGarrett’s main enemy was Wo Fat, the slippery criminal mastermind who always narrowly escaped major trouble before McGarrett could put him behind bars.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS 1968-1980)

The beauty of Hawaii Five-O lay in its straightforward and reliable nature. This viewer-pleasing consistency had a lot to do with the fact that star Jack Lord was involved in most aspects of the show’s production. The episodes tended to be clear-cut crime dramas that were usually solved by the end of the show. Plots usually touched on pressing social issues of the day, like the Vietnam War or drug addiction. No matter what the situation was, we always knew that Jack Lord would remain unflappably cool throughout, there would be plenty of tantalizing Hawaiian vistas (the show was shot entirely on location), and justice would prevail by the end of the story.

Jack Lord’s performance as McGarrett was the other vital key to the show’s popularity. Looking dapper in a neat suit and an immaculately groomed, jet-black pompadour, this was one cool cop. Whether he was dealing with a government bigwig or the lowliest criminal scumbag, McGarrett never took guff from anyone and always got the job done. In true cop-hero fashion, he couldn’t have cared less about the ‘rights’ of the criminals he hounded: for instance, it wasn’t uncommon for him to begin the search of a bad guy’s living space with the words, “Gentlemen, I want this place turned inside out.”

The combination of unique locales and reliable action scenarios helped make Hawaii Five-O a long-running hit. The show also influenced other aspects of pop culture: for instance, the instrumental pop group The Ventures scored a smash hit with their surf-rock version of the show’s horn-driven theme song, and McGarrett’s oft-spoken phrase, “Book ‘em, Dano!” became a vital part of the American slang lexicon. After hitting it big in the late 1960’s, Hawaii Five-O remained popular throughout the entirety of the 1970’s and ended its run in 1980 after an extremely impressive 278 episodes. Appropriately, the final episode let McGarrett finally apprehend and imprison his longtime foe, Wo Fat.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS 1968-1980)

Today, Hawaii Five-O remains deathlessly popular in rerun form. All over the world, this show continues to be a staple of syndicated programming. Meanwhile, Jack Lord has attained icon status in the world of hipster cool, and the show’s punchy theme song has become a perennial favorite on oldies radio. This long-standing success proves that Hawaii Five-O has surpassed its initial cop-show-with-a-gimmick status to become a vital part of American pop culture.

A just as popular as the original reboot has been on CBS since 2010.

classic quote
“Book ‘em, Dano!”

production details
USA / CBS – Leonard Freeman Prod./ 270×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 26 September 1968 – 26 April 1980

Creators: Leonard Freeman, Jack Lord / Theme Music: Morton Stevens / Executive Producers: Leonard Freeman, Philip Leacock, Douglas Greene

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Jack Lord as Det. Steve McGarrett
James MacArthur as Det. Danny Williams (1968-79)
Kam Fong as Det. Chin Ho Kelly (1968-78)
Zulu as Det. Kono Kalakaua (1968-72)
Khigh Dhiegh as Wo Fat (1968-76, 1980)
Richard Denning as Gov. Paul Jameson (1968-80)
Al Harrington as Det. Ben Kokua (1972-74)
Harry Endo as Che Fong (1969-77)
Al Eben as Doc Bergman (1970-76)
Maggi Parker as May (1968-1969)
Peggy Ryan as Jenny Sherman (1969-76)
Laura Sode as Luana (1978-80)
Herman Wedemeyer as Edward D. “Duke” Lukela (1972-80)
Morgan White as Att. Gen. Walter Stewart (1968-69)
Glenn Cannon as Att. Gen. John Manicote (1972-77)
William Smith asJames “Kimo” Carew (1979-80)
Moe Keale as Truck Kealoha (1979-80)
Sharon Farrell as Lori Wilson (1979-80)
Danny Kamekona as Che Fong(1968-69)/Nick Noble (1974-75)
Douglas Mossman as Det. Frank Kemana(1975)
Joseph Sirola as Jonathan Kaye(1968-72)

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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

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 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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