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Here’s Boomer (NBC 1980-1982)

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Starting with 1974’s Benji, a series of films featuring that adorable little mixed-breed dog of the title found great success with movie-going audiences. Given that television has a history of dog-themed shows like The Adventures of Rin-Tin-Tin and Lassie, it was inevitable that something reminiscent of the Benji phenomenon would make its way to the small screen…

Hot on the pawed heels of 1980’s Oh! Heavenly Dog, Here’s Boomer debuted on NBC. A remake of a Canadian series called The Littlest Hobo, the show chronicled the adventures of Boomer, a smart, mixed-breed stray dog, as he wandered from town to town. The plucky pup would get involved in the lives of different people along the way and would always help the people he met through a crisis before moving on to the next town. There were the usual dog-related crimes—rings of dognappers and such—but Boomer also had a social conscience, once even helping a deaf little girl prove to her parents that a hearing impairment didn’t mean she was stupid.

The producers intended to implement a new element to the show for its proposed second season in the fall of 1980: an off-screen voiceover delivering Boomer’s thoughts. However, the show wasn’t picked up for the fall season that year, and the voiceover gimmick was only used in one episode, aired as a special in December of 1980. The show did return in September of 1981 and ran for one more season before being cancelled.

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USA / NBC / x25 minute episodes / Broadcast 14 March 1980 – 14 August 1982

Theme Music: Here’s Boomer by Zoey Wilson, Edward Leonetti / Boomer’s Trainer: Ray Berwick, Bryan Refreno

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Boomer
Tom Moore as Voice of Boomer’s Thoughts

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Clochmerle (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 Clochmerle 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 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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