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I’m a Big Girl Now (ABC 1980-1981, Danny Thomas, Diana Canova)

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Perennial television favorite Danny Thomas, whose past successes included the long-running Make Room For Daddy (a.k.a. The Danny Thomas Show), took another stab at prime time comedy with I’m A Big Girl Now.

Unlike the family-themed comedies he had toplined in past years, this show featured a distinctly modern premise: Thomas played Dr. Benjamin Douglass, a dentist whose wife had just left him to go to Spain with his partner. Douglass moved in with his daughter Diana, who was suffering similar setbacks in her personal life after having just divorced her husband.

Benjamin, being very set in his ways, ended up in a comedic battle of the wills with Diana as he attempted to tell her how to run her life. Diana, determined not to be bossed around, would give back as good as she got. Both periodically dated and thus provided each other with plenty of zinger material.

The daddy-daughter battle of wills was the show’s trademark, but there was also plenty of interaction with other characters: Diana’s brother Walter and sister-in-law Polly, her boss Edie and co-workers Neal and Karen, and the obligatory cutie pie, Diana’s seven-year-old daughter Becky.

Most likely to stave off cancellation the show completely changed direction from episode 18 with Diana employed at The Arlington Dispatch as a columnist instead of working for the Kramer Research and Testing Company. Rather bizarrely her boss from Kramers was also now the editor of the Dispatch and her former colleagues at kramer, Karen Hawks and Neal Stryker, were now reporters. No explanation was given however. Needless to say with changes like that the show only ran one season, but Danny Thomas returned to sitcomdom one more time in 1986’s One Big Family.

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USA / ABC / 20×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 31 October 1980 – 24 July 1981

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Diana Canova as Diana Cassidy
Danny Thomas as Benjamin Douglas
Sheree North as Edie McKendrick
Rori King as Rebecca Cassidy
Michael Durrell as Walter Douglas
Deborah Baltzell as Karen Hawks
Martin Short as Neal Stryker
Joan Wells as Polly Douglas
Richard McKenzie as Preston Kramer

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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

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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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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

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

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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

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Writer: Denis O’Neill
Director:  Nicholas McCarthy
Executive Producers: Angela Bromstad, Christine Connor, Linda Berman S

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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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