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Just The Ten Of Us (ABC 1988-1990, Bill Kirchenbauer, Deborah Harmon)

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Coach Graham Lubbock (played by former stand-up comic Bill Kirchenbauer) spent a few years as a supporting character on the popular sitcom Growing Pains, but in a dramatic two-part episode entitled “How The West Was Won,” he was fired from his coaching job at Mike’s school. At the end of that two-parter, Coach Lubbock announced his intention to move his family from New York to California to take a new job (the only one he could find) as the coach at St. Augustine’s Academy. This provided the perfect lead-in for a spin-off series built around Lubbock and his family, entitled Just the Ten of Us.

At the start of the series, Coach Lubbock took his wife Elizabeth and their seven children (five daughters, two sons) to their new home in Eureka, California. The five girls consisted of straight-arrow eldest child Marie, ditzy Cindy, flirtatious Wendy, bookish Connie, and the youngest daughter, Sherry. The two sons were aspiring con artist J.R. and toddler Harvey. At the time, Elizabeth was pregnant with their eighth child, who would eventually be born into the world as Melissa.

Upon arrival, Coach Lubbock discovered the school was a boys-only institution. He also found out that he had only gotten the job because one of his former students, Duane, ran the phys ed department for the school and pulled some strings for him after being called by Elizabeth. This hurt the big guy’s pride, but realizing he was among friends and would get support from his family, he decided to give it a shot. The school even made a special arrangement so his daughters could attend the school.

Not surprisingly, the addition of a gaggle of girls to the all-boys school made a bit of a stir, and boy-crazy Cindy and Wendy were in a flirty kind of heaven. Graham and Elizabeth tried their best to do right by their large family, but eight was more than enough to cause perpetual headaches. Helping keep an eye out for the Lubbock kids at school were Father Hargis and Sister Ethel, who kept an especially watchful eye on the teen temptresses. Those proper eyebrows were raised even more when the four eldest daughters formed their own singing group, the Lubbock Babes.

But not everything on Just the Ten of Us was so prankish or anti-authoritarian. This was a spin-off of that wholesome Growing Pains show, remember, and it kept up that happy family image. In one episode, the show even took care to show that Elizabeth really liked being a full-time mother of eight, no matter how much some of the liberated 80’s working women of the community looked down their noses at her.

It was that kind of “family is good” thinking that made Just the Ten of Us a popular show among that same Growing Pains audience. The spin-off series lasted two seasons on ABC’s prime time schedule, forming part of ABC’s proto-TGIF Friday night lineup.

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USA / ABC / x25 minute episodes / Broadcast 26 April 1988 – 26 July 1990

Theme Vocal: “Doin’ It the Best I Can” by Bill Medley.

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Bill Kirchenbauer as Graham Lubbock
Deborah Harmon as Elizabeth Lubbock
Heather Langenkamp as Marie Lubbock
Jamie Luner as Cindy Lubbock
Brooke Theiss as Wendy Lubbock
JoAnn Willett as Connie Lubbock
Heidi Zeigler as Sherry Lubbock
Matt Shakman as J.R. Lubbock
Frank Bonner as Father Robert Hargis
Sid Haig as Janitor Bob
Lou Richards as Father Bud
Maxine Elliott Hicks as Sister Ethel

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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

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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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