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Kate & Allie (CBS 1984-1989, Susan Saint James, Jane Curtin)

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Jane Curtin, an original cast member of Saturday Night Live, and Susan Saint James, formerly of the long-running McMillan and Wife, had experienced a great deal of small-screen success by the time they were teamed up in the half-hour CBS sitcom Kate and Allie. The resulting hit gave both stars another major credit to add to their illustrious TV resumes.

The show focused on Kate McArdle and Allie Lowell, two New Yorkers who decide to share an apartment in Greenwich Village after both went through a divorce. This seemingly simple decision was more complex than it seemed, for two reasons: First, although the two had been good friends since high school, both women had very different personalities: Kate was very much a modern woman, while Allie leaned on traditional ways of thinking and behaving. The second reason was that both had children to add to the mix—Kate’s daughter Emma, and Allie’s daughter Jennie and son Chip.

The stories usually centered on Kate and Allie’s attempts to keep their careers and love lives afloat while adjusting to each other’s differences and dealing with the problems of raising children in an urban setting. Apparently the two learned to get along pretty well, because in 1987, Kate and Allie started their own catering business. The two did everything together, from laundry to shopping to attending school functions, acting as a sort of two-woman support group. Allie was there for Kate when empty nest syndrome set in after Emma left for college, and Kate helped Allie deal with her budding relationship with TV sportscaster Bob Borsky. Allie and Bob were married in 1988, and the show ended at the end of the 1988-89 season.

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The show’s creator, Sherry Koben, was inspired to create the show when she went to a class reunion and discovered that many of her former female classmates were divorced with children. As one might imagine, the show had a large female following, women who appreciated the show’s exploration of female issues and the positive image it gave to the concept of single-mother parenting. These devoted viewers made the show a consistent success, keeping Kate and Allie together for five years of ups and downs.

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USA / CBS – Reeves Entertainment – Lachman Prod. / 112×25 minutes / Broadcast 19 March 1984 – 11 September 1989

Creator: Sherry Cohen / Producer: Bob Randall, Anne Flett, Chuck Ranberg

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Susan Saint James as Kate McArdle
Jane Curtin as Allie Lowell
Ari Meyers as Emma McArdle (1984-88)
Allison Smith as Jennie Lowell
Frederick Koehler as Chip Lowell
Sam Freed as Bob Barskey (1987-89)
Paul Hecht as Charles Lowell (1984-86)
Peter Onorati as Lou Carello (1988-89)
Gregory Salata as Ted Bartolo (1984-85, 1987-88)

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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

production details
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 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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