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Land Of The Giants (ABC 1968-1970 with Gary Conway and Don Marshall)

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Today, the name “Irwin Allen” is mostly synonymous with disaster-driven big-screen 70’s spectacles like The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno. But in the 60’s, that name meant one thing only: the coolest sci-fi on television. Allen had created Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost In Space and The Time Tunnel in his 60’s heyday, and the run was capped off with a show called Land of the Giants.

This show was set in the near future (the mid-80’s) and focused on the crew of a rocketship: pilots Captain Steve Burton and Dan Erikson, ship stewardess Betty Hamilton, entrepreneur Mark Wilson, heiress Valerie Scott, young Barry Lockridge, his dog Chipper, and a mysterious government figure named Colonel Fitzhugh.

The crew’s troubles began when their ship was pulled into a ‘space warp’ during a transatlantic flight, thus pulling them out of this world and into another. When they landed in this new world, they discovered it was much like Earth, except for the fact that everything was TWELVE TIMES ITS NORMAL SIZE!

The problem was, the crew remained its original size, forced to fend off giant children and animals. Even worse were the giant adults who regarded the crew as freaks or subjects for experimentation. They also had to look out for Inspector Kobrick, a member of the giant world who wanted to track the crew down for his employers, a security agency called S.I.B.

The show’s storyline was built around the crew’s incidental adventures as they tried to repair their rocketship and attempt to return home. Memorable episodes included “Six Hours To Live,” in which the crew tried to save an innocent man who had six hours left before he was to be executed for a crime he didn’t commit, and “Every Dog Needs A Boy,” in which Barry had to risk discovery to get a giant veterinarian to help his injured pet Chipper.

Land of the Giants lasted for two seasons on ABC, ending its network run in September of 1970. It periodically returns to television in rerun form and is fondly remembered by the now-grown fans who thrilled to the weekly clash between the giants and the little people.

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USA / ABC – TCF – Irwin Allen / 51×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 22 September 1968 – 6 September 1970

Creator/Executive Producer: Irwin Allen / Producers: Irwin Allen, Bruce Fowler

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GARY CONWAY as Steve Burton
DON MARSHALL as Don Erickson
HEATHER YOUNG as Betty Hamilton
KURT KAZNER as Alexander Fitzhugh
DON MATHESON as Mark Wilson
DEANNA LUND as Valerie Scott

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Royal Christmas Ball, A (ION 2017, Tara Reid, Ingo Rademacher)

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Royal Christmas Ball ION

Dateless for the Christmas ball, 39-year-old bachelor, King Charles of Baltania, tracks down his American college sweetheart, only to discover Allison has never been married, yet raised a 17-year-old daughter, Lily, who mathematically might be Charles’ biological princess.

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Tara Reid as Allison
Ingo Rademacher as King Charles
Mira Furlan as Rosa
Haley Pullos as Lily
Faune Chambers Watkins as Eva
Mykel Shannon Jenkins as Sam
Marc Anthony Samuel as Marcus
Christian Olivo as Victor
Miles Burris as Emile
Kennedy Lea Slocum as Taylor
Claire Cohen as Lorena
David Meza as Waiter
Cesar Cipriano as Florist
Stan Bly as Paparazzi
Brian Nolan as Paparazzi

crew details
Director: David DeCoteau
Writer: Suzanne Dunn
Story: Jeffrey Schenck, Peter Sullivan

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: ION – Hybrid Films
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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Runaway Christmas Bride (ION 2017, Cindy Busny, Travis Milne)

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Runaway Christmas Bride ION 2017

A runaway bride, Kate, making herself scarce for the holidays, meets a ski patrol rescuer, Jason, at a resort. Her December days begin to brighten, until her parents and jilted fiancé, Alex, show up at the mountain to reset the wedding for Christmas.

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Cindy Busby as Kate
Travis Milne as Jason
Christos Shaw as Mike
Karen Kruper as Lily Paulson
Mark Milburn as Alex Atkins
Bruce Dawson as Rick Atkins
Roz Murray as Kim Atkins
Trent Pryor as Wedding Rehersal Guest
Holly James as Wedding Guest

crew details
Director: David DeCoteau
Writer: Brian Skiba

production details
Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: ION – Odyssey Media
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Saturday 9 December 2017

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Christmas Encore (HMC 2017, Erin Agostino, Marie Dame)

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Christmas Encore Hallmark 2017

In Christmas Encore a struggling actress is cast in her last off (off) Broadway show – a modern take on “A Christmas Carol” – before giving up her dream and moving home.

Instead, she finds romance with her director and a renewed passion for her craft and the city. But when the historic theater loses its lease and the show is set to fold, she and her cast mates are need of a Christmas miracle.

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Erin Agostino as Morgan
Marie Dame as Ellen Lambert
Brennan Elliott as Julian Walker
Maggie Lawson as Charlotte Lacy
Mélanie St-Pierre as Samantha Cross

crew details
Director: Bradley Walsh
Writer: Jennifer Notas Shapiro

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Hallmark Movie Channel
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Saturday 9 December 2017

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