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Land of the Lost (NBC 1974-1976, Spencer Milligan, Wesley Eure)

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Marshall, Will, and Holly,
On a routine expedition,
Met the greatest earthquake ever known.
High on the rapids, it struck their tiny raft,
And plunged them down a thousand feet below,
To the Land of the Lost.”

As the theme song explained, single father and forest ranger Rick Marshall and his two children, Will and Holly, plunged into the Land of the Lost: a prehistoric dimension where dinosaurs ruled the earth and the cave-dwelling, nocturnal Sleestaks were the most advanced race known. The stranded family eked out a “Swiss Family Robinson” existence, trying to make the best of their new environment while attempting to find their way back home.

Along the way, the Marshalls built relationships with some of the indigenous beings in the Land of the Lost. Holly attracted the attentions of Cha-ka, a good-natured and helpful Pakuni boy who was well down on the evolution ladder, and Dopey, a sweet baby dinosaur whom she rode periodically. Ranger Rick was befriended by the talking Sleestak elder, Enik, who showed the Marshalls how to manipulate the crystals of the mysterious gold pylons that popped up from time to time, opening doors to other dimensions.

However, danger waited around every corner. Among the troublemakers were carnivorous dinosaurs Big Alice and Grumpy, who continually sent Rick, Will and Holly running for the shelter of their cave. And for every Cha-ka and Enik, there were scores of evil, zombie-like warrior Sleestaks waiting in the wings. Lastly, there were Cha-Ka’s siblings, the incorrigible Sa and Ta, to deal with.

Will and Holly Marshall, as the earth beneath them trembled,
Lost their father through the door of time.
Uncle Jack went searching, and found those kids at last,
Looking for a way to escape,
From the Land of the Lost.”

At the opening of the third season, Rick’s brother Jack got caught in a time vortex and wound up in the Land of the Lost while out searching for his missing kin. The vortex simultaneously removed Ranger Rick, leaving Uncle Jack to find Will and Holly and work on escaping back to their own time.

Land of the Lost was the most successful of all the Krofft Saturday morning productions. Forty-three episodes were produced, in contrast with the seventeen episodes each that were made of its predecessors, H.R. Pufnstuf, The Bugaloos and Lidsville.

Oganza bi sasa!”

Sid and Marty Krofft always liked to do something educational with their programs, and Land of the Lost was no exception. The brothers hired a UCLA linguistics professor to develop an actual language for the Pakuni tribe to speak. The hope was that this language would become popular among young viewers, but that didn’t happen beyond a few words.

Land of the Lost

In 1991, a new Land of the Lost was created and aired on ABC. Tom Porter and kids Annie and Kevin were the new accidental visitors, dropping in when their Jeep fell through a crevice during an earthquake. Annie got a new dinosaur friend, Tasha, and the family found another human girl, Christa, who had arrived several years before but had no memory of her previous life. The Sleestaks were still the enemy, now led by the wicked Shung. The new series ran another three seasons.

When I look, all around,
I can’t believe the things I’ve found,
Now I need to find my way,
I’m lost, I’m lost, find me,
Living in the Land of the Lost!
Living in the Land of the Lost!“

production details
USA / NBC – Krofft Communications – ABC / 43×25 minute episodes/ Broadcast 7 September 1974 – 20 November 1976 and 7 September 1991 – 3 September 1994

Creators: Sid and Marty Krofft / Theme Music: Linda Laurie / Producers: Dennis Steinmetz, Sid and Marty Krofft

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Spencer Milligan as Ranger Rick Marshall
Wesley Eure as Will Marshall
Kathy Coleman as Holly Marshall
Ron Harper as Uncle Jack Marshall
Phillip Paley as Cha-ka
Sharon Baird as Sa
Joe Giambalva as Ta
Walker Edmiston as Enik
Timothy Bottoms as Tom Porter
Jennifer Drugan as Annie Porter
Robert Gavin as Kevin Porter
Ed Gale as Tasha
Danny Mann as Tasha (voice)
Shannon Day as Christa
Tom Allard as Shung
Bobby Porter as Stink

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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

crew details
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.

cast
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.

cast
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

crew details
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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