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Mister Ed (Syndicated-CBS 1961-1966, Alan Young, Connie Young)

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Shows about animals are good. Shows about talking animals are even better. Mister Ed was a chatty Palomino, and his self-titled extravaganza redefined that rarest of genres, the vociferous equine sitcom.

Because they wanted to get a little closer to nature, architect Wilbur Post and wife Carol bought a farmhouse, and in the barn outside said house, Wilbur discovered Mister Ed. Of course, when any of us finds a talking horse in our midst, we’re inclined to spend some time with the fella—and that’s just what Wilbur wanted to do. He set his drafting table up in the barn, and once Mister Ed started flapping that jaw of his, the two friends would chat away the days. In addition to that already high absurdity factor, Ed only talked to Wilbur, and would grow coy whenever Carol was around, which of course put Wilbur right in the middle of madcap situations galore.

The Posts’ next-door neighbor was Roger Addison, a cheapskate who feared his wife Kay’s overspending as much as he did her bad cooking. Roger found solace in his prize-winning roses, poker, and poking fun at poor Mister Ed.

What made the series especially lovable were Ed’s human characteristics. It was easy to identify with his feelings of abandonment, for example, when Wilbur and Carol decided to vacation in Hawaii. But Ed always prevailed in the end. Not only did he tag along on the trip…he also hung ten on a surfboard! Anthropomorphic hilarity similarly ensued in the episode where Wilbur hired a psychiatrist to help Mister Ed with his fear of high places. Attributing a human phobia to a horse just made Ed all the more vulnerable and endearing. Voiced by erstwhile Western star Allan “Rocky” Lane, the sound of Ed’s chatter is one we won’t soon forget.

Mister Ed

The original pilot was entitled The Wonderful World Of Wilbur Pope and was produced by George Burns, but the powers that be decided it needed a few changes and it was never broadcast. But in early 1961, Mister Ed debuted as a syndicated series. It was quickly acquired by CBS and added to the prime time line up. In total, 143 episodes aired.

Thanks to Ed, we all want pets with special talents, we all want to spend the work day in a barn, and we all want a friend or two who deign to talk only to us. But when we can’t get those things (and let’s face it, we normally can’t), we settle happily for Mister Ed reruns.

“A horse is a horse of course of course,
And no one can talk to a horse of course.
That is of course unless the horse
Is the famous Mister Ed!

…A horse is a horse of course of course,
And this one’ll talk ’til his voice is hoarse.
You never heard of a talking horse?
Well, listen to this…
I am Mister Ed!”

production details
USA / Syndication – CBS – Filmways / 144×25 minute episodes/ broadcast 1 October 1961 – 4 September 1966 black and white

Writers: Larry Rhine, Ben Starr, Lou Derman / Producers: Arthur Lubin, Al Simon

cast
Alan Young as Wilbur Post
Connie Hines as Carol Post
Larry Keating as Roger Addison (1961-63)
Edna Skinner as Kay Addison (1961-64)
Leon Ames as Gordon Kirkwood (1964-66)
Florence MacMichael as Winnie Kirkwood (1963-65)
Allan Lane as Mr. Ed (voice)

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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.

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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 ID

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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