Despite only lasting one season, NBC’s It’s Your Move was a definite bright spot of the 1984-85 TV season. Having established himself as an intelligent young actor in his recurring role on Silver Spoons, Jason Bateman (brother of Family Ties’ Justine Bateman) was the obvious choice to play the crafty, fourteen-year old star of the show, Matthew Burton.
The show centered on the scheming Matthew and his ongoing battles with his adult neighbor, Norman Lamb. Norman, a struggling writer from Chicago, moved across the hall from Matthew and his family—his widowed mother Eileen, a legal secretary, and his sixteen-year-old sister Julie. Eileen and Norman had struck up a romantic relationship, much to Matthew’s chagrin. Matthew, who was convinced Norman wasn’t good enough for his mother, became determined to put an end to their relationship by any means necessary. This usually involved myriad unsuccessful attempts to make Norman look bad, introduce new men into his mom’s life, and generally foil any and all efforts on Norman’s part to win the heart of Eileen.
Unfortunately for Matt, he met his match in Norman, who proved to be just as clever and calculating as he was. A large part of each episode was a basic game of can-you-top-that, with Matt and Norman trying to outsmart each other through various set-ups, practical jokes and clever deceptions. It didn’t help Matt’s cause that both his mother and his typically bratty older sister found nothing wrong with Norman.
The highlight of each show came from watching the Jekyll-and-Hyde personalities of both Matthew and Norman. Matt, who was nothing short of a model son in front of his doting mother, would flash his mischievous grin and begin plotting his strategy the second she was out of sight. Norman, too, never let on in front of the women that he was always trying to outsmart Matt. Each had the ability to be charming and thoughtful around others, then conniving and underhanded when dealing with each other. Eileen, meanwhile, remained clueless as to the nature of their childish games.
Also included in the cast were the apartment building’s self-serving superintendent Lou, Saturday Night Live alumnus Garrett Morris as the school principal, and Matt’s moronic friend Eli, who had an unrequited crush on Julie. However, the show’s real charm was Matt and Norman, whose constant battle of wits was always a treat to watch, despite the fact that neither side ever got the better of the other.
USA / NBC – Embassy / 18×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 26 September 1984 – 10 August 1985
Theme Music: It’s Your Move by Rik Howard, Bob Wirth / Producers: Ron Leavitt, Michael G. Moye
Caren Kaye as Eileen Burton
Tricia Cast as Julie Burton
Jason Bateman as Matt Burton
David Garrison as Norman Lamb
Adam Sadowsky as Eli’ Matt’s friend
Ernie Sabella as Lou Donatelli
Garrett Morris as Dwight Ellis
Clochmerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
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.
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
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
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.
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
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
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.
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
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
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