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Mr Terrific (CBS 1967, Stephen Strimpell, John Shrimpell)

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In the fall of 1966, prime time television came down with a severe case of Batman fever. ABC’s campy take on the cowl-clad comics hero was a laugh riot, and all things bat were suddenly very hip. After a few months of watching this Bat-mania sweep the country, the folks at CBS decided there was room on the airwaves for more than one silly superhero. Enter Mr. Terrific. (Incidentally, the folks at NBC had the same idea, leading to the creation of Captain Nice).

Stanley Beamish wasn’t any more superheroic than the rest of us—in fact, the mild-mannered gas station attendant was probably less so. But Stanley had one thing we didn’t: a constant supply of super-power-inducing “Power Pills.” The U.S. government’s Bureau of Secret Projects had developed the pills as a crime-fighting tool, but through testing, they discovered that normally heroic men simply got sick when the large power pill was ingested. To work properly, the pills had to be taken by “a weak and droopy daffodil” like Stanley. Actually, the pills would only work on Stanley, much to the bigwigs’ collective chagrin.

Stanley did his patriotic duty, popping the pills when his government needed him. To his friends (including best pal and fellow gas pumper Hal Walters), Stanley was still just plain old Stanley. But to BSP chief Barton J. Reed, Stanley was the caped wonder Mr. Terrific—a man of super strength, various powers, and even the ability to fly (though he had to flap his arms to do it).

There was a catch, however: the pills only lasted an hour. Forgetful guy that he was, Stanley often found himself in exactly the wrong place when his super powers wore off, and much comedy ensued. The pills could only be taken once a day, but in a pinch, a pair of booster pills would give Mr. Terrific an extra twenty minutes of power.

Mr. Terrific debuted in January of 1967 and was gone by that fall, but it wasn’t without its fans. Unfortunately, the fact that Stanley got his power from drugs made Mr. Terrific a bit of an outcast in syndication. A few episodes were edited into the TV movie The Pill Caper, but the full run of Mr. Terrific remains a largely forgotten testament to the influence of one very silly man-bat and his trusty Boy Wonder.

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USA / CBS / 13×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 9 January – 28 August 1967

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Stephen Strimpell as Stanley Beemish
Dick Gautier as Hal Waters
John McGiver as Barton J. Reed
Paul Smith as Henley Trent
Ned Glass as Dr. Reynolds
Ellen Corby as Hal’s mother

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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

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

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Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat

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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.

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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

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Writer: Denis O’Neill
Director:  Nicholas McCarthy
Executive Producers: Angela Bromstad, Christine Connor, Linda Berman S

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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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