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Nanny and the Professor (ABC 1970-1971, Juliet Mills, Richard Long)

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Starting in the mid-1960’s, the success of shows like Bewitched and I Dream Of Jeannie inspired a television trend of magic in sitcoms. Pretty soon, it seemed like every sitcom had at least one episode where a character experienced some kind of mystical occurrence. Not to be outdone, a few shows tried to sustain this magical feeling on a weekly basis, among them a little gem called Nanny And The Professor. Though it didn’t enjoy as long a run as the magical comedies that preceded it, this show became an enduring cult favorite thanks to a clever combination of a heartwarming family scenario and an otherworldly sense of humor.

British star Juliet Mills (sister of Disney live-action regular Hayley) top-lined the cast as Phoebe Figalilly, a woman who served as the housekeeper and governess for a widowed professor and his three children. The kids were a diverse lot: 12 year-old Hal was a budding scientist who loved to experiment, 8 year-old Butch was constantly on the lookout for mischief, and 5-year old Prudence was a musically-inclined tot who loved to practice the same piano piece over and over again. The household also contained two pets: a sheepdog named Waldo and a guinea pig named Myrtle.

This was a lot for one woman to handle, but Phoebe (known to everyone as Nanny) was always one step ahead of the game, thanks to a set of fabulous psychic powers. She had the clairvoyant ability to see what was happening in the near future and could also psychically communicate with the household. If asked about her mysterious ability to predict what would happen, Nanny merely explained this gift away as “a little bit of faith and lots of love.”

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The storylines usually involved Nanny’s subtle use of these special abilities to help the family deal with day-to-day crises like when the city planned to tear down the tree the kids used for their clubhouse, or when Prudence believed a monster she saw in nightmares was real. In later episodes, the show added a relative for Phoebe, Aunt Henrietta, to add to the paranormal goings-on. The character was a hit with audiences and led to the introduction of other magically-inclined relatives like Uncle Horace, who could do ‘rain dances,’ and Uncle Alfred, who was a ‘human fly.’

Overall, Nanny and the Professor was a nifty combination of the magic-themed comedy of I Dream Of Jeannie and the sentimental family elements of Family Affair. This combination worked like a charm with audiences, earning Nanny and the Professor a successful two-year run on ABC. The show is also fondly remembered for Juliet Mills’ sprightly yet heartwarming turn as Nanny, which helped her earn an American fan base that remains loyal today.

No attempts have been made to revive Nanny and the Professor, but it pops up occasionally in reruns. It always attracts plenty of viewers when it does, proving that its magical charm remains as potent as ever.

A one off 60 minute animated special also called Nanny and the Professor aired on ABC 15 Sep 1973. All the cast provided the voices.

Theme song lyrics
“Since the day that Nanny came to stay with us,
Fantastic things keep happening,
Is there really magic in the things she does,
Or is love the only magic thing that Nanny brings?”

production details
USA / ABC – 20th Century Fox Television / 54×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 21 January 1970 – 27 December 1971

Creator: Thomas L. Miller, A.J. Carothers / Producers: David Gerber, Charles Fitzsimmons, Wes McAffe

cast
Juliet Mills as Nanny (Phoebe Figalilly)
Richard Long as Prof. Harold Everett
Eileen Baral as Francine Fowler
David Doremus as Hal Everett
Patsy Garrett as Mrs. Florence Fowler
Elsa Lanchester as Aunt Henrietta (1971)
Trent Lehman as Bentley “Butch” Everett
Kim Richards as Prudence Everett

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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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