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One Day at a Time (CBS 1975-1984, Bonnie Franklin, Mackenzie Phillips)

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No one ever said single parenting was easy, and no one ever said teenage girls were a walk in the park. With One Day at a Time, you had both. Ann Romano divorced her husband of seventeen years and headed back to her hometown of Indianapolis to raise her two teenaged daughters—though they were pretty independent already. Inside a homey and yellowishly-decorated apartment, sitcom crises sprung up like weeds, and Romano, as she darted from work crisis to home crisis, did her best. It was Donna Reed, 70’s style—no bra, no maternal omniscience, and no problem letting the world know when she was at the end of her rope.

Naturally, the daughters were opposites in many ways: Julie was the headstrong wild child, and Barbara the sensible and chaste one. When Romano and her girls took a breath from their arguments, there entered Dwayne Schneider, the mustached and tool-belted apartment building superintendent. Never had a fix-it man fixed that little, swaggered that much or bedded this many women—if you believed his tall tales, that is. Norman Lear, the sitcom giant also responsible for staple 1970’s shows like All in the Family and The Jeffersons, produced the show. And like his earlier work, One Day at a Time was known to poke around at realistic family dysfunction and sticky social issues.

As Julie and Barbara grew up, they had their share of boyfriends and teen torments. In 1979, Julie married Max, a male flight attendant, and after her new hubby lost his job, the couple moved into the yellow Romano pad. Later that season, they were both written out of the show as Mackenzie Phillips (Julie) struggled with a real-life drug problem. A few years later, Barbara married dentist Mark, Julie and Max were back on the show with a daughter, and the two Romano daughters moved into a house together. Which is not to say Ann wasn’t busy herself—she had several business partners and several boyfriends, often for just a season. Eventually she married Sam Royer, who was dentist Mark’s dad. Don’t knock it…if your choices were Indianapolis singles bars or the father of your daughter’s husband, you’d do the same thing. The series wound down in 1984, with Ann and Sam moving overseas to London for a great new ad job.

One Day At A Time

We remember the ‘tight jeans and boots’ look that The One Day at a Time ladies sported, we remember Schneider and his tool belt, and we’ll always remember those glimpses at a family life more realistic than most we saw on TV. Unlike Donna Reed, these ladies actually raised their voices. A lot.

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USA / CBS – Norman Lear – TAT / x25 minute episodes / Broadcast 16 December 1975 – 2 September 1984

Creators: Whitney Blake, Allan Manning / Producers: Dick Pensfield, Percy Grant

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Bonnie Franklin as Ann Romano Royer
Mackenzie Phillips as Julie Cooper Horvath (1975-80; 1981-83)
Valerie Bertinelli as Barbara Cooper Royer
Pat Harrington, Jr. as Dwayne Schneider
Richard Masur as David Kane (1975-76)
Mary Louise Wilson as Ginny Wrobliki (1976-77)
Charles Siebert as Mr. Jerry Davenport (1976-79)
Michael Lembeck as Max Horvath (1979-80, 1981-84)
Nanette Fabray as Grandma Katherine Romano (1979-84)
Ron Rifkin as Nick Handris (1980-81)
Glenn Scarpelli as Alex Handris (1980-83)
Shelley Fabares as Francine Webster (1981-84)
Boyd Gaines as Mark Royer (1981-84)
Howard Hesseman as Sam Royer (1982-84)

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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 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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