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Parker Lewis Can’t Lose (Fox 1990-1994, Corin Nemec, Melanie Chartoff)

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Parker Lewis was a small-screen Ferris Bueller. He was the the coo-al dude at Santo Domingo High, where he and best buds Mikey and nerdy Jerry (who idolized Parker and even called him “Sir”) ruled the school. They accomplished this feat despite the best efforts of uptight Principal Musso, her butt-kissing assistant Frank and Parker’s own scheming little sister Shelly to see him undone.

But as the title suggests, Parker never lost–not when he helmed an illegal radio station, not when he fell in love with a girl who wanted to break up him and his buds à la Yoko Ono and not even in a first-season episode called “Parker Lewis Can’t Win,” in which, of course, he did.

The show featured guest stars who appeared as their characters from other shows, like David Faustino’s Bud Bundy from Married…with Children and Curtis Armstrong’s Miles from the movie Risky Business. Other guest stars included the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210, Weird Al Yankovic, Donny Osmond, Sonny Bono and a pre-Party of Five Scott Wolf.

Adding to its coolness quotient (as Parker might say) was its use of unusual camera angles and clever pop-culture references–including Parker and pals spoofing The Godfather and Rain Man.

In the end, of course, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, well, did. Fox tampered with a winner by shortening the title to Parker Lewis, adding some uninteresting new characters and axing those camera angles–and the show lost its edge. Parker eventually limped into his third season, but he had thrown in the towel long before that.

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Fox – Columbia – Clyde Phillips Prod. / x25 minute episodes / Broadcast 2 September 1990 – 22 August 1993

Executive Producer: Clyde Philips

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CORIN NEMEC as Parker Lewis
MELANIE CHARTOFF as Mrs Masso
WILLIAM JAYNE as Mikey Randall
TROY SLATTEN as Jerry Steiner
JENNIFER GUTHRIE as Annie Sloan

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Clochmerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)

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Clochmerle BBC 1972

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.

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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

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Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills

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Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm

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Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)

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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.

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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

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Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell

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Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986

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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

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Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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