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Planet of the Apes (CBS 1974 with Ron Harper and James Naughton)

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The summer of 1972 was a dark time for Planet of the Apes fans. Yes, 20th Century Fox had just treated us to Battle for the Planet of the Apes in theaters, but there was a problem. After five films, the series had looped in on itself. The cycle was complete. It looked like the Apes were done.

But then came the happy announcement: a Planet of the Apes TV series, set to arrive in time for the 1974 fall season. A five-film re-release in the summer of 73 got the primate blood pumping again, and in September,Planet of the Apes hit the small screen.

The problem of that closed loop remained, but the show’s creators kind of sidestepped it by bringing a totally new pair of astronauts to visit the title planet. Americans Alan Virdon and Pete Burke slipped into a time warp in the not-too-distant future and ended up in the very distant future about 2,000 years forward in time. In this bizarre new world, apes were the ruling class, and humans were their unwilling slaves.

As in the original film, the astronauts found a friendly ape-face among the crowd, this time in the form of the chimp Galen (played by Apes series veteran Roddy McDowall). Unfortunately for our man-creatures, Galen was about the only ape on their side. Ape leader Zaius saw the strangers as a threat to ape society and wanted them lobotomized, while the brutal gorilla Urko simply wanted them dead. Virdon, Burke and Galen fled Zaius and Urko in pursuit, trying each week to unlock the secret of the Planet of the Apes and find a way home.

As a TV series, Planet of the Apes was short-lived, lasting only thirteen episodes on CBS. But despite the lack of commercial success, Apes fans embraced the TV adaptation. The show became a cult favorite, episodes were recut into TV movies like Back to the Planet of the Apes andFarewell to the Planet of the Apes, and the Apes were given one more TV try with the Saturday morning cartoon Return to the Planet of the Apes. The cartoon version was another one-season wonder but it’s a concept that just refuses to die and thanks to two recent big screen revivals is just as popular as ever.

 Release History
9/13/74 – 12/27/74 – CBS
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sci-fi/fantasy
action/adventure
 Network
CBS
 Studio
20th Century Fox Television
 Cast
Galen Roddy McDowall
Alan Virdon Ron Harper
Pete Burke James Naughton
Zaius Booth Colman
Urko Mark Lenard
 
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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

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

production details
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

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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