Matthew Star may very well have been the ultimate foreign exchange student—he didn’t come from another country, he came from another planet. The brooding alien dreamboat was forced to leave his home planet of Quadris when his father—the planet’s ruler—was overthrown by rebels. Matthew was sent to Earth with his guardian, Walt Shepard, to mature and develop his natural superpowers of telepathy and telekinesis. Once he had fully matured, he would return to his planet to help reclaim his father’s throne.
In the meantime, Matthew posed as a high school student at Crestridge High. Walt found work as a science teacher and football coach to stay close to Matthew. Which was probably a very good idea—both Quadrians had to constantly be on the lookout for their foes from back home, who would sneak to earth in various humanoid and robotic forms to get at Matthew. Other characters included Pam, Matthew’s girlfriend, and Bob, the lad’s best Earthling friend.
The show experienced a change in plotting as it reached the mid-season mark. Matthew and Walt ceased using the school as a cover and went to work for the government, where Matthew now used his powers to battle foreign enemies under the direction of Major Wymore. By this time, Matthew’s powers had become quite formidable and had expanded to include astral projection and transmutation.
The show was originally intended to premiere in the fall of 1981 (under its original title, The Powers of Daniel Star) but was delayed until 1982 because Peter Barton (Matthew) was badly burned while shooting a stunt sequence. Lou Gossett Jr. (Walt) was also injured during this same stunt. When The Powers of Matthew Star finally did air, it was unable to expand beyond an audience of sci-fi die-hards and was cancelled after one season.
USA / NBC / 21×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 17 September 1982 – 11 September 1983
Creator and Producer: Harve Bennett
Peter Barton as Matthew Star
Louis Gossett Jr. as Walt Shephard
Amy Steel as Pam Elliott (1982)
Chip Frye as Bob Alexander (1982)
James Karen as Major Wymore (1983)
Clochemerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
Period sitcom, based on a novel by Gabriel Chevallier that was adapted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, that saw the French villagers of Clochemerle kick up a fuss over plans to install a new toilet.
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
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
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.
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
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
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.
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
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
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