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Punky Brewster (NBC-Syndicated 1984-1988, Soleil Moon Frye, George Gaynes)

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How is it that a seven-year-old is able to start her own dog-grooming business or build her own treehouse? A little something called “Punky Power.” That combination of pluck, sass, and downright adorability made the charming and lovable Punky Brewster, played by Soleil Moon Frye (sister of Voyagers! co-star Meeno Peluce), braver than most adults. The orphaned bundle of sunshine was adopted by lonely, over-the-hill bachelor Henry Warnimont, who ended up learning a thing or two (or many) from Punky.

Punky (who turned her nose up at her real name Penelope) was abandoned first by her father, and then by her mother who went into a shopping center one day and never came back out. The waif wandered the streets of Chicago and finally hid out in a vacant apartment with her puppy Brandon. She was soon discovered by the conservative and stuffy building manager Henry, played by George Gaynes.

Punky’s future neighbor and playmate Cherie was actually the first to find her, and the soon-to-be best friends bonded when Cherie brought Punky food. When Henry found out, he sent Punky to an orphanage named Fenster Hall, but Punky quickly escaped. The dour, old photographer eventually gave in and became Punky’s legal guardian.

Quick-tempered but always forgiving, Henry was always scrambling to keep up with Punky. From breaking his new video camera while making a Jane Fonda-inspired workout video, to getting arrested for stealing a Christmas present, Punky kept Henry on his arthritis-ridden toes. Henry developed a soft spot for Punky, even searching through every dumpster in Chicago for Punky’s ratty old doll, which was accidentally thrown down the garbage chute. And if there were any doubts that the old man’s heart was softened, Henry opened up a restaurant in the third season—named Punky’s Place.

Neighbors included the loud and nosy Mrs. Betty Johnson (Cherie’s grandma) and Eddie, the quirky building handyman. Punky’s most visible pals and fellow classmates were the snobbish beauty queen Margaux Kramer and the sheepish Allen Anderson.

NBC Entertainment Executive Brandon Tartikoff (yes, the dog was named after him) christened the series in honor of his childhood crush. The real Punky Brewster was tracked down and given royalties for the use of her name, and even made a guest appearance as one of the teachers at Punky’s school.

In fall of 1985, NBC introduced a cartoon version of the show, which took Punky and pals on fantastical adventures courtesy of a hamster-looking magical being called Glomer. The cartoon actually outlasted the prime time Punky, which came to a close after two seasons. Those two seasons were enough to make a big impression, though—Punky’s colorful patch-covered clothes, mismatched funky bedroom and endless adventures became an inspiration to many young girls, who imitated their young idol in hopes of siphoning off a little “Punky Power” of their own.

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USA / NBC – Syndication – Columbia – Light Keeper Prod / 88×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 16 September 1984 – 7 September 1986 on NBC and 1987-1988 Syndicated

Producers: David W. Duclen, Garry Marshall, Rick Hawkins, Liz Sage

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Soleil Moon Frye as Penelope “Punky” Brewster
George Gaynes as Henry Warnimont
Eddie Deezen as Eddie Malvin (1984)
Cherie Johnson as Cherie Johnson
Susie Garrett as Mrs. Betty Johnson
Ami Foster as Margeaux Kramer
Loyita Chapel as Mrs. Kramer (1984-85)
Casey Ellison as Allen Anderson
Dody Goodman as Mrs. Morton (1984-85)
T.K. Carter as Mike Fulton (1985-86)

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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

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.

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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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