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Quark (NBC 1978 with Richard Benjamin and Conrad Janis)

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Following the immense popularity of Star Trek in syndication, the appearance of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century on prime time, and a little movie you may have heard about called Star Wars, science fiction as a genre was enjoying immense popularity in the late 1970’s. Buck Henry, after seeing the proliferation of “Space Operas,” as they were sometimes known, noticed that a great many of them substituted futuristic sets and occasionally laughable special effects for well-drawn elements of plot and character. Being a sharp-witted writer, Henry decided to focus in on Star Trek, using it at as a basis for an absurd new situation comedy calledQuark, which premiered in February of 1978 on NBC.

The series starred Richard Benjamin as Adam Quark, the captain of a garbage space scow that literally breezed through the galaxy looking for interstellar trash. Of course, along their garbage hauling detail, Quark and his bizarre crew often got into non-refuse related situations by accident.

The ship’s crew included Gene/Jean, a he-she with a full set of male and female chromosomes whose female side often emerged when Quark needed her-him for a fight, first officer Ficus, a personified vegetable with a Spock-like mentality, Betty I and Betty II, one of whom was a clone of the other, though neither would admit it (played by the Doublemint girls) and Andy the Robot, a dysfunctional mechanical being that was stitched together with used parts.

Rounding out the cast were Conrad Janis (of Mork & Mindy fame) as Quark’s bald supervisor, Otto Palindrome, and Palindrome’s boss, The Head, who literally was a massive, pumpkin-sized head floating in space.

The plots often followed some of the stories from Star Trek and Star Wars with all the sophistication of a Sid & Marty Krofft production. One episode had Quark fighting the evil Gorgons by invading their planet-sized doomsday vehicle (a “death star,” if you will) with the help of the mysterious “Source”… as in “may the Source be with you.”

Now, if you were a geeky kid with better to do than watch The Love Boatand Fantasy Island on Saturday nights (as if there were anything better to do), chances are you were glued to the set with your whole sci-fi-loving family watching Quark each week for a brief period in 1978. That is, if your TV was getting a reception, which was not necessarily the case in North America that particular year.

The winter of 1977-78 was particularly harsh. The Midwest was gripped by a seemingly endless gauntlet of blizzards and sub-zero temperatures that did much to interrupt television service over an expansive area of the United States.

Some have theorized that this did not help the case for Quark, which premiered in an icy February and never really saw the thaw of spring. By the time winter had lifted its grasp on the television sets of the Midwest it was too late. The damage had been done—Quark was cancelled.

Release History
2/24/78 – 4/14/78 NBC
 Sub Categories
comedy
sci-fi/fantasy
 Network
NBC
 Cast
Adam Quark Richard Benjamin
Ficus Richard Kelton
Gene/Jean Tim Thomerson
Palindrome Conrad Janis
Andy the Android Bobby Porter
Betty I Patricia Barnstable
Betty II Cyb Barnstable
The Head Alan Caillou
 
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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 ID

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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