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Seinfeld (NBC 1990-1999, Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander)

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They called it “a show about nothing,” but you’d be hard-pressed to stretch “nothing” into nine seasons of hit comedy. Really, Seinfeld was about everything: sex, parents, the buttons on your shirt, baked goods, cold cereal, “man hands,” yada yada yada… It was the little things in life that mattered on Seinfeld—you’d never see “a very special episode” about drugs or childbirth, and nobody ever, ever gave hugs.

Seinfeld didn’t really even have a family, not even a workplace surrogate one. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld (playing a riff on himself) was the title star, and the other leads were just a childhood friend, a neighbor, and an ex-lover. George Costanza—the childhood friend—was a perpetual loser, and not really the loveable kind. When the show started, he was a realtor, but a succession of jobs followed, each hampered by George’s desires to get paid as much as possible for doing as little as possible. Cosmo Kramer—the neighbor—lived the kind of life George dreamed about, never working but always having plenty of money and plenty of inexplicable relationships with beautiful women. Elaine Benes—the ex-lover—was now just a good friend, but she was every bit as shallow and petty and the rest of the bunch (probably more so).

Other characters made their marks—mailman Newman (Jerry’s arch-nemesis), Jerry’s parents, George’s parents, Uncle Leo, catalog magnate J. Peterman, thickwit boyfriend Puddy, lawyer Jackie Chiles and others—but the starring foursome was always front and center. Into the social world of New York City ventured these four chums, experiencing the pitfalls of blind dates, rental cars, bad parties, parking spaces, impotence, and anything else that the writers found funny. And in a case of art imitating life imitating art imitating life, the on-screen Seinfeld worked many of the episode’s social quirks into his stand-up comedy routine (a fave comic bit of the off-screen Jerry Seinfeld).

Jerry Seinfeld co-created the series with friend Larry David (a proto-Costanza), a fact the show spoofed when Jerry and George tried to pitch NBC on a sitcom of their own, titled Jerry. That story carried through several episodes, but most of the show’s classic moments fell into a single half-hour time block: the puffy shirt, the Soup Nazi, Bizarro Jerry, Kramer’s life-turned-Merv Griffin Show, the full episode spent looking for a car in a parking garage, and of course, the legendary “The Contest” episode, in which the foursome wagered as to who could go the longest without pleasuring him or herself.

“The Contest” was actually a major turning point for Seinfeld, helping boost the show from cult favorite to required water cooler topic. The series had been only a marginal success at first, but a handful of much-ballyhooed episodes and a move to Thursday nights—following Cheers and later replacing it—sent Seinfeld into the stratosphere. By the 1994-95 season, it was the top-ranked show on television, the one everyone would be talking about come Friday morning.

Seinfeld remained a ratings powerhouse throughout the 90’s, coming to an end only when the cast decided to call it quits after the 1997-98 season. A two-hour special brought things to a close in the summer of ’98, culminating in a two-part episode that found Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer finally getting some legal comeuppance for nine seasons of self-absorption. Fans have kept the show alive with tribute and clubs, and the show is still everywhere in syndication, but the world may never again see so much ado about “nothing.”

The series won many honors, including Emmys, the prestigious Peabody Award (Best Television Entertainment), a Golden Globe Award (Best TV Series – Comedy/Musical) and a Screen Actors Guild Award (Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Series).

On 5 July 1989 there was a half-hour pilot called The Seinfeld Chronicles.

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USA / NBC – West – Shapiro Prod – Castle Rock / 162×25 minute episodes 7x50minute episodes / Broadcast 31 May 1990 – 10 September 1998

Creators: Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld / Producers: Jerry Seinfeld, Andy Ackerman, Tim Kaiser, Suzy Mamann Greenberg / Executive Producers: Jerry Seinfeld, George Shapiro and Howard West / Co-Executive Producer: Peter Mehlman

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JERRY SEINFELD as Jerry Seinfeld
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS as Elaine Benes
JASON ALEXANDER as George Costanza
MICHAEL RICHARDS as Cosmo Kramer
WAYNE KNIGHTS as Newman
LIZ SHERIDAN as Helen Seinfeld
JERRY STILLER as Frank Costanza
ESTELLE HARRIS as Estelle Costanza
LEN LESSER as Uncle Leo
JOHN O’HURLEY as J. Peterman
PHIL BRUNS as Morty Seinfeld (1990)
BARNEY MARTIN as Morty (from 1991)

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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 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.

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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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