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Simon And Simon (CBS 1981-1988, Gerald McRaney, Jameson Parker)

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In entertaining crime drama series Simon and Simon A.J. and Rick were brothers, but you’d never have known it by looking at them. A.J. was conservative, dedicated, clean-cut, and ambitious. Rick was eccentric, grubby, and laid-back to the point of being lazy. A.J. drove an immaculate convertible and kept his apartment (located behind their office) in spotless condition. Rick bummed around San Diego in a beat-up pickup truck, lived like a slob on a houseboat, and was more interested in pickin’ on his guitar than working. Despite their different lifestyles, A.J. and Rick were partners in a small, struggling detective agency, with A.J. spending much of his time trying, however hopelessly, to get Rick into a more “corporate” mold.

There was much sibling rivalry—Rick tended to exasperate his younger brother—as well as occasional disapproval from their mother, Cecilia, who wasn’t thrilled when they took cases that didn’t pay them much.

Across the street from their office was a rival agency run by crabby Myron Fowler. Myron’s daughter, Janet, who worked for her dad as a secretary, got an occasional chance to play detective by helping Rick and A.J. on some of their cases, much to Myron’s consternation. After graduating from law school Janet became a local assistant district attorney, which strained her relationship with the Simons when she was prosecuting one of their clients. Myron, meanwhile, had closed his detective agency and retired, only to show up as a part-time legman for Rick and A.J. when he got bored with inactivity.

Undercover police detective Downtown, whose unorthodox techniques for dealing with criminals and obtaining information appealed to Rick and appalled A.J., was around to help out—as long as he got something out of it. As he told them, “You do for me, and I’ll do for you.” When Downtown departed in the fall of 1987 (Tim Reid had moved on to star in his own series, Frank’s Place}, he was replaced on the force by the much less friendly, by-the-book Lt. Abby Marsh.

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USA / CBS / 156×60 minute episodes plus feature length TV Movie / 1981-88 ( and TV Movie 1995)

Characters: Philip DeGuerre / Executive Producers: Jameson Parker & Gerald McRaney / Producer: Richard Brams/ Co-Producer: Rob Hedden / Design: Anthony Cowley / Music: Joseph Conlan

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Gerald McRaney as Rick Simon
Jameson Parker as A.J. Simon
Mary Carver Cecilia Simon
Jeannie Wilson (Seasons 1-2) as Janet Fowler
Eddie Barth (Seasons 1-2) as Myron Fowler
Tim Reid (Seasons 3-6) as Downtown Brown
Joan McMurtrey (Seasons 7-8) as Abigail Marsh

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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

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

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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

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Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen

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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

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Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat

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Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: 13 December 2015

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