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Spencer/Under One Roof (NBC 1984-1985, with Chad Lowe, Ross Harris)

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Spencer was a sitcom with a very troubled production history. It started simply enough, focusing on the title character. Spencer was a teen dedicated to challenging authority and taking up personal causes (example: freeing all the lab mice in his school’s science lab to keep them from being dissected). His arch-nemesis was Mr. Beanley, a guidance counselor who just didn’t Spencer’s growing pains. Another teacher at school, Miss Spier, taught Spencer’s English class. George and Doris were Spencer’s understanding parents, and Herbie and Wayne were his pals.

Simple enough sitcom premise, right? You’d think so, but then things got complicated. Production was suspended after five episodes when Chad Lowe, Spencer himself, quit the show after getting into a dispute with the producers over billing, creative control, and salary. He was replaced with Ross Harris (still playing a character named Spencer), and the show was retitled Under One Roof. Several changes were made to the plotline: the George character was dropped from the show (it was explained that he ran off with another woman), and Doris’s parents, Ben and Millie, moved into the house. Mr. Beanley was now the principal of the school, and Miss Spier switched from teaching English to teaching Spanish. Ay, caramba!

None of the changes could save the show, which was canceled in May of 1985. Strangely enough, reruns of the early episodes with Lowe were telecast for an additional two months after Under One Roof ended its network run.

production details
USA / NBC / x25 minute episodes / Broadcast 1 December 1984 – 5 July 1985

cast
Chad Lowe as Spencer Winger (1984)
Ross Harris as Spencer Winger (1985)
Richard Sanders as Benjamin Beanley
Ronny Cox as George Winger
Mimi Kennedy as Doris Winger
Beverly Archer as Miss Spier
Dean Cameron as Herbie Bailey
Grant Heslov as Wayne
Amy Locane as Andrea Winger
Harold Gould as Ben Sprague (1985)
Frances Sternhagen as Millie Sprague (1985)

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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 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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