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The Amazing Spider-Man (CBS 1978 with Nicholas Hammond)

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First introduced in an issue of Amazing Fantasy in 1962, the wall-crawling wonder known as Spider-Man has become one of the most popular characters in all of comicdom. This character was the alter-ego of Peter Parker, a misfit high-school student who got super powers when bitten by a spider that was accidentally irradiated during a scientific experiment. His new abilities included super strength, the ability to climb walls, and a heightened ability to sense danger. After that legendary first appearance, Spidey soon got his own title, and the rest is comic book history.

In 1977, the character was brought to television by executive producers Dan Goodman and Charles Fries as a two-hour film. It was one of a series of Marvel Comics adaptations done for CBS in the late 70’s, which also included Captain America and Dr. Strange. The Spider Man film did so well in the ratings that CBS commissioned the producers to develop it into a short-run series for the spring of 1978.

The Amazing Spider Man series fast-forwarded a bit from the origin story, picking up Peter Parker’s life as a college student and as a photographer for the Daily Bugle. Peter kept his superheroic double life a secret from most, including Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson and his wisecracking secretary Rita. But when that trouble-detecting spider-sense started tingling, Spidey swung into action. Unfortunately, since TV budgets are limited, Spider-Man usually followed the route of TV’s The Incredible Hulk, downplaying the colorful supervillains of the comic books in favor of non-supernatural, human antagonists.

The series did well, but did not become a full-time series because network executives at CBS thought having two full-time superhero series (The Incredible Hulk and Wonder Woman) was enough. Seven more episodes were filmed and aired as individual specials between the fall of 1978 and the summer of 1979. An additional character, photographer Julie Mason, was added for these episodes.

The last episode, “The Chinese Web,” was telecast on July 6th, 1979. No further episodes were made. However, various episodes of the series were subsequently released on a few different video labels and have become popular items with collectors. Re-runs of the show also pop up on cable periodically.

Release History 4/5/78 – 5/3/78

Sub Categories sci-fi/fantasy action/adventure

Network CBS

Studio Charles Fries Productions

Cast
Peter Parker/Spider-Man … Nicholas Hammond
J. Jonah Jameson … Robert F. Simon
Rita Conway … Chip Fields
Aunt May … Irene Tedrow
Julie Masters … Ellen Bry
Captain Barbera … Michael Pataki

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Royal Christmas Ball, A (ION 2017, Tara Reid, Ingo Rademacher)

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Royal Christmas Ball ION

Dateless for the Christmas ball, 39-year-old bachelor, King Charles of Baltania, tracks down his American college sweetheart, only to discover Allison has never been married, yet raised a 17-year-old daughter, Lily, who mathematically might be Charles’ biological princess.

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Tara Reid as Allison
Ingo Rademacher as King Charles
Mira Furlan as Rosa
Haley Pullos as Lily
Faune Chambers Watkins as Eva
Mykel Shannon Jenkins as Sam
Marc Anthony Samuel as Marcus
Christian Olivo as Victor
Miles Burris as Emile
Kennedy Lea Slocum as Taylor
Claire Cohen as Lorena
David Meza as Waiter
Cesar Cipriano as Florist
Stan Bly as Paparazzi
Brian Nolan as Paparazzi

crew details
Director: David DeCoteau
Writer: Suzanne Dunn
Story: Jeffrey Schenck, Peter Sullivan

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: ION – Hybrid Films
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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Runaway Christmas Bride (ION 2017, Cindy Busny, Travis Milne)

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Runaway Christmas Bride ION 2017

A runaway bride, Kate, making herself scarce for the holidays, meets a ski patrol rescuer, Jason, at a resort. Her December days begin to brighten, until her parents and jilted fiancé, Alex, show up at the mountain to reset the wedding for Christmas.

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Cindy Busby as Kate
Travis Milne as Jason
Christos Shaw as Mike
Karen Kruper as Lily Paulson
Mark Milburn as Alex Atkins
Bruce Dawson as Rick Atkins
Roz Murray as Kim Atkins
Trent Pryor as Wedding Rehersal Guest
Holly James as Wedding Guest

crew details
Director: David DeCoteau
Writer: Brian Skiba

production details
Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: ION – Odyssey Media
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Saturday 9 December 2017

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Christmas Encore (HMC 2017, Erin Agostino, Marie Dame)

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Christmas Encore Hallmark 2017

In Christmas Encore a struggling actress is cast in her last off (off) Broadway show – a modern take on “A Christmas Carol” – before giving up her dream and moving home.

Instead, she finds romance with her director and a renewed passion for her craft and the city. But when the historic theater loses its lease and the show is set to fold, she and her cast mates are need of a Christmas miracle.

cast
Erin Agostino as Morgan
Marie Dame as Ellen Lambert
Brennan Elliott as Julian Walker
Maggie Lawson as Charlotte Lacy
Mélanie St-Pierre as Samantha Cross

crew details
Director: Bradley Walsh
Writer: Jennifer Notas Shapiro

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Hallmark Movie Channel
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Saturday 9 December 2017

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