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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (ABC 1964-1968, Richard Basehart, David Hedison)

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You never really realized just how many fantastic monsters, mad scientists and fugitive Nazis there were under the waters until Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea came along. Created and produced by Irwin Allen (the man behind TV’s Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel and Land of the Giants), and based on his 1961 movie of the same name, this effects-heavy show was one of the most popular sci-fi TV series in history, and it was easy to see why.

The aquatic steel beauty at the center of this hour-long series was the Seaview, a sleek atomic submarine invented by retired Navy Admiral Harriman Nelson to explore and defend the seas. Built with a glass nose for proper sea exploration (and suitable audience wowing), the Seaview had a crew every bit as tough and polished as its hull: Harriman, Captain Crane, executive officer Chip Morton, Chief Petty Officer Curley Jones, the ship’s doctor, radio man Sparks, and regular crewmen Kowalski, Clark and Patterson. And like any good sci-fi show, there were plenty of anonymous, expendable crewmen to be sacrificed to the various beasties beneath the sea.

The cast changed little in the show’s four seasons—Chief Sharkey replaced Chief Curley Jones beginning in the second season, and surfer dude Stu Riley gave the crew a hand that season as well—but the threats changed constantly. Set in the not-too-distant future, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea featured week after week of perilous situations, whether man-made or natural.

Like most of the Irwin Allen oeuvre, the emphasis was on “fiction,” not necessarily “science,” but that was the way we liked it. A true-to-life sub show might have made room for the spies, potential nuclear disasters, defectors, and maybe that giant jellyfish, but it’s a safe bet we would have missed out on the pirate curses, would-be world-dominator androids, werewolf scientists, killer plants, and that pair of undersea leprechauns.

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With a list of enemies that impressive, it’s easy to see the appeal of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea to young sci-fi fans. Those die-hard Voyage junkies kept the show running for four seasons, a record for a sci-fi show until The X-Files came along in the 90’s. The show has held up well in syndication, thanks to its devoted following, and this cult classic continues to introduce new fans to the wonderful (if wholly fictional) sights and sounds at the bottom of the sea.

Shot on a soundstage using 4 foot and 8 foot models of the Seaview for underwater shots, ocean views from inside the craft were back projection of footage shot in the Bahamas and off the California coast.

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USA / ABC – Irwin Allen Prod.- TCF / 110×60 minute episode (38 in black and white) / Broadcast 14 September 1964 – 15 September 1968

Creator/Executive Producer: Irwin Allen / Theme Music: Lionel Newman

cast
Richard Basehart as Adm. Harriman Nelson
David Hedison as Captain Lee B. Crane
Robert Dowdell as Lt. Commander Chip Morton
Henry Kulky asChief Curley Jones (1964-65)
Terry Becker as Chief Francis Ethelbert Sharkey (1965-68)
Allan Hunt as Stuart Riley (1965-66)
Del Monroe as Kowalski
Paul Trinka as Patterson
Richard Bull as Doctor
Arch Whiting as Sparks

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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

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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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