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Voyagers (NBC 1982, Jon-Erik Hexum, Meeno Peluce)

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Most folks, if they got their hands on a time-travel device, would probably end up using it to bet on sporting events, sign the Beatles, take vengeance on childhood bullies, kill Hitler, or maybe stop Abraham Lincoln from getting shot. But thankfully, those with the real power of time travel decided to use it responsibly. They were called “Voyagers,” and two of their number shared their adventures with the world in the NBC Sunday night series Voyagers!

In the premiere episode, recently orphaned twelve-year-old boy Jeffrey Jones was introduced to the power of the Voyagers when Phineas Bogg stumbled into his bedroom, circa 1982. Bogg’s Omni—the Voyagers’ hand-held time travel device—had accidentally landed him in Jeffrey’s time (the thing wasn’t supposed to be able to carry him past 1970), and things only got worse from there. Jeff’s dog ate Bogg’s time guidebook (the one that told him how everything was supposed to turn out), and Jeffrey himself got knocked out the window of his tall apartment building. The only way to save Jeff was to dive after him, activate the Omni, and carry him on Bogg’s travels through time—a big Voyager no-no. And that’s exactly what Phineas Bogg did.

As it turned out, Jeff was a handy kid to have along. The boy’s dad was a history professor, and Jeff had learned more than enough to make up for Bogg’s lost book. The Omni itself told the Voyagers when history needed a fix (the light turned from green to red), but it was up to Jeff and Bogg (usually Jeff) to figure out exactly what needed fixing.

The plots took the two time-traveling companions back to fix a number of problems: helping Edison invent the light bulb, freeing Harriet Tubman, getting George Washington fighting on the right side of the American Revolution, or fixing a cross-temporal mess that ended up involving Cleopatra, Lucky Luciano and Babe Ruth. Dozens of time disasters spilled out in the show’s first and only season, and Bogg was even called back to the Voyager homebase to stand trial for breaking Voyager code (he got off, by the way). But the one unanswered question was how history got diddled with in the first place, and if it did, then wouldn’t that mean that history wasn’t really the way we thought it would be, and who’s to say which things were meant to be which way at which time? These are among the reasons you shouldn’t let dogs eat your Voyager instruction manual.

Voyagers! never made it back in time for a second season, and hopes of a reunion were tragically dashed when lead actor Jon-Erik Hexum died of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound on the set of a movie. The show has become a cult favorite among sci-fi fans and educators alike, since young Jeffrey was sure to encourage the viewers at home to read more about that week’s historical lesson at the end of the episode. And many budding history majors got their first taste of the wonders of the past courtesy of two voyagers with the power of time travel and the good sense to use it properly.

classic quotes
“We travel through time to help history along, give it a push where it’s needed…”
“Green light, kid! We did it!”

production details
USA / NBC – Universal / 21×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 3 October 1982 – 31 July 1983

Creator: James D. Parriott / Producer: Jill Sherman

cast
JON ERIC HEXUM as Phineas Bogg
MEENO PELUCE as Jeffrey Jones

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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 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.

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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