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Welcome Back, Kotter (ABC 1975-1979 with Gabriel Kaplan and John Travolta)

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“Welcome back,
Your dreams were your ticket out.
Welcome back,
To that same old place that you laughed about…”

You can go home again. Or so Gabe Kotter discovered. Plenty of people head back to high school for a ten-year reunion, stick around a few days, and realize things aren’t quite like we thought they’d be ten years before. But Gabe came back to Brooklyn’s James Buchanan High for a much longer stay…this time as the enemy, a teacher.

You see, back in the day, Gabe was part of a rowdy, “unteachable” group of kids dubbed “The Sweathogs.” Ten years later, the group still existed (with new members, natch), and Gabe figured nobody was better suited to teach this rambunctious lot than he was. And so Mr. Kotter got welcomed back to James Buchanan, ready to take on a new gang of Sweathogs.

The regulars of the group made up an odd foursome: Puerto Rican/Jewish kid Juan Epstein was known for his daily notes, excusing everything from his homework to his tardiness, and always signed “Epstein’s Mother.” Shy, nasal geek Arnold Horshack had the strange habit of raising his hand while shouting “Ooo, Ooo!” Next in line was Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington, the cool, hip dude whose million-dollar smile accompanied his favorite phrase: “Hi there.” And last, but definitely not least, was Vinnie Barbarino, the dumb, but oh-so-good-looking girl magnet whose vocabulary consisted of “What…Where…When?,” “I’m so confused,” and the occasional insult catchphrase like “Up your nose with a rubber hose.”

Along with Mr. Kotter and the ‘hogs, the main cast included vice principal/archenemy Mr. Woodman, whose anthem was “Every day is Be Cruel to Sweathog Day!,” and Gabe’s wife Julie, who had the unenviable task of listening to Gabe’s tales about his daft family (“Did I ever tell you the one about my Uncle Murray…?”). Several other students passed through Kotter’s classroom doors as well, but none as memorably as the faithful core of Sweathogs.

Gabe eventually broke through the kids’ wall of suspicion with humor and sincerity, but it wasn’t without hurdles. This bunch was capable of anything. In one episode, Epstein painted a nude female on the school wall as part of his art assignment, enraging Mr. Woodman. Mr. Kotter came to Epstein’s defense…at least until he noticed the nude woman’s face looked awfully familiar.

Welcome Back, Kotter was actually a sort of homecoming for star/co-creator Gabe Kaplan (Mr. Kotter himself), who had attended remedial classes as a high schooler. That kind of real-life experience with the subject matter helped make the show a solid hit, propelling John “Barbarino” Travolta to teen idol status and to superstardom. After the success ofSaturday Night Fever in 1977, Travolta began to appear less often on the show, but new additions helped maintain the Sweathog equilibrium. Angie Globagoski made it her mission to become the first female Sweathog, joining the cast in 1978. She didn’t stick around for very long, but oft-expelled Southern boy Beau De Labarre filled the void for the rest of the run. Back on the home front, Julie gave birth to twin girls, Rachel and Robin, which put a bit of a strain on Gabe’s meager public schoolteacher’s salary.

Welcome Back, Kotter left prime time in 1979, but its point was already proven: not only could you go home again, you could stretch that out into 95 episodes of high school hijinks. Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back…

Release History
9/9/75 – 8/3/79 ABC
 Sub Categories
comedy
 Network
ABC
 Cast
Gabe Kotter Gabriel Kaplan
Julie Kotter Marcia Strassman
Vinnie Barbarino John Travolta
Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein Robert Hegyes
Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs
Arnold Horshack Ron Palillo
Mr. Michael Woodman John Sylvester White
Rosalie Totzie (1975-76) Debralee Scott
Verna Jean (1975-77) Vernee Watson
Judy Borden (1975-77) Helaine Lembeck
Todd Ludlow (1975-77) Dennis Bowen
Maria (1975-76) Catarina Cellino
Angie Globagoski (1978) Melonie Haller
Beau De Labarre (1978-79) Stephen Shortridge
Carvelli (1978-79) Charles Fleischer
Murray (1978-79) Bob Harcum
Mary Johnson (1978-79) Irene Arranga
 
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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.

cast
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.

cast
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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