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Wild, Wild West, The (1965-1970, Robert Conrad, Ross Martin)

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In The Wild Wild West there was gadgetry galore that had no logical place in the post Civil War setting, there was an evil dwarf named Dr. Miguelito Loveless, and there was a closet full of super-tight pants to costume lead actor Robert Conrad. When you’re fixing up an hour-long fantasy adventure Western, that’s just about all the ingredients you need.

James T. West and Artemus Gordon were undercover agents of President Ulysses S. Grant. Their ongoing assignment was to undermine the evil schemes of assorted radicals and revolutionaries who had an eye toward taking over the world. West was a reserved, suave “James Bond in the Old West” type, and Gordon was the duo’s chatty and charming master of disguise and dialect. They traveled in a well-outfitted train, and if all trains were this cool, nobody would get from point A to B any other way—it was full of all the supplies the boys needed to jerry-rig their assorted weapons and devices. Also on the scene were beautiful women, great and imaginative set pieces, and lively and dastardly villains—most famously, the diminutive Dr. Loveless.

The celebrated opening credits sequence was animated, and when the show cut to commercial, the last scene’s last frame was frozen and became a cartoon panel. All the episodes were titled “Night Of…(followed by some campy or noir-ish person, place or thing).” In one classic case of TV cross-pollination, the “Night of the Sabatini Death” episode found guest stars Jim Backus and Alan Hale Jr. (Mr. Howell and the Skipper both, God bless ‘em). At the end of the episode, Hale’s character mentions that his vacation destination is a deserted island…and a few bars from the Gilligan’s Island theme song can be heard in the background.

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Despite healthy ratings, the show was cancelled in 1970 after just four years on the air. Spurred on by the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., the U.S. Congress was holding ‘violence in the media’ hearings. The then-president of CBS promised that his network would tone down its violence, and so The Wild, Wild West and the gunfight at the beginning of Gunsmoke were promptly excised from the airwaves.

Fan support remained strong over the decades, leading Conrad and co-star Ross Martin (Artemus Gordon) to re-team for two made-for-TV movie specials, The Wild, Wild West Revisited (1979) and More Wild, Wild West (1980). Even after a famously flopping Will Smith starring feature film adaptation in 1999, The Wild, Wild West still has a following today that waxes elegiac about the show’s inventiveness, the charm of stars Conrad and Martin, and the relative tautness of Conrad’s pants.

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USA / CBS – Michael Garrison / 104×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 17 September 1965 – 7 September 1970

Creator/Executive Producer: Michael Garrison / Music: Richard Markowitz

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ROBERT CONRAD as Major James T. West
ROSS MARTIN as Artemus Gordon
MICHAEL DUNN as Dr Miguelito Loveless
CHARLES AIDMAN as Jeremy Pike
CHARLES DAVIS as Tennyson

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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

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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.

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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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