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    The Closer

    The Closer

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    TNT (ended 2012)
    "They'll bring you in. She'll make you talk." Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) is a police detective who transfers from Atlanta to Los Angeles to head up a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Despite a tendency to step on people's toes, Johnson manages to convert even her strongest adversaries with her unique ability to get to the truth. A TNT original series, The Closer is created by the producers of Nip/Tuck and The Agency.moreless
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    The Game

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    The Game stars Tia Mowry as Melanie Barnett, a young, intelligent medical student, who is also the girlfriend of an eager rookie football player, Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall). Melanie decides to pass on her chance at attending Johns Hopkins Medical School to be with Derwin after he is recently chosen to play for the San Diego Sabres as the new third-string wide receiver. As Melanie tries to adjust to her new lifestyle, she meets Tasha Mack (Wendy Raquel Robinson), single mother and manager of Malik Wright (Hosea Chanzes) who is a charming star quarterback for the San Diego Sabres and Kelly Pitts (Brittany Daniel), the satisfying wife of Jason Pitts (Coby Bell) who is a thrifty star player for the San Diego Sabres. With the help of Tasha and Kelly, Melanie learns how the game is played amongst the women behind the athletes. The Game originally aired on the CW before BET Networks picked it up in 2010.moreless
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    Death in Paradise

    Death in Paradise

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    A BBC light-hearted drama series about an English Detective Inspector who is forced to transfer to the small Caribbean island of Saint-Marie; unfortunately, he hates sun, sea and sand.
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    Agatha Christie's Poirot

    Agatha Christie's Poirot

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    ITV (ended 2013)
    Welcome to the Poirot guide at TV.com. This is a British series which brings to life Agatha Christie's Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, played by David Suchet, whose sleuthing for the purposes of this series belongs in the mid-1930s. Based in London, with the very English Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) as his Dr Watson, Poirot's field of operations ranges around the world. The series has strong story lines, good production and acting, and a real period flavour. Poirot won two BAFTA awards in 1990, then had more BAFTA nominations as Best Drama Series in 1991 and 1992. All of Agatha Christie's seventy-two Poirot stories were produced with David Suchet as Poirot, and the show has been broadcast in more than one hundred countries around the world.moreless
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    Judge Judy

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    The people are real. The cases are real. The rulings are final. This is Judge Judy. Judge Judith Sheindlin tackles real-life small claims in her courtroom with her no nonsense attitude. Having made a name for herself as a tough but fair judge in New York's Family Court, Judge Judith Sheindlin retired from the bench in 1996 and segued to television to host this syndicated series. Judge Judith Sheindlin brings her trademark wit and wisdom to the widely successful half-hour series that takes viewers inside a television courtroom where justice is dispensed at lightning speed.moreless
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    Ghost Whisperer

    Ghost Whisperer

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    CBS (ended 2010)
    Melinda Gordon is a young newlywed with the unique ability to communicate with the earthbound spirits of people who have died, and who seek her help. Melinda uses her gift to relay significant messages and important information to the living, but sometimes the messages she receives are intense and confusing. As a result, she is often met with questions and skepticism by the survivors. But when Melinda is able to help both the lost souls who contact her and those who are still alive, she knows that her unique talent is an asset and not a liability. Opening Narration: "I just got married. I just moved to a small town. I just opened an antique shop. I might be just like you. Except from the time I was a little girl I knew I could talk to the dead. Earthbound spirits my grandmother called them. The ones who have not crossed over because they have unfinished business with the living and they come to me for help. To tell you my story, I have to tell you theirs."moreless
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    Private Practice

    Private Practice

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    ABC (ended 2013)
    Private Practice is a spin-off of the highly popular ABC series, Grey's Anatomy starring Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Forbes Montgomery, a renowned neonatal surgeon. After realizing that her life isn't advancing at Seattle Grace, Addison packs her bags and heads off to Santa Monica to start a new life. She reunites with her newly divorced med school friends, Naomi (Audra McDonald) and Sam (Taye Diggs), and joins them in their chic private practice. The series, created by Shonda Rhimes, is produced by ABC Television Studio in collaboration with The Mark Gordon Company and Shondaland Productions. It first aired as an episode of Grey's Anatomy. The episode, titled The Other Side Of This Life, was known as a backdoor pilot. It tested the idea of the show, but also shared the plot with Grey's Anatomy scenes weaving in and out, from which it was spin-off. Awards Young Artist Awards Category: Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actor - Joey Luthman Year: 2009 Result: Won (Tied with Carlos Knight for "ER") NAMIC Vision Awards Category: Drama Year: 2009 Result: Nominated People's Choice Award Category: Favorite New TV Drama Year: 2008 Result: Nominated , Won the 4th place. Image Awards Category: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Taye Diggs Year: 2009 Result: Won Category:Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series- Audra McDonald Year: 2009 Result: Nominated Category: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series -Taye Diggs Year: 2008 Result: Nominated Category:Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series-Audra McDonald Year: 2008 Result: Nominated Category:Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series-Shonda Rhimes(In Which We Meet Addison, a Nice Girl From Somewhere Else) Year: 2008 Result: Nominated TV.com Fashion Awards Category:On Air: Best Overall Fashion - Male - Dr. Sam Bennett Year: 2008 Result: Nominated BMI Film & TV Awards Year: 2008 Result: Won, Tim Bright, Chad Fischer Year: 2009 Result: Won, Tim Bright, Chad Fischer Season 1 # Episodes : 9 Season Premiere: September 26, 2007- In Which We Meet Addison, a Nice Girl From Somewhere Else Season Finale:December 5, 2007 -In Which Dell Finds His Fight DVD Release: September 16, 2008 Viewers: 11.5 m Season 2 # Episodes : 22 Season Premiere: October 1st,2008 - A family thing Season Finale: April 30, 2009 - Yours, Mine and Ours DVD Release: September 15, 2009 Viewers: - Season 3 # Episodes : - Season Premiere: October 1st,2009 - A Death in the Family Season Finale: Spring 2009 DVD Release: - Viewers: -moreless
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    Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

    Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

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    CBS (ended 1998)
    Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman was a show that focused on Dr. Mike, a woman doctor in a time when that was unheard of. It started with her journey to Colorado Springs to be the town's physician after her father's death in 1868. The show focused around the town that she loved, treated and it also focused on the three children, Matthew (Chad Allen), Colleen (Erika Flores, later Jessica Bowman) and Brian Cooper (Shawn Toovey), whom she had to raise after their mother died from a rattle snake bite. In the later years, the show focused on Dr. Mike and Sully (Joe Lando) who got married and had a daughter towards the end of the shows successful run. There have been two movies made for television, and fans are gathering together in an effort that a third Dr. Quinn movie be produced.moreless
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    The Haves and the Have Nots

    The Haves and the Have Nots

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    The Haves and the Have Nots is a new television drama from the prolific writer, director and producer Tyler Perry. The series follows the complicated dynamic and contrasting lifestyles between three families: the rich and powerful Cryer and Harrington families and the impoverished Young family, as their lives intersect in Savannah, Georgia. On the surface, the Cryers are the enviable face of success and wealth but the family's dysfunction threatens to destroy their world of privilege. Cryer family patriarch, Jim Cryer (John Schneider) is a powerful judge whose penchant for high-priced escorts puts his family and political ambitions at risk. Wife and matriarch Katheryn Cryer (Renee Lawless) portrays the loving and dutiful wife whose willing to do anything to protect her family's status. Their son, Wyatt (Aaron O'Connell) is a troubled, angry jock in and out of rehab. His sister Amanda (Jaclyn Betham) is a struggling law student who tries to live up to her parents' expectations but unwittingly befriends a scurrilous young woman, Candace Young, with the power to ruin the entire family. Hanna Young (Crystal Fox) is the Cryers' maid and matriarch of her family. She prides herself on her dutiful son, Benny (Tyler Lepley) and is anchored by her religious faith. Her one dark secret is her estranged daughter Candace, (Tika Sumpter) a manipulative opportunist who will do anything to get what she wants. In a bizarre twist of fate, Candace is shocked to learn that her new-found friend Amanda's father, is Jim Cryer who has been paying her for sex and who also employs her mother as his family's maid. Armed with this ammunition, the stage is set for what Candace believes is the opportunity of a lifetime. Other characters include: the Cryers' chef Celine (Eva Tamargo), their wealthy friends Veronica (Angela Robinson) and David Harrington (Peter Parros), and Wyatt Cryer's rehabilitation counselor, Jeffery Harrington (Gavin Houston).


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    Numb3rs

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    CBS (ended 2010)
    We all use math every day… Inspired by actual cases and experiences, Numb3rs depicts the confluence of police work and mathematics in solving crime. An FBI agent recruits his mathematical genius brother to help solve a wide range of challenging crimes in Los Angeles from a very different perspective. Numb3rs stars David Krumholtz as Charlie Eppes, Rob Morrow as Don Eppes, Judd Hirsch as Alan Eppes, Alimi Ballard as David Sinclair, Navi Rawat as Amita Ramajuan, Peter MacNicol as Larry Fleinhardt, Dylan Bruno as Colby Granger, Aya Sumika as Liz Warner, and Sophina Brown as Nikki Betancourt. Created by Cheryl Heuton and Nicolas Falacci, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, David W. Zucker, Cheryl Heuton, Nicolas Falacci, Andrew Dettmann, Don McGill, Ken Sanzel, and Lewis Abel are executive producers. Numb3rs is produced for CBS by Scott Free Productions in association with CBS Television Studios and Post 109.moreless
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    Nikita

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    The CW (ended 2013)
    This project by The CW Network is based on the original French film La Femme Nikita. The story is about two assassins for a top-secret government organization called Division. One of the assassins goes rogue, and a second assassin is training to replace the old one. Maggie Q stars as Nikita, who tries to take down the division with her ally, a mole inside the Division, Alex, played by Lyndsy Fonseca. Nikita was trained by Michael, played by Shane West, who sees the new recruits of the Division as a family to him.moreless
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    Foyle's War

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    Welcome to the Foyle's War guide at TV.com.

    Touted as the new Inspector Morse, this ITV detective show stars Michael Kitchen as a police inspector frustrated at being stuck at home investigating provincial crimes during the second world war.

    Honeysuckle Weeks is an inspired choice as Foyle's sidekick, a clergyman's daughter posted from the Women's Royal Army Corps to serve as his driver, and she plays the part with an admirable period charm.

    Foyle's War opened in southern England in the year 1940 - which may seem a strangely remote period in which to place a new detective, but the setting turned out to be a means of adding moral and dramatic depth to the storylines. The series covered the war years, and eventually saw Foyle recruited by MI5 in the aftermath of the war. Foyle's War was a Greenlit production for ITV. The eighth series was an Eleventh Hour production for ITV.moreless
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    Masters of Sex

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    Showtime
    Masters of Sex is a Showtime series set in 1956 which features Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters (a well-known fertility specialist) and Virginia Johnson (a former nightclub singer). The series chronicles their unusual lives, romance and pop culture trajectory, which saw them go from a Midwestern teaching hospital to the cover of Time magazine and Johnny Carson's couch. Also staring Caitlin Fitzgerald, Nicholas D'Agosto and Teddy Sears, the series is an adaptation of Thomas Maier's book, "Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How to Love".moreless
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    Cops

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    Spike TV
    Now known as the original reality series, COPS hit the airwaves in early 1989, putting camera crews in police cars all across the United States. Adopting the Cinema Verité style of documentary filming, COPS uses no narration, depending completely on the police officers and the footage shot as it happens to tell the story. Each COPS camera crew consists of a camera operator and a sound mixer. The officer is mic'd with a wireless mic directly to the camera and the sound mixer captures the suspects, witnesses and other officers with a boom mic. Multiple crews can be stationed in one area as well as crews working different cities across the country at the same time. Still one of the most popular television shows on the air, COPS moved from the FOX network to Spike TV in the fall of 2013, keeping it's original 8pm time slot on Saturday nights.moreless
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    Ugly Betty

    Ugly Betty

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    ABC (ended 2010)
    Betty Suarez has always had one goal in life: to make it into the publishing business. Despite being smart, hard-working, and productive, her dream has always been shadowed by the fact that she isn't as traditionally beautiful as her cover ready colleagues. But despite it all, she is determined to do whatever it takes to fulfill that ultimate dream.

    Ugly Betty stars America Ferrera in the title role. The show is based on the wildly popular Colombian telenovela which has already been successfully translated in Mexico, India, Russia, Greece and Germany - all to stellar ratings.moreless
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    Perception

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    TNT (Returning February 2015)
    Dr. Daniel Pierce is a popular but eccentric and idiosyncratic professor with paranoid schizophrenia. He's a neuroscientist with an M.D. and a Ph.D. who possesses incredible insight into human behavior - especially strange human behavior. Dr. Pierce is sometimes recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. His FBI contact is former student Kate Moretti who had a crush on him when she was his student. Natalie Vincent who had a relationship with Daniel a long time ago has settled in as best friend. She helps by pointing out his faults and shortcomings and likes to give him a hard time. Dr. Pierce has a fun and interesting relationship with his teaching assistant Max Lewicki who serves in a wide range of capacities.moreless
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    Have Gun - Will Travel

    Have Gun - Will Travel

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    CBS (ended 1963)
    Paladin was not your normal gunfighter. He was an educated and a traveled man. A West Point graduate, he served as a Union officer during the Civil War. After the war, he went west and became a high-priced 'gun for hire.' He was based at the Hotel Carlton in San Francisco and enjoyed the finer things in life. He dressed in fancy clothes, enjoyed fine wine, gourmet food, opera, expensive cigars and he could play the piano. He read newspapers from all over the West looking for situations in which he could help, for a fee. Sometimes Hey Boy, the Oriental porter who worked at the Carlton, would bring Paladin a letter or 'wire' asking for his help. Usually, within the first few minutes, he was dressed for 'business' and on the trail. When working, he dressed completely in black including a black hat with a band of silver conchos and a custom holster with a silver chess knight on it. He carried a custom made pistol which was perfectly balanced and had a rifled barrel. He preferred to settle problems without violence whenever possible, but if forced to fight, he excelled. A master marksman and a quick draw, he was a match for most any man. And for those 'difficult times' he kept a derringer hidden under his belt, which saved his life on many occasions. His rifle, which was rarely used, also had a silver chess knight on the stock. This leads us to believe it was as carefully made as the pistol he carried. Before resorting to violence, Paladin would put his rich education and experience to work to try to find an alternate solution. In spite of his profession, he had a deep respect for the law and would often turn on his employers if he found they were the guilty party.moreless
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    Betrayal

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    Sarah is a photographer and Jack McAllister is a top attorney. Each of them is married and have their own lives. However, a chance meeting will bring them together. Both unhappy in their marriages, they end up having an affair. To complicate things, a high profile murder investigation and trial puts them at opposite sides. moreless
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    The Newsroom

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    HBO
    The Newsroom is the tale of a fictional cable news program with a lofty goal: bring back integrity and journalism to the news. The team takes on a Don Quixote-like belief in the ideals of a by-gone era where journalism was facts, not opinion. As their quest plays out against the reality of ratings and public opinion, their successes and failures are magnified. Behind this aspiration is the reality of a work place where romances, betrayals, competitions, and corporate expectations add to an already stressful job.

    Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) is a complacent news anchor who is shocked back to life by a public breakdown and the arrival of his ex-love MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer), one of the best executive producers in the business. She is hired by Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston), president of the news division at ACN, who cheers on the transformation he orchestrated. Will is supported by his former EP Don Keefer (Thomas Sadoski) who jumped ship for the 10 pm show; Jim Harper (John Gallagher, Jr.), the new senior producer who came with MacKenzie from a war zone; Maggie Jordan (Alison Pill), a newbie associate producer whose personal life affects her work; Sloan Sabbith (Olivia Munn), a beautiful and brilliant economics expert who works to become an anchor; and Neal Sampat (Dev Patel), whose coverage of the London subway bombings landed him a job maintaining Will's social media presence but who longs to break a big story.

    Created by Oscar- and Emmy-winning writer Aaron Sorkin. Aaron Poul, Scott Rudin and Aaron Sorkin serve as executive producers for this HBO Entertainment production.


    Program Notes:
    Season one's opening titles used a somewhat majestic theme by Thomas Newman, black-and-white pictures of journalism greats including Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, and clips from season one's first few episodes to identify the regular cast. Each episode focused on a real major news story from the past.

    Season two's titles were overhauled during the break. A modified theme by Newman began with a syncopated piano that merged into part of the old theme only with orchestral backup. The pictures of journalists and cast clips were replaced with shots of New York, work at the studio and clips of disasters. The episodes continued with past news stories, but they were in the background. The overarching story arc dealt with a broadcast where the story turned out to be false, and the ramifications thereof.

    Awards:
    2014 Emmy Awards (66th)
    Nominated - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Jeff Daniels)
    Nominated - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Jane Fonda)

    2013 Emmy Awards (65th)
    Winner - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Jeff Daniels)
    Nominated - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Jane Fonda)
    Nominated - Outstanding Main Title Design

    2013 Golden Globes
    Nominated - Best Television Series - Drama
    Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama (Jeff Daniels)moreless
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    Dallas

    Dallas

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    CBS (ended 1991)
    In the ranks of prime-time dramas, this was one of the biggest. Dallas, the saga of the Ewing Family, began as a five part mini-series in 1978. Throughout its thirteen seasons, many actors passed through the gates of Southfork. In the late 1960's, Peyton Place was a nighttime serial drama success-a novelty at the time. But since then, no P.M. show had caught the soap opera crowd's attention… until Dallas. The show first went on the air for a five week run in early 1978, and then fell into a Saturday nighttime slot later that year. Ratings were fair, but they were nothing compared to when the show moved to Friday nights, when the ratings well didn't run dry for a long, long time. The Ewing family lived at the sprawling South Fork ranch, in hoity-toity Braddock County just outside Dallas. Like any good power family, there was a matriarch and patriarch, and three sons- this core group, their extensive romantic relations, and the Barnes clan of rival oilers were all Jacobs needed to create a self-contained histrionic world of intrigue, dysfunction and passion. Borrowing from Romeo and Juliet, the youngest Ewing boy, Bobby, fell for a beautiful Barnes girl. And with a nod to the biblical Cain and Abel, Bobby and older brother J.R. didn't exactly play nice with each other like you might expect brothers to. Whereas J.R. was nearly a hundred percent scoundrel, Bobby had discernable streaks of honesty and integrity…but that patented Ewing viciousness certainly reared its head once in a while. The South Fork ranch housed Jock and Miss Ellie, the king and queen of South Fork, J.R. and long-suffering wife Sue Ellen, and Bobby and Pamela…though why they all lived under one roof demands a little poetic license, because money certainly wasn't a problem, and it wasn't like there was a whole lot of binding inter-family harmony. Here's just a taste of the drama devices that ensued: insane asylums, car accidents, affairs, illegitimate children, gunfights, fistfights, catfights, lies, drinking problems (both real and imagined), poufy 80's hairstyles for the ladies and best of all, notorious season finale cliffhangers. The most famous, of course, came at the end of the 1979-80 season, when a mysterious late-night intruder shot J.R. in the chest while he was toiling away at the office one night. The resulting "Who Shot J.R.?" publicity raced around the globe, because by that time, Dallas was an international hit in just about every developed country in the world. Odds on the shooter's identity were figured, bets were placed, and theories were construed– since there were about fifteen possible candidates, fans and pundits were kept very busy indeed. Don't read the next part of this sentence if you want to remain one of the few of-age humans who doesn't know whodunit… it was Kristin, J.R.'s scorned sister-in-law and recent romantic entanglement. Dallas was conceived as a show that had plenty of sex and romance for the female audiences, and a lot of cowboy posturing and business intrigue for the male viewers. The formula worked, because by the early 1980's, it was one of the most popular shows in TV history. There were magazine covers galore, a spin-off named Knots Landing about Gary, the middle Ewing son who wasn't seen or heard from much during proceedings at South Fork, and primetime serialization imitators like Dynasty and Falcon Crest. So for the show that kicked off the nighttime drama trend that's status quo today, we tip those ten-gallon hats and breathe a secret sigh of relief that J.R. was just a fictional character who couldn't manipulate us in real life. Because let's be honest, that guy could have taken most of us down. CBS Broadcast History: April 2, 1978- April 30, 1978----Sundays----10:00-11:00 P.M. September 23, 1978- October 14, 1978----Saturdays----10:00-11:00 P.M. October 15, 1978- January 14, 1979----Sundays----10:00-11:00 P.M. January 26, 1979- November 27, 1981----Fridays----10:00-11:00 P.M. December 4, 1981- May 17, 1985----Fridays----9:00-10:00 P.M. September 27, 1985- May 16, 1986----Fridays----9:00-10:00 P.M. September 26, 1986- May 13, 1988----Fridays----9:00-10:00 P.M. October 28, 1988- March 9, 1990----Fridays----9:00-10:00 P.M. March 16, 1990- May 11, 1990----Fridays----10:00-11:00 P.M. November 2, 1990- December 21, 1990----Fridays----10:00-11:00 P.M. January 4, 1991- May 3, 1991----Fridays----9:00-10:00 P.M.moreless
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