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    Dangerous Minds

    Dangerous Minds

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    ABC (ended 1997)
    Based on a real person and on the movie of the same name, ex-Marine Louanne Johnson is an unconventional teacher who inspires her class of bright but "difficult" inner-city students, and makes a real difference in their lives, outside school as well as inside.moreless
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    The Thorn Birds

    The Thorn Birds

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    ABC (ended 1983)
    Based on Colleen McCullough's famous 1977 novel of the same name, this dramatic miniseries followed members of the Cleary family in Australia from 1920 to 1962. Controversial in nature due to the depiction of a love affair between a Catholic priest and a lay woman, this miniseries was highly rated and hugely successful, having won a Golden Globe award in 1983.moreless
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    Eddie Dodd

    Eddie Dodd

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    ABC (ended 1991)
    This short-lived drama dealt with a tough but idealistic New York City attorney (based on real-life San Francisco attorney J. Tony Serra), a former radical activist who champions lost causes. The idea for the series came from the movie, True Believer, which starred James Woods.moreless
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    Once and Again

    Once and Again

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    ABC (ended 2002)
    "Once and Again" focuses on the relationship between a divorced man, Rick Sammler (Bill Campbell) and a soon to be divorced woman, Lilly Manning (Sela Ward). Both have kids and between the struggles of being a single parent and careers they often find it difficult to spend time together. The show is unique in letting the viewer into the character's minds through brief "interviews" mixed throughout the episode. The show's final season was simulcasted in HDTV.moreless
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    Father Dowling Mysteries

    Father Dowling Mysteries

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    ABC (ended 1991)
    The show began as an NBC Made for TV Movie in 1987 and the show was to have begun weekly in 1988 though because of a writer's strike in 1988 it didn't begin weekly until 1989. After it's 1st season the show left NBC and ABC took the show from 1990 until 1991. The show was based upon characters from The Father Dowling Mystery books written by Ralph McInerny. First Telecast: November 30, 1987 Last Telecast: May 2, 1991 Episodes: 1 TV Movie, 42 Episodesmoreless
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    The Commish

    The Commish

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    ABC (ended 1996)
    Tony Scali is the police commissioner in a small town, where solutions to difficult situations often require considerable creativity. Tony's easygoing manner and clever intellect are much more useful to him than weapons or brute force in his fight against crime.moreless
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    Sonic the Hedgehog

    Sonic the Hedgehog

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    ABC (ended 1994)
    "Sonic the Hedgehog," also known as the SatAM (Saturday morning) series, was the second television program to star the famous video game icon. It followed the slapstick "Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog," which was known mostly for its lighthearted approach. The SatAM, however, took on a much darker tone, telling the story of Sonic and his brave band of Freedom Fighters as they struggled to free their home world, the distant planet of Mobius from the clutches of the evil Dr. Robotnik. The first season was an unconventional mix of cartoon characters and a grim setting. Characters were developed and mature themes were explored. The second season, on the other hand, lightened the tone considerably, emphasizing the more comedic aspects of the show and toning down the series' darkness considerably. The show ultimately ended on a cliffhanger after only two seasons due to underachieving ratings. However, this was not the end of the SatAM. The series developed a cult following over the years resulting in countless fan fiction stories and discussion that kept show alive several years after it had been cancelled. Additionally, the Archie comic book adaptation of the "Sonic" character began to modify itself to more closely resemble the SatAM series and remained in publishing ten years after the show had been cancelled. Furthermore, the SatAM's influence was felt in additional Sonic adventures with various elements of the series being included in the "Sonic Christmas Blast!" special and the "Sonic Underground" series. The SatAM is generally agreed to be the most popular of the American-made "Sonic" cartoons. Characters: Sonic the Hedgehog - An egotistic blue blur of the title with an unsatiable appetite for adventure and chili dogs. Princess Sally Acorn - Daughter of King Acorn, rightful ruler of Mobius; leader of the Knothole Freedom Fighters and Sonic's best friend. Bunnie Rabbot - Cyborg rabbit who was in the process of being roboticized before being rescued by the Freedom Fighters. Antoine D'Coolette - Cowardly royal guard who desperately seeks the affections of Princess Sally. Rotor - The Freedom Fighters' mechanic. Miles "Tails" Prower - Sonic's other best friend...like a little brother; he looks up to Sonic and hopes to make his own contribution to the Freedom Fighters. Dulcy - Powerful but clumsy dragon; joined the Freedom Fighters. Uncle Chuck - Sonic's roboticized Uncle. Dr. Robotnik - Ruler of Mobius; achieved this by overthrowing King Acorn; cyborg villain. Snivley- Robotnik's nephew and lackey. Basic Terms: Great Forest - Vast forest where the Freedom Fighters hide; on the outskirts of Robotropolis. Freedom Fighter - A rebel against Robotnik's rule and not just any rebel, a soldier of the rightful King; different cells are activated when the Acorn King is in dire need; King Acorn kept a list of every Freedom Fighter group. Knothole Village - The village hidden deep within the Great Forest where the Freedom Fighters operate. Mobius - Faraway planet that Sonic and the other animals are from. Mobotropolis - Former capital of the Acorn Kingdom before being taken over by Robotnik and renamed Robotropolis. Power Rings - Rings that Sonic uses to give him some extra "juice" (speed) They are produced by a power stone every twelve hours. Power Stone - Stone that produces power rings. Roboticazion - Act of turning flesh into metal; robs individual of free will. Robotropolis - Formerly Mobotropolis, the city that Robotnik rules with an iron fist. SWATbot - Humanoid robotic soldiers under Robotnik's command.moreless
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    Sports Night

    Sports Night

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    ABC (ended 2000)
    Sports Night ran nearly two full seasons on the ABC network in the United States during the '98-99 and '99-00 seasons. Created by Emmy Award winning writer/director, Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The American President), this was his first venture into television. Smart, fast-paced, witty and featuring a fine ensemble cast, Sports Night struggled in the ratings from the start, particularly during its second season, when it was routinely pre-empted and moved from night to night. Art imitated life imitating art, as the show-within-a-show took on a consultant (William H. Macy, in his first TV role since his stint on ER), hired to "tweak" the ratings. The show-within-a-show continued to falter, amidst rumors of the imminent sale of its network and the subsequent gutting of its staff. Upon its cancellation, several networks, most notably HBO, came to Sorkin for a possible move to the respected network, but nothing was ever solidified. Sports Night gained additional exposure through a subsequent syndication on Comedy Central.


    Awards:
    2001 Image Awards
    Nominated – Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series; Robert Guillaume

    2001 Satellite Awards
    Nominated – Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical; Robert Guillaume

    2000 Emmy Awards
    Winner – Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series; Peter Smokler ("The Cut Man Cometh")
    Nominated – Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series; Bonnie Zane and Paula Rosenberg
    Nominated – Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series; Thomas Schlamme ("Quo Vadimus")
    Nominated – Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Series; Janet Ashikaga ("The Cut Man Cometh")
    Nominated – Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series; William H. Macy

    2000 Golden Globe Awards
    Nominated – Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series, Comedy/Musical; Felicity Huffman

    2000 PGA Awards (Producers Guild of America)
    Nominated – Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television; Aaron Sorkin, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Tony Krantz, Thomas Schlamme, Rob Scheidlinger

    2000 DGA Awards (Directors Guild of America)
    Won – Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series; Thomas Schlamme ("Small Town")

    2000 Eddie Award (American Cinema Editors)
    Nominated – Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television; Janet Ashikaga ("Small Town")

    2000 SAG Awards (Screen Actors Guild)
    Nominated – Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series; Josh Charles, Robert Guillaume, Felicity Huffman, Peter Krause, Sabrina Lloyd, Joshua Malina

    2000 Artios (Casting Society of America)
    Nominated – Best Casting for TV, Comedy Episodic; Bonnie Zane, Paula Rosenberg

    2000 Image Awards
    Nominated – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series; Robert Guillaume

    1999 Emmy Awards
    Won – Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series; Thomas Schlamme (pilot)
    Won – Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Series; Janet Ashikaga ("Small Town")
    Nominated – Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series; Aaron Sorkin ("The Apology")

    1999 DGA Award (Directors Guild of America)
    Won – Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series; Thomas Schlamme (pilot)

    1999 Art Directors Guild
    Nominated – Excellence in Production Design Award, Television Series; Thomas Azzari

    1999 Artios (Casting Society of America)
    Nominated - Best Casting for TV, Comedy Episodic; Bonnie Zane and Paula Rosenberg
    Nominated – Best Casting for TV, Comedy Pilot; Bonnie Zane and Paula Rosenberg

    1999 TCA Award (Television Critics Association)
    Won – Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
    Nominated – New Program of the Year
    Nominated – Program of the Year

    1999 Humanitas Prize
    Won – 30 Minute Category; Aaron Sorkin, Matt Tarses, David Walpert, Bill Wrubel ("The Six Southern Gentlemen of Tennessee")
    Nominated – 30 Minute Category; Bill Wrubel, Aaron Sorkin ("The Quality Of Mercy At 29K")

    1999 Image Awards
    Nominated – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series; Robert Guillaume

    1999 Genesis Awards
    Won – Television, New Series ("The Hungry and the Hunted")moreless
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    Prey

    Prey

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    ABC (ended 1998)
    Forty thousand years ago, the most advanced species on Earth was wiped out by a powerful new life form... Us. Now another new species has evolved-- stronger, smarter, and dedicated to our annihilation. Leading the fight against them is Dr. Sloan Parker, the bioanthropologist who uncovered their existence. Once again, it's survival of the fittest...and this time we are the Prey. A new, advanced species of humanoids is discovered and the humans must fight for their survival as the new species has more on their agenda than survial. They intend to dominate the planet and eliminate the humans.moreless
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    Relativity

    Relativity

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    ABC (ended 1997)
    When her long-time boyfriend finally pops the big question, Isabel Lukens (Kimberly Williams) does what any right-minded young woman would do: takes off for Italy where she meets and falls madly in love with fellow American, Leo Roth (David Conrad). Wonder of wonders, the two hail from the same star-fated city of Los Angeles, but will their individual complications stand in the way of blissful reunion back stateside? Izzy still has to contend with her sort-of fiance, Everett, while Leo's recently widowed father, angst-ridden younger brother, and drama-prone sister present their own challenges. Originally billed as, "a prolonged examination of a love affair," and produced by the acclaimed team behind thirtysomething and My So-Called Life, Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, this short-lived ABC drama ultimately fell victim to a cursed time-slot and low ratings.moreless
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    Wasteland

    Wasteland

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    ABC (ended 1999)
    Welcome to the Wasteland guide at TV.com. "A Cocktail of "Friends", "Ally McBeal", and "Sex and the City."- Vanity Fair What is it that you really want out of life? Life has no master plan. Six twentysomething friends who went to college together are now living in New York trying to find themselves, through out the good and bad times. From Kevin Williamson, the creator of Scream and "Dawson's Creek" comes a new drama that defines the new age of your coming of age. One would say it is better than Dawson's Creek, because they are the right age to know what they are talking about. Just add a little dash of technology age around 1999, and "Wasteland" gives you one of the enjoyable/ 'guilty pleasure' shows of the 1999-2000 season. The series was also know as "wasteLAnd", which was suppose to feature them in L.A. (hence the title), but they ditched the idea of them in L.A., and made it New York City. READ THE GUIDE WITH CAUTION! Just to let you know that I think some of the notes might be offensive to people, so read with caution! I added notes from what I heard and what I read everywhere around 1999-2001 about the show. Wasteland went on hiatus, where it was suppose to return on December 1999, but was pulled off the schedule and cancelled. Come 2001, It was picked up by ShowNext, a subdivision of Showtime Networks. It ran COMMERCIAL FREE, regularly on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. For a year durning it's run, ShowNext aired ALL episodes 5 times straight (see broadcast history below), before Shownext put it off their schedule. Opening Theme Song:
    "In Walks You" By Tim James
    ABC Broadcast History
    13 episodes, 10 episodes unaired (October 1999)
    Thursdays, 9:00 PM
    ShowNext Broadcast History:
    13 episodes (First Run: June 2001 - August 2001)
    (Second Run: September 2001 - November 2001)
    (Third Run: December 2001 - February 2002)
    (Fourth Run: March 2002 - May 2002)
    (Fifth Run: June 2002 - August 2002)
    (Sixth/Final Run: September 2002 - November 2002)
    Tuesdays 10 PM;
    Encore (of the following week) on Friday 12:00 AM and Saturday 9:00 PM OTHER SERIES INFORMATION: Also Known As:"wasteLAnd" (1999) (working title) Editor's Note: I do not take money of any kind for any copies for any episodes or other forums such as "I'm paying you for tapes, packaging, and shipping." IT IS A BIG N-O. Any emails asking me this, will not get replied, but deleted instead. I also don't do S.A.S.E or tape trading. Some interesting of Trivia about Wasteland (and "Mulholland Dr." the TV Pilot rejected by ABC and now a feature movie): "Wasteland" took on the 9 PM time slot of Thursday Nights on ABC. ABC Execs. choose "Wasteland" over David Lynch's "Mulholland Dr.", which was suppose to be his big return to TV, which he vows never to do again. Justin Theroux one of the stars of "Mulholland Dr." was originally suppose to be in "Wasteland" decided to go with "Mulholland Dr.". "Mulholland Dr." was supposed to go up against NBC's "Friends" (8 PM Time Slot), but ABC wanted a stupid twentysomething "Friends" clone show that America would "like." Other twentylike shows durning the 1999-2000 season was WB'S "D.C.", "Jack and Jill", NBC's "Cold Feet", and FOX's "Time of Your Life". "The motto of ABC that year was that they were going to go 'young.' They gave us these wonderful shows like Wasteland with Rebecca Gayheart and things like that. That was what they wanted – they had a whole spate of shows that were "dramedies," as they were calling them, about kids with their heads up their asses." - Justin Theroux, one of the stars of "Mulholland Dr.". (Quote from Justin Theroux's Wild Side Down, Mulholland Dr.) Life has no master plan

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    Elvis

    Elvis

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    ABC (ended 1990)
    An interesting look at the early years of the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley (Michael St. Gerard). St. Gerard lip-syncs to country singer Ronnie McDowell. Despite overwhelmingly good criticism, the series was cancelled due to poor ratings.moreless
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    Equal Justice

    Equal Justice

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    ABC (ended 1991)
    Welcome to the Equal Justice guide at TV.com.
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    Snoops

    Snoops

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    ABC (ended 1999)
    Welcome to the Snoops guide at TV.com Savvy and seductive private detective Glenn Hall (Gina Gershon) doesn't let the Bill of Rights bog her down. Investigators working for her agency must be willing to treat the Constitution as nothing more than a flashing yellow light on the road to truth, justice or a big retainer. Manny Lott (Danny Nucci) is a whiz with a mini-cam and a mini-mic and loves a woman in a mini-skirt. But he also carries a mini-tranquilizer gun and will likely shoot you if you annoy him. Roberta Young (Paula Jai Parker) is prone to brazen deeds like stealing a deadbeat dad's toupee and holding it in "escrow" until dad forks over the child support. Glenn's newest recruit is former police detective Dana Plant (Paula Marshall). By-the-book and straightforward in approach, Dana seems an odd choice, like water to Glenn's oil. But Dana's conservative nature belies her brilliance as a sleuth, and Glenn can tell that Dana is secretly thrilled with the opportunity to "color outside the lines" for the first time in her life. Conflicts and quirks aside, the private dicks of Glenn Hall, Inc. will make sure that no one gets away with murder in the city of angels. David E. Kelley, the Emmy, Peabody and Golden Globe Award-winning creator and executive producer of "The Practice," "Ally McBeal," "Chicago Hope" and "Picket Fences," takes a fun look at a sexy ensemble of unconventional private investigators in Los Angeles.moreless
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    Under Cover

    Under Cover

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    ABC (ended 1991)
    Show about a husband-and-wife team of spies working for the National Intelligence Agency. The stories revolved around Dylan and Kate and their personal lives in addition to their intelligence activities. The show was too realistic for it's own good featuring an Iraqi invasion of Kuwait just before it actually happened.moreless
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    Dead Man's Walk

    Dead Man's Walk

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    ABC (ended 1996)
    Set in the early 1840s, we follow the adventures of Augustus McCrae aka Gus and Woodrow Call, two young Texas Rangers, as they join the Texas-Santa Fe expedition, as an attempt to annex New Mexico.moreless
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    Push

    Push

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    ABC (ended 1998)
    Push was a soap opera about a group of young Olympic hopefuls in training at California Southern University.
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    McKenna

    McKenna

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    ABC (ended 1995)
    For more than 20 years McKenna Outfitters has been taking guests on outdoor tours through the Central Oregon wilderness. Two years after the accidental death of his brother, Guy, Brick McKenna returns home to make amends and run the family business with his father, Jack, Guy's widow, Leigh, her two children - Rose and Harry, and Brick's sister, Cassidy in what Jack calls -the "Great McKenna Wild"moreless
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    Pros and Cons

    Pros and Cons

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    ABC (ended 1992)
    The re-titled "Gabriel's Fire" (see separate entry) has James Earl Jones reprising his role.
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    Brewster Place

    Brewster Place

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    ABC (ended 1990)
    Brewster's Place is a modern day intake of the generation of people living Brewster's Place. This series was inspired the original concept " The Women of Brewster's Place" a feature film with stars such as Jackee Harry, Lynn Whitfield, and Oprah Winfrey. The film was such a perceived success that the creators of the series decided that a series would be as phenomenal success as the movie. The series was hilarious, and dramatic in some sense. But with low ratings and a somewhat not strong enough cast, the show ended within a year. Sorry, Brewster Place, for the inconvenience of a good show, but not an interested enough public, cast, and, overall, everyone else. This show depicted how the age of the children might of been. In other words this show focused on the years that the movie, "The Women of Brewster Place" may have missed. Such as the years when the children who later grew up were children. This show was originally supposed to last many years to show the full childhood. But due to low ratings, and a somewhat lacking script, it was canceled after one year. To be more specific this show focused on the years that Kiswanna, and the child of Oprah Winfrey's character were indeed children. This show was one of the first for young actor Jason Weaver. But thankfully he went to "Thea" and "Smart Guy" in later years. Also this show was a first for the actress who chronicled the character of Kiswanna. Facts About the Actors/Actresses *Rachel Crawford had an amazing resemblance to the original Kiswanna, Lynn Whitfield. *Jason Weaver's major accomplishment was in the television series "Smart Guy" his many accomplishments in television series fell down compared to the success of "Smart Guy." *Oprah Winfrey filmed the series while during her talk show. Some think that doing many things helped Oprah Winfrey in filming her television series. *Olivia Cole's one television accomplishment was "Brewster Place."moreless
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