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    Dead Like Me

    Dead Like Me

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    Showtime (ended 2004)
    18-year-old George Lass (Ellen Muth) dies when a toilet from the MIR space station falls from the sky and hits her. However, soon she discovers that afterlife really does exist... she becomes a reaper - she helps in catching the souls of people moments before they're destined to die. Then she meets a group of reapers who collect people's souls. The main reaper is Rube (Mandy Patinkin), who is always playing smart, Roxy (Jasmine Guy), a reaper with an attitude, Mason (Callum Blue), a confused and funny reaper and Daisy (Laura Harris), a beautiful reaper full of mysteries. The other characters include George's family - mother Joy (Cynthia Stevenson), father Clancy (Greg Kean) and sister Reggie (Britt McKillip), who each have their own way to deal with George's death. Now that she has a new life, George will try to deal with her new job as a reaper and the fact that she is dead. While learning some important lessons, George gets a job at Happy Time, a office lead by Delores Herbig (played by Christine Willes), a funny woman who is always optimistic and tries to be everybody's friend while leading a perfect life. The other recurring characters include Crystal (Crystal Dahl), a Happy Time secretary that does not talk much and Der Waffle House's waitress Kiffany (Patricia Idlette). The only bad move was Rebecca Gayheart's removal from the show. Apparently, she was unable to renew her contract so her character was sadly written out of the show. The main description for the show could easily be described as "funny and morbid". It debuted on Showtime in 2003. The show quickly became an absolute hit and some people even paid to view Showtime just to watch the show that everyone talks about. However, just a year after, when season 2 finished, the show was unexpectedly canceled by Showtime, which was one of the worst moves ever for a TV station like that. Then, MGM tried to sell the show to another station, but the attempt failed and the show was left dead.moreless
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    Robin Hood

    Robin Hood

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    BBC (ended 2009)
    Robin, Earl of Huntingdon, has returned home from the Holy Wars under orders from King Richard, to recuperate from injuries sustained in battle. He soon finds that the real battle for England needs to be fought against the Sheriff and his excessive taxation and corrupt administration. Along with an assortment of Outlaws, he outwits the Sheriff and his right hand man Guy of Gisbourne as he fights for the safety of the people of Nottingham.moreless
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    The Kennedys

    The Kennedys

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    ReelzChannel (Mini-Series 2011)
    This controversial miniseries, airing on Reelz, takes a look at one of America's most enduring political dynasties. Greg Kinnear has been cast as President John F. Kennedy, Barry Pepper will play Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Katie Holmes will play First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Tom Wilkinson will play Ambassador Joe Kennedy, Sr. in this story of the famous Kennedy family. The series won 4 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie, Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or a Movie (Non-Prosthetic), Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie - Lancer And Lace and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie - Barry Pepper.moreless
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    Carnivale

    Carnivale

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    HBO (ended 2005)
    Carnivale. The credits alone were the most costly and timely to make. The show does not lack in the quality that the credits bring. Set in the 1930s Dust Bowl, 18-year old Ben Hawkins finds himself all alone in this world when his mother passes on. But a travelling Carnivale takes him in. We also see the story of Brother Justin, a priest who is trying to find his way in the world. Little do Ben and Justin know, but they are to fight in a biblical battle. With help on the side (Ben with the carnie folk (Sofie, Libby, Apollonia, Ruthie, Samson, Lila, Lodz, Management) and Justin with his sister, Iris) they find out which side each are on and try to battle with the other for what they believe.moreless
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    Stargate Universe

    Stargate Universe

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    Syfy (ended 2011)
    After the secret of the Stargate's ninth chevron is discovered, a team of explorers from Earth travels to the unmanned starship Destiny, which was launched by the Ancients hundreds of millenia ago as an experiment. The new crew, not able to control the Destiny's navigation, is forced to complete its original mission. They travel far out into the universe, encountering new races and enemies. Stargate Universe is produced and distributed by MGM Television and Sci-Fi Channel. It is filmed at Bridge Studios and on location in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.moreless
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    The Lone Ranger

    The Lone Ranger

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    ABC (ended 1957)
    "A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty "Hi Yo Silver!" The Lone Ranger. "Hi Yo Silver, away!" With his faithful Indian companion Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains, led the fight for law and order in the early west. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear. The Lone Ranger rides again!" ======================= Company credits: Production Companies * Apex Film Corp. (1949-1954) * Wrather Productions Inc. (1954-1957) Awards Emmy Awards 1950 -- Nominated -- Best Film Made for and Viewed on Television 1949moreless
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    Big Love

    Big Love

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    HBO (ended 2011)
    From creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer comes Big Love, the story of a man, Bill Henrickson, living in Salt Lake City with his three wives, three houses, and three families.

    As if normal family life isn't enough trouble, Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton, Twister, Thunderbirds) has everything in triple: three wives, three houses, three families. Bill's first and only legal wife is Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn, Word of Honor) but he also shares the bedroom with middle wife Nicki (Chloe Sevigny, Boys Don't Cry, Dogville) and youngest wife Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin, Ed, Mona Lisa Smile). Bill also has three new adjoining houses, seven kids, and a booming hardware business. His closest friend and business partner at Home Plus, Don Embry (Joel McKinnon Miller), is also a polygamist. The series kicks in as Bill receives troublesome news about his father Frank (Bruce Dern, Last Man Standing), who lives in rural Utah in a fundamentalist community lead by Bill's father-in-law, the menacing "Prophet" Roman Grant (Harry Dean Stanton, Wild at Heart, The Green Mile).

    Bill's younger brother Joey (Shawn Doyle, The Eleventh Hour) was once a star athlete in the NFL, but is now getting used to living in the compound with his wife Wanda (Melora Walters, Magnolia, The Butterfly Effect). Bill's mother Lois (Grace Zabriskie, Twin Peaks, Fried Green Tomatoes) is a descendant to the original founder of the Juniper Creek compound, and is still bitter for Roman Grant's hostile takeover for the leadership. Daveigh Chase (The Ring, Lilo & Stitch) plays Roman's latest wife, the child-bride Rhonda. Rounding out the cast are Amanda Seyfried (Veronica Mars, As the World Turns) as Bill and Barb's oldest daughter Sarah, Douglas Smith (Citizen Duane) as Ben, the adoring son, and Jolean Wejbe as Tancy, the precocious 8-year-old.

    The series is executive produced by creators Mark V. Olsen (Easter) and Will Scheffer (Easter), Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman (Band of Brothers, The Polar Express).

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    Vegas

    Vegas

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    CBS (ended 2013)
    Vegas is a drama based on the life of Ralph Lamb, a Las Vegas rancher turned sheriff. After a casino worker is murdered the mayor asks Lamb to investigate. This leads him to his first run in with Chicago mobster Vincent Savino. Lamb turns to family to help him keep Las Vegas safe, his brother Jack and son Dixon work as his deputies. He also teams up with Assistant District Attorney Katherine O'Connell, who lived on the ranch next to him to help keep the streets safe. Vegas is created by Nicholas Pileggi and Greg Walker.moreless
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    Teen Mom

    Teen Mom

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    MTV - Music Television (ended 2012)
    16 and Pregnant chronicled the journeys of seven pregnant teenagers as they and their families dealt with the pregnancy and birth. Teen Mom follows Maci, Farrah, Amber, and Catelynn as they deal with their new lives as a teen mom and overcome the struggles of their first year as a teen mom.moreless
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    Dance Academy

    Dance Academy

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    ABC1
    This 26-part drama filmed in Sydney follows six teenager students of the National Academy of Dance, seen through the eyes of ambitious ballerina Tara Webster, played by newcomer Xenia Goodwin.
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    Are You Afraid of the Dark?

    Are You Afraid of the Dark?

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    Nickelodeon (ended 2000)
    Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a show based on a group of kids called The Midnight Society. Members meet in a location in the woods and take turns telling their own spooky tales. The series aired on Nickelodeon in the United States as part of their SNICK lineup in 1992. It lasted for 5 seasons until it was canceled in 1996. Later on, it returned to Nickelodeon's SNICK block with a new cast for two seasons from 1999-2000.moreless
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    Oz

    Oz

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    HBO (ended 2003)
    Oz is the name on the street for the Oswald State Penitentiary. Our wheelchair-bound narrator Augustus Hill (Harold Perrineau Jr.) takes us through the wacky world of Emerald City, the experimental unit started by Tim McManus (Terry Kinney). There's shankin' and lovin' and cussin' and fightin' but in the end, HBO makes a damn fine prison drama. It's gritty. And there you have it.moreless
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    Elfen Lied

    Elfen Lied

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    (ended 2004)
    The Diclonius, a mutated human that is said to be selected by God and will eventually become the destruction of all of mankind, possess two horns in their heads. In addition, they have vectors, or invisible hands, that can kill their enemy in an instant. Due to this dangerous power, they have been captured and isolated in laboratories by the government. Lucy, who is said to be the first Diclonius, manages to break free of her confines and brutally murders most of the guards in the laboratory where she was being held. She eventually gets shot in the head and drops into the ocean. She survives and manages to drift along to a beach, where two teenage cousins named Kouta and Yuka discover her. Having lost her memory, she was named after the only thing that she can now say, "Nyuu”. The two cousins allow her to stay at Kouta's home. However, it appears that Lucy is not dead just yet, and the government is not going to sit back and let her run free…! Elfen Lied (エルフェンリート) ran for 13 episodes on Japanese TV in 2004, adapting roughly the first 60 chapters out of the107 chapters (12 volumes) of the manga. The series was re-broadcasted in 2005 and was licensed by ADV Films in the United States in 2004, but not released until 2005. According to ADV, the anime was one of their best-selling releases of 2005. General Note on Airdates: The airdates for this guide are the Japanese airdates. Elfen Lied does not air on American TV, except for on ADV’s the Anime Network (TAN). Furthermore, it will most likely never air on general cable TV due to the extreme violence and nudity. The Title: The title 'Elfen Lied' was taken from the German song 'Elfenlied' by Eduard Mörike (1804-1875). The song plays on the similarity between the words for 'elf' and 'eleven', and takes place at eleven o'clock. The Manga: The manga is 12 volumes and 107 chapters long. Episodes 1 to 11 of the anime follow the storyline closely and adapt the first six volumes. The last two TV episodes, which were supposedly based from volume 7, drastically drifted from the manga's storyline. In addition, an original ending to the anime was implemented. The Anime - Opening Theme: Also see Epsidoe One's "Allusions" ~ The images of the opening theme are images from the paintings of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). Most are from his most famous painting, "The Kiss" (1907-1908). ~ The text of the opening theme is "Beatus vir", an excerpt from the Latin Vulgate edition of the Bible. The passage is from James 1: "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him." ~ The opening theme’s lyrics include: Psalm 36:30 - “Os iusti meditabitur sapientiam et lingua eius loquetur iudicium" or “The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom: and his tongue shall speak judgment” "Kyrie Fons Bonitatis" (also known as the trope chant) - "Kyrie, ignis divine, pectora nostra succende, ut digni pariter proclamare possimus semper, eleison" or “Lord, divine fire, inflame our hearts, so that together we may worthily proclaim forever: have mercy” "Ave Mundi Spes Maria" (also known as the medieval sequence hymn) - “Oh, quam sancta, quam serena, quam benigna, quam amoena esse virgo creditur” or "Oh how holy, how serene, how benign, how delightful is this maiden who believed!" All three pieces can be found in the album “Chant” by the famous Benedictine Monks of the Santo Domingo de Silos Monastery.moreless
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    Copper

    Copper

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    BBC America (ended 2013)
    A young Irish cop works within the Five Points Irish immigrant neighborhood of New York City in the 1860's. The show was created by executive producers Tom Fontana and Will Rokos. The show is rated AL (adult language), N (nudity), SC (sexual content) and AV (adult violence).moreless
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    House of Cards

    House of Cards

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    BBC (ended 1990)
    Based on the novel by Michael Dobbs, this 4 episode BBC mini-series takes a look at the dark underbelly of British Parliament. This is part one (part two is 'To Play the King' and part three is 'The Final Cut') in a trilogy chock full of dirty secrets and political intrigue.moreless
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    John Adams

    John Adams

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    HBO (ended 2008)
    U.S. history buffs won't want to miss this epic miniseries about one of America's greatest founding fathers John Adams. The mini-series is based on the 2002 book, John Adams, written by David McCullough, and stars two Academy Award nominated actors: Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney. Winner of 13 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Paul Giamatti, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Tom Wilkinson, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Laura Linney, Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special, Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special - Reunion, Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie - Independence, Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special - Join or Die, Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Independence, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special - Don't Tread on Me, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie - Don't Tread on Me and Outstanding Miniseries.moreless
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    Brotherhood

    Brotherhood

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    Showtime (ended 2008)
    Brotherhood, a Showtime original series, follows the lives of two brothers in the Providence, Rhode Island Irish-American neighborhood known as “The Hill”. The blue-collar neighborhood has roots in old-world ways of street justice and shady dealings. Tommy Caffee (Jason Clarke) is a family man and local politician who is out to protect the community and its best interests. His world is turned around when his gangster brother Mike (Jason Isaacs) returns to “The Hill” to regain control of the seedy underworld. Brotherhood's name was changed twice while it was being worked on, the other two names were: Down City and The Hill.moreless
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    Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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    BBC
    Tess of the D'Urbervilles is a 4 hour British television miniseries adaptation from 2008 based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel from 1891. The story follows the poverty stricken young country woman Tess (Played by Gemma Arterton) who tries to improve her life and social status upon realizing her family is connected to the extremely wealthy D'Uberville family. However she ends up enduring heavy heartache and shame as she falls in and out of love with Alec D'Urberville (played by Hans Matheson) and Angel Clare (Eddie Redmayne). The script for this adaptation was written by David Nicholls. He wanted to focus on Tess as not just a 'passive victim,' but an 'active, forceful and opinionated young working class woman.' It was directed by David Blair. Unlike most BBC television shows it was shot on actual 35mm film as opposed to digital film. The show later aired in the United States as a two part 'Masterpiece Classic' program on PBS.moreless
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    Cranford

    Cranford

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    This historical five-part show based on three of Elizabeth Gaskell's novellas is brought to the BBC with an all-star cast including Judi Dench. The story follows the lives and loves of the inhabitants of the northern market town over a year in the mid 1800s. Amongst other things the arrival of a new doctor and the ever-encroaching railway provide the townsfolk with plenty to get excited about.moreless
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    Jekyll

    Jekyll

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    BBC (ended 2007)
    James Nesbitt stars as Tom Jackman, who struggles to deal with his dark alter ego, Mr. Hyde. This is a modern reworking of the world famous tale by Robert Louis Stevenson. Tom employs modern technology to keep his other half in check and protect his family. Tom is not aware that he is being monitored by a secret society and that he and Hyde are part of a terrifying centuries-old plot.moreless
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