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    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

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    CBS (ended 2000)
    first aired date: January 20, 1996 last aired date: August 30, 1997 In the spin-off to the classic Ace Ventura, we see an outlook on the character aside from his appearances in the movies. Ace Ventura is a clowny, cooky, some might even call him crazy, Private Investigator, with a twist. He only helps animals.moreless
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    Good Company

    Good Company

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    CBS (ended 1996)
    Welcome to the Good Company guide at TV.com
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    Cosby

    Cosby

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    CBS (ended 2000)
    After being one of the ten-thousand people who were downsized at the airport, Hilton Lucas (Bill Cosby) is forced to retire and stay home with his wife Ruth (Phylicia Rashad) and his daughter Erica (T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh). Unfortunately for Hilton, Erica's friend Griffin Vesey (Doug E. Doug) is also staying with the family. At first, Ruth was not too thrilled of the idea of Hilton being home for the rest of his life, but eventually she got used to it. Ruth also owns her own coffee shop, along with long-time family friend Pauline Fox (Madeline Kahn). Witness the many hilarious moments and sometimes interesting situations on Cosby. Broadcast History Sept. 1996-July 1999 CBS Monday, 8:00 PM July 1999-Dec. 2000 CBS Wednesday, 8:00 PM Jan. 2000-Apr. 2000 CBS Friday, 8:30 PM Nielsen Ratings (Ranking) #23 in 1996-1997 Season #25 in 1997-1998 Season #28 in 1998-1999 Season #87 in 1999-2000 Season Awards & Nominations •1998 BMI TV Music Award - Won - Bill Cosby, Benny Golson •1997 BMI TV Music Award - Won - Bill Cosby, Benny Golson •1997 Emmy - Won Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) For a Comedy Series - Alan Walker (director of photography) For show #101. •1997 Emmy - Nominated Outstanding Technical Direction/Camera/Video For a Series - Stephen A. Jones (camera), Karl Messerschmidt (technical director), Neal Carlos (camera), Tom Conkright (camera), Ritch Kenney (camera), J.A. Stuewe Prudden (video control), Theodore Ashton (camera) For show #101. •1999 Golden Satellite Award - Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical - Phylicia Rashad •2000 Image Award - Won Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress - Jurnee Smollett •2000 Image Award - Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Doug E. Doug •1999 Image Award - Won Outstanding Comedy Series •1999 Image Award - Won Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress - Jurnee Smollett •1999 Image Award - Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Doug E. Doug •1999 Image Award - Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh •1998 Image Award - Nominated Outstanding Comedy Series •1998 Image Award - Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Phylicia Rashad •1998 Image Award - Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Doug E. Doug •1998 Image Award - Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh •1997 Image Award - Won Outstanding Comedy Series •1997 Image Award - Won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Phylicia Rashad •1997 People's Choice Award - Won Favorite Television New Comedy Series •2000 TV Guide Award - Nominated Favorite Actor in a Comedy - Bill Cosby •2000 TV Guide Award - Nominated Favorite Actress in a Comedy - Phylicia Rashad •1999 TV Guide Award - Nominated Favorite Actor in a Comedy - Bill Cosby Theme Song "Monk's Hat" Composed by Benny Golson and Bill Cosbymoreless
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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures

    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures

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    CBS (ended 1992)
    Bill and Ted are the lead singers of the would-be rock band "Wyld Stallyns". In the future, the music produced by the "Wyld Stallyns " will unify all the nations of earth, ushering in a new age of peace and groovy prosperity. To ensure Bill and Ted stay on the right path to success, the overseers of the future send an agent, Rufus, to take Bill and Ted through time and meet the most powerful figures in history. Rufus intends to use the time travel technique to help Bill and Ted improve their grades at high school, and in doing so, learn more about the world that, they in the future, will bring peace to. (Providing of course, they don't bring chaos to the time periods they visit, which they always do.) In the eyes of others, this would seem like the ultimate education, but in Bill and Ted's eyes, it is a Most Excellent Adventure!-Austin Muckenthaler.moreless
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    Kids Say the Darndest Things

    Kids Say the Darndest Things

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    CBS (ended 2000)
    Kids Say The Darndest Things is a show hosted by Bill Cosby. He asks kids various questions as if it is an interview and he, as well as the kids, always find a way to make us laugh. Based on Art Linkletter's House Party, Kids Say has host Cosby talking to young kids about everything from dead goldfish to love letters. Art Linkletter makes guest appearances on the show, introducing clips from his now-classic daytime variety show. The show had many great moments, with many funny lines such as: "HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?" Cosby asks. "Tell your wife that she looks pretty even if she looks like a truck." -Ricky, age 8.moreless
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    The Weird Al Show

    The Weird Al Show

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    CBS (ended 1997)
    The Weird Al Show was a show that used to air Saturdays on CBS. The show included "Weird Al" Yankovic, The Hooded Avenger (Brian Haley), Madame Judy (Judy Tenuta), J.B. Toppersmith (Stan Freberg), and Al's pet, Harvey the Wonder Hamster. By FCC requirement, the show was educational, but it did have a lot of Al's very weird humor, and some guest stars and musical acts. Unfortunately, in January 1998, CBS cancelled all shows in the Saturday Morning lineup. The show was released on DVD on August 15, 2006.

    Theme Song Lyrics Oh, this is a story 'bout a guy named Al, And he lived in a sewer with his hamster pal, But the sanitation workers really didn't approve, So he packed up his accordion and had to move To a city in Ohio where he lived in a tree, And he worked in a nasal decongestant factory, And he played on the company bowling team, And every single night he had a strange, recurring dream Where he was wearing lederhosen in a vat of sour cream, But that's really not important to the story.

    Well, the very next year he met a dental hygienist With a spatula tattooed on her arm (on her arm), But he didn't keep in touch, then he lost her number, Then he got himself a job on a tater tot farm, And he spent his life savings on a split-level cave 20 miles below the surface of the Earth (of the Earth), And he really makes a mighty fine jelly bean and pickle sandwich For what it's worth.

    Then one day Al was in the forest, trying to get a tan When he heard the tortured screaming of a funny little man. He was caught in a bear trap and Al set him free, And the guy that he rescued was grateful as can be, And it turns out he's a big-shot producer on TV, So he gave Al a contract, and what do you know? Now he's got his very own Weird Al Show!moreless
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    The Mask

    The Mask

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    CBS (ended 1997)
    This show is based on the hit movie about a lower then regular guy who finds an enchanted mask. When he puts the mask on, he becomes a totally zany superhero who fights crime and makes a huge production of himself. He can instantaneously make his clothes change to something else, a body part change shape, pull anything out of his pockets, etc. Whenever Ipkiss is wearing the mask, there are no rules. For those who believe that comedian Jim Carrey is actually a cartoon disguised in human form, the 1995-1997 cartoon season offered abundant evidence. Three of Carrey's starring vehicles were adapted to the small screen: Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and The Mask. Of the three, The Mask was probably the most obvious choice for adaptation. The feature film was a digitally-enhanced human cartoon, based on the Dark Horse comic book. The animated series continued the adventures of nerdy Stanley Ipkiss, who discovered an 11th-century green mask that transformed him into an invulnerable, super-powered loony. In the cartoon, The Mask was an Edge City crime fighter, aided by girlfriend Peggy and dog Milo. Red-mo-hawked bad scientist Pretorious supplied most of the crime, while the insane Kablam added a dose of toxic mayhem. In place of Jim Carrey, who was not involved with the show, Rob Paulsen supplied the title character's voice. The switch apparently didn't bother Mask devotees, who made the show a hit in its three seasons on CBS. Category: Animation/ Comedy, Kids/ Family Description: Whenever Stanley Ipkiss, a shy young man, puts on the mysterious mask believed to be owned by the Norse god of Mischief, Loki, he turns into an uncontrollable green superhero in Edge City.moreless
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    The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat

    The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat

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    CBS (ended 1997)
    Welcome to The Twisted Adventures of Felix the Cat guide at TV.com.

    They say cats have nine lives, and Felix seems to have been no exception. Nearly thirty-five years after his first show, the wonderful, wonderful cat was meowing his way into the 1990's. CBS was so convinced that Felix should be welcomed aboard the Saturday morning lineup that they rushed out 55 five-second bumpers for the 1994 season. Unable to get a whole show out on time, the network was still able to introduce a new audience to the tricky feline by having him appear between established cartoons. But the proud Felix, for whom confidence was never a problem, marched up to the executive in charge of children's programming and demanded his own show. After all, he'd been a star since the 20's. He wasn't going to play second fiddle to a bunch of grungy, slacker 90's toons with no sense of panache. The network gave in—rumors at the time suggested Felix had a couple of connected guys in his bag of tricks— and in 1995, The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat debuted. The new series echoed its original, jerky 1920's style, where the characters appeared to bounce as they moved (think early Popeye). Responding to its star's demands of high quality, CBS employed Don Oriolo, son of original co-creator Joe Oriolo, as co-executive producer. The cartoon's look may have been an homage to Felix's silent era roots, but this was a Felix of the 90's, and he now had a speaking voice. In these new seven-minute "talkies," Felix employed not only his magic bag of tricks, but also his magic tail, an amazing appendage that could transform itself from a flashlight to a grappling hook to a sword and more, always coming out none the worse for wear. Felix caught on with 90's kids, but not in the same way he had in decades past. After a successful two-season run, the cat retired again, content to kick back and enjoy the royalty checks from all those creepy, eye-shaking clocks.moreless
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    Hearts Afire

    Hearts Afire

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    CBS (ended 1995)
    Set in Washington, D.C., Hearts Afire focused on the professional and personal relationship of John Hartman, the legislative assistant to aging, conservative Southern senator Strobe Smithers, and Gorgie Anne Lahti, the once globe-trotting but now out-of-work liberal journalist whom John hired as the senator's press secretary. John, the divorced father of two sons, Ben and Elliot, offered to let Georgie Anne and her "mammy," Miss Lulu, live in his home until they could find housing. There was an ulterior motive because, although they were on opposite sides of the political fence and constantly sparred about almost everything, they were physically attracted to one another. Within weeks they were having an affair. Others on the senator's staff were Billy Bob, a childhood friend of Johns, Dee Dee, the sexy but simple-minded receptionist with whom the married senator was having an affair; Mavis, Billy Bob's efficent wife; and Adam, the incompetent office assistant.moreless
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    The Royal Family

    The Royal Family

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    CBS (ended 1992)
    Redd Foxx and Della Reese played Alfonso and Victora Royal, who unexceptedly let their daughter Elizabeth and her three children move in. It was a modest ratings hit Sadly, Redd Foxx died of a heart attack seven weeks into production, thereby ending the series, but not before Jackee Harry joined the cast as Coco for the remaining eight episodes.moreless
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    Lenny

    Lenny

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    CBS (ended 1991)
    This short-lived comedy centred on Lenny Callahan, a blue-collar worker in Boston who moonlighted as a hotel doorperson to make ends meet.
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    City (1990)

    City (1990)

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    CBS (ended 1990)
    Valerie Harper (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, Valerie, later Valerie's Family/The Hogan Family) stars as the much put-upon city manager of an unknown metropolis, often juggling work with family.
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    Sydney

    Sydney

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    CBS (ended 1990)
    Valerie Bertinelli plays Sydney Kells. Sydney has been making her living as a P.I. in New York but decides to return home to Los Angeles. At home, she has to deal with her smart family (a tough ex-cop dad, a worried mom, and a goofy brother). She also has to juggle a strange boss, an upper class friend and an array of clients for the cases she takes. Not to mention, she's single and worried about dating. The theme song ("Finish What Ya Started") was played by Valerie Bertinelli's husband, Eddie Van Halen, and his band, Van Halen.moreless
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    Good Sports

    Good Sports

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    CBS (ended 1991)
    This was Farrah Fawcett's and Ryan O'Neil's only sitcom together.
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    All-New Dennis the Menace

    All-New Dennis the Menace

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    CBS (ended 1994)
    Based upon one of the most successful and evergreen comic strips ever published (and inspiration for the hit live action movie), Hank Ketcham's classic "Dennis The Menace," this series stars the irrepressible Dennis and his unwilling best friend, the grumpy Mr. Wilson. This heartwarming and hilarious series depicts the adult world from a child's perspective.moreless
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    The Gregory Hines Show

    The Gregory Hines Show

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    CBS (ended 1998)
    "Gregory Hines, star of stage, screen, and television, makes his television series debut as Ben Stevenson, a widower who has been mother, father, and confidant to his 12-year-old son, Matty since his wife's death a year-and-a-half ago. Now, even Ben has to admit that it's time to resume a social life. As he eases back into dating, he finds he has as much to relearn about women as Matty is learning for the first time. Contributing plenty of advice are Ben's brother, Carl, and his dad, James, as well as his publishing house co-worker Alex, Alex's ex-wife, Nicole, and their assistant, Angela. This process proves even more awkward than necessary, since the modest Ben, with his offbeat wit, has no idea how attractive he is to women. For Ben and Matty, who have never had trouble talking openly about anything, now even the simplest conversation has become complicated - especially when the topic is the women in their lives." (CBS press release) In 1997, CBS entertainment president Les Moonves sized up that ABC's commitment to TGIF was waning, and, because his own network was dead on Friday, decided to pick up the slack. He started by swooping in and snatching Family Matters from them by offering its production company, Warner Bros., a higher license fee than ABC was willing to pay. Then he picked up Step by Step when ABC cancelled it. Then he ordered a new comedy, Meego, from those two shows' producers, starring an actor to which they had previously tailored a TGIF show. That left one half hour, and it was filled with Gregory Hines' first television series -- which should have never been in a TGIFish lineup to begin with. Christened The Friday Night Block Party, Moonves thought he had a sure thing on his hands, promising far more to advertisers than any of the four comedies ended up delivering. Or, in the case of Family Matters and Step by Step, had been delivering. To cut down on make-goods, he blasted Meego into orbit six weeks into the season. Then he began shuffling the three he kept, as if they were going to suddenly show growth by moving to new time slots on the same night, with little advance notice. Then came the preemptions (of which there were five in November and December), during which Kids Say the Darndest Things and Candid Camera specials filled in -- and got higher ratings. In January came the Kids Say series -- which continued to make Hines' ratings look bad. February brought CBS' disastrous coverage of the Nagano Winter Olympics, which lost the network far more money than any of the Block Party shows did, as well as the Candid Camera series, which took Family Matters' place. In March, Moonves' axe started hovering over the schedule, looking for something to chop away at to ease the blow. And, poof, Gregory Hines and Step by Step were gone. Family Matters and Step by Step returned that summer to burn off unaired episodes, but Moonves apparently had some grudge against Gregory Hines, opting to throw seven episodes in the garbage of the only one of these four shows that got any positive press at all. What we're sure he doesn't want you to know is that the series did rather well in a trio of special airings after Cosby, but, unlike Everybody Loves Raymond, he didn't like it enough to move it there permanently. Theme song "The Gregory Hines Show (Main Title Theme)" written by Rick Cutler performed by Gregory Hines The Gregory Hines Show is produced by Katlin/Bernstein Productions / Darric Productions / CBS Productions, in association with Columbia TriStar Television Broadcast History ----------------- Sep 1997, Mon 8:30-9:00 Sep 1997-Oct 1997, Fri 9:00-9:30 Nov 1997, Fri 9:30-10:00 Dec 1997, Mon 8:30-9:00 Dec 1997, Wed 8:30-9:00 Dec 1997-Jan 1998, Fri 8:30-9:00 Feb 1998, Fri 9:00-9:30 First telecast: September 15, 1997 Last telecast: February 27, 1998 Show type: Multi-Camera Sitcom Number of episodes: 22 Media:35mm filmmoreless
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    Dudley

    Dudley

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    CBS (ended 1993)
    Dudley was a short-lived CBS sitcom starring Joel Brooks, Joanna Cassidy, Harley Cross, Dudley Moore, Lupe Ontiveros and Max Wright. Although Dudley only lasted 6 episodes it will be a remembered show. Dudley was originally called Modern Times.

    Dudley was nominated for two Emmys in 1993 for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Graphic Design and Title Sequences and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Lighting Direction for a Comedy Series.moreless
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    Birdz

    Birdz

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    CBS (ended 1999)
    Ever wondered about what really goes on in the mind of a feathery pre-teen on the fly? Well… you've flown into the right animated place. Welcome to the wacky world of 12 year-old bird Eddie Storkowitz. Like most of us, Eddie has dreams and ambitions, a crazy family to cope with, pre-teen anxieties and challenges, not to mention a crush on his teacher Ms. Downey. Eddie's life is a big rat's nest - uh, that's bird's nest -- of typical teenager problems - with a fine-feathered twist. Is that a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Eddie Storkowitz! In Birdland- where all the inhabitants are birds- we find 12-year-old Eddie Storkowitz and his family. Eddie wants to one day become the next Steven Spielbird. Almost Mitty-ite, Eddie has a variety of fantasies, pre-teen anxieties and challenges, not to mention a crush on his teacher, Ms. Downey.moreless
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    Almost Perfect

    Almost Perfect

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    CBS (ended 1996)
    Based, in part, on the life of co-creator Robin Schiff, Almost Perfect centered around high-strung Kim Cooper and laid-back Mike Ryan. Kim, a writer for a police show called Blue Justice, found herself at the top of her game after being promoted to show runner. Mike, meanwhile, was a hotshot district attorney. Like all great odd couples, sparks flew the moment they met, and they soon were an item. The relationship and the promotion would have made it truly perfect for Kim -- if not for one thing. How to juggle a heavy workload and maintain a healthy sex life? Offering occasional support for them were the Blue Justice writing staff -- neurotic yuppie Gary Karp; burnt-out eccentric Neal Luder; and naive, boyish Rob Paley. Entertainment president told to make "young, hip, edgy" shows, or else. Entertainment president makes "young, hip, edgy" shows. Entertainment president gets canned anyway. New regime comes in. New regime doesn't want any of former entertainment president's "young, hip, edgy" shows. New regime cancels former entertainment president's "young, hip, edgy" shows. One would think that's what happened behind the scenes of the show-within-a-show, Blue Justice. But really that's what happened behind the scenes at CBS with the show itself, Almost Perfect. After performing well both on Sunday after Cybill and Monday after The Nanny, the new brass may have felt they'd be wearing their bias on their sleeve if they didn't renew it, no matter how obvious it was that they thought of it as the inherited stepchild. In fact, out of 11 new series from their ill-fated 1995 fall lineup, Almost Perfect was the only one to return for a second season. But not without a struggle. CBS, believing the workplace scenes the only good part of a (ahem) romantic comedy, told the producers Kevin Kilner had to go. Not wanting to end up cancellation #11, they gave Kilner the unceremonious boot, then saved face by telling the press they agreed with the network's decision. And for what? CBS neglected to promote the series when it returned in the fall, deliberately omitted it from a two-page fall preview, ran its season premiere late, punished it with a bad time slot, and, not even a month later, sent it away on lifetime hiatus the minute their expensive, heavily-reworked prize, Ink, debuted. At least it wasn't alone. Lead-out Public Morals was sent away with it -- after all of one episode. The show was given a less than faithful 13-episode order for season two. It shut down production the first week of November, 1996, before the last 3 were filmed. The 6 episodes that then-entertainment president Les Moonves (the new regime) couldn't be bothered to air were shown on the Lifetime Network in 1997. Almost Perfect is produced by Levine & Isaacs Productions, in association with Paramount Network Television (season 1); Robin Schiff Productions / Levine & Isaacs Productions, in association with Paramount Network Television (season 2) Broadcast History -------------- Sep 1995, Dec 1995, Sun 8:30-9:00 Dec 1995, Mon 8:30-9:00 Dec 1995, Mar 1996, Sun 8:30-9:00 Mar 1996, Apr 1996, Mon 8:30-9:00 Jul 1996, Sep 1996, Mon 8:30-9:00 Oct 1996, Wed 8:30-9:00 Oct 1996, Wed 9:00-9:30 First telecast: September 17, 1995 Last telecast: October 30, 1996 Show type: Multi-Camera Sitcom Media: 35mm filmmoreless
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    Palace Guard

    Palace Guard

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    CBS (ended 1991)
    After leaving her role of Eden in the soap opera Santa Barbara Actress Marcy Walker starred in this show that produced only 9 episodes though only 3 episodes were shown before it finished it's run. Many critics knew Marcy Walker shouldn't have left her role in the popular soap opera Santa Barbara for this show.moreless
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