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    In-Laws

    In-Laws

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    NBC (ended 2003)
    "This domestic comedy from the producers of NBC's Frasier features newlyweds Matt (Elon Gold, Clerks) and Alex (Bonnie Somerville, NBC'sFriends, Grosse Pointe) who move in with her parents (Dennis Farina, Get Shorty and Emmy winner Jean Smart, Designing Women) to save money so Matt can attend cooking school. The challenges are great as Matt clashes with his overprotective, gruff father-in-law while his mother-in-law trades in her apron for a real-estate license, all of which makes for an unruly household and a rocky start for the exasperated Matt and Alex." (NBC press release) Theme song "Make Yourself at Home" written by Jill Sobule - Adam Schlesinger - Steven M. Gold performed by Michael Bublé "Make yourself at home Don't mind me My house is your house, your house is my house We're all family Tie up my phone, sit in my chair Make lots of noise, get in my hair Make yourself at home Don't mind me" In-Laws is produced by Grammnet Productions, in association with NBC Studios / Paramount Network Television Broadcast History ----------------- Sep 2002-Oct 2002, Tue 8:00-9:00 Oct 2002, Tue 8:30-9:00 Oct 2002, Tue 8:00-8:30 Oct 2002-Jan 2003, Tue 8:30-9:00 Dec 2002, Tue 9:30-10:00 First telecast: September 24, 2002 Last telecast: January 14, 2003 Show type: Multi-Camera Sitcom Number of episodes: 15 Media: 24p Tapemoreless
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    Sports Action Team

    Sports Action Team

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    Each week, after broadcasts of the NFL, a hapless group of sportscasters played by improv actors and comdedians will interact with real-life professional and amateur athletes and managers.
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    Imagine That

    Imagine That

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    NBC (ended 2002)
    Emmy Award-winning Hank Azaria ("Mad About You," "Tuesdays with Morrie") reunites with executive producer/writer Seth Kurland (NBC's "Friends," "Mad About You") and director Barnet Kellman ("Mad About You") in this quick-witted comedy about Josh (Azaria), a comedic writer who uses fantasy to deal with issues. While Josh attempts to work out marital woes with wife Wendy (Jayne Brook, "The District") - a smart and sexy power lawyer who seeks comfort in couple's therapy - he must deal with work-related dramas created by his skirt-chasing writing partner Kenny (Joshua Malina, "Sports Night"), and his domineering boss Barb (Katey Sagal, "Married ...With Children"), a commanding head television writer who takes credit for Josh's ideas - the best ones, anyway. Suzy Nakamura (NBC's "The West Wing") and Julia Schwartz ("Tomcats") also star.moreless
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    The Fighting Fitzgeralds

    The Fighting Fitzgeralds

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    The Fighting Fitzgeralds is a new family comedy starring recent Tony Award and Golden Globe winner Brian Dennehy (Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman) as the loud but lovable patriarch of a restless brood that includes three grown sons from executive producers Phoef Sutton (Cheers), Edward Burns (The Brothers McMullen) and Brian Burns. Co-executive producer Dennehy is center stage as the blustery head of the Fitzgerald clan, whose three adult sons can't seem to escape the gravitational pull that frequently places them back on the doorstep of their exasperated father. The senior Fitzgerald, a retired fire captain and widower, dreams of a little privacy but often gets his Irish up when his beloved castle turns into a bustling boarding house for his rambunctious sons, who include: gym teacher Jim (Justin Louis, Battery Park, Trinity), his wife Sophie (Connie Britton, Spin City) and their 6-year-old daughter, Marie (Abigail Mavity). Also under foot are layabout bartender Terry (Chris Moynihan, The Hughleys) -- the only son who actually lives outside the household -- and Patrick (Jon Patrick Walker, Sex and the City), a successful Wall Street whiz and Mr. Fitzgerald's pride and joy until he burns out, quits and also returns home to bunk on the sofa. (NBC press release) The Fighting Fitzgeralds is produced by Irish Twins Productions / Mauretania Productions / NBC Studios, in association with Artists Television Group Broadcast History ----------------- Mar 2001, Tue 8:30-9:00 Mar 2001-May 2001, Tue 8:00-8:30 First telecast: March 6, 2001 Last telecast: May 29, 2001 Show type: Multi-Camera Sitcom Number of episodes: 10 Media: 35mm filmmoreless
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    Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday

    Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday

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    Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday is an American limited-run series broadcast on NBC. It is a political satire news show spin-off from Saturday Night Live, featuring that show's "Weekend Update" segment. It initially ran for three 30-minute episodes in October 2008, during the lead-up to the 2008 United States presidential election. The show aired again in 2009 for another three episodes, which were much less successful. The show returns again in 2012 to lead up to the 2012 presidential election.moreless
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    Come to Papa

    Come to Papa

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    Comedian Tom Papa stars in NBC's new comedy, "Come to Papa." The show is based on Papa's wildly successful standup as it explores the ups and downs of a writer's family, friends and his desire to do more than live an ordinary life in New Jersey. Papa stars as a reporter for a large newspaper who has bigger plans to become a comedy writer and move out of Jersey. He and his wife Karen (Jennifer Aspen) are happily married and are each other's best friend. Tom's lifelong friend Judah (Robert Patrick Benedict) has chosen to not work and live off of his trust fund, even though it only gives him $8,000 a year. At the newspaper, Tom's boss Blevin (Steve Carell) attempts to make the office staff like him better than Tom -- which usually backfires and leaves him with an even greater disdain for Tom. Former Los Angeles Laker and Chicago Bulls star John Salley plays the angry, seven-foot-tall mailman who just grows angrier every time Tom tries to befriend him. Created and written by Greg Malins ("Friends") and Tom Papa, the show is executive produced by Malins and Andy Ackerman ("Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Seinfeld"). "Come to Papa" is an NBC Studios and Warner Bros. Television production. The show was simulcast in HDTV.moreless
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    Leap of Faith

    Leap of Faith

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    This half-hour single-camera comedy, Leap of Faith, created by Jenny Bicks, is about the relationships between a close circle of friends in their 30s. At the center is Faith Wardwell (Sarah Paulson), a spirited young woman who calls off her engagement to a "good on paper" guy and takes a leap of faith back into the single life to discover what it's like when you stop doing what you should do, and start doing what makes you happy. After a fling with an attractive actor prompts her to cancel her nuptials, Faith finds herself back in the company of her outspoken circle of friends who provide varied perspectives on life. There's Patty (Lisa Edelstein), Faith's free-spirited single friend and co-worker who's always looking for Mr. Right Now; Cynthia (Regina King), Faith's no-nonsense married neighbor who likes to speak her mind on all issues, relevant to her or not; and Andy (Ken Marino), Faith's fun-loving best friend from college who works as a reporter at Rolling Stone. Faith also gets advice from her eccentric socialite mother, Cricket (Jill Clayburgh), while her advertising executive boss, Lucas, is constantly trying to keep Faith's mind on her job.moreless
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    Late Friday

    Late Friday

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    Late Friday was a 60 minute variety show featuring the lesser-know but famous comedians.
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    Battery Park

    Battery Park

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    Battery Park is a comedic look at a group of police officers from every walk of life. They are led by their very competitive captain, Madeline Dunleavy who will stop at nothing to win the town mayor's seat.moreless
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    Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space

    Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space

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    NBC (Holiday Event 2009)
    Based Monsters vs. Aliens, this is a Halloween special featuring the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland and Rainn Wilson.
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    Rags to Riches

    Rags to Riches

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    NBC (ended 1988)
    A self made millionaire from Hoboken Nick Foley needs to change his image fast. To acquire a family image this playboy needs to do a complete 180. In a stroke of genius deduction he decides to adopt six orphan girls. He takes them to live in his Bel-Air mansion. After his idea backfires in a complete deal breaker, he realizes it wasn't that important anyway and he asks the girls to stay permanently.

    The show was set in 1961 and focused on the girls misadventures and problems they faced growing up in the 60s from small dances to the Cuban Missile Crisis. This show was a first in television history as it was the first and only to incorporate music into the plot line. A television musical featuring music from the 50s and 60s rewritten to fit the plot.moreless
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    Alvin & the Chipmunks

    Alvin & the Chipmunks

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    This show focuses on three superstar chipmunks who have their own band and the crazy adventures they get into. It also features The Chipettes, their female counterparts and girlfriends. If you have any info, please contribute. Broadcast History ----------------- During its run, Alvin & the Chipmunks, existed in 2 forms... Alvin & the Chipmunks (or The Chipmunks (seasons 6-7)) (Seasons 1-7): All of the original episodes have aired on NBC. The Chipmunks Go To the Movies (Season 8): This also aired on NBC, but not as traditional episodes. All of the episodes were spoofs of famous movies. The Characters Alvin Seville Alvin is the oldest of the chipmunks, and also the lead singer of their group. He is most often the one who gets them into trouble, (usually in an attempt to get rich or famous) and tends to be selfish, self centered, and conceited at times. He really hates to be alone and is VERY vain about his looks, although he does suffer from 'small munk complex'. (his height). Regardless of all this, he is very protective of his brothers. Simon Seville Simon is the middle brother of the chipmunks and is considered the brain of the group. He is always the voice of reason and logic behind Alvin's crazy schemes, and usually (unsuccessfully), tries to talk him out of following these crazy ideas.. He is very level headed in tough situations and is a strong believer in following the rules-- though occasionally he does break them along with his brothers to make sure they don't get into too much trouble... In his spare time, he enjoys reading and studying. Theodore Seville Theodore is the youngest chipmunk, considered the nicest out of all the chipmunks and can get along with just about anyone-- although he does tend to be shy at times. He loves to eat and almost always seems to be hungry. He also enjoys cooking and baking in his spare time-- ( which helps explain his cute little plump figure) and tends to scare easily. He usually gets really nervous when he's around a girl he likes, and tends to be a little slow when it comes to learning in school. David "Dave" Seville Dave is the Chipmunks adoptive father, and also their manager. He found the boys after they were abandoned on his doorstep, and loves them as if they were his own. But Alvin is always driving him crazy with his schemes, causing him to yell his name in exasperation. Brittany Miller Brittany is the oldest of her sisters, and also the lead singer of their group. She can be egotistical and selfish, just like Alvin at times, and is EXTREMELY vain about her looks. She enjoys acting, modeling, and singing-- and is constantly competing with the Chipmunks over whose group is better. Since she is supposed to be the counterpart of Alvin, she too is always coming up with different ideas on how to get rich and famous. And again, just like Alvin, she tends to be very protective of her sisters-- although at times, it takes her awhile.... Jeanette Miller Jeanette is the brains of the group, and also the nice one, though she is very clumsy. Yet her personality doesn't resemble Simon's very much (except for her intelligence). In that respect, she is much more like Theodore. She is very kind towards her sisters, and tends to be quiet and shy. She is very confident about who she is, however, and doesn't seem to care what other people think about her. In her spare time she enjoys reading and studying. Eleanor Miller Just like Theodore, Eleanor loves to cook and bake, and because of it, is a little plump. Here though, the similarity ends. Her personality is not really like Theodore's at all: in reality, it's actually closer to Simon's than anyone else's. Like him, she is usually the one who tries to talk Brittany out of following her crazy schemes and tends to gets extremely annoyed and complains when her sister does something stupid. In a way, however, she is also a lot like Alvin: she is very athletic and good at almost every sport and would do anything to help her sisters. In this way, I think Eleanor is supposed to be a combination of all the Chipmunks, even though she is usually meant to represent Theodore's counterpart. Miss Beatrice Miller Miss Miller is the strange, eccentric, but nice, old lady who lives next door to the Chipmunks. She also happens to have a crush on Dave! She eventually ends up raising the Chipettes. Harry A sneaky, greedy, con-artist chipmunk who originally pretends to be the Chipmunks' long-lost mother's younger brother, in order to get them to work for him, with minimum wage: (or nothing at all). The Chipmunks eventually figure out that he's not really their uncle, and so successfully scheme to take the money he made off of them, and leave, returning to Dave. Harry, however, makes several more appearances throughout the television series. At his last, he even cons the Chipettes. Vinny, the Chipmunks' Mother Eventually, the Chipmunks go searching for their long-lost mother, Vinny, and after days of a treacherous search, actually manage to find her! At first, everyone's happy, but eventually Alvin gets upset since he doesn't understand why she abandoned them. Vinny explains that the year she abandoned them there was a horrible winter and all of the animals in the forest were forced to leave their homes because of it. The fact that they were so young, forced her to realize that they wouldn't survive the journey if she brought them with her. So instead, Vinny decided to leave them with a nice man who was always kind to the forest animals (Dave). She said, "Giving up her babies was the hardest thing she ever did," and then told them that when spring came and she could finally return to get them, she saw how happy they were with Dave, and thought they'd be better off with him. Eventually, Alvin forgives Vinny, and they all part ways on a good note: promising to keep in touch. Theme Song Lyrics "Watch out...cause here we come! It's been a while but we're back in style So get set to have some fun We'll bring you action and satisfaction We're the Chipmunks C-H-I-P-M-U-N-K We're the Chipmunks Guaranteed to brighten your day When you feel like a laugh Give us a call we'll give you our all And if you feel like a song Tune in to us and sing right along We're the Chipmunks Coming on stronger than ever before We're the Chipmunks Alvin, Simon, Theodore! Do-do, do-do-do-do!"moreless
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    Suddenly Susan

    Suddenly Susan

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    Workplace situation comedy centered on the character of Susan, a "somewhat sheltered" magazine writer who has dumped her rich fiancé at the altar and must now cope with being suddenly single - complicated by the fact that her boss at hip San Francisco magazine The Gate is her ex's brother Jack. He has promoted her from copy editor to writer of a column on being single in the '90s, thus irritating her co-workers: caustic lifestyle columnist Vicki, Cuban playboy photographer Luis, and rock critic Todd (whose limited attention span after years of MTV necessitates his being celibate). Susan's main support is her loving grandmother Nana. In highly publicized trouble before it ever aired, Suddenly Susan had to switch formats from a bookstore (shades of Ellen) to a magazine workplace setting - sort of Mary Richards going to work for Lou Grant at the Trib. Despite some bright writing and reasonably funny performances (especially from Brooke Shields, who got surprising mileage out of the problems inherent in being very tall and attractive), the show never quite jelled, perhaps because the characters were never even remotely credible as functioning journalists. Susan was put on hiatus to make room for NBC's retooling of The Naked Truth. It later returned to the NBC schedule in late February 1997 and subsequently did well enough to be renewed for the Fall 1997 television season. In Germany the show is known simply as Susan.moreless
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    Just Shoot Me!

    Just Shoot Me!

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    Nominated for six Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes (including Best Comedy), "Just Shoot Me" is the critically acclaimed ensemble comedy from multiple award-winning writer/producer Steven Levitan. Now entering its seventh season, the series shifts to Tuesday nights after generating top-10 demographic ratings over the past two seasons as part of NBC's top-rated "Must See TV" Thursday lineup. Set in the New York editorial offices of the fictional fashion magazine Blush, "Just Shoot Me" follows the lives of Blush's colorful staff, including Maya Gallo (Laura San Giacomo), a serious journalist who is determined to change the magazine's "fluffy" tone despite the efforts of her father, Blush publisher Jack Gallo (George Segal), who remains focused solely on his bottom line and the things he feels women want. Also on staff are beauty and fashion editor Nina Van Horn (Wendie Malick), a fast-living, neurotic ex-model; Blush's commitment-phobic, in-house photographer, Elliott DiMauro (Enrico Colantoni), and Jack's wisecracking, power-hungry assistant, Dennis Finch (David Spade). During the 2002-2003 season, "Just Shoot Me" also welcomes Blush's newest hire, Vicki Costa (Rena Sofer), Brooklyn hairstylist who serves as Jack's guru of style and confidante.moreless
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    Veronica's Closet

    Veronica's Closet

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    NBC (ended 2000)
    From the creators of Friends, Veronica's Closet is a workplace sitcom following the life of Ronnie Chase, the successful media magnate behind fashionable lingerie and book company Veronica's Closet. Unfortunately for Ronnie, things in her life start going awry, as her husband leaves her and she finds herself hitting middle-age.

    Veronica's Closet was broadcast on NBC, and produced by Warner Bros. Television and Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions. The series ran for three seasons before being canceled, resulting in the final four episodes being left unseen until the series showed up in syndication.moreless
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    Family Ties

    Family Ties

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    NBC (ended 1989)
    Family Ties first aired in September of 1982 on NBC and was one of the first of a wave of family comedies that emerged in the 1980's. With a rocky start in the ratings, Family Ties rose to number 2 after it was placed in the prized time-slot right after The Cosby Show and remained there from 1984 until 1987. The series centered around the Keaton family, Steven and his wife Elyse, both flower children of the 1960's. They had four children, Alex, Mallory, Jennifer and Andrew, who was born in 1985. What was unique about Family Ties was that it blended family comedy with politics. The 1960's flower children, Steven and Elyse clashed with the 1980's conservative, Alex. The show, in a way, showed the changing values during the Reagan era. Besides political views, Family Ties covered a number of controversial topics ranging from suicide to racism to drug dependency. Skippy was a neighbor who had a never-ending crush on Mallory. Ellen was Alex's first serious girlfriend. After breaking up with her, he became seriously involved with Lauren, a psychology student and Nick Moore was Mallory's serious boyfriend. First Telecast: September 22, 1982 Last Telecast: September 17, 1989 Episodes: 180 Color Episodes Theme Song: Without Us Written by: Jeff Barry and Tom Scott Sung by: Mindy Sterling and Dennis Tufano (1982) Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams (1982-1989) NBC Broadcast History September 1982-March 1983----Wednesdays----9:30 p.m. March-August 1983----Mondays----8:30 p.m. August-December 1983----Wednesdays----9:30 p.m. January 1984-August 1987----Thursdays----8:30 p.m. August-September 1987----Sundays----8:00 & 8:30 p.m. September 1987-September 1989----Sundays----8:00 p.m. Nielsen Ratings: (Top 30 or Better) #5 in the 1984-1985 Season #2 in the 1985-1986 Season #2 in the 1986-1987 Season #17 in the 1987-1988 Seasonmoreless
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    Stark Raving Mad

    Stark Raving Mad

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    NBC (ended 2000)
    Tony Award nominee Tony Shalhoub and Neil Patrick Harris return to series television in this comedy series from Emmy Award winner Steven Levitan. Harris stars as Henry McNeely, a young, book editor who is thrust into the dark and chaotic world of best-selling horror writer Ian Stark. Providing distractions as Henry tries to keep Stark on track, are Stark's dazed writing assistant Jake Donavan, sassy bartender/college student Maddie Keller and Stark's overly affectionate dog, Edgar. (NBC press release)

    Yet another could've-been hit blundered by the collaborative incompetence of former entertainment president Garth Ancier and former (notice a pattern?) West Coast president Scott Sassa, Stark Raving Mad received a full season pickup. And that's where the network's support began and ended. Stark never clicked with the audience watching the show it followed on the schedule, Frasier, rendering it a time slot hit -- and not much of one at that. Though common sense would have suggested that's because their brand of humor was incompatible... well, it was on NBC, after all. After the original 13 episodes were broadcast by January, 2000, (at which time Regis Philbin stepped in and sent the show into a deep Nielsen gorge), the series bounced off and on -- mostly off -- the schedule, and nearly half of the back nine that the network ordered in November, 1999 were never broadcast at all. Although NBC executives believe that sitcoms that don't work on Thursday won't work anywhere, your editor doesn't. He does, though, wonder what might have been had Stark Raving Mad aired on Tuesday after Just Shoot Me -- which it was perfectly compatible with. Guess we'll never know. Besides, three years later, and Ancier's/Sassa's even more incompetent replacement, Jeff Zucker, was playing the same hide-and-seek games with JSM that they were with SRM.

    "Batty, bonkers, crazy, loopy, loony, hazy Chaotic, neurotic, peculiar and amazing Demented, deranged, particularly strange Frantic, ranting, shaky, flaky, making me insane." -- theme song

    Stark Raving Mad is produced by Steven Levitan Productions, in association with 20th Century Fox Television

    Broadcast History

    Sep 1999-Mar 2000, Thu 9:30-10:00 Jul 2000, Thu 9:30-10:00moreless
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    A Muppets Christmas Special

    A Muppets Christmas Special

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    A Muppets Christmas Special is an NBC television movie starring Jim Henson's Muppets. After an accident in the post office on Christmas Eve, Gonzo discovers he accidentally went home with three letters to Santa. Stricken with fear that three people won't receive their gifts from Santa, Gonzo enlists the other Muppets to help him hand-deliver the letters to the North Pole, guaranteeing everyone will have a happy Christmas. It's up to Gonzo, Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear and the other Muppets to save the day. Along the way they meet many new friends, including North Pol Airlines clerk Joy (played by Uma Thurman) and a naughty-listed police officer named Frank Meany (played by Nathan Lane). Other celebrity cameos include Whoopi Goldberg and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. This is the Muppets' 28th television special since their first aired in 1970. A Muppets Christmas Special is a fun-for-the-whole-family holiday celebration, featuring music by veteran Muppets songwriter Paul Williams.moreless
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