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    Exosquad

    Exosquad

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    USA (ended 1995)
    ExoSquad is set in the early 22nd century, and by that time humanity has made two major advancements. They have developed terraforming methods, which has made it possible for humans to inhabit not only Earth, but Venus and Mars as well. The second major achievement was in the field of genetic engineering, which enabled the creation of a new race, called Neo sapiens. This new race, since it was to be used as slave labor in the mines on Mars, was created to be physically superior to Homo sapiens (referred to as Terrans). A Neo sapien is stronger, larger, and can survive in harsher conditions that his human counterpart. A Neo sapien requires less food and no sleep. One feature denied to the Neo sapien race was the ability to procreate, thus the only way for a new Neo sapien to be created is in a brood chamber. Despite this shortcoming, some Neo sapiens resemble males, while others tend to be considered female. Mentally and psychologically Neo sapiens are similar to Terrans, for they are not any more intelligent and they do experience emotions (although they often seem tempered or dulled).

    Neo sapiens had been created decades before ExoSquad epic begins. Fifty years beforehand the Neo sapiens rebelled against their masters, in an attempt to win their own freedom. A new Terran invention, the e-frame, was instrumental in the suppression of the revolt. The exo-frame is a machine that the user climbs into an operates in part by a cybernetic link. The e-frame becomes a larger, stronger extension of the human body (normally 8'-12' tall with two arms and two legs). When equipped with weaponry, such as missiles or machine guns, it becomes a potent weapon. In battle it can act similar to a tank, in that it is heavily armored and carries more firepower than an infantry soldier. Because e-frames have flight capability they are effective in providing air support for ground troops. They are also used in a manner similar to fighters when two opposing space fleets engage each other. An exosquad is, as the name suggests, a squadron of these exo-frames. The Neo sapiens did not have this technology during their first rebellion, and it led to their downfall. Apparently the revolt was not restricted to only Mars, although that is where the uprising was centered. The rebellion was organized by a Neo sapien named Marsala, who later joins the ExoFleet and is a member during the second rebellion. This first Neo sapien revolt was finally supressed by his capture, after his whereabouts were revealed when his captured (by Winfield?) brood brother Phaeton was threatened with death.

    Although Neo sapiens were granted some rights, as well as control of the planet Mars, they were by no means equal, de jure or de facto, to their Terran counterparts. Many Terrans continued to harbor prejudice against the Neo sapiens, while others did consider Neo sapiens as equals. The First Neo sapien Rebellion actually did little to change the status of Neo sapiens, and many of them hoped to eventually achieve equality.

    The Neo sapiens were not the only disenfranchised people in the solar system. The Pirates are descendants of Earth criminals that were sentenced to hard labor, and were sent to mining operations on the moons of the outer planets. With the creation of Neo sapiens, whose physical abilities made them better slaves, the pirate ancestors were abandoned on those moons. They survived, however, and were able to build spaceships of their own, so that they could attack other (mostly Earth) ships and steal whatever they needed or wanted. Many of them developed a sense of hatred for the Terrans (who lived in luxury) and the ExoFleet (whose sole purpose seemed to be to hunt them), and often the feeling was mutual.

    Phaeton, who had ascended to Governor of the Martian Commonwealth, seized the opportunity afforded him by the renewed Pirate threat. Phaeton had been secretly diverting funds from the Martian treasury to the production of military hardware, building guns, ships, and e-frames. Since the Terrans had not given rights to the Neo sapiens, Phaeton was determined to take those rights by force. He supported, though it probably would have occurred regardless of his support, the assembly of a large task force which had the express purpose of going to the outer planets and eliminating the Pirate threat. Most of the ExoFleet's ships and e-frames were dedicated to this effort. The fleet consisted of several ExoCarriers plus support ships, with Admiral Winfield (whose flag was on the Resolute) in command. Once the ExoFleet had reached their destination and had begun engaging the Pirates, Phaeton and his forces struck.

    The Neo sapiens quickly and easily conquered the worlds inhabited by the Terrans. General Shiva spearheaded the successful assault of Earth. General Draconis was in command of the force that subdued the relatively sparsely populated Venus. The remnants of the ExoFleet that had not been assigned to the assault on the Pirate moons were quickly overcome and were only barely able to contact the task force before they were permanently silenced.

    The task force had successfully reached its first target, and had forced a Pirate withdrawal from the moon Enceladus with relatively minor losses. A temporary crippling loss occurred when Admiral Winfield was knocked unconscious in the course of the battle. Captain Matthew Marcus assumed command of the fleet and ordered the pursuit of the Pirates to their base on Tethys. It was while preparing to attack that they received word of the Neo sapien assault. Captain Marcus froze, and Lt. J.T. Marsh called off the attack. The fleet turned and began the long trip back to Earth, and Marcus was determined to strike at the newly formed Neo sapien Commonwealth. His plan was to attack as quickly as possible, partly because he was angered by the surprise uprising, and partly because the Neo sapiens had not had time to completely consolidate their gains. Marsh objected, and attempted to override the order, on the grounds that the support ships could not keep up with the ExoCarriers, and that attacking without the entire fleet would be suicidal. Marcus had Marsh thrown in the brig and charged with mutiny, and Marsh was sentenced to die.

    The Neo sapiens had both their Earth and Martian fleets converge and intercept the approaching ExoCarriers. It was during the battle that Admiral Winfield awoke, and when he did he immediately ordered a withdrawal. Marsh had escaped from his guards with the help of his fellow members of Able Squad when the attack came, and, with Adm. Winfield's permission, took command of four e-frame squads. By directly attacking the Neo sapien flagship he forced the Neo sapiens to redirect their assault, away from the ExoCarriers, giving them the time they needed to escape. Marsh and his fellow Able Squad pilots were all sentenced to spend a year in the brig for the escape, but it was a year during which no battles were fought, since Winfield used the time to repair and rebuild the fleet.

    At that point the pace of the war increased, and the Pirates were soon drawn into the conflict. The television show ExoSquad chronicled this future conflict, focusing primarily on the heroic efforts of Able Squad, the e-frame group commanded by Lt. Marsh.moreless
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    The Starter Wife

    The Starter Wife

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    USA (ended 2008)
    The Starter Wife, based on the best-selling novel by Gigi Levangie Grazer, chronicles the events of one woman's life following her divorce after years of marriage to a Hollywood studio executive. Debra Messing (Will & Grace, Ned and Stacy) stars in the six-hour mini-series. Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon (Runaway Bride, 3 Men and a Little Lady) wrote the screenplay, and the Emmy-nominated Jon Avnet (Uprising, The Burning Bed, Fried Green Tomatoes) has directed and produced the event. The premiere is a two-hour event, followed by four weekly hour-long episodes.moreless
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    Touching Evil

    Touching Evil

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    USA (ended 2004)
    Jeffrey Donovan (Storyteller, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2) stars as Detective David Creegan, who after surviving a near-fatal gunshot wound to the head, takes a 12-month psychological leave of absence. He returns to work for the FBI's new Organized and Serial Crime Unit, a rapid-response, elite crime squad. His brush with death renders him fearless in his relentless pursuit of justice as he and his partner Vera Farminga (UC: Undercover) specialize in solving shocking, high profile crimes.moreless
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    The Huntress

    The Huntress

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    USA (ended 2001)
    Dottie Thorson, wife of murdered bounty-hunting legend Ralph "Papa" Thorson, carries on the family business out of financial necessity. She is assisted by her feisty, cynical daughter Brandi, who is much more born to the business than her domesticated mother. They are often assisted by "Tiny" Bellows, who also provides a love interest for Dottie. Rounding out the cast of regulars is their frequent employer, bail bondsman Ricky Guzman. After a successful TV-Movie, episodes of the series that eventually followed were widely scattered over a long first (and only) season (or maybe three "mini-seasons") and shown in several different time slots, until coming to an end in September 2001.moreless
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    Cover Me

    Cover Me

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    USA
    Cover Me is a comedic drama TV series developed by Shaun Cassidy for the USA Network that follows the Arno family, a unique family of five who finds themselves pulled along into the father's job. When Danny and Barbara (Peter Dobson and Melora Hardin) decided to have kids, they made a pact to never hide the details of their work. Something that was easier said than done, considering Danny Arno is an undercover FBI agent. As he freelances for all the major agencies across the globe, he takes his family along for the ride as his confidential informant wife tries to provide the normal in a not so normal home for their three kids. Pretty and romantic, sixteen-year-old Celeste (Cameron Richardson) is the only one reluctant to be pulled in to the cases, mostly because she ultimately gains a crush on the enemy. Fourteen-year-old Ruby (Antoinette Picatto) is constantly rallying to do anything and everything, whether it's from becoming each school's homecoming queen or having the fastest gun-cleaning time out of her family. Then, there's eleven-year-old Chance (Michael Angarano), who as the youngest is a natural con artist with such a knack for spy life his parents' wouldn't know what to do without him. Based on a real life undercover family, the Arnos put their talents, whether it's from putting a defector or a terrorist away or getting the kids in bed on time, to use.moreless
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    Peacemakers

    Peacemakers

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    USA (ended 2003)
    The Western Frontier is disappearing as encroaching civilization and the industrial age meet in 1882. Nowhere is the clash of the old and new more evident than in law enforcement. With the advent of such innovations as fingerprinting and photography, modern police investigation is born.

    "Peacemakers" revolves around the often contentious relationship between a grizzled, middle-aged Federal Marshall played by Tom Berenger ("Platoon," "Major League") and his cocky young deputy played by Peter O'Meara ("Band of Brothers"), who is a former Pinkerton agent from Chicago with a degree from Yale and a wagonload of forensic equipment.

    "Peacemakers'" two-hour pilot is completed and the production of the eight new episodes will begin in May 2003. Rick Ramage ("Stigmata," "Haunted") is the writer/executive producer and the director/co-executive producer is Larry Carroll ("Brimstone," "The Huntress"). Michael R. Joyce (USA's "Attila," "Atomic Train") serves as producer. The production company is Michael R. Joyce Productions, Inc.moreless
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    Kojak

    Kojak

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    USA (ended 2005)
    New York's most famous police lieutenant from the 70's is back! The candy eating, jazz and fashion loving bald guy hunts criminals again. This time Ving Rhames plays the role of Theo Kojak. Kojak doesn't do the police work after the book; he fallows his heart while he searches for the bad guys. His methods are successful, but he needs protection by his old friend and boss Captain Frank McNeil. While out of duty Kojak enjoys his life listening and playing jazz, other than that he loves to dress up in the latest fashion clothes. Although the series was very successful on its cable network, it didn't manage to survive longer than one seasion.moreless
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    The Big Easy

    The Big Easy

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    USA (ended 1997)
    Welcome to The Big Easy guide at TV.com Series created by Jacqueline Zambrano Season 1 theme written by Wardell Quezergue & Chief "Smiley" Ricks The Big Easy was a cop show with a drawl and a glint in the eye. Det. Remy McSwain, a smooth-talking ladies's man, tracked down criminals in the colorful alleyways of New Orleans. Always ready to bend the law to get things done - as was everyone else in the Crescent City, apparently - Remy met his match in uptight federal attorney Anne Osborne, who came to investigate a crime and decided to stay. Civil War buff, C. D. was both Remy's uncle and his boss on the police force. Darlene was his man-hungry co-worker. Smiley his jazzman friend and street informant, and Lightnin' the scheeming D.A., and Janine Rebbenack his protege in season two. Filmed on location in New Orleansmoreless
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    Manhattan, AZ

    Manhattan, AZ

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    USA (ended 2000)
    Daniel Henderson (Brian McNamara) was an LA cop who made a living by putting on a dress every day and going to work for the vice squad until tragedy struck and his wife was killed in a freak Greenpeace accident. Feeling lost and left alone to raise his teenage son, Atticus (Vincent Berry), Henderson takes up the job of sheriff of Manhattan, AZ, a town so small it's not even on the map. Once in Manhattan, Henderson is confronted by the town's mayor, Jake Manhattan (Chad Everett), who had stretched the truth a little about the town and Henderson's role in it. Henderson quickly finds he has his hands full with a town full of eccentrics being led by the strangest of them all, Mayor Manhattan. Manhattan, AZ made it's premiere on the USA network on July 23, 2000.moreless
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    The Special

    The Special

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    USA
    An energetic and optimistic homicide detective who works for the LAPD also suffers from hypomania.
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    On We Go

    On We Go

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    USA
    Nathan Lane stars as a unlucky actor who thinks he is cursed because he resembles (even though he is not) Nathan Lane.
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    Over/Under

    Over/Under

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    USA
    A day trader is fired from his job due to his serious gambling problem that has cost his company millions of dollars. He moves to a new neighborhood with his wife and finds a surprising new path that will help him rebuild his life.moreless
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    Regular Einstein

    Regular Einstein

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    USA
    The Duncans, a family of three genius kids and one younger brother who is not exactly smart but is a good cop, and with some help from his siblings, might make a good detective.moreless
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    American Character Along Highway 50

    American Character Along Highway 50

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    USA
    USA Network and legendary journalist Tom Brokaw are hitting the road to capture the changing face of a nation in the documentary American Character Along Highway 50, premiering in January. Brokaw will be traveling from coast to coast on historic Highway 50, a route often called the backbone of America, to document the profound economic, political and cultural changes Americans are experiencing during these uncertain, and particularly historic, times.moreless
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    Winslow

    Winslow

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    USA
    Jimmy Winslow, a private detective who is also a recovering alcoholic, has a father in jail and an ex-girlfriend he is trying to get back with.
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    Hard Cover

    Hard Cover

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    USA
    A middle-aged mom becomes an undercover operative working with a rogue FBI agent.
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    The Exceptions

    The Exceptions

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    USA
    The socialite daughter of the Mayor of New York City has been sentenced to jail based on fake charges and uses her social status to help solve cases like hers that leave people wrongfully accused.moreless
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    Big in Japan

    Big in Japan

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    USA
    The members of a popular boy band who are reuniting.
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    Silent Partner

    Silent Partner

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    USA
    An ambulance-chasing lawyer and his paralegal create a partnership where he is working in Florida and she works from India.
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    M. Deity

    M. Deity

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    USA
    A doctor who worked hard to save many lives following Hurricane Katrina eventually is slowed down by hospital bureaucracy.
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