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January 6

January 6, 2015 – Marvel’s Agent Carter Premieres on ABC

“It’s just…during the war I had a sense of purpose, responsibility. But now, I connect the calls, but I never get a chance to make them. Do you know what I mean?”

On January 6, 2015, the live-action television series Marvel’s Agent Carter premiered on ABC. The series was based on the character of Peggy Carter from the Captain America film series, which in turn was based on the Marvel comic book series. It was set right after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger, with the timeline of right after World War II, and shared continuity with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The show aired for two seasons, for a total of eighteen episodes; although it achieved high critical praise, viewership declined, and the show was cancelled at the end of the second season. It starred Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis, Chad Michael Murray as Jack Thompson, Enver Gjokaj as Daniel Sousa and Shea Whigham as Roger Dooley.

The series begins in 1946’s New York City, with Agent Peggy Carter remembering the moment when she lost the love of her life, Steve Rogers (also known as Captain America). She reads the newspaper to find that her friend Howard Stark has been wanted for questioning in regards to the sale of weapons-grade technology to enemies of the United States. She continues to recall her life as she cleans up her apartment. She is greeted by friend Colleen, who urges Peggy to go out and start dating again, unaware of Peggy’s real occupation as an agent of the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). Peggy heads into work, and refuses to let her boss, Roger Dooley, assign her to phone duty. There, the agents are briefed more on Howard Stark, and his fall from grace. Six of Stark’s inventions have shown up on the black market, and he’s been branded as a fugitive from justice. Peggy objects to this, knowing her friend is not a traitor, but Dooley refuses to listen. Fellow agent Daniel Sousa stands up for Peggy when another agent makes a misogynistic comment about her, although she isn’t pleased, because she can handle it herself. The rest of the staff treats her like a secretary, but Peggy won’t let that phase her.

Peggy goes to a local diner, where she sees her waitress friend Angie. She then finds a mysterious note on her table telling her to head to the alley in five minutes, and there she finds a mysterious stranger who plans to take her, but Peggy defends herself, only to find that it’s her friend Howard Stark and his butler, Edwin Jarvis. Stark asserts his innocence, saying that he has a secret vault where he stashes his “bad babies,” the inventions he doesn’t even trust with his friends. While he was in Monaco, his vault had been broken into, with the inventions then ending up on the black market. He asks Peggy to clear his name, as he wants to find the person who did this, and he trusts her more than anyone. He offers her a “mission that matters,” and she is intrigued by the offer. Stark then leaves to retrieve some of his “bad babies,” and warns her that another will end up in New York the next day before leaving her in the care of his butler, Jarvis.

The next day, Peggy sets to work on her new mission, and provides Agent Sousa with some false information about Stark hating water to drive him off the trail. Sousa lets her know that Thompson is working on a lead from club owner Spider Raymond, with a team going in undercover. She asks for a sick day to deal with “ladies things,” which she is reluctantly granted by Dooley. That night, the deal for Stark’s invention goes down at Raymond’s club La Martinique, while Peggy arrives disguised as a blonde, Raymond’s weakness. She is able to make her way past his bodyguard to Raymond’s office, and inquires about Stark’s invention: molecular nitramene. She tries to seduce Raymond for the formula, but he kisses her and gets inadvertently knocked out by her lipstick, which doubles as a sedative. She then opens his safe to find that the formula has already been turned into a weapon. She calls Jarvis, and they both realize that the bomb is now ready to go off, and she now needs to deactivate it. As this occurs, Agent Thompson and his team arrive at the club. As Raymond’s bodyguard shows up to warn him about the SSR agents, Peggy overpowers him and sneaks out while a man in a green suit heads up the stairs to see Raymond. When Raymond wakes up, he panics when he sees the safe open, but is then killed by the man in the green suit. Peggy manages to sneak out past Thompson and heads home, unaware that she has been followed out by the man in the green suit.

When Peggy arrives at the apartment, she starts working to deactivate the bomb, and manages to do so. Unfortunately, when she steps out of the bathroom, she finds that Colleen has been killed, and the man the green suit is there with a gun. She notices he has a scar on his neck where his voice box is, rendering him unable to speak, and manages to push him out a window, but he disappears. The next day she reports the news of the night’s events to Jarvis, berating herself for getting Colleen killed. Jarvis consoles her, telling her she’s a credit to her profession and capable of doing such good. He takes her to meet Dr. Anton Vanko at Stark Industries, who informs them of what the bomb is made of, and where production can be traced: Roxxon Oil Refinery. He always warns them that the bomb, while no longer volatile, is still active, releasing Vita-Rays. This prompts Peggy to search for Steve Rogers’ file at SSR HQ, and is interrupted by Agent Sousa. He cheers her up, and she puts away Steve’s picture before pulling out what she was really looking for. Meanwhile, the man in the green suit tells his superiors about Peggy’s interference and requests permission to terminate her, which he is granted.

Peggy and Jarvis head to Roxxon Oil, and Peggy sneaks inside the facility alone. There, she discovers that the facility is mass-producing the nitramine weapons. Unfortunately, as Jarvis tries to warn Peggy via radio, it gives away her position in the factory, but she is able to subdue most of the factory workers, save for the silent Leet Brannis, who reveals a whole truck full on the nitramine bombs, as well as the same scar on his neck as the man in the green suit. He uses a special machine to speak to Peggy, informing her that he is just a businessman that sells to people who murder, and that Leviathan is coming. He then lets one of the bombs loose, giving her 30 seconds to get out of the way. She is able to escape into the car with Jarvis before the factory explodes, and the pair marvel at the destruction. Meanwhile, back at SSR HQ, Dooley and Thompson talk about Raymond’s murder when they get the call that Roxxon Oil has been blown up, and that the building is just gone. The next day, Peggy and Jarvis debrief on what she had been told about Leviathan, and Jarvis heads out to check Stark’s files. Afterwards, Peggy manages to stop Angie’s harasser from doing further damage, while Jarvis gets on the phone with Stark, and agrees that she will be an excellent choice.

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December 30

December 30, 1990 – The Final Episode of Hull High Premieres on NBC

“The school that’s never bored of education!”

On December 30, 1990, the final episode of the short-lived musical drama series Hull High premiered on NBC. Created by Gil Grant, the series centered around a group of students and teachers at a Southern California high school that featured musical numbers and a Greek chorus element. The musical numbers were choreographed by Peggy Holmes and Kenny Ortega; the latter is well-known for his work on the popular High School Musical series. The series starred Will Lyman as John Deerborn, Nancy Valen as Donna Breedlove, George Martin as Mr. Dobosh, Harold Pruett as Cody Rome, Mark Ballou as Mark, Marty Belafsky as Louis Plumb, Marshall Bell as Jim Fancher, Kristin Dattilo as DJ, and Cheryl Pollack as Camilla. The series only aired eight episodes, as it proved to be uninteresting to viewers.

October 28

October 28, 1992 – The ABC Television Series Laurie Hill Airs Last Episode

On October 28, 1992, the final episode of the ABC television sitcom Laurie Hill aired before the series was cancelled. Created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black, the series centered around pediatrician Laurie Hill, who was fiercely dedicated to her work and her family, and trying to balance the expectations and demands of both. Unfortunately, the series never seemed to take off on the network, and was cancelled after only five episodes of the ten episode order had aired, leaving the rest of the season still unaired as of 2018. The series was notable for being one of the earliest roles of Ellen DeGeneres, who would go on to have her own successful show by the same creators, starting in 1994. The series starred DeLane Matthews as Dr. Laurie Hill, Robert Clohessy as Jeff Hill, Eric Lloyd as Leo Hill, Ellen DeGeneres as Nancy MacIntyre, Kurt Fuller as Dr. Spencer Kramer, Joseph Maher as Dr. Walter Wiseman, and Doris Belack as Beverly Fielder.

September 11

September 11, 1988 – The Final Disney Sunday Movie Premieres

“Good evening, and welcome to classic night on the Disney Sunday Movie.”

On September 11, 1988, the Disney Sunday Movie had its last broadcast on ABC. Running since February 2, 1986, this was the 6th incarnation of the Walt Disney anthology series (which began in 1954 as Walt Disney’s Disneyland). Ratings were never strong with this series, as it competed against 60 Minutes and Murder, She Wrote; the program was reduced from two-hours to one to keep it in competition. However, after the cancellation at ABC, NBC picked up the next incarnation: The Magical World of Disney, which would run from 1988 to 1990.

September 3

September 3, 1990 – The Challengers Premieres on Television

On September 3, 1990, the syndicated game show The Challengers premiered on television. A joint production between Rob Greenberg Productions, Dick Clark Productions, and Disney’s Buena Vista Television. Presented by Dick Clark, the show featured three contestants – one being a returning champion – competing in a sprint round, two rounds of questions, a final challenge, and a bonus ultimate challenge. One of the things that made this show unique is the tie to current events, which necessitated the show being filmed shortly before their airdate. The show was cancelled on August 30, 1991.

April 18

April 18, 1983 – Good Morning, Mickey Premieres on The Disney Channel

“Good morning, and good morning, Mickey, we’re gonna get up and on our way.”

On April 18, 1983, the original program Good Morning, Mickey premiered on The Disney Channel. The show was a compilation of the classic short films that accompanied films in the golden age of animation. The show mostly featured Mickey, but appearances were made by the other classic Disney characters, including Goofy, Donald, Pluto, and Chip ‘n’ Dale. After 80 episodes, the show was replaced by the show Mickey Mouse Tracks in 1992.

January 4

January 4, 2016 – The Musical Comedy Series Galavant Premieres on ABC

“Yay! He ruled in every way! A fairytale cliché! And people called him Galavant!”

On January 4, 2016, the musical comedy series Galavant premiered on ABC. Serving as the mid-season replacement for the series Once Upon a Time, the series followed the musical adventures of the knight Galavant as he seeks to reclaim his honor after his love Madalena jilts him for the evil King Richard. Aided by Princess Isabella, who wishes to reclaim her kingdom from Richard, and his squire Sid, Galavant journeys to the Kingdom of Valencia to take on the king. The series lasted for two seasons with 18 episodes, before it was cancelled in 2016. It starred Joshua Sasse as Galavant, Timothy Omundson as King Richard, Vinnie Jones as Gareth, Karen David as Princess Isabella, and Luke Youngblood as Sid. Music for the show was written by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater.