Twice in a Lifetime (TV series)

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Twice in a Lifetime
Genre Drama/Mystery
Created by Steve Sohmer
Written by Randy Brown
Liz Coe
Star Frohman
Babs Greyhosky
Jim Kramer
Neil Landau
Suzanne Marcus Levine
Pamela K. Long
Mike Scott
Steve Sohmer
Marcy Vosburgh
Robert Wolterstorff
Directed by Graeme Campbell
Holly Dale
Steve DiMarco
Alan Goluboff
Manfred Guthe
Allan King
Eleanor Lindo
Graeme Lynch
David Winning
Starring Al Waxman
Gordie Brown
Paul Popowich
Theme music composer Glenn Morley
Composer(s) Marvin Dolgay
Glenn Morley
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 44
Production
Executive producer(s) Stephen J. Brackely (2000-2001)
Pamela K. Long (2000-2001)
Michael Prupas (1999-2000)
Barney Rosenzweig (1999-2000)
Producer(s) Paul Leishman
Deborah Nathan
Michael J. Maschio
Paula Smith
Marilyn Stonehouse
Editor(s) Jean Coulombe
Eric Goddard
Rob MacKinnon
Brett Sullivan
Cinematography Manfred Guthe
Maris H. Jansons
Harald Ortenburger
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CTV
Original run August 25, 1999 (1999-08-25) – May 30, 2001 (2001-05-30)

Twice in a Lifetime is a Canadian mystery/drama series that originally aired from 1999 to 2001. Created by Steve Sohmer, the series aired on CTV in Canada and PAX in the United States.

Synopsis[edit]

A key concept to the series was that each episode featured a different guest star in the leading role, while series regulars played a supporting role. Episodes centered on an individual who had reached the end of their life in one timeline, and due to circumstances seen by their advocate or the judge, been given 3 days to travel into their past and convince their younger self to make a different choice at a pivotal point to effect a different outcome.

Season One featured Gordie Brown as Mr. Jones, and Paul Popowich played the role of Mr. Smith in Season Two. Al Waxman, who played Judge Othniel, died shortly before the end of the series.

Production staff[edit]

Ten episodes were directed by sci-fi veteran David Winning; including "The Trouble with Harry" (Jere Burns, Brent Carver), "Moonshine Over Harlem" (Earle Hyman) and "It's a Hard Knock Life" (Markie Post). Veteran television producer Barney Rosenzweig (Charlie's Angels, Cagney and Lacey) oversaw the first season of the series.

Episode list[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Episode # Episode title Guest star(s) Original airdate
1-1 "Sixteen Candles" Gwynyth Walsh August 25, 1999
1-2 "Death and Taxes" Corbin Bernsen September 1, 1999
1-3 "Healing Touch" Jonelle Allen and Maurice Dean Wint September 8, 1999
1-4 "Ashes to Ashes" Stephanie Zimbalist September 15, 1999
1-5 "Double Exposure" Kate Jackson and Richard Eden September 22, 1999
1-6 "The Blame Game" Ron Glass and Polly Bergen and Michael Cera September 29, 1999
1-7 "Blood Brothers" Joe Penny and Polly Bergen October 13, 1999
1-8 "School's Out" Roberta Maxwell and Cedric Smith October 27, 1999
1-9 "O'er the Ramparts We Watched" Mariette Hartley and Diahann Carroll November 3, 1999
1-10 "A Match Made in Heaven" Patrick Duffy November 10, 1999
1-11 "The Quality of Mercy" Joanna Cassidy November 17, 1999
1-12 "What She Did for Love" Donna Mills November 24, 1999
1-13 "Second Service" Susan Blakely December 1, 1999
1-14 "The Gift of Life" Michele Greene December 15, 1999
1-15 "Birds of Paradise" Steve Landesberg January 1, 2000
1-16 "Take Two" Daniel Hugh Kelly and William Hutt February 2, 2000
1-17 "For Love and Money" Julia Duffy February 9, 2000
1-18 "Old Flames" Michelle Phillips and Amy Price Francis February 16, 2000
1-19 "Pride and Prejudice" Lance Kinsey and Lisa Yamanaka March 1, 2000
1-20 "Party Girls" Tracey Gold May 3, 2000
1-21 "The Trouble with Harry" Jere Burns and Brent Carver May 10, 2000
1-22 "Sins of Our Father" Thomas Ian Nicholas May 17, 2000

Season 2[edit]

Episode # Episode title Guest star(s) Original airdate
2-1 "Fallen Angel" Bruce Boxleitner August 20, 2000
2-2 "It's a Hard Knock Life" Markie Post August 30, 2000
2-3 "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" Lesley Ann Warren September 6, 2000
2-4 "Curveball" Miko Hughes and Ed Marinaro September 13, 2000
2-5 "My Blue Heaven" Ralph Macchio October 4, 2000
2-6 "War of the Poseys" Martin Mull October 11, 2000
2-7 "The Escape Artist" C. Thomas Howell October 18, 2000
2-8 "Expose" María Conchita Alonso October 25, 2000
2-9 "Some Like It ... Not" Patrick Cassidy November 1, 2000
2-10 "Whistle Blower" Reginald VelJohnson November 8, 2000
2-11 "Used Hearts" Jackée Harry November 15, 2000
2-12 Grandma's Shoes" Cloris Leachman November 22, 2000
2-13 "The Night Before Christmas" Stepfanie Kramer and Gordon Currie December 13, 2000
2-14 "The Frat Pack" Dale Midkiff January 1, 2001
2-15 "Even Steven" Ian Ziering and Dean McDermott January 31, 2001
2-16 "Moonshine Over Harlem" Earle Hyman and Candace Cameron Bure February 7, 2001
2-17 "Daddy's Girl" Eric Lutes February 21, 2001
2-18 "The Knockout" Richard Burgi February 28, 2001
2-19 "Then Love Came Along" Daniel Baldwin and Kim Schraner April 25, 2001
2-20 "Mama Mia" Joan Van Ark and Yannick Bisson May 2, 2001
2-21 "Final Flight" John Schneider May 9, 2001
2-22 "The Choice" Wil Wheaton May 30, 2001

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
2000 Chicago International Film Festival Won Best Direction, Variety/Entertainment David Winning
(For episode: "Match Made in Heaven")
2003 Special Achievement in Direction David Winning
(For episode: "Then Love Came Along")
2000 Columbus International Film & Video Festival Won Entertainment David Winning
(For episode: "The Trouble With Harry")
2002 Directors Guild of Canada Nominated Outstanding Achievement in Direction David Winning
(For episode: "Moonshine Over Harlem")
Won Outstanding Achievement in a Television Series - Drama Production crew
2000 Gemini Awards Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role in a Dramatic Series Brent Carver(For episode: "The Trouble with Harry")
Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role in a Dramatic Series Jere Burns(For episode: "The Trouble with Harry")
Best Dramatic Series Stephen Brackley, Michael J. Maschio, Michael Prupas, Barney Rosenzweig and Marilyn Stonehouse
2001 Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role in a Dramatic Series Cloris Leachman
Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role in a Dramatic Series Frank Moore
2000 New York Festivals Won Television Programming & Promotion - Craft: Program - Best Direction David Winning
(For episode: "The Trouble With Harry")
2003 Television Programming & Promotion - Craft: Program - Best Direction David Winning
(For episode: "Then Love Came Along")
2001 WorldFest Houston Won Television and Cable Production - TV Series-Dramatic David Winning
(For episode: "Moonshine Over Harlem")
Television and Cable Production - TV Series-Dramatic David Winning
(For episode: "Hard Knock Life")
2002 Television and Cable Production - TV Series-Dramatic David Winning
(For episode: "Then Love Came Along")
2001 Young Artist Award Nominated Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actor Trevor Blumas
2002 Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actor Corey Sevier
Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actor Marc Donato

Syndication and DVD Release[edit]

Video Service Corp has released a two volumes of Twice in a Lifetime on DVD, with each volume featuring two episodes.

Reruns of Twice in a Lifetime are currently airing on the W Network in Canada.

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