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The NBA’s Christmas Day showcase begins on ESPN with the New Orleans Pelicans at the Miami Heat, followed by ABC’s doubleheader with the Chicago Bulls at the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Golden State Warriors. The festivities finish up on ESPN with the San Antonio Spurs at the Houston Rockets and the L.A. Clippers at the L.A. Lakers. 2015 NBA Christmas Day games on ESPN & ABC Schedule from ESPN: Time (ET) Game Commentators Network(s) 12 p.m. NBA Christmas Special presented by State Farm New Orleans Pelicans at Miami Heat ESPN: Mark Jones, Kara Lawson, Israel … Continue reading
CBS airs the new Andy Griffith Show Christmas Special on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, at 8pm ET/PT. This one-hour special features two newly colorized back-to-back episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. In “Christmas Story” (1960), Andy (Andy Griffith) and Barney’s (Don Knotts) plans for a joyful holiday at home are interrupted when one of them has to guard a prisoner. Then in “The Pickle Story” (1961), Andy and Barney switch Aunt Bea’s (Frances Bavier) unappetizing homemade pickles with store-bought ones. Things get complicated when Aunt Bea wants to enter the county fair’s pickle competition. Photo: Copyright CBS Worldwide Inc. All … Continue reading
In the 11th Doctor Who Christmas special “The Husbands of River Song” (Friday, Dec. 25, at 9pm ET/PT on BBC America), time traveler River Song (recurring guest star Alex Kingston) meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time. “The last time the Doctor saw her, she was a ghost. The first time he met her, she died. So how can he be seeing her again?” asks executive producer and writer Steven Moffat. “As ever, with the most complicated relationship in the universe, it’s a matter of time.” Episode description from BBC America: It’s … Continue reading
Two back-to-back classic episodes of the 1950s series I Love Lucy are featured in the I Love Lucy Christmas Special on CBS Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 8pm ET/PT. This year the “Christmas episode” (first presented in December 1956), now colorized in its entirety, is paired with the newly colorized “Lucy Does a TV Commercial” (a.k.a. “Vitameatavegamin,” first broadcast on May 5, 1952). The two episodes are seamlessly combined into one set with no interruption between the episodes.
As usual, several of your favorite TV series will be offering Christmas or other holiday-themed episodes this season. Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights, and we’ll be updating the post as we hear of more! (All times are Eastern) HOLIDAY TV EPISODES 2015 Arthur’s Perfect Christmas — Dec. 7, 12 and 25 on PBS (check local listings). Everyone’s favorite aardvark gives kids a new spin on seasonal traditions in this one-hour special, showing children the many ways to celebrate. Plans are underway in Elwood City for the best holiday season ever as Arthur, D.W., their family and friends make preparations … Continue reading
Just in time for the holiday season, CBS Cares — the network’s public service announcement initiative launched in 2000 — has given the gift of star power and a sizable television audience to the non-profit “I Have A Dream” Foundation (IHDF), which works to ensure that all children have the opportunity, support and resources to pursue higher education. The foundation was launched in 1986 by businessman Eugene M. Lang, who had returned to speak at his East Harlem elementary school after 50 years and learned that three-quarters of the school’s students would struggle to finish high school. On the spot, Lang decided to offer college … Continue reading
Well, I shouldn’t say “just” but when I finally spotted the gal that’s what I was treated to. Not exactly the welcome shot I was looking for but, hey, we are talking live Reindeer Cam here. Let’s back this up a bit … so Animal Planet sends out a press release on their Reindeer Cam that’s live from the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul, Minnesota. Check it out at http://www.apl.tv/reindeer.htm The cam is following two female reindeer named Abby and June Bug, and you can check in and see what they are up to anytime on just … Continue reading
You might recall the days of being able to watch It’s a Wonderful Life on TV a LOT. The 1946 Frank Capra classic was in the public domain at that time, about 20 or 30 years ago, and it seemed to air nearly nonstop in syndication between Thanksgiving and Christmas. RELATED: CHANNEL GUIDE’S HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING GUIDE For the past several years, rights to It’s a Wonderful Life have belonged to NBC, so airings of the film have become more of a special viewing occasion, with the network usually airing it twice during the Christmas season. And they are doing so … Continue reading
I was a little kid growing up in a home filled with country music when Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors” became a radio hit in 1971. I already loved the story of the original coat thanks to Sunday school, and since I was a small-town girl with a loving mama, too, I fell hard for that song. I still get goosebumps when I hear it. This month, NBC brings the tender tune of a family’s love and resilience in the face of tragedy — personified by a little patchwork jacket — to television as part of a deal with the … Continue reading
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. In 2015, the classic 1964 Rankin-Bass stop-motion animation special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer airs on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. RELATED: CHANNEL GUIDE’S HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING GUIDE (Description below from CBS) The special, narrated by Burl Ives, who is also heard as the voice of Sam the Snowman, is a musical story based on the popular song of the same title by Johnny Marks. It recounts the tale of a shy reindeer whose Christmas spirit is dampened because his shiny nose has made him … Continue reading