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TV Stocking Stuffers #8

Do you hear what I hear? It’s a few more Christmas music videos! Since you’ll no longer see them on MTV or VH1, allow me to play VJ for you. * Here’s Twisted Sister trying to recapture their video glory days. At least they didn’t bring back Mark Metcalf and put him in drag as the Neidermeyer-like lady who needs some rockin’ Christmas spirit: * Wham!’s “Last Christmas.” You might be surprised at just how many other groups have covered this tune:

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TV Stocking Stuffers #7

If your only exposure to the experience of listening to dried fruit sing Christmas carols comes from the Simpsons episode where the family watches the “California Prunes” sing “O Pruney Night” (which happens to be “offensive to Christians and prunes”), then you may not be old enough to remember 1987’s A Claymation Christmas Celebration, which included a guest appearance from then-popular pitchmen … er, fruit … the California Raisins. The animated singing group was created for a series of commercials by the California Raisin Advisory Board to make sure their wrinkled crop was ingrained in consumer consciousness … and boy, […]

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TV Stocking Stuffers #6

Time for another station break … we’ll be back after these words. An FYI, though — If you plan on giving the first item to someone this year, I would recommend remaining a very Secret Santa.

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TV Stocking Stuffers #5

I have to admit, I’m a sucker for “ambient”-type programming — shows that feature relaxing scenes that you can have on in the background and look up at for a few minutes on occasion. The Puppy Bowl, for example, or some of those aquarium scenes you can watch on your computer. But the granddaddy of them all also happens to be my favorite — the Yule Log. The original idea came in 1966 from Fred M. Thrower, president and CEO of the WPIX television station in New York. It’s brilliantly simple: Video of a roaring fire is aired, with popular […]

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TV Stocking Stuffers #4

Well, if they can celebrate Christmas in Eternia, why should finding the holiday in the world of Pac-Man be so surprising? In the early ’80s special Christmas Comes to Pacland, the video game icon and his family — Ms. Pac-Man (apparently named Pepper), Pac-Baby, Pac-Dog and Pac-Cat — become the latest in a long line of characters who must save Christmas. If so many similarly themed Christmas specials are any indication, Santa seems to need bailing out more often than today’s financial institutions.

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TV Stocking Stuffers #3

We’re back! We now join the He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special, already in progress. What? You didn’t know they celebrated Christmas in Eternia? Apparently so. It only makes sense, given that the Masters of the Universe series was almost solely created to promote action figures that kids likely would be asking Santa for. In one of the lamer A Christmas Carol parallels, even the evil Skeletor has a Scrooge-like revelation thanks to the magic of the holiday.

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TV Stocking Stuffers #2

Sorry to interrupt Stocking Stuffers, but it’s time for a commercial break already. We’ll be back after this brief word from our sponsor that might help with your holiday shopping, especially for that “professional entertainer” in your life:

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TV Stocking Stuffers #1

Season’s Greetings! Throughout the month I’ll be taking a look at holiday-related TV topics and videos from past and present. Now, you know Rudolph, and Frosty, and Charlie — but do you recall the least famous Christmas shows of all? Unwrap my posts and jog your memory! Some of them are lumps of coal, others are fun surprises, and some you might even want to regift. Let’s kick things off today on a musical note.