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5 Essential TV Christmas Specials That Shouldn't Be Missed

December 13th, 2011 11:00am EST
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
One of the best parts of the holiday season is Christmas TV specials. No matter what your background, it’s easy to enjoy the uplifting stories that go along with the Christmas season. Here are our top 5.

5. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)

This may be the most popular Christmas special of all time, who cares if some crackpot thinks it promotes bullying... Thank you FOX news for your annual "War on Christmas" and giving someone like that airtime. Rudolph has aired on various networks every year since it debuted on December 6, 1964 on NBC, making it the longest running special to d...
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TV Holiday Roundup: Check Out Your Favorite Holiday Shows

November 25th, 2010 1:00pm EST
Grinch and little Cindy Loo Hoo
The Christmas season is upon us. That means holiday specials abound! Here’s a roundup of the classic – and the new – TV material coming soon to help you celebrate the holidays.

Here are some highlights for the holiday season. All times are Eastern. Watch your local listings, as many of these specials will air more than once, and on more than one channel.

‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ – ABC, Nov. 25, 8 PM

In this classic holiday special, Charlie Brown must juggle obligations between family and friends – namely, Peppermint Patty, who is set on spending her holiday with Chuck. Watch...
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Dies

September 14th, 2010 7:22pm EDT
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
The woman behind the voice of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has died after suffering a stroke at her home in Canada. She was 88.

Actress Billie Mae Richards voiced the popular festive cartoon in the early 1960s and the TV special has since become a seasonal institution.

Richards landed the part thanks to her ability to speak like a young boy.

A veteran of Canadian radio, she's credited as Billy Richards in the Christmas show, narrated by Burl Ives.
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Tis The Season For... Christmas Movies?

December 24th, 2008 6:20pm EST
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Aah, the holiday season. Strange how we cherish a time of year when the malls are over packed... it's cold outside... it's impossible to find a parking space... the line at the post office is out the door even at their slowest time of day... it's impossible to find the season's latest hot toy... people who have no clue what 'hustle & bustle' means and stroll slowly through busy stores so you're stuck strolling right behind them when all you want to do is get in and out. Christmas shopping is a mission, not a casual day at the mall to comparison shop. That's what the internet and the weekly ...
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Christmas Movies: Classic Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

December 23rd, 2008 10:00am EST
Elf
Not everybody shares the same affinity for "It's A Wonderful Life" or "Miracle on 34th Street." It could be the lack of color or the idealistic story. To some, those classics just don't feel real. The turnoff comes from desiring more entertainment, more realism, more creativity or simply something different. There're a few new classics that verge on creepy, dysfunctional and just plain weird that deserve special mention during a time when the idea of the nuclear family celebrating a non-secular holiday is just one of many options.

An old favorite with some creep-value due to the claym...
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12 Days Of Christmas Films

December 14th, 2008 9:15am EST
Scrooged
Most people have heard of The 12 Days of Christmas and most no nothing more about them than the strange song with geese a-laying and five golden rings somewhere in the middle section. For some they mean a religious celebration beginning on Christmas day and ending with Epiphany on January 6th, the day the three Wise Men delivered their presents to baby Jesus. For those of us who worship movies as a religion we can present some gifts to ourselves, and our fellow movie lovers, by celebrating the 12 Films of Christmas. Whether you choose to lead up to Christmas with these classics or flip the ...
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A Look At the Best Cheesy/Sappy Christmas Movies

November 28th, 2008 12:00pm EST
The Perfect Holiday
Starting in October, a very special period begins for the entertainment industry, and I'm not talking about awards season: Christmas movies bust out of their shiny tinsel packaging and take over the airwaves. While channels like CBS and ABC run classics (Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas) and ABC Family contributes "25 Days of Christmas" with everything from childhood favorites (Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story) to more recent, low budget productions (A Carol Christmas, Christmas Caper), in my household, I prefer to indulge in a select, specific modern few t...
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Starpulse's 'Top 10 Christmas Movies Of All Time'

December 1st, 2007 11:00am EST
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I'm sitting with my family at the Thanksgiving table. At the focus is the bird carcass, a bulging centerpiece surrounded by newly stuffed bodies. The cranberry jello, still quivering in the shape of the can, is the only untouched side dish. There is a settling quiet as the full-stomached groans subside and give way to satisfied smiles, until finally somebody strikes up a conversation. Like the feeding frenzy that preceded it, it starts out slow and steadily grows more frantic.

"Oh you can't put that on there!"

"Says who? You... oh yeah.. Mr. Expert."

"I like Love Actually."...
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CBS Announces Very Merry Yuletide Programming

November 17th, 2007 7:00am EST
Rudolph
The annual Christmastime visits of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty The Snowman highlight CBS's festive holiday programming which will also include the music laden specials "My Night At The Grammys," "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," "Movies Rock" and "The 9th Annual A Home For The Holidays With Sheryl Crow." "The 30th Annual Kennedy Center Honors" is also on tap in December.

Also slated for December is the two-hour television event "In God's Name" (airdate to be announced shortly), an exploration of the most challenging and complex questions facing society as seen throug...
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Starpulse Christmas Movie Guide

December 5th, 2006 11:12am EST
Santa Clause 3
Having difficulty getting in the holiday spirit? Maybe you need a little Clark Griswold or Charlie Brown to get you in the mood. Check out the Starpulse list of can’t-miss Christmas movies that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face (or even Ebenezer Scrooge’s angry mug). Full list below:

Starpulse Top 10:

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

A Christmas Story

A Charlie Brown Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Home Alone

Elf

Scrooged

It's a Wonderful Life

Miracle on 34th Street

A Christmas Carol

Animated Favorites:

The Polar Express

Frosty the ...
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CBS Announces Holiday-Themed Programs

November 11th, 2006 9:00am EST
The annual Christmastime visits of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman as well as the network television premiere of the hit theatrical comedy Elf, starring Will Ferrell, highlight CBS's festive holiday programming.

In addition to the yuletide animated classics, CBS will present the holiday specials "The 8th Annual A Home For The Holidays," featuring various musical performances, and "The 29th Annual Kennedy Center Honors," honoring Andrew Lloyd Webber, Zubin Mehta, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson and Steven Spielberg.

CBS will also present holiday-themed episodes ...
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'Polar Express' & 'Home Alone' Among Holiday Films Reaching New Classic Status

October 19th, 2006 10:46am EDT
Polar Express
Every holiday season, movie fans watch old favorites like It's A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story to get in the spirit. But according to a holiday movie survey from Blockbuster, there are a small handful of films, including Polar Express and Home Alone, that are winning hearts as all-time holiday favorites.

Most survey participants named older films like "It's A Wonderful Life" or Miracle on 34th Street as their favorites. In fact the majority of the top movies were made more than 20 years ago. But, while most go traditional with their holiday films, some named a handful of relativ...
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CBS Details Holiday Programming

November 9th, 2005 2:20pm EST
Frosty the Snowman
The annual Christmastime visits of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Robbie the Reindeer highlight CBS's festive holiday programming which also includes original movies and musical specials.

In addition to the yuletide animated classics, CBS will present the original movies “Snow Wonder” with Mary Tyler Moore, Camryn Manheim, Jennifer Esposito, Eric Szmanda, Poppy Montgomery and Jason Priestley; “Silver Bells, a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation starring Anne Heche and Tate Donovan; and “The Christmas Blessing,” starring Neil Patrick Harris, Angus T. Jones and R...
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