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 of How I Met Your Mother
and Two And A Half Men
and an encore of the original holiday film, "A Very Married Christmas," starring Joe Mantegna
, Jean Smart
and Charles Durning
The following are CBS's holiday-themed programs:
Tuesday, Dec. 5
THE VICTORIA'S SECRET FASHION SHOW
This (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) year's fashion spectacular, broadcast from Los Angeles for the first time, features headliner Justin Timberlake performing songs from his new album, FutureSex/Love Sounds. The special will include red carpet interviews, model profiles and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the world's most-celebrated fashion show.
Friday, Dec. 8 RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER
The longest (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) running holiday special in television history celebrates its 42nd anniversary. Since 1964, millions of families have watched Rudolph and his friends, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Misfit Toys, save Christmas. The classic "Animagic" special features a world-renowned musical score from Johnny Marks and the voice of legendary performer Burl Ives.
Friday, Dec. 8 FROSTY THE SNOWMAN
Frosty, that "jolly, happy (9:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) soul" whose old silk hat full of magic has turned him into a musical Christmas legend, once again demonstrates his unique showmanship. Narrated by Jimmy Durante, the special also includes the voices of Jackie Vernon (as Frosty) and Billy De Wolfe (Professor Hinkle).
Friday, Dec. 8 FROSTY RETURNS
The magic still in his old silk hat, (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) the holiday season's perennially popular original dancing snowman continues his adventures and skates on the edge of danger. Jonathan Winters is the narrator with John Goodman as the voice of Frosty.
Monday, Dec. 11 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
(8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) When Ted's lingering resentment towards Lily (Alyson Hannigan) results in him calling her the worst name imaginable, the gang's Christmas is nearly ruined.
Monday, Dec. 11 TWO AND A HALF MEN
Charlie (9:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) finds himself throwing an unplanned, unwanted holiday party while Evelyn (Holland Taylor) attempts to keep him from bedding his date.
Saturday, Dec. 16 ELF
(8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PM) A comedy about a man raised as an elf at the North Pole who is sent to New York in search of his true identity (Network television premiere).
Friday, Dec. 22
THE 8TH ANNUAL A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
(8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) For the eighth consecutive year, CBS presents a touching new entertainment special that tells moving stories about adoption to raise awareness of this important social issue. Five For Fighting, John Legend and Katharine McPhee are among the artists tentatively scheduled to perform, while Cedric the Entertainer, Miley Cyrus, Laura Dern, Angie Harmon, Melina Kanakaredes and Jeri Ryan present inspirational stories about adoption.
Sunday, Dec. 24
A VERY MARRIED CHRISTMAS
Tony Award winner (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) Joe Mantegna, two-time Emmy Award winner Jean Smart and two-time Tony Award winner Charles Durning star in this holiday movie about how a man's life begins to fall apart when he learns shortly before Christmas that his wife is having an affair and wants a divorce (Rebroadcast).
Tuesday, Dec. 26
THE 29TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS
(9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) Caroline Kennedy will host for the fourth consecutive year as musical theater composer and producer Andrew Lloyd Webber, conductor Zubin Mehta, country singer and songwriter Dolly Parton, singer, songwriter and producer Smokey Robinson and film director and producer Steven Spielberg receive honors for the year 2006.