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Holiday TV schedule: Premiere dates for new and old favorites

By Chuck Barney, Contra Costa Times

The turkey has been barely packed away and already the holiday TV blizzard is brewing.

CBS and The CW kick things off Friday night with several animated chestnuts, including “Frosty the Snowman.” And from there on through Christmas, expect your TV set to be overrun by familiar gems, as well as several new movies, cartoons and variety specials.

To help you get with the program, we’ve compiled this list of prime-time yuletide offerings, beginning with the roster of new shows. That’s followed by a rundown of airdates for the perennials.

Keep in mind that dates and times are subject to change and that many shows will have re-airings not indicated here. ABC Family, for example, again is running its “25 Days of Christmas” schedule, which features holiday-themed programming throughout the day and night hours.

Music, comedy and holiday cheer

“Christmas in Rockefeller Center” — Trace Adkins, Mariah Carey, CeeLo Green and others help light up the big tree in the Big Apple. (8 p.m. Nov. 28, NBC).

“SNL Christmas” — A collection of fan-favorite holiday sketches from “Saturday Night Live.” (9 p.m. Nov. 28, NBC).

“Blake Shelton’s Not-So-Family Christmas” — “The Voice” coach celebrates with Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Larry the Cable Guy, Jay Leno and Reba. (10 p.m. Dec. 3, NBC; Re-airs 9 p.m. Dec. 14).

“Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays” — The Grammy winner sings seasonal standards with guests Rod Stewart, Blake Shelton and Carly Rae Jepsen. (10 p.m. Dec. 10, NBC; Re-airs 8 p.m., Dec. 21).

“Christmas in the White House” — A peak behind the scenes at holiday preparations in the Obama household. (8 p.m. Dec. 13, NBC; re-airs 9 p.m. Dec. 21).

“Ramsay’s Christmas Cookalong” — Chef Gordon Ramsay invites viewers into his home as he shares tips on how to create a fun, festive and a stress-free Christmas morning in the kitchen. (9 p.m. Dec. 18, BBC America).

“CMA Country Christmas” — Jennifer Nettles hosts a festive night of music that includes appearances by Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Keith Urban and others. (9 p.m. Dec. 20, ABC; re-airs 9 p.m. Dec. 22).

“The Doctor Who Christmas Special” — The Doctor’s holiday adventure sees him once again crossing paths with the homo-reptilian Silurian Madame Vastra. (9 p.m. Dec. 25, BBC America).

Holiday movie comfort food

“Naughty or Nice” — A woman (Hilarie Burton) discovers Santa’s Naughty or Nice book and uses it to expose secrets in her town. (8 p.m. Nov. 24, Hallmark).

“Hitched for the Holidays” — Joey Lawrence and Emily Hampshire pose as a couple to get their pushy families off their backs. (8 p.m. Nov. 25, Hallmark).

“Love at the Christmas Table” — A man and woman who grew up as good friends ponder taking their relationship to the next step. (7 & 11 p. m. Nov. 25, Lifetime).

“The Christmas Consultant” — A workaholic couple hires a consultant (David Hasselhoff) to help them get through the holidays. (7 p.m. Dec. 2, Lifetime).

“The Mistle-Tones” — Tori Spelling and Tia Mowry star as the leaders of rival singing groups. (8 and 10 p.m. Dec. 9, ABC Family).

“Hallmark Hall of Fame: Christmas with Holly” — Sean Faris and Eloise Mumford star in this tale about an uncle struggling to raise his 6-year-old niece. (9 p.m. Dec. 9, ABC).

New for the kids

“Jingle and Bell’s Christmas Star” — Adorable husky pups try to bring some cheer to the holidays in Pineville. (7 p.m. Nov. 23, Hallmark).

“It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!” — There’s trouble in Bikini Bottom as Plankton’s jerktonium-laced fruitcake makes the rounds. (9:30 p.m. Nov. 23, CBS).

Here’s a rundown of returning programs, including the classic keepsakes:

Nov. 23

“Frosty the Snowman” (8 p.m., CBS)

“Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” (8 p.m., The CW)

“Frosty Returns” (8:30 p.m., CBS)

“Hoops & YoYo Ruin Christmas” (9 p.m., CBS)

“The Happy Elf” (9 p.m., The CW)

Nov. 27

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (8 p.m., ABC; re-airs 8 p.m. Dec. 25)

“Shrek the Halls” (8:30 p.m., ABC)

Nov. 28

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” (8 p.m., ABC; re-airs 8 p.m. Dec. 18)

Dec. 1

“It’s a Wonderful Life” (8 p.m., NBC; re-airs 8 p.m. Dec. 24)

Dec. 3

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (8 & 10 p.m., ABC Family)

Dec. 4

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (8 p.m., CBS)

Dec. 5

“The Polar Express” (9 p.m., ABC Family)

Dec. 6

“Disney’s A Christmas Carol” (8 p.m., ABC Family)

Dec. 7

“The Santa Claus” (7 p.m., ABC Family)

Dec. 8

“The Flight Before Christmas” (9 p.m., CBS)

Dec. 9

“Disney Prep & Landing” (8 p.m., ABC; re-airs 8 p.m. Dec. 24)

“Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” (8:30 p.m., ABC; re-airs 8 p.m. Dec. 22)

Dec. 10

“The Year Without a Santa Claus” (8 p.m., ABC Family)

“Home Alone’ (9 p.m., ABC Family)

Dec. 11

“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” (8 p.m., ABC)

“A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa” (9 p.m., The CW)

Dec. 14

“Prancer Returns” (8 p.m., The CW)

“Yes, Virginia” (9 p.m., CBS)

“Elf on the Shelf” (9:30 p.m., CBS)

Dec. 15

“Elf” (8 p.m., CBS)

Dec. 18

“It’s a Very Muppet Christmas Movie” (8 p.m., The CW)

Dec. 19

“Noel” (8 p.m., The CW)

Dec. 20

“I Want a Dog for Christmas Charlie Brown” (8 p.m., ABC)

Dec. 22

“Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol” (8 p.m., NBC)

“The Santa Claus 2” (8 p.m., ABC family)

“A Chipmunk Christmas” (8:30 p.m., ABC)

Dec. 24

“The Santa Claus 3” (7 p.m., ABC Family)

“Christmas Is Here Again” (8 p.m., The CW)

“A Christmas Story” (24-hour marathon, 8 p.m., TBS)

“Second Star to the Right” (9:30 p.m., The CW)

Dec. 25

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” — live-action version. (8:30 p.m., ABC)

Chuck Barney: cbarney@bayareanewsgroup.com

©2012 Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.)

Distributed by MCT Information Services


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