Top 10 Christmas Specials
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A Charlie Brown Christmas is the first animated Christmas television special based on the popular newspaper comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. It was produced and directed by former Warner Bros. and UPA animator Bill Melendez. Originally sponsored by Coca-Cola, the special debuted on CBS in 1965. It has aired during the Christmas season every year since (on CBS through 2000, and on ABC since 2001), and won both an Emmy and a Peabody Award. It is the Christmas season, but Charlie Brown is feeling depressed. He confides this fact to Linus, citing his dismay with the over-commercialization of Christmas and his inability to grasp what Christmas is all about. Later, when Charlie Brown goes to visit Lucy at her psychiatric booth, she recommends that he direct the school's Christmas pageant in order to lift his spirits. (more...)
- The American Broadcasting Company is celebrating the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas with a special retrospective titled It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown, airing on November 30th at 9:00 PM EST (right after their annual broadcast of the special itself and Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales).
- In addition, the U.S. Postal Service has released a series of stamps all based on scenes from the special.
- Ion Television wants to "Share the Joy" with viewers this holiday season with five new holiday movies - A Prince for Christmas, Merry Kissmas, How Sarah Got Her Wings, A Christmas Truce, and A Christmas Reunion.
- ABC Family, home of the 25 Days of Christmas, is rebranding under the new name Freeform next January. In the meantime, the 25 Days of Christmas line-up for this year has now been released on its Facebook page. Again, there are no new movies this year, but this year does mark the ABC Family debut of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas and "The Bells of Fraggle Rock".
- Cartoon Network is premiering a Christmas-themed episode of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! on November 30th. A new Christmas episode of Teen Titans Go! will follow on December 3.
- The Disney Channel's Fa-La-La-Lidays line-up for this year includes new Christmas episodes of Bunk'd (titled "Secret Santa"), K.C. Undercover ("Twas the Fight Before Christmas"), Best Friends Whenever ("The Girls of Christmas Past"), Austin & Ally ("Santas & Surprises"), and Liv and Maddie ("Joy-to-a-Rooney"), plus the premiere of Disney Channel Fa-La-La-Lidays Celebrates a Radio Disney Family Holiday. The Rankin/Bass classics Frosty's Winter Wonderland, Rudolph's Shiny New Year, and The Year Without a Santa Claus will also be showing up on Fa-La-La-Lidays (in addition to their regular appearances on ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas).
- The Hallmark Channel has a lot of new movies planned for this Christmas season - 'Tis the Season for Love on November 1st, Ice Sculpture Christmas on November 7th, Charming Christmas on November 8th, I'm Not Ready for Christmas on November 14th, Christmas Incorporated on November 15th, Northpole: Open for Christmas (a sequel to last year's Northpole) on November 21st, Merry Matrimony on November 22nd, Once Upon a Holiday on November 25th, 12 Gifts of Christmas on November 26th, Crown for Christmas on November 27th, A Christmas Detour on November 28th, Angel of Christmas, Just in Time for Christmas on December 5th, Karen Kingsbury's The Bridge: Part 1 on December 6th, On the Twelfth Day of Christmas on December 12th, A Christmas Melody on December 19th, and Christmas Land on December 20th. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is also premiering four new movies - Murder She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery on November 22nd, The Christmas Note on the 29th, The Magic Stocking on December 6th, and Dashing Through the Snow on the 13th.
- Lifetime has four Christmas movies lined up for this year - Becoming Santa, Accidental Trip, The Christmas Pearl, and The Spirit of Christmas.
- This holiday season, Nickelodeon is airing Nickelodeon's Ho-Ho Holiday Special, an hour-long variety crossover featuring the network's live-action stars that will premiere simultaneously on the main network and its sister channels NickToons and TeenNick. The networks are also premiering new Christmas-themed episodes of Henry Danger (titled "Christmas Danger"), Game Shakers ("A Reggae Potato Christmas"), Sanjay and Craig ("Huggle Day"), Pig Goat Banana Cricket ("Happy Chalawunga"), Power Rangers Dino Charge ("Race to Rescue Christmas"), Make It Pop ("The Gift", no relation to The Secret World of Alex Mack episode with the same title), Blaze and the Monster Machines ("Monster Machine Christmas"), Mutt & Stuff ("Have a Very Mutty Christmas"), Shimmer & Shine ("Santa's Little Genies"), Breadwinners ("A Crustmas Story"), Fresh Beat Band of Spies ("Christmas 2.0"), Little Charmers ("Santa Sparkle"), and Peter Rabbit ("The Christmas Star"), along with the US premieres of the Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom Christmas episodes.
- Up has seven new Christmas movies for this season - Angels in the Snow (based on Rexanne Becnel's novel Christmas Journey and starring Kristy Swanson and Chris Potter), A Baby for Christmas, Beverly Hills Christmas, Christmas Trade, A Dogwalker's Christmas Tale, My One Christmas Wish (starring Amber Riley, Matreya Fedor, Ali Skovbye, Jarod Joseph, Priscilla Faia, and Ken Tremblett), and Rodeo & Juliet.
- Illumination Entertainment is working on an animated movie adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! that will be directed by Pete Candeland and is scheduled for release on November 27, 2017.
- The Love Bug star Dean Jones, who portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge in 2001's Scrooge and Marley, died of Parkinson's disease at the age of 84 on September 1st.
- Disney Legend Kevin Corcoran died on October 6th at the age of 66. Best known for the role of Arliss Coates in Old Yeller and its sequel Savage Sam, he appeared in other classic Disney films such as The Shaggy Dog, Pollyanna, and the 1961 version of Babes in Toyland, and was also an assistant director on Mrs. Santa Claus.
- I'm Dickens, He's Fenster star Marty Ingels, who provided the original voice of Pac-Man in Hanna-Barbera's animated series (including its Christmas special), died on October 21st at the age of 79.
- Maureen O'Hara, who starred in the original Miracle on 34th Street and The Christmas Box, passed away at the age of 95 on October 24th.
Upcoming Video Releases
- November 24th
- Northpole Open for Christmas and Beverly Hills Christmas are now available on DVD.
- BBC Home Entertainment has released a 3-disc Doctor Who compilation titled The Christmas Specials Giftset on DVD and Blu-ray.
- December 1st
- Warner Home Video has scheduled a 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release for National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (even though the film's 25th anniversary was last year). However, you can also pick it up now exclusively at Best Buy.
- 12 Dog Days Til Christmas, Get Santa, and Let It Snow will be released on DVD.
- December 8th
- December 15th
- A Fairly Odd Christmas, along with several other Nickelodeon made-for-TV movies (including the other two live-action Fairly OddParents movies), will be made available as manufacture-on-demand Blu-rays, sold exclusively on Amazon.com.
- February 16th
- Mill Creek Entertainment is putting out a general retail re-release of the Bump in the Night: The Complete Series DVD set (the previous version of which was only available on Shout! Factory's website), which includes "Twas the Night Before Bumpy".
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