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Need Grinch? Frosty? Ralph and his bb gun? We’ll tell you when they are coming back

1965_-_How_The_Grinch_Stole_ChristmasIt’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas TV season.

Three cable networks — ABC Family, Hallmark and Lifetime — embrace such holiday programming with a level of grandiosity on par with the Rockefeller Center tree. Hallmark brags about airing “more Christmas than any other network”: 1,100 hours’ worth, including 12 new Christmas-themed films. Lifetime promises 10 fresh, original films with C-grade stars such as David Hasselhoff and Ralph Macchio. ABC Family unveils yet another “Home Alone” sequel more than two decades after Kevin McCallister’s first screaming encounter with aftershave lotion.

On the broadcast networks, NBC is offering a Michael Buble Christmas special Dec. 10. Fox’s “Glee” will pay homage to “Love Actually” on Dec. 13. CBS is giving locally created “Elf on the Shelf” a second year in prime time Dec. 14. And Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles hosts a new “CMA Country Christmas” special on ABC Dec. 20, featuring acts such as Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Keith Urban.

But a handful of decades-old films and animated specials continue to draw a menagerie of innocent children and older folks reliving their childhoods. Here’s a sampling of when you can catch a few of them again:

“Frosty the Snowman” 8 p.m. Friday CBS — The same network has aired this special 44 years in a row, and once again sends Frosty on his annual trip to the North Pole to meet Santa.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” 8 p.m. Nov. 27 ABC — This 1966 Dr. Seuss special has made viewers’ hearts grow three sizes every year since. Join the denizens of Whoville as they sing “Fahoo Forays.”

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” 8 p.m. Nov. 28 ABC — Charlie Brown ruminates about the true meaning of Christmas. Created in 1965, this heartwarming nugget was the first prime-time animated special featuring the “Peanuts” gang.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” 8 p.m. Dec. 1 and Christmas Eve NBC — Every time a bell rings, this 1949 classic film gets its wings.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and Dec. 18 CBS — For 40 years, CBS has been home to this 1964 stop-motion animated special.

“A Christmas Story” — For the eighth year in a row, TBS will air this sweet 1983 film repeatedly for 24 hours starting 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve. (Sister station TNT aired the marathon from 1997 to 2003.)

Here’s a far more thorough list of Christmas programs and when they are airing.

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8 comments Add your comment

TG

November 21st, 2012
7:23 am

THANK YOU for posting when “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be on. I have missed it the past few years. I’m always surprised it’s not shown more than once, seems like a classic like that would be repeated more.

I will probably catch “A Christomas Story” yet one more time. I can always watch it once more–not 24 hours worth–but I love it enough to catch it all the way through at least once. Pretty sure I know the whole movie by heart now.

The Michael Buble special sounds interesting too.

Atlanta Radio Insider

November 21st, 2012
7:45 am

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Bobby R

November 21st, 2012
8:34 am

Shouldn’t you say, Jennifer Nettles and her sweet arm tattoo will be hosting…. Sorry I’m just a stickler….

javi

November 21st, 2012
2:04 pm

This is my wife’s favorite time of year, and that includes ALL the music, and ALL of those Christmas movies we watched growing up. It won’t be a problem this year though, since I’ll be recording and storing it all. I got the Hopper from DISH, and I am blown away by how much recording space this baby has. I can set PrimeTime Anytime, which will automatically record all the primetime specials and shows on all four major networks. I’ll also be able to record two other channels simultaneously! I work a lot of hours at DISH, so time and DVR are very important; I’m glad I won’t miss anything this year, or have to worry about scheduling conflicts.

Chanel

November 21st, 2012
4:34 pm

Rudolph, Frosty and the gang rock! Now when will Jim Carey as The Grinch be shown and Miracle on 34th Street?

arlene

November 21st, 2012
5:45 pm

The Christmas Story has been shown more than 8 years. It’s almost a tradition for TBS to run this movie back to back for 24 hours, beginning Christmas Eve. And it isn’t Christmas time for me until I hear Charlie Brown’s comment about the Christmas tree he chose: “it needed me.”

Rodney Ho

November 21st, 2012
11:59 pm

Arlene–TBS has aired “A Christmas Story” 24 hour marathon since 2004. TNT, sister station, ran the same marathon from 1997 to 2003. So that’s probably why you think it’s been longer.

Eric

November 22nd, 2012
8:24 pm

NBC aired Macy’s Parade and National Dog Show… and Channel 2 aired the Macy’s Tree Lighting, and is carrying Childen’s Healthcare of Atlanta Parade next week. It remains to be seen if FOX 5 will be airing the Wednesday’s Child Home for the Holiday’s special. NBC will be carrying the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting next Wednesday, followed by SNL Christmas Special. I’m assuming that NBC is once again airing Midnight Mass Special (from the Vatican) on Christmas Eve at 11:30PM.

I’m sure other Christmas/Holiday movies and specials are most likely in the mix, including The Polar Express and The Santa Clause franchise.

After Christmas… I’m assuming we’ll once again be seeing Roudolph’s Shiny New Year special, and the usual New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day fanfare (New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, the Roses Parade, and the BCS games). Hope that 11Alive will consider reviving Peach Drop special, and it airing on New Year’s Eve at 11:30PM on 11 or 36.