Holiday TV Guide
Last Sunday, a not-so-welcome Santa Claus crashed the Wisteria Lane bloc party and last night Charlie Brown and the gang celebrated the holidays in their timeless 1965 special on CBS. The holidays have arrived on network television and here is a little taste of what's to come.
Christmas at Rockefeller Center(Tonight, 8-9pm, NBC) Today's Al Roker and Ann Curry host the annual lighting of the Christmas tree. With special performances from Christina Aguilera, Sting, Bette Midler and Sarah McLachlan.
Ugly Betty: Fake Plastic Show (Thu, Nov. 30, 8-9pm, ABC) Its Christmastime at Mode, as Betty questions her relationship with Walter and her feelings for Henry, the accountant.
The Polar Express (Fri, Dec.1, 8-10pm, ABC) Can children still believe in Santa Clause? In the Academy and Golden Globe Award-nominated The Polar Express, one doubting child gets the surprise of his life.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: The Christmas Show (Mon, Dec.4, 10-11pm, NBC) A holiday show is prepared and Matt is determined to bring Christmas spirit to Los Angeles while Danny wrestles with his true feelings for Jordan.
The Victoria Secret Fashion Show (Tue, Dec.5, 10-11pm, CBS) This 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.
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer(Fri, Dec.8, 8-10pm, CBS) The longest running holiday special in television history celebrates its 42nd anniversary.
Frosty the Snowman/Frosty Returns (Fri, Dec.8, 9-10pm, CBS) Frosty, that "jolly, happy 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.
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Sat, Dec.9, 9-11pm, ABC) Jim Carrey stars as the Grinch in this 2000 live-action film based on the classic Dr. Seuss book.
The Simpsons (Sun, Dec.10, 7:30-8pm, FOX) The Simpsons spread holiday cheer with an encore of last years Yuletide trilogy.
Brothers and Sisters: Light the Lights (Sun, Dec.10, 10-11pm, ABC) Sarah, Tommy and Saul make a crucial misstep in their approach to retrieve funds to save the familys business, and Nora overcompensates for the familys loss for the holidays.
How I Met Your Mother: TBA (Mon, Dec.11, 8-8:30pm, CBS) When Ted's lingering resentment towards Lily results in him calling her the worst name imaginable, the gang's Christmas is nearly ruined.
Two and a Half Men: TBA (Mon, Dec.11, 9-9:30pm, CBS) Charlie finds himself throwing an unplanned, unwanted holiday party while Evelyn attempts to keep him from bedding his date.
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Tue, Dec.12, 8-9pm, ABC) Celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year, the 1966 animated holiday story loved by all tall and small, based on the classic children's book by the legendary Dr. Seuss takes viewers inside a snowflake to Whoville, the magical land of the Whos.
House, M.D. : Merry Little Christmas (Tue, Dec.12, 9-10pm, FOX) Its doesn't seem like it'll be a happy holiday for House after Wilson comes clean to Detective Tritter (guest star David Morse) about Houses Vicodin habit in the all-new Yuletide installment of HOUSE.
The O.C. : Crismukk-huh? (Thu, Dec.14, 9-10pm, FOX) What the? Huh? Its Chrismukkah once again in The O.C., complete with a unique holiday visit from Jimmy Cooper (guest star Tate Donovan).
It's A Wonderful Life (Sat, Dec.16, 8-11pm, NBC) Frank Capra's 1946 classic is also described for the visually impaired by former president George Bush.
Elf (Sat, Dec.16, 8-10pm, CBS) Will Ferrell, James Caan and Mary Steenburgen star in this comedy about a man raised as an elf at the North Pole who is sent to New York in search of his true identity.
Cops: Ho! Ho! Ho! (Sat, Dec.16, 8-9pm, FOX) Turning to who's naughty and not so nice, FOX offers up an irreverent take on the holidays featuring working girls caught in the act.
The Santa Clause 2 (Sun, Dec.17, 8-10pm, ABC) Scott Calvin, a.k.a. Santa Claus, has two issues on his mind - first, his mischievous son, Charlie finds himself on the naughty list due to bad behavior, and second, it appears - according to the regulations - that Santa Claus has to be married. Starring Tim Allen and Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost).
The Simpsons: Kill Gill (Volumes I and II) (Sun, Dec.17, 8-8:30pm, FOX) The Simpsons are stuck with an unwanted house guest after they open their home to Gil for the Christmas holidays in this all-new yuletide episode.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Sun, Dec.17, 8-10pm, TBS) Chevy Chase stars as the patriarch of the Griswolds as they try to make the best of a disastrous holiday.
I Want A Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown (Tue, Dec.19, 8-9pm, ABC) This holiday season, ABC will again air this PEANUTS Christmas special, produced and animated by the same team that gave us the other, now classic cartoon specials based on Charles M. Schulzs famed comic strip.
A Christmas Carol (Wed, Dec.20, 8-10pm, TNT) Patrick Stewart stars in TNT's adaptation of Charles Dickens' perennial tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his visitation by the ghosts of Christmas.
A Home For The Holidays (Fri, Dec.22, 8-9pm, CBS) Grammy Award-winner Rod Stewart headlines this touching new entertainment special that tells moving stories about adoption. Guest performers include Five For Fighting, John Legend and Katharine McPhee
The Sound of Music (Sat, Dec.23, 7-11pm, ABC) Maria (Julie Andrews), while waiting to take her vows, is sent to the home of the widowed and retired navy Captain Georg von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) to care for his seven rambunctious children. Airs in HDTV.
Mad TV (Sat, Dec.23, 11-12pm, FOX) Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) guest-stars, and in one hilarious skit, plays the new boss when Sean Gidcomb (Michael McDonald) decides to leave the office.
Spider-Man (Sun, Dec.24, 7:30-10pm, FOX) A genetically engineered spider bites teen science wiz Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) and alters his body chemistry to superhuman spider-like qualities.
Walt Disney's Christmas Parade (Mon, Dec.25, 9-11am, ABC) Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa host Walt Disney World's 23rd Annual Christmas Day Parade telecast from the heart of the Magic Kingdom. Ryan Seacrest will lead the parade. Performing are Beyonce, Daniel Powter, Andrea Bocelli, pop sensation RBD, Michael Bolton, American Idol finalists Elliott Yamin, Paris Bennett, Mandisa Hundley, Ace Young, and other.
Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of The Black Pearl (Mon, Dec.25, 8-11pm, ABC) Elizabeth Swann is kidnapped and taken to Isla de Muerta by the treacherous crew of the Black Pearl, who believe that she can deliver them from the looming curse haunting them. Determined to save the love of his life, Will is forced to team up with the disreputable rogue pirate Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp).
Sweet Home Alabama (Thu, Dec.28, 8-10pm, FOX) Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas and Dr. McDreamy himself, Patrick Dempsey, star in the romantic comedy.
Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve 2007 (Sun, Dec.31, 11:35pm-2:05am ET) Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark co-host the 35th edition of Dick Clarks New Years Rockin Eve, live from Times Square.
New Year's Eve Special (Sun, Dec.31, 11pm-12:30am ET Live / PT tape-delayed) FOX will feature musical performances by todays hottest artists, celebrity interviews and a look back at 2006s most memorable moments in pop culture.
The Tournament of Roses Parade LIVE (Mon, Jan.1, 11am-1pm ET, 8-10am PT, ABC)
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