Monday, October 29, 2012

2012 ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas Schedule; Rhea Perlman Joins Kirstie Alley In TV Land Sitcom Pilot

ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas

We gave you ABC Family's Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas (Nov. 18-30) schedule, now it's time to give you the actual 25 Days of Christmas (Dec. 1-25) schedule for 2012! The 25 days of holiday programming starts on Saturday, December 1 at 7am with the holiday special Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas followed by movies all day long! This year, "25 Days of Christmas" will feature the world premiere of the ABC Family original holiday musical, The Mistle-Tones, starring Tia Mowry (The Game, Tia and Tamera) and Tori Spelling (Beverly Hills, 90210). Premiering Sunday, December 9 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the new original movie follows Holly (Mowry), a young woman who decides to create her own Christmas singing group when she is turned down for a spot in legendary group The Snow Belles by the mean spirited Marci (Spelling).

The holiday cheer continues with the ABC Family premiere of the charming holiday movie Fred Claus, starring Vince Vaughn, on Tuesday, December 4 from 10:00PM-12:30AM ET/PT and the basic cable premiere broadcasts of Disney's A Christmas Carol on Thursday, December 6 from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT and Despicable Me on Saturday, December 8 from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT. Also making their 25 Days of Christmas debut are holiday favorites Elf (Saturday, December 1, 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and the very first Home Alone (Wednesday, December 5, 7:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).
A new generation of viewers can enjoy the Rankin Bass holiday classics such as Rudolph's Shiny New Year (Monday, December 3, 5:30-6:30 PM ET/PT), Frosty's Winter Wonderland (Tuesday, December 4, 7:30PM ET/PT, and Santa Claus is Comin' To Town (Monday, December 10, 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Other returning favorites include National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Monday, December 3, 8:00-10:00 PM), The Polar Express (Wednesday, December 5, 9:00PM-12:00 AM ET/PT), and the network premiere of Disney·Pixar's Toy Story 3 (Sunday, December 16, 7:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).

Among the movies I didn't mention airing include Richie Rich's Christmas Wish, A Dennis the Menace Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street (1994), Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Home Alone 4, The Santa Clause, The Santa Clause 2, The Santa Clause 3, Holiday in Handcuffs, and Christmas Cupid. And among the specials I didn't mention include Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas, Mickey's Christmas Carol, Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too, Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, The Little Drummer Boy, Pinocchio's Christmas, The Story of the First Christmas Snow, Disney Prep & Landing, Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, and A Chipmunk Christmas. Holiday episodes of sitcoms like Boy Meets World, 8 Simple Rules, & Reba will air in their time periods and Full House will get a special airing on Monday, Dec. 24 at 9am, as that series has been on hiatus for awhile. Also, just for the holidays, a holiday mini-marathon of the '90s series Beverly Hills 90210 will air Thursday, Dec. 20 from 7am-11am leading into movies starring cast members from the series like Christmas Caper starring Shannen Doherty.

Other ABC Family December 2012 highlights includes the ABC Family premiere of the Eric Bana movie Hulk on Thursday, Dec. 27 at 8pm and the ABC premiere premiere of Spy Kids on Saturday, December 29 at 9:30am.
View the FULL 2012 ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas schedule. You won't want to miss anything, so print out and enjoy!

A Cheers reunion maybe? Rhea Perlman will reunite with longtime friend and former Cheers co-star Kirstie Alley in the sitcom pilot Giant Baby. Perlman will play Thelma, Maddie's (Alley) long-suffering assistant and best friend, who encourages her boss to form a relationship with the son she gave up for adoption, Arlo (previously known as Owen). The network originally announced the Alley-headlined project as a presentation last month. Giant Baby revolves around Madison "Maddie" Banks, a Broadway star who finds her life turned upside down when Arlo, her long-lost son, turns up looking to connect after his adopted mother has died. However, Maddie doesn't exactly see nerdy and schlubby Arlo fitting in with her luxurious lifestyle. When her attempt to change Arlo backfires, Maddie finds that perhaps they both could use a little change in their lives.
Giant Baby is written and executive produced by Marco Pennette and is also executive produced by Kirstie Alley and Jason Weinberg. Larry W. Jones and Keith Cox serve as executive producers for TV Land. Both Alley and Perlman were in the ABC pilot The Manzanis last season but it never made it past pilot. Stay with us to see if this pilot goes past the pilot stage and gets a series order. There is a good chance it will and it will join Hot in Cleveland, Happily Divorced and The Exes. But stay tuned...

Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, March 23

Stuck in the Middle - "Stuck in a Mysterious Robbery" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When the Bait N' Bite is robbed, the Diaz children use their resources to track down the culprit.

Bizaardvark - "Amelia's Perfectly Imperfect Volleyball Adventure" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After Paige convinces the volleyball coach to put Amelia on the team, the DIY diva's ego lands the volleyball team in a match against the state champions.

The Paynes - "Payneful Repairs" (OWN, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Curtis and Ella learn some troubling news about Nyla.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 19)

Friday, March 23

  • Jim Jefferies (Legit) - Watch Jim on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Ricky is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Lena Waithe (Master of None) - Lena appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Jenna Fischer (Splitting Up Together/The Office) and Oliver Hudson (Splitting Up Together/Rules of Engagement) - Jenna and Oliver chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. They will also be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and the BUILd Series at 2:30pm.
  • Jamie Lee (Crashing) - Jamie appears on a repeat of Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Boris Kodjoe (The Last Man on Earth/Second Time Around) and Nicole Ari Parker (Second Time Around) - Boris and Nicole are guests on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Tiffani Thiessen (Alexa & Katie/Saved by the Bell/Saved by the Bell: The College Years) - Tiffani stops by Access Live, so check your local listings. She shares her recipe for spiked hot chocolate on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Zach Braff (Alex, Inc./Scrubs) - Zach appears on Good Mythical Morning with Rhett & Link on YouTube.
  • Jay Pharoah (White Famous) - Jay creates something delicious with Carla Hall on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Mark Hamill (The Texas Wheelers) - Mark will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. He can also be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM.
  • Bella Thorne (Shake It Up) - Bella talks about Midnight Sun on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.