Wednesday, November 27, 2013

2013 Network TV Holiday Specials; Classic New York Sitcom Taxi Gets Marathon in New York on WLNY Friday

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Can you believe the holiday season is nearing? Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which means Christmas is right around the corner! And then it will be 2014 already a week after Christmas. Time flies! Anyway as I mentioned, I have put together our annual network television (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, The CW) holiday specials list that we all like to watch every year like Frosty the Snowman and A Charlie Brown Christmas, new classics like Shrek the Halls and Disney Prep & Landing 2: Naughty Vs. Nice and we even get some all-new specials like Lady Gaga & The Muppets' Holiday Spectacular. Sure the network holiday line-ups are not as detailed as some cable networks like ABC Family, but the main holiday specials are still on network television! These are just actual holiday related specials and movies, not movies or specials airing during the holiday season on broadcast network television:

Lady Gaga & The Muppets' Holiday Spectacular

ABC
Thursday, Nov. 28, 8-9pm: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving/This is America Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers
Thursday, Nov. 28, 9:30-11pm: Lady Gaga & The Muppets' Holiday Spectacular (NEW!)
Friday, Nov. 29, 8-9pm: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated) and Shrek the Halls
Sunday, Dec. 1, 9-11pm: Hallmark Hall of Fame: Christmas in Conway (NEW!) 
Monday, Dec. 2, 8-9pm: A Charlie Brown Christmas/Charlie Brown Christmas Tales plus seven-minute short from Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa
Monday, Dec. 2, 9-11pm: CMA Country Christmas (NEW!)
Monday, Dec. 9, 8-9pm: Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Monday, Dec. 9, 9-10pm: The Great Christmas Light Fight (NEW Series!)
Saturday, Dec. 14, 9-11pm: CMA Country Christmas ENCORE
Sunday, Dec. 15, 4-6pm ET/2-4pm PT: ABC Movie of the Week: The Borrowers
Monday, Dec. 16, 8-9pm: Disney Prep & Landing and Disney Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice
Thursday, Dec. 19, 8-9pm: A Charlie Brown Christmas/Charlie Brown Christmas Tales plus seven-minute short from Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa ENCORE
Saturday, Dec. 21, 8-9pm: I Want A Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
Sunday, Dec. 22, 4-6pm ET/2-4pm PT: CMA Country Christmas ENCORE
Sunday, Dec. 22, 7-11pm: ABC Sunday Movie of the Week: The Sound of Music
Monday, Dec. 23, 8-9pm: Shrek the Halls ENCORE/A Chipmunk Christmas
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 8pm: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated) ENCORE
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 8:30-11pm: ABC Tuesday Movie of the Week: Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Monday, Dec. 30, 8-9pm: Happy New Year, Charlie Brown/She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown
Monday, Dec. 30, 9-10pm: Rudolph's Shiny New Year
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 8-10pm New Year's Rockin' Eve Presents The 30 Greatest Women In Music (NEW!)
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 10-11pm Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014 (NEW!)
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 11:35pm-2:12am Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014, Parts 1 and 2 (NEW!)

CBS:
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 8-9pm: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Friday, Nov. 29, 8-9pm: Hoops & Yo-Yo Ruin Christmas and Elf on a Shelf: An Elf's Story
Saturday, Nov. 30, 8-9pm: The Flight Before Christmas
Saturday, Nov. 30, 9-10pm: The Story of Santa Claus
Friday, Dec. 6, 8-9pm: Frosty the Snowman and Yes, Virginia There Is A Santa Claus
Saturday, Dec. 14, 9:30pm: Frosty Returns
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 8-9pm: A Home for the Holidays with Celine Dion (NEW!)
Friday, Dec. 20, 8-9pm: I Love Lucy Christmas Special

NBC:
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 9-11pm: SNL Thanksgiving (NEW!)
Saturday, Nov. 30, 8-10pm: The National Dog Show Presented by Purina (NEW!)
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 8-9pm: Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NEW!)
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 9-11pm: SNL Christmas (NEW!)
Saturday, Dec. 7, 8-9pm: Christmas in Rockefeller Center ENCORE
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 10-11pm: Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale (NEW!)
Saturday, Dec. 14, 8-11pm: NBC Movie of the Week: It's a Wonderful Life
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 10-11pm: Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays (NEW!)
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 8-11pm: NBC Movie of the Week: It's a Wonderful Life ENCORE
Wednesday, Dec. 25, 8-9pm: Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale ENCORE
Wednesday, Dec. 25, 9-10pm: Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays ENCORE
Saturday, Dec. 28, 9-10pm WWE Tribute to the Troops (NEW!)
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 10-11pm: NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly - Primetime (NEW!)
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 11:30pm-2am: NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly (NEW!)

Fox:
Monday, Dec. 16 9-10pm: Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas and Dreamworks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury
Friday, Dec. 20 8-9pm: Happiness is Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown
Wednesday, Dec. 25, 8-9pm: Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas and Dreamworks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury ENCORES
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 11pm: Fox New Year's Eve Live (NEW!)

The CW:
Friday, Nov. 29 8-9pm: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Monday, Dec. 2 8-10pm: CW Movie: It's a Very Muppet Christmas
Monday, Dec. 9 8-9pm: Kung Fu Panda Holiday and Merry Madagascar (NEW! to The CW)
Monday, Dec. 16 8-9pm: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer ENCORE
Wednesday, Dec. 18 8-9pm: iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2013 (NEW)
Monday, Dec. 23 8-9pm: iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2013 ENCORE
Tuesday, Dec. 24 8-10pm: CW Movie: The 12 Dogs of Christmas (NEW! to The CW)
Wednesday, Dec. 25 8-9pm: Kung Fu Panda Holiday and Merry Madagascar ENCORES


Taxi

It's back for the second straight year! One of the most classic New York comedies in television history will have you laughing on Friday, November 29, when WLNY-TV (Channels 10/55) presents the Taxi marathon from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm for the second straight Friday after Thanksgiving! The marathon will include 24 unforgettable episodes introduced by Carolina Bermudez, John Elliott and Jodi Applegate, the co-hosts of WLNY's Live From the Couch, the station's morning show which airs weekdays from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. Bermudez, Elliott and Applegate will present Taxi trivia and discuss classic scenes from the series. The marathon will culminate in primetime with the 1982 "Jim's Inheritance" episode, when Jim receives an inheritance after his father dies and is declared incompetent by his siblings in an effort to gain control of the money, airing at 8 pm and the fun filled 1982 "Elegant Iggy" episode, when Elaine attends an upscale dinner party with Jim as her date, and is embarrassed by his behavior until he impresses guests by playing the piano, airing at 8:30 pm.

WLNY's Taxi marathon will also feature the 1979 "Reverend Jim-A Space Odyssey" episode, where the cabbies try to persuade Louie, the head dispatcher for the Sunshine Cab Company to hire Jim but first they have to help him pass his exam (5:00 pm) and the 1981 "Latka’s Cookies" episode when Latka's grandmother passes away, he inherits her cookie recipe and plans on opening a business until he discovers the secret ingredient (7:00 pm), and the entertaining 1981 "Latka The Playboy" episode, when Laka alters his appearance to become a ladies' man but the other cabbies are not happy with his transformation (7:30 pm).


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, October 18

The Goldbergs - "Revenge o' the Nerds" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
With the children growing up, Beverly decides to reinvent herself and quits being a substitute teacher. She decides to focus her energy on going to night school so she can eventually own her own business. Murray doesn’t like change or things costing money, so he convinces her to get a perm instead. Meanwhile, Erica struggles to balance her academic and social life in college and needs Adam’s assistance.

Speechless - "T-R-- TRAINING D-A-- DAY" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Jimmy takes JJ camping to give him “the talk,” Maya trains a ragtag group of new aides, and sparks fly between Dylan and Ray’s bully.

Modern Family - "Sex, Lies & Kickball" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Jay’s best friend, Shorty, is back from Costa Rica and stays at the house so they can catch up and reconnect. However, Shorty is spending more time with Gloria and seems to be avoiding Jay. Meanwhile, Alex is ready to shed her good-girl image and is going to prove to Claire that her relationship with Ben is definitely a sexual relationship.

American Housewife - "The Lice Storm" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Anna-Kat brings home a lice infestation, Katie uses it to force bonding time with Taylor. Greg attempts to bond with Oliver (and avoid lice) by camping in the backyard, but Greg becomes concerned when Oliver keeps ditching their campout to be with their new sleazy neighbor named Spencer.

You're the Worst - "A Bunch of Hornballs" (FXX, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Jimmy goes out of town for a Romance/Erotica fiction convention while Gretchen throws a divorce party for Lindsay, leading to an unintended deepening of Gretchen's relationship with Boone. Meanwhile, Edgar's friend Max encourages him to overspend on party planning.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 16)

Wednesday, October 18

  • Paul Shaffer (A Year at the Top) - Paul sits in with Cleto and The Cletones on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kaitlin Olson (The Mick/It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) - Kaitlin is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project/The Office) - Mindy appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) - Olivia is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • James Van Der Beek (What Would Diplo Do?/Friends with Better Lives/Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) - James appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland/CafĂ© Americain/One Day at a Time) - Valerie visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Woody Harrelson (Cheers) and Rob Reiner (All in the Family) - Woody and Rob chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. They also talk about LBJ on the AOL Build Show at 2:30pm.
  • Jay Pharoah (White Famous) - Jay appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Laura Dern (F Is for Family/Enlightened) - Laura stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Kim Fields (The Facts of Life/Living Single) - Kim talks about A Question of Faith on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am. She will also be on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Pooch Hall (The Game/Accidentally on Purpose) - Pooch guest co-hosts The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim) - Kimberly talks about the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original Darrow & Darrow on Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Liz Gillies (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll/Victorious) - Liz opens up about the Dynasty reboot on the People Now at 8:30am.
  • Melissa Joan Hart (Melissa & Joey/Sabrina, the Teenage Witch/Clarissa Explains It All) - Melissa talks about her new Lifetime movie The Watcher in the Woods on NBC's Today in the 10am hour, on the AOL Build Show at 3:30pm and on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • David Arquette (In Case of Emergency/Parenthood) - David is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Patrice Lovely (Love Thy Neighbor) - Patrice appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Jeff can be heard on The Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM at 10:50am.
  • Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle) - Frankie is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Mark Feuerstein (9JKL/Good Morning, Miami/Conrad Bloom/Fired Up) - Mark appears on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (June/July/August)

Father Knows Best - Season Six Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season Alice - The Complete Fifth Season Rhoda - Season Four Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four

06/13 - The Andy Griffith Show - Return to Mayberry
06/13 - That's My Mama - The Complete Series
06/20 - Workaholics - The Final (Seventh) Season
06/20 - Workaholics - The Complete Series
06/27 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Third Season
07/04 - Superstore - Season Two
07/18 - Father Knows Best - Season Six
07/25 - Diff'ernt Strokes - The Complete Sixth Season
07/25 - Girls - The Final (Sixth) Season (Blu-ray)
08/01 - Alice - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
08/01 - Crashing - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
08/15 - Rhoda - Season Four
08/22 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Four
08/29 - Will & Grace - Season One (Universal)
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