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).


New on DVD/Blu-ray (March/April)

The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season Father Knows Best - Season Five

03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
04/04 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Fifth Season
04/11 - Father Knows Best - Season Five
04/11 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Third Season
04/11 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/11 - Veep - The Complete Fifth Season
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, April 23

The Simpsons - "The Cad and the Hat" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Bart betrays Lisa, he has to deal with his guilt – literally. Meanwhile, Springfield is in awe when Homer is revealed to be a chess savant.

Bob's Burgers - "Zero Lap Thirty" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT)
When Linda wins a contest to spend a dream weekend at the home where her favorite television show is filmed, things don’t go quite as planned. Back at home, Teddy’s back problems leave him stuck on the floor.

Bob's Burgers - "The Laser-inth" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Gene accompanies Bob on the last-ever rock-and-roll laser show at the planetarium, but the night takes an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, Linda takes the girls out for dinner and Louise has a surprise revelation.

Making History - "The Godfriender" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Dan, Deb and Chris find themselves stuck in 1920s Chicago, with Al Capone (guest star Tim Robinson) holding their time travel bag hostage. Chris opts for a play-it-safe plan, using history to take out Capone, while Dan and Deb befriend him instead. As they teach him how to be a better mobster – and husband – they quickly realize that proving their loyalty may not be as easy as they thought.

Family Guy - "Hot Shots" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
In order to “save” Stewie from autism, Peter and Lois decide not to vaccinate him and then proceed to convince the rest of Quahog to follow suit. Stewie runs away to save himself from diseases until Sean Penn (guest-voicing as himself) swoops in to save the day and brings vaccines to the whole town.

The Last Man on Earth - "Name 20 Picnics...Now!" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
The gang throws a huge celebration canvassing every major holiday, but Tandy and Todd’s bro-mance hits a rough patch that threatens to end the fun.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 24)

Monday, April 24

  • Kathryn Hahn (Happyish/Transparent/Free Agents) - Watch Kathryn on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. She also talks about the new series I Love Dick on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Allison Janney (Mom/Mr. Sunshine) - Allison appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. She also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show/My Boys/Welcome to New York) - Jim visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Andrea Martin (Great News/Difficult People/Working the Engels) - Andrea stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Briga Heelan (Great News/Ground Floor) - Briga is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Matt Walsh (Veep), Mary Holland (Blunt Talk) and Timothy Simons (Veep) - Matt, Mary and Timothy are guests on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) - Kumail drops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) - Cobie talks about making her Broadway debut in Present Laughter on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Katie Gill (Baby Daddy) - Katie is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Lisa Kudrow (Friends/The Comeback) - Lisa joins Clinton Kelly in the kitchen to make a delicious dessert with an ingredient she’s never had before—Rhubarb on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso will be on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Kate Walsh (Bad Judge/The Drew Carey Show) - Kate talks about 13 Reasons Why on the AOL Build Show at 11am.
  • Ron Howard (Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Ron is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.