Tuesday, November 27, 2018

AMC Gets Rankin/Bass Specials for Christmas; Jerry Springer Heads to Court in Fall 2019 Syndication

AMC Best Christmas Ever

AMC has viewers covered this holiday season with "AMC Best Christmas Ever," its largest slate of holiday programming ever featuring 35 films and 18 specials, airing all day, every day. It began yesterday (Monday, November 26) through Christmas Day, the monthlong programming marathon will offer up more than 600 hours of holiday-themed movies, specials and family favorite films, as well as the television debut of Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas is You (2017). AMC will be the exclusive home to Christmas favorites including Elf, The Polar Express and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation as well as 12 classic Christmas specials from the legendary Rankin/Bass production company, including The Year Without a Santa Claus, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Jack Frost, Rudolph's Shiny New Year and Frosty's Winter Wonderland, among many others. A complete list of the films and specials included in "AMC Best Christmas Ever" follows:

Holiday Films:
· Elf (2003)
· National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
· Polar Express, The (2004)
· Santa Clause 2, The (2002)
· Jingle All the Way (1996)
· Prancer (1989)
· Gremlins (1984)
· Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
· All I Want For Christmas (1991)
· Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
· Christmas in Connecticut (1992)
· Christmas Story 2, A (2012)
· Dennis the Menace Christmas, A (2007)
· Nativity Story, The (2006)
· Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (2004)
· To Grandmother's House We Go (1992)
· White Christmas (1954)
· Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
· Sons of Mistletoe, The (2001)
· Holiday to Remember, A (1995)
· Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)
· One Magic Christmas (1985)
· Christmas Star, The (1986)
· Scoot & Kassie's Christmas Adventure (2013)
· 12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue (2012)


Holiday Specials:
· TV Premiere: Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas is You (2017)
· Year Without a Santa Claus, The (1974)
· 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974)
· Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (1979)
· Rudolph's Shiny New Year (1976)
· Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976)
· Jack Frost (1979)
· Donkey's Caroling Christmas-tacular (2011)
· Merry Madagascar (2009)
· Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper, The (2005)
· First Christmas, The (1975)
· Leprechauns' Christmas Gold, The (1981)
· Life & Adventures of Santa Claus, The (1985)
· Little Drummer Boy Book II, The (1976)
· Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977)
· Pinocchio's Christmas (1980)
· Nuttiest Nutcracker, The (1999)
· Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night (1998)


Family Favorite Films:
· Happy Feet (2006)
· Happy Feet 2 (2011)
· Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)
· Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
· Miracle (2004)
· Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
· Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
· Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
· Joyful Noise (2012)
· Last Holiday (2006)



Judge Jerry Springer

NBCUniversal Television Distribution will launch Judge Jerry, a daily, first-run half-hour court program debuting in national syndication in fall 2019. Judge Jerry has already been sold in 75% of the U.S. to major station groups, including Tribune, Sinclair, Weigel, Hearst, Cox, Sun Beam, Block, Raycom, Tegna, Scripps, Meredith, Capital and more. WPIX in New York is among the stations. This series will replace his talk show, which is ending after this season. The iconic Jerry Springer will slide from the stage to behind the bench using law and order to settle disputeson his new show. Judge Jerry will take on actual cases from real people. In each episode, Judge Springer will hear cases and render a verdict with a fair yet firm hand and always leave litigants with a dose of classic Springer wisdom.

Judge Jerry will be taped in front of a live studio audience at the Stamford Media Center in Connecticut. The Stamford Media Center is also home to long-running and successful NBCU talk shows The Steve Wilkos Show and Maury. Judge Jerry will be produced and distributed in the U.S. by NBCUniversal Television Distribution. Prior to his work in entertainment, Springer began his career as a lawyer having received his law degree from Northwestern University. He joined a law firm in Cincinnati and began practicing law, which he would continue to do for over 15 years.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, December 2

Lopez vs. Lopez - "Lopez vs Birthdays" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
On Chance's birthday, George throws a party, and Rosie's sisters throw shade.

Young Rock - "Night of the Chi-Chi's" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Bethlehem, 1988: Teenage Dwayne is locked in a restaurant overnight with his father when Rocky agrees to deep clean the space; in 2033, Dwayne feels nostalgia for a vintage arcade game he finds far from home.

The Villains of Valley View "How the Villains Stole Christmas" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Set in the past, Onyx issues an annual ruin-Christmas challenge, but they get more than they bargained for.

Bunk'd: Learning the Ropes " Hauntin' Around the Christmas Tree" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
While planning an over-the-top Christmas bash, Parker encounters several ghostly visitors who teach him the true meaning of the holiday.

Raven's Home - "A Country Cousin Christmas" (Disney Channel, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Alice's mom begins to regret spending the holiday away from her; but when the country cousins surprise the Baxters for the holidays, Raven stuggles to keep her Christmas cheer.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 28)

Friday, December 2

  • Kristen Bell (Central Park/The Good Place) - Watch Kristen on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Marlon Wayans (Marlon/The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Marc Maron (GLOW/Maron) - Marc appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • James Marsden (Dead to Me/30 Rock) - James is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • ReneĆ© Rapp (The Sex Lives of College Girls) - ReneĆ© will be on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - NBC's Today catches up with Ellie in the 9am hour.
  • Kenan Thompson (Kenan/Kenan & Kel) - Kenan talks about the People's Choice Awards on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Rev Run (All About the Washingtons) - Rev Run talks about Disney+'s The Hip Hop Nutcracker on Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (September-November)

Abbott Elementary - The Complete First Season Frasier - The Complete Series (Blu-ray Young Rock - Season Two (DVD) The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Complete Season Seven Ghosts - Season One

09/06 - Young Sheldon - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray) (DVD)
09/20 - Kim's Convenience - The Complete Series
09/27 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Complete Season Five / The Complete Season Six
10/04 - Mr. Mayor - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) (DVD)
10/04 - The Munsters - Marineland Carnival with The Munsters TV Cast
10/18 - Abbott Elementary - The Complete First Season
11/08 - Frasier - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
11/08 - Young Rock - Season Two (Blu-ray) (DVD)
11/15 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Complete Season Seven / The Complete Season Eight
11/22 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
11/29 - Ghosts - Season One (Blu-ray) (DVD)
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