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

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Danger Force - "Say My Name" (Nickelodeon, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The members of Danger Force are given terrible nicknames live on KLVY news, so they come up with a plan to announce to the world who they really are: Volt, AWOL, ShoutOut and Brainstorm.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 30)

Friday, April 3

  • Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) - Watch Miley on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • John Krasinski (The Office) - John is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Woody Harrelson (Cheers) - Woody appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Kathy Bates (Disjointed) - Kathy is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Billy Eichner (Friends from College/Difficult People/Parks and Recreation) - Billy appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Retta (Parks and Recreation) - Retta is a guest on a repeat of A Little Late with Lilly Singh at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Norman Lear (Producer of All in the Family/Sanford and Son/One Day at a Time/The Jeffersons/Good Times/Maude) - Norman is a guest on a repeat of The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Fortune Feimster (The Mindy Project/Champions) - Fortune appears on a repeat of The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Billy Gardell (Bob Hearts Abishola/Mike & Molly/Yes, Dear) and Folake Olowofoyeku (Bob Hearts Abishola) - Billy and Folake are guests on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Laura Prepon (That '70s Show/Are You There, Chelsea?) - Laura appears on Couch Surfing at 8am.
  • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela talks about The Good Place on a repeat of Access Daily, so check your local listings.
  • Lisa Whelchel (The Facts of Life) - Lisa talks about You Light Up My Christmas on a repeat of Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Jane Lynch (Angel from Hell) - Jane is a guest on a repeat of Tamron Hall, so check your local listings.


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