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

Tuesday, December 1

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Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 30)

Tuesday, December 1

  • John Mulaney (Mulaney) - Catch John on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Bryan appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun/Twenty Good Years/Trial & Error) - John is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Leslie Odom Jr. (Central Park/Big Day) - Leslie appears on a repeat of A Little Late with Lilly Singh at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) and Ben Falcone (Nobodies/Joey) - Melissa and Ben are guests on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. They also talk about their new movie Superintelligence on E!'s Daily Pop at 11am.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Billy Gardell (Bob Hearts Abishola/Mike & Molly/Yes, Dear) - Billy will be on The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph (Fam/Instant Mom/Moesha/It's a Living) - Sheryl appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Patricia Heaton (Carol's Second Act/The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia talks about Your Second Act on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Ron Howard (The Andy Griffith Show/Happy Days/Arrested Development) - Ron talks about Hillbilly Elegy on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Missy Piggy and Kermit the Frog (The Muppets) - Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog teach the hosts how to do vocal warmups from their appearance this week on The Disney Holiday Singalong on E!'s Daily Pop at 11am.


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

Young Sheldon - The Complete Third Season Mom - The Complete Seventh Season The Flintstones - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Head of the Class - The Complete Second Season The Office - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

09/01 - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Season 14
09/01 - What We Do in the Shadows - The Complete Second Season
09/01 - Young Sheldon - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
09/15 - Mom - The Complete Seventh Season
09/15 - South Side - Season 1
09/22 - Brockmire - The Complete Second Season
09/22 - Brockmire - The Complete Third Season
09/22 - Brockmire - The Complete Fourth Season
09/22 - Man with a Plan - Season Three
09/29 - The Bob Newhart Show - The Complete Series (2020 Release)
10/13 - The Jetsons - The Complete Series (Diamond Collection)
10/13 - Our Cartoon President - Season Two
10/23 - Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em - The Complete Collection
10/27 - The Flintstones - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
10/27 - Head of the Class - The Complete Second Season (WBShop.com)
11/10 - Letterkenny - Seasons 5 & 6
11/10 - The Office - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
11/10 - Schitt's Creek - The Complete Collection
11/17 - Carol's Second Act - The Complete Series
11/17 - Robbie - Season 1
11/24 - Corporate - Season 1
12/01 - The Neighborhood - Season Two
12/15 - Avenue 5 - The Complete First Season

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