Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Paramount+ Celebrates the Holidays with Sitcom Classics; HBO Max Gets in Holiday Spirit as Well with Christmas Comedy Series

Paramount+

Paramount+ is celebrating the holidays with a seasonal spectacular that includes new festive titles and episodes for kids, plus a curated selection of classics for the whole family. The service will also be streaming new live and on-demand holiday movies from CBS, as well as must-watch specials such as One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. For kids, Paramount+ has rounded up a sleigh-load of festive programming, including A Loud House Christmas, an original live-action holiday movie based on Nickelodeon's Emmy Award-winning animated series, premiering on Nov. 26, and an all-new special Rugrats episode that debuts on Dec. 2. The episode features guest stars Raini Rodriguez as Gabi, Swoosie Kurtz as Minka, Henry Winkler as Boris, and Tata Vega as Tia Esperanza. This new episode joins Rugrats' growing slate of holiday episodes on the service, which includes "A Rugrats Kwanzaa," "Rugrats Chanukah" and "The Santa Experience." This season, pint-sized viewers will also jingle all the way to SpongeBob's Winter Wonderland selection, which includes beloved episodes from the hit-animated series such as "Patchy the Pirate Presents the SpongeBob SquarePants Christmas Special," "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" and "Frozen Faceoff." The streaming service's family-friendly offering is rounded out with a collection from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. that includes holiday episodes from hit kids' series, such as Bubble Guppies ("Happy Holidays, Mr. Grumpfish"), iCarly ("iChristmas"), Dora the Explorer ("A Present for Santa"), Henry Danger ("Holiday Punch"), PAW Patrol ("Pups Save Christmas"), Peppa Pig ("Santa's Grotto/Santa's Visit") and The Fairly OddParents ("Merry Wishmas"), as well as specials such as Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas, All Star Nickmas Spectacular, Top Elf and Sonic the Christmas Blast.

Also sliding down subscribers' chimneys this holiday season are Christmas classics films such as A Christmas Carol, Bridget Jones's Diary, Happy Christmas, Serendipity and Surviving Christmas, plus fan-favorite episodes from iconic series such as Beverly Hills, 90210 ("Christmas Comes This Time Each Year"), Cheers ("Christmas Cheers"), Everybody Hates Chris ("Everybody Hates Kwanzaa"), Frasier ("Frasier Grinch"), Happy Days ("Guess Who's Coming to Christmas"), Taxi ("A Full House for Christmas") and The Brady Bunch ("The Voice of Christmas").

In addition, Paramount+ will be the streaming home for new live and on-demand holiday movies from CBS, including A Christmas Proposal, which follows a down-on-her-luck chef, Maria Winters (Jessica Camacho), as she agrees to pose as the girlfriend of a hotshot Seattle attorney, Julian Diaz (Adam Rodriguez), for the holidays; and Christmas Takes Flight, a holiday battle of wills between pilot Jenny Beckett (Katie Lowes) and Matt Hansen (Evan Williams), a number-crunching CEO who purchases Jenny's family-owned, regional airline. Additional can't-miss events streaming on the platform include: One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, a new live concert special honoring the musical legacy and enduring friendship between the two musical icons, and New Year's Eve Live: Nashville's Big Bash, a star-studded special featuring country music's hottest superstars ringing in the new year from downtown Nashville.




Santa Inc.

HBO Max has released the official trailer, key art and first look images from the upcoming Max Original adult stop-motion animated series Santa Inc. from Lionsgate Television and Point Grey Pictures. All eight episodes of the series debuts Thursday, December 2. In this series from Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman, intrepid elf Candy Smalls (Silverman) will do anything to be named as the first female Santa - even if she has to fight like a man to get it. Stars Sarah Silverman, Seth Rogen, Leslie Grossman, Gabourey Sidibe, Craig Robinson, Nicholas Braun, Maria Bamford and Joel Kim Booster.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, January 26

Young Sheldon - "Blonde Ambition and the Concept of Zero" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Sheldon makes a terrifying mathematical discovery while tutoring Billy. Also, Mary is jealous of Missy’s relationship with Mandy and MeeMaw.

Ghosts - "Jay's Friends" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Sam becomes alarmed when the ghosts suggest Jay’s new friends may be part of a cult run by a charismatic leader named Micah (Drew Tarver). Also, Pete changes his attitude after Sasappis criticizes his unceasing cheeriness.

Welcome to Flatch - "What Are You, Chicken?" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The saga of the Flatch porch pirate continues; when Kelly and Shrub realize who the culprit is, they must figure out how to do right by Flatch; Joe misses Cheryl, so Barb decides it's time for a makeover.

Call Me Kat - "Call Me Ichabod Evel Knievel" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Kat hires a new baker at the Kat Cafe and shows him around town; Max and Carter wingman for Sheila.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 23)

Thursday, January 26

  • George Clooney (Roseanne/The Facts of Life/ E/R (1984-1985) - Jimmy Kimmel Live! celebrates its 20th Anniversary with George at 10pm and repeated at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Tom is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • David Duchovny (Californication) - David appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Hilary Duff (How I Met Your Father/Younger/Lizzie McGuire) - Hilary is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 10pm on Bravo. She also talks about the new season of Hulu's How I Met Your Father on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Wanda Sykes (The Upshaws/The New Adventures of Old Christine/Wanda at Large) - Wanda guest hosts Comedy Central's The Daily Show at 11pm.
  • Lil Rel Howery (Rel/The Carmichael Show) - Lil Rel will be on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • ReneĆ© Rapp (The Sex Lives of College Girls) - ReneĆ© appears on The Jennifer Hudson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Julie Bowen (Modern Family/Ed) - Julie is back and talks about a new gig inspired by her tween boys on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Benjamin Bratt (Poker Face) - Benjamin talks about Peacock's Poker Face on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October-January)

Abbott Elementary - The Complete First Season Frasier - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Ghosts - Season One The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - 70th Anniversary Ultimate Christmas Collection Hogan's Heroes - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

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)
12/06 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - 70th Anniversary Ultimate Christmas Collection
12/13 - And Just Like That... - The Complete First Season
12/13 - Hogan's Heroes - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
01/03 - Andy Richter Controls the Universe - The Complete Series (2023 Release)
01/27 - Master of None - Season Three / The Complete Series
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