Archive for December, 2015


For a ninth consecutive year, comedian Kathy Griffin joins CNN anchor Anderson Cooper to ring in the new year from Times Square in New York City. it may not be for everyone, but I find it a great way to ring in the new year. 5 p.m. (live) and 10:05 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, on CNN.


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812078b8-a9b0-11e5-8ccb-07e94f98c393-1560x1174This movie just feels like perfect viewing for Christmas Eve. And what more can be said about Frank Capra’s 1946 emotional drama? Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed have electric chemistry as George and Mary Bailey; Lionel Barrymore is wonderfully wicked as Henry Potter; and the Christmas Eve redemption could melt the coldest heart. “Hee-haw and Merry Christmas.”

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Hello, Adele. I’m looking forward to you coming to Seattle next summer, but until then I’ll have to watch this, your first U.S. concert special since 2011. It was filmed last month at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. 10 p.m., Monday, Dec. 14, on NBC.

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meetmeinstlouisWhat’s not to love about Vincente Minnelli’s 1944 musical that follows the lives of the Smith family the year before the 1904 World’s Fair? You’ve got Margaret O’Brien, Marjorie Main and June Lockhart, plus the Christmas section of the film, featuring Judy Garland singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” It may be overly sentimental, but still a joy to watch. 10:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, on TCM.

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Here’s my list of must-watch Christmas TV (that I originally posted two years ago). Now seems like a great time to re-post.

Butlers I Have Known

You think people are passionate about their favorite weekly television shows? That’s nothing. I recently took an informal poll on Facebook of what people like to watch during the holidays.

You know, the must-watch-before-Dec. 25-or-the-holidays-aren’t-complete shows. Nearly 150 responses later, I’ve come to discover that aside from the usual suspects, people love the 2003 film “Love Actually,” the 1977 Jim Henson TV special “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas” and many, many different incarnations of “A Christmas Carol” (just don’t ask which Scrooge is best, unless you’re ready for a long debate).

Nowadays, when so much of our television viewing can be streamed on the go, many of our fondest holiday TV memories involve actually sitting down and watching a certain program at a certain time.

With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, the networks are about to unleash a sleigh full of holiday movies and specials. Are you ready for “Lady…

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RudolphHitch up the sleigh; another favorite holiday special takes flight Tuesday, Dec. 1. They’re all here: Hermey the elf who wants to be a dentist, Yukon Cornelius, the Island of Misfit Toys and everybody’s favorite reindeer hero. And don’t forget Sam, the snowman narrator, voiced by Burl Ives. 8 p.m.  on CBS.

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bdad5354-952f-11e5-bbab-1ebcc7aa7448-300x231This special celebrates 50 years of the Emmy-winning, animated holiday special “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” It features musical performances from Kristen Chenoweth, Matthew Morrison, Sarah McLachlan, Boyz II Men, Pentatonix, David Benoit and The All-American Boys Chorus. Kristen Bell (“Frozen,” “Veronica Mars”) hosts. 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, on ABC.

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