ABC Announces Holiday Programming Including 'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' and 'The Great Christmas Light Fight'

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November 4th, 2013

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‘TIS THE SEASON FOR HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING ON ABC

 

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Special Programming for

November and December on the ABC Television Network

 

            ABC celebrates the joy of the holidays, including the beloved animated special, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” an all-new Hallmark Hall of Fame film, “Christmas in Conway,” the all-new competition series, “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” and classic, animated Christmas specials from Walt Disney Animation Studios, PEANUTS, DreamWorks Animation and Dr. Seuss, among others.

 

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28

 

“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” – This marks the 40th anniversary of the classic half-hour animated PEANUTS special, created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. In the 1973 special, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” Charlie Brown wants to do something special for the gang. However, the dinner he arranges is a disaster when the caterers, Snoopy and Woodstock, prepare toast and popcorn as the main dish. Humiliated, it will take all of Marcie’s persuasive powers to salvage the holiday for Charlie Brown. A special bonus cartoon from Charles M. Schulz, “This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers,” will air with the PEANUTS classic, in which history comes to animated screen life in a captivating and informative program about the Mayflower voyagers. The special will air with Spanish audio via SAP. (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) (Rebroadcast-OAD: 11/16/01)

 

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29

 

“Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas” – The 1966 animated holiday story loved by all, tall and small. Based on the classic children’s book by the legendary Dr. Seuss, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” takes viewers inside a snowflake to Whoville, the magical land of the Whos. But high above this holiday-loving town resides the Grinch, a hateful creature with a heart three sizes too small, who despises Christmas and plots to steal it from the Whos.           Will a greedy Mayor Augustus Maywho or the seductive Martha May Whovier ruin his plans? Or will the loving little Cindy Lou Who be able to teach The Grinch the true meaning of Christmas? The Voice cast includes Boris Karloff as The Grinch/Narrator and June Foray as Cindy Lou Who. (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) (Rebroadcast-OAD: 12/12/06)

 

“Shrek the Halls” – DreamWorks Animation’s “Shrek the Halls,” a half-hour of entertainment starring America’s favorite ogre and his friends and featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas. Just when Shrek thought he could finally sit back, relax and enjoy his happily ever after with his new family, the most joyous of all holidays arrives. It’s Christmas Eve and everyone is filled with holiday cheer -- except for Shrek. He isn’t exactly the picture of yuletide joy, but for the sake of Fiona and the kids, he tries to get into the spirit of things as only an ogre can. Unfortunately, everyone seems to have their own ideas about what Christmas is all about, so when Donkey, Puss In Boots, Gingerbread Man and the whole gang try to join in on the fun, Shrek’s plans for a cozy family celebration ends up spiraling into one truly Unforgettable Christmas. (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) (Rebroadcast-OAD: 11/28/07)

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1

 

Hallmark Hall of Fame: “Christmas in Conway” -- Andy Garcia (“The Godfather Part III,” “For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story”) and Mary-Louise Parker (“Angels in America,” “Weeds”) are joined by Mandy Moore (“Tangled,” “The Princess Diaries”), Cheri Oteri (“Saturday Night Live,” “Grown Ups 2”) and Riley Smith (“90210,” “Radio”) in the “Hallmark Hall of Fame” presentation of “Christmas in Conway.” Duncan Mayor (Garcia) decides the perfect Christmas present for his beloved wife, Suzy (Parker), is a ride on a real Ferris wheel, set up in their very own back yard. As a young man, it was the perfect place for a wedding proposal. Now, years later, in order to relive the experience with his wife, Duncan will go to any length to make their fantasy become a reality. Natalie Stringer (Moore), a home-care nurse, moves in with Suzy and Duncan to care for Suzy -- much to the annoyance of Duncan, who resents the intrusion. Love is in the air, and not just between Suzy and Duncan. Romantic sparks also fly between Natalie and Tommy Harris (Smith), a landscape designer who’s working on a project with the Mayor’s irascible next-door neighbor, played by Cheri Oteri. (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET).

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2

 

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” The ABC Television Network will celebrate the joy of the holidays with the classic animated Christmas-themed PEANUTS special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. The hour will also include “Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa,” the seven-minute animated short featuring The Voice of Betty White as Mrs. Claus. In the digitally-remastered 1965 special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees everywhere during the Christmas season. Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant and Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, Charlie Brown needs Linus’ help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is. (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) (Rebroadcast-OAD: 12/06/01)

 

“CMA Country Christmas” – Hosted by Jennifer Nettles, country music superstars Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Lucy Hale, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Ricker and Michael W. Smith are confirmed to perform. ”CMA Country Christmas” will also feature a special performance by Willie Robertson of the popular A&E series “Duck Dynasty,” who will be joined by his family as they celebrate the launch of their new holiday album, “Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas.” (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET)

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3

 

The Chew– This December, “The Chew” sparkles as your holiday headquarters for the season’s best in entertaining, cooking and crafting ideas for Unforgettable gatherings with loved ones. “The Chew’s” co-hosts show how easy it is to create a sumptuous repast for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and offer ideas for innovative gifts and decorations that are as beautiful as they are wallet-friendly. On Tuesday, Dec. 3, “The Chew” celebrates its 500th episode in high style, spotlighting the most delicious moments throughout the show’s three seasons: the most popular dishes and drinks with our viewers, the greatest celebrity highlights and the hilarity, the warmth and the indispensible advice on all aspects of food, dining, decorating and entertaining. (“The Chew” airs weekdays Monday-Friday, 1:00-2:00 p.m., ET).

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9

 

“Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” – In the perennial favorite created in 1970 by Rankin-Bass Productions (“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,”), Fred Astaire narrates this timeless tale of Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney), a young boy with an immense desire to do good things for others. Narrated by Fred Astaire, the vocal cast features Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle, Keenan Wynn as Winter, Paul Frees as Burgermeister Meisterburger, Grimsby, the soldiers and the townsmen, Joan Gardner as Tanta Kringle, Robie Lester as Jessica and Andrea Sacino, Dina Lynn, Gary White and Greg Thomas as the children. (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) (Rebroadcast-OAD: 12/02/05)

 

“The Great Christmas Light Fight”Episode 101 Premiere -- The first Christmas lights competition of its kind for television will feature four families competing each week to transform their homes to the extreme for Christmas – in ways that would certainly make even Clark Griswold envious – with a total of $250,000 in prizing ($50,000 won each week). These 20 families were chosen through an extensive nationwide search, based on their previous elaborate Christmas light displays, incredible choreography and over-the-top designs. Michael Moloney and Sabrina Soto (both from “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) are the judges for the series. (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET)

 

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14

 

“The Great Christmas Light Fight” Episode 101 See Dec. 9. (Rebroadcast-OAD: 12/9/13) (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET)

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16

 

“Disney Prep & Landing” – Walt Disney Animation Studios brings you a half-hour holiday special tale of an elite unit of Elves known as Prep & Landing. After working tirelessly on Prep & Landing for 227 years, an elf named Wayne is upset when he doesn’t receive an expected promotion to be the Director of Naughty List Intelligence. Instead, Magee, the North Pole Christmas Eve Command Center Coordinator (NPCECCC for short), partners Wayne with Lanny, an idealistic rookie who has an undying enthusiasm for Christmas. During their Christmas Eve mission, Wayne and Lanny encounter unexpected challenges that push them to their limits. Will the elves be able to guide Dasher, Dancer and the rest of the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh through a raging snowstorm to ensure a Merry Christmas for all? (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) (Rebroadcast-OAD: 12/8/09)

 

“Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice” – The yuletide adventures of Christmas elves Lanny and Wayne continue. With the Big 2-5 fast approaching, Wayne and Lanny must race to recover classified North Pole technology that has fallen into the hands of a computer-hacking Naughty Kid! Desperate to prevent Christmas from descending into chaos, Wayne seeks out the foremost Naughty Kid expert to aid in the mission, a bombastic member of the Coal Elf Brigade who also happens to be his estranged brother, Noel. (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) (Rebroadcast-OAD: 12/5/11)

 

“The Great Christmas Light Fight” Episodes 102 & 103 – The first Christmas lights competition of its kind for television will feature four families competing each week to transform their homes to the extreme for Christmas – in ways that would certainly make even Clark Griswold envious – with a total of $250,000 in prizing ($50,000 won each week). These 20 families were chosen through an extensive nationwide search, based on their previous elaborate Christmas light displays, incredible choreography and over-the-top designs. Michael Moloney and Sabrina Soto (both from “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) are the judges for the series. (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET)

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21

 

“I Want A Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!” “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!” centers on ReRun, the lovable but ever-skeptical younger brother of Linus and Lucy. It’s Christmas vacation and, as usual, ReRun’s big sister is stressing him out, so he decides to turn to his best friend, Snoopy, for amusement and holiday cheer. However his faithful but unpredictable beagle companion has plans of his own, giving ReRun reason to ask Snoopy to invite his canine brother, Spike, for a visit. The cast of “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!” includes Jimmy Bennett as ReRun, Adam Taylor Gordon as Charlie Brown, Ashley Rose Orr as Lucy Van Pelt, Corey Padnos as Linus Van Pelt, Hannah Leigh Dworkin as Sally, Nick Price as Schroeder, Jake Miner as Pig Pen/Franklin, Kaitlyn Maggio as the little girl and Bill Melendez as Snoopy. (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) (Rebroadcast-OAD: 12/09/03)

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 23

 

“Shrek the Halls” – See Nov. 29. (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) (Rebroadcast-OAD: 11/28/07)

 

“A Chipmunk Christmas” -- It’s coming up on Christmastime and the Chipmunks are eager for the big day to arrive. Swept up in a holiday mood, Alvin gives away his cherished harmonica to a sick little boy. Meanwhile, Dave has booked Alvin to perform a harmonica solo at Carnegie Hall! (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) (Rebroadcast-OAD: 12/19/11)

 

“The Great Christmas Light Fight”Episodes 104 & 105SEASON FINALE – The first Christmas lights competition of its kind for television will feature four families competing each week to transform their homes to the extreme for Christmas – in ways that would certainly make even Clark Griswold envious – with a total of $250,000 in prizing ($50,000 won each week). These 20 families were chosen through an extensive nationwide search, based on their previous elaborate Christmas light displays, incredible choreography and over-the-top designs. Michael Moloney and Sabrina Soto (both from “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) are the judges for the series. (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET)

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24

 

“Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas” – See Nov. 29. (1966, Animated Special) (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET)

 

ABC MOVIE OF THE WEEK – “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas” – (2000, Feature Film) The contemporary classic holiday comedy starring Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski and Molly Shannon. Based on the classic children’s book by the legendary Dr. Seuss, the live action “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” takes viewers inside a snowflake to Whoville, the magical land of the Whos. But high above this holiday-loving town resides the Grinch (Jim Carrey), a nasty creature with a heart three sizes too small, who hates Christmas and plots to steal it from the Whos. Will a greedy Mayor Augustus Maywho (Jeffrey Tambor) or the seductive Martha May Whovier (Christine Baranski) foil his plans? Or will it be the loving little Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen) who will teach him the true meaning of Christmas? (8:30-11:00 p.m., ET) (Rebroadcast-OAD: 11/25/04)

 

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25

“Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” -- Music, magic and merriment come together when Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida present the 30th annual holiday TV special. The star-studded sounds of the season include some of today’s top musical talents lending their voices to celebrate the holidays. And, from fairy tales to classic Christmas carols, Disney friends and holiday characters spread joy and good tidings through Disneyland Park in California and the Magic Kingdom Park in Florida with fanciful floats and colorful cavalcades, and Santa Claus himself along with his reindeer, wend their holly jolly way down Main Street, USA. (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., ET; check local listings)

 


MONDAY, DECEMBER 30

 

“Happy New Year, Charlie Brown” -- The ABC Television Network and the PEANUTS gang will ring in the new year with the animated PEANUTS special, “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown,” created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, along with “She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown.” In “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown,” the PEANUTS gang is ringing in 1986 and Marcie and Peppermint Patty are throwing a big New Year’s Eve bash. Charlie Brown plans to celebrate the holiday by curling up with a big book that weighs nearly as much as he does, Tolstoy’s War and Peace. The book’s weight doesn’t stop him from lugging it to Lucy’s pre-party dance class, where he cuts a mean rug with a rollicking Patty. With just 1131 pages to go, Charlie Brown takes another break, this time for the party, and summons the courage to invite his true love, the little red-haired girl. She doesn’t respond, but hapless Chuck shows up anyway – with Tolstoy in tow. Then he settles down with the book – on a porch swing in a snowstorm, and in so doing, misses the evening’s big surprise. In “She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown,” disaster strikes as Peppermint Patty heads to her first major ice skating competition with coach Snoopy and faithful companion Marcie by her side. As always, the unassuming Woodstock flies in to save the day. (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) (Rebroadcast-OAD: 12/30/08)

 

“Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” – It’s Rudolph to the rescue when Happy, the Baby New Year, goes missing, in “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year,” the classic Rankin/Bass stop-motion animated holiday special. Red Skelton narrates and voices Father Time, while Frank Gorshin and Morey Amsterdam also provide voices for characters. Father Time (voiced by narrator Red Skelton) asks the most famous reindeer of all, Rudolph, to find the next Baby New Year before midnight on New Year’s Eve. (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) (Rebroadcast-OAD: 12/26/06)

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31

 

“New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Presents The 30 Greatest Women In Music” -- Ryan Seacrest, Jenny McCarthy and Fergie host a fascinating two-hour countdown of the 30 greatest female artists in music, through clips and interviews from the archives of dick clark productions. (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET)

 

“Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest”

Ryan Seacrest spotlights some of the year’s hottest artists, groups and songs. Fergie hosts the Los Angeles party, and Jenny McCarthy is live with all the festivities in Times Square. (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET)

 

“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013, Parts 1 & 2”

Ryan Seacrest counts down to midnight live from Times Square, and then the party continues with some of the year’s hottest acts from Los Angeles and New York. (Part 1, 11:30 p.m. – 1:08 a.m., ET) (Part 2, January 1, 1:08 – 2:12 a.m., ET)

 
  • Darkness

    So no OUAT and Revenge on sunday november 24 and sunday december 1 ?

  • Matthew Chapman

    Correct about November 24th but Once Upon A time is still on before Christmas in Conway so Once Upon A Time 1 week off Revenge 2 weeks off.

  • Darkness

    So OUAT will have 11 episode on 2014 and revenge 12 ? Weird..

  • DW

    not if you count the 11 that they aired from january-may of this year then its not wierd.

  • Cyrax86

    OUATiW pre-empted again on the 28th, now I’m not sure that it’s going to air all of its episodes…

  • TimsDale4ever

    Oddly, Schulz’s Peanuts HALLOWEEN, and CHRISTMAS specials were and forever more will be brilliant — but that Thanksgiving one truly bites. I’ve always found it odd that he couldn’t come up with a better story than that for THANKSGIVING. I always imagined Charlie and most of the gang going over to Grandmas’ for Thanksgiving and having a few scenes in the back of the car, and then once they got to Grandma’s, some unexpected adventure would befall the gang — preferably outdoors. Alas, we’ll never know…

  • Dan

    @Cyrax – I think the plan was always to air 6 episodes this fall and 7 in the spring totaling 13. So Wonderland’s air dates Oct 10, 17, 24 Nov 7, 14, 21 and then it returns around March.

  • rob60990

    Shrek the Halls & Grinch are airing on Thanksgiving weekend on Friday? How idiotic considering how well they do.

  • Cyrax86

    @Dan, I haven’t heard about that scheduling and I find it incredibly silly to stretch 13 episodes through the whole season! I assumed Mind Games or Resurrection would take that slot in February 2014.

  • Avery

    It Must Be The Holidays on ABC!

  • Seth

    It’s an okay schedule but where’s The Polar Express?? Seriously airing one movie?

  • Ray

    @Matthew

    For Revenge in 2014, they’ll probably air 11, but bunch episode 21 & 22 as a two hour finale, like they did last year (they’ve done this with Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy all the time). So that way it can air with Once Upon a Time. Revenge having 2 weeks off could be beneficial, only if ABC gives it the right promotion leading to the midseason finale. Revenge needs Once Upon a Time more than Once Upon a Time needs Revenge.

  • Kyle

    Maybe Revenge will have a 2-hour season finale on May 18, 2014?

  • JoeHamm

    @Seth
    Chances are they’re still trying to figure that out. They’d be crazy to not reair The Sound of Music regardless of ratings. Just don’t put it on Saturday. If I were in charge of theatricals, I’d push for the Wonderful World of Disney to make a brief comeback. Many of their most recent successes deserve a proper network broadcast.

    I’d be surprised if ABC honestly does go for reairing their Sunday trifecta during those two off weeks. Same for Christmas day, which falls on a Wednesday. That large NBA lead-in would be better used for a recent film that they could acquire through their parent.

    But financially, it’s just no longer in the cards anymore. I predict by the end of next season, all we’ll see in terms of actual movies on the major nets will be Wonderful Life and Ten Commandments. And even those will be moved to cable before this decade’s out. Face it, movies just aren’t cutting it anymore.

  • Bee

    WTF why is a stupid hallmark movie airing and causing an extra week of repeats for revenge!?! damn it, ABC. did you already forget how much repeats ruined last season? and considering a 3 month break will then be ahead, this 3 week break will not be fun.

    anyway, with this, it looks like revenge will have another 2-hour finale this season. i’m down with that.

  • CreacK

    @Dan and Cryax Ressurection will be Sundays at 10 after Betrayals done. It starts March 9. The Quest takes OUATIWs spot on January 2. Quoted from TV by the Numbers: “New alternative series “The Quest” will debut on Thursday, January 2 with a special two-hour premiere from 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET, moving into the timeslot held by “Once Upon A Time in Wonderland,” following its season finale.”

  • Cyrax86

    @CreaCk, That is definitely not happening now as there are only 8 Thursdays left till January 2nd and OUATiW has only aired 3 episodes so far. I’m afraid it’s becoming Saturday Summer burn off. Or they could air the remaining episodes in January and premiere The Quest or Mind Games in February sweeps.

  • BillionAire

    The Christmas light fight show sounds great,

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
    “The Great Christmas Light Fight” – Episode 101 – See Dec. 9. (Rebroadcast-OAD: 12/9/13) (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET)
    The other shows do not have a rebroadcast date,
    This should be Big Big Big!

  • Blake

    So, even if OUAT does 11 episodes before Christmas, how will they get to air all remaining 11 episodes from March 9 (when Sunday dramas supposedly return) till May 11 (Billboard Music Awards usually air the 3rd Sunday in March, that is May 18). That’s only 10 spring timeslots. Unless they move Billboard Awards to May 25.

    As for Revenge – the same problem. Even if they do a 2-hour finale on May 11, with only 10 episodes before Christmas, that’s a total of 21. They won’t cut episode orders for Sunday dramas, will they?

    Finally, I take it, Barbara Walters is no longer doing her Most Fascinating People lists the second week of December? Or is she?

  • Laura

    No polar express no Rudolf no home alone these are all classic what’s up abc?

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