CBS Announces Very Merry Holiday Programming

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November 18th, 2013


via press release:



“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Kicks Off the Network's Holiday Season of Special Events

Nominations in Several Grammy Categories Will Be Announced on "The Grammy® Nominations Concert Live!—Countdown to Music's Biggest Night®"

Victoria's Secret Angels Star in "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," Featuring Musical Guests Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy

“I Love Lucy Christmas Special” Will Feature Two Newly Colorized

Classic Episodes

Popular Primetime Series Also Get in the Spirit with Holiday Themed Episodes

CBS's holiday programming, which kicks-off with RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, will also include music specials, perennial holiday favorites and holiday-themed episodes of NCIS, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, THE BIG BANG THEORY, TWO AND A HALF MEN, THE MILLERS and HAWAII FIVE-0.

Music-laden specials include THE VICTORIA'S SECRET FASHION SHOW, featuring performances by seven-time GRAMMY Award winner Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy,  THE GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE!—COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT®, with performances by Drake, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke and four-time GRAMMY Award winner Keith Urban and THE 36TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS.

Also scheduled is the annual visit of FROSTY THE SNOWMAN, along with encore broadcasts of the animated holiday specials HOOPS&YOYO RUIN CHRISTMAS, A FLIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS and THE ELF ON THE SHELF:  AN ELF'S STORY.


CBS's Holiday Programming:

Tuesday, Nov. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT): RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER—The classic holiday special, narrated by Burl Ives, who is also heard as the voice of Sam the Snowman, is a music story based on the popular song of the same name by Johnny Marks. It recounts the tale of a shy reindeer whose Christmas spirit is dampened because his shiny nose has made him the laughing stock of all of Christmasville.

Thursday, Nov. 28 (9:00AM-Noon, Live ET, 7:00AM-10:00 AM, 9:00AM-Noon, delayed PT): THE THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE ON CBS— Kevin Frazier and Thea Andrews, co-hosts of "omg! Insider” will anchor this CBS Thanksgiving tradition now in its 53rd year which will feature portions of the 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade live from New York City.  The parade will feature performances by GRAMMY Award-winning country music superstars Lady Antebellum, and the Broadway casts of “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” “First Date” and “A Night with Janis Joplin.”


Friday, Nov. 29 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT): HOOPS&YOYO RUIN CHRISTMAS—This animated holiday special presented by Hallmark, follows the unexpected adventure of the comical pink kitty and green bunny team, hoops&yoyo, after they become accidental stowaways on Santa's sleigh. (Rebroadcast)


Friday, Nov. 29 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT): THE ELF ON THE SHELF:  AN ELF'S STORY—An animated feature based on the best-selling holiday children's book The Elf on the Shelf, follows one of the many scout elves from the North Pole, who helps Santa Claus determine who to put on the naughty and nice lists. (Rebroadcast)


Saturday, Nov. 30 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT): THE FLIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS—An animated holiday special about a young reindeer with ambitions of becoming an expert flyer like his father, features the voices of Emma Roberts ("Hotel for Dogs") and comedian Norm MacDonald ("Saturday Night Live"). (Rebroadcast)


Saturday, Nov. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT): THE STORY OF SANTA CLAUS—An animated musical holiday special featuring the voices of Edward Asner, Betty White and Tim Curry, the story revolves around a gentle toymaker whose only wish is to deliver a toy to every child on Christmas.  (Rebroadcast)


Friday, Dec. 6 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT): FROSTY THE SNOWMAN—Frosty, that "jolly, happy soul" whose old silk hat full of magic has turned him into a musical Christmas legend, once again demonstrates his unique showmanship.  Narrated by Jimmy Durante, the special also includes the voices of Jackie Vernon (as Frosty) and Billy De Wolfe (as Professor Hinkle).  (Rebroadcast)


Friday, Dec. 6  (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT): YES, VIRGINIA—This animated special is based on the 1897 true story of Virginia O'Hanlon, an 8-year-old girl who inspired the most famous newspaper editorial of all time by asking "Is there a Santa Claus?"  Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Alfred Molina voice key characters.  Beatrice Miller ("Ice Age:  Dawn of the Dinosaurs") voices the role of Virginia. (Rebroadcast).


Friday, Dec. 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, live ET, delayed PT): THE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE! COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT—For the sixth consecutive year, this special will set the stage for the annual Grammy Awards telecast and announce nominations in several categories, as well as feature performances by past Grammy winners and/or nominees.  Grammy Award winner LL COOL J returns as host.  GRAMMY Award winner Drake, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke and four time GRAMMY Award winner Keith Urban will perform.


Tuesday, Dec. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT): THE VICTORIA'S SECRET FASHION SHOW—This year's show from New York features world famous models Adriana Lima, Allesandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Candace Swanepoel, Lindsay Ellingson, Karlie Kloss, Doutzen Kroes, Behati Prinsloo and others.  The runway show will include musical performances by Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift, Grammy-nominated Fall Out Boy, and Neon Jungle, pink carpet interviews, model profiles and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the world's most celebrated fashion show.


Saturday, Dec. 14 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT): FROSTY RETURNS—The magic still in his old silk hat, the holiday season’s perennially popular original dancing snowman continues his adventures and skates on the edge of danger.  Jonathan Winters is the narrator with John Goodman as the voice of Frosty. (Rebroadcast)


Wednesday, Dec. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) : A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH CELINE DION—The special tells touching stories about adoption from foster care to raise awareness for this important social issue. Inspirational stories of families are enhanced with performances by some of today’s most popular artists.


Friday, Dec. 20  (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT): I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL—Features two newly colorized back-to-back classic episodes of the 1950s series: the seldom-seen "Christmas Episode" and "Lucy's Italian Movie" (aka "Grape Stomping"). Both were colorized with a vintage look, a nod to the 1950s period in which the shows were filmed. The main titles and end credits of the two episodes are seamlessly combined into one set—at the beginning and end of the hour—with no interruption between the episodes.


Sunday, Dec. 29 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT)  THE 36th ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS—Opera singer Martina Arroyo, pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer Herbie Hancock, pianist, singer and songwriter Billy Joel, actress Shirley MacLaine and musician and songwriter Carlos Santana will receive honors. Seated with President and Mrs. Obama, the Honorees will accept the thanks of their peers and fans through performances and heartfelt tributes.




Thursday, Nov. 21 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT): THE BIG BANG THEORY “The Thanksgiving Decoupling”—Sheldon protests when the gang drags him to Mrs. Wolowitz’s house for Thanksgiving.


Friday, Nov. 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) HAWAII FIVE-0: “Hau’oli L? Ho’omaika’i”—As Thanksgiving approaches, Five-0 investigates the murder of a secret service agent just as the President travels to Oahu. Also, McGarrett’s Aunt Deb (Carol Burnett) visits, bringing with her a shocking secret.


Wednesday, Dec. 11 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT): CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION “The Lost Reindeer”—A man is murdered at an elaborate company holiday party, complete with real snow and live reindeer, and the CSI team is brought in to investigate.


Thursday, Dec. 12 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT): THE MILLERS “Carol’s Parents are Coming to Town”—It's Christmas, and Carol's over-bearing mother and father are coming to town to celebrate the holidays.  In order to avoid her mother's wrath, Carol recruits Nate and Tom to cover up their failed relationships and present a happy façade.  However, Nate begins to believe the lie, and considers getting back together with his ex, Janice (Eliza Coupe). June Squibb and Jerry Van Dyke guest star as Carol's parents.


Thursday, Dec. 12  (9:31-10:00 PM, ET/PT): TWO AND A HALF MEN “On Vodka, On Soda, On Blender, On Mixer”—Alan receives a Japanese delicacy from Jake for Christmas, and Walden’s Malibu house is alive with questionable Christmas carol lyrics.


Tuesday, Dec. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT): NCIS “Homesick”—After a mysterious illness strikes dozens of children from military families, Gibbs and the team investigate the cause while Abby and Jimmy partner with the Naval Medical Research Center to determine the strain of illness, all in hopes of delivering a cure before the holidays.


  • Joseph

    This year’s rebroadcast of “Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer” should be shown until December 1at at the earliest!

    CBS, however, might have wanted it to air before the November sweeps end.

    At least this year, it won’t air head-to-head against the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting (which this year will be held on Wednesday evening, December 4th), as it had for several years.

  • Carl

    Why am I supposed to be happy about colorizing episodes?

  • r0ckmypants

    @Carl – Who said you were?

  • Sparrow

    Showing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer…before Thanksgiving??? Dumb!

  • Carl

    @r0ckmypants, if they are airing colorized episodes then they must think people will enjoy them. I’m sure some people do, but I don’t remember this ever being very popular, or needed. It died out in the ’80s. I don’t know why we’re back there again.

  • Chuck_T

    So they couldn’t find any place for Rudolph AFTER Thanksgiving? Stupid.

  • Mark3

    Love how these liberals call CHRISTMAS ….HOLIDAY! stoo being so PC. Its christmas. If someone hates the word then thats there problem

  • adien

    Wonder how those I love lucy classics will do. Cbs could easily have specials once a quarter to reduce repeats esp on fridays

  • r0ckmypants

    @Carl – You answered your own question. Obviously, some people want to see the episodes colorized. It may attract new viewers who are turned off by black and white, and it may attract viewers who saw them in black and white and will also enjoy them colorized. Plus, this is a new colorization technique that looks much better than the process they used to use.

  • JR35

    The Christmas colorized episode of Lucy is available on DVD, so not sure how that one will fare (it fared decently when first broadcast, though not as well as the black-and-white original when it aired in 1988). The other episode, though, is making its “color” debut, isn’t it?

  • Randy

    The only thing I care about seeing that is different is the I Love Lucy episodes, and even in color. Black and white to me is okay, but black and white just seems to make me to get sleepy, so I rather see them in color.

    The sad thing about this lineup though is that they have so many specials based on “Santa” aka Saint Nicholas, and forgetting about putting anything Christ related on like The Nativity movie, or The Little Drummer Boy (Sure, it’s not that accurate, but granted there could have been a random kid with a drum at the nativity). Really though, Saint Nicholas cough Coca-Cola’s cough Santa cough is based on him giving presents for poor children so they can get out of slavery. He gave to the poor because he cared for kids / people, and loved God.

    Sadly, this type of stuff completely ignores that because of the whole thing that commercialism is all about getting everyone’s money, and not based on a Saint who was a bishop that helped poor kids.

  • Ravenrei


    Perhaps they used the word “holiday” because this press release happens to cover programming related to more than one holiday? Christmas is mentioned plenty of times in here, but so is Thanksgiving.

  • DenverDean

    CBS will run Ruldolph twice. COUNT ON IT.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Randy – “The sad thing about this lineup though is that they have so many specials based on “Santa” aka Saint Nicholas, and forgetting about putting anything Christ related on like The Nativity movie, or The Little Drummer Boy…”

    I will never understand the Christian hang-up on claiming the winter holiday season as the birth of Christ ONLY. Most of the traditions, even those practiced by Christians, are rooted in Paganism. Christmas traditions borrow heavily from Yule and other winter holidays… Christmas isn’t the only holiday happening at this time of year. It’s easier and more inclusive to air secular-themed programming rather than religious-themed programming. If you want those types of programs, they are available elsewhere.

    And CBS didn’t “forget” to air The Little Drummer Boy; they don’t have the rights to air it.

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