FOX Announces Holiday Specials and Programming Including ‘Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas’ and Special Episodes of ‘Glee’, ‘Dads’ & More
via press release:
DECK THE HALLS
WITH NEW AND RETURNING
THANKSGIVING AND HOLIDAY FAVORITES ON FOX!
Dig in with All-New Thanksgiving-Themed Episodes of
ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF’S AXE COP Saturday, November 23;
BOB’S BURGERS and AMERICAN DAD Sunday, November 24; and
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE and NEW GIRL Tuesday, November 26
Celebrate the Season with All-New Holiday-Themed Episodes of
Tuesday Night Comedies DADS, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE and
THE MINDY PROJECT Tuesday, December 3;
GLEE Thursday, December 5;
RAISING HOPE Friday, December 13; and
A Night of Christmas ANIMATION DOMINATION Sunday, December 15
Unwrap Returning Animated Holiday Favorites
ICE AGE: A MAMMOTH CHRISTMAS and
DREAMWORKS DRAGONS: GIFT OF THE NIGHT FURY Monday, December 16; and
HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN
Makes its Annual Return Friday, December 20
NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE Rings in the New Year
Tuesday, December 31
’Tis the season for FOX holiday programming, and this year’s new and returning Thanksgiving and holiday favorites are sure to bring a little more joy to the world.
First, gobble up all-new animated Thanksgiving-themed episodes, including AXE COP during ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT) on Saturday, Nov. 23, and BOB’S BURGERS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) and AMERICAN DAD (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Sunday, Nov. 24. The Thanksgiving helpings continue with all-new turkey-themed episodes of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) and NEW GIRL (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on Tuesday, Nov. 26. And on Thanksgiving night, Thursday, Nov. 28, FOX gives thanks with all-new episodes of THE X FACTOR (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) and GLEE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).
Then, make way for the holidays, with a Tuesday night of themed episodes: DADS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) and THE MINDY PROJECT (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Dec. 3. GLEE’s all-new yuletide episode shines bright Thursday, Dec. 5 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), and a holly-jolly RAISING HOPE airs Friday, Dec. 13 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT). A seasonally-themed night of ANIMATION DOMINATION, including THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), BOB’S BURGERS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), FAMILY GUY (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and AMERICAN DAD (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), stuffs the stockings Sunday, Dec. 15.
Don’t miss the annual returns of FOX animated holiday favorites ICE AGE: A MAMMOTH CHRISTMAS (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and DREAMWORKS DRAGONS: GIFT OF THE NIGHT FURY (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Monday, Dec. 16, and HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Friday, Dec. 20.
At the end of the year, stay up late with FOX to watch the New Year’s Eve ball drop on NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE Tuesday, Dec. 31 (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET live; CT/MT/PT tape-delayed).
Greet the season with the following Thanksgiving-themed programs on FOX:
Saturday, Nov. 23
ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT) – AXE COP – “28 Days Before”
It’s Thanksgiving and Axe Cop (Nick Offerman) hasn’t been seen since Halloween. How will his team defeat the evil Turkey Turkey (guest voice Jack McGee) without him?
Sunday, Nov. 24
BOB’S BURGERS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Turkey in a Can”
Determined to have a perfect Thanksgiving, Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) meticulously prepares the family turkey. But to his horror, he finds that someone then dumps the turkey in the toilet in an act of Thanksgiving sabotage.
AMERICAN DAD (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Kung Pao Turkey”
Stan’s (Seth MacFarlane) plans for a perfect Thanksgiving watching football in his underwear are thwarted when Francine (Wendy Schaal) invites her adoptive parents (guest voices Amy Hill and Tzi Ma) to join them for the holiday. Mariah Carey also makes a guest-voice cameo.
Tuesday, Nov. 26
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Thanksgiving”
Amy (Melissa Fumero) wants to host a Thanksgiving dinner for the entire precinct, but it turns into a holiday disaster when Holt (Andre Braugher) and Jake (Andy Samberg) must leave to go catch a perp. So, Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) steps in to save Turkey Day.
NEW GIRL (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “Thanksgiving III”
Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and the gang’s survival skills are put to the test when Nick (Jake Johnson) takes them camping for Thanksgiving. Coach (guest star Damon Wayans, Jr.) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) battle it out over who is the best woodsman, while Cece (Hannah Simone) and Winston (Lamorne Morris) bond over their mutual distaste for the outdoors.
Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 28
THE X FACTOR (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “Results Show”
Tune in to see if your favorite singing acts make the cut in the all-new LIVE “Results Show” episode of THE X FACTOR airing on Thanksgiving night!
GLEE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Puppet Master”
Demi Lovato and Adam Lambert guest-star in an all-new episode airing on Thanksgiving. Blaine (Darren Criss) believes he has the best plan to win Nationals, but he doesn’t take the glee club’s criticism too well when the students accuse him of being too controlling. Over in New York, Kurt (Chris Colfer) also runs into control issues when the band disagrees over the venue of their first official gig, and Sue (Jane Lynch) reveals the story behind her iconic tracksuit.
Break out the eggnog and drink up these FOX holiday-themed programs:
Tuesday, Dec. 3
DADS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “The Glitch That Stole Christmas”
When Eli (Seth Green) and Warner (Giovanni Ribisi) fire one of their employees right before the holiday season, the ex-game designer seeks his revenge by including an offensive word in their family-friendly Christmas game. Meanwhile, Edna (Tonita Castro) encourages David (Peter Reigert) to get a job as a mall Santa, so he can earn enough money to buy Eli a gift. An encore airs on Tuesday, Dec. 24 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT).
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Christmas”
Jake is assigned to protect Holt when death threats are sent his way. Amidst the chaos, Amy attempts to coordinate a Christmas photo for the squad. An encore airs on Tuesday, Dec. 24 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT).
THE MINDY PROJECT (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Christmas Party Sex Trap”
Mindy (Mindy Kaling) throws a Christmas party in an attempt to spend time with Cliff (guest star Glenn Howerton), a lawyer in the building on whom she has a crush, but everything goes completely sideways.
Thursday, Dec. 5
GLEE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Previously Unaired Christmas”
Sue Sylvester introduces the episode as a Christmas special that FOX did not allow to air last year, in which the members of New Directions audition for roles in McKinley’s living Nativity Scene. Meanwhile, in New York, Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt and Santana (Naya Rivera) work as Santa’s elves at a mall.
Friday, Dec. 13
RAISING HOPE (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “The Chance Who Stole Christmas”
The town blames Burt (Garret Dillahunt) for ruining Christmas, when, as interim mayor, he’s forced to cancel the Natesville Christmas Festival. An encore airs on Christmas, Wednesday, Dec. 25 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT).
Sunday, Dec. 15
THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “White Christmas Blues”
Springfield is inundated with holiday revelers after the nuclear power plant springs a radiation leak, causing snow to fall all over town. When the tourists drive up Christmas shopping prices, Marge (Julie Kavner) opens up the Simpsons’ house to boarders. An encore airs Sunday, Dec. 23 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT).
BOB’S BURGERS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Christmas in the Car”
After purchasing a last-minute tree, the Belcher family spends Christmas Eve trying to outrun a truck shaped like a giant candy cane. Back at home, Bob’s (H. Jon Benjamin) friend, Teddy (Larry Murphy), accidentally gets stuck in the kids’ Santa trap.
FAMILY GUY (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “Christmas Guy”
Peter (Seth MacFarlane) infuses Lois’s dad with the holiday spirit, while Stewie (Seth MacFarlane) learns the meaning of confession.
AMERICAN DAD (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Minstrel Krampus”
It’s holiday time in Langley Falls, and Steve (Scott Grimes) starts acting like a spoiled brat, prompting Stan to take him to see his incarcerated Grandpa Jack (guest voice Daran Norris), who recounts how he, as a boy, captured the legendary Minstrel Krampus (guest voice Danny Glover), a demon who punished naughty children on Christmas. Meanwhile, Hayley (Rachael MacFarlane) gets a job at the airport, but is not cut out for customer service.
Monday, Dec. 16
ICE AGE: A MAMMOTH CHRISTMAS (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – Annual Return
America’s favorite arctic herd is busy decorating for the holiday season. In his rush to help, Sid (John Leguizamo) destroys Manny’s (Ray Romano) favorite decorations. Manny is so upset he convinces Sid he is now on Santa’s naughty list. Sid, Crash (Seann William Scott), Eddie (Josh Peck) and Peaches (Ciara Bravo) take off for the North Pole to plead their case to Santa (Billy Gardell). Meanwhile, Manny, Ellie (Queen Latifah) and Diego (Denis Leary), worry over Peaches’ safety and race to find her. Back at the North Pole, Sid and his crew accidentally destroy Santa’s Workshop on Christmas Eve, and it’s up to these newfound friends to orchestrate a Christmas miracle. The special, directed by Karen Disher, also features the voice talent of Chris Wedge, T.J. Miller and Judah Friedlander. An encore airs on Christmas, Wednesday, Dec. 25 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT).
DREAMWORKS DRAGONS: GIFT OF THE NIGHT FURY (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – Annual Return
Inspired by the popular “How to Train Your Dragon” film franchise, this special is a story of faith, love and friendship that takes viewers on an adventure of dragon-sized proportions as the villagers of Berk prepare for the winter holidays. As their festivities approach, the dragons make a sudden mass exodus leaving Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), Astrid (America Ferrera), Stoick (Gerard Butler) and the rest of the gang saddened by the loss of their winged friends. A wild turn of events leads Hiccup to discover a mysterious, never-before-seen island and learn the true reason why the dragons left the village. Friendship and loyalty abound in this touching holiday tale of spreading one’s wings, but always staying close to home. An encore airs on Christmas, Wednesday, Dec. 25 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT).
Wednesday, Dec. 18
THE X FACTOR (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Season Finale, Part One”
The remaining finalists take the stage LIVE to mark their spot on the last performance show of the season.
Thursday, Dec. 19
THE X FACTOR (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Season Finale, Part Two”
Find out who will triumph as host Mario Lopez reveals the winner LIVE.
Friday, Dec. 20
HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – Annual Return
In this annual holiday special, the Peanuts gang is back and ready to help Linus (Austin Lux) break away from his childhood security blanket. The stakes are high as Linus learns his grandmother is coming to visit, and he must decide whether or not to dispose of his most cherished possession. In an effort to help Linus kick his habit, Charlie Brown (Trenton Rogers), Lucy (Grace Rolek) and even Snoopy pitch in to help. Lucy is quick to attempt her amateur psychiatric skills, while Snoopy employs the age old drag-and-run method. Despite all attempts, Linus eventually learns that security is a valuable quality in life and everyone is entitled to their own version of a security blanket.
Sunday, Dec. 22
BOB’S BURGERS (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) – “God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins” (Encore)
In a holiday-themed encore episode, Bob inherits a storage unit, and the whole family imagines treasures, but only finds a man named Chet (guest voice Zach Galifianakis) living inside. Imbued with the holiday spirit, Linda (John Roberts) persuades Bob to invite Chet to stay at the restaurant, where it’s discovered that this stranger, who claims he was once a mannequin, has a gift for intricate and living window displays.
THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “To Cur with Love” (Encore)
In an encore episode, when a fire at the retirement home forces Grampa (Dan Castellaneta) to move home with the Simpsons, Homer throws out his back on moving day and decides to stay home to recover. While enjoying his time alone, Homer gets distracted by “Villageville” – a super-addictive tablet game in which he is able to create his own virtual village – and loses the family dog, Santa’s Little Helper.
THE SIMPSONS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “White Christmas Blues” (Encore)
An encore of the Dec. 15 holiday-themed episode.
FAMILY GUY (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “Jesus, Mary & Joseph” (Encore)
Peter tells his own version of the Nativity story in an encore episode.
Tuesday, Dec. 24
DADS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “The Glitch That Stole Christmas” (Encore)
An encore of the Dec. 3 holiday-themed episode.
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Christmas” (Encore)
An encore of the Dec. 3 holiday-themed episode.
NEW GIRL (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “Santa” (Encore)
In an encore, when the gang attempts to juggle multiple holiday parties in one night, Jess tries to avoid a remorseful Sam (guest star David Walton), Nick (Jake Johnson) tries to keep up with a sexually adventurous Angie (guest star Olivia Munn) and Winston panics when he gets a cranberry stuck in his ear.
THE MINDY PROJECT (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Josh & Mindy’s Christmas Party” (Encore)
Mindy throws an office Christmas party at her apartment, and she’s eager for her colleagues to finally meet her boyfriend, Josh (guest star Tommy Dewey) in an encore of last year’s holiday-themed episode. Meanwhile, Jeremy (Ed Weeks) deals with doling out the office holiday bonuses, much to everyone’s chagrin.
Christmas, Wednesday, Dec. 25
ICE AGE: A MAMMOTH CHRISTMAS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT)
An encore broadcast of the seasonal favorite.
DREAMWORKS DRAGONS: GIFT OF THE NIGHT FURY (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT)
An encore broadcast of the seasonal favorite.
RAISING HOPE (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “Last Christmas” (Encore)
In an encore, Virginia (Martha Plimpton) is convinced that the world is going to end on Dec. 21, 2012. So she uses her extreme couponing skills to stock up on supplies and she forces the family to train for the apocalypse. Meanwhile, Jimmy (Lucas Neff) is determined to give Hope (guest star Baylie and Rylie Cregut) the best Christmas he can, since it likely will be the first one she remembers, and Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) tries to knock a few more items off her bucket list before the world ends.
RAISING HOPE (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Chance Who Stole Christmas” (Encore)
An encore of the Dec. 13 episode.
Thursday, Dec. 26
GLEE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Extraordinary Merry Christmas” (Encore)
When New Directions is asked to perform at two different events – on the same day, at the same time – they have a tough decision to make in an encore of a holiday-themed episode. Will they choose correctly and spread Christmas cheer, or will their ambition get the best of them?
GLEE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Glee, Actually” (Encore)
In an encore of last year’s tribute to the film “Love, Actually,” seemingly separate storylines come together as one holiday-themed episode, in which Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Brittany (Heather Morris) live their lives to the fullest before the much-heralded Mayan Apocalypse occurs. Meanwhile, Jake (Jacob Artist) and Puck (Mark Salling) spend quality sibling time together for Hanukkah, Artie (Kevin McHale) has a holiday dream that changes his outlook on life and Kurt has a Christmas he’ll never forget.
Tuesday, Dec. 31
NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET/CT/MT/PT)
Count down the final moments of 2013 while watching the ultimate year-end bash, set to feature the year’s chart-topping musical guests. As 2014 nears, FOX cameras will capture every electrifying moment both from Las Vegas and the heart of New York City as the world-famous New Year’s Eve Ball makes its descent into Times Square. NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE is executive-produced by Bob Bain and produced by Paul Flattery.