Arts & Entertainment
Homo for the Holidays
A festive selection of TV favorites and specials
Compiled by Mikey Rox
Originally printed 11/25/2010 (Issue 1847 - Between The Lines News)
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC; 9 a.m.)
The 84th annual march through midtown Manhattan will feature performances by Big Rush, Victoria Justice and India.Arie; appearances by Kanye West, Jessica Simpson, Gladys Knight and the casts of Broadway's "American Idiot," "Memphis," and "Elf"; and the debut of new character balloons from "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and "Kung Fu Panda." Here's hoping that nobody gets hit by a lamppost this year.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947) (NBC; 2 p.m.)
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC; 8 p.m.)
The Town Christmas Forgot (Hallmark; 8 p.m.)
City slickers clash in this family film that has the whole clan stranded in a small, impoverished town two days before Christmas. Lessons are learned when they become involved in the local Christmas pageant, which results in a happier new year for all. Lauren Holly and Rick Roberts star.
Taylor Swift: Speak Now (NBC; 8 p.m.)
The young ingenue takes fans on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to see her perform in unlikely venues, like the cabin of a commercial airliner. The special also features behind-the-scenes access to Swift's recording studio and appearances.
Beyonce: I Am (ABC; 9:30 p.m.)
Fans are treated to footage from B's world tour of the same name, including performances, rehearsals and off-stage interviews.
30 Holiday Decorating Hits & Misses (HGTV; 8 p.m.)
A host of HGTV's familiar faces will deliver the top holiday decorating dos and don'ts. Viewers will learn tips on how to avoid certain blunders while adopting more stylish solutions.
TV's Funniest Holiday Moments: A Paley Center for Media Special (FOX; 8 p.m.)
A two-hour clip show that counts down the top 30 holiday moments of all-time, featuring scenes from "I Love Lucy," "Friends," "The Big Bang Theory" and more. Lesbian funny lady Jane Lynch will host.
The Night Before the Night Before Christmas (Hallmark; 8 p.m.)
Santa inadvertently lands in suburbia - with amnesia - and reminds a self-absorbed family about the true meaning of Christmas.
Once Upon a Christmas (ABC Family; 12:30 p.m.)
Santa threatens to cancel Christmas when he senses that the world has lost the Christmas spirit. Kathy Ireland stars as Kris Kringle's daughter.
Twice Upon a Christmas (ABC Family; 2:30 p.m.)
Kathy Ireland returns to stop Rudolph from selling the North Pole. And you thought your family was full of drama.
An Accidental Christmas (Lifetime; 3 p.m.)
Devastated by their parents' recent separation, two siblings formulate a plan to bring the family back together at their beach house during Christmas vacation.
The Christmas Choir (Hallmark; 4 p.m.)
A spiritually lost accountant volunteers at a homeless shelter run by a cantankerous nun; together, the unlikely duo turn its down-on-their-luck inhabitants into a world-famous choir. Inspired by a true story, this made-for-TV movie stars Jason Gedrick and Rhea Perlman.
Elf (USA; 9 p.m.)
A Different Kind of Christmas (Lifetime; 5 p.m.)
City attorney Elizabeth Gates, played by Shelley Long, has a secret: Her father is Santa Claus - and if anyone finds out, she'll be the laughing stock of the municipal building. Seriously, Lifetime will make anything.
The Dog Who Saved Christmas (ABC Family; 6 p.m.)
Who cares about the plot? It stars Dean Cain and features Mario Lopez as the voice of former police dog Zeus. Sit. Stay.
The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation (ABC Family; 8 p.m.)
The November Christmas (CBS; 9 p.m.)
A small Rhode Island community comes together to provide a terminally ill child with the best holiday season of her life. Starring Sam Elliott, John Corbett, Karen Allen, and Sarah Paulson.
The National Tree (Hallmark; 10 p.m.)
Christmas in Canaan (Hallmark; 8 p.m.)
CMA Country Christmas (ABC; 9:30 p.m.)
Featuring performances by Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Jennifer Nettles, Sheryl Crow, and the most famous homewrecker in Nashville, LeAnn Rimes.
Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2010 (NBC; 8 p.m.)
18-year-old singing sensation Charice will become the first Filipino artist to perform at the annual NYC event alongside Josh Groban, Mariah Carey, Kylie Minogue, Jessica Simpson, Sheryl Crown, Susan Boyle and Annie Lennox.
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966, animated) (ABC; 8 p.m.)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (CBS; 8 p.m.)
It's a Wonderful Life (NBC; 8 p.m.)
The Christmas classic returns for the first of its only two annual airings. Catch it again on Christmas Eve.
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000, live action) (ABC Family; 8 p.m.)
Holiday Treats Unwrapped (Food Network; 8 p.m.)
Marc Summers takes viewers on a tasty tour that includes how'd-they-do-that vignettes of edible snow globes, gingerbread houses, honey-baked ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce, Mrs. Smith's pumpkin pies, Christmas cookies, and Reddi Whip. You can unbuckle now.
Scrooged (AMC; 8 p.m.)