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Family TV Round-Up: More Family-Friendly Christmas Programming, PBS Launches 'Design Squad' Spin-Off and More

by Rich Keller, posted Dec 10th 2010 2:55PM
Ryan Seacrest hosts the 'Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade' on Christmas Day.Welcome to the Family TV Round-Up, a recap of all kid-friendly programming across the television universe. We'll sum up all the news related to children's programming, as well as profile the people and shows that your kids, tweens and teens are talking about.

Fifteen more days until Christmas means 15 more days of holiday specials. Here are some more family-friendly offerings being offered by the networks:

ABC: The '2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade' will air on December 25 from 11AM to 1PM. Filmed at Florida's Disney World and California's Disneyland, the parade will feature guest stars Maria Carey, Selina Gomez, Lee DeWyze and the band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The show will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Nick Cannon.

Disney Channel: The network's annual New Year's Eve programming block will be hosted by the cast of 'Shake It Up.' Titled 'Shake It Up New Year's,' the 6PM to 1AM special will feature fan favorite episodes and music videos as well as the premiere of 'Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam Freestyle Jam.' Fans can now go online to vote for their favorite videos and episodes.

Nickelodeon: This Sunday, the network premieres the first 'Penguins of Madagascar' holiday special 'The All-Nighter Before Christmas' at 7PM. On the preschool side, the network will air new holiday-themed episodes of 'Olivia' (12/12 at 10AM), 'Dino Dan' (12/12 at 5PM) and 'The Fresh Beat Band' (12/13 at 1:30PM).

Sprout: Throughout December a different holiday movie will air on Fridays at 1PM. Offerings include 'Elmo's World Happy Holidays,' 'Barney's Christmas Star' and 'Bob the Builder: A Christmas to Remember.' On Christmas Eve, Elmo will host 'Elmo's Movie Merry-thon' from 1PM to 6PM. That will be followed by the network's annual 'Snooze-a-Thon,' hosted by 'The Good Night Show' hosts Nina and Star, from 6PM to 6AM. More information can be found at Sprout's holiday TV schedule.

The Hub: On Christmas Eve the newest family channel will offer up holiday-themed episodes of 'Atomic Betty,' 'Hubworld' and 'Family Game Night' as well as the showing of 'Muppets Christmas Carol.' On Christmas Day the network will premiere back-to-back episodes of 'R.L. Stine's The Haunting: The Series' at 8PM and 8:30PM.

In other news...

PBS Kids Go! is launching a spin-off of its successful competition game show 'Design Squad.' Titled 'Design Squad Nation,' the 10 episode run will follow kids across the nation and around the world as they try to solve a number of scientific and mathematical problems. The premiere date is January 26, 2011. Check your local listings for the exact premiere date and time in your area.

Disney Channel picks up a new animated series and renews a current one. The new series, 'Gravity Falls,' tells the story of two twins as they travel to Gravity Falls, Oregon where their great uncle owns a tourist attraction called The Mystery Shack. The series is scheduled for a spring 2012 launch. On the renewal front, the network has renewed 'Fish Hooks' for a second season.

The Disney-ABC Television Group has signed an agreement with Netflix that will see new offerings from Disney Channel, DisneyXD and ABC Family. New to the service will be episodes 'Phineas and Ferb' and 'Good Luck Charlie' as well as movies like 'Avalon High' and 'Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.'

Programming reminder: The '2010 TeenNick HALO Awards' air tonight at 8PM on TeenNick. Hosted by Nick Cannon, the show will be rebroadcast on TeenNick at 9PM and 10PM and on Nickelodeon at 9PM.

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Richard Ott

To Kevin Clash, I'm hoping that Elmo's Merry-Thon
will feature Elmo's Christmas Wish, and Elmo In
Grouchland, and to the rest of the Sesame Street cast,
I desperatly want Sprout to air a remastered version
(if it has been remastered) of Christmas Eve On
Sesame Street. If it won't even air on Sprout, that's
okay. To Nina & Star, I still wish all of you from
Sprout a very merry christmas, and a happy new year.
I don't currently watch Sprout, but for Elmo & The
Muppets, I'll watch anything during the holidays!

December 10 2010 at 4:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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