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Tony Bennett and Justin Bieber to Perform on 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 11th 2011 6:00AM
Tony BennettJoy to Beliebers and their grandparents: The original pop star, Tony Bennett, will be showing Justin Bieber how it's done when they both perform at NBC's annual live Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' later this month.

The roster of big name performers announced by the network spans not only generations, but also genres, with singers Michael Bublé, Cee Lo Green, Faith Hill, Carole King, Katharine McPhee and 'The Voice' winner Javier Colon performing a mix of current hits and holiday classics.

NBC announced that the hour-long special on November 30 will be hosted by the 'Today Show's Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie and will -- natch -- also feature seasonal high-kickers, The Radio City Rockettes. Prior to the primetime telecast, WNBC and other NBC affiliates (check your local listings) will also air an additional live hour of the special.

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'Christmas in Rockefeller Center': Lighting the World's Most Famous Tree (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 1st 2010 12:10AM
Lighting the World's Most Famous Tree on 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center'When it comes to Christmas trees, bigger isn't necessarily better. In this case, though, bigger is a pretty big deal.

Lighting the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan is an eight-decade-old tradition, dating back to 1931. The ritual itself had humble beginnings. On Christmas Eve, 1931, Depression-era builders stopped their work on Rockefeller Plaza, gathering together to decorate a 20-foot fir tree with strings of cranberries, paper garlands and -- touchingly -- a few tin cans.

Tonight, the 78th official ceremony was broadcast live during the 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' event (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC). Performers at this year's show included Susan Boyle, Josh Groban, and Jessica Simpson. But the real star, of course, is the world-famous tree itself. ... Speaking of stars, this year's tree is topped with one made of Swarovski crystal. The star decoration measures over nine feet in diameter; it weighs 550 pounds. Certainly a far cry from paper and tin cans.

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Rudolph the Ratings Bully beats ABC, NBC, and FOX

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 3rd 2009 5:28PM
RudolphThis is the kind of TV ratings news that warms my heart: last night's airing of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer on CBS was the most-watched show of the entire night on any of the other networks, including Christmas in Rockefeller Center, So You Think You Can Dance, The Middle, The Grammy Nominations Concert, and Glee.

The Rankin/Bass Christmas special with the dentist elf and random misfit toys grabbed an impressive 10.7 million viewers.

That's pretty good for a 45 year-old animated special that we've all seen 97 times (and probably own on DVD), no? There's something amazingly comforting about that: the same Christmas specials (Rudolph, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, It's A Wonderful Life, A Charlie Brown Christmas, etc) are pulled out every single year and we still watch them. It's the sort of television comfort food that we can't resist.

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'Christmas in Rockefeller Center': Shakira, Rockettes Celebrate the Tree Lighting

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 3rd 2009 11:42AM
Despite less-than-perfect weather and a threatened labor strike, last night's 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' went off without a hitch and featured the 77th annual lighting of New York's iconic Rockefeller Christmas tree, as well as performances by Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Shakira, Michael Buble and the Rockettes, among others.

Co-hosted by Jane Krakowski of '30 Rock' and Zachary Levi of 'Chuck,' the special culminated in the lighting of this year's tree, which stands at a towering 76 feet high and is adorned with more than 25,000 multicolored bulbs. Watch our clip for a sample of the performance by the Rockettes, a peek at Shakira's rendition of 'Santa Baby' and a look at the tree lighting itself.

Watch the video after the jump.

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What's On Tonight: Rudolph, The Middle, Ghost Hunters, Lawman

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 2nd 2009 12:16PM
  • GleeAt 7, ABC Family has Pixar Short Films (repeated at 9).
  • At 8, CBS has Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, followed by The Grammy Nominations Concert Live.
  • NBC has Christmas in Rockefeller Center at 8.
  • FOX has a new So You Think You Can Dance at 8, then a new Glee.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Destroy Build Destroy at 8.
  • Hallmark has The Christmas Choir at 8, followed by I'll Be Home For Christmas.
  • BBC Amercia has the season premiere of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares at 8, then the season finale of Mary Queen of Shops.
  • At 8:30, ABC has a new episode of The Middle.
  • At 9, DirectTV 101 has a new Friday Night Lights.
  • Discovery has a new Mythbusters.
  • A&E has the season premiere Dog The Bounty Hunter at 9, then the series premiere of Steven Seagal: Lawman (two episodes).
  • Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay at 9.
  • Syfy has a new Ghost Hunters at 9, followed by a new Ghost Hunters Academy.
  • Fine Living has a new Whatever, Martha at 9.
  • There's a new Inside the NFL on Showtime at 9.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Eastwick.
  • NBC has a new Jay Leno Show at 10.
  • TBS has a new Tyler Perry's House of Payne at 10, followed by a new Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns.
  • FX has a new Nip/Tuck at 10.
  • Travel Channel has a new Man vs. Food at 10.
  • Current has a new Vanguard at 10.
  • Also at 10: Bravo has a new Top Chef: Las Vegas, then the series premiere of Launch My Line.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What to Watch: December 2

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 2nd 2009 6:00AM
'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' (8PM, NBC)
It's a very 'Chuck' and '30 Rock' Christmas as Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski host the annual tree lighting ceremony in Rockefeller Center. The 77th annual festivities also includes performances by Michael Buble, the Roots, Shakira, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys and Barry Manilow, who'll make many a fanilow happy with their versions of classic holiday tunes.

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