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What's your favorite Christmas special or movie?

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 17th 2009 6:59PM
GrinchI'm the rare type of person whose favorite Christmas movies of all-time also happen to be my favorite movies of all-time period, It's A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.

We're in the middle of December now and we're all watching our favorite Christmas movies or animated specials (either on TV or via DVD), so I thought I'd ask which is your favorite. (I know, I didn't include every single Christmas special ever made, but that's why God created the word "other").

What's your favorite Christmas special/movie?
It's A Wonderful Life167 (12.9%)
Miracle on 34th Street72 (5.5%)
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer111 (8.6%)
Santa Claus is Comin' To town16 (1.2%)
A Christmas Story271 (20.9%)
The Year Without A Santa Claus37 (2.9%)
White Christmas71 (5.5%)
A Christmas Carol (any version)90 (6.9%)
Frosty The Snowman11 (0.8%)
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (animated)236 (18.2%)
A Charlie Brown Christmas216 (16.6%)

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Macy's magical commercial: 150 years in the making

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 27th 2009 5:20PM
macys_worlds_largest_storeRecently, when I shared my view about a certain Dell computer commercial, some of you thought I was a moron. Okay, we'll call it a difference of opinion. However, just to show you that I'm not a grumpster, allow me to extol the virtues of the Macy's commercial that celebrates this iconic American department story that's been around for over 150 years.

What makes The Magic of Macy's so much fun is that it doesn't tell you why the place is legendary, it shows you why. All those film clips from movies and television, years before anyone was using mentions like these for commercial purposes, underscore how much a part of pop culture Macy's was.

(It still is, to some extent, but the days of one brick and mortar store dominating the business landscape are long gone.)

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What's your favorite Christmas special?

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 1st 2008 8:06AM
It's A Wonderful Life
Hey, it's December!

That means that the Christmas specials are about to start, if they haven't started already. Tonight we have How The Grinch Stole Christmas (8:30pm on ABC) and on Wednesday we have Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (8pm on CBS). And still to come, of course, are It's A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and many more. Not to mention all of those Lifetime Christmas movies where someone falls in love around the holidays, plus all of the Christmas episodes of our favorite TV shows. I think Heroes is going to have a special episode where Santa goes up against Sylar.

I would have to say that after all of these years, It's A Wonderful Life is still my favorite. I love The Grinch and Rudolph and A Charlie Brown Christmas as much as the next person (Frosty has never been a favorite, though), but It's A Wonderful Life is the movie I have to stop and watch if I come across it channel surfing.

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What's On Thanksgiving

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 26th 2008 7:05PM
Macy's ParadeSo Mike has already given you a heads up on what's on TV Thanksgiving, on the geek end of the spectrum, so I thought I'd do a companion piece for the viewers who are wondering what channel the Macy's Parade is on and what time each football game starts. There are also some great marathons on as well.

  • Food Network has Thanksgiving shows all day.
  • At 7am, ABC's Good Morning, America, CBS's The Early Show, and NBC's Today will have various Thanksgiving segments, including cooking tips (kind of last minute, but every tip helps).
  • ABC Family has the movie The Christmas Secret at 7.
  • At 8, USA has a House marathon.

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What's On Tonight: Deal Or No Deal, Anthony Bourdain, Christmas Movies

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 25th 2007 4:04PM
  • Bourdain bookNickelodeon and TV Land have Christmas episodes all night.
  • Fox Movie Channel continues to show Miracle on 34th Street all night.
  • At 8, NBC has a new, two hour Deal Or No Deal.
  • TBS has a mini marathon of Family Guy starting at 8, then two episodes of The Office.
  • AMC has the movie Rio Bravo at 8.
  • At 9, Lifetime has the movie The Christmas Shoes.
  • Food Network has a marathon of Anthony Bourdain's A Cook's Tour at 9.
  • Hallmark has the movie The Christmas Card at 9.
  • At 10, Sci-Fi has a Best of ECW special.
  • At 11, Lifetime has two Christmas eps of Will and Grace, then two Christmas eps each of Frasier and The Golden Girls.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Here's what's on Christmas Day

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 24th 2007 8:03PM

Miracle on 34th Street

  • TBS is showing A Christmas Story all day and night.
  • Lifetime has Christmas episodes of shows all day, including Frasier, The Nanny, and The Golden Girls.
  • HGTV has holiday shows on all day and night.
  • TV Land has Christmas episodes all day, including All in the Family, Good Times, and Three's Company.
  • FOX Movie Channel is showing Miracle on 34th Street all day.
  • At 7am, NBC's Today, ABC's Good Morning America, and CBS' The Early Show have Christmas music and segments.
  • ABC Family starts their marathon of Christmas movies and TV shows at 7.
  • At 8, A&E has a Crossing Jordan marathon.
  • Bravo has the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at 8.
  • Comedy Central has a Mad TV marathon starting at 8.
  • Sci-Fi has a Stargate SG-1 marathon at 8.
  • Hallmark has a Christmas episode of The Waltons at 8.
  • At noon, USA has Elf (also at 2, 7, and 9pm).
  • At 9, NBC has Christmas Mass.
  • At 10, ABC has the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade.
  • At 11, CBS has a new Price Is Right.
  • At 2, ESPN2 has a World Series of Poker marathon.
  • At 4, TNT has a Cold Case marathon.
  • At 6, FX has Home Alone.
  • Also check your local listings for Christmas episodes of many shows, including Friends, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Still Standing, Everybody Loves Raymond, According To Jim, and That 70s Show.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What to watch on Thanksgiving (besides football)

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 21st 2007 6:01PM
Macy's ParadeOK, so we all know that Thanksgiving Day means football, football, football, NFL and college, and several networks (including CBS and FOX) will satisfy those fans. But there's more to Thanksgiving than that. What follows after the jump is a list of all of the other shows you can watch tomorrow, if you can get the remote control away from your brother-in-law or uncle. Lots of marathons and Thanksgiving-themed episodes.
  • AMC is showing Alfred Hitchcock movies all day and night.
  • At 7am, NBC's Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, and CBS' Early Show will all have Thanksgiving features, including cooking tips and reports from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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What's on tonight: Christmas, Christmas, Christmas!

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 24th 2006 5:02PM
  • It's A Wonderful LifeAt 7, CBS has 60 Minutes.
  • NBC has a new Football Night In America at 7, followed by It's A Wonderful Life.
  • Lifetime has All She Wants For Christmas at 7, followed by Holiday Wishes.
  • ABC Family has Frosty's Winter Wonderland at 7, then 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, The Year Without A Santa Claus and Rudolph's Shiny New Year.
  • There's an Xmas episode of The Honeymooners on American Life at 7.
  • Nickelodeon and Food Network are running holiday programming all night.
  • AMC is running Miracle on 34th Street all night.
  • TBS has A Christmas Story all day and night.
  • Nickelodeon is showing Xmas eps of many shows, including Fairly Odd Parents, Full House, and The Cosby Show.
  • TV Land is doing the same, with The Andy Griffith Show, Three's Company, Little House on the Prairie, Good Times, All in the Family, and others.
  • Also: Hallmark has various holiday movies all night.
  • At 9, CBS has A Very Married Christmas.
  • Comedy Central has Bad Santa at 9.
  • At 10:30, TCM has Christmas In Connecticut.
  • At 11:30, ABC, CBS, and NBC have Christmas Eve services from Rome and other places around the world.

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What's on tonight: Santa Claus, Friday Night Lights, Costas, Victoria's Secret

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 5th 2006 5:03PM
  • StandoffAt 8, ABC has Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, followed by new episodes of Big Day, Help Me Help You, and Boston Legal.
  • CBS has a repeat NCIS at 8, then a repeat episode of The Unit and The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
  • NBC has a new episode of Friday Night Lights at 8, followed by repeats of Law and Order: CI and Law and Order: SVU.
  • There's a new Standoff on FOX at 8, then a repeat House.
  • Gilmore Girls is new on The CW at 8. It's followed by a repeat Veronica Mars.
  • ABC Family has Once Upon A Christmas at 8.
  • AMC is showing Miracle on 34th Street a lot this season (that's a good thing). It's on again at 8.
  • At 9, Discovery has a new ep of Dirty Jobs.
  • TLC has a new Overhaulin' at 9, followed by a new Miami Ink.
  • Also at 9: CMTV has A Smoky Mountain Christmas, with Dolly Parton and Lee Majors.
  • At 10, HBO has a new Costas NOW.
  • Also at 10: Nip/Tuck airs on FX.

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