TV Kiese’s 35th annual Holiday Program Guide is here!
New shows with Kelly Clarkson, Michael Bublé, Ne-Yo, Jordin Sparks, The Waltons, Annie and Sarah Brightman join Frosty, Rudolph, The Grinch, A Christmas Story, A Christmas Carol and other holiday classics starring Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, James Stewart, The Muppets and more.
Once again the holidays bring surprising new gifts and old friends.
Sometimes they come together, like the CW’s reboot of The Waltons, the beloved 1970s drama starring Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite and Michael Learned. Thomas narrates The Waltons' Homecoming (Sunday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Dec. 11) starring Logan Shroyer as John Boy Walton during the Great Depression in 1933.
My 35th annual Holiday Program Guide includes premieres for Kelly Clarkson Presents: When Christmas Comes Around (Dec. 1); public TV’s look at a Santa School classroom (Dec. 8, 11 and 12); One Last Time with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga (Nov. 28); and NBC’s presentation of Annie Live! (Dec. 2).
There are also new Christmas shows with Sarah Brightman (Nov. 28); Michael Bublé (Dec. 6 and 22); The Black Pack: We Three Kings with Taye Diggs, Ne-Yo, Eric Bellinger and Jordin Sparks (Nov. 29); Jamie Foxx’s A Hip Hop Family Christmas (Dec. 6); and Comedy Central’s spoof of Hallmark Channel’s happily-ever-after holiday movies called A Clüsterfünke Christmas (Dec. 4).
Most of your old TV friends are back again this year: Frosty, Charlie Brown, Rudolph, the Grinch, Shrek, Olaf, the Muppets, Little Drummer Boy, and repeats of holiday episodes of TV classics from The Andy Griffith Show, The Addams Family, Adam 12, Happy Days, The Honeymooners and The Twilight Zone to Dick Van Dyke, Dragnet, M*A*SH, Matlock, Beverly Hillbillies, Bonanza and, of course, Friends.
Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, Dolly Parton, Julie Andrews, Judy Garland, Itzhak Perlman, Jonathan Winters, Perry Como, Nat King Cole, the Carpenters, Ruth Lyons, Paul Dixon and his rubber chickens return this year, too.
Most – but not all – movie favorites are in my list: Home Alone, Jingle All The Way, The Santa Clause, A Christmas Story, It’s A Wonderful Life, Snow, Prancer Returns, Black Nativity, The Lion In Winter, Holiday Affair. But not Miracle On 34th Street or George C. Scott’s A Christmas Carol. Check streaming services for those and other shows not in my guide.
And if you want to see a holiday movie any time day or night, check the Hallmark or Lifetime channels for too many movies to list here.
On Cincinnati Public Radio, you’ll also find A Soulful Christmas, Music of Hanukkah, Hanukkah Lights, A Paul Winter Solstice, a Jazz Piano Christmas and Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol.
For 35 years I’ve done this for you. Enjoy your TV friends! –Kiese