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Upcoming TV Highlights: December

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Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas

Wednesday / Roku
The good news, Zoe’s back for a Christmas movie. The bad news, it’s airing on Roku instead of its previous home, NBC. On her first holiday without her father, Zoey attempts to create a magical Christmas for her family just like the ones Mitch used to do.

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Baking It

Thursday / Peacock
NBC’s hit summer show, Making It now has a sister series debuting on Peacock. The holiday baking competition show, Baking It stars Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg as the show’s host.

Annie Live!

Thursday / 8 p.m. / NBC
NBC’s latest live musical special stars newcomer Celina Smith as Annie, Harry Connick Jr. as Daddy Warbucks and Taraji P. Henson as Miss Hanigan. The special also stars Nicole Scherzinger, Titus Burgess and Jane Krakowski.

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Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas

Friday / Netflix
A new animated holiday tale from Aardman featuring Shaun who’s seasonal excitement turns to dismay when a farmhouse friend goes missing.

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The National Christmas Tree Lighting

Sunday / 8:30 p.m. / CBS
L.L. Cool J hosts with musical guests H.E.R., Billy Porter, Kristin Chenoweth, Patti LaBelle and others.

23rd Annual Home for the Holidays

Sunday / 9:30 p.m. / CBS
Musical artists will perform in between stories about adoption and foster care.

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Christmas Takes Flight

Sunday / 8 p.m. / CBS
CBS tries its hand at a holiday romance TV movie about a family-owned airline cancels its annual charitable benefit and its CEO falls in love. Sigh.

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The Price is Right at Night

Wednesday / 8 p.m. / CBS
A primetime, Christmas-themed edition of the daytime show.

44th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

Wednesday / 9 p.m. / CBS
This year’s ceremony honors Justino Diaz, Berry Gordy, Lorne Michaels, Bette Midler and Joni Mitchell.

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A Christmas Story

Friday / all day / TBS and TNT
The annual 24-hour movie marathon of A Christmas Story.

A Holly Dolly Christmas

Friday / 8 p.m. / CBS
A repeat of Dolly Parton’s 2020 Christmas special.

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Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022

Friday / 8 p.m. / ABC
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve headlined by 17-time host Ryan Seacrest in Times Square with Liza Koshy serving as co-host. Billy Porter will be in New Orleans to lead the Central Time Zone countdown and Ciara will be overseeing the LA party with “Club Quarantine” DJ D-Nice.

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TV News

The Weird and Wonderful World Built by Sid and Marty Krofft

Long before H. R. Pufnstuf hit the small screen, Sid was a puppeteer who worked in vaudeville and the Ringling Bros. ad Barnum & Bailey Circus. In the 1940’s he created the one-man puppet show knowns as “The Unusual Artistry of Sid Krofft.” By the 1950’s, the brothers were working together and in 1957, they created the adult-themed Les Poupées de Paris puppet show. Although the show featured characters modeled after various celebrities from Judy Garland to Phil Silvers, it also featured a number of topless puppets too! The show was brought to the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962 and later to New York’s World’s Fair in 1964. That same year, the Kroffts appeared with puppets on The Dean Martin Show (with tops on by way) but were let go after eight episodes because Martin reportedly felt upstaged by the marionettes. The fan letters he was receiving at the time requested more screen time with the puppets! Read More>>>

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10 of the Best TV Theme Songs Ever

If you are of a certain age, you remember when TV theme songs actually meant something. In some ways, they could be considered a character on the show. Yes, there were many generic-sounding theme songs, but some still hold up many years later and are just as iconic as the shows themselves. Unlike many of today’s themes that air for ten seconds or less, these classics would play for about a minute before the show would begin and the song would stick in your head for days to come. Very few shows do that today and some have borrowed music from other sources instead of creating anything new. Ironically, many shows that air on premium cable channels or services like Hulu or Netflix still feature the longer theme songs. Then again, you can usually skip the show’s opening if you don’t care for it. Read More >>>

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TV Series Reviews

Ordinary Joe

So, in each scenario, the same actors play different versions of the same character as the stories go back and forth at a frequent pace. It’s clever, but confusing. The rock star is definitely the coolest of the three while the nurse appears to be somewhat of a nerd. But in all three cases, they are the same Joe who by and large is a pretty nice guy. Read More >>>

The Big Leap

The Big Leap is created by Liz Heldens, Jason Winer and Sue Naegle (known for their work on Friday Night Lights, Modern Family and The Plot Against America respectively) who show that they know how to blend comedy and drama together producing potential heartfelt scenes with a dash of comedy so that they don’t come off as too sappy. Read More >>>

Ghosts

Many of us grew up with and still have fond memories of silly TV comedies like Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Munsters and Gilligan’s Island. Though we sometimes try to pretend that we’ve outgrown them, deep inside we still miss them. Every so many years similar shows have been brought to the small screen only to die a slow death from lack of creativity and viewership. Although, every once in a while, one of these high concept shows actually makes it and becomes a nice break from yet another sitcom family or workplace hijinks. Hopefully, Ghosts will be one of those breakthroughs. Read More >>>

Le Brea

Without having watched an episode of the new NBC show, some have described La Brea as TV’s next Lost. That’s being kind. Lost was unusual and mysterious when it first premiered in 2004. There was nothing like it. But it was huge and became the talk at the watercooler every week. Since that time, every network has tried to come up with their own “Lost” but it has proven to be a difficult task. Read More >>>

CSI: Vegas

Like many other people, I was a rabid fan of the original show for most of its incredible 15-year run, but I sort of lost interest in it after William Petersen left the show at the end of season 9. The new show is shiny featuring those incredible camera shots and the familiar “Who Are You” theme song. The show features characters from the past working alongside new characters working in a new and improved lab. Read More >>>

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