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Pentatonix Lands NBC Christmas Special

The news was just announced that ultra-hot vocal group Pentatonix will now be featured on an upcoming NBC Christmas television special. The a cappella group, which rose to fame on NBC’s The Sing-Off, will return to the network on Dec. 14 for A Pentatonix Christmas Special, an hour-long holiday special featuring performances by Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire. The television special is just the latest huge news for a group …
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A Marshmallow Christmas with Dino and Frank

It is hard to believe the clip below is about 50 years old. It shows a moment of Christmas on television like they never show any more. The annual Christmas variety show was a staple for nearly 30 years and all the big stars of music had such shows — Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Perry Como. Andy Williams was called Mr. Christmas because of his many Christmas albums and his …
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If You Suck at Throwing Christmas Parties This is for You

Are your Christmas parties lame? Or do you throw what YOU think are great Christmas parties but everyone else thinks are lame? Are you stressed out about Christmas already? The CW Network wants to talk to you. The network has just posted a casting call for a new reality television series they want to start filming next month about Christmas freaks who do not really know how to throw Christmas …
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NFL Invades Christmas Eve

What happens when Christmas falls on a weekend? For the NFL that means football and Christmas go together — and Santa will just have to use his DVR. Christmas Eve is on a Saturday this year and the NFL wants folks to tune in to 12 different games that day — including a prime time game between the Bengals and the Texans. Christmas Day isn’t spared either. There are two …
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Why The Homecoming is One of the Most Important Christmas Movies Ever

Earl Hamner Jr. passed away this week at the age of 92 and the world hardly noticed. Hamner was a prolific writer whose contributions were more noted on television than anywhere else. While he is no Dickens his Christmas story titled The Homecoming was more than just a TV movie that launched a successful, long-running television series known as The Waltons. The Homecoming should be considered one of the most …
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David Bowie Day

Today is David Bowie Day in our Countdown to Christmas, there are just 349 days remaining. Bowie passed away today at the age of 69. It is hard not to compare David Bowie to his Christmas duet partner, Bing Crosby today, odd as that is to say. They had nothing and everything in common all at the same time. But today is not unlike the day that Bing died: everyone …
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DVD Review: Handel’s Messiah

There is perhaps no other music associated with Christmas that people know but know so little about than Handel’s Messiah. In a documentary shown widely on PBS this holiday season BYU Television travels the world to showcase the everlasting popularity of the work and to explore the story of it’s creation. And what a story it is. George Frederich Handel‘s prolific talents were known long before he wrote Messiah but …
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Poehler and Fey to Host SNL Christmas Show

Saturday Night Live is giving ardent fans a Christmas present this year: Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will host the annual Christmas episode on December 19th. To top it off Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will join in the festivities. Fey has returned to “SNL” to host solo three times since departing in 2006 and Poehler, who left in 2008, hosted for the first and only time in …
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Stars Align for National Tree Lighting

The National Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on December 3rd and entertainment for the festive traditional event has been announced as Fall Out Boy, Andra Day, Tori Kelly, Trombone Shorty, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Aloe Blacc, Kelsea Ballerini, and the Joyous String Quartet will all perform at the 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting, presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s …
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The John Lewis Ad is Out and It Does Not Disappoint

The Christmas season in the UK gets off with a bang each year as lights are festively lit in a very public way and the Christmas shopping public rushes to their televisions to watch the best of this year’s Christmas commercials. Americans can scratch their head at this all they want. This is the UK tradition and it’s a good one. While Americans wax nostalgic for Christmas commercials of their …
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Paypal Does Not Believe in Santa

Paypal is really ticking some people off in the UK. Like many pushing Christmas shopping early in the UK Paypal has jumped into the race for schmaltzy Christmas commercial dominance with an ad that irritates instead of inspires. Some think they are dissing Santa Claus — or at least tipping off children that Santa is not real. What kind of company does not believe in Santa. The premise of the …
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Bing’s Christmas TV Special of 1977

Bing Crosby was the face, the voice and the soul of Christmas for nearly 40 years. Through radio, movies and ground breaking television Crosby took Christmas to millions year after year. Already an established radio star in the 1930s Crosby broke out in movies in the 1940s and established the standard of all gold standards of Christmas with his recording of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas in 1942. Even movies not …
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Osmond Brothers Christmas Medley of 1969

Andy Williams’ Christmas television specials of the 1960s and 1970s were traditional seasonal viewing back in the day and the Osmond brothers practically grew up on those episodes. More or less discovered by Williams after an appearance at Disneyland in the early 1960s the Osmonds went on to a storied career as teen idols and television shows of their own later during the 1970s. In this clip we catch them …
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Grandfather Transforms Scooter for Christmas Charity

Here’s a great Christmas story: Barrie Hall, 73, has spent eight months converting the second-hand 7mph disabled carriage into the iconic red wagon to raise money for a cancer charity. The ten-wheel imitation truck comes complete with a picture of Santa holding a bottle of pop on the side and is lined with red-and-white flashing lights. It comes a year after Barrie, who has battled Leukaemia for the last five …
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Review: MoTab with the Muppets Christmas Concert

The annual Christmas concert of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has become a staple of Christmas television on PBS and has provided release after release of reliably solid Christmas entertainment on both DVD and CD for years now. But I will admit to being a bit apprehensive attending the 2014 Christmas Concert in Salt Lake City titled Keep Christmas With You featuring Sesame Street’s Muppets. As better than 21,000 people streamed …