Pentatonix Lands NBC Christmas Special

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 that has done nothing but achieve over the past four years. The group just released it’s third Christmas album and it has hit #3 on the Top 200 chart and ranks #1 at both Amazon and on iTunes. A Christmas television special more or less concedes that their new albumRead more

A Marshmallow Christmas with Dino and Frank

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 annual show. Dean Martin, of course, had a regular show in the late 50s and early 60s and then did an annual Christmas show for years. He was, of course, a member of the Rat Pack and a dear friend of Frank Sinatra. That is part of what makes aRead more

If You Suck at Throwing Christmas Parties This is for You

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 parties. They only want to embarrass you on national television, no biggie. Filming will take a week and the shoot will happen sometime between the end of September and the first part of November. No doubt the Christmas fiasco showcase will air before Christmas. Christmas reality shows seem to beRead more

NFL Invades Christmas Eve

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 games slated that day, the Steelers play the Ravens and the Broncos take on the Chiefs in Christmas Day contests. Some wonder how these games on television will fare. No doubt, many NFL fans consider the broad weekend schedule a gift from Santa himself and many may just make eitherRead more

Why The Homecoming is One of the Most Important Christmas Movies Ever

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 important Christmas movies ever made. The movie is based on Hamner’s true story of Christmas 1933. He was just ten years old when this event took place. The story tells of the family’s desperate circumstances. It was a large family whose father had lost his job in a nearby mineRead more

David Bowie Day

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 is talking about him, many quite shocked at his loss, and almost all speaking in admiration for many years of musical contribution and his prodigious talent. It would be hard to just end the comparison there. After all, we see Bowie, as we do everything else, through the lens ofRead more

DVD Review: Handel’s Messiah

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 he has endured for three centuries because of this signature work. His story is interwoven with two others who helped to bring Messiah to the forefront of holiday celebration and it is their tales of sorrow, intrigue, greed, power, lust, suicide and eventually redemption that makes the overall epic ofRead more

Poehler and Fey to Host SNL Christmas Show

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 2010. Fey and Poehler hosted their third and final Golden Globes Awards earlier this year. Their new film, “Sisters” opens the weekend of their hosting gig and against the much anticipated revival of the “Star Wars” franchise, a topic that will likely be incorporated into their monologue or sketches. LooksRead more

Stars Align for National Tree Lighting

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 national parks. This year’s kick-off to the holiday season in the nation’s capital marks the 93rd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting and will be held Thursday, Dec. 3, on the Ellipse at President’s Park (White House). Produced by Bounce AEG, the ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. ET with the exclusiveRead more

The John Lewis Ad is Out and It Does Not Disappoint

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 youth tied to the same animated TV specials playing since the 1960s Brits are enjoying brilliant and all-new ads each year that are like mini-movies — they tell a story, share new music and maybe even cause you to shed a tear or two. In essence, they aren’t really ads.Read more

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