Saturday, November 19, 2005

Network Holiday Programming: CBS

Welcome to SitcomsOnline.com's Network Holiday Guide. We will try to showcase every holiday themed programming for the major broadcast networks this coming week until we are finished. Of course, if something comes up before that we will certainly let you know. Today I will start off with CBS's Christmas themed programming this year.

It all starts this Sunday, with the movie Snow Wonder from 9 to 11 p.m. ET/PT.
An all-star cast, featuring Mary Tyler Moore (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Camryn Manheim (The Practice), Jennifer Esposito (Crash), Poppy Montgomery (Without a Trace), Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills 90210) and David Sutcliffe (I'm with Her), gets snowbound for the holidays when an unexpected blizzard buffets the country in the heartwarming drama Snow Wonder.

The rest include:


Silver Bells -- Anne Heche and Tate Donovan star in this new "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation about a widower with children and a young woman who has lost her husband, who help each other to put their painful pasts behind them and discover the joys of being together during the holiday season. Airs Sunday, November 27 from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer -- The longest running holiday special in television history celebrates its 41st anniversary. Since 1964, millions of families have watched Rudolph and his friends, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Misfit Toys, save Christmas. The classic "Animagic" special features a world-renowned musical score from Johnny Marks and the voice of legendary performer Burl Ives. Airs Wednesday, November 30 from 8-9 p.m. ET/PT

Frosty, The Snowman -- Frosty, that "jolly, happy soul" whose old silk hat full of magic has turned him into a musical Christmas legend, once again demonstrates his unique showmanship. Narrated by Jimmy Durante, the special also includes the voices of Jackie Vernon (as Frosty) and Billy De Wolfe (Professor Hinkle). Airs Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

Frosty Returns -- The magic still in his old silk hat, the holiday season's perennially popular original dancing snowman continues his adventures and skates on the edge of danger. Jonathan Winters is the narrator with John Goodman as the voice of Frosty.
Airs Saturday, December 17 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT

Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire -- Ben Stiller, Hugh Grant, Britney Spears, Jim Belushi (According to Jim), Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Leah Remini (The King of Queens), Jerry Stiller (The King of Queens) and James Woods lend their voices to this animated special about a reindeer who must train to compete in the Reindeer Races against reindeer who must train to become a part of Santa's sleigh team.
Airs Saturday, December 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Robbie the Reindeer: The Legend of the Lost Tribe -- Robbie, with the help of an elusive tribe of Vikings, battles Blitzen in an effort to stop his nemesis' launch of a reindeer theme park. Airs Saturday, December 17 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT

The Christmas Blessing -- Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Angus T. Jones, and Rebecca Gayheart star in this holiday drama, the sequel to the highly rated 2002 television movie "The Christmas Shoes," in which the young boy from the original film has grown up and meets a young woman and a boy who both, with the help of a Christmas miracle, change his life. Rob Lowe makes a special appearance, reprising his role from "The Christmas Shoes." Airs Sunday, December 18 from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT

The 7th Annual CBS Home for the Holidays -- For the seventh consesuctive year, CBS presents a touching
new entertainment special that tells moving stories about adoption to raise awareness of this important social issue. Grammy Award-winning recording artists Sheryl Crow, Toni Braxton, Yolanda Adams and The Goo Goo Dolls are among the artists scheduled to perform, while Golden Globe-winning actress Jamie Lee Curtis is scheduled to serve as a presenter, introducing inspirational stories about adoption. Airs Wednesday, December 21 from 8-9 p.m. ET/PT

Finding John Christmas ENCORE --Valerie Bertinelli (One Day at a Time), Peter Falk (Columbo), David Cubitt and William Russ (Boy Meets World) star in this heartwarming holiday drama about a woman who searches for her brother, a former fireman hero, who has returned home after mysteriously disappearing many years before. (Rebroadcast). Airs Christmas night, Sunday, December 25 from 9 to 11 p.m. ET/PT.

Coming Thursday-Saturday are the rest of the networks (ABC, NBC, FOX, The WB, and UPN).

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