Sunday, November 25, 2001

Holiday TV: The stolen Grinch is back

Whoopi unwraps new TV movie

By John Kiesewetter
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        We've been making our list and checking it twice.

        So you're gonna find some holiday TV specials that are novel or nice.

        Whoopi Goldberg, Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond) and Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) star in new Christmas films in our holiday TV list in Tempo today (Pages E12-13).

        Also back are many favorites, including the first network broadcast in 14 years of Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

        New movies: Ms. Goldberg stars as a home-shopping TV producer drafted to replace retiring Santa in Call Me Claus (8 p.m. Dec. 2, TNT). She is listed as executive producer along with Garth Brooks, who sings three songs in the film.

        On the Disney Channel, Mr. Cranston almost ruins Christmas when he takes Santa's new high-tech sleigh for a joyride on 'Twas the Night (8 p.m. Dec. 7).

        On CBS' A Town Without Christmas, Peter Falk plays an angel who helps a TV reporter (Ms. Heaton) find a boy depressed by Christmas (9 p.m. Dec. 16, Channels 12, 7).

        Music: Andy Williams returns to TV with Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows (9 p.m. Dec. 8, Channel 48). Clips include “It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “The Christmas Song” and “Sleigh Bells,” plus songs by the Osmond Brothers.

        Classics: The Grinch airs four times on the Cartoon Network (7 p.m. Dec. 3-6,), before appearing on WB (8 p.m. Dec. 21, Channel 64).

        A Charlie Brown Christmas moves from CBS to ABC (8 p.m. Dec. 6, Channels 9, 2) as a one-hour special with tributes to cartoonist Charles M. Schulz and composer Vince Guaraldi. It repeats 8 p.m. Dec. 16.

        The I Love Lucy Christmas Special airs on TV Land (9 p.m. Dec. 23 and 9 p.m. Christmas), while It's A Wonderful Life repeats Christmas Eve (8 p.m., Channels 5, 22).

        One show not in the list: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which aired Saturday. It will not repeat.

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