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Holiday movies, specials in full swing

Holiday programming is in full swing, and even with the writer’s strike, the networks have their schedules loaded with specials, movies and other perennial holiday fare. Among the highlights:


“An All Dogs Christmas Carol,” 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13, MyNetworkTV. Steven Weber and Dom DeLuise reprise their roles from “All Dogs Go to Heaven” to try to save the holiday from an evil spirit.

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, NBC, with a Monday, Dec. 24, encore. Frank Capra’s 1946 classic starring Jimmy Stewart as a man who gets a look at his life if he hadn’t been around. Optional scene description for the visually impaired by former President Bush. The narration is delivered around the film’s original dialogue and available through your TV’s foreign language menu.

“A Christmas Story,” 24 hours, beginning 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24, TBS. Usual marathon broadcast of 1983 feature starring Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley and Melinda Dillon, about a boy who … just wants a BB gun for Christmas.

“A Grandpa For Christmas,” premiered Nov. 24 with encore airings through December, The Hallmark Channel. Ernest Borgnine and Juliette Goglia star as a grandfather and granddaughter who finally meet and learn to accept each other.


“Saturday Night Live” Christmas compilation, 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, NBC. Compilation of holiday-themed sketches from the comedy mainstay’s 30-year history.

“Christmas in Washington,” 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, TNT. Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw host the annual presentation of popular recording artists performing for the President and First Lady.

“Clash of the Choirs,” 8 p.m., Monday thru Thursday, Dec. 17- 20, NBC. Music stars Michael Bolton, Patti LaBelle, Nick Lachey, Kelly Rowland and Blake Shelton return to their hometowns to put together amateur choirs to compete over four nights.

“Christmas with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Sissel,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, PBS, with a Dec. 24 encore. The renowned choir is joined by the singing star, performing both traditional Christmas songs and Norwegian folk tunes.

“9th Annual A Home for the Holidays,” 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, CBS. True stories about adoption, featuring performances by Sheryl Crow, James Blunt, Carole King, Fergie, Reba McEntire and others.

“Elmo’s Christmas Countdown,” 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, ABC. Star-studded special finds Muppet Elmo counting down the days to Christmas with his “Sesame Street’ friends. Musical numbers by Brad Paisley, Alicia Keys, Sheryl Crow, Jennifer Hudson and others.

“Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone,” 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, PBS. The breathtaking winter world of Yellowstone is the focus of this holiday edition of the acclaimed PBS series.

“Walt Disney World Christmas

Day Parade,” 10 a.m. Tuesday,

Dec. 25, ABC. Regis and Kelly host the annual parade from Florida, while Ryan Seacrest brings the best from Disneyland.


“Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2008,” 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, ABC. Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark co-host the 35th edition of “the oldest living teenager’s” celebration. he prime-time segment is followed by local news, then “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2008, Part I” from 11:35 p.m. to 1:05 a.m., and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2008, Part II” from 1:05 a.m. to 2:05 a.m.

“NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly,” 11:35 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, NBC. NBC’s latenight host rings in the New Year from New York’s Times Square.

“New York Philharmonic New Year,” 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, PBS. Acclaimed violinist Joshua Bells joins the New York Philharmonic at New York’s Lincoln Center. – (AP)

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