A Primetime Holiday Event
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on getTV, as the network celebrates the season with its second annual “The Most Wonderful Month of the Year” event. The channel turns over its daily schedule during primetime all month long in order to focus on a mixture of rare and classic Christmas-themed variety specials, TV series episodes, and films, starring some of entertainment’s biggest names, from Sunday, November 27 through Sunday, December 25, culminating in a weeklong 24-hour-a-day yuletide mega-marathon kicking off at 12 noon on Sunday, December 18 and running through Christmas day.
“The Most Wonderful Month of the Year” event launches at the tail end of the Thanksgiving weekend at 7:50 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 27 with getTV's network premiere of 1998’s "THE CHRISTMAS WISH", starring Neil Patrick Harris as a young man who sets out to grant his grandmother’s (Debbie Reynolds) wish, which also features an early appearance by Naomi Watts. Then, at 10 p.m. ET, the network celebrates the holiday magic of Perry Como, with the first of four weeks of Sunday night Como specials, “PERRY COMO’S CHRISTMAS IN PARIS” (1982), with Angie Dickinson.
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On Mondays, getTV remains the home for the best in classic 'variety' show entertainment with three hours of back-to-back seasonal spectacle and song. All month long, in addition to returning Christmas specials and episodes from “THE SONNY AND CHER COMEDY HOUR,” “THE ANDY WILLIAMS SHOW,” and THE JUDY GARLAND SHOW,” getTV rediscovers hours from “CHER” (Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. ET), with music icon Cher and comedy legend Redd Foxx; “THE JOHNNY CASH CHRISTMAS SHOW” (Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. ET), filmed live in Nashville in 1977 with his wife June Carter Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Clark, Roy Orbison, and The Statler Brothers; and, from 1983, “THE MAC DAVIS SPECIAL: THE MUSIC OF CHRISTMAS” (Dec. 12 at 9 p.m. ET), where country singer/songwriter Mac Davis joins with Gladys Knight and ThePips, Barbara Mandrell, and Ronnie Milsap. Newly uncovered Christmas episodes of “THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW” feature holiday legends Rosemary Clooney and Danny Kaye (Nov. 28 at 10 p.m. ET) and Mel Tormé (Dec. 5 at 10 p.m. ET).
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The festivities continue every Thursday evening with a combo night of an hour-long variety special at 8 p.m. ET, followed by a festive film at 9 p.m. ET. Then, on Fridays, settle in for a Christmas double feature of perfectly matched movies, starting on Dec. 2 with 2000’s “ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS” at 8 p.m. ET and its 2001 sequel “TWICE UPON A CHRISTMAS” at 10:00 p.m. ET, both starring Kathy Ireland and John Dye; and, on Saturdays, kick off getTV’s successful Westerns block each week with Christmas-themed classic Western TV episodes, starting at 7 p.m. ET. Then, the month culminates beginning Sunday, December 18 at 12 noon ET, when getTV erases its entire normal schedule of classic series and movies through Christmas day to present a non-stop mix of musical variety, movies and classic TV episodes that will incorporate all of its holiday programming inventory and serve as the perfect backdrop for its viewers' holiday preparations and festivities.
Additional variety specials appearing in this year's “The Most Wonderful Month of the Year” event include “CHRISTMAS WITH DANNY KAYE,” with Peggy Lee and Wayne Newton; “BING CROSBY AND THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS,” with Robert Goulet, “CHRISTMAS WITH THEKING FAMILY, starring America's first family of song; “THE MITZI GAYNOR CHRISTMAS SHOW,” with Ed McMahon, “PERRY COMO'S CHRISTMAS SHOW,” with The Carpenters and Peggy Fleming, and additional episodes of “THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW,” one featuring Florence Henderson, Barbara McNair, and another featuring then child stars Kim Richards and Rodney Allen Rippy, among others.
Other films playing throughout the month include “I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS” with Ann Jillian, Jack Palance and Robert Hays; “MS. SCROOGE” with Cicely Tyson and Katherine Helmond; “THE SONS OF MISTLETOE” with Roma Downey; “IT NEARLY WASN’TCHRISTMAS” with Charles Durning; “CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT” with DyanCannon; “THE CHRISTMAS GIFT” with John Denver; “THE THREE KINGS” with Lou Diamond Phillips; “FATHER KNOWS BEST: HOME FOR CHRISTMAS” with Robert Young and Jane Wyatt; “MR. SOFT TOUCH” with Glenn Ford; and “THE CHRISTMAS STALLION” with Daniel J.Travanti.