TV Weekly Cover: 'Tis the season for TV favorites, old and new

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19 December 2014

By Kellie Freeze

It's the time of year when sentimentality reigns and wishing for a bygone era becomes en vogue once again. As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season reaches fever pitch, take a few moments to revisit holiday classics or introduce yourself and your family to a new viewing tradition.

Cheers For Cartoons
The holiday season offers a plethora of animated fun that ranges from classic to contemporary. This week you can catch encore offerings of ABC and Pixar’s latest cooperative “Toy Story” special, as “Toy Story That Time Forgot” airs several times this week on ABC Family and Disney Junior. Wednesday on The CW, Mr. Magoo makes his annual appearance and turns from cantankerous to kind in “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol.” NBC re-airs its newest animated specials, “How Murray Saved Christmas” and “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas,” on Thursday evening. Even Elmo has a PBS holiday special that airs a few mornings this week!

Celluloid Classics
Nothing makes the holidays feel a little simpler than a classic black-and-white movie. This week, AMC offers a near-constant stream of Christmas classics, including “White Christmas”; it may have been 60 years since the film was released, but it remains absolutely timeless. And of course, it’s simply not Christmas Eve without watching George Bailey run through a snow-covered Bedford Falls on NBC’s broadcast of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Let It Glow
If by the 24th you’re tired of the tinsel and Tinseltown, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries offers the relaxing glow of yule logs to melt away your seasonal stress.

Marathon Men
A 24-hour marathon provides plenty of opportunities to watch a classic. In addition to TBS and TNT’s 24 hours of “A Christmas Story,” FXX offers a marathon of the raunchy classic “A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas” beginning on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Bells Are Ringing
Some of the most glorious parts of the holiday season are its majestic sounds, and PBS’ “Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir” is an annual treat for the ears. This year’s special airs multiple times this week, and features legendary soprano Deborah Voigt and actor John Rhys-Davies. Another not-to-miss auditory event is PBS’ “Christmas in Norway With the St. Olaf Choir” — which was recorded inside a spectacular Norwegian cathedral.

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