On Friday, CBS, ABC, and NBC will all broadcast iconic Christmas specials at the same time.
This weekend, the major television networks are airing holiday classics in full force. At 8 p.m. ET on Friday, CBS, ABC, and NBC will all air Christmas favorites to kick off the season. Frosty the Snowman will air on CBS, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town will air on ABC, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas will air on NBC.
The TV networks are kicking off their Christmas media blitz right after Thanksgiving, which is one of the earliest times most people can agree on. Notably, all three are revisiting some of television’s most cherished holiday specials from decades ago. Because holiday media has always been based on nostalgia and tradition, it’s only natural that these oldies will kick things off. There will be time later in the program for fresh movies and TV shows.
For the time being, fans can choose between three broadcast staples. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which was aired in 1966, is the oldest. It’s based on Dr. Seuss’ 1957 book of the same name, which tells the story of an antisocial green creature trying to ruin Christmas for the nice Whos in the next town. The Grinch’s narrative has been retold in a number of remakes and spinoffs over the years, so now would be a good time to introduce younger children to the original.
Meanwhile, CBS will broadcast Frosty the Snowman. This animated spectacular from 1969 is based on a song by Walter E. Rollins and Steve Nelson, with the story expanded as needed. It portrays a group of children who use a magical hat to bring their snowman to life. They then attempt to assist Frosty in reaching the North Pole before the warming weather melts him altogether.
Finally, in the same time slot, ABC will air the stop-motion special Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town. RankinBass Productions, the studio behind Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Little Drummer Boy, and other holiday specials, is behind this one. For many viewers, the visual alone is enough to evoke Christmas nostalgia.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is streaming on Peacock, but only with a premium subscription, for those who want to watch these specials on their own time. Regrettably, the other two are only accessible for rental or buy on a limited number of digital shops. That means now is the time to mark your calendar if you want to catch these specials… Summary of Entertainment News from Brinkwire.