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[11/09/05 - 12:00 AM]
CBS's Holiday Programming to Include Yuletide Classics, Original Movies and Specials

[via press release from CBS]

CBS'S HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING TO INCLUDE YULETIDE CLASSICS, ORIGINAL MOVIES AND SPECIALS

Rudolph, Frosty and Robbie Ready to Make Their Annual Christmastime Visits

Sheryl Crow, Toni Braxton, Yolanda Adams and The Goo Goo Dolls to Perform on "The 7th Annual Home for the Holidays" Special

Mary Tyler Moore, Camryn Manheim, Jennifer Esposito, Eric Szmanda, Poppy Montgomery and Jason Priestly Star in "Snow Wonder"

Anne Heche and Tate Donovan Star in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" Presentation of "Silver Bells"

Neil Patrick Harris, Angus T. Jones and Rebecca Gayheart Star in "The Christmas Blessing," the Sequel to 2002's "The Christmas Shoes"

Valerie Bertinelli and Peter Falk Star in an Encore Presentation of "Finding John Christmas"

Caroline Kennedy Hosts "The 28th Annual Kennedy Center Honors" As Tony Bennett, Suzanne Farrell, Julie Harris, Robert Redford and Tina Turner Are Bestowed This Year's Honors

The annual Christmastime visits of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Robbie the Reindeer highlight CBS's festive holiday programming which also includes original movies and musical specials.

In addition to the yuletide animated classics, CBS will present the original movies SNOW WONDER with Mary Tyler Moore, Camryn Manheim, Jennifer Esposito, Eric Szmanda, Poppy Montgomery and Jason Priestly; SILVER BELLS, a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation starring Anne Heche and Tate Donovan; and THE CHRISTMAS BLESSING, starring Neil Patrick Harris, Angus T. Jones and Rebecca Gayheart in the sequel to 2002's "The Christmas Blessing." CBS will also present an encore presentation of FINDING JOHN CHRISTMAS, starring Valerie Bertinelli and Peter Falk.

Among the holiday specials are THE 7TH ANNUAL HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, featuring musical performances by Sheryl Crow, Toni Braxton, Yolanda Adams and The Goo Goo Dolls and the 28TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS.

The following are CBS's holiday themed programs:

Sunday, Nov. 20 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) SNOW WONDER -- A suspiciously magical Christmas Eve snowstorm blows some small miracles into the lives of people around the country. The five distinct stories are unconnected, but each unique story shows the profound way in which people's lives are affected by the strange weather anomaly, or as some may call it, the divine miracle. Mary Tyler Moore, Camryn Manheim, Jennifer Esposito, Eric Szmanda, Poppy Montgomery and Jason Priestly star.

Sunday, Nov. 27 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) SILVER BELLS -- Anne Heche and Tate Donovan star in this new "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation about a widower with children and a young woman who has lost her husband, who help each other to put their painful pasts behind them and discover the joys of being together during the holiday season.

Wednesday, Nov. 30 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER -- The longest running holiday special in television history celebrates its 41st anniversary. Since 1964, millions of families have watched Rudolph and his friends, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Misfit Toys, save Christmas. The classic "Animagic" special features a world-renowned musical score from Johnny Marks and the voice of legendary performer Burl Ives.

Saturday, Dec. 17 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) FROSTY THE SNOWMAN -- Frosty, that "jolly, happy soul" whose old silk hat full of magic has turned him into a musical Christmas legend, once again demonstrates his unique showmanship. Narrated by Jimmy Durante, the special also includes the voices of Jackie Vernon (as Frosty) and Billy De Wolfe (Professor Hinkle).

Saturday, Dec. 17 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) FROSTY RETURNS -- The magic still in his old silk hat, the holiday season's perennially popular original dancing snowman continues his adventures and skates on the edge of danger. Jonathan Winters is the narrator with John Goodman as the voice of Frosty.

Saturday, Dec. 17 (9:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) ROBBIE THE REINDEER: HOOVES OF FIRE -- Ben Stiller, Hugh Grant, Britney Spears, Jim Belushi, Brad Garrett, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller and James Woods lend their voices to this animated special about a reindeer who must train to compete in the Reindeer Races against reindeer who must train to become a part of Santa's sleigh team.

Saturday, Dec. 17 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) ROBBIE THE REINDEER: LEGEND OF THE LOST TRIBE -- Robbie, with the help of an elusive tribe of Vikings, battles Blitzen in an effort to stop his nemesis' launch of a reindeer theme park.

Sunday, Dec. 18 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) THE CHRISTMAS BLESSING -- Neil Patrick Harris, Angus T. Jones and Rebecca Gayheart star in this holiday drama, the sequel to the highly rated 2002 television movie "The Christmas Shoes," in which the young boy from the original film has grown up and meets a young woman and a boy who both, with the help of a Christmas miracle, change his life. Rob Lowe makes a special appearance, reprising his role from "The Christmas Shoes."

Wednesday, Dec. 21 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) THE 7TH ANNUAL A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS -- For the seventh consecutive year, CBS presents a touching new entertainment special that tells moving stories about adoption to raise awareness of this important social issue. Grammy Award-winning recording artists Sheryl Crow, Toni Braxton, Yolanda Adams and The Goo Goo Dolls are among the artists scheduled to perform, while Golden Globe-winning actress Jamie Lee Curtis is scheduled to serve as a presenter, introducing inspirational stories about adoption.

Sunday, Dec. 25 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) FINDING JOHN CHRISTMAS -- Valerie Bertinelli, Peter Falk, David Cubitt and William Russ star in this heartwarming holiday drama about a woman who searches for her brother, a former fireman hero, who has returned home after mysteriously disappearing many years before. (Rebroadcast).

Tuesday, Dec. 27 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) THE 28TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS -- Caroline Kennedy will host for the third consecutive year as singer Tony Bennett, dancer and teacher Suzanne Farrell, actress Julie Harris, actor, director and producer Robert Redford and singer Tina Turner receive honors for the year 2005.





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· CHRISTMAS BLESSING, THE (CBS)
· CHRISTMAS SHOES, THE (CBS)
· FINDING JOHN CHRISTMAS (CBS)
· SILVER BELLS (CBS)
· SNOW WONDER (CBS)





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