Who’s ready to get into the holiday spirit?
The CW Network announced earlier this month its slate of upcoming holiday specials, starting this Friday, November 23 with the one-hour special GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER.
Based on the hit song that became a worldwide holiday phenomenon, this goofy and heartwarming adventure features young Jake Spankenheimer on the quest of a lifetime to track his missing Grandma down on Christmas Eve to prove that Santa Claus is indeed real. Michele Lee (“Knots Landing”) provides the voice of Jake’s greedy Cousin Mel and recording artist Elmo Shropshire provides the narration. An encore presentation of GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER will air on The Gulf Coast CW Wednesday, December 19 at 7PM.
On Tuesday, December 18 at 7PM, The Gulf Coast CW presents an all-new GREATEST HOLIDAY COMMERCIALS COUNTDOWN 2018. Kevin Frazier (“Entertainment Tonight”) and Keltie Knight (“Entertainment Tonight”) host this holiday celebration with a countdown of the 12 best holiday commercials ever – one for each of the 12 days of Christmas. In addition to the top 12, the special features other great commercials from both the U.S. and abroad, that capture the true spirit of the holiday season – from the heartfelt to the hilarious, from the outstanding to the ridiculous. Executive producers are Robert Horowitz and Lewis Fenton
The all-new special GREATEST HOLIDAY VIDEO COUNTDOWN will follow at 8PM that Tuesday night. This special is hosted by the Holderness Family, the viral video family that rose to internet fame with their viral hit “Christmas Jammies.” The Holderness family will guide the audience through this special showcasing video greeting cards from around the world. From agencies and companies to families and friends, and everything in between, this special will feature some of the most memorable holiday videos from around the globe. Executive producers are Robert Horowitz and Lewis Fenton.
THE 87th ANNUAL HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE will air on Friday, December 14, (7:00-9:00pm), with Nancy O’Dell serving as Grand Marshal. The “Largest Christmas Celebration in America” will be hosted by popular personalities Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams, with special co-hosts Elizabeth Stanton and Garrett Clayton. The parade on Hollywood Boulevard will include live musical performances that will take place on two stages. A true Hollywood tradition, the parade features larger-than-life inflatable character balloons, and celebrity-filled cars making the heralded trek down the three-mile parade route. Taped for network television, the celebration is presented and produced by Associated Television International.
On Sunday, December 16 (7:00-8:30pm), The CW will air iHEARTRADIO JINGLE BALL 2018, a 90-minute holiday music event that celebrates the season with performances by the year’s biggest recording artists. The star-studded concert event will feature performances from Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, Camilla Cabello and many more of today’s biggest stars. An encore presentation of iHEARTRADIO JINGLE BALL 2018 will air on Tuesday, December 25 (7:00- 8:30pm).
The CW will broadcast the holiday special MASTERS OF ILLUSION: CHRISTMAS MAGIC Sunday, December 23 (7:00-8:00pm). This special from Associated Television International features some of today’s hottest magicians including Jarret and Raja, Jonathan Pendragon, Ed Alonzo, Jibrizy, Les Arnold, Murray SawChuck, Farrell Dillon, Tommy Wind, Titou, Naathan Phan, Greg Gleason, and Christmas Choir.
On Friday, December 28 (8:00-9:00pm), The CW will air POPSTAR’S BEST OF 2018. Presented by Associated Television International and based on polls from Popstar Magazine, host Elizabeth Stanton will count down the greatest and most memorable moments and trends of 2018.