The holidays are heating up on TV and two time-honored specials air on Wednesday, Nov. 27. The first is “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” starring CeeLo Green from “The Voice,” Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, country crooner Trace Adkins and Victoria Justice from Nickelodeon. The second holiday special airing tonight is the classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Both are certain to jump-start your holiday spirit and get you into a cheery Christmas mood.
Tonight, fans will get their second daily dose of CeeLo Green. On Nov. 27, he rocked an amazing duet of “Bein Green” with Kermit the Frog” on “The Voice” on NBC. Tonight, he’s back on the same network for “Rockefeller Center Christmas.” Performances from CeeLo, Chris Mann, Il Volo, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, Trace Adkins and Victoria Justice precede the 80th annual lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center in NYC. Al Roker and Savannah Gutherie from “Today” host the one-hour special, which is beloved by millions. It airs at 8/7c on Wednesday on NBC.
Over on ABC, the network is airing another time-honored Christmas special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” For nearly 50 years, the Peanuts gang has heralded the holidays in grand fashion. When Charlie Brown lovingly gussies up that poor little Christmas tree and the gang gathers around it and sings “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” it’s sure to pull on your heartstrings once again.
The cast of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” includes Peter Robbins (Charlie Brown), Christopher Shea (Linus), Tracy Stratford (Lucy), Chris Doran (Schroeder) and Sally Dryer (Violet). The special was executive-produced by Lee Mendelson and created and written by Charles M. Schulz. Bill Melendez is the producer and director, and Vince Guaraldi is the music composer. The ABC special has been digitally remastered for today’s high def TVs.
“It’s the whole family watching,” explained ABC Executive Producer Lee Mendleson of the special’s never-ending popularity with viewers. After 35 years on CBS, rights to “A Charlie Brown Christmas” were snatched up by ABC in 2001 and it’s been a perennial ratings hit for the network ever since. “That’s all the more impressive given that the special is available on DVD,” added Mendleson to “TV Guide.” “A Charlie Brown Christmas” airs opposite “Rockefeller Center Christmas” at 8/7c on Nov. 28 on ABC. To catch both, be sure to set those DVRs.
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