It’s The Most Wonderful Month Of The Year On getTV
What’s your favorite Christmas memory? For many of us, it’s gathering together with family and watching festive specials on TV. It wasn’t truly Christmastime until The King Family, Perry Como, Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, or Johnny Cash were in our living rooms singing songs of the season.
If you miss those days, getTV is the place to be this Christmas. Our third annual “Most Wonderful Month Of the Year” kicks off Thanksgiving Day with primetime holiday programing every night until Santa shimmies down the chimney. We’ve got heartwarming Christmas movies like Secret Of Giving with Reba McEntire. And there are holiday-themed episodes of your favorite getTV series, including an overnight binge of action shows on November 27 and Westerns in primetime on November 25, December 2, and December 16. Plus, country music legends Wynonna, Emmylou Harris, Pam Tillis, and Lorrie Morgan star in getTV’s first-ever original special A Nashville Christmas, premiering December 7.
Perhaps best of all, we have classic holiday specials and Christmas-themed episodes of 1960s and ‘70s variety series all month long (including overnight marathons December 4 and December 11). So put on your Bob Mackie gown, cue the artificial snowflakes, and set your DVRs for these rarely rerun gems! (All times Eastern.)
The Johnny Cash Christmas Show (1977) features June Carter Cash, Hee-Haw host Roy Clark, gospel quartet The Statler Brothers, and Cash’s label mates from legendary Sun Records: Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Plus The Man In Black and his family visit the Holy Land. (November 23 at 10pm, December 14 at 8pm, December 17 at 9pm, December 23 at 9pm, December 25 at 9am)
Vanessa Williams & Friends: Christmas In New York (1996) features the actress-singer in her first holiday special, taped before a live audience at Broadway’s Shubert Theater. The former Miss America hosts Phil Collins, country star Shania Twain, R&B legend Luther Vandross, The Boys Choir of Harlem, and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. (November 28 at 8pm, December 3 at 11pm, December 21 at 8pm, December 25 at 11am)
Christmas With The King Family (1967) reunites all six of the singing sisters – Maxine, Luise, Alyce, Donna, Yvonne, and Marilyn – along with dozens of extended family members. Also featured are members of the second generation vocal group The Four King Cousins. You can learn all about this talented family on the getTV blog. (November 29 at 10pm, December 4 at 2am, December 25 at 2am)
The Andy Williams Show (1966) was one of NBC’s biggest variety hits for five seasons. On this December, 1966 episode, Andy welcomes his wife Claudine Longet, mother, father, and brothers Bob, Don, and Dick, as well as The Osmond Brothers (Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay, and Donnie). And Andy croons his classic “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year,” the musical inspiration for our holiday programming theme! (November 30 at 8pm, December 11 at 12am, December 14 at 10pm)
Perry Como’s Christmas Show (1974) features the popular honey-voiced crooner hosting impressionist Rich Little, brother-and-sister duo The Carpenters, and Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming (who somehow ice skates under hot TV lights). (November 30 at 9pm, December 25 at 10am)
Bing Crosby And The Sounds Of Christmas (1971) finds the cardigan-clad crooner hosting actor/singer Robert Goulet, opera singer Mary Costa, and The Mitchell Boys Choir. He’s also joined by wife Kathryn Crosby, daughter Mary Crosby, and sons Nathaniel Crosby and Harry Crosby in sketches and songs. (November 30 at 9pm, December 25 at 1am)
The Sonny And Cher Comedy Hour (1973) was Sonny Bono and Cher’s final Christmas show as a married couple. Christmas of 1973 was a very interesting one for the Bonos. (November 30 at 10pm, December 4 at 3am, December 21 at 9pm, December 25 at 6am)
Cher (1975) was her solo series after the couple ended their marriage in 1974. This December 1975 episode features Sanford And Son star Redd Fox, comedians The Hudson Brothers, singers The Lennon Sisters, and daughter Chastity Bono. Just two months later, the divorced couple would reunite for the two-season series The Sony And Cher Show. (December 3 at 10pm, December 11 at 10pm, December 25 at 7am)
The Judy Garland Show (1963) was the film legend’s single-season CBS variety series, and this program from December 1963 is one of the most touching episodes. Judy invites us into her “home” where she performs with her kids Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, and Joey Luft. She also welcomes singers Jack Jones and Mel Torme and closes the show with “Over The Rainbow.” Have tissues handy. (November 26 11pm, December 4 at 1am, December 25 at 3am)
Mitzi Gaynor Christmas Show (1967) was actually an episode of The Kraft Music Hall, guest hosted by the actress, singer, and dancer. Mitzi’s guests include Tonight Show announcer Ed McMahon, actor Cyril Ritchard, and the St. Thomas Church Choir. The success of this program led, in part, to a series of solo specials. (December 4 at 9pm, December 11 at 4:10am)
Perry Como’s Christmas in Austria (1976) is a Peabody Award-winning 1976 special, filmed entirely on location in Austria. Perry shops in the Salzberg Christmas market, sings a medley of songs from The Sound of Music in the Austrian Alps, and does a traditional rendition of “Silent Night” in the church where Franz Gruber composed the carol in 1818. He also welcomes actress Senta Berger, comedian Sid Caesar, and Olympic skier Karl Schranz. (December 5 at 8pm, December 25 at 5am)
The Johnny Cash Christmas Show (1983) is a family affair as The Man In Black is joined by his wife June Carter Cash, The Carter Family (Anita Carter, Helen Carter, Janette Carter, Joe Carter), and his sister Joanne Cash Yates. Country legend Merle Haggard and bluegrass fiddler Ricky Skaggs also appear. (December 7 at 9pm, December 13 at 8pm, December 17 at 11pm, December 23 at 10pm)
The Mac Davis Special: The Music Of Christmas (1983) finds the singer, songwriter, and (briefly) movie star hosting Gladys Knight & the Pips, Barbara Mandrell, and Ronnie Milsap. (December 7 at 10pm, December 24 at 10pm)
Perry Como’s Early American Christmas (1978) was shot on location in Williamsburg, Virginia as Perry celebrates the holiday in “the cradle of American democracy.” Western icon John Wayne sings in this delightful special, which also features actress Diana Canova singing “Try to Remember” from The Fantasticks and “It Couldn’t Please Me More” from Cabaret. (December 10 at 11pm, December 25 at 8am)
The Danny Kaye Show (1966) was an Emmy-nominated variety series hosted by the actor, singer, dancer and star of films like White Christmas. This holiday episode guest stars Perry Lee, Wayne Newton, and The International Children’s Choir. Also featured are series regulars Joyce Van Patten and Harvey Korman. (December 11 at 2am)
The Merv Griffin Show (1983) captured the cultural zeitgeist for 25 years with newsmakers, musicians, actors, and comedians. On this December 1983 broadcast, the affable emcee welcomes Rosemary Clooney and Danny Kaye. (December 11 at 3:05am)
Perry Como’s Christmas in the Holy Land (1980) features Como singing “Ave Maria” at the Church of the Visitation and “The Lord’s Prayer” on the spot where Jesus is believed to have delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Como also pays tribute to the interfaith heritage of the Holy Land by visiting a kibbutz and attending a traditional Hanukkah celebration. (December 25 at 12am)
Perry Como’s Christmas in Paris (1982). Eating is a vital component of the holidays, and Perry does plenty of that in this delicious 1982 special, particularly in a French pastry-filled rendition of “The 12 Days of Christmas.” He learns the history of the Can-can in Montmartre and performs in a traditional Paris music hall with French vocalist Line Renaud, Argentine musician Jairo, and American actress Angie Dickinson. (December 25 at 4am)
The Most Wonderful Month Of The Year kicks off November 23. For a complete schedule of our Christmas programming, click here. And don’t miss episodes of Dolly and The Glen Campbell Music Show featuring A Nashville Christmas star Emmylou Harris on December 6 and December 17.