Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Christmas TV Party 2015 (This Time For Sure!)

Note: I had intended to post this today, and had written it yesterday, but someone who shall remain nameless managed to publish it rather than save it as a draft. So, I deleted it from here and from other places where it had posted. I thought I could retrieve it from the trash bin, but instead of restoring it as a draft, WordPress restored it as a published document, and posted it again. So I deleted it again. I probably shouldn’t be allowed to do my editing in the actual apoplication, but, well, you know. Anyway, here it is, for real this time, and I apologize that it’s shown up in your RSS reader twice and isn’t actually on the site. And, before any of my Blogger friends get any wise ideas, it would have happened there, too, under the circumstances.

One of the cool blogs out on the Internet is Christmas TV History, run by a nice woman named Joanna. She had a post on her blog yesterday announcing her annual “Christmas in July Party,” and invited her readers to answer five questions and email the responses back to her, so that during July she can publish them. I have the five questions listed below, along with my answers, in the hopes that some of you will join me in participating in this blogging initiative. All the rules are listed in yesterday’s post. Give it a whirl and send her your answers!


1) What Christmas program/movie have you seen more times than any other?

A Christmas Story with Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin, and Melinda Dillon. It passed Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer thanks to Ted Turner showing it all day Christmas on his stations.

2) What is your favorite musical Christmas TV special, variety performance, or holiday song in a movie?

Haven’t seen it in years, but I loved Andy Williams’s Christmas specials. He was a tremendous singer, and not afraid to do religious music on his show.

3) What’s your favorite TV or movie adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol?

This is a tie between the Mr. Magoo version and the Alistair Sim version.

4) What do you think is the worst Christmas program/movie–or your least favorite, the most disappointing or most overrated?

I think It’s A Wonderful Life takes the prize here, as my least favorite, most disappointing, and most overrated Christmas movie. There are so many wonderful movies that don’t get the attention this does. It’s a depressing story about a man who wants to kill himself. A much better movie is The Bishop’s Wife with Cary Grant, David Niven, Loretta Young, and Monty Woolley.

5) If you were asked to give advice to a TV network executive in charge of holiday programming, what would you suggest?

Don’t leave the the shows that celebrate Christmas to the cable stations or the subchannels, or show them only on Friday or Saturday night. And don’t be scared of offending people by showing them. The shows are classics, part of the traditions of many Americans, Christian and non-Christian.

If you’d care to share your responses, do so in the comments. It’ll be fun! But be sure to send them to Joanna first.

from The Sound of One Hand Typing

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