When the weather turns cold, nothing beats a mug of hot chocolate and curling up on the couch with a favorite movie. Because of the rise of cable, traditional holiday favorites, as well as made-for-TV offerings, are abundant in the weeks leading up to Christmas – in fact, the programming schedule was packed with holiday viewing fare on the day before Thanksgiving.
Holiday movies and specials are so prolific no DVR could possibly keep up. Several internet sites, including the blog ChristmasTVSchedule.com, list the lineup for each day through Christmas. Offerings range from perennial favorites such as “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015) or “It’s a Wonderful Life,” to “made for cable” Christmas romances, to competitions such as “The Great Christmas Light Fight” or “Christmas Cookie Challenge.”
And don’t forget marathons – TCA affiliate member Turner, for example, on channel TBS will show 24 hours of “A Christmas Story” – about a young boy’s obsession with getting a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas – on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Cable networks say they are producing more holiday movies because they are inexpensive to produce, attract advertisers and generate strong ratings.