- Published on Sunday, 17 November 2013 20:00
With Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and the Christmas season starting next week, WGN-TV has released its schedule showing when all of the station's holiday special presentations will air. This will include the local Thanksgiving Parade broadcast and pair of showings for the beloved special of theirs, "Bozo, Gar & Ray."
In addition to all of the holiday-themed programming, WGN-TV will change their slogan from "Chicago's Very
Own" to "Chicago's Merry
The list of special programs coming to WGN-TV between today and Christmas Day include the following... November 18 - 8:00pm-9:00pm -- "Beauty and the Beast: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"
A new Thanksgiving-themed episode of the CW drama "Beauty and the Beast." Jay Ryan, Kristin Kreuk, Ted Whittall, Amber Skye Noyes, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Austin Basis, and Nina Lisandrello star. November 25 - 7:00pm-8:00pm -- "Hart of Dixie: Miracles"
A new Hanukkah-themed episode of the CW drama "Hart of Dixie." Rachel Bilson, Tim Matheson, Jaime King, Scott Porter, Wilson Bethel, and Cress Williams star. Lauren Bittner and Antoinette Robertson guest star. Last season's winner of NBC's "The Voice," Danielle Bradbery performs. November 27 - 7:00pm-9:00pm -- "Planes, Trains and Automobiles"
The classic Thanksgiving-themed comedy movie from 1987 with Steve Martin and John Candy. Written, produced and directed by John Hughes. November 28 - 8:00am-11:00am -- "McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade"
This year is the 80th annual McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade. "Chicago's Grand Holiday Tradition" will once again be shown live on WGN-TV, hosted by Robin Baumgarten and Paul Konrad, with Ana Belaval serving as the roving reporter. Along with the television broadcast, WGN-TV's coverage of Chicago's Thanksgiving morning parade will be streamed live on WGNTV.com. November 29 - 7:00pm-8:00pm -- "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"
This animated special from 2000 is based on the over-played Christmas novelty song of the same name. (Repeated on December 18.) December 1 -- 7:00pm-9:00pm -- "Bozo, Gar & Ray: WGN TV Classics"
Easily the station's most-requested annual special is "Bozo, Gar & Ray: WGN TV Classics." The special from 2005, hosted by Dean Richards, looks back at three of WGN-TV's most beloved television series: "Bozo's Circus," "Garfield Goose and Friends" and "Ray Rayner and His Friends." Best of all, the special airs in their entirety, remastered versions of the famous trilogy of 1950's holiday favorites "Hardrock, Coco and Joe," "Suzy Snowflake" and "Frosty the Snowman." In addition to being shown on television, this broadcast will be streamed live on WGNTV.com. (The special will be repeated on Christmas Day.) December 2 - 7:00pm-9:00pm -- "It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie"
This 2002 movie features the Muppets trying to save their theater from being torn down on Christmas Eve. Non-puppet guest stars include Joan Cusack, David Arquette, Carson Daly, William H. Macy, Whoopi Goldberg, Kelly Ripa, and Zach Braff. December 8 - 1:00pm-3:00pm -- "The Santa Clause 2"
The family holiday movie from 2002 starring Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, Judge Reinhold, David Krumholtz, and Eric Lloyd. (Repeated on December 15.) December 8 - 5:30-6:00pm -- "Chicago's Very Own Holidays (2012)"
WGN-TV news anchor Mark Suppelsa hosts this half-hour news special from last year which looks at holiday events around Chicagoland. Seen in this special are the Christmas light display at Vernon Hills' Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, the ZooLights display at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, and the production of "It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play." (Repeated on December 15.) December 9 - 7:00pm-7:30pm -- "Kung Fu Panda Holiday"
Based on the recent "Kung Fu Panda" movies, this computer animated 2010 television special features many of the same characters in a holiday-themed adventure. Includes the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, and David Cross. (Repeated on December 25.) December 9 - 7:30pm-8:00pm -- "Merry Madagascar"
Based on the recent "Madagascar" movies, this computer animated 2009 television special features many of the same characters in a holiday-themed adventure. Includes the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Cedric the Entertainer. (Repeated on December 25.) December 11 - 7:00pm-8:00pm -- "Arrow: Three Ghosts"
A new Christmas-themed episode of the CW drama "Arrow," based on DC Comics' Green Arrow. Stephen Amell, Colton Haynes, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, Susanna Thompson, and Katie Cassidy star, while Grant Gustin and Celina Jade guest star. The episode was written by top DC Comics author Geoff Johns. It is also rumored that this episode will feature the character of Barry Allen who will eventually become the superhero The Flash, which is a proposed spin-off series for next year. December 15 - 3:00pm-5:00pm -- "The Santa Clause 2"
Repeat showing of the 2002 movie starring Tim Allen. (See December 8th entry above.) December 15 - 5-5:30pm -- "Chicago's Very Own Holidays (2012)"
Repeat showing of WGN-TV News special from last year. (See December 8th entry above.) December 15 - 5:30pm-6:00pm -- "Chicago's Very Own Holidays (2013)"
WGN-TV news anchor Mark Suppelsa hosts this all-new half-hour news special which looks at holiday events currently taking place around Chicagoland. Scheduled to be seen in this special will be the story behind the City of Chicago's 100th Christmas tree. (Repeated on December 22.) December 18 - 7:00pm-8:00pm -- "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"
Repeat airing of the animated special from 2000. (See November 29th entry above.) December 20 - 7:00pm-8:00pm -- "The Carrie Diaries: The Second Time Around"
A new Christmas-themed episode of the CW drama "The Carrie Diaries," a teenage prequel to "Sex In The City." AnnaSophia Robb, Lindsey Gort, Katie Findlay, Austin Butler, and Josh Salatin star. December 21 - 11:00pm-1:00am -- "A Christmas Carol"
The 2009 computer animated movie remake of the Charles Dickens' holiday classic. Features the voices of Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Bob Hoskins, Steve Valentine, and Daryl Sabara. (Repeated on December 22.) December 22 - 2:00pm-4:00pm -- "A Christmas Carol"
Repeat airing of the 2009 computer animated movie remake of the Charles Dickens' holiday classic. (See December 21st entry above.) December 22 - 4:00pm-6:30pm -- "Meet John Doe"
The 1941 Frank Capra-directed classic which takes place on Christmas Eve. Stars Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan, Gene Lockhart, James Gleason, and Spring Byington. December 22 - 6:30pm-7:00pm -- "Chicago's Very Own Holidays (2013)"
Repeat showing of WGN-TV News special from this year. (See December 15th entry above.) December 22 - 7:00pm-9:00pm -- "The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2013"
Concert performances from the Clear Channel holiday-themed show "Jingle Ball." Scheduled to appear are Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Selena Gomez, Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande, Jason Derulo, and Austin Mahone. (Note: This concert footage comes from the 12/13/13 Jingle Ball concert which will take place in New York City. This is not footage from the Chicago version of Jingle Ball
, which will take place on 12/09/13, with many of the same artists.) (Repeated on December 23.) December 23 - 3:30am-4:00am -- "The Andy Griffith Show: The Christmas Story"
The classic 1960 Christmas episode of the "The Andy Griffith Show." Stars Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, Ron Howard, Frances Bavier, Elinor Donahue, and Wil Wright. December 23 - 7:00pm-9:00pm -- "The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2013"
Repeat broadcast of the previous night's showing of concert performances from the Clear Channel holiday-themed show "Jingle Ball." (See December 22nd entry above.) December 24 - 7:00pm-9:00pm -- "The 12 Dogs of Christmas"
2005 movie set in the Great Depression about a young girl who opposes a "no dogs" law and uses dogs to teach people about the meaning of Christmas. Stars Jordan-Claire Green, Tom Kemp, Susan Wood, Adam Hicks, Richard Riehle, and Jim Jackman. December 25 - Midnight-1:30am -- "Christmas Midnight Mass"
The 90-minute live broadcast of the Catholic Christmas Mass from Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral is an annual WGN-TV tradition. In addition to being shown on television, this broadcast will be streamed live on WGNTV.com. December 25 - 1:30am-2:00am -- "The Andy Griffith Show: The Christmas Story"
Repeat airing of the 1960 sitcom's Christmas special. (See December 23rd entry above.) December 25 - 2:00am-6:00am -- "The Yule Log"
Another WGN-TV holiday tradition. For four hours, the television station will broadcast video of a burning yule log in a fireplace, while soothing Christmas music plays. December 25 - 9:00-11:00am -- "Bozo, Gar & Ray: WGN TV Classics"
Repeat airing of the popular WGN-TV special, hosted by Dean Richards. (See December 1st entry above.) This broadcast will also be streamed live on WGNTV.com. December 25 - 7:00pm-7:30pm -- "Kung Fu Panda Holiday"
Repeat airing of the 2010 animated special. (See December 9th entry above.) December 25 - 7:30pm-8:00pm -- "Merry Madagascar"
Repeat airing of the 2009 animated special. (See December 9th entry above.)
Along with all of the above-mentioned special presentations, the top-rated WGN Morning News will also be celebrating the holidays in December. For the first two weeks of December, the WGN Morning News will be holding a gift-giveaway promotion. Also, on December 20th, WGN-TV will hold its 11th annual WGN Morning News Toy Drive.