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Happy Holidays! TV Kiese’s Annual Program List Is Here

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" airs Dec. 1 and Dec. 12 on CBS.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" airs Dec. 1 and Dec. 12 on CBS.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" airs Dec. 1 and Dec. 12 on CBS.
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"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" airs Dec. 1 and Dec. 12 on CBS.

Charlie Brown, Rudolph, The Grinch, Frosty, Prancer, White Christmas,” “Miracle on34thStreet,” “A Christmas Story”…. Yep, they’re all here.

Linus and Lucy, Lucy and Desi, and the “Little Drummer Boy” too.

My annual holiday programming guide below is back and bigger than ever -- since it includes Christmas and Hanukkah specials airing on public radio, here at the new home for my Media Beat blog.

Print it out. Post it on the fridge.

Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby starred in "White Christmas" in 1954
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Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby starred in "White Christmas" in 1954

Put stars by your favorites so you can spend another Christmas with theKranks, theGriswolds, the Brady bunch, Tim Allen, Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Stewart or OldFezziwig.

I don’t want you to miss “A Christmas Carol,” however you like it: With Jim Carrey, Bill Murray, George C. Scott, Reginald Owen, Albert Finney, Alistair Sim, Mickey Mouse or Mr. Magoo.

Not into the Ghosts of Christmas Past?

Mariah Carey in "A Christmas Melody" Dec. 19
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Mariah Carey in "A Christmas Melody" Dec. 19

You’ll find new shows this year -- such as Mariah Carey’s “A Christmas Melody” (Dec. 19) filmed here last month – and others not specifically holiday programs: NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” (Thursday); CBS’ “Sinatra 100 – An All-Star Grammy Concert” with modern interpretations of Frank Sinatra’s hits (Dec. 6); Fox’s salute to “TV’s Funniest Animated Stars” (Dec. 7); NBC’s “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” film about Dolly’s childhood (Dec. 10); andWCET-TV’srepeat of“Lumenocity2015: Masters & Dreamers” (Dec. 12 and 20).

You’ll also find a couple of old family favorites: The 1995 original “Toy Story” and “The Muppet Movie” from 1979.

And now here comes what I call the Santa clause: Remember, I mostly list prime-time shows. Some may repeat during the day or overnight. I can’t list ALL channels, so check on-screen guides for shows not on my list. And don’t blame me when the networks change their TV schedules on short notice, as they tend to do.

2015 Holiday Television Guide

Too many choices? Here are the five shows to watch this week:

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" airs for the 50th years on Nov. 30.
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"A Charlie Brown Christmas" airs for the 50th years on Nov. 30.

A Charlie Brown Christmas(9 p.m. Monday,Ch9, ABC): The night starts with ABC’s50thanniversary musical salute to the iconic Charles M. Schulz cartoon at 8 p.m.

Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer(8 p.m Tuesday, Ch 12, CBS).

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (9 p.m. Wednesday, Channel 5, NBC).

The Wiz Live! (8 p.m. Thursday, Channel 5, NBC).

It’s A Wonderful Life (8 p.m. Saturday, Channel 5, NBC).

Have a holly jolly Christmas!

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