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CBS announces holiday programming lineup

Courtesy of CBS

Courtesy of CBS

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Continuing its tradition of providing spectacular Christmas programming, CBS has released this year’s holiday lineup.

Saturday, Nov. 26:The Story of Santa Claus
9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT

This animated musical holiday special revolves around a gentle toymaker (voiced by Ed Asner) whose only wish is to deliver a toy to every child on Christmas. The voices of Betty White and Tim Curry are also featured.

Tuesday, Nov. 29: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT

Narrated by Burl Ives, who is also heard as the voice of Sam the Snowman, this favorite is a music story based on the popular song of the same name by Johnny Marks. It recounts the tale of a shy reindeer whose Christmas spirit is dampened because his shiny nose has made him the laughing stock of all of Christmasville.

Friday, Dec. 2: I Love Lucy Christmas Special
8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT

Featuring two back-to-back episodes of the classic series, the colorized “Christmas Episode” (first presented in black and white in December 1956) is paired with the newly colorized “Lucy Gets in Pictures.” This episode (first presented on Feb. 21, 1955) is well known for the scene in which Lucy faces numerous mishaps as she attempts to descend a staircase while wearing an enormous feathered headdress for a role in a new motion picture. (New)

Monday, Dec. 5: The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT

We’re not sure how this fits into the holidays, but CBS includes it. It was filmed in Paris for the first time, this year’s show features an all-star line-up of Victoria’s Secret Angels, including returning favorites Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell and Taylor Hill, as well as new faces. Multiple Grammy Award winners Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd will perform. This show merges fashion, fantasy and entertainment into a runway spectacle. (New)

Friday, Dec. 23: A Home for the Holidays
8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT

The special tells touching stories about adoption from foster care to raise awareness for this important social issue. Inspirational stories of families are enhanced with performances by some of today’s most popular artists. The host and performers will be announced at a later date. (New)

Tuesday, Dec. 27: The 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors
9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT

Argentine pianist Martha Argerich, rock band the Eagles, screen and stage actor Al Pacino, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples and musician James Taylor will receive honors. Seated with President and Mrs. Obama, the honorees will accept the thanks of their peers and fans through performances and heartfelt tributes. The host will be announced at a later date. (New)