The CW is looking ahead to the holidays, and the smallest network has announced its line-up of specials including holiday-themed episodes for Wellington Paranormal, World’s Funniest Animals, Masters of Illusion, and Penn & Teller: Fool Us.
The CW revealed more about the holiday lineup in a press release.
“The CW Network today announced its slate of upcoming holiday programming, featuring holiday classics, family favorites and all-new specials, including SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU NOW!, THE WALTONS’ HOMECOMING, BEEBO SAVES CHRISTMAS, CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD as well as WORLD’S FUNNIEST ANIMALS: HALLOWEEN, WORLD’S FUNNIEST ANIMALS: CHRISTMAS, and a special holiday-themed episode of WELLINGTON PARANORMAL.
The Scooby Gang reunites on Friday, October 29 (8:00-9:00pm ET), in SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU NOW!. The gang gathers at Warner Bros. Studios to reminisce about their favorite cases and how they were filmed. But it turns out that the backlot may have its OWN monster problem! Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo investigate this mystery while celebrating the legacy of the franchise during this one-hour special. Hosted by Janel Parrish, (Pretty Little Liars), special guests joining the Scooby gang include Iain Armitage (“Young Sheldon”), author Jerry Beck, Karamo Brown (Queer Eye), producer Tony Cervone (Scoob!), Seth Green (“Family Guy”), Olivia Liang (“Kung Fu”), producer David Silverman (“The Simpsons”), animator Tom Sito, Mitch Watson (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), “Weird Al” Yankovic and Cheri Oteri (Saturday Night Live). SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU NOW! is from Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon and Abominable Pictures. Jonathan Stern writes, directs and executive produces the special. An encore presentation will air on Thursday, November 25 (8:00-9:00pm ET).
WORLD’S FUNNIEST ANIMALS: HALLOWEEN gets into the spooktacular fun with host Elizabeth Stanton giving us a peak into the cutest animals in their Halloween splendor. This all-new special will air Saturday, October 30 (9:00-10:00pm ET). Produced by Associated Television International.
WELLINGTON PARANORMAL gets into the holiday spirit with a very special episode, “Twas the Patrol Before Christmas,” airing Saturday, November 27 (8:30-9:00pm ET).
Hosted by Dean Cain and featuring some of today’s hottest magicians, The CW will broadcast the holiday special MASTERS OF ILLUSION: CHRISTMAS MAGIC 2021 on Friday, November 26 (8:00-9:00pm ET). This special is from Associated Television International. An encore presentation will air on Wednesday, December 22 (9:00-10:00pm ET).
GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER returns to The CW on Friday, November 26 (9:00-10:00pm ET). This one-hour special, based on the hit song that became a worldwide holiday phenomenon, is a goofy and heartwarming adventure that features young Jake Spankenheimer on the quest of a lifetime to track his missing Grandma down on Christmas Eve to prove that Santa Claus is indeed real. Michele Lee (“Knots Landing”) provides the voice of Jake’s greedy Cousin Mel and recording artist Elmo Shropshire provides the narration. Encore presentations of GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER will air on Saturday, December 18 (8:00-9:00pm ET) and Wednesday, December 22 (8:00-9:00pm ET).
The heart-warming family holiday movie THE WALTONS’ HOMECOMING airs on Sunday, November 28 (8:00-10:00pm ET). Set in the 1933 Depression Era, THE WALTONS’ HOMECOMING is told through the eyes of John Boy (Logan Shroyer), the 17-year-old eldest child of John (Ben Lawson) and Olivia Walton (Bellamy Young). His mother expects John Boy to help her raise his sisters and brothers, and his father expects him to follow in his footsteps to help support the family, but secretly, John Boy wants to be a writer. Times are hard enough in 1933, but to make matters worse, it looked to be the Waltons’ first Christmas without John Sr. When Olivia receives a letter that John Sr. is planning to make it home for Christmas after all, the family is thrilled and races to prepare for his homecoming. But when a storm threatens his arrival on Christmas Eve, and John Sr. is nowhere to be found, Olivia sends John Boy out into the night to find his daddy – a journey that will change John Boy’s life forever.
This all-new television movie stars Bellamy Young (Scandal) as Olivia, Logan Shroyer (This Is Us) as John Boy, Ben Lawson (Firefly Lane) as John Sr. and Richard Thomas, who starred as John Boy Walton in the beloved television series The Waltons, as “The Narrator.” The television movie is produced by Magnolia Hill Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Emmy(R) winner Sam Haskell serves as executive producer and the movie was written by Jim Strain. Lev L. Spiro is the director. The Waltons original series was created by Earl Hamner. An encore presentation will air on Saturday, December 11 (8:00-10:00pm ET).
Everyone’s favorite fuzzy toy-turned furry god will once again be a hero as he tries to save Christmas in the all-new animated one-hour special BEEBO SAVES CHRISTMAS airing Wednesday, December 1 (8:00-9:00pm ET). When Sprinkles (voiced by Chris Kattan), an efficiency-obsessed elf, decides that Christmas would run better without Santa Claus (voiced by Ernie Hudson), Beebo (voiced by Ben Diskin) and his friends travel to the North Pole to help discover what truly makes Christmas meaningful. Also starring Kimiko Glenn as the voice of Tweebo, Yvette Nicole Brown as the voice of Turbo, Keith Ferguson as the voice of Fleabo, and Victor Garber as the narrator. BEEBO SAVES CHRISTMAS is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and is written by Matt Maala and Kevin Shinick and executive produced by Sam Register, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, David Madden, Phil Klemmer, Grainne Godfree, Marc Guggenheim and Keto Shimizu. An encore presentation will air Tuesday, December 21 (8:00-9:00pm ET).
Joining the holiday festivities is the all-new WORLD’S FUNNIEST ANIMALS: CHRISTMAS airing Wednesday, December 1 (9:00-10:00pm ET). Hosted by Elizabeth Stanton, we see the cutest animals the season has to offer. Produced by Associated Television International. An encore presentation will air Saturday, December 18 (9:00-10:00pm ET).
SILENT NIGHT – A SONG FOR THE WORLD returns on Saturday, December 4 (8:00-10:00pm ET). SILENT NIGHT – A SONG FOR THE WORLD is a musical film documentary about the creation and cultural impact of the world’s most famous Christmas carol, composed in 1818 in Salzburg. Translated into 140 languages, Silent Night caused a Christmas ceasefire in World War I, while Bing Crosby’s version is the third best-selling single ever. In short: A song for the world! The film tells the story of Silent Night, narrated by Hugh Bonneville, with new recordings by global stars in different languages with a cast including Kelly Clarkson, Joss Stone, John Rhys-Davies, David Foster, Kathrine McPhee, Randy Jackson, Gavin Rossdale, Sheléa, Ailee, Josh Groban, The Vienna Boys Choir, Anggun, Lina Makhoul, The Tenors, Rolando Villazón and many more. The special was created and directed by Award winning director Hannes M. Schalle and produced by Marlene Beran of Moonlake Entertainment. An encore presentation will air Thursday, December 23 (8:00-10:00pm ET).
The all-new special CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD airs Wednesday, December 8 (8:00-9:00pm ET). The special showcases how Christmas is celebrated around the world by highlighting traditions from the ancient to modern day, including what various cultures eat for Christmas dinner. Viewers will also get a front-row seat to very special Christmas performances. CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD is hosted by Dean Cain and Laura McKenzie and produced by Associated Television International. An encore presentation will air Friday, December 24 (8:00-9:00pm ET).
The merriment continues with a very special episode of PENN & TELLER: MERRY FOOL US airing on Friday, December 10 (8:00-9:00pm ET). The magical duo of Penn & Teller is joined by host Alyson Hannigan to help kick off the holiday season with this special complete with magicians, costumes and a Christmas Trophy! PENN & TELLER: MERRY FOOL US stars Penn & Teller and host Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother). PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is created and produced by 1/17 PRODUCTIONS with executive producers Peter Adam Golden, Andrew Golder, Penn Jillette and Teller.
On Sunday, December 12 (9:00-10:00pm ET), Kevin Frazier (Entertainment Tonight) and Nischelle Turner (Entertainment Tonight) team up to host GREATEST HOLIDAY COMMERCIALS COUNTDOWN 2021. This holiday special will countdown the 12 best holiday commercials ever – one for each of the 12 days of Christmas. In addition to the top 12, the special features other great commercials from both the U.S. and abroad, that capture the true spirit of the holiday season – from the heartfelt to the hilarious, from the outstanding to the ridiculous. Executive producers are Robert Horowitz and Lewis Fenton and produced by JUMA Entertainment. An encore presentation will air Tuesday, December 21 (9:00-10:00pm ET).
On Wednesday, December 15 (8:00-9:30pm ET), The CW will air iHEARTRADIO JINGLE BALL 2021, a 90-minute holiday music event that celebrates the season with performances by the year’s biggest recording artists. This star-studded concert event will feature performances from many of today’s hottest musical stars. An encore presentation of iHEARTRADIO JINGLE BALL 2021 will air on Saturday, December 25 (8:00-9:30pm ET).
DOGS OF THE YEAR 2021 returns with an all-new cast of characters to charm their way into our hearts. Hosted by Kevin Frazer (Entertainment Tonight) and Keltie Knight (Entertainment Tonight), this special airing Thursday, December 16 (8:00-9:00pm ET), highlights the most amazing dog stories of 2021. We celebrate the dogs that go above and beyond, that leave their mark on society, and achieve the nearly impossible. Executive producers are Robert Horowitz and Lewis Fenton. Produced by JUMA Entertainment. An encore presentation will air Wednesday, December 29 (8:00-9:00pm ET).
The star-studded tradition continues with THE 89th ANNUAL HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE. This holiday special will air on Friday, December 17, (8:00-10:00pm ET). Hosts include Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain, Montel Williams and special co-host Elizabeth Stanton. The parade will feature Hollywood celebrities and movie cars, award-wining bands from across the country, dazzling equestrians, larger-than-life character balloons, colorful floats, humorous specialty acts, and high-profile performers. The parade culminates with the appearance of the Jolly Old Elf himself, Santa Claus, and his reindeer, ushering in the holiday season! The special is presented and produced by Associated Television International.
The CW will air POPSTAR’S BEST OF 2021 Tuesday, December 28 (8:00-9:00pm ET). Presented by Associated Television International, host Elizabeth Stanton will count down the greatest and most memorable moments and trends of 2021 based on polls from Popstar Magazine.
THE CW HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29
8:00-9:00pm SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU NOW!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30
9:00-10:00pm WORLD’S FUNNIEST ANIMALS: HALLOWEEN
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26
8:00-9:00pm MASTERS OF ILLUSION: CHRISTMAS MAGIC 2021
9:00-10:00pm GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27
8:00-8:30pm WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (Encore)
8:30-9:00pm WELLINGTON PARANORMAL
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28
8:00-10:00pm THE WALTONS’ HOMECOMING
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1
8:00-9:00pm BEEBO SAVES CHRISTMAS
9:00-10:00pm WORLD’S FUNNIEST ANIMALS: CHRISTMAS
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4
8:00-10:00pm SILENT NIGHT – A SONG FOR THE WORLD (Encore presentation)
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8
8:00-9:00pm CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10
8:00-9:00pm PENN & TELLER: MERRY FOOL US (Encore presentation)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12
9:00-10:00pm GREATEST HOLIDAY COMMERCIALS COUNTDOWN 2021
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15
8:00-9:30pm IHEARTRADIO JINGLE BALL 2021
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16
8:00-9:00pm DOGS OF THE YEAR 2021
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17
8:00-10:00pm THE 89TH ANNUAL HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18
8:00-9:00pm GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER (Encore presentation)
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28
8:00-9:00pm POPSTAR’S BEST OF 2021”
What do you think? Are you planning to check out the holiday-themed episodes and specials?