CBS Preparing for Thanksgiving Tradition

The Insider’s Kevin Frasier and Entertainment Tonight’s Christina McLarty will host CBS’s THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE starting at 9:00am on Thanksgiving Day.

The CBS tradition, now in its 51st year, will feature portions of the 85th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade live from New York City, as well as performances by Grammy® Award-winning rock legend John Fogerty.  
 
Additional performances during the Parade will include the Broadway casts of the Tony Award-winning productions of “Anything Goes” and “Memphis.”
 
Frazier and McLarty will anchor from a site along the parade route in Times Square.  The beloved parade is famous for its gigantic balloons of cartoon character favorites, fantastic floats and lively marching bands from across the country.

CBS Cuts Ties with 60-Year-Old TV Franchise

CBS has parted ways with the HALLMARK HALL OF FAME, a legendary television movie franchise that began in 1951, according to MediaPost.

The greeting card maker reportedly passed on the network’s offer to air the films on more of an “as needed” basis, preferring the current three-times-a-year deal they had. But CBS, which already has a successful Sunday night lineup, sometimes has a problem justifying pre-empting that lineup for a one-time telefilm.

The HALLMARK HALL OF FAME began on NBC, where it stayed for 30 years before switching over to ABC and CBS. Its current partnership with CBS has lasted for sixteen years.

Its most recent offering, “Beyond the Blackboard,” aired on Live 5 WCSC on April 24th and told the story of a young teacher whose first job takes place in a homeless shelter that has been converted into a classroom for students between the ages of six and 12.

In 60 years, more than 240 films have been produced, earning the company 80 Emmy awards, nine Golden Globes, 11 Peabody Awards and others.

Hallmark is reportedly shopping its movie package elsewhere.

Rudolph’s Back!

Now that you’ve survived Thanksgiving dinner, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s time to curl up with the family and enjoy one of television’s all-time favorite holiday traditions: RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER.

The 1964 special, which has been a staple of the CBS holiday calendar since 1972, airs Tuesday at 8:00pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.

Narrated by legendary balladeer Burl Ives (as Sam the Snowman), it tells the story of a misfit reindeer who was picked on because of his bright red glowing nose.  When the reindeer searches for acceptance, he finds Santa Claus, and the rest is the well-known story kids of all ages enjoy year after year.

The movie was digitally remastered in 2005, so today’s viewers can get the most of the classic.

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Holiday Special Gets Second Airing on CBS

An innocent question from an eight-year-old girl serves as the story behind a CBS holiday special returning to Live 5 WCSC next month.

YES, VIRGINIA, THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS, an animated movie, will air on December 17th at 8:00pm. Last year’s airing was the most-watched show that night among children ages 2 to 11 and 6 to 11.

The title refers to the name of an editorial in a New York newspaper. An eight-year-old girl, Virginia O’Hanlon, had written to the New York Sun to ask if Santa Claus was real. Her father suggested that she ask her question to the newspaper after she expressed doubt that Santa was real. The newspaper’s response, which originally ran on Sept. 21, 1897, has been reprinted year after year in newspapers around the country.

Telethon plans major changes

Major changes are ahead for the MDA Labor Day Telethon, the Muscular Dystrophy Association announced Thursday.

The annual event, which comedian Jerry Lewis has hosted for all of its 45 years on television, will be trimmed from a 21-hour to a 6-hour program.  The 2011 show is slated to air on Sunday night from 6:00pm until Midnight, and not air at all on Labor Day itself.

The change is being made, according to executives within MDA, to not only cut production costs, but increase the number of viewers.

Live 5 WCSC has carried the telethon for more than 30 years, with Ann McGill, Meteorologist Chad Watson and reporter Tracey Amick anchoring local updates from our studio.  Lewis and an assortment of co-hosts anchor the national broadcast from Las Vegas.

Celebration of America Going HD for First Time

CBS is throwing a major party to celebrate America’s birthday this July 4th with a fireworks display like you’ve never seen before.

Craig Ferguson, of THE LATE LATE SHOW, will host the BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR for the fourth straight year.

Country superstar Toby Keith will perform some of his biggest hits with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra under the direction of conductor Keith Lockhart.

The BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR, now in its 37th year, is the orchestra’s annual free outdoor Fourth of July concert. For the first time this year, the entire concert will be broadcast in HD, courtesy of Liberty Mutual Group.

In addition, the final 20 minutes of the broadcast, featuring the spectacular fireworks display, will be presented commercial-free. Imagine getting to see one of the nation’s biggest fireworks display on a high-definition set!

The Scottish-born Ferguson, incidentally, was sworn in as a United States citizen in February 2008.

Mark your calendars now for the big celebration, airing Sunday, July 4th at 10:00pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.

Clark to Receive Special Emmy Honor

American Bandstand host Dick Clark will receive special recognition for his groundbreaking music program at the 37TH ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS, airing later this month on CBS.

The star-studded roster that will pay tribute to the show and its host includes Cher, Barry Manilow, Garth Brooks, Marie Osmond, Ann-Margret, Frankie Avalon, The Spinners, Jay Leno and Simon Cowell.

Hosted by Regis Philbin, the Daytime Emmy Awards will feature outstanding performers from all fields of daytime television.

Clark, 80, hosted American Bandstand on ABC from 1957 until 1987.  Clark also hosted THE $10,000 PYRAMID and THE $25,000 PYRAMID on CBS in 1973 and from 1982 to 1988, respectively.  He received three Daytime Emmys for hosting that program over the years.

Be sure to watch for that special tribute to “America’s Oldest Teenager,” airing June 27th on LIVE 5 WCSC.

Hey, Reeg! How About the Emmys!

Emmy Award winner Regis Philbin will host THE 37TH ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY® AWARDS, which will air on Sunday, June 27th on LIVE 5 WCSC.

“I am delighted to host the Daytime Emmys this year,” Philbin said.  “It’s going to be a great night with my daytime brothers and sisters, and I hope everyone wins an award this year.”

Since Philbin first stepped in front of the camera more than 40 years ago, he has ambitiously tackled talk shows, game shows (including MILLION DOLLAR PASSWORD on CBS), and even the literary world, with multiple best-sellers to his credit.  In May 2001, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored him with a Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Talk Show Host for his syndicated program, Live with Regis, and another Emmy award as Outstanding Game Show Host for the network version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

In Fall 2009, he broke his own existing Guinness World Record for Most Hours on Camera, setting a new mark of 16,343 hours accumulated over his illustrious career – a career that was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the 2008 Daytime Emmy Awards.

Here’s our recent post on the CBS programs and performers who are up for an Emmy Award this year. Be sure to tune in on June 27th to see which of your favorites bring home the gold!

Daytime Emmy Nominations Announced

This year’s nominees for the Daytime Emmy Awards were announced this morning, and CBS’s THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS received 16 of them, ranking second in the number of nominations of any show.  Only ABC’s General Hospital garnered more, with 18 nominations.

Both Y&R and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL are nominated for Best Drama Series. GUIDING LIGHT‘s Crystal Chappell (Olivia Spencer), Y&R’s Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Newman), and AS THE WORLD TURNS‘ Maura West (Carly Tenney) are nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Y&R’s Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) and Doug Davidson (Paul Williams), and ATWT’s Jon Lindstrom (Craig Montgomery) and Michael Park (Jack Snyder) are up for Outstanding Lead Actor.

GL’s Beth Chamberlin (Beth Spaulding) and ATWT’s Julie Pinson (Janet Snyder) are nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Y&R’s Billy Miller (Billy Abbott) is up for Outstanding Supporing Actor in a Drama Series.

Outsanding Younger Actor or Actress Nominations went to Y&R’s Christel Khalil (Lily Winters), ATWT’s Marnie Schulenburg (Alison Stewart), B&B’s Drew Tyler Bell (Thomas Forrester) and GL’s Zack Conroy (James Spaulding). Conroy, by the way, can now be seen on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL in the role of Oliver.

LET’S MAKE A DEAL‘s Wayne Brady is nominated as Outstanding Game Show Host for his work in the freshman series that replaced GUIDING LIGHT.

THE DOCTORS received a nomination for Outstanding Talk Show/Informative Program. THE PRICE IS RIGHT received a nomination for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show.

As for THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW, fans know that Wendy makes no bones about her collection of wigs.  They must have impressed Emmy judges, since her hairstylists were nominated for hair design!

You can view the full list of nominees at the official website of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which awards the Emmys. This year’s Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast on June 27th on Live 5 WCSC.

Hallmark Presents AA’s Inside Story

This Sunday, the HALLMARK HALL OF FAME presents “When Love is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story.”

It’s a look inside the lives of Bill and Lois Wilson, who would co-found Alcoholics Anonymous. For this family, alcoholism hit very close to home: Bill’s life was in a downward spiral because of alcohol.

But Lois stood strong and wound up helping him turn his life around, and through her new dedication, changed the lives of millions of others through the Al-Anon organization she founded in the 1930s.

Winona Ryder and Barry Pepper star as the Wilsons. The story focuses on Lois Wilson’s perspective and her guilt over potentially not being strong enough to stop her husband from drinking. It also deals with a chance encounter that changed their lives.

“When Love is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story,” presented by the HALLMARK HALL OF FAME, airs this Sunday night at 9:00pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.