[12/08/04 - 12:00 AM]
Update (Time Change): Bravo Decks the Small Screen with Boughs of Television's Greatest Christmas Specials in 'The Christmas Special Christmas Special' Premiering Tuesday, December 14

[via press release from Bravo]




BURBANK, Calif. -- November 15, 2004 -- Bravo, along with narrator Carson Kressley of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy", brings holiday cheer home this year with a program dedicated to the grand tradition of the Christmas Special. Premiering Tuesday, December 14 (8-9 p.m. EST) on Bravo (with an encore airing on TRIO Sunday, December 19, 9-10 p.m. EST), "The Christmas Special Christmas Special" pays tribute to the specials of Christmas past.

"The Christmas Special Christmas Special" showcases the genre by featuring interviews, clips, and production stills from numerous programs spanning the decades. The gamut of Christmas themed television, Bravo's upcoming special highlights everything from the classic opera "Ahmal And The Night Visitors" (1951) to the irreverent cartoon "South Park: A Very Crappy Christmas" (2000) to the recent "Nick At Nite Holiday Special" (2003).

The special explores how pop culture and the public's view influenced this important genre.

Exclusive interviews reveal never-before-told stories about the miracles and mishaps behind these famous Christmas evergreens. Mary Crosby, daughter of Bing Crosby, divulges that her father had no idea who Davie Bowie was when the two performed their famous duet during "Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas" (1977). In another anecdote, Billy Ingram, author of Tvparty: Television's Untold Tales, tells when Judy Garland was missing up until minutes before the taping of "The Judy Garland Christmas Show- The Christmas Special" (1963).

Other stars and experts who provide a true insiders look at the behind-the-scenes workings of their specials and the genre include: Paul Reubens ("Pee Wee's Christmas Special" (1988)), Cam Clark and Tina Cole ("The King Family"), Lorna Luft (daughter of Judy Garland), and Loni Anderson (various "Bob Hope Christmas Special(s)"); singer Pat Boone; animators Anton Peters ("Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" (1964)), Don Duga ("Frosty the Snowman" (1969)), and Bill Melendez ("A Charlie Brown Christmas" (1965)); television critic Brian Lowry (Daily Variety); and director Kirk Browning ("Ahmal And The Night Visitors").

To complement "The Christmas Special Christmas Special," both bravotv.com and triotv.com will offer a preview clip from the show in addition to web exclusive footage not included in the on-air version of the special.

"The Christmas Special Christmas Special" is produced by the award-winning production company World of Wonder in association with TRIO. The executive producers are Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. Gabriel Rotello is the producer. Andrew Cohen is the executive producer for TRIO. Samuel J. Paul is the supervising producer for TRIO.

Bravo is an arts and culture network featuring a variety of programs presented in an original and engaging way. Currently seen in more than 77 million homes, Bravo is the television destination for viewers who want creativity, experimentation and innovation. Offering programming with a unique point of view, the network features original series and specials, feature films (both independent and mainstream) as well as performance specials and compelling documentary series. Its critically-acclaimed and award-winning original programming includes "Inside the Actors Studio," "Celebrity Poker Showdown," and Cirque du Soleil specials and series, as well as the 2004 Emmy winner for Outstanding Reality Program, "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." The network's latest hits include "Blow Out," "Showbiz Moms & Dads," and the improvisational sitcom "Significant Others."

Bravo is a program service of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBC Universal one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Bravo has been a NBC Cable Network since December 2002 and was the first television service dedicated to film and the performing arts when it launched in December 1980. For more press information and photography log onto www.nbcumv.com. For consumer information visit www.bravotv.com.

TRIO is an entertainment cable television channel reflecting pop culture TV: film, music, fashion, television and stage in its programming. TRIO is available to over 20 million households via digital cable and satellite services. For more information about TRIO, visit www.triotv.com or call 1-877-GET-TRIO.

TRIO is a program service of NBC Universal Cable, a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.

World of Wonder is an independent production company based in both Los Angeles and London, best known for award-winning films and documentaries such as THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE, PARTY MONSTER, MONICA LEWINSKY IN BLACK AND WHITE. Featured on HBO and the Sundance film festival, World of Wonder co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey have produced such critically acclaimed series as Bravo's SHOWBIZ MOMS & DADS, ANDY WARHOL: THE COMPLETE PICTURE, Trio's BRILLIANT BUT CANCELLED and, more recently, THE GAY REPUBLICANS.

World of Wonder has also brought documentaries and series for VH1, Court TV, AMC, MTV, A&E in the States, as well as BBC, Channel Four and ITV in the UK. Currently, Bailey and Barbato have just completed production on their latest project, INSIDE DEEP THROAT, a feature documentary about the classic adult film, co-produced by Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment. More information about World of Wonder can be found on the WOW Report daily blog, www.worldofwonder.net.

  [december 2004]  


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