“The Christmas Special Christmas Special” showcases the genre by featuring interviews, clips, and production stills from numerous programs spanning the decades. A true look at the entire gamut of Christmas themed television, Bravo’s upcoming special highlights everything from classic opera (“Ahmal And The Night Visitors (1951)” to irreverent cartoons (“South Park: A Very Crappy Christmas (2000).”
“The Christmas Special Christmas Special” explores how pop culture and the public’s view influenced this important genre. Other specials featured include “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (1969),” “Perry Como’s Kraft Music Hall (1960),” “The Judy Garland Christmas Show- The Christmas Special (1963),” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964),” “Charlie Brown Christmas (1965),” “Frosty the Snowman (1969),” “Simpsons Roasting on a Open Fire (1989),” “Pee Wee’s Christmas Special (1988),” and the “Nick At Nite Holiday Special (2003).”
Exclusive interviews reveal never-before-told stories that give an inside look at both the miracles and mishaps behind these famous Christmas specials. 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” special in 1977. Lorna Luft (daughter of Judy Garland) remembers when her mother was missing up until minutes before the start of her 1963 Christmas special. Other interviewees include actors Paul Reubens (“Pee Wee’s Christmas Special”), Cam Clark and Tina Cole (“The King Family”), and Loni Anderson (various “Bob Hope Christmas Special(s)”); singer Pat Boone; animators Anton Peters (“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”), Don Duga (“Frosty the Snowman”), and Bill Melendez (“A Charlie Brown Christmas”); 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 documentary.
PRODUCER GABRIEL ROTELLO