There are innumerable television specials – most of which are happening on NBC. The NBC network is digging into some deep pockets this season to bring us some exciting holiday fare.
First and foremost, with only two months left in Jay Leno’s contract, expect to see an exciting array of guests on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno during the months December and January. Jay has been slowly but methodically bringing back some of his favorite guests, such as last week’s appearance of Garth Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres a few weeks back.
Which brings us to our seasonal shows. On Wednesday, December 11th at 10:00 PM, Jay makes an appearance on Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale. That is an intriguing title and it will be interesting to see now this show plays out.
But, I, for one, cannot wait to see Kelly perform in the company of , Jay Leno, Blake Shelton, Reba, Trisha Yearwood, Matt Lauer, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, William Shatner, Danica Patrick, Heidi Klum, Ken Jeong (“Community”) and Jai Rodriguez (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”).
However, before we see Kelly’s special, we have two biggies this week.
On Wednesday, December 4th, my favorite Christmas special, Christmas In Rockefeller Center is set to ring in the Christmas season at 8:00 PM on NBC. Scheduled to appear are Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande and Jewel.
Then, on Thursday, December 5th, the much anticipated live televised production of The Sound Of Music is set to entertain us beginning at 8:00 PM on NBC. Of course! Starring in the role of Maria is Carrie Underwood, supported by an exceptionally strong cast including Broadway star, Audra MacDonald.
This is a huge coup for Carrie and, vocally, I am more than thrilled that she is using her spectacular voice beyond the confines of country music. She has much to offer the Broadway genre – her voice is perfect for this style of music. I am concerned about how strong her acting skills will fare but, hopefully, she has achieved wise and meticulous direction.
And then, on Wednesday, December 18th, one of my favorite artists, the great Michael Buble, presents his third annual Christmas special, Michael Buble’s Christmas Special at 10:00 PM on NBC. Appearing with Michael are Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige, as well as Cookie Monster, on songs including “The Christmas Song,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Let It Snow.”
And we cannot forget the National Tree Lighting Ceremony, featuring performances by Mariah Carey, The Avett Brothers, Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, acclaimed soprano and musical ambassador Renée Fleming, multicultural operatic trio Forte, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe, Latin music superstar Prince Royce, jazz legend Arturo Sandoval, the multiplatinum, Grammy-winning band Train, and Nolan Williams, Jr. and Voices of Inspiration. The show will air on your local PBS station during the month of December.
And that’s just a few of the offerings this holiday season. So, if you are out partying, make sure you set your DVRs now so you can watch all of your favorite shows at your leisure and still enjoy the company of family and friends during this joyous time of year.
What did I miss? Which shows are your favorites? Please comment away! ‘Tis the season to come together!