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Darlene Love talks singing 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' on 'Letterman' -- for the last time

David Letterman’s reign as host of The Late Show ends in May 2015—and Friday marks his last holiday broadcast. Which means the episode will also be the last one to feature Darlene Love singing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” Love first performed the song on Letterman’s show in 1986, when he was still hosting Late Night on NBC. 28 years later, the tradition is still going strong…until the end of the week, at least.

In advance of the performance, EW talks to the vocalist about the origins of the tradition, the end of an era, and why the song won’t be leaving TV for good.  READ FULL STORY

Merry Christmas: Bill Murray will be singing you carols in upcoming TV special

All I want for Christmas is….Bill Murray singing Christmas carols in a TV special. Looks like it’s going to be a very, merry Christmas, indeed.

Murray told Variety that he plans to star in a Christmas special for TV in which he’ll perform classic carols. The actor would re-team with his Lost in Translation director, Sofia Coppola, for the special, which would also have her at the helm.

What’s in store: “It’s not going to be live,” Murray says. “We’re going to do it like a little movie. It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music. It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are writing. There will be prose.”

Coppola verified to Variety that the special is in progress. “We’re working on a Christmas special,” she said. “Not sure when it will air, but my motivation is to hear him singing my song requests.” (A rep for Coppola did not immediately respond to EW‘s request for comment on the wonderful news.)

What do you want to hear Murray sing? “White Christmas”? “Frosty the Snowman”? “Jingle Bell Rock”?  Whatever he sings, one thing is certain: It’s not going to be a “Silent Night”! (Get it? It’s a pun!)

Happy holidays! Here's when Kelly Clarkson's, Michael Buble's and more holiday specials air

Thanksgiving has passed and Hanukkah is coming to a close, which means the countdown is on for Christmas. Below, find a list of all the television specials that will be airing in the coming weeks. Bake some cookies, crank up Mariah Carey, and then check out when Kelly Clarkson, Michael Bublé, and even Doctor Who will be celebrating the holidays.

Hugh Jackman to host 'Christmas in Washington' special

Prisoners was the darkest Thanksgiving-set movie in recent history, but Hugh Jackman is still all about the holidays. The Tony-winner and Hollywood action star will host TNT’s annual holiday spectacular Christmas in Washington, a White House-sanctioned gala that will be taped in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 15 and air on TNT on Dec. 20.

The Backstreet Boys, Sheryl Crow, Anna Kendrick, Janelle Monáe, and Train’s Pat Monahan will perform for the Obamas, and TNT’s basketball pundit Charles Barkley will make a special appearance. (As Santa?)

The Obamas, Barkley, “Broadway” Hugh, and the Backstreet Boys… all in one place… singing carols. You’re welcome, Saturday Night Live.

'I Love Lucy': CBS to air colorized special in December

Stand back, millennials — it’s time for a whole other generation to hop aboard the nostalgia train.

CBS announced today that it plans to broadcast two classic I Love Lucy episodes back-to-back this December. The event, appropriately called The I Love Lucy Christmas Special, will include both the show’s seldom-seen “Christmas Episode” — a clip show that has been aired on network TV only a handful of times — and “Lucy’s Italian Movie,” perhaps better known as “the one with the grape stomping.” Both episodes aired originally in 1956: the former during season 6, the latter during season 5.

Each will be “colorized with a vintage look,” according to CBS — minus the flashback sequences in “The Christmas Episode,” which will remain in black-and-white to emphasize the time lapse. CBS originally colorized “The Christmas Episode” for a re-broadcast in 1990 that drew more than 18 million viewers. (The previous year, CBS aired “The Christmas Episode” for the first time since 1956 after discovering its original negative hidden in a vault — attracting an audience of more than 29 million.)

The special will air Friday, Dec. 20, at 8 p.m. ET. Spectators are advised to bring their own eggnog — or Vitameatavegamin.

Editor’s note: This story originally said the special would air commercial-free, but that is not the case.

EW's 2011 Christmas Eve TV marathons guide: We promise yule enjoy them!

Christmas is about traditions, and TBS once again has scheduled 24 hours of A Christmas Story (starting at 8 p.m. on Dec. 24)* from Ralphie and Randy to Scut Farkus and those turkey-gobbling Bumpus mutts. Joining them on the holiday vigil, TLC offers up a four-hour block of Christmas lights spectaculars from 4-8 p.m., and a certain lady network wraps up their annual multiweek affair known as Falalala Lifetime. For everyone else who has had enough of the holiday spirit, there are plenty of alternatives. Read on for a schedule of Christmas Eve marathons. READ FULL STORY

'America's Funniest Home Videos' Christmas special: Watch grandpa bite it while decorating! -- FIRST LOOK

Just because he sees you when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake doesn’t mean that Santa is the most coordinated dude in the world. Far from it, in fact. America’s Funniest Home Videos will celebrate this rarely seen side of St. Nick alongside other holiday-themed indignities with a Christmas special (ABC, 9 p.m.) that offers up an hour of problematic presents, mantle mishaps, and doomed decorating scenes. If you’re one of those impatient kids who can’t wait until tonight to unwrap your video gifts, sneak a peek at the special’s “We Wish You the Merriest” music montage in which all sorts of folks wind up holidazed and confused. (Prepare to meet a little boy who encounters a financial windfall and downfall in the span of a few seconds.)
For two bonus stocking stuffers, enjoy these clips of a Batman-obsessed kid on Santa’s lap and a kid upstaging his sister’s performance of “Twas The Night Before Christmas.” READ FULL STORY

Lionsgate shopping cartoon 'Harold and Kumar'


With Harold and Kumar ushering in the holiday season today — Owen Gleiberman gives their latest 3-D film an “A” — Lionsgate is already shopping an animated TV series about the hungry stoners. EW has confirmed that Lionsgate has lined up stars John Cho and Kal Penn to provide the voices, and original writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg are aboard to bring their characters to the small screen in animated form.

Read more:
‘Harold & Kumar': Is this the most offensive trailer ever?
‘Harold & Kumar’ posters
‘A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas” preview

Dean Cain on his prolific TV movie career, including tonight's 'A Mile in His Shoes'

You know, Dean Cain really doesn’t get enough credit. Not only is he one of the hardest working men in showbiz, with no fewer than a half-dozen TV movies every year, but his Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997) anticipated pop culture’s current superhero obsession. Tonight, he plays a different kind of hero on GMC’s A Mile in His Shoes, an intimate drama about a minor league baseball manager who recruits and mentors a young man named Mickey Tussler (Luke Schroder), who has Asperger’s Syndrome—and a killer fastball. It’s the kind of heartfelt role that most appeals to Cain. After all, he still considers his most important job to be that of father to his eleven-year-old son. We caught up with the 45-year-old actor and discussed his incredibly prolific TV movie career, why he hasn’t taken a part as a series regular in years, and what he thinks of Hollywood’s caped-crusader craze. Check out our interview with Superman and a clip from tonight’s A Mile in His Shoes after the break. READ FULL STORY

'Big Time Rush' First Look: Snoop Dogg brings some holiday cheer to the Nickelodeon show

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Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush — the comedy about a budding boy band that had the most-watched premiere with viewers (6.8 million) in the cable net’s history — hopes to ring in the holidays with a special visit from Snoop Dogg. EW obtained this first look  of the rapper, who performs the original song “Let’s Stay In Our PJs (All Christmas Long)”  in the one-hour movie “Big Time Christmas” that’ll air Dec. 4. It will also feature guest appearances by Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) and Fabio as himself.

Big Time Rush recorded a solo version of “All I Want for Christmas is You” that’ll be available exclusively on iTunes beginning Nov. 30. The group’s debut album recently entered the Billboard Top 200 at No. 2 and has sold more than 113,000 units. They’ve also sold more than one million combined digital tracks to date.

Exclusive: Look what Santa Claus brought me!

Clearly, I was a very good boy this year.

Follow me on Twitter to see more highlights from my ’09 Christmas haul.

First Look: My 2009 Christmas Wish List!

As a wise man once said, Christmas is about receiving not giving. It’s in that spirit that I present you with my ’09 wish list, reprinted below with permission from the Bearded Fat One. READ FULL STORY

Exclusive first look: My 2009 holiday card!

santa-card_l[1]They say the holiday season is for caring, sharing and giving. I say it’s all about impressing my friends, relatives and anonymous moles with a kick-ass (and custom-made) holiday card. And if I do say so myself, this year I’ve outdone myself. Proceed after the jump to see the inside greeting that accompanies the front of the card (above) and to get details on how you can obtain one yourself. See, I am a giver! (WARNING: Stop reading if you’re under the age 12 or have led an exceedingly sheltered life.) READ FULL STORY


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