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Mark Hamill gets to be the bad dad in 'Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas'

What is it with Mark Hamill and daddy issues?

Tonight, NBC airs the new animated holiday special Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas (8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT) which gives the Star Wars actor a turn at playing the surly father redeemed by his kind-hearted son.

But instead of Luke saving Darth Vader from the dark side, this is Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons as an overgrown elf saving his cranky dad (Hamill) from Santa’s naughty list.

“I’m sort of the Scrooge of the story, who has a big change of heart,” Hamill tells EW. “I thought Jim Parsons did such a great job, he’s so lovable in that part. You had to get somebody who could portray that kind of clueless innocence and without the right Buddy the whole thing falls apart. Luckily for us we had a great Buddy.”

The hour-long special is a stop-motion mash-up of the 2003 film Elf, which starred Will Ferrell and James Caan, and the 2010 Broadway musical, which featured songs by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin.

Hamill talked with EW about voicing the cranky dad, his own yuletide TV favorites, and that one Star Wars Holiday Special that everyone involved pretends doesn’t exist. READ FULL STORY

Tom Hanks, Tim Allen reprise roles in 'Toy Story' ABC holiday special

The toys are returning for another go-around on television.

ABC announced that they will be airing Pixar Animation Studios’ second Toy Story television special, Toy Story That Time Forgot, following up on the last special, Toy Story of Terror!, which aired in Oct. 2013.  This time, the Toy Story gang gather after a post-Christmas play date and find themselves facing off against a group of action figures who turn out to be “dangerously delusional.” The gang will need the help of Trixie the triceratops if they ever hope to go back to Bonnie’s room.

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen will reprise their roles as Woody and Buzz Lightyear, along with Kristen Schaal as Trixie, Kevin McKidd as Reptillus Maximus, Wallace Shawn as Rex, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, and Joan Cusack as Jessie.

Toy Story That Time Forgot premieres Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Fox is putting 'The Following' season 1 online in time for holiday binge

‘Tis the season for television’s mid-season hiatus, which means viewers are left without new episodes of their favorite shows for weeks at a time. However, Fox is taking advantage of that downtime with a “Holiday Binge.”

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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.
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John Rich and Wayne Brady 'Save a Horse' for holiday special -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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For his upcoming holiday special Rich At Night on the TV Guide Network, country superstar John Rich got some of his friends and fans to celebrate with him Nashville style. Filmed at Mount Richmore, the singer’s home in Tennessee, the 90-minute show will feature live performances, celebrity interviews, surprise guests, and lots of audience interaction. Co-hosted by Sophie Monk, the special will include appearances by Wynonna Judd, Kix Brooks, Gretchen Wilson, John Ratzenberger, Wayne Brady, Gilbert Gottfried, and more.

Watch this exclusive clip below of Rich and Brady performing the Big & Rich hit “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” (with a special guest) and check out an exclusive clip of Judd’s performaning “What it Takes”.
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'Rich At Night' special to celebrate the holidays Nashville style -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Country music star John Rich is bringing the holidays home to Nashville for the new TV Guide Network special Rich At Night. Airing on Nov. 25 at 8p.m. ET and playing throughout the Thanksgiving week, the 90-minute show will feature live performances, celebrity interviews, surprise guests, and lots of audience interaction.

Rich, half of the country duo Big & Rich, is no stranger to television; he won The Celebrity Apprentice in 2011 and has served as a judge on Nashville Star. Filmed on location in Rich’s Nashville home, known as “Mount Richmore,” and co-hosted by Sophie Monk, the special will include appearances by Wynonna Judd, Kix Brooks, Gretchen Wilson, John Ratzenberger, Wayne Brady, Gilbert Gottfried and more.

Below, check out an exclusive clip of Judd belting out “What it Takes” from the special.

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Lady Gaga teams up with her littlest monsters, the Muppets, for another holiday spectacular

Mother Monster is teaming up with some other Little Monsters for Lady Gaga and the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular!, a 90-minute special on ABC, airing Nov. 28 from 9:30 to 11 p.m. ET. Thanksgiving must be Gaga’s favorite holiday, as she also hosted A Very Gaga Thanksgiving on ABC in 2011.

Gaga — whose ARTPOP album arrives Nov. 11 — is a veteran groupie of the Muppet gang too, taking Kermit as her date to the 2009 VMAs, featuring Jim Henson creations on her Monster Ball Tour and, of course, there was the time she wore Kermit as a cape.

The holiday spectacular will also include Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and RuPaul, along with a guest appearance from Kristen Bell. Miss Piggy must have really pulled some strings!

What do you think? Will you be sharing your Turkey Day with Lady Gaga and Kermit?

A look back on Dick Clark's best New Year's Eve moments -- VIDEOS

In honor of the amazing life and career and Dick Clark, this year ABC will air a two-hour countdown of the late “New Years Rockin’ Eve” host’s greatest moments, to be hosted by Fergie in Los Angeles and Jenny McCarthy in Times Square. The special (Dec. 31 from 8-10 p.m. ET) will celebrate clips from American Bandstand as well as many of Clark’s memorable New Year’s Eve countdowns. At 10 ET, Ryan Seacrest will join the hosts for a special appearance in honor of Clark.

We’ve got two exclusive clips from the pre-Seacrest two-hour special, below… READ FULL STORY

EW's Christmas day TV marathon guide: Our top six picks

Image Credit: BBC Worldwide

Image Credit: BBC Worldwide

Well, the bread has been broken, the wine has been spilled, and the gifts have been exchanged, so now what? It’s time for a full day of TV marathons! You still have the option of watching Christmas specials so we’ll tell you what’s available for your viewing pleasure, but for those of you interested in some non-festive programming, here are our top six picks. READ FULL STORY

The gift that keeps on giving: EW's Christmas Eve TV marathon guide

Image Credit: TBS

Image Credit: TBS

This holiday season, we’re presenting you with the gift that keeps on giving… a guide to Christmas Eve TV marathons. From TBS’ annual 24-hour A Christmas Story marathon (this year marks the marathon’s 15th anniversary) to Bravo’s 11 hours of The Real Housewives of Orange County (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), there’s something out there for holiday purists and holiday Grinches alike.

High Holiday
In addition to TBS’ 24-hour Christmas Story fest, starting at 8 p.m., AMC has lined up a full day of holiday programming from 9:15 a.m. to tomorrow at 2 a.m. With specials including All I Want for Christmas, A Christmas Carol, and Miracle on 34th Street, you’ll be able to fulfill your yuletide quota in a single sitting. Over at ABC Family — a.k.a. Christmas central — The Santa Clause trilogy starring Tim Allen will be broadcast from 3 to 9 p.m. The only thing the films are missing is a sage advice-doling, wisecracking neighbor. Allen’s character Scott Calvin could have really used a Wilson during the man-to-Santa transition period.

Odd Jobs
On your long-deserved day off, it’s only fitting that you watch reality shows about unconventional jobs. If you’re in the mood for “Chinese turkey,” join the duck party on A&E. Catch up on Duck Dynastythe network’s most popular show — with this mini-marathon from 8 p.m. to tomorrow at 4 a.m. The wealthy Christian family of Louisiana woodworkers are akin to the holy family, after all. It may be too early to get drunk, but you can live vicariously through your favorite Moonshiners on Discovery from 9 a.m. to tomorrow at 3 a.m. To prepare yourself to receive that rare antique gift tomorrow, watch 20 hours worth of History’s Pawn Stars (beginning at 8 a.m.), about your favorite 24-hour pawn shop. If these jobs aren’t quirky enough for your taste, TLC is offering a 13-hour marathon (from 2 p.m. to 3 a.m.) of Long Island Medium. The special also includes a catch-up session with past clients, an audience Q&A, and new footage from past episodes. Okay, so a pastry chef isn’t an odd job, but Cake Boss will be a treat in between the Southern booze and blues. Watch Buddy and the crew whip up delicious concoctions from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on TLC.

Police Procedurals
For a full day of maniacal merriment, flip to TNT for The Mentalist from 12 to 8 p.m. or USA for NCIS from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s a tough call between these two crime procedurals so you have to ask yourself, “Am I in the mood for Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) or Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly)?” Both tough, steely men are softies at heart, so you can’t go wrong.

Our Picks
For the game lover: After a Minute to Win It marathon from 8 a.m. to  6 p.m., GSN will air six straight hours of Family Feud. What better way to bond with your brood over the holidays than by watching other families make fools of themselves on national TV? You’ll more intelligent after an hour of programming.

For the science fiction lover: Science’s Firefly spree from 7 a.m. to tomorrow at 2 a.m. is the way to go. Make sure to have a pen and paper handy to jot down some of those Chinese profanities.

For the sitcom lover: Sure, she may have recently gone nuts, but Roseanne Barr was historical in Roseanne. Catch the Conners on WE from 10 a.m. to tomorrow at 5:30 a.m.

For the history buff: Before watching Quentin Tarantino’s revenge fantasy/slave drama Django Unchained (in theaters Christmas day), check out the miniseries Roots on BET from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. for a more historically-accurate take.

For the voyeurs: If watching people squirm is your pastime, then Undercover Boss (11 a.m. to tomorrow at 2 a.m. on DFH) is the TV marathon for you. You might want to keep it to a minimum though or you’ll be paranoid all day at work come Dec. 26.

Read more:
‘Rudolph,’ ‘Charlie Brown,’ and ‘The Grinch': Will the great American trilogy of Christmas specials work on a newcomer?
EW’s Holiday Playlist — Christmas Cheers and Tears: Stream it here
12 must-see holiday TV specials: Your viewing guide for the season

12 must-see holiday TV specials: Your viewing guide for the season

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What’s the official mark of the beginning of the holiday season? Nope, it’s not the sound of “Jingle Bells” on the radio or the sight of wreaths and twinkle lights on storefronts, but holiday specials on the tube. From classic movies like It’s a Wonderful Life to Wednesday’s Saturday Night Live Christmas show, the programming options are endless. So whip out that eggnog-flavored popcorn (did we just invent that?) and enjoy the festivities.

Here are our picks for the 12 specials you won’t want to miss (check the schedule on the following pages for additional showtimes): READ FULL STORY

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