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The season for holiday TV programming is here – Mansfield News Journal

When the Thanksgiving Day parade begins, one thing will be clear: TV’s Christmas season has begun. Yes, some cable channels have slipped in some new movies early. They’re like that. But now the rush begins.
In the four-day weekend (Nov. 24-27), the Christmas line-up includes at least 20 new cable or streaming movies … three new music specials … one new cartoon special, plus eight classics (including “Grinch” and “Frosty”) … and a few classic big-screen movies, including “Wizard of Oz” (twice), “Polar Express” (twice) and all-day marathons of “Elf” and “Christmas Vacation.”
And all of that is before the Freeform channel starts its annual “25 Days of Christmas” rush.
The holiday blitz has been propelled by Hallmark, Lifetime, Freeform and another family-friendly cable channel, UpTV. Lately, however, there have been three trends:
Here’s the lineup. It skips most regular-length Christmas episodes of series. It also skips reruns of cable movies (which are omnipresent), but does include reruns of classic cartoons and movies. All of this is subject to change … mostly with more and more being added.
One debuts at 8 p.m. daily, from Thanksgiving through Dec. 18, with some of the better-known stars in the first week. A sampling includes:
The Thanksgiving weekend is packed, with debuts at 8 p.m., Nov. 24, then 6 and 8 p.m. daily, Nov. 25-27. After that, there are 8 p.m. ones on Dec. 2-4, 8-11 and 16-18. Some of the key ones:
These are at 10 p.m. Saturdays, finishing off a double-feature for channel-switchers:
There are Christmas movies all day, with 10 new ones over the next four weekends. GAF has its best-known stars in the first films; highlights, all at 8 p.m., include:
Various versions star:


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