This week’s Christmas programs feature Matthew Morrison (of Glee), Chris Mann and Andy Williams.
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 8:00 p.m. on WV PBS
Matthew Morrison: A Classic Christmas Live from the Bushnell -- The Emmy®, Tony® and Golden Globe®-nominated star serenades viewers with a set of classic Christmas songs and a collection of standards, many first made famous in Broadway musicals. Morrison brings a fresh sound to cherished Christmas classics including “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “O Holy Night” along with re-envisioned versions of standards, including “The Lady Is a Tramp” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing.”
This program also airs on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 1:00 p.m. on WV PBS.
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 9:30 p.m. on WV PBS.2 (where available)
Great Performances: Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas Baby -- Legendary rocker Rod Stewart’s first solo holiday special, with songs produced by “Hitman” David Foster, features 13 classic songs, ranging from “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to “Auld Lang Syne,” and including duets with Michael Bublé (“Winter Wonderland”), Cee-Lo Green (“Merry Christmas, Baby”), Mary J. Blige (“We Three Kings”) and even Ella Fitzgerald (“What Are You Doing on New Year’s Eve?”).
Monday, Dec. 9 at 9:00 p.m. on WV PBS.2 (where available)
Counting on Birds -- How did a Christmas-time tradition of shooting birds change to one of counting them? Willem Lange travels to Keene & Errol, NH, Ecuador and Cuba to meet people dedicated to the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count
Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 8:00 p.m. on WV PBS
Home for Christmas: The Chris Mann Special -- Unwrap this special holiday treat from extraordinary vocalist Chris Mann. Joined by country icon Martina McBride and saxophone star Mindy Abair, Mann brings new life to Christmas classics including “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “O Holy Night” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”
This program also airs on Thursday, Dec. 12 at midnight on WV PBS.
Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8:00 p.m. on WV PBS
Happy Holidays: The Best of Andy Williams Christmas Shows -- features classic clips from Andy Williams’ Christmas specials. Filling homes with seasonal cheer, the specials became a cherished holiday family tradition. The digitally re-mastered production numbers are complete with magnificent sets and costumes and a cast of singers, dancers and skaters. Quintessential moments include Williams’ solos on “Silent Night” and “Ave Maria,” as well as performances with his brothers on “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and with the Osmonds on “Silver Bells.” Interviews with Williams, his son Bobby and Donny Osmond are interwoven with the show clips.
This program also airs on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2:00 a.m. on WV PBS.
Saturday, Dec. 14 on WV PBS.2 (where available)
7:00 p.m. – Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas -- Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There's only one dilemma - neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present!
8:00 p.m. – Christmas in Alsace with Chef Hubert Keller -- It’s a Christmas celebration with star chef Hubert Keller who is taking viewers on a special culinary journey to his homeland of Alsace. Visit the area’s famed Christmas markets and its top culinary hotspots. Highlights include: A tour through the beautiful village where Chef Keller grew up and its medieval Christmas market; Stops at Chef Keller’s favorite cheese store and restaurant, plus an Alsatian winery; A finale at a spectacular Christmas dinner attended by Chef Keller’s family and friends.
Children’s Holiday Programs This Week on WV PBS
Monday at 4:00 p.m. – Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. – Arthur’s Perfect Christmas
Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. – Elmo’s Christmas Countdown
Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood “Snowflake Day”
Friday at 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. – The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
Saturday at 7:00 a.m. – Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas