Christmas specials galore and more

December 25, 1993|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

How is TV ever going to fill 500 channels? Well, looking at today's TV schedules gives me one idea. Why not take all the Christmas specials ever made, and run them seven days a week, 12 months a year, to prolong the holiday spirit? All Christmas, all the time. I can see it now: The Christmas Channel. It would be rated X-mas, and its slogan would be "Try it, Yule like it." And you can see it now, too -- or a taste of it, based on these random samples from today's Christmas Day offerings. Be warned, however: Overindulging in these treats could lead to a painful case of Claus-trophobia.

* "The Walt Disney World Christmas Parade" (10 a.m.-noon, WJZ, Channel 13) -- Joan Lunden and Regis Philbin are the hosts of this year's parade, which gives them, and at least one costumed character, a perfect excuse to act Goofy. ABC.

* "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus" (8-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Unfortunately, there no longer is a New York Sun, the paper in which this famous 1897 editorial was printed. Perhaps this is what Elton John was lamenting when he sang "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me." Ed Asner stars. ABC.


* "A Child's Christmas in Wales" (noon-1 p.m., DIS) -- No, this has nothing to do with Pinocchio. Wales is a place, not a possessive mammal, and Denholm Elliott stars as the nostalgic teller of this version of the famous Dylan Thomas poem.

* "Christmas at Eureeka's Castle" (2-2:30 p.m., NIK) -- And if, at that castle, they serve a turkey stuffed with 40 cloves of garlic (believe it or not, an actual, and very good, holiday recipe), the guests will be able afterward to exclaim to one another, "Eureeka garlic!"

* "The Elf Who Saved Christmas" (6-6:30 p.m., USA) -- And yet, even after he did that wonderful good deed, there were those who said he was elfish.

* "The Daughter of Santa Claus" (10-10:30 p.m., DIS) -- This Discovery Channel documentary is all about a woman in Finland who trains and raises reindeer to compete in annual (ground-based) races.

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