Santa Claus follows in Frosty's footprints

Today's TV

December 12, 1997

In addition, descriptions of tonight's "Pretender" episodes (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11), as well as the special "Santa vs. the Snowman" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2), were mistakenly included in yesterday's Today's TV column.

The Sun regrets the error.

It's all Christmas tonight in prime time on CBS.

After "Frosty the Snowman" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) makes his annual appearance (Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe and Jimmy Durante provide the vocal talent), he takes that part about being back again next year very seriously: the 1995 sequel "Frosty Returns" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m.) is up next. Then at 9 p.m., it's "The Story of Santa Claus," an animated musical special that debuted last year.

Finally, in a switch to live action at 10 p.m., Kathie Lee Gifford is host of "We Need a Little Christmas," her fourth annual holiday special. She wraps her voice around holiday favorites such as "White Christmas" in Bristol, Conn. Kenny Rogers ("Til the Season Comes Round Again"), Michael W. Smith ("Emmanuel") and CeCe Winans ("O Holy Night") are the guests.


At a glance

"The Pretender" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Two episodes will be shown tonight; the first is a repeat of last year's Christmas episode. In the second, the plot involves a kidnapping by a powerful businessman who may have been helped by the Centre. Stars Michael T. Weiss. NBC.

"Santa vs. the Snowman" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) '' -- Hey, we thought they were both good guys. But it's only a comic feud, with the Snowman trying to take over Santa's job. Voices for the new computer-animated special are provided by Jonathan Winters, Ben Stein and Victoria Jackson. ABC.

"Homicide: Life On the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Gharty and Ballard (Peter Gerety and Callie Thorne) investigate an AIDS patient who may have murdered the guy who infected her, while Munch (Richard Belzer) has an encounter with his ex-wife. NBC.


"The Story of Magic" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-3 a.m., A&E) -- Part 1 of 2. "Centuries of Deception." Archival materials, interviews and artifacts tell the story of great magicians through the ages. Magic has been traced to ancient Egypt. Host is Ricky Jay. Part 2, "Mystery in America," covering Houdini and modern stars such as Doug Henning and David Copperfield, is slated for tomorrow, 10 p.m.-midnight.

"Skating Romance III: Love Is In the Air" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., USA) -- Top skaters, led by Brian Boitano and Michelle Kwan, gather for an exhibition that includes new routines directed and choreographed by Boitano.

"The Chris Rock Show" (11: 30 p.m.-midnight, HBO) -- The high-profile comic completes another successful season of chit-chat and music.

"The Rolling Stones in Concert" (10 p.m.-when it's over, Pay-Per-View) -- For those who couldn't get tickets to their Washington concert, Mick and the boys pump it out live from St. Louis.

Pub Date: 12/12/97

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