'Tis The Season For CBS Holiday Specials!
 CBS ends the year on a high note with the Thanksgiving Day Parade On CBS, Rudolph, I Love Lucy, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and much more.
Posted on Nov 30, 2017 02:30pm

CBS viewers know to expect some big evenings filled with joy during the holidays, and 2017 was no exception!

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CBS continued its merry tradition as your destination for special events, kicking off the season with The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, the I Love Lucy Christmas Special, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special, which reunited Burnett with original cast members Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner, costume designer Bob Mackie, and more!

This year, viewers were also treated to variety of musical and performance specials like the Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo, GRAMMYS® Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special, and the 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, which celebrated Carmen de Lavallade, Gloria Estefan, LL COOL J, Norman Lear, and Lionel Richie.

Here's a look back at what aired in 2017:


The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS
9:00 AM-Noon ET (live) ; 8:00-11:00 AM CT (live) ; 7:00 AM-10:00 AM MT (live); 9:00 AM-Noon PT (delayed)
A CBS Thanksgiving tradition in its 57th year, the special, to be anchored by Entertainment Tonight host Kevin Frazier and correspondent Keltie Knight, will feature portions of the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade live from New York City. Performers during the parade will include GRAMMY Award nominated recording artist Kelsea Ballerini and the casts of the Broadway hit musicals Come From Away and Waitress, featuring GRAMMY Award winner Jason Mraz.


Frosty the Snowman
Frosty, that "jolly, happy soul" whose old silk hat full of magic has turned him into a musical Christmas legend, once again demonstrates his unique showmanship. Narrated by Jimmy Durante, the special also includes the voices of Jackie Vernon (as Frosty) and Billy De Wolfe (as Professor Hinkle).

Frosty Returns
The magic still in his old silk hat, the holiday season's perennially popular original dancing snowman continues his adventure and skates on the edge of danger. Jonathan Winters is the narrator with John Goodman as the voice of Frosty.

GRAMMYS Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special
In this special, CBS, The Recording Academy® and AEG Ehrlich Ventures celebrate epic moments from the past 59 years of GRAMMY history. This first all-encompassing retrospective will feature rare archival footage, exclusive interviews and special appearances by multi-GRAMMY Award winners Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Dave Grohl, Elton John, Bruno Mars, Chris Martin, Paul McCartney, Ed Sheeran, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, U2, and Keith Urban, among others. The special will also take viewers behind the scenes of "Music’s Biggest Night®," revealing secrets about the remarkable performances and unique "GRAMMY Moments" only seen on the GRAMMY Awards.


Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire
In this animated special, Robbie (voiced by Ben Stiller) must train to compete in the Reindeer Races to become a part of the sleigh team for Santa (voiced by Jim Belushi).

Robbie the Reindeer: Legend of the Lost Tribe
In the second of the two specials, Robbie battles Blitzen (voiced by Hugh Grant) in an effort to stop his nemesis' launch of a reindeer theme park. Britney Spears, James Woods, Leah Remini and Jerry Stiller are among the additional stars to lend their voices.

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The Story of Santa Claus
This animated musical holiday special revolves around a gentle toymaker (voiced by Ed Asner) whose only wish is to deliver a toy to every child on Christmas. The voices of Betty White and Tim Curry are also featured.

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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Narrated by Burl Ives, who is also heard as the voice of Sam the Snowman, this favorite is a music story based on the popular song of the same name by Johnny Marks. It recounts the tale of a shy reindeer whose Christmas spirit is dampened because his shiny nose has made him the laughing stock of all of Christmasville.

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Filmed in Shanghai, China for the first time, the all-star line-up of Victoria's Secret Angels will include returning favorites Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell, and Taylor Hill, as well as new faces. Merging fashion, fantasy, and entertainment, the lingerie runway show will include pink carpet interviews, model profiles, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show, and musical performances that will be announced at a later date.

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Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo
CBS and Atlantic Records have partnered with multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, director, musician and two-time Super Bowl Halftime performer Bruno Mars to premiere his first primetime television special, which was taped at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City. Mars kicks off the electrifying special in spectacular style with an epic performance atop the Apollo’s landmark marquee. Also, Mars and his band the Hooligans take to the streets, visiting, singing, and entertaining locals in exciting, intimate, must-see moments.

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The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special
CBS celebrates the 50th anniversary of Carol Burnett's classic, award-winning comedy series The Carol Burnett Show, which premiered on Sept. 11, 1967. In this special, filmed on the show's original soundstage (Stage 33 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles), Burnett reminisces about her favorite sketches, Q&As with the studio audience, guest stars, her memorable wardrobe, and bloopers, as well as the tremendous effect the show continues to have on television today as a true pioneer of sketch comedy. The special will also feature original cast members Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner, costume designer Bob Mackie, as well as comedians, comic actors, and friends, including Jim Carrey, Kristin Chenoweth, Stephen Colbert, Harry Connick Jr., Bill Hader, Jay Leno, Jane Lynch, Bernadette Peters, Maya Rudolph, and Martin Short, who will join Burnett to discuss how the revolutionary series paved the way for them and impacted their careers.

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I Love Lucy Christmas Special
Featuring two back-to-back episodes of the classic series I Love Lucy, the colorized "Christmas Episode" (first presented in black & white on Christmas Eve, 1956) is paired with the newly colorized "The Fashion Show." In this episode (first presented on Feb. 28, 1955), Lucy convinces Ricky to allow her to spend up to $100 on a dress at the fashionable Don Loper Salon in Beverly Hills. However, when an opportunity arises for Lucy to participate in a Loper fashion show featuring glamorous movie star wives, Lucy winds up spending five times that! Lucy hopes that if she gets a mild sunburn, Ricky will feel sorry for her and forgive her for spending so much, though, as always, she goes a bit too far!

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The Dick Van Dyke Show – Now in Living Color!
The two newly colorized back-to-back episodes of this memorable series were selected by series creator Carl Reiner as two of Mary Tyler Moore's best episodes. In "My Blonde-Haired Brunette" (first presented on Oct. 10, 1961 during the series’ first season), Laura dyes her hair blonde when she fears the romance between her and Rob is fading. In "October Eve" (initially presented on April 8, 1964 during Season Three), a painting of Laura returns to haunt her—despite having posed fully clothed, the artist (played by Carl Reiner) took the liberty of "undraping" her.

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Christmas Eve With Fairfield University
This hour-long Christmas special is meant to be a window into the life and spirit of the university’s community, featuring musical performances from the University Glee Club, Professor of Music Brian Torff, an ensemble of jazz musicians, the alumni band Lionfish; and personal reflections on the season from a variety of Fairfield University students, Jesuits and others.


The 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors
Actress, dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, singer-songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan, hip hop artist LL COOL J, television writer and producer Norman Lear, and renowned musician and record producer Lionel Richie will receive honors. CBS has broadcast the special each year since its debut 40 years ago.

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