6 episodes

Christmas TV History is a five-part audio series created in July 2019 Joanna Wilson, author of Tis the Season TV: The Encyclopedia of Christmas-Themed Episodes, Specials & Made-for-TV Movies. The episodes of this podcast include: Beginnings: the context of Christmas on TV, the history of Christmas animation, the history of Christmas TV movies, the history of yuletide variety specials and episodes, and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol adaptations.

After the publication of the second edition of Tis the Season TV (coming in 2020), more installments are possible: the history of sitcom/comedy Christmas episodes, theatrical-release Christmas movies, interesting adaptations of O. Henry’s “Gift of the Magi,” all 20 Rankin/Bass animated Christmas and New Year’s programs and others.

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    • 4.5, 2 Ratings

Christmas TV History is a five-part audio series created in July 2019 Joanna Wilson, author of Tis the Season TV: The Encyclopedia of Christmas-Themed Episodes, Specials & Made-for-TV Movies. The episodes of this podcast include: Beginnings: the context of Christmas on TV, the history of Christmas animation, the history of Christmas TV movies, the history of yuletide variety specials and episodes, and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol adaptations.

After the publication of the second edition of Tis the Season TV (coming in 2020), more installments are possible: the history of sitcom/comedy Christmas episodes, theatrical-release Christmas movies, interesting adaptations of O. Henry’s “Gift of the Magi,” all 20 Rankin/Bass animated Christmas and New Year’s programs and others.

    Yesterday USA Radio Saturday Night Show with Walden and Patricia

    Yesterday USA Radio Saturday Night Show with Walden and Patricia

    A conversation about Christmas TV and Movies on the internet radio show Yesterday USA, with Walden and Patricia hosting and guest, author Joanna Wilson. Originally broadcast 12/21/19.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Christmas TV History, episode 3: Made-for-TV Movies

    Christmas TV History, episode 3: Made-for-TV Movies

    "The first TV movies were also just as likely to be adapted from literature, short stories, and successful stage plays, as they were original works for TV. Many of the familiar writers, producers, directors, and actors from dramatic anthologies continued their careers into TV movies. Young actors on their way up in the industry as well as older actors looking to extend their careers turned to TV—and TV movies—as a way to work their craft. And, the best of the early TV movies continued to tell small, internal stories—with close-up shots of characters faces."

    In this 30-minute podcast, author Joanna Wilson explores the history of Christmas made-for-tv movies from the earliest dramatic anthologies, to what is arguably the first made-for-tv Christmas movie—1964's Carol for Another Christmas (written by Rod Serling)—through the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s to today's made-for-tv Christmas movies, which are numerous and spearheaded by Hallmark's prolific yearly output.

    Joanna Wilson is the author of Tis the Season TV: the Encyclopedia of Christmas-themed Episodes, Specials and Made-for-TV Movies. She has been researching AND writing about Christmas on TV for nearly 20 years. Wilson is finalizing the updated, 2nd edition of the encyclopedia which will come out next year in 2020. She is the author of Triple Dog Dare: Watching & Surviving the 24-Hour Marathon of A
    Christmas Story, The Christmas TV Companion, and Merry Musical Christmas: Vol. 1: The Best Musical Performances in Sitcoms and Dramas. Her books are available at ChristmasTVHistory.com

    • 29 min
    Christmas TV History, episode 4: Variety

    Christmas TV History, episode 4: Variety

    For many viewers, Christmas on TV means watching a favorite singer perform a nostalgic yuletide carol, a group of dancers expressing their joy of the Christmas season, and a comedian poking fun at our holiday foilbles. VARIETY on TV has a long, rich history on television with Christmas variety episodes and specials being some of the best entertainment.

    In this 26-minute podcast, author Joanna Wilson explores the history of Christmas-themed TV variety shows and specials. Wilson covers the prolific output of Christmas variety shows and specials from performers Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Perry Como and Andy Williams, along with variety from other Hollywood and music luminaries. She includes discussion of long-running musical variety specials, such as Christmas in Rockefeller Center, as well as episodes of regular TV series that put on a "variety show within a show" for Christmas episodes, such as the Dick Van Dyke Show and Laverne and Shirley. Wilson also discusses the most recent variety specials, illuminating the tongue-in-cheek productions as well as the earnest creations.

    Joanna Wilson is the author of Tis the Season TV: the Encyclopedia of Christmas-themed Episodes, Specials and Made-for-TV Movies. She has been researching AND writing about Christmas on TV for nearly 20 years. Wilson is finalizing the updated, 2nd edition of the encyclopedia which will come out next year in 2020. She is the author of Triple Dog Dare: Watching & Surviving the 24-Hour Marathon of A Christmas Story, The Christmas TV Companion, and Merry Musical Christmas: Vol. 1: The Best Musical Performances in Sitcoms and Dramas. Her books are available at ChristmasTVHistory.com
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    • 26 min
    Christmas TV History, episode 5: A Christmas Carol

    Christmas TV History, episode 5: A Christmas Carol

    TV adaptations of Charles Dickens' classic story A Christmas Carol are as old as TV itself. In this 35-minute podcast, author Joanna Wilson surveys the most noteworthy Christmas Carol adaptations from the earliest days of TV through today. Wilson's commentary includes productions that have been more experimental, such as Carol for Another Christmas (1964), written by Rod Serling, as well as more faithful adaptations, such as A Christmas Carol (1984), starring George C. Scott. The author also delves into comedic versions of the story, as well as adaptations for half-hour sitcoms, animation, and made-for-TV-movies.

    Joanna Wilson is the author of Tis the Season TV: the Encyclopedia of Christmas-themed Episodes, Specials and Made-for-TV Movies. She has been researching AND writing about Christmas on TV for nearly 20 years. Wilson is finalizing the updated, 2nd edition of the encyclopedia which will come out next year in 2020. She is the author of Triple Dog Dare: Watching & Surviving the 24-Hour Marathon of A Christmas Story, The Christmas TV Companion, and Merry Musical Christmas: Vol. 1: The Best Musical Performances in Sitcoms and Dramas. Her books are available at ChristmasTVHistory.com
    in the medium.

    • 34 min
    Christmas TV History, episode 2: Animation

    Christmas TV History, episode 2: Animation

    "In 2018, Rudolph [the Red-Nosed Reindeer] airing on CBS beat the competition airing against it in the valuable demographic of 25-54-year-olds, and attracting 8.14 million viewers. Not bad for a TV special airing every year for the past 54 years. There’s really nothing else on TV to compare that kind of success to…"

    In this 33-minute podcast, author Joanna Wilson explores the history of Christmas TV Animation, from the earliest examples, to the golden age of Christmas TV Animation (Charlie Brown Christmas, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph and others), to the animated Christmas specials and TV episodes that were created in the 1970s, 80s, 90s, and the 2000s through today.

    Joanna Wilson is the author of Tis the Season TV: the Encyclopedia of Christmas-themed Episodes, Specials and Made-for-TV Movies. She has been researching AND writing about Christmas on TV for nearly 20 years. Wilson is finalizing the updated, 2nd edition of the encyclopedia which will come out next year in 2020. She is the author of Triple Dog Dare: Watching & Surviving the 24-Hour Marathon of A
    Christmas Story, The Christmas TV Companion, and Merry Musical Christmas: Vol. 1: The Best Musical Performances in Sitcoms and Dramas. Her books are available at ChristmasTVHistory.com

    • 33 min
    Christmas TV History, episode 1: Beginnings

    Christmas TV History, episode 1: Beginnings

    This 13-minute podcast provides the context to a five-part audio series on Christmas TV History, created by author Joanna Wilson in July 2019. The five installments are Beginnings, and ones on Christmas animation, the history of Christmas TV movies, yuletide variety specials and episodes, and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol adaptations.

    "…we seem to consume holiday entertainment differently than we
    do other programs. We return to watch the same Christmas animated specials every year—whether it's Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer or A Charlie Brown Christmas (or another). These TV specials are annual traditions for millions of folks—and have been for more than 50 years. We may watch The World Series every year or the Washington DC 4th of July concert celebration—but those two specials are DIFFERENT every year, and we don’t watch the same broadcasts of them over and over—like we do with so much Christmas entertainment."

    Joanna Wilson is the author of Tis the Season TV: the Encyclopedia of Christmas-themed Episodes, Specials and Made-for-TV Movies. She has been researching AND writing about Christmas on TV for nearly 20 years. Wilson is finalizing the updated, 2nd edition of the encyclopedia which will come out next year in 2020. She is the author of Triple Dog Dare: Watching & Surviving the 24-Hour Marathon of A
    Christmas Story, The Christmas TV Companion, and Merry Musical Christmas: Vol. 1: The Best Musical Performances in Sitcoms and Dramas. Her books are available at ChristmasTVHistory.com

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

JasonM71 ,

One of the best pop culture podcasts of all time!

Joanna Wilson is the world's foremost expert on Christmas movies, specials and TV episodes. Every fan of holiday TV will love this podcast and should also check out the host's books on the subject.
Highly recommended

jaschmid6 ,

Fun

Not the best podcast I listen to, but a lot of fun facts. She repeats herself in a few of the episodes, and she isn’t a great story teller.

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