Disney Channel’s weekend premieres tops best week; ABC Family releases 25 days of Christmas schedule; The Little Mermaid and The Croods top DVD and Blu-Ray top 10 list

 

 

Welcome to the holiday sneak peek edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!

 

Another win for the mouse as last weekend’s premieres managed to top the rating list yet again. With high marks made, Disney Channel should retain another weekend win should the next ratings report come out next week. Here’s the info on how the mouse enjoyed the weekend party:

 

For the week of October 7, 2013, powered by Friday’s and Sunday’s ‘Night of Premieres,’ Disney Channel stood as TV’s #1 network in Total Day for the 122nd straight week among Kids 6-11 (537,000/2.3 rating) and Tweens 9-14 (493,000/2.0 rating), approaching two-and-a-half years at #1 in the target measures (dates back to week of 6/13/11).

Disney Channel more than doubled Nickelodeon for the second week in a row in Tweens 9-14 (+112% – 493,000 vs. 233,000). The Channel also out-delivered Nickelodeon by double digits for nearly 2 years, or for 101 straight weeks, in Kids 6-11 (+46% – 537,000 vs. 369,000).

In Prime, Disney Channel stood as cable TV’s #1 network for the 439th week in a row among Kids 6-11 (861,000/3.6 rating – 8+ years) and 176th in Tweens 9-14 (786,000/3.3 rating – 3+ years).
•Sunday’s all new “Good Luck Charlie” hit a near 3-month high in Kids 6-11 (1.41 million/5.9 rating) and Tweens 9-14 (1.29 million/5.4 rating) – since 7/28/13 – while lead out “Liv and Maddie” delivered its #2 telecast on record in its regular time period in Tweens 9-14 (1.36 million/5.6 rating).
•Disney Channel delivered the week’s Top 5 TV telecasts in Kids 2-11, Top 14 TV telecasts in Kids 6-11 (Top 5 below) and Top 2 TV telecasts in Tweens (Top 55 of 60):

 

24-Hour Disney Junior Channel

The 24-hour Disney Junior channel ranked as TV’s #1 preschool-committed network in Total Day for the 28th straight week with Kids 2-5 (205,000/1.3 rating) and Boys 2-5 (94,000/1.2 rating) – every week since reporting public ratings on 4/1/13 – for the 11th consecutive week in Girls 2-5 (111,000/1.5 rating) and for the 27th time in the prior 28 weeks in Total Viewers (422,000). Notably, this week qualified as the channel’s 3rd-most-watched week ever in Girls 2-5.
•Disney Junior channel topped Nick Jr. for the 28th week running in Kids 2-5 (+22% – 205,000 vs. 168,000) and Boys 2-5 (+11% – 94,000 vs. 85,000), for the 11th straight week in Girls 2-5 (+34% – 111,000 vs. 83,000) and for the 27th time in the prior 28 weeks in Total Viewers (+22% – 422,000 vs. 347,000), regardless of being in 14.0 million fewer homes.
•Disney Junior channel towered over Sprout by triple digits for the 28th successive week across all core demos: Total Viewers (+156% – 422,000 vs. 165,000), Kids 2-5 (+181% – 205,000 vs. 73,000) and Boys 2-5 (+141% – 94,000 vs. 39,000), and by at least double digits for the 28th consecutive week in Girls 2-5 (+226% – 111,000 vs. 34,000).

 

Last year’s holiday coverage was the best ever thanks to ABC Family’s 25 days of Christmas. This week, the network sneaked in some new classics, original holiday movies, and of course some returning engaging specials. Any new ones this year April?

 

April Bluefish (via Nick and More)-  ABC Family’s annual “25 Days of Christmas,” cable’s biggest programming event of the year, will return with 25 continuous days of holiday-themed entertainment for the whole family. From December 1–25, viewers can ring in the holidays with original movies, holiday specials and returning favorites.

This year, “25 Days of Christmas” will feature the world premiere of the ABC Family original movie, “Holidaze,” starring Jennie Garth (“Beverly Hills, 90210”) and Cameron Mathison (“All My Children”). Premiering Sunday, December 8 (8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT), “Holidaze” follows Mel (Garth), a high-powered executive who is sent back to her hometown to convince its residents to allow her company to build a new discount store. The townspeople—led by Mel’s former fiancé Carter (Mathison)—are vehemently opposed to it. Desperate to get out of town and back to her “real” life, Mel takes a spill and wakes up in an alternate universe where she never left home and is married to Carter. Once determined to leave her small town life behind, Melody must make sense of her new life and decide if you truly can go home again.

The celebrations continue with the holiday-themed premieres of ABC Family’s hit comedies, “Melissa & Joey” and “Baby Daddy,” airing Wednesday, December 11 (8:00–9:00 PM ET/PT).

Making their ABC Family debuts this month are “Deck the Halls” on Wednesday, December 4 (10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT), “Winnie the Pooh” on Saturday, December 14 (8:00–9:30 AM ET/PT) and “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” on Saturday, December 14 (8:00–9:45 PM ET/PT; Encore Presentation 9:45–11:30 PM ET/PT).

A new generation of viewers can enjoy the Rankin Bass holiday classics, such as “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” Thursday, December 5 (6:00–7:00 PM ET/PT), “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland” Friday, December 6 (6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) and “The Year Without a Santa Claus” Tuesday, December 10 (9:00–10:00 PM ET/PT). Other returning favorites include “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” starting Sunday, December 1 (7:00–9:30 PM ET/PT); “The Santa Clause” films, starting Monday, December 2 (8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT); “Scrooged,” starting Tuesday, December 3 (8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT); “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” starting Tuesday, December 3 (10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT); “The Polar Express” Thursday, starting December 5 (7:00-9:00 PM ET/PT); and “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” starting Thursday, December 5 (9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT).

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS day-by-day programming highlights include*:

Sunday, December 1

(7:00–8:30 AM ET/PT) MICKEY’S ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS

Kelsey Grammer narrates three charming Christmas tales with a Mickey Mouse twist, including the Christmas classic The Gift of the Magi, starring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. (Animated)

(8:30–10:00 AM ET/PT) MICKEY’S TWICE UPON A CHRISTMAS

Mickey and friends return to tell five more tales of holiday spirit and Christmas cheer. (Animated)

(10:00 AM–12:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA BUDDIES

Take a fantastic journey with your beloved Buddies to the magical world of the North Pole! Join Budderball, B-Dawg, Rosebud, Buddha, and Mudbud in a touching twist on a Christmas classic. When Puppy Paws, the feisty son of Santa Paws, forgets the true meaning of the season, it’s up to the Buddies to remind him that Christmas is not about what you get; it’s about what you give. (Live Action)

(12:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) THE FAMILY MAN

Workaholic Jack Campbell (Nicolas Cage) was happy to spend the holidays alone. But after a chance meeting with a mysterious stranger, Jack wakes up on Christmas Day with the family he never realized he always wanted. (Live Action)

(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL

The classic tale of a miserly old man named Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey), who is visited on Christmas Eve by three ghosts who attempt to help him change his life and embrace the holidays. (Animated)

(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS

The Academy Award®-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for the inspiring tale of a young boy and the magical train he boards to the North Pole. Based on the beloved Caldecott Medal children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. (Animated)

(7:00–9:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS

Jim Carrey stars as the title character who tries to ruin Christmas for all the Whos of Whoville in this live-action adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss children’s story. (Live Action)

Encore Presentation (9:30 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT)

Monday, December 2 

(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) WINNIE THE POOH AND CHRISTMAS TOO

In this Christmas classic, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet rush to get Christopher Robin’s letter to Santa before it’s too late. With many obstacles before them, they learn the true meaning of Christmas. (Animated)

(6:30–7:00 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL

Charles Dickens’ famous story is retold with Mickey as Bob Cratchit, Uncle Scrooge as Ebenezer Scrooge, Goofy as Jacob Marley’s ghost and Donald as nephew Fred. (Animated)

(7:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) JACK FROST (1979)

Pardon-Me-Pete the Groundhog tells the story of how Jack Frost briefly became human and helped a knight win his lady love. (Animated)

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE

Tim Allen stars as Scott Calvin, a divorced father whose strained relationship with his son Charlie (Eric Lloyd) begins to mend only after a bizarre twist of fate transforms him into the new Santa. (Live Action)

(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE

Holiday magic mixes with comical chaos as Tim Allen reprises his role of Scott Calvin, aka Santa, as he juggles a full house of family and the mischievous Jack Frost (Martin Short)—whose chilling Santa-envy has him trying to take over the “big guy’s” holiday. (Live Action)

Encore Presentation (12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT)

Tuesday, December 3

(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE –

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) SCROOGED

A comedic take on Charles Dickens’ novel “A Christmas Carol.” A television executive (Bill Murray) who exploits the holidays in order to boost ratings, is haunted by three ghosts. (Live Action)

(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION

The comic misadventures of the beleaguered Griswold family continue as America’s most dedicated dad (Chevy Chase) is determined to stay at home to create “the most fun-filled old fashioned family Christmas ever.” But life has a particular way of throwing wet logs on Clark Griswold’s fire. (Live Action)

(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) THREE DAYS

In this ABC Family original movie starring Kristin Davis, an angel interrupts destiny to give love 72-hours for a second chance. (Live Action)

Wednesday, December 4

(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) SCROOGED – See Tuesday, December 3 for description (Live Action)

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION – See Tuesday, December 3 for description (Live Action)

(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) DECK THE HALLS—ABC Family Premiere

Steve (Matthew Broderick) gets into an increasingly absurd war with his new neighbor Buddy (Danny DeVito), when Buddy decides to decorate his home with enough Christmas lights to be seen from space.

(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) A VERY BRADY CHRISTMAS

The Brady family reunites for Christmas and prays for a holiday miracle when Mike Brady (Robert Reed) is involved in an accident. (Live Action)

Thursday, December 5

(6:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR

Santa sends Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to find Baby New Year, who has run away from Father Time. (Animated)

(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS – See Sunday, December 1 for description (Live Action) Encore Presentation (12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT)

(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL

The classic Dickens’ tale as performed by the Muppets. Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine) is horrible to everyone around him, including his much put upon employee Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog). Scrooge is made to see the error of his ways when he’s visited by three ghost—and lots of Muppets. (Live Action)

Friday, December 6

(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND

Everyone’s favorite snowman, Frosty, plans to marry, but not if the evil Jack Frost can help it. Can the children save Frosty from being frozen lifeless and get him to the church on time? (Animated)

(6:30–8:30 PM ET/PT) THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL – See Thursday, December 5 for description. (Live Action)

(8:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS – See Sunday, December 1 for description. (Live Action)

(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) PRANCER

Jessica, the daughter of an impoverished apple farmer, still believes in Santa Claus. So when she comes across a reindeer with an injured leg, it makes perfect sense to her to assume that it is Prancer, who had fallen from a Christmas display in town. (Live Action)

Saturday, December 7

(7:00–8:30 AM ET/PT) RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER AND THE ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS

When the Evil Toy Taker steals all of Santa’s toys, Rudolph and his friends–the misfit toys–set out to get them back before the world’s children wake up to empty stockings on Christmas morning. (Animated)

(8:30–10:30 AM ET/PT) HOME ALONE: THE HOLIDAY HEIST

Still upset from his family’s recent move, Finn (Christian Martyn) is not happy about spending the holidays in a new house. But when neighborhood thieves target his house, Finn springs into action to defend his home and save his family’s Christmas! Also starring Ed Asner, Malcolm McDowell and Debi Mazar. (Live Action)

(10:30 AM–12:30 PM ET/PT) PRANCER – )

(12:30–2:30 PM ET/PT) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

All Ethan (Ethan Embry) and his younger sister Hallie (Thora Birch) want for Christmas is for their parents to get back together. Before that can happen, however, the children need to find a way to get rid of Tony, a businessman who is romantically pursuing their mother. The children concoct a scheme to make their holiday wish come true–and with the help of mice, an ice-cream truck, a few telephone calls and the magic of Santa–their plan might just work!  (Live Action)

(2:30–4:30 PM ET/PT) DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL –

(4:30–7:00 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS –

(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE –

(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE –

(11:00 PM–1:00 AM ET/PT) DECK THE HALLS –

Sunday, December 8

(7:00–8:00 AM ET/PT) JACK FROST (1979) – See Monday, December 2 for description. (Animated)

(8:00–10:00 AM ET/PT) CHRISTMAS CUPID

In this ABC Family original movie, Christina Milian stars as high powered Hollywood publicist, Sloane, who finds herself haunted by the ghost of her recently departed infamous client, Caitlin (“Pretty Little Liars’” Ashley Benson), in a modern day take on Charles Dickens’ holiday classic story of A Christmas Carol. (Live Action)

(10:00 AM–12:00 PM ET/PT) SNOWGLOBE

In the ABC Family original movie, a mystical snow globe transports Angela (Christina Milian), who longs for the perfect Christmas away from her boisterous family, into an idyllic Christmas winter wonderland. (Live Action)

(12:00–2:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA BABY

In this ABC Family original holiday movie, Mary Class (Jenny McCarthy) is a highly driven business executive whose great success is acknowledged by everyone but her father, who just happens to be Santa Claus (George Wendt). (Live Action)

(2:00–4:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA BABY 2: CHRISTMAS MAYBE

In this ABC Family original movie, Jenny McCarthy reprises her role as Mary Class, Santa’s daughter, who is faced with a decision when her father decides to leave her in charge of the family business.  Also starring Paul Sorvino and Dean McDermott. (Live Action)

(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS

Starring Amy Smart and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, the ABC Family original holiday movie follows a young woman who re-lives the same first date on Christmas Eve over and over again until she learns to open up her world to new things and stop living in the past. (Live Action)

(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) THE MISTLE-TONES

In the ABC Family original holiday musical, Holly (Tia Mowry) is devastated when she is turned down for a spot in the Christmas singing group The Snow Belles. So she forms her own group, the Mistle-Tones, and challenges her rival Marci (Tori Spelling) and The Snow Belles to a Christmas Eve sing-off.  (Live Action)

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) HOLIDAZE—ABC Family Original Movie Premiere

High powered executive Melody Gerard (Jennie Garth) returns to her sleepy hometown to try and convince everyone to let her company build a giant new discount store. But she’s unexpectedly met with resistance by the townspeople—led by her childhood sweetheart, Carter (Matheson). Desperate to get out of town and back to her “real” life, Melody takes a spill and wakes up in an alternate universe where she never took the job and is married to Carter.

(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) HOLIDAY IN HANDCUFFS

Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez star in ABC Family’s original holiday tale about a desperate young woman who kidnaps a handsome guy to take home to her parents at Christmas to prove how well she’s doing with her life. (Live Action)

Monday, December 9

(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) HOLIDAZE – See Sunday, December 8 for description. (Live Action)

(8:00–10:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS – See Sunday, December 1 for description (Live Action)

(10:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ THE GRINCH GRINCHES THE CAT IN THE HAT

As The Cat in the Hat gets ready for a lovely picnic, the evil Grinch plots to create a contraption that captures noise and turns it into ferocious sounds–which would absolutely ruin The Cat’s plans. In the end, The Cat in the Hat must jump in to save the world from the clutches of the Grinch! Of course, the only way to make that happen is to get to Grinch’s soft spot. (Animated)

(12:00–2:00 AM) 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS

Tuesday, December 10

(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) A CHIPMUNK CHRISTMAS

Swept up in a holiday mood, Alvin gives away his cherished harmonica to a sick little boy.  Meanwhile, Dave has booked Alvin to perform a harmonica solo at Carnegie Hall! (Animated)

(6:30–9:00 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS – See Sunday, December 1 for description. (Live Action)

(9:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS

Based on Pulitzer Prize-winner Phyllis McGinley’s children’s book, Mrs. Claus narrates this memorable classic about the time she almost donned her husband’s famous red suit. (Animated)

(10:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN

Fred Astaire narrates this tale of Kris Kringle (voice of Mickey Rooney), a young man who starts a gift factory where he builds toys and gives them to all the local children, earning him the name Santa Claus. (Animated)

(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) SNOWGLOBE – See Sunday, December 8 for description. (Live Action)

Wednesday, December 11

(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) HOLIDAY IN HANDCUFFS –

Encore Presentation (12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT)

(8:00–8:30 PM ET/PT) MELISSA & JOEY – All New Christmas Special

Jaime Pressly drops by as Mel’s sister Meredith, who comes home from prison on furlough to celebrate Christmas with the kids and Mel, and seems unruffled by Joe’s obvious animosity towards her. (Live Action)

(8:30–9:00 PM ET/PT) BABY DADDY – All New Christmas Special

Ben takes drastic measures to get Emma a much sought after toy for her first Christmas. (Live Action)

(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION –

Thursday, December 12

(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) BABY DADDY –

(6:30–7:00 PM ET/PT) MELISSA & JOEY –

(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION –

(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) SCROOGED –

(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS –

Friday, December 13

(4:00–4:30 PM ET/PT) WINNIE THE POOH AND CHRISTMAS TOO –

(4:30–6:20 PM ET/PT) DISNEY∙PIXAR’S TOY STORY

“Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story” tells the story of a fantastic, fun-filled journey of what your toys are up to when you’re not around, viewed mostly through the eyes of two rival toys—Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), the lanky, likable cowboy and Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen), the fearless space ranger. (Animated)

(6:20–8:20 PM ET/PT) DISNEY∙PIXAR’S TOY STORY 2

When an obsessive toy collector named Al McWhiggin (voice of Wayne Knight) kidnaps Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), the toys get into one predicament after another in their daring race to get Woody back before Andy returns. (Animated)

(8:20–10:30 PM ET/PT) DISNEY∙PIXAR’S TOY STORY 3

In the third installment of the beloved film series, Andy is growing up and decides to put away his toys for good, except for Woody (voice of Tom Hanks). But the gang ends up among the toys at a daycare center, run by the ruthless teddy bear Lotso (voice of Ned Beatty). It’s up to Woody to rescue his friends and return them home! (Animated)

(10:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY∙PIXAR’S TOY STORY OF TERROR!

What starts out as a fun road trip for the “Toy Story” gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate. (Animated)

(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) CHASING CHRISTMAS

In this ABC Family original holiday movie, single father Jack (Tom Arnold) is visited by his old business partner and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future in an attempt to change Jack’s perspective on the holiday. (Live Action)

Saturday, December 14

(7:00–7:30 AM ET/PT) WINNIE THE POOH AND THE BLUSTERY DAY

Winnie the Pooh follows Christopher Robin and his animal friends as a storm topples Owl’s tree house and brings a drenching rain. While the flood waters rise, Pooh has nightmares about honey-stealing creatures called Heffalumps and Woozles. (Animated)

(7:30–8:00 AM ET/PT) WINNIE THE POOH AND TIGGER TOO

To break Tigger’s habit of “bouncing in” on them, his friends plot to get him lost in the woods and literally “take the bounce out of him.” However, it’s his friends who become lost and Tigger “finds” them. After Tigger and Roo become stuck high in a tree, Tigger promises Pooh and Christopher Robin that he’ll never bounce again if only Christopher Robin can help get them down—which he does. But Tigger’s friends cannot hold Tigger to his vow after seeing how sad he has become without his “bounce.” (Animated)

(8:00–9:30 AM ET/PT) WINNIE THE POOH—ABC Family Premiere

While Winnie the Pooh and his friends Tigger, Piglet, Owl, Kanga and Roo are looking for Eeyore’s missing tail, they discover that Christopher Robin has been kidnapped by a dreaded Backson. Now the gang has to set a trap and save their friend. (Animated)

(9:30–10:00 AM ET/PT) WINNIE THE POOH AND CHRISTMAS TOO –

(10:00–11:30 AM ET/PT) MICKEY’S ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS –

(11:30 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S TWICE UPON A CHRISTMAS –

(1:00–1:30 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL –

(1:30–2:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY∙PIXAR’S TOY STORY OF TERROR! –

(2:00–3:50 PM ET/PT) DISNEY∙PIXAR’S TOY STORY –

(3:50–5:50 PM ET/PT) DISNEY∙PIXAR’S TOY STORY 2 –

(5:50–8:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY∙PIXAR’S TOY STORY 3 –

(8:00–9:45 PM ET/PT) DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID—ABC Family Premiere

Mermaid Ariel dreams of seeing the world above the sea. Fascinated with humans, she saves a shipwrecked Prince Eric and sings him to back to health. Desperate to see him again, Ariel makes a bargain with sea witch Ursula that would allow her to be human—but it strips her of her voice. She has three days to find Prince Eric and receive true love’s kiss—or she’ll be sent back to the sea and belong to Ursula forever.

Encore Presentation (9:45–11:30 PM ET/PT)

(11:30 PM–1:30 AM ET/PT) THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL –

Sunday, December 15

(7:30–9:00 AM ET/PT) MICKEY’S ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS –

(9:00–10:30 AM ET/PT) MICKEY’S TWICE UPON A CHRISTMAS –

(10:30–11:00 AM ET/PT) DISNEY’S PREP & LANDING

The half-hour holiday special reveals the never-before-told tale of an elite unit of Elves known as Prep & Landing, who are responsible for preparing all of the homes for Santa before the big guy arrives. Featuring the voices of Dave Foley and Sarah Chalke. (Animated)

(11:00–11:30 AM ET/PT) DISNEY PREP’S & LANDING: NAUGHTY VS. NICE  

Prep & Landing Elves Wayne and Lanny are back to save the day when someone threatens to put the whole world on Santa’s Naughty List. Featuring the voices of Dave Foley, Chris Parnell, and Rob Riggle. (Animated)

(11:30 AM–12:00 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL –

(12:00–2:00 PM ET/PT) – I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

If a college jokester (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) makes it home for the holidays by a certain time, his dad’s Porsche is his. But, after one prank too many, he’s left stranded wearing nothing but a Santa Claus suit with no option except to hitchhike cross country. (Live Action)

(2:00–4:00 PM ET/PT) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS –

(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) DECK THE HALLS –

(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL –

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION –

(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) SCROOGED –

Monday, December 16

(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) SNOW

In a reinvention of the Santa Claus myth, this original ABC Family holiday movie finds Nick (Tom Cavanagh) reluctantly taking over the family business at the North Pole and, in the process of trying to bring back the spirit of Christmas they lost long ago, finds his true love. (Live Action)

(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE – See Monday, December 2 for description (Live Action)

(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 2

Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) has been enjoying his life as Santa, having taken over the job years before.  But now it’s been discovered that there is another clause, a Mrs. Santa Clause! Scott must now find a wife to fulfill his duties as Santa before Christmas Eve, or risk destroying Christmas forever. (Live Action)

(11:00 PM–1:00 AM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE –

(1:00–1:30 AM ET/PT) DISNEY’S PREP & LANDING –

(1:30–2:00 AM ET/PT) DISNEY’S PREP & LANDING: NAUGHTY VS. NICE –

Tuesday, December 17

(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) THREE DAYS –

(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) UNLIKELY ANGEL

Diva country singer Ruby Diamond (Dolly Parton) is unexpectedly killed in a car accident. At the Pearly Gates, she meets St. Peter (Roddy McDowall), but is denied access into heaven because of her selfish ways. He is willing to strike a bargain with her: She has to help reunite the Bartilson family, who have been torn apart ever since Mrs. Bartilson died. If she succeeds by midnight on Christmas Eve, she will become an angel. If not, she will face a fate worse than death. (Live Action)

(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) PRANCER –

(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) – I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS –

Encore Presentation (12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT)

(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE –

(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 2 –

(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS

Wednesday, December 18

(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) HOLIDAZE –

(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) SECRET SANTA

Eager journalist Rebecca (Jennie Garth) has been assigned to uncover the true identity of her town’s legendary Secret Santa. But will she publish the scoop, or decide that the spirit of Christmas is something worth saving? (Live Action)

(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) THE MISTLE-TONES –

(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA BABY –

Encore Presentation (12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT)

(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA BABY 2: CHRISTMAS MAYBE –

(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS –

(7:00–7:30 PM ET/PT) WINNIE THE POOH AND CHRISTMAS TOO –

(7:30–8:00 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL –

(8:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) MARY POPPINS

In one of the greatest family classics of all time, two rambunctious children of a practical banker who believes a home should be run as tightly as the bank where he works, come under the care of a magical nanny – Mary Poppins. Stars Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.  (Live Action)

Thursday, December 19

(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) ELOISE AT CHRISTMASTIME

Based on the bestselling children’s books written by Kay Thompson, the title character Eloise (Sofia Vassilieva) is warned not to interfere as the Plaza Hotel prepares for a romantic Christmas Eve wedding. But Eloise can’t resist, playing matchmaker to ensure that true love will save the day. (Live Action)

(9:00 AM–12:00 PM ET/PT) MARY POPPINS –

(12:00 –2:00 PM) 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS –

(2:00 PM–4:00 AM ET/PT) HOLIDAY IN HANDCUFFS –

(4:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) THE FAMILY MAN –

(7:00–8:30 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER AND THE ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS –

(8:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS –

(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) DECK THE HALLS –

Friday, December 20

(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) CHASING CHRISTMAS –

(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY

In the ABC Family original movie, a 12-year-old boy is forced to relive his least favorite holiday over and over again until he has learned to appreciate the true meaning of Christmas. (Live Action) Encore Presentation (12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT)

(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) CHRISTMAS DO-OVER

This ABC Family original movie tells the story of Kevin (Jay Mohr), who unwittingly gets a chance to go back and do things differently when he is forced to relive one terrible Christmas over and over again. (Live Action)

(1:00–4:00 PM ET/PT) THE FAMILY MAN –

(4:00–5:30 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER AND THE ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS –

(5:30–6:00 PM ET/PT) FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND –

(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) A CHIPMUNK CHRISTMAS – See Tuesday, December 10 for description. (Animated)

(6:30–9:00 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS–

(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION –

Saturday, December 21

(7:00–7:30 AM ET/PT) NESTOR, THE LONG-EARED CHRISTMAS DONKEY

“Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey” tells the story of the donkey that carried Mary to Bethlehem. (Animated)

(7:30–8:00 AM ET/PT) THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY

Based on the Christmas song, the “Little Drummer Boy” tells the story of Aaron, a poor boy who cannot afford to buy a present for baby Jesus and instead plays a special song for him on his drums. (Animated)

(8:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) PINOCCHIO’S CHRISTMAS

Carlo Collodi’s most famous puppet creation stars in a musical tale that finds the poor lad Pinocchio conned out of money intended for Papa Geppetto’s Christmas gift. (Animated)

(9:00–10:00 AM ET/PT) THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS

The story of how a young man named Claus became Santa Claus. (Animated)

(10:00–10:30 AM ET/PT) ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Actor Joel Grey narrates this animated holiday special adapted from the famous poem by Clement Moore. (Animated)

(10:30–11:30 AM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR – See Thursday, December 5 for description (Animated)

(11:30 AM–1:30 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH AND FROSTY’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Rudolph’s magical glowing nose is not only helpful at Christmas, but also in the heat of summer when Rudolph and his friend, Frosty the Snowman, are called in to rescue a struggling circus at a special July 4th benefit. (Animated)

(1:30–2:30 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS –

(2:30–3:30 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN –

(3:30–4:00 PM ET/PT) A CHIPMUNK CHRISTMAS –

(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION–

(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE –

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 2 –

(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE –

(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) THE MISTLE-TONES –

Sunday, December 22

(7:00–8:00 AM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS –

(8:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN –

(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS

After learning that his best friend’s parents are getting a divorce, Justin (Dylan and Cole Sprouse) fears the worst when he sees his mother kissing Santa Claus. (Live Action)

(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) UNACCOMPANIED MINORS

Wilmer Valderrama stars in this holiday romp set in the Unaccompanied Minors Room, an airport holding cell for dozens of stranded, parent-free kids from all over the country. (Live Action)

(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE –

(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 2 –

(5:00 PM–7:00 AM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE –

(7:00–9:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS–

Encore Presentation (9:30 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT)

Monday, December 23

(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS –

(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) A DENNIS THE MENACE CHRISTMAS

Dennis tries to spread the Christmas spirit to his grumpy neighbor Mr. Wilson (Robert Wagner) and receives some help from the Angel of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future. (Live Action)

(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) HOME ALONE: THE HOLIDAY HEIST –

(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) DECK THE HALLS –

(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL –

(5:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) JACK FROST (1979) –

(6:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN –

(7:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS –

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL–

(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS –

(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) SCROOGED –

Tuesday, December 24

(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) A VERY BRADY CHRISTMAS –

(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS –

(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) SCROOGED –

(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS –

(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL–

(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE –

(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 2 –

(9:00 -11:00 AM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE –

(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION–

Wednesday, December 25

(7:00–7:30 AM ET/PT) FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND –

(7:30–8:30 AM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS –

(8:30–9:30 AM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN –

(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL–

Encore Presentation (12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT)

(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION–

Encore Presentation (9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT)

(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE –

(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 2 –

(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE –

 

This week’s DVD and Blu-Ray takes a look at a re-mastered classic in which Disney made a few years back since it first rereleased from out of the Disney vault. That’s right folks, The Little Mermaid has been brought back for the 2nd time only this time on Disney Blu-Ray and DVD ever since its debut on Disney VHS in the 90’s. Does it top the list Jim?

 

Jim Fish (via LA Times Entertainment)- A new Stone Age children’s comedy and a Disney classic have debuted at the top of the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart.

“The Croods,” the DreamWorks computer-animated movie about a prehistoric family, was the top-selling title in its first week in release after bringing in big numbers at the box office earlier this year. The movie, distributed by 20th Century Fox, drew more than $187 million in ticket sales domestically and $585 million worldwide.

In second place was the new Diamond Edition of Disney’s 1989 hit “The Little Mermaid.” The edition includes the film’s first Blu-ray disc, a DVD version and a digital download. It has a list price of $45 and is retailing at Wal-Mart and Amazon.com for $27.

Next on the list is “Iron Man 3,” now in its third week in release, followed by “This is the End,” the dark comedy starring James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill.

“Iron Man 3,” the blockbuster superhero sequel with Robert Downey Jr., was the week’s top rental.

Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray sales

1. “The Croods” (Fox). Week 1.

2. “The Little Mermaid – Diamond Edition” (Disney). Week 1.

3. “Iron Man 3” (Disney). Week 2.

4. “This Is the End” (Sony). Week 1.

5. “World War Z” (Paramount). Week 3.

6. “The Wizard of Oz – 75th Anniversary Edition” (Warner Bros.). Week 1.

7. “Star Trek Into Darkness” (Paramount). Week 4.

8. “The Frozen Ground” (Lionsgate). Week 1.

9. “Now You See Me” (Summit Ent.). Week 5.

10. “The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Sixth Season” (Warner Bros.). Week 4.

 

Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray rentals

1. “Iron Man 3” (Disney). Week 2.

2. “World War Z” (Paramount). Week 3.

3. “This Is the End” (Sony). Week 1.

4. “The Great Gatsby” (Warner Bros.). Week 6.

5. “Now You See Me” (Summit Ent.). Week 5.

6. “Star Trek Into Darkness” (Paramount). Week 4.

7. “Redemption” (Lionsgate). Week 2.

8. “Oblivion” (Universal). Week 9.

9. “The Frozen Ground” (Lionsgate). Week 1.

10. “Epic” (Fox). Week 7.

 
Checking the Penguins tally, 25 fans sign in as Team Skipper continues to Sunday morning sweeps after being invited back to the Halloween party.

 

The chill comes closer and closer as our scary schedule starts to get from insane to scary as new additions and new episodes arrives next week. In the meantime, check out new episodes of TUFF Puppy on Nicktoons part of the ultra block every Sunday morning since the move last week. See you soon for another edition TV fans!

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