The Gang's All Here for Holidays


Tuesday, November 27th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The cartoon Grinch is back, and so is Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Claus. How much more do we need for a warm and fuzzy holiday TV season?

Lots more, based on the sleighful of shows on the way. There's a prime-time ``Rugrats'' Hanukkah special, one with Charlie Brown and the gang, and old and new musical greetings from Bing Crosby, Macy Gray and others. The highlights (all times EST):

Animation:

_ ``Frosty the Snowman,'' 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, CBS. Narrated by Jimmy Durante, it's based on the popular song that follows the good-natured snowman on a North Pole quest to keep from melting.

_ ``Rugrats Chanukah,'' 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, CBS. The Rugrats discover the meaning of the Jewish holiday watching Grandpa Boris and his old rival, Shlomo, take to the stage. ``Rugrats: The Santa Experience'' precedes it at 8 p.m.

_ ``The Story of Santa Claus,'' 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, CBS. The voices of Ed Asner, Betty White and Tim Curry are featured in the story of a gentle toy maker whose dream is to deliver a toy to every child on Christmas.

Stocking stuffers:

_ ``Home for the Holidays with Martha Stewart,'' 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, CBS. The homemaking doyenne with holiday recipes and crafts from around the world. Guests include Isabella Rossellini.

_ ``St. Olaf Christmas Festival,'' 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, PBS (check local listings). The choirs and orchestra of the Minnesota college join for a 90-year-old holiday celebration.

_ ``A Home for the Holidays with Mariah Carey,'' 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, CBS. The third annual special offering inspirational stories about adoption. Carey, Enrique Iglesias and Destiny's Child are among the featured performers.

Movies:

_ ``Call Me Claus,'' 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, TNT. Whoopi Goldberg stars as a cynical TV producer who meets a retirement-age Santa Claus in search of his replacement. Nigel Hawthorne and Brian Stokes Mitchell co-star; the score includes new Garth Brooks songs.

_ ``The Seventh Stream,'' 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, CBS. A new Hallmark Hall of Fame drama starring Scott Glenn, Saffron Burrows and John Lynch. The real world and an ancient Celtic legend collide in an Irish village.

_ ``A Town Without Christmas,'' 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, CBS. Patricia Heaton, Peter Falk and Rick Roberts in a romantic drama about a reporter and novelist searching for an unhappy child.

_ ``The Sons of Mistletoe,'' 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, CBS. Set in a boys' foster home that is in danger of being closed when its benefactor dies. Roma Downey, Doris Roberts and George Newbern star.