1) What Christmas program/movie have you seen more times than any other?
I know this is the trendy response but my answer is It’s A Wonderful Life. I can watch this one 10 times each season and get teary eyed every time! It pulls at your heartstrings and every time you watch it… you are George Bailey! Henry Travers is a loveable and logical Clarence. There is always time for me to watch this holiday classic.
2) What is your favorite musical Christmas TV special, variety performance, or holiday song in a movie?
Wow, this is a tough one. I have always enjoyed “The First Toymakers to the King” sung by Tanta
and the Kringle in Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. I also enjoy “Christmas in Your Heart” performed by ensemble and Desirée Goyette from Garfield’s Christmas.
|A Christmas Carol (1984)|
3) What’s your favorite TV or movie adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol?
There are so many classic versions but the one I always had a soft spot for was the George C. Scott Christmas Carol. Jacob Marley is powerful but bone chilling, George C. Scott is superb as the rich old miser and I have yet to see a more deprived and sickly version of Tiny Tim. I remember this version getting airtime on CBS for several years on Christmas Eve however has faded since that time. I still break out the DVD every year.
4) What do you think is the worst Christmas program/movie–or your least favorite, the most disappointing or most overrated?
The worst Christmas movie in my opinion was the 1972 remake of Miracle on 34th
Street with Sebastian Cabot. There is no heart to this remake and lacks any real Christmas feeling. What made the original such a classic is how much the audience fell in love with Edmund Gwenn as
Santa and his child like spirit. We never got to feel that with Sebastian Cabot.
5) If you were asked to give advice to a TV network executive in charge of holiday programming, what would you suggest?
I think that depends on the network. I would love to see Cartoon Network do a whole evening of Christmas cartoons that don’t get airtime anymore (Bugs Bunny’s Looney Christmas, Garfield’s Christmas, Flintstones Christmas Carol…just to name a few.) I think networks need to realize that Christmas fans are often nostalgic so break out some old Lawrence Welk specials, Dean Martin or
Bing Crosby specials.
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