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2008 Christmas Specials

The holidays don’t only mean gift giving, cookie eating, and merry-making, they also mean TV holiday extravaganzas. Tonight at 8:00 p.m., NBC kicks things off with The Today Show’s prime time special, “2008: Today Show Looks Back, A Holiday Special”. The show will look at the year’s biggest news events, the best of 2008 pop culture, and of course, Today Show bloopers.

CBS keeps the holiday spirit going tomorrow night when they air “The 10th Annual A Home for the Holidays with Faith Hill” at 8 p.m. The show will feature performances by Melissa Etheridge, Grammy Award-winner Tim McGraw, rock star Gavin Rossdale, Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, and many more. The special will also tell real-life inspirational tales about foster care adoptions. Many of those performing tomorrow, including Faith Hill, were adopted themselves so this is a cause close to their hearts.

Not to be outdone by NBC or CBS, ABC will televise some holiday cheer of their own, the “Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade”, on Christmas morning. The annual parade features celebrities, dancers, and everyone’s favorite Disney characters at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Then, things will really heat up on New Year’s Eve. There’s no need to leave the house when CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, and MTV are all competing for your attention with their own New Year’s Eve specials. ABC will bring Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest back for New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in New York City while Fergie will be hosting from L.A. Performers scheduled to premiere on the show include Natasha Bedingfield, Fall Out Boy, Jesse McCartney, Ne-Yo, Pussycat Dolls, Solange, Robin Thicke, and the Jonas Brothers. CNN will also be in Times Square, waiting for the ball to drop. Their coverage will be hosted by the odd couple, Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin. NBC is sending Carson Daily to Times Square too with Elton John, Katy Perry, T.I. and Ludacris. Finally, for all the tween set, MTV’s annual bash will be hosted by teen sensation Miley Cyrus from a lucky fan’s house. Miley will actually perform live from the fan’s bedroom. It sounds like it will be exciting holiday season, at least on TV.

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