This December, FOX delivers a sleigh-full of seasonal goodies just in time for the holidays! Get ready to have your year-end wishes come true with original specials, joyous movie marathons and all-new Yuletide episodes of favorite FOX series.
Kicking off the most festive of seasons is an annual FOX tradition - THE 2006 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS! Live from the legendary Las Vegas Strip and featuring performances and appearances by the year's chart-topping artists, THE 2006 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS (Monday, Dec. 4, 8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) recognizes the year's leading artists and songs as determined by actual performance on Billboard's weekly charts. The show celebrates the record-buying, Internet-downloading and radio-listening public's favorite songs, albums and performers, creating a true souvenir of the year in music. Join 2006 Century Award winner Tony Bennett; performers Gwen Stefani, Ludacris, The Fray, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, Fergie and The Killers; and participants Bowling For Soup, Carrie Underwood, Carmen Electra, Dave Navarro, Flavor Flav, Three 6 Mafia, the cast of "High School Musical," Celine Dion, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Katharine McPhee and Chris Daughtry for a spectacular, star-studded celebration of the year's best music.
THE SIMPSONS spread holiday cheer with an encore of last year's Yuletide trilogy Sunday, Dec. 10 (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT). In "The First (Annoyed Grunt) - El," when Reverend Lovejoy's car breaks down en route to Christmas Mass, Homer takes over the sermon and delivers his version of the birth of Christ (Bart) to his parents Joseph (Homer) and Mary (Marge). "I Saw Grampa Cussing Santa Claus" finds Grampa reminiscing about his daredevil days as a World War II fighter pilot, when he was stranded on an island alongside his gunner, Burns. Grampa recalls mistaking Santa Claus for an enemy aircraft and gunning him down from the sky. Realizing their mistake, Grampa helps Jolly Ol' St. Nick to safety, only to have Burns steal the sleigh and escape the island - leaving Grampa stranded again. The final installment, "The Nutcracker ... Sweet," which finds the townspeople of Springfield preparing for Christmas Day, is set to the tune of the famed "Nutcracker" ballet.
It's doesn't seem like it'll be a happy holiday for House after Wilson comes clean to Detective Tritter (guest star David Morse) about House's Vicodin habit in the all-new Yuletide installment of HOUSE, "Merry Little Christmas" Tuesday, Dec. 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Declining the detective's offer of a guilty plea and in-patient rehab with no jail time, House takes over the care of one of Cuddy's patients, a 15-year-old dwarf suffering from a collapsed lung, to avoid his own problems. Knowing that House will never turn himself in voluntarily, Cuddy and Wilson remove him from the case and withhold his pain medication until the effects of detox force House to face the music. While House is going through withdrawal, the girl's unexplained illness ravages her liver and then her pancreas, and no one seems to be able to stop it.
What the? Huh? It's Chrismukkah once again in THE O.C., complete with a unique holiday visit from Jimmy Cooper (guest star Tate Donovan). After Ryan and Taylor have an accident while hanging holiday lights, they realize that everything is not as it seems in The O.C., and they will do whatever it takes to make The O.C. right again. In what has become a holiday tradition, the cult-favorite soap unwraps its fourth annual Chrismukkah-themed episode, "The Chrismukk-huh?," Thursday, Dec. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).
Turning to who's naughty and not so nice, FOX offers up an irreverent take on the holidays with an all-new COPS: HO! HO! HO! SPECIAL EDITION #4 (Saturday, Dec. 16, 8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), featuring working girls caught in the act, and an encore of last year's COPS: HO! HO! HO! SPECIAL EDITION #3 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), featuring women who in no way are in the holiday spirit.
Jeff Probst guest-stars in an all-new, very merry edition of MADtv Saturday, Dec. 16 (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT), dropping by the late-night laugh-fest to sing the "Songs from 'Survivor'" and enjoy an "All-Star Christmas with Maury (Michael McDonald) & Connie (Bobby Lee)."
Emmy Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus adds to the late-night holiday shenanigans when she stays up late to reunite with an old "Seinfeld" colleague on his new series TALKSHOW WITH SPIKE FERESTEN on Saturday, Dec. 16 (Midnight-12:30 AM ET/PT).
In the all-new seasonal outing of THE SIMPSONS, "Kill Gil, Volumes I & II" Sunday, Dec. 17 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), the Simpsons are stuck with an unwanted house guest after they open their home to Gil for the Christmas holidays. After a full year, an attempt at getting him a job and many failed "accidents," Marge finally grows a backbone and throws Gil out - on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, Bart abstains from sweets for a year, and Lisa keeps her promise of putting on a musical in her brother's honor.
Later that same wintry eve in "The Best Christmas Story Never" episode of AMERICAN DAD (Sunday, Dec. 17, 8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), Stan loses the Christmas spirit after the tree-lighting in Langley Falls is cancelled due to denominational concerns. When the Ghost of Christmas Past (guest voice Lisa Kudrow) takes him back in time, Stan escapes in order to right the wrongs that will lead the world to betray Christmas - but instead changes the future in far different ways.
In an encore of last year's Christmas episode, "The Man in the Fallout Shelter" airing Wednesday, Dec. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) as part of a full night of back-to-back BONES, construction workers find a skeleton in an old fallout shelter from the 1950s and call in the Jeffersonian to help identify the remains. When Zack cuts into the bone, he accidentally releases spores of the deadly fungus Valley Fever, causing the team to be quarantined in the lab over the holiday. While everyone tries to maintain the spirit of the season, a distracted Brennan - whose parents went missing just before Christmas when she was a child - buckles down to unlock the skeleton's mystery. As she works to bring closure to the family of the missing man - something she has yet to receive about her own parents - the time spent with her friends in the lab provides the catalyst for revealing information about all of them.
In the all-new "Daddy's Girl" episode of 'TIL DEATH (Thursday, Dec. 21, 8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), Eddie and Joy's daughter, Allison (guest star Krysten Ritter), comes home for the holidays to celebrate New Year's with her parents. When she gets some bad news from her boyfriend, Allison turns to her mother for help, leaving a snubbed Eddie perplexed. At the Woodcocks' New Year's Eve party, Eddie lightens up his mood to impress his daughter, but as the clock strikes midnight and a new year begins, Allison realizes she likes her "big, dark, angry, wonderful dad" just the way he is.
With the annual TNT&G holiday party in full swing, Ron and Alden must deal with a baby left abandoned at the offices, while Luther helps Tom, notorious for missing the firm's year-end parties, defend a college student accused of murder in the all-new "Christmas Party" episode of JUSTICE Friday, Dec. 22 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).
MADtv keeps the seasonal ha-ha-ha's coming when it breaks out last year's classic ho-ho-ho edition on Saturday, Dec. 23 (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT). Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother") guest-stars, and in one hilarious skit, plays the new boss when "Sean Gidcomb" (Michael McDonald) decides to leave the office.
The following night, Christmas Eve (Sunday, Dec. 24), FOX serves up a classic dose of eggnog-laden cheer with an encore of the blockbuster SPIDER-MAN (7:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), the first title in a two-night family-movie marathon. A genetically engineered spider bites teen science wiz Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) and alters his body chemistry to superhuman spider-like qualities in the box office smash SPIDER-MAN. As a result, Peter ends up having to juggle three things in his life - his new job at the local newspaper under a perpetually on-edge employer, his battle against the evil Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) and his fight to win the affections of his beautiful classmate, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). Is this challenge too much even for the amazing Spider-Man to handle?
The World Broadcast Premiere of the inspirational movie RADIO, starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris and Alfre Woodard, illuminates FOX on Christmas night, Monday, Dec. 25 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), as the second part of a two-night family-movie marathon. For anyone who ever had a dream, and for all those with the courage to stand up for what they believe, comes the real-life story of James Robert Radio Kennedy (Gooding Jr.) and his journey from a man no one understood to the man no one could live without. Taken under the wing of high school football coach Harold Jones (Harris), Radio inspired a team to become champions and a town to open its heart.
The year-end holiday treats continue with another two-night movie marathon. First up on Thursday, Dec. 28 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas and Dr. McDreamy himself, Patrick Dempsey, star in the romantic comedy SWEET HOME ALABAMA. New York fashion designer Melanie Carmichael (Witherspoon) suddenly finds herself engaged to the city's most eligible bachelor (Dempsey), but her past holds many secrets, including Jake (Lucas), the redneck husband she married in high school, who refuses to divorce her. Bound and determined to end their contentious relationship once and for all, Melanie sneaks back home to Alabama, only to discover that you can take the girl out of the South, but you can never take the South out of the girl.
The following night, Friday, Dec. 29 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), FOX presents the World Broadcast Premiere of THE RUNDOWN, starring pro-wrestling's The Rock, Seann William Scott, Rosario Dawson and Christopher Walken. In this entertaining action/adventure, a bounty hunter named Beck (The Rock) is hired by a mob boss to go to Brazil and retrieve his son Travis (Scott), who is on a foolish, misguided treasure hunt. But when Beck arrives in the remote town of El Dorado, things look a bit more complicated; from the rebel army to the tyrannical mine owner (Walken) running the town like a slave colony, nothing is quite as it seems, and Travis has no intention of going home until he finds what he's looking for - romance included.
Finally, stay up late and ring in 2007 with an all-new NEW YEAR'S EVE SPECIAL Sunday, Dec. 31 (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET Live/PT tape-delayed) capturing the energy and excitement from New York City's Times Square, the epicenter of the country's largest New Year's countdown celebration. As 2007 nears and the Big Apple swells with partygoers, FOX will feature musical performances by today's hottest artists, celebrity interviews and a look back at 2006's most memorable moments in pop culture. The excitement will peak when the famed New Year's Eve Ball makes its descent in Times Square, and the crowd erupts to welcome in 2007.
FOX HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING 2006
Monday, Dec. 4
8:00-10:00 PM ET : Live/PT Tape-Delayed THE 2006 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS/All-New Special
Sunday, Dec. 10
7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT : THE SIMPSONS/Encore Holiday Episode
Tuesday, Dec. 12
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT : HOUSE/All-New Holiday Episode, Guest Star David Morse
Thursday, Dec. 14
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT : THE O.C./All-New Holiday Episode, Guest Star Tate Donovan
Saturday, Dec. 16
8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT : COPS: HO! HO! HO! SPECIAL EDITION #4/All-New Holiday Episode
8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT : COPS: HO! HO! HO! SPECIAL EDITION #3/Encore Holiday Episode
11:00 PM-MIDNIGHT ET/PT : MADtv/All-New Holiday Episode, Guest Star Jeff Probst
MIDNIGHT-12:30 AM ET/PT : TALKSHOW WITH SPIKE FERESTEN/All-New Holiday Episode, Guest Star Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Sunday, Dec. 17
8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT : THE SIMPSONS/All-New Holiday Episode
8:30-9:00 PM PT/PT : AMERICAN DAD/All-New Holiday Episode, Guest Voice Lisa Kudrow
Wednesday, Dec. 20
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT : BONES/Encore Holiday Episode
Thursday, Dec. 21
8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT : 'TIL DEATH/All-New Holiday Episode, Guest Star Krysten Ritter
Friday, Dec. 22
8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT : JUSTICE/All-New Holiday Episode
Saturday, Dec. 23
11:00 PM-MIDNIGHT ET/PT : MADtv/Encore Holiday Episode, Guest Star Neil Patrick Harris
Sunday, Dec. 24
7:30-10:00 PM ET/PT : SPIDER-MAN/Encore Movie
Monday, Dec. 25
8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT : RADIO/World Broadcast Premiere Movie
Thursday, Dec. 28
8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT : SWEET HOME ALABAMA/Encore Movie
Friday, Dec. 29
8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT : THE RUNDOWN/World Broadcast Premiere Movie
Sunday, Dec. 31
11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET Live/PT Tape-Delayed : NEW YEAR'S EVE SPECIAL/All-New Special