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'Christmas in Rockefeller Center': Holiday entertainment only a network exec could love

'Christmas in Rockefeller Center': Holiday entertainment only a network exec could love

Santa Claus giveth, and Santa Claus taketh away.

After watching ABC’s surprisingly festive “CMA Country Christmas” on Monday night, I wondered if this might be the year when each of the big television networks finally figures out how to do a holiday special that doesn’t feel labored or corny or like a mere excuse for corporate cross-promotion.

Then I caught “Christmas in Rockefeller Center.”

NBC’s annual tree-lighting ceremony, broadcast live Wednesday from a very rainy New York City, made all the old...

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