CHICAGO, December 9, 2009 Chicago's Very Own Holidays 2009, a new, original half-hour local production, will offer a nostalgic look back at Chicago Christmases past. It will premiere on December 20 from 8:30-9pm, with encores on Christmas Eve, December 24 from 11:30pm-12am and on Christmas Day, December 25 from 11:30am-12pm. The special, hosted by WGN News anchor Mark Suppelsa, will look back at holiday celebrations through the years including the years of 1901, 1934, 1949, 1959 and 1969.
Other program highlights include Dean's Holiday Movies & Memories to air on Christmas Day, December 25 from 12:30-1pm. Hosted by WGN News entertainment reporter Dean Richards, the special will feature his reviews of Christmas day releases, star interviews, plus a rare 1976 Christmas clip from WGN's "Bozo's Circus."
WGNtv.com is streaming a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the WGN-TV holiday classic "Bozo, Gar & Ray" through December 25 at www.wgntv.com/documentary. WGNtv.com is also soliciting viewers' holiday thoughts and memories at www.wgntv.com/verychicago where viewers can submit their holiday photos and videos. They can also watch the classic holiday shorts, "Suzy Snowflake," "Frosty the Snowman" and "Hardrock, Coco & Joe."
The following is a complete list of upcoming holiday specials and movies on WGN-TV: DATE TIMESLOT PROGRAM 12/13 8:30-9pm/ct Chicago's Very Own Holidays (2008)
Snapshots of holiday years past and the story of how "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was created in Chicago. WGN's Mark Suppelsa hosts. 12/19 11pm-1:30am/ct Movie: Meet John Doe (1941)
Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan
A female reporter creates a story of a John Doe, who will commit suicide on Christmas Eve as a protest to the state of world conditions. Directed by Frank Capra. Late 12/19
(Early 12/20) 1:30-4am/ct Movie: Nicholas Nickelby (2002)
Jamie Bell, Anne Hathaway, Charlie Hunnam, Nathan Lane
A father's death leaves his family penniless and seeking help of their Uncle, whose intentions are to break up and exploit the family. Based on Charles Dickens' novel. 12/20 1-3:30pm/ct Movie encore: Meet John Doe (1941) 3:30-6pm/ct Movie encore: Nicholas Nickelby (2002) 8:30-9pm/ct Chicago's Very Own Holidays (2009) (HD)
More snapshots of Chicago's holiday past including the years of 1909, 1934, 1949 and 1959, plus the story of the city's official Christmas tree. WGN's Mark Suppelsa hosts. Late 12/20 12:30-1am/ct The Andy Griffith Show: The Christmas Story (1960)
Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, Elinor Donahue, Ron Howard
A Scrooge-like Mayberry businessman tries to ruin Christmas for a family when he forces Andy to arrest the father for making moonshine. 12/24 9:30-11:30pm/ct Bozo, Gar & Ray: WGN TV Classics (2005) (Digitally Remastered)
A look back at three of WGN's most beloved television series: "Bozo's Circus," "Garfield Goose and Friends" and "Ray Rayner and His Friends." The classic TV trilogy starred Chicago television legends Bob Bell, Frazier Thomas, Ray Rayner, Roy Brown and Ned Locke among others. 1950s holiday favorites "Hardrock, Coco and Joe," "Suzy Snowflake" and "Frosty the Snowman" are also featured. WGN's Dean Richards hosts. 11:30pm-12am/ct Encore: Chicago's Very Own Holidays (2009) (HD) Late 12/24
(Early 12/25) 12-1:30am/ct Midnight Mass (Live)
Catholic Christmas mass from Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. 1:30-2am/ct Encore: The Andy Griffith Show: The Christmas Story (1960) 2-5am/ct The Yule Log (HD)
A burning Yule Log hearth with holiday music. 12/25 5-8am/ct Encore: The Yule Log (HD) 11-11:30am/ct Encore: Chicago's Very Own Holidays (2008) 11:30am-12pm/ct Encore: Chicago's Very Own Holidays (2009) (HD) 12:30-1pm/ct Dean's Holiday Movies & Memories (2009) (HD)
WGN entertainment critic Dean Richards reviews the holiday season's latest movie releases and interviews their stars: Sophia Loren, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr., Sarah Jessica Parker, Hugh Grant, and the stars of "Avatar." Also featured, a top 10 list of holiday movie classics and a rare 1976 Christmas clip from WGN's "Bozo's Circus." 5:30-6pm & 9:30-10pm/ct Chicago's Very Own Heartwarming Holidays (2009) (HD)
WGN's Micah Materre hosts a look back on some of the most compelling and heartwarming profiles from her "Chicago's Very Own" series. Among the people showcased is a local photographer, who won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award last summer for his quest to stop the violence on the streets of Chicago through his pictures. 1/1
(New Year's Day) 10am-12pm/ct Tournament of Roses Parade (Live) (HD)
Uninterrupted coverage of the 121st annual Rose Parade, featuring the beautiful pageantry and tradition of magnificent floral floats, high-stepping equestrians and spirited-marching bands. "2010: A Cut above the Rest" is the parade's theme with hero pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger as Grand Marshal. Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards host coverage from Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California. WGN-TV is Chicago's CW network affiliate, programming a strong schedule of news, sports and entertainment, with most WGN Sports telecasts, WGN News and CW programs in high definition on WGN-DT 9.1. CLTV joined WGN News in August 2009. WGN-TV is also Chicago's home for LATV, the nation's first bilingual music-entertainment network, on WGN-DT 9.2. Outside the Chicago area, WGN America is carried nationally via cable, satellite and telco. WGN-TV is a Tribune Broadcasting station. For additional information, visit WGN-TV's website at WGNtv.com