OF, BY AND FOR THE CHILDREN : With ‘Earth to Kids,’ HBO has Something to Share About Trash and Ecology


Who generates the most garbage in the world? We do! Americans make so much trash, in fact, that in a few years there won’t be anywhere in our country to put it.

Earth to Kids: A Guide to Products for a Healthy Planet is an HBO special that helps children find out what they can do to stop this enormous gooey mess. In a series of fun, fast-paced, entertaining segments, “Earth to Kids” teaches viewers the three “‘s of trash: Reduce, reuse and recycle. And it shows kids how to choose products that are Earth-conscious.

The special is hosted by Jim Fyte, of HBO’s “Encyclopedia” series, and is produced by HBO with Consumer Reports Television, which is related to the group that puts out Consumer Reports magazine.

“Earth to Kids: A Guide to Products for a Healthy Planet” Tuesday at 8 p.m. HBO. For 5- to 10-year-olds.



Anyone still waiting to see that grimacing Grinch make his annual trek down to Whoville can tune in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Sunday at 10 a.m. and Wednesday at 5 p.m. TNT). For all ages.

In A Broadway Christmas (Monday at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Showtime) costumed cast members from London and Broadway musicals such as “Les Miserables,” “Cats,” “Aspects of Love” and “Miss Saigon” sing their favorite carols in a benefit for “Save the Children,” a charity that helps those stricken by poverty. For families.

Model mom Kim Alexis hosts The Great American Healthy Kids Quiz (Sunday at 11 a.m. Family Channel), with pediatricians and celebrity guests, designed to test parents’ knowledge of health topics. For parents.


Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales comes to life in a prize-winning film (Tuesday at 8 p.m. Disney Channel) about memories of Christmastime in a small town. For all ages.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier (Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Showtime) is a Storybook Classics Exclusive about a toy soldier in love with a ballerina doll. Jeremy Irons narrates the Hans Christian Anderson tale. For 4- to 8-year-olds. Nutcracker watch: Peter Wright’s production of the Christmas ballet, with the Royal Ballet (Wednesday at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Bravo; for all ages) can only be topped by Scooby Doo: The Nutcracker Scoob (Saturday at 4:30 p.m. USA; for 6- to 11-year-olds) or maybe The Care Bears Nutcracker Suite (Monday at 7 p.m. the Disney Channel; for 2- to 5-year-olds).

John Denver stars in a 1986 TV movie The Christmas Gift (Thursday at 8 p.m. the Disney Channel) as an architect who helps save a small town from industrialization with the help of Santa. And yes, Denver does sing. For ages 6 and up.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Friday at 8 p.m. CBS) finally appears from the North Pole after being rescheduled at the last minute from last month. For all ages.


The New Kids-the animated versions of the pop act, that is-spread some holiday cheer in the New Kids on the Block Christmas Special (Friday at 9 p.m. ABC), which also includes live-action segments with the real New Kids. For 11- to 17-year olds.

Mary Poppins (Saturday at 7 p.m. the Disney Channel), Disney’s 1964 movie about the world’s greatest nanny, is a bigger treat than a spoonful of sugar. For all ages.

Tattertown (Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Nickelodeon) can’t be found on any map, but an animated special visits this place where rejected and discarded objects come to life-and almost miss Christmas. For 6- to 13-year-olds.