The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Specials

Christmas TV specials, limited series and movies are bigger than ever these days from now until the New Year, you’ll be able to find some festive yule-tide programming every night of the week. From the traditional viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life, the different versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, to baking shows and live music specials, we’ve got them all listed on the new Christmas TV Specials page. (Since not all of the networks list their specials early, this list will be updated throughout the coming weeks, so check back often for new additions!)

‘American Ninja Warrior’ Special #3

Back Row (l-r) Kenji Takahashi, Masashi Hioki, Yusuke Morimoto, Ryo Matachi, Tomo Kawaguchi, Sean McColl, Alexander Mars, Tim Shieff, Stefano Ghisolfi, Tim Champion; Front Row (l-r) Kevin Bull, Drew Drechsel, Geoff Britten, Isaac Caldiero, Ian Dory  (Photo by: David Becker/NBC)
American Ninja Warrior: USA vs the World #3, a title that sounds more important than it is, will air this Sunday, January 31 at 8:00 p.m. on NBC. It’s the American franchise’s third international competition pitting USA “warriors” against Team Japan and Team Europe. It’s sort of the Olympics for people who ca do things that you and I will never do. It’s the ultimate obstacle course and even though you are pulling for your team to be victorious, you still want everyone to win.

Kevin Bull
Kevin Bull (Photo by: David Becker/NBC)
When the first AMW special aired two years ago, USA vs Japan, the Japanese team was expected to win. American Ninja Warrior is actually based on Sasuke, the Japanese version of the show which has been airing on TV for 30 seasons, so they have a lot more practice. But Team USA won and Team Japan was devastated. Last year, Team Japan was invited back and NBC added Team Europe who ended up taking home the trophy.

This year’s team include:

Team USA: Joe Morasvsky, Kevin Bull, Drew Drechsel and Isaac Caldiero (the first $1 million dollar winner of seven season)

Team Japan: Ryo Matachi and Yusuke Morimoto (who were in last year’s competition), Kenji Takahashi, Massashi Hioki and Tomohiro Kawaguchi.

Team Europe: Returning champs Sean McColl (France), Stefano Ghisolfi (Italy) and Tim Shieff (England) along with Tim Champion (England) and Alexander Mars (Sweden)

Drew Drechsel
Drew Drechsel (Photo by: David Becker/NBC)
As always, American Ninja Warrior: USA vs the World will be hosted by Matt Iseman and the man with the last name that nobody can pronounce, Akbar Gbajabiamila along with Kristine Leahy who will interview the competitors who fall into the drink below. The special was filmed in Las Vegas and highlights the first three stages of “Mr. Midoriyama” course featured in the regular show.

American Ninja Warrior is expected to air another full season in late spring.

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