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!)

This Day in Pop Culture for February 9

Carmen Miranda was born on February 9, 1909

Carmen Miranda is Born

While you may not know Carmen Miranda by name, you’ve no doubt seen photos or at least tributes to the Brazilian singer and dancer known for wearing very tall hats stuffed with fruit. Carmen was born on this day in 1909. Before her performing career, she sold ties at age 14. She recorded here first single, “Samba Não vá Simbora” in 1929 and appeared on film for the first time in 1932. Her first appearance in an American film was in Down Argentine Way (1940), but her native country became skeptical of her claiming that she gave into American commercialism. She appeared in numerous films including That Night in Rio with Don Ameche (1941), Copacabana with Groucho Marx (1947) and Scared Stiff with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin (1953). Many assume that Carmen appeared in Disney’s The Three Caballeros dancing with Donald Duck, but that was her sister Aurora. It was Carmen's image that inspired the Chiquita Banana logo in 1943.

"The Bradys" aired for the first time on February 9, 1990.

'The Bradys' Airs for Six Weeks

The original Brady Bunch series aired from 1969-1974 on ABC, but television tried again and again to revise the concept with the same cast. In 1976, NBC turned the television family into hosts of a variety show called The Brady Bunch Hour similar in tone to the Donnie and Marie Show with skits, musical numbers and synchronized swimming! In 1981, the sitcom The Brady Brides came and went on NBC and on this day in 1990, The Bradys debuted on CBS after the successful reunion movie, A Very Brady Christmas. Instead of a half hour sitcom, the show was an hour long dramedy but still had a laugh track. The role of Marcia was played by Leah Ayres. The show aired only six episodes due to low ratings.

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