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!)

NBC/Universal Promotion of ‘Jurassic World’ Sequel Won’t Let Up

Amazon delivers a dino-sized package
(Universal Studios)


These days, TV shows are frequently being used to promote events, other unrelated shows and movies during their broadcasts. The networks try really hard to make the cross-promotions seem as natural as possible when the two clearly don’t mesh.

During the broadcast of this year’s Winter Olympics on NBC, Disney found a way to give "sneak peeks" of the upcoming Incredibles 2. During the recent Survivor finale, the special took time away from interviewing the contestants about their experiences on the island to tease about Kevin Hart’s new summer game show, Total Knock Out. And now, NBC and Universal are going full throttle in promoting the upcoming summer blockbuster, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom with similar tricks.

Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt
Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt (Universal Studios)
First of all, if you watched NBC’s presentation of the first movie last night, you are probably still in shock and awe over how much time was dedicated to just commercials. The commercial breaks were slightly shorter than the actual movie segments stretching the two hour and four minute film into a three-hour spectacle. Many of the commercial breaks promoted the upcoming sequel.

One of the commercials that showed up frequently throughout the broadcast was for a special “Jurassic World Night” to be shown during this Wednesday’s American Ninja Warrior. "American Ninja Warrior welcomes special guests to the Los Angeles qualifier when dinosaurs from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom invade the course, along with a special appearance by the film's stars, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard,” states the NBC press release. If you don’t normally watch ANW, don’t alter your routine for this. While it sounds exciting, chances are good that the course will feature a few dinosaurs here and there looking menacing, but they probably won't be doing much while the Pratt and Howard observe the show while sitting with the audience. Expect to see yet another trailer for the sequel that gives way too much away.

American Ninja Warrior
(Tyler Golden/NBC)
This isn’t the first time that American Ninja Warrior has been used to promote Universal movies. Last summer the show promoted Descpicable Me 3 with costumed Minions cheering on the contestants.

In another stunt, Universal Pictures partnered with Amazon to deliver the largest “delivery” in Amazon’s history to The Grove in Los Angeles last week to promote advance tickets for the dino flick. The 40’ L x 14’9” H x 14’ mystery box, complete with air holes and delivered by a Jeep Wrangler motorcade, contained a Jurassic-sized surprise. Of course, Howard and Pratt were there as well.

Fans can follow the mystery on social with #amazonfindsaway, as well as get tickets to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. “From now until the big reveal, Fallen Kingdom fans can get clues to the mystery inside the giant package when they ask any Alexa-enabled device: "Alexa, ask Jurassic World what's inside the box," says NBC. Alexa will supposedly connect you with someone who can give more information on the source of all the noise. On June 22, players can return to play an interactive audio experience, in the Jurassic World Revealed for Amazon Alexa, from Universal and Earplay.”

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