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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 June 9

The movie "Cars" was released in theaters on June 9, 2006.
Pixar’s ‘Cars’ is Released in Theaters
The last independent Pixar movie (before the company was purchased by Disney) was Cars which was released in theaters on this day in 2006. Director John Lasseter also wrote the script as a loving tribute to Route 66 and all its small towns and oddities. The story revolves around a world of anthropomorphic cars featuring race car Lightning McQueen who finds himself in the small town of Radiator Springs as a fish out of water. The movie premiered on May 26, 2006 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards and won an Oscar as well as a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature. The movie was popular enough to warrant a sequel, Cars 2, in 2011 (which didn’t fare was well with critics) and a second, Cars 3, to be released on June 16, 2017. The franchise also got its own “land” at Disney’s California Adventure theme park which proved to give the park a much needed boost in attendance.


Bishop T.D. Jakes was born on June 9, 1957.

T. D. Jakes is Born

On this day in 1957, little Thomas Dexter Jakes was born and became Bishop T. D. Jakes, one of the most popular African American pastors of all time. His church, The Potter’s House located in Dallas, Texas servers about 30,000 members and services are televised on TBN, BET, Daystar, The Word Network and the Miracle Channel. Jakes has written over 30 books, been involved with over eight movies (including 2013’s Black Nativity and 2014’s Heaven is for Real) and he has been married to the same woman, Serita Ann Jamison, since 1981. The big pastor with the big voice looks intimidating in photos, but in person, is one of the nicest guys that you’ll ever meet.


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