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 October 3

The Maltese Falcon
(Warner Bros./Wikimedia)
'The Maltese Falcon' PremieresWritten and directed by John Huston, The Maltese Falcon was based on Dashiell Hammett’s novel of the same name. Based in San Francisco, film noir-styled film was about a private detective and a jewel-encrusted falcon statuette. This was Huston’s directional debut that starred Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade and co-starred Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet. The film premiered on this day in New York City in 1941 and was later nominated for three Academy Awards. The film was a huge success and because of this, Warner Brothers had planned for the sequel, The Further Adventures of the Maltese Falcon, but since Huston and the major cast members were in high demand, the film was never made. In 1989, the film was selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ Premieres

The comedy show hit, The Dick Van Dyke Show, premiered on this day in 1966 and starred Van Dyke, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam and Mary Tyler Moore. However, the show’s original pilot had a completely different cast – including the show’s namesake. The “other” show’s pilot was created in 1960 and was to be called Head of the Family and would have starred Carl Reiner. The storyline was basically the same as the finished product, but fortunately, the latter won out. The Dick Van Dyke Show aired on CBS for five seasons. During that time, the show won 15 Emmy Awards.

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