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 6

Kid's Messiest Game Show Premieres
Perhaps America’s messiest game show, Double Dare, aired for the first time on this day in 1986. For years, Double Dare was a Nickelodeon staple. It was the network’s first game show and also the longest-running. Right after the show premiered, it had tripled its viewership and became the most-watched original daily program on cable TV. Hosted by Marc Summers, the original series continued through February 6, 1993. For a brief time, there was a Family Double Dare show that aired on FOX from April 3 to July 23, 1988. The show was revived as Double Dare 2000 and was hosted by Jason Harris from January 22 to November 10, 2000. Then in April of 2012, Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando, Florida announced that the show would be revived again, but as a nightly stage show called Double Dare Live and ran at the hotel until it was re-branded as a Holiday Inn Resort in 2016. A Double Dare Reunion Special aired on Nick at Nite on November 23, 2016 and in July of this year Summers stated that yet another new version of the show could be brought back to the small screen once again.

First Movie with Synchronized Dialogue is Released
The first featured-length motion picture with synchronized dialogue was The Jazz Singer which was released on this day in 1927 which lead to the decline of silent films. Directed by Alan Crosland and recorded with the Vitaphone sound-on-disc system, the movie starred Al Jolson. The film was based on the play, The Day of Atonement by Samson Raphaelson. The story is about Jackie, a young Jewish man who is thrown out of his home by his father for singing in local beer garden which went against his heritage and family’s wishes. To hide the fact that he was Jewish, Jackie decides to go blackface and hides his ancient with a southern one. While this movie was a large hit, the 1980 remake (sans blackface) that starred Neil Diamond, Lucie Arnaz, and Laurence Olivier was a huge flop. However, like Xanadu, the soundtrack album did very well.

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