CBS announces schedule for 2021 holiday specials

Holidays

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — We may still be weeks from Thanksgiving, but CBS is looking ahead to the most wonderful time of the year by putting out their schedule of holiday specials, which includes some new additions this year.

The festivities start a bit earlier than usual with Adele: One Night Only at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 14. This primetime special will preview the global superstar’s first new material in six years with premiere performances of several never-before-heard songs plus classic hits. The night will also feature an exclusive interview by Oprah Winfrey.

Here’s when you can catch more holiday programming on WPRI 12:

Monday, Nov. 22

Universal Television

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – 8 p.m. ET

This favorite is a music story based on the popular song of the same name by Johnny Marks. It recounts the tale of a shy reindeer whose Christmas spirit is dampened because his shiny nose has made him the laughingstock of all of Christmasville.

Thursday, Nov. 25

Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS – 9 a.m.

Hosted by ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT’s Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight, the Thanksgiving Day Parade returns to Sixth Avenue. This year’s special will take viewers on a tour of the most popular balloons and floats including the iconic Santa Claus. Also, the show will feature musical performances and celebrity interviews.

Friday, Nov. 26

Frosty the Snowman – 8 p.m.
Frosty Returns – 8:30 p.m.

Frosty, that “jolly, happy soul” whose old silk hat full of magic has turned him into a musical Christmas legend, once again demonstrates his unique showmanship.

Saturday, Nov. 27

Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire – 8 p.m.

In this animated special, Robbie must train to compete in the Reindeer Races to become a part of the sleigh team for Santa.

Robbie the Reindeer: Legends of the Lost Tribe – 8:30 p.m.

In the second of two 30-minute specials, Robbie battles Blitzen in an effort to stop his nemesis’ launch of a reindeer theme park.

The Story of Santa Claus – 9 p.m.

This animated musical holiday special revolves around a gentle toymaker whose only wish is to deliver a toy to every child on Christmas.

Sunday, Nov. 28

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One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga – 8 p.m.

A new live concert special honoring the musical legacy and enduring friendship of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. Filmed at two sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall in August 2021 to celebrate Bennett’s 95th birthday, the live concert brings together the two incredible entertainers performing duets and solo songs honoring their shared love of the Great American Songbook.

Sunday, Dec. 5

The 23rd Annual A Home for the Holidays at the Grove – 9:30 p.m.

The entertainment special features uplifting stories of adoption from foster care and raises awareness of this important social issue. The inspirational stories of these American families are enhanced with performances by some of today’s top artists (to be announced shortly), performing from The Grove in Los Angeles.

Sunday, Dec. 12

A Christmas Proposal – 8:30 p.m.

A down-on-her-luck chef, Maria Winters (Jessica Camacho), who dreams of starting her own line of food trucks, agrees to pose as the girlfriend of a hotshot Seattle attorney, Julian Diaz (Adam Rodriguez), visiting his family for Christmas, to help him prove he’s the ideal candidate to take over the family firm. But their business arrangement is complicated by the magic of the season as real sparks begin to fly.

Sunday, Dec. 19

Christmas Takes Flight – 8 p.m.

A holiday battle of wills between pilot Jenny Beckett (Katie Lowes) and Matt Connor (Evan Williams), a number-crunching CEO who purchases Jenny’s family-owned, regional airline. Matt’s cost-cutting initiatives threaten Christmas when he cancels the airline’s annual holiday charitable benefit for underserved children. Determined to show Matt that the sweetest things in life are worth any price, Jenny rallies the community to help save the event and unexpectedly finds herself falling for the magnate in the process.

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Wednesday, Dec. 22

The Price is Right at Night – 8 p.m.

Drew Carey hosts a special holly-jolly-themed primetime episode where families come on down to the iconic game show stage and play for festive prizes. Plus, the show highlights pet adoption when they showcase animals looking for their fur-ever homes this holiday season.

The 44th Annual Kennedy Center Honors – 9 p.m.

Recipients to be honored at the annual national celebration of the arts in Washington, D.C. are operatic bass-baritone Justino Díaz; Motown founder, songwriter, producer and director Berry Gordy; “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels; legendary stage and screen icon Bette Midler; and singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. CBS has broadcast the special each year since its debut 44 years ago. Host and performers to be announced at a later date.

Friday, Dec. 24

A Holly Dolly Christmas – 8 p.m.

Global icon and country music superstar Dolly Parton shares the spirit of the holidays in her one-hour entertainment special. (OAD 12/6/20)

Kenny Rogers: All in for the Gambler – 9 p.m.

The life and legacy of country music legend Kenny Rogers is honored in a star-studded concert special. (original air date: 9/23/21)

Friday, Dec. 31

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New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash – 8 p.m.

Country music’s hottest superstars will ring in the new year from downtown Nashville across multiple locations. The star-studded special will be packed with high-energy performances celebrating the excitement and anticipation of a new year, with performers including Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Elle King, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell, Zac Brown Band and more.

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