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Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas Returns With New Holiday Classics

At the combined Walt Disney Television Upfront presentation held at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall yesterday, Freeform made several network announcements about its upcoming programming.

For the first time ever on cable, the beloved holiday classics “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman” will air on Freeform during this year’s “25 Days of Christmas” programming event. From the Rankin Bass classic holiday library, the two iconic films will join other titles including “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town,” “The Little Drummer Boy” and more for the merriest time of year.

Also, in a holiday series showdown like no other, “Wrap Battle” will put the most gifted DIY-ers to the test. In the elimination gift-wrapping competition, contestants battle it out to deliver amazing results in different challenges in every episode, with each vying to win $50,000. Get your scissors and two-sided tape ready, let’s get wrapping! “Wrap Battle” is executive produced by Michael Levitt (“Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash”).

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Airs Tonight on ABC

The ABC Television Network will air the beloved Emmy Award-winning PEANUTS special “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in 1965, on THURSDAY, DEC. 20 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST). The hour will also include a series of Christmas-themed animated stories entitled “Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales,” based on Schulz’s work, in which each of the beloved PEANUTS characters – Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and Sally – star in his or her own charming animated vignette.

PEANUTS focuses on the anxieties and joys of childhood as expressed by an ensemble cast of children who often seem wise beyond their years. Among them are the lovable Charlie Brown, who perseveres despite continuous failure; the philosophical, blanket-carrying Linus; the fussbudget Lucy, who dispenses psychological advice for a nickel from behind a concession stand; and toy-piano virtuoso Schroeder. Central to the comic strip is Charlie Brown’s dog, Snoopy, who first stood on his hind legs in 1956 and became extremely popular for his imaginative adventures as a number of characters.

In the digitally remastered 1965 special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees everywhere during the Christmas season. Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant, and Charlie Brown accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, Charlie Brown needs Linus’ help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is.

The cast of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” includes Peter Robbins (“Charlie Brown”), Christopher Shea (“Linus”), Tracy Stratford (“Lucy”), Chris Doran (“Schroeder”) and Sally Dryer (“Violet”).

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” was executive produced by Lee Mendelson and created and written by Charles M. Schulz. Bill Melendez is the producer and director, and Vince Guaraldi is the music composer.

‘Shrek The Halls’ Airs Tonight on ABC

DreamWorks Animation’s “Shrek the Halls,” a half-hour of entertainment starring America’s favorite ogre and his friends, featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas, airs WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network.

Just when Shrek thought he could finally sit back, relax and enjoy his happily ever after with his new family, the most joyous of all holidays arrives. It’s Christmas Eve, and everyone is filled with holiday cheer — except for Shrek. He isn’t exactly the picture of yuletide joy, but for the sake of Fiona and the kids, he tries to get into the spirit of things as only an ogre can. Unfortunately, everyone seems to have their own ideas about what Christmas is all about, so when Donkey, Puss In Boots, Gingerbread Man and the whole gang try to join in on the fun, Shrek’s plans for a cozy family celebration end up spiraling into one truly unforgettable Christmas.

“Shrek the Halls” is written by Gary Trousdale & Sean Bishop, and Theresa Cullen & Bill Riling, produced by Gina Shay and Teresa Cheng and directed by Gary Trousdale. Executive producer is Aron Warner.

‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ Airs Tonight on ABC

“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” airs as part of Disney|ABC Television Group’s “25 Days of Christmas” celebration on Wednesday, DEC. 19 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. The airing, first announced during production in early 2016, follows “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”’s recently completed limited theatrical run in front of Disney•Pixar’s hit feature “Coco.” The featurette includes four new original songs and welcomes back the beloved characters (and cast) who won over audiences worldwide in the 2013 Oscar®-winning feature, “Frozen,” the top-grossing animated film of all time. 

In “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission. It’s the first holiday season since the gates reopened and Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save Anna and Elsa’s “first Christmas in forever.”

Academy Award®-winning producer Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”) says: “We are thrilled to be part of ABC’s ‘25 Days of Christmas’ festivities.  While making the film, our crew was so inspired by all of the great television holiday specials of the past.  It’s a dream come true for all of us.”

“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” features the original cast of Arendelle characters, including Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad (“Marshall,” “Book of Mormon”); Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell (“Frozen,” “Bad Moms”); Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel (Broadway’s “Wicked,” “Rent” and “If/Then”; Fox’s “Glee”); and Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff (Broadway’s “Hamilton,” Netflix’s “Mindhunter”).

“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” is directed by Emmy-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”) and is produced by Oscar winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”). The featurette includes a screenplay by Jac Schaeffer and four original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson.

‘Shrek The Halls’ Airs December 19 on ABC

DreamWorks Animation’s “Shrek the Halls,” a half-hour of entertainment starring America’s favorite ogre and his friends, featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas, airs WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network.

Just when Shrek thought he could finally sit back, relax and enjoy his happily ever after with his new family, the most joyous of all holidays arrives. It’s Christmas Eve, and everyone is filled with holiday cheer — except for Shrek. He isn’t exactly the picture of yuletide joy, but for the sake of Fiona and the kids, he tries to get into the spirit of things as only an ogre can. Unfortunately, everyone seems to have their own ideas about what Christmas is all about, so when Donkey, Puss In Boots, Gingerbread Man and the whole gang try to join in on the fun, Shrek’s plans for a cozy family celebration end up spiraling into one truly unforgettable Christmas.

“Shrek the Halls” is written by Gary Trousdale & Sean Bishop, and Theresa Cullen & Bill Riling, produced by Gina Shay and Teresa Cheng and directed by Gary Trousdale. Executive producer is Aron Warner.