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On the latest podcast, I speak with author Joanna Wilson, the master of all things Christmas-y and TV-y. She wrote one of my favorite books on Christmas television specials that highlights all the oddball, unusual, and uncategorizable holiday TV and movies you could ever want: The Christmas TV Companion: a Guide to Cult Classics, Strange Specials & Outrageous Oddities. Her other books include an encyclopedia of Christmas TV shows and movies, a chronicle of watching A Christmast Story for 24 hours straight, and more.
Her website (Christmas TV History.com) also has a wonderful discussion of all kinds of Christmas specials, special events (like Christmas in July), and information on all the holiday TV coming up you could want. (Her Twitter, @TistheSeasonTV, is also a great resource and full of fun.)
We talk about a number of shows, and I’ve found as many links as I can below the show.
Wilson’s books (also all available on Amazon):
- Christmas TV Companion (the “weird” one…heh heh)
- Tis the Season TV, The Encyclopedia
- The Triple Dog Dare: Watching, & Surviving, the 24 Hour A Christmas Story Marathon
- Merry Musical Christmas, Vol. 1: The Best Christmas Music in TV, Sitcoms, and & Dramas
Shows and special episodes mentioned in the podcast:
- The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold
- The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
- Moral Orel
- Tom Goes to the Mayor
- A Cosmic Christmas
- A Carol for Another Christmas
- All Mine to Give (the entire movie isn’t free online, but there are lots of clips)
- Yo Gabba Gabba
- Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special
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