NBC will be hosting a wide-array of holiday specials and events this year, all in addition to the network’s traditional broadcasts like the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and the “National Dog Show”. This year viewers will also get to see the new “Timeless” series finale, a holiday edition of “America’s Got Talent,” “Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas Special” and more.
The network is also adding two “Saturday Night Live” specials to the schedule, which also contains the classic cartoon “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Christmas in Rockefeller Center.” Programs debuting are “A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy” and a special episode of “Deal or No Deal” two days before its premiere on CNBC. NBC will close down the holidays with the “Tournament of Roses Parade” on January 1, 2019 from Pasadena, California.
The big event will begin on November 21 with a new Hollywood Game Night. Celebrities will partake in such games as “Block This Way,” “Four-Letter Words,”’ “Popped Quiz,” “Back to Back” and “7 Seconds of Fame.” That will be followed by A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving, going back through the 44 seasons of “SNL.”
On Thursday November 22nd NBC will host the Macy’s 92nd Thanksgiving Day Parade starting at 9am. With 24 million viewers, last year’s parade was the #3 most-watched entertainment program of the year, behind only the Oscars and the Grammys. That same day is the National Dog Show Presented by Purina, which averaged 11.6 million viewers last year and 12.3 million the year before, making those the two most-watched telecasts of the “National Dog Show” in the 16 years NBC has covered the event. So many good doggos along the way.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” gets things going on November 23rd, followed by “DreamWorks Trolls Holiday“. Now that the Bergens’ one holiday is gone — and the Trolls don’t have to worry about being eaten by their neighbors — Poppy, the eternally optimistic Troll queen, has made it her mission to bring a brand new day of celebration to Bergen Town.
November 28th is 86th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center, which was last year’s #1 most-watched primetime holiday special. That will feed into this year’s big event, “A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy“. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen celebrate the season of joy and laughter alongside the couple’s family and talented celebrity friends. Legend performs a selection of songs from his 2018 holiday album, “A Legendary Christmas.”
Thursday, November 29th is the premiere of “Lego Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit Parts 1 & 2“. A trio of dinosaurs need to be moved to a new super-secret exhibit at Jurassic World. However, moving them to the new attraction is not as easy as previously thought.
Then we hit December, on December 3rd there’s a new “Deal or No Deal: Happy Howie Days“. Howie Mandel’s hit game show is back after 10 years and he’s offering up the possibility of a $1 million holiday present. A family who has overcome all odds, an incredible adoption story and a player who pushes the limits to bring life-changing money home for the holidays. The series premieres Wednesday, Dec. 5 on CNBC. The next day is Saturday Night Live Best of Christmas, with two hours of classic Christmas-related sketches over the show’s illustrious history.
December 11th is “Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas“. The winner of “America’s Got Talent,” Darci Lynne Farmer will celebrate the holidays Oklahoma style with her puppets and guests Kristin Chenoweth, Toby Keith, Hunter Hayes, Pentatonix and Lindsey Stirling. That will be followed by Hollywood Game Night, hosted by Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch, and the episode will play holiday-themed games between teams that include Jameela Jamil (“The Good Place”), Lauren Ash (“Superstore”) and Tony Hale (“Arrested Development”).
Ellen hits NBC on December 12th, “Ellen’s Game of Games” holiday edition was last season’s #1 new alternative series. That will be followed by “Little Big Shots,” as the Steve Harvey-hosted series returns to celebrate the holiday season with fan-favorite acts that include Angelica Hale, Miles Caton and more.
December 17th is “America’s Got Talent” and December 20th is the big “Timeless” series finale that promises fans an epic, unforgettable thrill ride through the past, present and future, all with a healthy dose of Christmas spirit.
The day before Christmas you can find “It’s a Wonderful Life” followed by Christmas Eve Mass featuring a Pope Francis-led mass from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. On Christmas Day find “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” the #1 highest-rated movie on the broadcast networks last season.
Top that all off with “NBC News Special: A Toast to 2018!” on New Year’s Eve followed by NBC’s New Year’s Eve Live from Times Square.