Day: November 17, 2022

Christmas commotion? It depends on where you live

If you think Christmas is a big deal in your neighborhood … well, compare that to Puerto Rico.
“Food is abundant,” Rita Moreno said. So is commotion.
“You go from house to house and make a lot of noise,” she said in a video press conference. “Everyone has homemade instruments. And if it’s 1 o’clock in the morning, it doesn’t matter. You open the door.”
Now Moreno – who moved to New York when she was 5 — co-stars in a film filled with the tamer traditions of the mainland. “Santa Bootcamp” (shown here), at 8 p.m. Saturday and 10:03 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19-20, on Lifetime. It has her running a school for Santas and such Read more…

Week’s top-10 for Nov. 21: Holiday season takes over

1) Thanksgiving Day parade, 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, NBC (rerunning from 2-5 p.m.); also, 1-4 p.m., CBS. The mega-parade (shown here in a previous year) has 12 bands, 10 performance groups, lots of balloons and 28 floats, often with stars – from Paula Abdul to Ziggy Marley — onboard. Early on, NBC will have the Broadway casts of “Funny Girl,” “The Lion King,” “A Beautiful Noise” and “Some Like It Hot”; CBS will counter with the casts of “Moulin Rouge” and “Six.” Read more…

Best-bets for Nov. 19: Dorothy, Dolly, Grinch and more

1) “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Wizard of Oz” (1939), 5 and 6:33 p.m., TBS. Two of the all-time great shows return, as part of a great stretch for TBS. Tim Burton’s brilliant “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005) is at 2:30 p.m., with “Grinch” (shown here) – a wondrous blend of Dr. Seuss and animator Chuck Jones – at 5. “The Year Without a Santa Claus” is 5:30, with “Oz” at 6:33 and 8:45 … and “Charlie” again at 11:01 p.m. Read more…