The Christmas TV Companion: a Guide to Cult Classics, Strange Specials and Outrageous Oddities

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From the back cover: Christmas on TV is wilder, weirder, and more wondrous than you think! The Christmas TV Companion is a funny, engaging look beyond the same Christmas specials that air every year to the cult TV rarities, over-the-top made-for-TV holiday specials, and bizarre, spacey shows that truly expand the notion of Christmas spirit. Loaded with pop culture references, this book is sure to please pop aficionados and TV junkies of all stripes. Its remarkable breadth of content covers the far-out gems of yesterday, as well as the irreverent and cutting edge Christmas material of today, from Arthur C. Clarke to South Park, and from Ed Sullivan to Squidbillies. This guide also contains practical examples for enhancing your own Christmas TV viewing.

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About the author: Joanna Wilson is a bona fide pop culture expert who draws upon her considerable background in film and philosophy to create insightful commentary on pop culture of all kinds. She is equally at ease discussing the thoughts of the ancient Greeks on Art, Justice and Virtue as she is in discussing the plot, guest stars and cultural ramifications of an episode of Laverne and Shirley. At this moment she is probably hard at work watching yet another obscure Christmas-themed special for her forthcoming book: a comprehensive encyclopedia of Christmas on TV. Look for it in 2010 from 1701 Press!

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I'm reading a wonderful book right now - The Christmas TV Companion by Joanna Wilson. It's a collection of all the great, not-so-great, and weirdly oddball Christmas themed specials and series episodes we all grew up with (no matter what your age is) and it's a well-written and thoroughly researched delight. I'm a sucker for the classic holiday TV episodes and I enjoy watching my favorites in the run up to the holidays - this book does a great job of bringing those shows to life. There are loads of pictures and so many classic television faves to explore like the Dr. Who, Mork & Mindy, The Tick, Night Gallery and Pee Wee's Playhouse holiday forays. The author even details more obscure Christmas moments on variety hours like The Frank Sinatra Show, Elvis' comeback special, and The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. I really enjoyed reading about what looks like a hilarious 1965 musical special - The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood with Liza Minnelli, Vic Damone, and Eric Burdon & The Animals. Crazy! The Christmas TV Companion is witty, breezy and fresh; it's written in an intimate style that is instantly likeable. I can't recommend this book highly enough but be warned - it will put you in the Christmas spirit! --Billy Ingram, TVparty.com --Billy Ingram, TvParty!

I thought I'd seen just about every Christmas-themed television show out there. I was wrong. Joanna Wilson's Christmas TV Companion has sent me searching for all kinds of obscure oddments of which I had never heard and now can't wait to watch. In an engagingly amusing way, this book points out how versatile television has been in embracing, celebrating, satirizing, and abusing this single holiday. --Robert Thompson, Director of the Bleier Center of Televsion and Popular Culture, Syracuse University

Fans of my animated shorts will love this book! With The Christmas TV Companion as your guide, you're bound to have the most demented Yuletide Season ever! --Corky Quakenbush, animator of Raging Rudolph, The Reinfather and A Pack of Gifts Now

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