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Monday: Revisit the Heat Miser and friends on "The Year Without a Santa Claus." Plus: What did you think of "In God's Name" on Sunday?


Salon Staff
December 24, 2007 4:00PM (UTC)

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While you'll find plenty of fans of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," our personal Christmas favorite is "The Year Without a Santa Claus" (4 p.m. EST on ABC Family). First of all, we don't blame Santa for saying to hell with Christmas when he gets a bad cold -- we go through the same way almost every holiday season. More important, this stop-motion wonderland, which first aired in 1974, features unforgettable performances by the Heat Miser and the Snow Miser, ultra-competitive bratty sons of Mother Nature. Personally, we've always had a soft spot for the Heat Miser, whose signature hairstyle was eventually adopted by a whole generation of bed-headed fans of Mr. One Hundred and One.

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Also…

Sci Fi's "Tin Man" miniseries, a reimagined "Wizard of Oz" starring Zooey Deschanel, will be airing in a marathon that starts at 5 p.m. EST. Grinch lovers and their kids won't want to miss "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (8 p.m. EST on ABC), but true liquor-swilling Grinches should opt for Billy Bob Thornton's dark turn as "Bad Santa" (9 p.m. EST on Comedy Central). And your in-laws' ill-mannered pooches may inspire you to tune in for back-to-back episodes of "The Dog Whisperer" (8 p.m. EST on National Geographic).

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Contributors: Megan Doll, Heather Havrilesky, Eryn Loeb, Amy Reiter


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