Make It Special: November's Family TV Events
Holiday gifts are arriving early and in abundance this year with a plethora of November TV specials to delight kids, tweens, teens, and their families. From a live-action "Ben 10" TV movie to that beloved perennial, "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," your living room will be abuzz with fun family fare.
Check out November's highlights below and be sure to mark your calendars so you don't miss a thing.
"The Grim Adventures of the Kids Next Door"Debuts 7 p.m. (ET/PT), Sunday, Nov. 11; Repeats Friday, Nov. 16, Cartoon Network
Two top-rated Cartoon Network shows, "The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy" and "Codename: Kids Next Door," are crossing over for this special called &mash; what else — "The Grim Advenutres of the Kids Next Door." So what happens when worlds collide? Billy gets stuck in his Dad's lucky pants due to a scythe-related mishap, and only the Kids Next Door can save him from a tragic grounding. That is, until a freak accident turns Billy and the Delightful children into a lucky pants-powered Delightful Reaper. It's up to Numbuh One and Grim to join forces to put an end to the madness.
"Atlantis Squarepantis"Debuts 8 p.m. (ET/PT), Monday, Nov. 12, Nickelodeon
In his first-ever TV movie, SpongeBob finds the missing half of an ancient medallion believed to be a relic from the lost city of Atlantis and brings it to the Bikini Bottom Museum where the other half is on display. When the two sides are reunited, a magical van arrives to take SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward and Mr. Krabs to the legendary city of Atlantis. On Atlantis, the lost island's king, Lord Royal Highness (voiced by none other than rock legend David Bowie), spares no time in taking the visitors on a tour. Atlantis proves to be even more wonderful than anyone could have imagined, particularly for SpongeBob and Patrick, who encounter the Oldest Living Bubble. The movie is followed by a making-of special.
"A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving"8 p.m. (ET/PT), Tuesday, Nov. 20, ABC
America's favorite blockhead Charlie Brown can't help but be associated with its favorite holidays. Seems like he and the Peanuts gang are always up to something. In this 1973 special, Charlie Brown wants to do something special for his pals, Peppermint Patty, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and the rest of the gang. Poor Charlie! The dinner he arranges is a disaster when the caterers, Snoopy and Woodstock, prepare toast and popcorn as the main dish. Marcie's persuasive powers are all that can salvage the holiday for Charlie Brown. The musical charms of composer Vince Guaraldi make this classic Charles Schultz story gleam.
"He's a Bully, Charlie Brown"8:30 p.m. (ET/PT), Tuesday, Nov. 20, ABC
Following "A Charlie brown Thanksgiving" is this special, which marks the last original script created by the late Charles Schultz. In "He's a Bully, Charlie Brown," the Peanuts gang is attending a summer camp where the resident marble champion also happens to be a big-time bully. When the bully wins all of ReRun's marbles — including ReRun's grandpa's revered "shooter" — Charlie Brown challenges the bully to compete, enlishing all of Snoopy's skills to win the marbles back.
"Ben 10: Race Against Time"Debuts 8 p.m. (ET/PT), Wednesday, Nov. 21, Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network's live-action made-for-TV movie is based on the hit animated action-adventure series about a young boy, who with the flick of his Omnitrix (a powerful alien wristwatch), can turn into 10 different superpowered aliens. Graham Phillips ("Evan Almighty") stars in the coveted role of Ben Tennyson, a normal 10-year-old boy who can transform himself into powerful Heatblast or beastly Wildmutt. Haley Ramm ("X-Men 3") is Gwen, Ben's level-headed 10-year-old cousin and Lee Majors ("The Six Million Dollar Man") stars as Grandpa Max, whose past paranormal experiences translate to wisdom and protection for his grandchildren. Alex Winter ("Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure") takes the helm as director for Cartoon Network's first action-adventure movie.
"Tom & Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale"Debuts 7 p.m. (ET/PT) Nov. 23, Cartoon Network
Yes, it's an all-new adventure for the world's best-known cat-and-mouse duo, Tom and Jerry. When mouse Jerry wishes for a chance to dance in an empty theater, his dream comes true. Whisked away to an enchanted kingdom where toys come to life, Jerry has it made. For a while, anyway. Tom the Cat and his alley-cat pals crash Jerry's party, kidnapping a ballerina doll and bringing chaos to the kingdom. Wily mouse Jerry has to send the mean cats back to the alley where they belong.
"Shrek the Halls"Debuts ABC, 8 p.m. (ET/PT), Wednesday, Nov. 28, ABC
In this brand-new special, it's Christmas Eve and everyone is filled with holiday cheer — except for Shrek. For the sake of Fiona and the kids, he tries to get into the spirit of things as only an ogre can. Unfortunately, everyone seems to have their own ideas about what Christmas is all about, so when Donkey, Puss In Boots, Gingerbread Man and the whole gang try to join in on the fun, Shrek's plans for a cozy family celebration end up spiraling into one truly unforgettable Christmas.
"Avatar: Day of the Black Sun"Debuts 8 p.m. (ET/PT), Friday, Nov. 30, Nickelodeon
The invastion of Fire Nation finally begins here. Friends old and new gather as Aang tries to find the Fire Lord before the Black Sun appears.
"Class of 3000" Christmas SpecialDebuts 8 p.m. (ET/PT), Friday, Nov. 30, Cartoon Network
Featuring special musical voice talent (hip-hop artist Lil' Jon as Santa; Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas as Mrs. Claus; and Cee-Lo of Goodie Mob, Gnarls Barkley), the first-ever "Class of 3000" Christmas special drops in on the Westley School for the Performing Arts, where all Li'l D wants for Christmas is the world's most sought after video game console. Unfortunately, a year of bad behavior has put him on Santa's "Naughty List" and it looks like Li'l D will never get his Christmas wish. Li'l D attempts a last-ditch effort to butter up Santa and get his video game console but threatens to jeopardize Christmas for everyone — even the kids who made the "Nice List."