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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Christmas TV Party 2015: Kiki Howell

 Christmas TV Party 2015: Kiki Howell at kikihowell.com

1) What Christmas program/movie have you seen more times than any other?
Now, it would have to be a toss up between Borrowed Hearts and A Season for Miracles. I just love the sappy romances at Christmastime. But, if we are going from since I was a kid, I don't think there has been a Christmas that I haven't watched The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

1997 Christmas TV movie Borrowed Hearts.

2) What is your favorite musical Christmas TV special, variety performance, or holiday song in a movie? 
They would all be from White Christmas, from the end of the movie number, to the Snow and the Sisters songs, oh, and every one in between. I sing right along, and I find myself singing them on my own later.

"Sisters" lip synch routine in the 1954 movie White Christmas.

3) What's your favorite TV or movie adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol?
The original story with George C. Scott as Scrooge. Does that count? It is the last thing I watch every Christmas Eve.

4) What do you think is the worst Christmas program/movie--or your least favorite, the most disappointing or most overrated?
I would have answered that I can't think of one, up until recent years when TV stations like Lifetime started making Christmas movies. I've seen as many bad as I have good these past years. Of course, I still make it a mission to watch as many as humanly possible. 

5) If you were asked to give advice to a TV network executive in charge of holiday programming, what would you suggest?
There needs to be more of a mix of what is offered each year. No repeating the specials and movies you think are best, you need to go through the years and get a nice selection of many. It seems the same thing it played over and over while others just disappear.


  1. More great answers! The Grinch is a classic! And yes, not all the Lifetime/Hallmark movies are winners, but at least they are producing Christmas stuff, and some of it is comforting and fun.

  2. I love that you place Christmas TV movies as ones you watch the most and as ones that are most disappointing. I agree with you. Some TV movies are the best and some TV movies are the worst--Christmas programming each year. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I enjoyed your responses, Kiki! Borrowed Hearts is such a good one, and yet so hard to find each year on TV!

    Also, I love White Christmas... every song puts me in the festive spirit!

    I, too, agree, along with you & Joanna, with your least favorite... That is so true... Christmas movies used to seem unique and precious and now there are so many bad ones made each year. Excellent answer!