On TV tonight: Several holiday specials

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1209_33_rgb.JPG Trying to pick one holiday TV show to highlight tonight is like trying to pick a favorite child. That’s why I’ve selected several.

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 8 p.m. KFSN (Channel 30.1): The transformation of the Grinch has become a true holiday classic.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” 8 p.m. KGPE (Channel 47.1): The animation looks a little rough compared to today’s compuer-generated offerings but the story of the reindeer who saves Christmas remains as strong as ever.

“Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” 8 p.m. KSEE (Channel 24.1): Natalie Morales and Al Roker host the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in New York. Mariah Carey, Josh Groban, Annie Lennox and Susan Boyle will perfrom.

“Shrek the Halls,” 8:30 p.m. KFSN (Channel 30.1): Who would have thought that an ogre could have so much holiday spirit?

On TV tonight: ‘Scared Shrekless,’ ‘Great Pumpkin’

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NUP_142190_0001[1].JPG There are a couple of animated offerings worth watching tonight.

“Scared Shrekless” 8 p.m. KSEE (Channel 24.1): Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas lend their voices to this Halloween tale where Shrek (Myers) can’t wait to start celebrating his favorite holiday.

Halloween is different for the ogre. Shrek challenges Donkey (Dean Edwards), Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) and other fairy-tale characters to tell the best scary story.

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” 8 p.m. KFSN (Channel 30.1): This animated offering has been a Halloween regular since it was first broadcast in 1966.

While the majority of the Peanuts gang are getting ready for Halloween, Linus begins his vigil in hopes of seeing The Great Pumpkin.
Both specials are Halloween treats.

TELEVISION NOTE: The SyFy cable channel has canceled the “Battlestar Galactica” spin-off “Caprica.” The series is from Chowchilla native Ron Moore. The five episodes that have not aired are scheduled to be shown in 2011.

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