But not for all of us.
While eating leftover apple pie for breakfast for the third morning in a row, sitting in a weird amalgamation of Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations, and fretting over how I'm going to tackle the holiday season on this blog, I saw this at the Christmas Specials Wiki and thought I should share the heads-up:
Viewers in the Boston and Manchester, New Hampshire areas are going to need to have a DVR ready as the specials "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Shrek the Halls" will be pre-empted for the New England Patriots-New Orleans Saints NFL Monday Night Football game telecast produced by ESPN this Monday (10/30).
The programs are scheduled to air at approximately 3 AM EST. (Emphasis mine.)
Oh man, it's Fox's treatment of the last season of "Futurama" all over again!!!
Seriously, though. This is the only time Chuck Jones' "Grinch" - arguably his crowning moment of awesome - will be viewable on broadcast television. Now, as a drooling Chuck Jones fangirl, I obviously have the DVD. And anyway, didn't ABC have the stones to cut scenes out of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" last year? For more commercials even?!
Ah, well. Here is a helpful schedule of almost every holiday special airing on television this season. The big three are all this week: "Charlie Brown" is on tomorrow night and "Rudolph" follows on Wednesday. I really wanted to do long, loving tributes to each of these animated Christmas special for the days on which they air (it is obligatory for an animation blog written by someone who grew up with them). I am probably going to do this anyway, but you'll have to DVR the specials to follow along, I guess. It's still November, dammit! Who'd expect Christmas specials on now? I remember when you didn't see any specials before the Solstice.
For now, eh, go Pats I guess.
EDIT: Boston gets the Grinch on December 23, which makes a heck of a lot more sense anyway.