ABC, CBS, and NBC are not in the the mood to show you the fantasy of daytime drama on Christmas day. The networks have decided to ignore it’s female demographic, and go after the men and children in the house courtesy of Christmas specials and sports, sports and more sports.On December 25, Christmas Day in the United States, instead of your daily dose of “All My Children,” “As The World Turns,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital,” “Guiding Light,” “One Life To Live,” “Passions” and “The Young and the Restless,” the big-three networks have instead opted to preempt the drama in exchange for Holiday specials and National Ball games. For ABC’s part, the network has also preempted “The View” in order to air the “Walt Disney World Christmas Parade” hosted by “Live with Regis and Kelly” co-hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa and “American Idol’s’” Ryan Seacrest. It airs from 10:00 AM, EST to 12:00 PM, EST.
Set to appear are music sensation Beyoncé; recording artist and composer Daniel Powter; acclaimed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli; Mexican pop group RBD; tween singing sensation Bianca Ryan; Playhouse Disney’s Doodlebops; Disney Channel star Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana; Disney Channel’s blockbuster “High School Musical” stars Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman and Ashley Tisdale; Grammy-Award winner Michael Bolton; pop performers Paris Bennett, Elliott Yamin, Ace Young, and Mandisa; sister act Aly & AJ; Travel Channel Host Samantha Brown; and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” designers extraordinaire Ty Pennington, Paige Hemmis and Eduardo Xol.
At 1:00 PM, ABC will air the SOAPnet original special “A Very Soapy Christmas.” The special highlighting christmas music performed by such ABC Daytime stars as Kathy Brier, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Kristen Alderson, Susan Lucci, Jacob Young, Eden Riegel, Bobbie Eakes, Vincent Irizarry, Kassie DePaiva, Tika Sumpter, Jason Thompson, Scott Clifton and Ignacio Serricchio. “Soapy Christmas” goes behind-the-scenes of recording sessions for “A Holiday Affair,” the new original musical collaboration from Buena Vista Records. You can purchase the CD now at ABC.com and at retail stores and digital music service providers nationwide. The special originally aired Friday, December 2 on SOAPnet.
Beginning at 2:00 PM, ABC will present their annual NBA Christmas Day game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat. For CBS’ part, the network will air repeats of “The Price is Right” from 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon. In place of the afternoon CBS soaps, the network will air the 2003 film “Secondhand Lions,” which stars Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment, Kyra Sedgwick, Eric Balfour and Christian Kane. At 3:00 PM, CBS will air the CBS Sports Spectacular Presentation “Ultimate Blackjack.”
NBC is set to air Local Programming until 2:30 PM when they begin airing “Capital One Holiday Celebration on Ice.” At 4:30 PM “Football Night in America” takes over until 5:00 PM when NBC Sports presents the Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys for some NFL Football.
All soaps are expected back with original episodes on Tuesday, December 26.