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"In 2018, Rudolph [the Red-Nosed Reindeer] airing on CBS beat the competition airing against it in the valuable demographic of 25-54-year-olds, and attracting 8.14 million viewers. Not bad for a TV special airing every year for the past 54 years. There’s really nothing else on TV to compare that kind of success to…" In this 33-minute podcast, author Joanna Wilson explores the history of Christmas TV Animation, from the earliest examples, to the golden age of Christmas TV Animation (Charlie Brown Christmas, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph and others), to the animated Christmas specials and TV episodes that were created in the 1970s, 80s, 90s, and the 2000s through today. Joanna Wilson is the author of Tis the Season TV: the Encyclopedia of Christmas-themed Episodes, Specials and Made-for-TV Movies. She has been researching AND writing about Christmas on TV for nearly 20 years. Wilson is finalizing the updated, 2nd edition of the encyclopedia which will come out next year in 2020. She is the author of Triple Dog Dare: Watching & Surviving the 24-Hour Marathon of A Christmas Story, The Christmas TV Companion, and Merry Musical Christmas: Vol. 1: The Best Musical Performances in Sitcoms and Dramas. Her books are available at

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