Christmas in Washington Canceled after 33 Years

Christmas in Washington Canceled after 33 Years

After more than three decades and five administrations, “Christmas in Washington,” the celebrity-packed holiday special attended by the first family, won’t be returning for its 34th holiday season.

No, the Grinch didn’t have anything to do with it — at least we don’t think he did.

After last year’s show, hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, TNT announced that it would no longer broadcast the Christmas special, ending a 15-year partnership with veteran producer George Stevens Jr. and his son, Michael. The Stevenses, who had just been ousted as the producers of the Kennedy Center Honors gala, said they were in search of a new broadcast partner.

But a new network sponsor was never found, and according to the Stevens Co., the 2014 broadcast was the last.

“Christmas in Washington,” which began in 1982, was like a grade-school pageant on steroids. The night was filled with marquee musicals acts such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Tim McGraw, Gloria Estefan, Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey, who crooned Christmas classics on stage while the first family and other Washington VIPs sang along from the audience.

For the big finale everyone, including the first family, headed to the stage for hand-holding, hugging and a big singalong. It was a hot holiday ticket and decades-long tradition.

The special, which benefited the Children’s National Health System, was created by producer-writer George Stevens Jr. His son Michael signed on as a producer in 1993 and went on to direct the show from 2004 to 2014. Michael Stevens died Oct. 15 from complications caused by stomach cancer.

When asked what George Stevens, who received an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement in 2012, was planning to do next, a representative from his company said: “Mr. Stevens always has stuff going on but nothing right now.”

Written by Helena Andrews-Dyer.

7 Comments:

  1. Seriously, do you think the jewish and liberal run media at TNT is all that motivated in finding a new sponsor for a christian christmas show?

  2. Anti-semitic idiots…TNT is owned by TBS which is owned by Time Warner. Not exactly jewish bastions.

    • Gerald Levin is a Jew, as CEO and Director of AOL Time Warner he controlled TNT and TBS until January 1, 2014. Now another Jew by the name of Robert D. Marcus serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Time Warner Cable Inc.

  3. I don’t know if Obama and his administration had anything to do with this being canceled, but I’m sure liberals within the democratic party are happy it’s no longer on TV.

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