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Top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time: 40 - 21

Wesley Mead Dec 22, 2016

Wesley counts down the penultimate 20 entries in the top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time list: from number 40 to 21...

This article was first published in December 2015. Read entries 100 - 81 here, entries 80 - 61 here, and entries 60 - 41 here.

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Since the medium’s infancy, viewers have enjoyed sharing holidays with their favourite television characters. We grow invested in our friends on screen over the years; spending Christmas with them is a rite of passage, a chance for us to share tradition from our world with the fictional ones we see on screen. Some shows embrace the season wholeheartedly, characters in good spirits and enjoying the trappings of the season; others skew a little darker, bringing the more oppressive,
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Top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time: 40 - 21

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Wesley counts down the penultimate 20 entries in the top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time list: from number 40 to 21...

Read entries 100 - 81 here, entries 80 - 61 here, and entries 60 - 41 here.

Since the medium’s infancy, viewers have enjoyed sharing holidays with their favourite television characters. We grow invested in our friends on screen over the years; spending Christmas with them is a rite of passage, a chance for us to share tradition from our world with the fictional ones we see on screen. Some shows embrace the season wholeheartedly, characters in good spirits and enjoying the trappings of the season; others skew a little darker, bringing the more oppressive, burdensome side of the holidays to life. Either way, Christmas episodes tend to demonstrate the strengths of our favourite series, and it’s long been a festive ritual of mine to wheel out old DVD sets and settle
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Elliot Wax, TV Agent Who Packaged Shows From ‘Carol Burnett’ to ‘Three’s Company,’ Dies at 84

Elliot R. Wax, a former television agent at William Morris and the leader of his own agency, died on May 4 from complications of kidney disease at his home in Lake Sherwood, Calif. He was 84.

Wax packaged many hit variety and comedy shows while at Wma and found success running his own firm, Elliot Wax & Associates, as well.

While in the television variety show department at William Morris, he was involved in the packaging and selling of numerous variety specials with stars including Danny Thomas, Carol Burnett, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Jackson 5, Andy Williams, the Osmonds and Dionne Warwick. While representing writers and producers, Wax packaged variety series that included “The Carol Burnett Show,” “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” “The Sonny & Cher Show,” “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” “The Redd Foxx Show” and “The Glen Campbell Show.”

While a VP at William Morris, Wax made the move into the business of packaging half-hour television.
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Greatest TV Pilots: Three’s Company, “A Man About the House”

Three’s Company, “A Man About the House

Written by Johnnie Mortimer, Brian Cooke, Don Nicholl, Michael Ross, Bernard West,

Directed by Bill Hobin

Aired March 15th, 1977 on ABC

Three’s Company was the ‘Friends’ of its day; a sit-com about three twenty-somethings sharing an apartment in Santa Monica California going through the ups and downs of life for the singles set of the late 70s. The American version of the UK show ‘Man About the House’, Tc was considered a groundbreaking show. Hard to believe just over 30 years ago men and women living under one roof as platonic friends was not only a novel idea for television, but a shocking and controversial premise. Juvenile jokes, double-entendres, and ridiculous plotlines were all part of the fun, but Tc was also a true reflection of the shifting morals and values of young America arriving in the last days of disco and jiggle TV.
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Patron of screenwriting Gee Nicholl dies

Gladys "Gee" Nicholl, a longtime benefactor of media-related activities and the widow of TV writer-producer Don Nicholl, died Jan. 6 in Santa Barbara after a short illness. She was 86.

Nicholl is best known for her support of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Program.

Nicholl danced in the Indian Ballet Company in London and acted on stage and modeled on occasion. In the 1950s, she wrote a gossip column for the London-based pop music tabloid Record Mirror and drew upon that experience in writing the story upon which her husband based his screenplay for the 1958 rock 'n' roll musical feature "The Golden Disc."

When Don Nicholl was hired by Norman Lear to join the staff of "All in the Family," the Nicholls relocated from London to Los Angeles.

After her husband's death in 1980, Gee Nicholl, knowing that Don had long spoken of helping new writers get started,
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