- Hallmark Channel is producing several new Christmas movies. The first, Northpole, will star American Idol winner Candace Glover and air in November.
- NBC is producing an animated Christmas special for next year titled How Murray Saved Christmas, based on the best-selling children's book of the same name by Mike Reiss.
- Larry D. Mann, the voice actor behind Yukon Cornelius in in the Rankin/Bass classic Rudoilph the Red Nosed Reindeer, passed away on January 7th at the age of 91 in Los Angeles.
- Russell Johnson, who portrayed Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan's Island (including its Christmas episode, "Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk"), died of kidney failure on January 16th at the age of 89.
- Dave Madden, who played Reuben Kincaid on The Partridge Family (including its Christmas episode), died on January 16th at the age of 82.
- Arthur Rankin Jr., the "Rankin" half of Rankin-Bass, passed away January 30th at the age of 89 at his home near Harrington Sound in Bermuda.
- Harold Ramis, who directed The Office episode "A Benihana Christmas" and was best known as Dr. Egon Spengler from Ghostbusters, died at the age of 69 on February 24th.
Upcoming Video Releases
- "North Pole Cat" is one of the Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats episodes that is on Mill Creek Entertainment's newly-released TV Guide Spotlight: Totally '80s Toons DVD set.
- Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will be releasing The Spectacular Spider-Man: The Complete Series, which will contain "Reinforcement", on Blu-ray.
- Shout! Factory's website will start selling their The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Series DVD set, which will contain "I'm Dreaming of a Slight Christmas", "Bob Has To Have His Tonsils Out, So He Spends Christmas Eve In the Hospital", and "Twas the Pie Before Christmas" (which has not been released on DVD previously). The DVD set will later be made available in general retail stores on May 27th.
- The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1 Blu-ray set, which includes the show's "Christmas Story", will be released.
- The Honeymooners: Classic 39 Episodes Blu-ray set, which will include their Christmas episode, will be released.
- Warner Home Video will release a retail DVD set of Batman: The Brave and the Bold - The Complete First Season, which will contain "Invasion of the Secret Santas!"
- The Warehouse 13 Christmas episode "The Greatest Gift" will be included as a bonus feature on the Warehouse 13: Season Five DVD set.
- A lower-priced, episodes-only version of The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete 3rd Season DVD set (which includes "The Alan Brady Show Presents") will be released.
- Warner Home Video will release The New Adventures of Batman: The Complete Series DVD set, which will include "Cool, Cruel Christmas Caper".
- Amazon.com is taking preorders for the manufacture-on-demand DVD sets of The Fairly OddParents: Season 6 (which will contain "Merry Wishmas") and Robot and Monster: The Complete Series (which will contain "Baconmas").
- StarVista and Time-Life plan to release The Wonder Years: The Complete Series DVD set (which will of course contain the episodes "Christmas", "A Very Cutlip Christmas", and "Christmas Party") this fall.
- An individual DVD set of The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete 6th Season (which will contain "Twas the Pie Before Christmas") will be released on a currently unspecified date.
- The Glee: The Complete 5th Season DVD and Blu-ray sets, which will contain "Previously Unaired Christmas", will be released on a currently unspecified date (presumably after April).
- The Michael J. Fox Show: The Complete 1st Season, which will include the show's "Christmas" episode, is planned for release on an unspecified date.
- The Modern Family: The Complete 5th Season DVD and Blu-ray sets, which will include "The Old Man & the Tree", will be released on a currently unspecified date.