Monday, December 27, 2021

This Day in TV History: Gunsmoke celebrates the great December 27 holiday

At what point are you "done" with Christmas? And by that I mean the annual viewing of the holiday specials. You might leave up the tree and the lights till after New Year's Day, but are you going to keep watching seasonal specials and episodes after the big day has passed? I find it a bit jarring when radio stations turn off the switch and just stop playing holiday music, especially this past weekend when the day after is a Sunday anyway and people are still in the mood. But what about Christmas television?

50 years ago tonight, CBS led off its Monday night lineup with Gunsmoke, as usual, but on this December 27, it was "P.S. Murry Christmas." The story involved a group of orphans including Willie Aames, Erin Moran, and Jodie Foster! It sounds very Christmas-like, but why run it on a night with no other holiday programming? The rest of the CBS lineup consisted of Here's Lucy, The Doris Day Show (regular episodes), and The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour

What's odd to me is that CBS ran this one on December 27 instead of the week before the holiday. A week earlier, December 20, a rerun of the show from the previous season fit the same slot. I guess maybe everyone figured, hey, Gunsmoke can do whatever it want.

As for me, I am done with the Christmas viewing till next Thanksgiving, but not because I am done with the holiday. I just need to set a barrier for myself so I can move on and catch up on other programming...including some stuff I got for Christmas! So, sorry Gunsmoke "P.S. Murry Christmas," I won't be seeing you tonight.

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