Followers of this blog will recall the much anticipated re-broadcast of Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol for the special's 50th anniversary in December of 2012 and the unanimous disappointment with NBC's editorial skills, hacking 8 random minutes from the film, rendering it completely incomprehensible. It looked like the first animated Christmas special was doomed to the ash heap of television history, a verdict that seemed sure when the show failed to be broadcast last year.
However, I'm told by multiple sources that Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol will be airing this year, this time on The CW on December 19th, with times variously listed as 7 or 8 PM (check your local listings for station and time). I've also been told that it will run in a 90 minute slot, which should mean it will be complete. Not even the most rapacious advertiser should be able to fill up 38 minutes of airtime in 90 minutes. I can't vouch for the accuracy of the slot/run time so caveat emptor. If true, we can hope that a new generation of TV viewers will rediscover Lee Orgel's special, Styne and Merrill's timeless songs and the sincerity and faithfulness of Barbara Chain's adaptation of Dicken's original novel.
The special will also air on The CW on Christmas Eve so you if you miss this Friday, be sure to catch it on the night before Christmas.