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Press Release: Disney Channel Celebrates The Season With December Programming

DISNEY CHANNEL CELEBRATES THE SEASON WITH DECEMBER PROGRAMMING

BURBANK, November 14, 2006. . . Exclusive holiday programming from Disney Channel’s most popular primetime and Playhouse Disney programs to air throughout the month of December.

Holiday programming highlights include:

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16
PLAYHOUSE DISNEY
“Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” – “Mickey Saves Santa” (9:00 a.m., ET/PT) – Santa’s sleigh is broken down at the top of Mistletoe Mountain – and it’s up to the Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Donald and Daisy to rescue him. The gang plays a game of “hide and seek” with the world’s best – Donald Duck – meanwhile Goofy needs help returning a lost baby bird to its mother. The stories reinforce helping others, the gift of friendship and problem solving for preschoolers.

“Handy Manny” – “A Very Handy Holiday” (10:00 a.m., ET/PT) — It’s the night of Kelly’s holiday party and Manny and the tools are finishing up their gift making before they go. But when a series of emergency holiday repairs are needed all over town, their celebration plans are threatened and the tools learn that helping others is an even better way to celebrate the holidays.

Wilmer Valderrama stars as the voice of friendly handyman Manny Garcia. Tom Kenny (“SpongeBob SquarePants”) is the voice of Mr. Lopart and Pat (the hammer). The theme song is written and performed by Los Lobos.

“Charlie and Lola” — “Charlie and Lola Christmas Special” (11:30 a.m., ET/PT) —
Lola can’t wait for Christmas, and the excitement builds as she and her brother take turns opening the doors of their festive advent calendar. Upon the arrival of the big day however, they realize that there is no door — Christmas has disappeared. Desperate to find the reason, Charlie and Lola scramble inside the calendar, where they discover that Christmas has ground to a halt, and Father Christmas’ helpers, the Elves, have run out of wrapping paper. It’s up to Charlie and Lola to help Father Christmas and his elves in time to save Christmas.

DISNEY CHANNEL
Disney Channel will air a five-hour marathon of holiday themed programming including a new episode of “Naturally Sadie” and “American Dragon: Jake Long.”

Special encore holiday episodes of favorite Disney Channel series will air as part of the marathon leading up to the “Sadie” and “Jake Long” premieres:

“Kim Possible” – “A Very Possible Christmas” (4:00 p.m., ET/PT)
“The Proud Family” “Seven Days of Kwanzaa” (4:30 p.m., ET/PT)
“Even Stevens” – “Heck of a Hanukkah” (5:00 p.m., ET/PT)
“Lizzie McGuire” – “Xtreme Xmas” (5:30 p.m., ET/PT)
“Sister, Sister” – “Christmas” (6:00 p.m., ET/PT)
“The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” – “Christmas at the Tipton” (6:30 p.m., ET/PT)
“Phil of the Future” – “Christmas Break” (7:00 p.m., ET/PT)
“That’s So Raven” – “Escape Claus” (7:30 p.m., ET/PT)

“Naturally Sadie” – “A Very Sadie Christmas” (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) — It’s Sadie’s first Christmas with Ben and she has no idea what to get him. After an exhaustive search, she finds the perfect gift – a special lens for his camera. The only problem is she can’t afford it. Meanwhile at Acropolis Wow, Rain is handed down the enormous task of decorating the restaurant for Christmas. At the mall, Hal exploits the spirit of Christmas by taking advantage of his position as Mall-Santa. All of the stories are narrated by Sadie in Christmas rhyme.

“American Dragon: Jake Long” – “Hairy Christmas” (8:30 p.m., ET/PT) — On Christmas Eve, Jake rebels against his family’s humiliating holiday traditions, but comes to appreciate them when he rescues a lost baby Sasquatch accidentally separated from its family and brought to New York City in the branches of the Rockefeller Center tree.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17
“The Santa Clause 2″ (premieres on Disney Channel at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT) Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) has been Santa Claus for the past eight years, and his loyal elves consider him the best Santa ever. But Santa’s got problems (he’s even mysteriously losing weight) and things quickly go south when he finds out that his son, Charlie, has landed on this year’s “naughty” list. Desperate to help his son, Scott heads back home, leaving a substitute Claus to watch over things at the Pole. But when the substitute institutes some strange redefinitions of naughty and nice, putting Christmas at risk, it’s up to Scott to return with a new bag of magic to try to save Christmas.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24 & MONDAY, DECEMBER 25
Disney Channel presents favorite holiday themed episodes and movies with 24-hours of programming starting at 6:00 a.m., ET/PT on December 24. Special encore episodes and movies include: “Handy Manny,” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “The Ultimate Christmas Present,” “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” and “That’s So Raven.”

— Disney Channel –

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