No we're not talking about the awesome Christmas Eve On Sesame Street, which came out the same year and was actually made by The Children's Television Workshop. No what we are talking about here is the lesser known car crash TV produced by CBS. Regarded as one of the worst TV Christmas specials of all time.The kind of TV that you can only half watch through your fingers, cringing at every stilted line delivered and the bemused stars gradual realisation that they are making awful TV.
The show had a star studded cast for the time. A brief appearance by Michael Jackson and Henry Fonda. Leslie Uggams had been Emmy nominated for her role in the TV miniseries Roots in 1977, and so was a big star. There was the Canadian singer / song-writer Anne Murray, and then it starts to get weird... With the 80 year old comic actress Imogene Coca and the utterly insane Ethel Merman.
The loose story was one of Oscar playing a Scrooge type role, the script wasn't written by the Sesame Street team, but by by Bob Banner Associates, mostly known for Perry Como's Christmas specials. I must admit I've never watched the whole thing, it's just too bad, too painful. I much prefer the Christmas On Sesame Street special, which is a wonderful kids classic. But no where near as funny to write a weird Christmas post about.