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'LIVE with Kelly and Michael' gets into holiday spirit

by jmaloni


Tue, Dec 2nd 2014 05:00 pm

Theme weeks include the return of "LIVE's Holiday Gift Guide" and "LIVE's Holiday Hits Week"

"LIVE's Cozy Classic Christmas" airs Dec. 24

"LIVE's Year End Viewers' Choice Show" airs Dec. 29

As the 2014 holiday season begins, top syndicated morning show "LIVE with Kelly and Michael" celebrates this December with festive theme weeks, an annual Christmas Eve extravaganza, and a fun-filled 2014 end-of-the-year special.

Throughout the month, hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan sit down with some of the entertainment industry's top talent, including Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Quvenzhané Wallis, stars of the film "Annie." Also stopping by are Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep; Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt; Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine from the movie musical "Into the Woods"; and Amy Adams and Oscar winner Christoph Waltz from the film "Big Eyes." In addition, Ripa and Strahan interview Oprah Winfrey, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix and Nick Jonas.

This week marks the return of "LIVE's Holiday Gift Guide," a weeklong series featuring a wide range of helpful gift suggestions. The week kicked off with ideas for teens and tweens from Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Amy Astley. Also weighing in will be TheNest.com co-founder Carley Roney, who shares food and drink gift ideas, followed by "LIVE's" "Fashion Guy" Lawrence Zarian with suggestions for fashion accessory gifts. Later in the week, "Toy Guy" Chris Byrne brings along this year's hottest toys, and "LIVE's Holiday Gift Guide" concludes with a visit from Mashable editor-at-large Lance Ulanoff, who will showcase the latest tech gadgets.

The holidays wouldn't be complete without music, and from Dec. 8-12, "LIVE" gets into the Christmas spirit with "LIVE's Holiday Hits Week." The lineup includes an eclectic mix of music acts, including legendary opera singer Renée Fleming, country singer Sara Evans, folk duo Johnnyswim, R&B singer-songwriter Anthony Hamilton and Tony Award winner Idina Menzel. Each will take to the "LIVE" stage, performing a holiday-themed tune for the audience. "LIVE" also will boast a performance from Grammy Award winner Sting.

The show's holiday celebrations come to a head Christmas Eve, when the "LIVE" set undergoes a winter wonderland transformation for "LIVE's Cozy Classic Christmas." The hour-long celebration will be packed with holiday fun, including visits from actor and WWE legend Dwayne Johnson; comedian Caroline Rhea, who chats with kids about the holidays; and the season's hottest celebrity, Santa. Plus, the smash hit musical "Frozen" is brought to life when "LIVE" presents "Disney on Ice: Frozen." The show wraps up with a stellar performance from Grammy-winning band Earth, Wind & Fire performing a hit from their new holiday CD.

Visit "LIVE" on the Web at www.LIVEKellyandMichael.com, on Facebook, or follow "LIVE" on Twitter, @KellyandMichael.

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