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ABC plans ‘Christmas in Aspen’

Jennifer Davoren
Aspen Times Staff Writer

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, thanks to an Aspen-area production company.

Tall Pony Productions announced this weekend that Aspen has been chosen to host a network television special, scheduled for holiday programming. The hour-long “ABC’s Christmas in Aspen,” scheduled to air on Dec. 8, will be filmed on location in Aspen later this month.

Aspen was one of two Colorado resort towns scouted by ABC officials.

“We looked at many different Rocky Mountain ski towns, and although they’re all beautiful, Aspen just stands out,” ABC Executive Producer Tony Eaton wrote in a weekend press release. “The people, the town, the mountains? I didn’t realize Aspen was such a great place.”

Portions of the show will be taped at a number of Aspen locales starting the week of Nov. 11, network executives report. Additional scenes filmed on top of Aspen Mountain and other scenic sites in early August will also be added to the program.

The show will conclude with a “star-studded holiday musical celebration,” the network promises, which will be taped at the Wheeler Opera House on Nov. 16. The Wheeler show will feature a roster of “prime-time ABC talent,” including actor John Ritter of the family sitcom “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter,” Bonnie Hunt of “Life With Bonnie,” Andy Dick of “Less Than Perfect,” George Lopez of “The George Lopez Show,” and Tisha Campbell-Martin of “My Wife and Kids.”

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The network expects to announce additions to the holiday special cast in the next two weeks.

Tickets for the Saturday night show ? $20 each ? will be made available at the Wheeler box office starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday. For additional ticket information, contact the Wheeler at 920-5770.

The ABC special will be Aspen’s second major network television appearance this holiday season ? the town will also be featured in an upcoming episode of ABC’s dating reality show “The Bachelor.” Hana Pevny, president of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, speculated last month that these prime-time events would create the equivalent of $1.9 million to $3.5 million worth of advertising for the resort, depending on how many minutes of local footage actually airs.

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