Queen of Christmas bails out of Apple TV+, lands on CBS

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Apple TV+ will not be showing a third Mariah Carey Christmas Special this December, as the star has jumped ship to CBS and Paramount+.

Apple's first Mariah Carey Christmas special in 2020 was an enormous success for the streamer. Reportedly topping viewing charts in over 100 countries, it was said to cost around $5 million to make.

It was enough of a success that Apple was not only keen to have a second Carey special for Christmas 2021, it was willing to increase the budget, too.

There just won't be a third instalment. Instead "Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to All!" will air on December 20, 2022, on CBS. It will also be available to stream live, and later on demand, on Paramount+.

According to Deadline, there will then be further opportunities to watch the special via MTV.

It's the airing on CBS that is significant, though. Despite Oprah Winfrey's famous explanation that she wanted to join Apple TV+ to be in "a billion pockets, y'all," there is still something traditionally Christmas about being on network television.

And this move to CBS continues what's become Carey's tour of networks and streamers. Her first Christmas special was on ABC in 2010, then she was a guest on NBC's 2013 Michael Buble special.

Carey next appeared in both a Christmas movie and a music special for the Hallmark Channel in 2015. In 2016, she co-starred in a Christmas special on what was YouTube Red.

Neither Apple nor Carey's representatives have commented on her moving to CBS.

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  • Reply 1 of 9
    JP234JP234 Posts: 1,054member
    Meh. Who cares about a washed up Diva?
  • Reply 2 of 9
    Never been a fan of this gimmicky vocal squeaker. Plus the diva attitude. 
  • Reply 3 of 9
    There's more to this then this blurb.
  • Reply 4 of 9
    palegolaspalegolas Posts: 1,355member
    I remember being curious about it, and checked the previous one out when it came out… and I was embarrassed. I'm sure the show is a "thing" with a "concept" that fans have come to like, or something like that. But coming from the outside, with no fan bias, to me it was one of the most embarrassing shows that I have seen. There was absolutely nothing genuine about it. Made me cringe from start to finish. I'm glad to see it go. I don't think it was a good fit for Apple TV+.
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  • Reply 5 of 9
    DAalsethDAalseth Posts: 2,700member
    She’s become synonymous with Christmas
    She’s this generations Andy Williams. 
    I have nothing against her singing, or even these shows, they just aren’t to my taste. So ATV+ or Paramount+ makes no difference to me.
    I just wonder when she will get a regular gig in Branson MO?
  • Reply 6 of 9
    sbdudesbdude Posts: 194member
    I'd probably be less apathetic if she could still sing.
  • Reply 7 of 9
    mac_dogmac_dog Posts: 1,032member
    I’m heartbroken. Zzzzz…
  • Reply 8 of 9
    Bad timing on Gallagher's part. The very same day, USPTO denied her application for trademarks on "Queen of Christmas."
  • Reply 9 of 9
    Bad timing on Gallagher's part. The very same day, USPTO denied her application for trademarks on "Queen of Christmas."
    Yes, so she is the "Queen of Christmas", and not "The Queen of Christmas™".
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