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Animal Planet's "Treehouse Masters" returns for a second season on Jan. 10.

"Treehouse Masters" looking up in 2014


Animal Planet's hit series "Treehouse Masters" returns for its second season on Jan. 10, at 9 p.m.

I enjoy the show for its mix of fun and construction amid the trees. In the program, Pete Nelson leads his team of craftsmen to build bigger and better homes in the treetops. Animal Planet airs seven new episodes and an "Ultimate Treehouses II" special this winter and an additional 13 premieres this summer.

In the season premiere, Nelson builds one of his largest treehouses to date for a Pennsylvania family who are huge fans of the Indiana Jones movies. The treehouse pay homage to the spirit of the films and is an adventurous design complete with trap doors, rope bridges, living walls and secret entrances.

A pre-season special "Santa's Workshop" will air on Animal Planet on Monday at 9 p.m.

"Just one day of Christmas cheer isn't enough for a real-life Santa and Mrs. Claus, who celebrate the season 365 days a year in Southern California. Old St. Nick and the missus call on 'Treehouse Masters' to spruce up their yard with some holiday magic," Animal Planet said in a release.

Nelson creates a treehouse workshop complete with Santa's red chair, a naughty-or-nice drawbridge, a secret elf trap door, a candy cane and holly access bridge and some miracle Christmas snow in the California desert.

"Treehouse Masters" is the cable outlet's second-highest performing series, with 1.3 million viewers.

Nelson's third book "Be in a Treehouse" will be available on March 25, 2014. The book is a comprehensive source of inspiration and practical information about treehouse design and construction, and features a number of the homes on "Treehouse Masters."

CBS SPORTS SHOW: CBS Sports Network debuts its television simulcast of "Boomer and Carton," CBS RADIO's WFAN-AM/FM popular morning show, at 5 to 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 6.

The four-hour morning show is hosted by NFL ON CBS studio analyst Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton live weekday mornings.

"Boomer and Carton" debuted Sept. 4, 2007, and features local sports talk, news headlines, and interviews with current and former sports icons, league personnel, and a variety of national celebrities from the entertainment and music industries.

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Fox News Channel's "FOX & Friends" will present "A Fox & Friends Christmas," at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24.

Hosted by "Fox & Friends" co-hosts Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Brian Kilmeade, as well as "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-hosts Tucker Carlson, Anna Kooiman and Clayton Morris, the two-hour program will feature several musical acts, interviews with notable guests and messages from several of FNC's personalities.

Singer-songwriter Leona Lewis, country music artist Craig Morgan, comedian Jeff Dunham, actor and jazz musician Robert Davi, singer and Navy Petty Officer 1st Class (Ret.) Generald Wilson, the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and Carol Cymbal and The X-Factor finalist Carlos Guevara are all scheduled to perform. Additionally, the co-hosts will reflect on the Christmas season with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Milwaukee Archbishop and current Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and many other guests.

Throughout the program, season's greetings will be delivered by FNC's Bret Baier, Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling, Neil Cavuto, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Greg Gutfeld, Sean Hannity, Bill Hemmer, Mike Huckabee, Peter Johnson Jr., Megyn Kelly, Jenna Lee, Martha MacCallum, Dana Perino, Bill O'Reilly, Geraldo Rivera, Jon Scott, Shepard Smith, Andrea Tantaros, Wisconsin native Greta Van Susteren and Chris Wallace.

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