On Tuesday, Dec. 25, Longhorn Network returns its Christmas programming tradition of providing a BEVO backdrop for family gatherings with an accompaniment of Texas holiday tunes. This year’s BEVO Home for the Holidays program showcases BEVO XV, now in the third year of his reign as UT’s honored mascot.
“BEVO XV is ready to delight Longhorns fans once again this Christmas with an inside look at how he spends his time on the ranch when he’s not on duty as UT’s beloved mascot,” said Jill Husak, LHN director of marketing.
BEVO Home for the Holidays will be televised without commercial interruption throughout the morning on Christmas beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. CT on Longhorn Network. Using Go Pros and cinematic cameras, LHN captures unique pasture scenes of BEVO XV at home as he is fed, groomed by his owners, grazes and plays with Two Spot on the ranch.
“Everything is bigger in Texas and BEVO Home for the Holidays is the Texas-sized version of the TV Yule log, delighting viewers without distracting,” said Stacie McCollum, ESPN senior director of programming & acquisitions. “BEVO XV has earned a special place in Texas fans’ hearts since he was introduced in 2016, and we have all enjoyed watching him grow up. We consider it an honor to bring BEVO XV back into Longhorns’ homes and hearts for the holidays.”
Joining BEVO XV will be Lifetime Longhorn and Texas GameDay analyst Jordan Shipley, who will sing his original song “My Baby Wants BEVO for Christmas.” LHN commissioned Jordan and his singer-songwriter wife Sunny in 2016 to create the perfect musical salute for BEVO XV during the holiday season.
2018 marks the fifth year that LHN has aired a slow TV production (a genre of television coverage that captures an ordinary event in its typical length; the name is derived from the lengthy nature of the telecast and natural slow pace of the show) of BEVO XV on Christmas Day.
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