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What's On Christmas Day

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 24th 2009 7:00PM
  • A Colbert ChristmasTBS is running A Christmas Story all day.
  • FX has Night at the Museum all day.
  • AMC is showing National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation all day.
  • Hallmark has Christmas TV movies all day.
  • Nickelodeon has Christmas episodes all day, including iCarly, Fairly OddParents, True Jackson, VP, and Drake & Josh.
  • BBC America has Christmas episodes all day, including Gavin & Stacey and Absolutely Fabulous.
  • At 6AM, Cartoon Network and Boomerang start an all-day marathon of Christmas cartoons and specials.
  • At 8, MTV2 has a Real World: Cancun marathon.
  • At 8:30, Comedy Central has A Colbert Christmas.
  • At 9, Discovery has a Mythbusters marathon.
  • Spike has a Bad Santa marathon at 9.
  • At 9:30, Lifetime has Christmas episodes of various shows, including Frasier, Reba, and Will & Grace, as well as Christmas movies.

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What to Watch: December 24

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 24th 2009 6:00AM
'A Christmas Story' Marathon (8PM, TBS)
Yes, yes, Flick is still going to get his tongue stuck to the flagpole, Mr. Parker is still gonna get way too excited about the leg lamp and Ralphie's still gonna wish for that "official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock, and this thing which tells time." And, 'fess up, you're still going to catch at least one of two of the 12-consecutive airings TBS unspools in this 24-hour marathon of the holiday movie classic, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. Bonus fun: Check out the animated re-enacted of the movie - as performed by bunnies - at AngryAlien.com (http://www.angryalien.com/aa/xmas_storybuns.asp).

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What to Watch: December 20 - 27

by Stephanie Earp, posted Dec 21st 2009 3:00AM


National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - Sunday, December 20, 8 pm, CBC

The moving story of one man who overcomes his disappointing Christmas bonus and finds the true meaning of Christmas - namely exploding septic tanks, flying rodents, extremely dry turkey and the talents of the young Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Who among us hasn't also experienced these bittersweet holiday delights?

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What's your favorite Christmas special or movie?

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 17th 2009 6:59PM
GrinchI'm the rare type of person whose favorite Christmas movies of all-time also happen to be my favorite movies of all-time period, It's A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.

We're in the middle of December now and we're all watching our favorite Christmas movies or animated specials (either on TV or via DVD), so I thought I'd ask which is your favorite. (I know, I didn't include every single Christmas special ever made, but that's why God created the word "other").

What's your favorite Christmas special/movie?
It's A Wonderful Life167 (12.9%)
Miracle on 34th Street72 (5.5%)
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer111 (8.6%)
Santa Claus is Comin' To town16 (1.2%)
A Christmas Story271 (20.9%)
The Year Without A Santa Claus37 (2.9%)
White Christmas71 (5.5%)
A Christmas Carol (any version)90 (6.9%)
Frosty The Snowman11 (0.8%)
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (animated)236 (18.2%)
A Charlie Brown Christmas216 (16.6%)

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The perfect Christmas movie marathon? Dirty Dancing

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 22nd 2009 11:29AM
dirty_dancing_lake_sceneOne of the stranger quirks of the holidays on television is the way networks and channels program. Movie marathons have become very common, especially TBS's tradition of 24-hours of A Christmas Story. Now, another network is following in TBS's tradition by scheduling a movie marathon of its own. The TV Guide Network will present a 12-hour marathon of Dirty Dancing. That's right, the Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey drama musical.

Look at this beautiful image from the movie. That's Johnny and Baby in the lake, practicing jumps for their big dance number. Doesn't it just scream "CHRISTMAS" to you?

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What's On Christmas Day: Marathons, Movies, and Specials

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 24th 2008 7:01PM
007Here's a quick guide to what's on Christmas Day, stuff to watch while you're opening presents, making snowmen, and eating way too much pumpkin pie.

  • HGTV and Food Network have holiday programming all day.
  • TNT is showing Law and Order all day.
  • TBS is showing the movie A Christmas Story all day.
  • Nickelodeon and TV Land have Christmas episodes of various sitcoms and dramas all day.
  • BBC America also has Christmas episodes all day long.
  • At 7am, all of the morning shows (Today, Good Morning, America, and The Early Show) will have Christmas features, music, and recipes.
  • At 8, Lifetime has a Golden Girls marathon.
  • Sci-Fi has a Star Trek: TNG marathon at 8.
  • Bravo has a Christmas episode of The West Wing at 8, then a Top Chef marathon.

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What's On Tonight: Ab Fab, Man Vs. Food, Christmas Eve Mass

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 24th 2008 4:04PM
It's A Wonderful Life
  • TBS has A Christmas Story all night.
  • At 8, NBC has It's A Wonderful Life.
  • The CW has The Flight Before Christmas at 8, followed by The Story of Santa Claus.
  • ABC Family has the live action How the Grinch Stole Christmas at 8.
  • Comedy Central has two Christmas episodes of Futurama at 8, then several Christmas episodes of South Park.
  • FOX News Channel has A Fox and Friends Christmas at 8.
  • Also at 8: Disney has The Santa Clause 2.
  • At 8:40, BBC America has a new Catherine Tate Christmas episode, followed by an Absolutely Fabulous Christmas special.
  • At 9, Lifetime has the movie The Christmas Shoes.
  • TruTV has a new Most Shocking at 9, then two new episodes of World's Wildest Vacation Videos.
  • Hallmark has the movie The Most Wonderful Time of the Year at 9.
  • Nickelodeon has two Christmas episodes of Home Improvement at 9.
  • Showtime has a new Inside The NFL at 9.
  • At 10, Travel Channel has a new Man vs. Food.
  • At 11, Lifetime has two Christmas episodes of Will & Grace, followed by two Christmas episodes of Frasier.
  • At 11:30, CBS and NBC has Christmas Eve Mass and music.
  • At 1am, ABC has Christmas Eve Mass and music also.

Check your local TV listings for more.

(Most of the late night talk shows are pre-empted or repeats tonight, except Charlie Rose.)

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Movies on TV: Dec. 21-27

by Andrew Scott, posted Dec 21st 2008 6:00AM
'JFK'
Sun., Dec. 21, 4PM on AMC


New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) wraps an assassination-conspiracy theory around characters high and low.

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'The Princess Bride'

Mon., Dec. 22, 8PM on Bravo

A storybook stableboy turns pirate (Cary Elwes) and rescues his beloved (Robin Wright), who is about to marry a dreadful prince.

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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Dec 19th 2008 5:26PM
The folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their latest musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

  • I don't have anything against Ali Larter as an actress, but I really hate her character(s) on Heroes,. It doesn't look like I'll like her character in Obsessed much more.
  • Sure, there's 24 hours of A Christmas Story, but how about a fireside viewing of L.A. Confidential instead? Cinematical Seven takes a look at unconventional holiday movies.
  • I really wanted the mysterious new Will Smith movie, Seven Pounds, to be good. Unfortunately, it does not look like I'll be getting my wish. Read Cinematical's review here.
  • Want to be a part of the filming of Funny People, Judd Apatow's next movie? Cinematical tells you how to live the dream.
  • Have you ever wondered what Star Wars would look like as a silent film? No? Well, some guy did. Check out a fan-made Star Wars silent movie.

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A Christmas Story director killed in car crash

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 4th 2007 6:22PM

Bob ClarkA Christmas Story is right up there with A Charlie Brown Christmas, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer as a TV staple every holiday season. TNT even devotes an entire day to showing the movie over and over again.

Bob Clark, the director of the movie, was killed earlier this morning in a car crash on the Pacific Coast Highway in California. Also killed in the crash was his 22 year-old son. Their car was hit head-on by a man that police have arrested for drunk driving.

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It's Christmas! What are you watching?

by Richard Keller, posted Dec 25th 2006 9:30AM

Merry Christmas, boys! What are you watching today?Or, a better question would be: are you watching any television? Christmas Day can be a busy time, what with gifts being opened, dinners being cooked (and eaten) and annoying relatives to entertain (this does not pertain to Joel, who is coming down to visit today). For others, though, Christmas ends at the last present that's unwrapped, which can lead to a very long, boring day.

So, if you can't take the kids, the wife, or the annoying relatives (once again, not Joel, I swear) you can tune into the annual broadcast of the Walt Disney World Christmas Parade (filmed at the beginning of December) hosted by Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest and featuring Beyonce, the cast of High School Musical and the Doodlebops. If that's too much Christmas then you may want to tune into CNN for a, ready, Larry King Live marathon. Other non-Christmas marathons are Crossing Jordan on A&E, My Super Sweet 16 on MTV (they played music videos once, didn't they?), In Living Color on BET, and Super Millionaire on GSN.

Of course, if you are still in the holiday spirit (or, in the holiday spirits, if you know what I mean) TBS airs their annual 24-hour marathon of the classic holiday movie A Christmas Story, while networks like Hallmark and Lifetime will air a variety of made-for-TV holiday movies. Then again, if none of this is of interest you can always pop in a DVD from the complete The West Wing set that you received.

Oh, and Joel, dinner is at 2:00 pm.

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What's on tonight: Christmas, Christmas, Christmas!

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 24th 2006 5:02PM
  • It's A Wonderful LifeAt 7, CBS has 60 Minutes.
  • NBC has a new Football Night In America at 7, followed by It's A Wonderful Life.
  • Lifetime has All She Wants For Christmas at 7, followed by Holiday Wishes.
  • ABC Family has Frosty's Winter Wonderland at 7, then 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, The Year Without A Santa Claus and Rudolph's Shiny New Year.
  • There's an Xmas episode of The Honeymooners on American Life at 7.
  • Nickelodeon and Food Network are running holiday programming all night.
  • AMC is running Miracle on 34th Street all night.
  • TBS has A Christmas Story all day and night.
  • Nickelodeon is showing Xmas eps of many shows, including Fairly Odd Parents, Full House, and The Cosby Show.
  • TV Land is doing the same, with The Andy Griffith Show, Three's Company, Little House on the Prairie, Good Times, All in the Family, and others.
  • Also: Hallmark has various holiday movies all night.
  • At 9, CBS has A Very Married Christmas.
  • Comedy Central has Bad Santa at 9.
  • At 10:30, TCM has Christmas In Connecticut.
  • At 11:30, ABC, CBS, and NBC have Christmas Eve services from Rome and other places around the world.

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Get ready for 24 hours of A Christmas Story on Christmas Eve

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 4th 2006 8:32PM
a christmas storyThat's right, the holidays are rife with tradition, and TBS is continuing with a tradition of its own by airing a 24-hour marathon of the modern holiday classic A Christmas Story starting at 8:00 pm on Christmas Eve. Who would have thought a movie directed by the guy who made Porky's and featuring Marvin the Hershey's Syrup Kid would become such a staple of the holiday season? Actually, it makes perfect sense. Bob Clark's film is incredibly heartwarming, but it also doesn't shy away from dark humor, and Peter Billingsly's Ralphie is the perfect blend of wide-eyed whimsy and basic human selfishness (note how he constantly abandons his little brother and leaves his friend Flick stuck frozen to a flagpole). Top off the whole thing with radio commentator Jean Shepard's narration from his book "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" and you've got a holiday movie only an evil robot wouldn't love.

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Comprehensive holiday television schedule

by Anna Johns, posted Nov 25th 2006 11:29AM
a christmas storyOkay. Now that I've eaten turkey and pumpkin pie, bring on the holiday TV! Already, we've been subjected to Christmas commercials, but now the good holiday television really begins. USA Today was kind enough to put together a comprehensive list of holiday specials (new and traditional) that air between now and Christmas Day.

Here are some of the notables:
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas, ABC, Tuesday Nov. 28 at 8 pm;
  • Polar Express, ABC, Friday December 1 at 8 pm;
  • Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, ABC, Tuesday December 5 at 8 pm;
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, CBS, Friday December 8 at 8 pm;
  • Frosty the Snowman, CBS, Friday December 8 at 9 pm;
  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey version), ABC, Saturday December 9 at 9 pm;
  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated version), ABC, Tuesday December 12 at 8 pm;
  • It's a Wonderful Life, NBC, Saturday December 16 at 8 pm;
  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, TBS, Sunday December 17 at 8 pm;
  • A Christmas Carol (Patrick Stewart version), TNT, Wednesday December 20 at 8 pm;
  • A Christmas Story (24-hour marathon), TBS, Sunday December 24 at 8 pm;
  • Yule Log, INHD, Monday December 25 at 7 am.

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