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What’s On TV? – Tuesday (12/24/19)- Classic Stories on Christmas Eve

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL -- Pictured: Guy Pearce as Ebenezer Scrooge. CR: Robert Viglasky/FX

Since today is Christmas Eve, it’s all about holiday viewing. Particularly, classic holiday viewing. Audiences can either watch various iterations of a classic story or a 24-hour marathon of one Christmas favorite. It’s purely a day of festivity.


“It’s A Wonderful Life” (NBC) at 8:00 PM EDT

Its A Wonderful Life Hero

It’s A Wonderful Life” is a top-level Christmas picture. This Best Picture nominee follows George Bailey (James Stewart), a businessman disgruntled with his life’s direction. Once he meets his guardian angel Clarence (Henry Travers), he gets a look at what life is like without him. He sees how people ranging from his family to his wife (Donna Reed) fare if he never existed.


“A Christmas Story” (TBS) at 8:00 PM EDT



Another holiday classic that viewers can watch for 24 hours. On Christmas Eve night, “A Christmas Story” begins its traditional marathon to get people in the holiday spirit. Set in the 1940s, “A Christmas Story” follows Ralphie (Peter Billingsley), a kid who wants nothing more than a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Yet, he must convince his parents, among others, that it’s the perfect gift. More chaos ensues including dastardly dogs from next door and the “queen mother of dirty words.”

“A Christmas Carol”


The classic tale “A Christmas Carol” has been adapted for the big and small screen for many years. In fact, a fair number of adaptations can be watched tonight for one’s viewing pleasure. For starters, the 2009 film by Robert Zemeckis done in performance capture airs on Encore at 8:00 PM EDT. Meanwhile, the latest TV adaptation (pictured above), which writer Alan French just reviewed, airs on FX at the same time while the 1951 classic starring Alistair Sim airs on FXM at 8:40 PM EDT.


  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park(A&E) at 8:00 PM EDT
  • “Say It Isn’t So” (Cinemax) at 8:00 PM EDT
  • “Kill Bill: Volume 1” ( at 8:00 PM EDT
  • Little(HBO) at 8:00 PM EDT
  • “Paddington” (Nickelodeon) at 8:00 PM EDT
  • “BlacKkKlansman” (More Max) at 9:00 PM EDT
  • “Glass” (HBO Signature) at 9:00 PM EDT
  • “Bad Santa” (MTV) at 9:00 PM EDT

What do you plan on making your holiday viewing? Please share your thoughts!

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Written by Matt St.Clair

Matt St.Clair is a freelance film journalist currently residing in Connecticut. He is a member of the Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association and the Online Film & Television Association.


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