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Christmas movies do switcheroo on stations

December 14, 2018
"It's a Wonderful Life" will once again get a Christmas Eve airing on NBC this year beginning at 8 p.m.

If you’re having trouble finding your favorite Christmas movie, you’re probably not alone as there’s been a lot of network switching this year.

For the past several years, Freeform (formerly ABC Family) has been the home of most holiday faves with its “25 Days of Christmas.” But this year, AMC has snagged three of the most popular modern classics for their “Best Christmas Ever.”

So if your Christmas is not complete without at least one viewing of “Elf,” “The Polar Express,” or “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” you can see all three throughout the month only on AMC (Visit AMC.com for a complete schedule.). If your favorite is “The Santa Clause” or Jim Carrey in “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” you’ll find those on Freeform (Visit Freeform.com for the schedule.). The original “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” can be found on NBC airing at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov, 23 and Christmas Day.

TBS and TNT will once again air 24 hours of “A Christmas Story”

beginning at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. But the “Harry Potter” movie marathon has moved to Syfy with all eight films airing back-to-back beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24.

And if you’re one of those people who argue that “Die Hard” is the best Christmas movie ever, IFC has you covered with four consecutive airings beginning at 3 p.m. Christmas Day.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” will once again get a Christmas Eve airing on NBC this year beginning at 8 p.m. And if you missed the season’s first airing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” you can catch it again at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 on ABC.

And this year, FOX is airing “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” in honor of the 30th anniversary of “The Simpsons.” The 1989 Christmas special was the first-ever full-length episode of the series. You can see how it all began at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23.

While we’re talking about the Christmas season, allow me to suggest a gift for the sports fan in your life.

Longtime sports broadcaster Verne Lundquist’s autobiography “Play by Play: Calling the Wildest Games in Sports—From SEC Football to College Basketball, The Masters and More” relives some of the greatest moments in sports through the words of one of TV’s best. As much as I like Brad Nessler, I totally missed Lundquist on SEC football games this season. So it’s great to have this opportunity to reminisce with him. “Play by Play” is available now from William Morrow wherever books ae sold.

But if you’re looking for some non-holiday related TV to get you through the weekend, Netflix has two big non-Christmas premieres. For those of us who couldn’t afford a $400 ticket to see Bruce Springsteen on Broadway, The Boss is bringing his show to Netflix as “Springsteen on Broadway” begins streaming Sunday, Dec. 16. And I guarantee you a big chunk of my weekend will be spent binging the fourth season of “Fuller House,” which begins streaming Friday, Dec. 14.

Angela Henderson-Bentley writes about television for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact her at ahenderson-bentley@hotmail.com.

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