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'Miracle on 34th Street' and more merry viewing

Off the Wall wishes you happy holiday viewing!

 

MOVIE PREMIERES

MARATHONS Christmas premieres include Reginald VelJohnson with Dean Cain in "The Three Gifts" (Saturday night at 8 p.m., Hallmark). Sebastian Cabot stars in the 1973 TV movie "Miracle on 34th Street" (Saturday night at 8 p.m., 10 and midnight, Fox Movie Channel), while Edmund Gwenn is Santa in the 1947 original (late Tuesday night at 2:45 a.m., Friday at 5:15 p.m., 5StarMax) and Richard Attenborough stars in the 1994 remake (Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 4 p.m., ABC Family). George C. Scott is Scrooge in 1984's "A Christmas Carol" (tomorrow at 8 p.m. and midnight, Monday at 8 p.m., AMC), while Patrick Stewart stars in 1999's TV movie (Wednesday at 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., TNT) and Reginald Owen in the 1938 feature film (Friday at 9 a.m., TCM). Continuous showings: Jim Carrey's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (starts every hour and 50 minutes Thursday 6 p.m.-Friday 4:10 p.m., Starz Kids), "Home Alone" (starts every two hours Thursday 6 p.m.-Saturday 4 a.m., FMC) and "A Christmas Story" (starts every two hours Thursday 8 p.m.-Friday 6 p.m., TBS).

 

OTHER MOVIE HIGHLIGHTS Laurel and Hardy's "March of the Wooden Soldiers" (Saturday night at 8 p.m., Friday at 1 p.m., WPIX/11), "It's a Wonderful Life" (Thursday at 8 p.m., NBC/4) and "Roots: The Gift" (Friday at 6 p.m., TV One).

 

ANIMATION

Cartoon Network holiday marathon (Sunday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.) spotlights originals like "Johnny Bravo" and "Ed, Edd n Eddy," plus perennials. Christmas Eve marathon on ABC Family (Thursday 7 a.m.- 10 p.m.) includes Rankin-Bass stop-motion favorites. Other highlights: "I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown" (Monday at 8 p.m., ABC/7); "South Park" (Tuesday night at 1:30 a.m., WPIX/11); "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (Wednesday at 8 p.m., ABC/7); marionettes in "The Spirit of Christmas" (Thursday at 3:30 p.m., WLIW/21); "Disney Prep & Landing" (Thursday at 8 p.m., ABC/7); "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (Friday at 9 p.m., CW/11).

 

MUSIC

George Lopez hosts "Christmas in Washington" (tomorrow at 8 p.m., TNT), with Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, Neil Diamond, Rob Thomas, Usher, Sugarland and more. The annual adoption special "A Home for the Holidays With Faith Hill" (Wednesday at 8 p.m., CBS) features Shakira, Carrie Underwood, Mary J. Blige and Reba McEntire. Also: "The Lawrence Welk Show" (Saturday night at 6 p.m., WLIW/21), "Holly Jolly Pops Holiday With Barenaked Ladies" (Saturday night at 10 p.m. and 1 a.m., WLIW/ 21), "Dance in America: San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker" (Monday at 9 p.m., Thursday at 4 p.m., WNET/13), "Renée Fleming: Sacred Songs and Carols" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., Thursday at 2 p.m., WNET/13), "The Three Tenors Christmas" (Wednesday at 8 p.m., Thursday night at 1:30 a.m., Friday at 10 a.m., WNET/13), "Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration" (Thursday at 3 p.m., WNET/13) and "Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell" (Thursday at 10:30 p.m., WNET/13).

 

SERIES EPISODES

Holiday sitcom marathons feature various shows on FX (Saturday 12:30-3:30 p.m.), TV One (Saturday 2 p.m.-Sunday 6 a.m. and Monday-Thursday 7-10 p.m.) and TV Land (Thursday 6 p.m.-Friday 6 a.m., Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.). Sitcom reunion: the 1988 TV movie "A Very Brady Christmas" (Tuesday at 1 p.m., ABC Family). Other Christmas favorites: "The Honeymooners" (Sunday night at 1 a.m., WPIX/11); "Home Improvement" (Monday-Thursday 10:30 and 11 a.m., TBS); "Everybody Loves Raymond" (Monday and Thursday 2 and 2:30 p.m., TBS; Friday at 6:30 p.m., WWOR/9); Festivus on "Seinfeld" (Monday at 11:30 p.m., WNYW/5); "Frasier" (Wednesday-Friday at 10 and 10:30 a.m., Lifetime); "JAG" (Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., USA); "Scrubs" (Thursday night at 1:30 a.m., WPIX/ 11); "Keeping Up Appearances" (Friday at 9 p.m., WLIW/21).

 

ETC.

Among other new holiday programs: "Samantha Brown's Holidays in New York" (Saturday night at 9 p.m., Travel) and "Dog the Bounty Hunter" (Wednesday at 9 p.m., A&E). And last - but certainly not least - there's that essential New York tradition, "The Yule Log" (Friday 4-6 a.m., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., WPIX/11).

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