alibi online

Free Will AstrologyAlibi's Personals
 
 V.18 No.52 | December 24 - 30, 2009 

Idiot Box

Beats Staring at a Yule Log

Christmas Eve around the dial

The majority of Americans spend Christmas Eve with family—trimming the tree, roasting some large dead bird and hanging the stockings by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nicholas soon will be there. The rest of us just fritter it away at a dive bar drowning our seasonal depression in cheap whiskey and Hank Williams songs. Either way, nobody’s watching a lot of TV. But if you feel the need to turn to your old friend the Idiot Box this Dec. 24, here’s what you can expect to find.

Movies

Play Youtube Video

White Christmas (AMC 7 a.m.) AMC staff puts on a 24-hour loop of Bing Crosby’s 1954 classic, shuts off the lights and goes home for the holidays.

The Santa Clause / The Santa Clause 2 / The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Disney 5/6:50/8:45 p.m.) Disney gives you a heaping helping of Tim Allen.

Christmas With the Kranks (FX 5:30 p.m.) Of course, if that’s not enough Tim Allen for you, FX dredges up some more.

A Christmas Story (TBS 6 p.m.) TBS lets loose with its traditional 24-hour marathon of holiday goodness.

Play Youtube Video

It’s a Wonderful Life (KOB-4 7 p.m.) It is. It’s also a cheap and easy programming decision for Christmas Eve.

Specials

BBC America ignores all that stuffy, Victorian A Christmas Carol crap and delivers a bunch of seasonal sitcom specials, including “The Catherine Tate Show Christmas Special 2” (BBC America 7 p.m.), “Absolutely Fabulous Christmas Special” (BBC America 7:30 p.m.), “Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special” (BBC America 8 p.m.) and “Are you Being Served? Christmas Crackers” (BBC America 9 p.m.).

PBS, meanwhile, lets us choose our music specials. If you like the holidays country-style, there’s “Faith Hill, Joy to the World: A Soundstage Special Event” (KNME-5 7 p.m.) If, on the other hand, you prefer them with more of an LDS bent, there’s “Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir” (KNME-5 8 p.m.) Why not throw these berobed kids a bone? Christmas Eve is the one time of the year people other than Mormons actually listen to them.

MyNetworkTV rebroadcasts the “2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade” (KASY-50 7 p.m.) from Thanksgiving. Susan Lucci is the Grand Marshal. Musical guests include Jon Secada, Five for Fighting and Devon Werkheiser. ... Yeah, Hollywood didn’t dig very deep for this one.

Travel Channel tries its best to get you in the extreme Christmasy magic mood with “Most Christmasy Places in America” (Travel 7 p.m.), “Christmas to the Extreme” (Travel 8 p.m.) and “Disney Holiday Magic With Samantha Brown” (Travel 9 p.m.)

Finally, History Channel offers up “Pawn Stars: A Christmas Special” (History 8 p.m.). Because, really, what says Christmas more than hocking your family heirlooms to buy a Zhu Zhu Pet?

 
Join our mailing list for exclusive info, the week's events and free stuff!
 

  • Select sidebar boxes to add below. You can also click and drag to rearrange the boxes; close using the little X icons on each box. To re-add a box you closed, return to this menu.
  • Because you are not logged in, any changes you make to these boxes will vanish as soon as you click to another page. If you log in, the boxes will stick.
  • alibi.com
  • Latest Posts
  • Web Exclusives
  • Recent Rocksquawk Discussions
  • Recent Classifieds
  • Latest User Posts
  • Most Active Users
  • Most Active Stories
  • Calendar Comments
  • Upcoming Alibi Picks
  • Albuquerque
  • Duke City Fix
  • Albuquerque Beer Scene
  • What's Wrong With This Picture?
  • Reddit Albuquerque
  • ABQ Journal Metro
  • ABQrising
  • ABQ Journal Latest News
  • Del.icio.us Albuquerque
  • NM and the West
  • New Mexico FBIHOP
  • Democracy for New Mexico
  • Only in New Mexico
  • Mario Burgos
  • Democracy for New Mexico
  • High Country News
  • El Grito
  • NM Politics with Joe Monahan
  • Stephen W. Terrell's Web Log
  • The Net Is Vast and Infinite
  • Slashdot
  • Freedom to Tinker
  • Is there a feed that should be on this list? Tell us about it.
    Rocky Votolato
    Rocky Votolato6.7.2014