- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Holiday watch

A Christmas Story (8 p.m., TBS) — Based on the short stories of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd (seen briefly in the film in a cameo near the end), this classic holiday comedy follows young Ralphie’s (Peter Billingsley) quest to obtain a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon also star. Repeats nonstop for 24 hours.

Meet Me in St. Louis (1 a.m., Turner Classic Movies) — Young love and childish fears highlight a year in the life of a turn-of-the-century family. Directed by Vincente Minnelli, the cast of the 1944 film includes Margaret O’Brien, Mary Astor and Judy Garland — who introduces the now-standard holiday tune, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Christmas on Mars (midnight, Sundance Channel) — Seeking something beyond the usual seasonal fare? If so, this alternative holiday tale may be just what you need. Long in the works by the iconoclastic art-rock group the Flaming Lips, the 86-minute feature is an eye-popping, unabashedly obscure tale set on a Mars space station, Associated Press notes. It was written and directed by Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, who plays a Martian who arrives at the earthling-occupied station on Christmas Eve. The supporting cast includes Fred Armisen (“Saturday Night Live”) and Steve Burns (“Blue’s Clues”). Flaming Lips provides the instrumental soundtrack.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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