TV highlights: ‘A Christmas Story’ marathon, ‘Doctor Who’s’ 12th Doctor


“A Christmas Story”: The perennial favorite airs all day on TBS. (Turner Broadcasting)
December 24, 2013

TBS will begin its all-day marathon of “A Christmas Story” (12:01 a.m.) just as the perennial favorite marks its 30th anniversary. Unwrap your presents as Ralphie unwraps his pink bunny pajamas from Aunt Clara and cook your Christmas meal to him freezing his tongue onto a metal pole. Stars Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin.

Later on this festive morning, ABC telecasts the 30th annual “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” (10) from Disney’s Florida and California parks. Mary J. Blige, Jordin Sparks, Jason Derulo, Dove Cameron, Ne-Yo, the Wanted, Il Volo, Candice Glover and the cast of “Teen Beach Movie” are slated to perform. Nick Cannon and Neil Patrick Harris host.

An orchestral adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol: The Concert” (WETA at 10:30) features a choir and a series of soloists including Michael Aaron Lindner as Ebenezer Scrooge and E. Faye Butler as the narrator. From the North Shore Center for Performing Arts in Skokie, Ill.

For Christmas-themed, children-friendly prime-time television, “Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas” (Fox at 8 p.m.) begins with Sid fearing he’s on Santa’s naughty list after accidentally ruining his friend Manny’s decorations. Sid decides to travel to the North Pole to clear his name but once there, they wind up accidentally damaging Santa’s workshop. John Leguizamo and Ray Romano voice the film.

“Merry Madagascar” (CW at 8:30) has Santa crashing into the island and leaving the holiday in peril while the gang from the “Madagascar” films take the reins to deliver presents across the globe. Voices include Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Cedric the Entertainer and Andy Richter.

If you’re sick of Dr. Seuss’s Whos and instead want a dashing Time Lord, there’s “Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor” (BBC America at 9), a special with Matt Smith in his final episode that will feature the introduction of the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi.

Will Ferrell and a Top Ten List presented by Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston are on “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35), with a performance from Chris Cornell and Joy Williams.

Actress Kirstie Alley and critter catcher Ernie Brown Jr., a.k.a., “Turtleman,” join “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC at 11:35), with musical guest Switchfoot.

Actress and rapper Queen Latifah joins actor Adam Pally on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35), with musical guest Cage the Elephant.

— Rachel Lubitz

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