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Herc's Christmas Eve Talkback!!

Christmas Eve brings HD versions of arguably the three best and funniest Christmas movies ever forged, none of them available via Netflix streaming. 1946’s “It’s A Wonderful Life” hits NBC at 8 p.m.

AMC has 1947’s “Miracle on 34th Street” in HD twice starting at 7 p.m. ET. It stars Natalie Wood and Tarzan’s girlfriend and Ricky Ricardo’s landlord and features a guy named Gailey who lures Santa to his bedroom. Mustaches were huge that year!

And TBS has 1983’s “A Christmas Story” on a 24-hour continuous loop starting 8 p.m. ET Christmas Eve and ending 8 p.m. ET Christmas Day.

If you’re a dirty atheist, tune at 9 p.m. to the godless Science Channel, which is running “Objects In Space,” written and directed by “Avengers” writer-director Joss Whedon. It’s arguably the best “Firefly” episode ever made.  It's part of the channel's long Monday "Firefly" marathon, which has already begun.

 

“1600 Penn” hit a 2.2 following “The Voice”; it will likely not do as well when it begins following “The Office” next month.

Denied “The Voice” as a lead-in last week, Howie Mandel’s “Take It All” took a big dip.

Mondays, Sept. 24-Dec. 17, 2012
(Adults 18-49; repeats in gray; older weeks in parentheses)
4.2 (3.8) (3.9) (4.2) (3.7) (4.4) (4.5) (4.8) (4.3) (4.8) (4.8) (4.6) (4.4) The Voice
3.6 (5.5) (6.0) (4.0) (4.8) (4.9) (5.1) (4.3) (4.5) (5.2) (5.7) (6.8) (6.4) Monday Night Football
3.5 (3.8) (3.5) (4.1) (3.4) (3.2) (3.2) (2.5) (---) (3.4) (3.4) (3.5) (3.7) 2 Broke Girls
3.4 (3.2) (3.1) (3.3) (2.9) (3.0) (2.8) (2.3) (---) (3.2) (3.1) (3.3) (3.6) How I Met Your Mother
3.3 (---) (3.1) (3.6) (2.9) (3.0) (2.8) (2.2) (---) (3.0) (2.8) (2.9) (3.1) Mike & Molly
2.4 (2.5) (2.3) (2.3) (2.2) (2.1) (2.0) (---) (---) (2.1) (1.9) (2.0) (1.8) Hawaii Five-0
2.2 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) 1600 Penn
1.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Dragons Gift
1.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Ice Age Christmas
1.5 (2.2) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Take It All
1.4 (1.2) (1.2) (1.5) (1.2) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Pawn Stars
1.4 (1.3) (1.2) (1.4) (1.4) (1.4) (1.5) (1.5) (1.4) (1.4) (1.5) (1.2) (1.4) WWE Entertainment
1.3 (1.5) (1.4) (1.6) (1.7) (1.6) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Catfish
1.3 (1.4) (1.4) (1.6) (1.4) (2.0) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Teen Mom
1.1 (1.1) (1.7) (---) (2.0) (1.9) (1.9) (2.2) (---) (2.0) (2.2) (1.9) (2.1) Castle
1.1 (1.2) (1.0) (1.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Extreme Makeover HE
1.0 (1.2) (0.7) (0.7) (0.7) (0.7) (0.5) (---) (0.6) (0.6) (0.8) (0.6) (0.6) American Chopper
1.0 (1.2) (1.0) (1.0) (0.9) (1.1) (1.0) (1.1) (0.9) (0.9) (0.6) (0.7) (0.8) Basketball Wives
0.9 (0.9) (0.9) (0.9) (1.0) (1.0) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) American Pickers
0.9 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Charlie Brown
0.9 (1.0) (1.1) (1.1) (0.8) (0.9) (0.9) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Real Housewives BH
0.9 (0.9) (1.0) (1.0) (1.0) (1.1) (0.9) (1.2) (0.8) (1.0) (0.7) (0.8) (1.0) T.I. & Tiny
0.8 (0.6) (0.3) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (0.3) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (---) (---) Gossip Girl
0.8 (0.9) (1.0) (0.8) (0.9) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Marrying The Game
0.7 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Tiny Tonight
0.5 (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Cake Boss
0.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.4) (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) (---) (---) (0.5) Diners, Drive-Ins
0.5 (0.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (---) Hoarders
0.5 (0.4) (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) (0.4) (0.3) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (---) (0.4) (0.4) House Hunters
0.5 (0.6) (0.4) (0.7) (---) (---) (---) (0.6) (0.4) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) Intervention
0.4 (0.3) (---) (0.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.3) (0.3) (---) (0.4) (0.4) House Hunters Intl
0.4 (0.3) (0.3) (---) (---) (---) (0.3) (0.4) (0.3) (---) (---) (---) (---) Love It Or List It
0.2 (---) (0.2) (0.2) (0.3) (0.3) (0.7) (---) (0.5) (0.4) (0.3) (0.2) (0.3) The O’Reilly Factor

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  • Dec. 24, 2012, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Firefly

    by NudeandAroused

    Guess I am a dirty atheist. Will be watching "Firefly." Oh yeah, Maureen O'Sullivan was seriously hot.

  • Because of all the Scrooges I've seen in my 39 Christmases (Christmasi?), his was the most ... human.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 5:19 a.m. CST

    I've been celebrating Christmas for about a month now...

    by JAGUART

    Merry Christmas all.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 5:36 a.m. CST

    @tangcameo... I swear I heard a bagpipe underneath your comment, pal!

    by wtriker1701

    Merry X-Mas to everybody!

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 6:31 a.m. CST

    If only AMC didn't have that shitty colorizd version

    by Chairman_Kaga

    Ted Turner has a special ring in hell reserved for him for those crayola-d classics.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Randy lay there like a slug.....

    by jimbojones123

    Most quotable Christmas movie ever. He, darn near most quotable movie ever period. Go A Christmas Story.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Whatever Russ... whatever.

    by Deceased Fan

    I'd argue that Christmas Vacation is the most quotable Christmas movie if not the one of the most quotable movies ever. At least it is in my house. Merry Christmas! Shitter was full.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Thanks to Netcrack

    by Mr. Voodoo Potato Head

    I have Firefly marathons all the time.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST

    I'm sure it depends upon your house

    by thepoohguy

    because in my house, if someone asks what Christmas is all about, the response heard is "VENGEANCE!" a la The Grinch. We quote a lot of that movie. After that, probably A Christmas Story.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    The best Christmas movies...

    by Art Pennington

    ...are Die Hard and Die Hard2

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Very true pooh. Merry Christmas!

    by Deceased Fan

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Hard to argue with that apenn12.

    by Deceased Fan

    I'd throw in Lethal Weapon for good measure.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST

    apenn been arguing DIEHARD

    by HoraceSkinner

    As top xmax movie for years. Soo glad i found someone who agrees The rest 2 Christmas story 3 Christmas vacation 5 its a wonderful life 5 scrooged The best special for tv ? Animated Grinch that stole xmas. I died a little when my nephews liked the Jim Carrey version Charlie brown and Rudolph are close second.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Bad Santa

    by Waspo

    Don't forget about Bad Santa... Great Christmas movie too. Die Hard is great too. So is A Christmas Story. There are just too many too name.

  • Ho, ho, ho...

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST

    It isn't X-mas without Dr. Phibes.

    by Uncle Stan

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    @ nudeandaroused

    by Dasinfogod

    Sure, Maureen O'Sullivan was pretty hot in those Tarzan flicks, but if you're talking MIRACLE ON 34th STREET, then it was Maureen O'Hara... who was SMOKIN' hot.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Why is It's a Wonderful Life still in 4:3?

    by Darth_Nader

    C'mon!

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 6:11 p.m. CST

    I wish you all a Happy Mr X-Mas

    by rakesh patel

    now stop fucking about on the internet. drink, eat and be merry.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 6:16 p.m. CST

    21st century reviews of xmas classics

    by walt

    as they all bash the beauty of capitalism...they are all utter shite except for christmas story, which embraces capitalism, the second amendment and chinese food

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Darth

    by WeylandYutani

    Not sure if you are being facetious, but 4:3 (1.37:1) was the 'Academy Ratio' at the time for 35mm.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Does any Shane Black movie NOT take place at Xmas?

    by OutsideChance

    Anyone?

  • ... so maybe not.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 9:03 p.m. CST

    The Shop Around the Corner

    by broderick crawford

    Probably my second favorite Xmas movie behind Miracle on 34th. It's got a young Jimmy Stewart, the Lubitsch touch, and an attempted suicide. What's not to love?

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 10:29 p.m. CST

    @everyone

    by MrLongbaugh

    I am recovering from open-heart surgery that was performed last Thursday. A 3 hour operation turned into a 15 hour ordeal. Internal bleeding, both lungs collapsed...it has been an incredibly difficult experience. Being alive is my Christmas present. I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Holiday Season!!

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Herc, Maureen O'Sullivan was Tarzan's gf not O'Hara.

    by Tacom

    O'Hara was the one in Miracle on 34th Street and also in THE QUIET MAN with John Wayne.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 11 p.m. CST

    The best Christmas movie isn't on basic cable this year.

    by mgmontgomery

    That'd be Die Hard.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 11:17 p.m. CST

    mrlongbaugh

    by WeylandYutani

    Rest and heal yourself... Best to you in 2013.

  • Dec. 25, 2012, 12:18 a.m. CST

    The most quoteable movie

    by Paul

    No offence, I love A Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation, but personally the most quoteable Christmas movie is Elf, I love that movie. I't hard to pick a favorite though, Its a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, White Christmas, the Animated Grinch, Santa Claus is Coming to Town,Roudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, both 34th streets, Muppets Christmas Carol, etc. Too many to choose from!

  • Dec. 25, 2012, 12:39 a.m. CST

    mrlongbaugh

    by Paul

    Hey sorry to hear that you had to go through that, I really hope that you get better.

  • Dec. 25, 2012, 12:51 a.m. CST

    mrlongbaugh, what you need is a holiday housecall from DR. PHIBES.

    by Uncle Stan

  • Dec. 25, 2012, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Merry Xmas

    by F1rst

    And why no love for The Ref? One of the funniest movies, Xmas or otherwise, ever, IMHO. Die Hard is my all-time Xmas fave, followed by Christmas Vacation, The Ref, Scrooged, Lethal Weapon and Die Hard 2. You all be safe these holidays.

  • Dec. 25, 2012, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Die Hard has the most creative Christmas card ever

    by tangcameo

    'Now I have a machine gun HO HO HO' And he didn't even need a stamp!

  • Dec. 25, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Always Sunny Xmas and ASPCA ads

    by OutsideChance

    Whose bright idea was it to run commercials about abused puppies in the middle of a comedy show? Talk about buzz kill.

  • Dec. 25, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST

    @weylandyutani

    by MrLongbaugh

    Thank you...wishing you the very best in 2013 as well!!

  • Dec. 25, 2012, 9:15 p.m. CST

    @uncle stan

    by MrLongbaugh

    Thanks....but I think I will pass, LOL!! That movie always freaked me out.

  • Dec. 25, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    @Pa

    by MrLongbaugh

    Thanks Amigo!! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. Take care friend.

  • Thank God Hollywood hasn't tried to remake It's A Wonderful Life! That movie is a classic that needs to be completely untouched.

  • Dec. 26, 2012, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Better Off Dead.

    by Deceased Fan

    An underrated Christmas classic. Quoted almost as much as Christmas Vacation, but by fewer family members. Do you have Christmas in France? Chrrrissss-masssss.

  • Dec. 26, 2012, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Now I have a machine gun...

    by Sithtastic

    Ho. Ho. Ho. Die Hard is definitely my favorite Christmas film. I'd follow that with A Christmas Story, Christmas Vaccation, It's A Wonderful Life and the original Miracle on 34th Street.

  • Dec. 26, 2012, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Your husband aint dead, lady

    by angry kitty

    he's hiding. oh how I love watching the Ref at Christmas. What a gem of a holiday movie. Cheers!

  • Dec. 27, 2012, 8:42 a.m. CST

    It's a wonderful life is a comedy?

    by Keith

    Or did I read that wrong?

  • Dec. 28, 2012, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Merry Christmas!

    by bad_ashe

    'Nuff said.