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[12/16/11 - 10:12 AM]
TBS Continues Holiday Tradition with 15th Annual 24 Hours of "A Christmas Story"
Said marathon begins Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24 at 8:00/7:00c.

[via press release from TBS]

TBS Continues Holiday Tradition with 15th Annual 24 Hours of A CHRISTMAS STORY

One of television's most popular holiday traditions will be back this year as TBS presents the 15th Annual edition of 24 Hours of A CHRISTMAS STORY, beginning Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

Based on the short stories of famed humorist Jean Shepherd, A Christmas Story follows the mischievous adventures of a young boy who longs for a special Christmas gift - a Red Ryder BB gun. Peter Billingsley stars as young Ralphie, who is determined to convince the world that he is responsible enough to handle such a gift, despite his mother's insistence that he could shoot his eye out. Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin are pitch-perfect as Ralphie's parents, and Ian Petrella provides some of the movie's funniest moments as Ralphie's little brother, Randy.

Fun Facts

In honor of the 15th anniversary of TBS's 24 Hours of A CHRISTMAS STORY, here are some fascinating facts about the movie and the annual marathon:

A Christmas Story was shot on location in Cleveland, Ohio, although some scenes were shot in Canada. The residents of Cleveland were apparently so entranced with the movie, many local auto club members donated the use of their antique cars to help portray the movie's 1940s setting. As a tribute to the city, the producers decided to name the street the movie family lived on Cleveland St.

A Christmas Story opened in theaters just before Thanksgiving in 1983, but by the time Christmas rolled around, many theater owners had stopped showing it, feeling it had "played out." Complaints were lodged, and the movie returned to select theaters and continued playing well into January 1984.

A Christmas Story was selected in an E! Entertainment poll as the #1 holiday movie of all time.

Memorabilia connected to the movie is hugely popular and widely available, including replicas of the famed "major award" leg lamp, which can be found through various sellers online.

Peter Billingsley, who continues to act in movies, has also become a successful executive producer, with such credits as the blockbuster Iron Man and the holiday film Four Christmases. TBS recently ordered a sitcom pilot entitled Sullivan and Son from Billingsley and his producing partner, Vince Vaughn.

TBS first aired A Christmas Story in Dec. 1, 1992. Since then, TBS and its sister networks TNT and Turner Classic Movies have aired the movie nearly 275 times.

The 24 Hours of A CHRISTMAS STORY marathon first aired in 1997 on TNT. It moved to TBS in 2004.

24 Hours of A CHRISTMAS STORY is one of the most popular holiday programming events on cable. Last year, the marathon averaged 3 million viewers, up 2% compared to the prior year, with a total accumulated audience of more than 50 million viewers over the 24 hours.

About TBS

TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television's top-rated comedy network and is available in 100 million households. It serves as home to the Emmy(R)-nominated late-night series CONAN, starring Conan O'Brien; original primetime comedy series like Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse and Tyler Perry's House of Payne; and upcoming series like The Wedding Band. TBS also features an outstanding slate of contemporary comedies, such as The Big Bang Theory, Family Guy and The Office, as well as blockbuster movies and championship sports. In addition, TBS produces special live comedy events, including the star-studded comedy festival held each year in Chicago.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.





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