TBS continues holiday tradition with 15th annual '24 Hours of A Christmas Story'
Fri, Dec 16th 2011 02:15 pm
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,
In honor of the
15th anniversary of TBS's 24 Hours of "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, although some scenes were shot in Canada.
The residents of Cleveland were apparently so entranced with the movie that
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 Street.
- "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 No. 1 holiday movie of
connected the movie is hugely popular and widely available, including replicas
of the famed "major award" leg lamp, which can be found through various sellers
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 titled "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
- "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 percent
compared to the prior year, with a total accumulated audience of more than 50
million viewers over the 24 hours.