In 2014, Turner Networks is airing its 18th annual “24 Hours of A Christmas Story” programming event starting Christmas Eve at 8pm ET/PT and continuing until 8pm on Christmas Day. The running of the beloved 1983 film for 12 consecutive showings has become a holiday tradition for many; so much so, that this year, along with its usual airing on TBS, the marathon will also be simulcast on sister network TNT for the first time. This marks a homecoming of sorts for the film on TNT; when Turner Networks started this marathon in 1997, it originally aired on TNT before moving to TBS in 2004.
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 everyone warning him, “You’ll shoot your eye out.” Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin play Ralphie’s parents, and Ian Petrella costars as Ralphie’s little brother, Randy.
“24 Hours of A Christmas Story” begins Dec. 24 at 8pm ET/PT on TBS and TNT.