When is It’s a Wonderful Life on TV 2012?
If you were around 20 or 30 years ago, you might recall the heyday of being able to watch It’s a Wonderful Life on TV. And it was on a LOT. The 1946 Frank Capra classic was in the public domain at that time, and it seemed to air nearly nonstop in syndication between Thanksgiving and Christmas, in all different formats (including the dreadful-looking “colorized” version, which cashed in on a trend of the time to add tinting to B&W classics).
For the past several years, rights to It’s a Wonderful Life have belonged to NBC, so airings of the film have become more of a special viewing occasion, with the network usually airing it twice during the Christmas season. And they are doing so again in 2012:
Saturday, Dec. 1 and Monday, Dec. 24
NBC, 8pm ET/PT
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE — (FROM NBC) NBC again presents this exclusive and special telecast of Frank Capra’s 1946 holiday classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. The film follows the life of George Bailey (Stewart) from childhood to maturity in the town of Bedford Falls. On what might be his last Christmas Eve, a discouraged Bailey wants to throw his life away. Fortunately, Clarence (Henry Travers), a second-class angel, is sent to show him the value of life. After Clarence gives Bailey a view of Bedford Falls without him, Bailey realizes how precious his life is and gets a second chance. He comes to learn that Clarence was right when he said, “No man is a failure who has friends.” The film, which earned Oscar nominations for best picture, director, actor and film editing, was produced and directed by Capra.