What to watch this weekend: ‘A Christmas Story Live,’ Star Wars movie marathon, Hollywood Christmas Parade

Courtesy of Fox.Chris Diamantopoulos, Maya Rudolph, Andy Walken and Tyler Wladis in A Christmas Story Live! on Fox.
Courtesy of Fox.Chris Diamantopoulos, Maya Rudolph, Andy Walken and Tyler Wladis in A Christmas Story Live! on Fox.


The trend of live musicals broadcast on television isn't slowing down anytime soon, and A Christmas Story Live! — based on the classic holiday movie and Broadway musical — was ripe for the next taking. Fox brings everything beloved about the movie and mixes it with aspects of the musical to bring a new take on the story of a young boy who just wants a BB gun for Christmas. Matthew Broderick stars as adult Ralphie and the narrator with Maya Rudolph as Ralphie's mom. Chris Diamantopoulos is Old Man Parker with Jane Krakowski as Miss Shields. The yuletide film has become a holiday favorite and a groan-inducing Christmas day binge. It tells the story of Ralphie (Andy Walken in Live!) and his eventful holiday season filled with visits to a creepy Santa, begging for a Red Ryder BB gun and watching a friend get his tongue stuck on a frozen light pole. 7 p.m. Sunday, Fox.


Repeat after me: One more week until Christmas. One more week until Christmas.

Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic, 8 p.m. Sunday, Freeform: A behind-the-scenes look at how Disney parks bring the holidays to life virtually overnight with decorations and special events.

86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, 8 p.m. Friday, CW: Dr. Oz is the grand marshal for the parade down Hollywood Boulevard. Includes a special 40th anniversary performance by the Village People along with CeeLo Green, Ruben Studdard and more.

It's A Wonderful Life, 8 p.m. Friday, USA: The holiday classic stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a small-town banker who learns what life would be like if he had never been born.


The Magicians Season 2: The Syfy supernatural series is like a mash-up of Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia with very adult themes. The first season dealt with the arrival of new students to Brakebills University, where gifted students learn and hone their craft. The second season explores what happened to Quentin and his friends after they discovered Fillory was a real place.

The Santa Clause trilogy: This '90s Christmas classic and sequels kind of made you wish your dad would also accidentally kill Santa Claus so he could become the next St. Nick. But not really. Don't ever die, Santa. Tim Allen stars as the aforementioned dad who inadvertently becomes the jolly, bearded gift-giver.

Star Wars weekend marathon: TNT

Starting with The Phantom Menace and working its way to Return of the Jedi, TNT will air the first six Star Wars movies in order this weekend. Because during opening weekend for the franchise's next film, The Last Jedi, you can never have too much Star Wars. The fun starts Friday at 8 p.m. with The Phantom Menace, then Attack of the Clones airs at 11 p.m. The movies start over Saturday at 1:54 p.m. and continue through Sunday at 7 p.m. when Return of the Jedi airs. Sorry, no The Force Awakens, but at least you can get a refresh on the original trilogy and the prequels.

Upcoming streaming releases

Friday: Erased Season 1 (Netflix), The Ranch Part 4 (Netflix)

Dec. 21: Peaky Blinders Season 4 (Netflix)

Dec. 22: The Last Post Season 1 (Amazon), Fuller House Season 3 new episodes (Netflix), Monster Trucks (Hulu)

Dec. 23: Teen Wolf Season 6 (Amazon)

Dec. 24: The Detour Season 2 (Hulu)

Dec. 29: Bill Nye Saves the World Season 2 Part 1 (Netflix)

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