OK. We promise never to attempt lame rhyming ever again. But we DID want to let you know that there's a "Creature Comforts" marathon on BBC America tonight, starting at 7:30 p.m. with the premiere of "Merry Christmas Everybody!" If you've ever seen Nick Park's Oscar-winning short "Creature Comforts," then you know what the show is like. And if you haven't, go watch it RIGHT NOW!
Also tonight, Darlene Love will be making her annual "Late Show With David Letterman" appearance to sing his--and our--favorite Christmas song, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home.)"
Speaking of Christmas songs, KQED will be airing local boy Chris Isaak's Christmas special at the crack of midnight on Christmas Eve. Or, if you've got digital cable, you can catch it numerous times on KQED Encore, channel 189.
As for the rest of the holiday weekend, you can probably manage to watch all of A Christmas Story during its marathon 24-hour run on TBS by just flipping to it for 10 minutes at a time throughout the weekend, (or, if you've never actually seen it, we highly recommend sitting down and watching it all the way through. It really is that good.) On Saturday at 8 p.m. NBC will re-run It's a Wonderful Life, another Christmas movie that lives up to all of the hype. And if you've never seen it before, because you happen to be blind, you can listen to former President George Bush give a descriptive narration of the film through the process of "Descriptive TheatreVision." (We kid you not.)
But we think the single most important television programming this weekend can be found on "Action 36" (cable channel 6) from 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on the 25th. We are speaking, of course, of "The Holiday Log." Commercial-free video of a burning fireplace, complete with cheesy Christmas songs! You can hang your stockings under the TV with care, and if you sit REALLY close, we think it might even warm you up a little...
Happy Generic Winter Holiday, everybody!