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Attaboy, Clarence! It's a Wonderful Life Gets an Early Airing on NBC

ALSO: Shazam, Robbie the Reindeer, The Story of Santa Claus, Christmas in Rome, and more.
  • NBC will air the holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life in primetime twice this year.
    NBC will air the holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life in primetime twice this year.

    72 years since its original release, Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life continues to enthrall audiences young and old. The movie gets the first of two network airings this holiday season tonight on NBC (the second of course being on Christmas Eve). Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Saturday:

    HOLIDAY MOVIE: It's not the holidays without It's a Wonderful Life. James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchel, and Henry Travers star in the timeless classic about a struggling family man who learns what the world would be like if he had never been born. 8:00 PM ET on NBC

    CABLE PREMIERE: HBO's big Saturday night movie this week is Shazam. The film follows orphan Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who, with the utterance of a single word, becomes the superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi) Watch the trailer. 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    HOLIDAY SPECIAL: CBS airs the first two Robbie the Reindeer holiday specials, 1999's Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire and 2002's Robbie the Reindeer: Legend of the Lost Tribe. Ther stop-motion fun kicks off at 8:00 PM ET on CBS

    HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Ed Asner voices a certain merry old elf in The Story of Santa Claus, which tells the origin story of Saint Nick and his annual voyage around the world. Betty White co-stars. 9:00 PM ET on CBS


    • Christmas in Rome stars Lacey Chabert (Party of Five) as an American tour guide showing businessman Sam Page (Mad Men) the Eternal City, and inadvertently leading him to everlasting love. 8:00 PM ET on Hallmark
    • Merry Liddle Christmas stars Kelly Rowland as a frazzled matriarch who finds love might be waiting just next door. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.

    TOPICS: it's a Wonderful Life, NBC