It's a Wonderful Life (8 p.m. Dec. 24, NBC) has one more airing this year. Rapidly gaining on Capra's classic as a holiday tradition: The annual "Christmas Story" marathon (beginning 8 p.m. Dec. 24, TNT), 12 continuous showings of the 1983 movie about a kid who wants a BB gun for Christmas. On Christmas Day, Fox reruns its heartwarming trio of 1999 yuletide episodes of The Simpsons (8 p.m. Dec. 25), The PJs Holiday Special (8:30 p.m. Dec. 25) and Futurama (9 p.m. Dec. 25, Fox). The Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade (8 p.m. Dec. 25, ABC) has its first showing in prime time; Wayne Brady, 98 Degrees and Woody and Buzz are among the stars.
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New Year's specials
Coverage of the new millennium begins before dawn in most places in the United States. All-day, time-zone-
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Other series and specials
Santa is very good to us: HBO is rerunning the first season of The Sopranos (10 p.m. Dec. 26, HBO), two episodes a night through Dec. 30 beginning at 10 p.m., then three in a row on Jan. 2, beginning at 9 p.m. Biography (8 p.m. EST/9 PST Dec. 27, A&E) rides the "Man on the Moon" bandwagon with its own profile of Andy Kaufman. Time Magazine's Person of the Century (10 p.m. Dec. 27, CBS) is revealed. Robert Cringely assesses the possibility of imminent computer meltdown on Y2K: The Winter of Our Disconnect (check local times, Dec. 28, PBS). Cosby (8 p.m. Dec. 29, CBS) pays tribute to late co-star Madeline Kahn. Stevie Wonder, Sean Connery, Jason Robards, Victor Borge and Judith Jamison are saluted in The Kennedy Center Honors (9 p.m. Dec. 29, CBS). ESPN has a SportsCenter: 50 Greatest Athletes of the Century Marathon (beginning 7:30 p.m. Dec. 30, ESPN2). Greg Gumbel and Jim Nantz look back at CBS' Greatest Sports Moments (8 p.m. Dec. 30, CBS) from 1974 to the present. And if you're up in the wee hours of Dec. 31 and you're looking for a millennium eye-opener a bit bleaker than Katie Couric introducing native dancers from Fiji, then this one's for you: a millennial showing of Strange Days (2:30 a.m. Dec. 31, USA), Kathryn Bigelow's seedy 1995 thriller set on New Year's Eve 1999, starring Ralph Fiennes as a charming loser named Nero who tries to save the world, or at least a girl (Juliette Lewis, playing the world's worst punk singer). Happy New Year!