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WPIX benches Laurel and Hardy for Gipper and Rudy

One more post, then I'll leave you alone 'til Black Friday:

While randomly perusing the channel guide, I stumbled upon quite a slate of football-related programming on WPIX Thursday:

9 a.m.: The NFL Network's "America's Game" entry on the 1986 Giants

10 a.m.: "Knute Rockne, All-American," featuring Ronald Reagan as The Gipper

Noon: "Semi-Tough," based on the novel by future Twitterer Dan Jenkins

2 p.m..: "Brian's Song"

4 p.m.: "Rudy"

7 p.m.: Giants-Broncos pregame

8 p.m.: Giants at Broncos

Pretty cool.

But . . . what about "March of the Wooden Soldiers," starring Laurel and Hardy, a Thanksgiving TV tradition since I was a kid, which was not long after TV was invented?

The channel announced it would show the movie on Dec. 19 and Dec. 25, but that was not good enough for many viewers who understandably freaked out on WPIX's Facebook page.

So the channel announced a compromise: It will show the movie at 9 a.m. Thursday on something called LATV, which normally offers programming in Spanish.

It's on Channel 198 on Cablevision, so people with digital cable should be good to go. Check listings on your TV service for a channel location near you.

Enjoy all of the above, America. And don't drink and drive.

Photo: AP

Tags: WPIX , football , sacred holiday traditions

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