Networks Celebrate with Humor, the Duke

Article excerpt

Byline: Ted Cox TV/Radio critic

The late Joey Ramone stars in "Rock 'n' Roll High School."

Remotely interesting: TNT plays its annual "A Christmas Story" marathon starting at 8 p.m. Monday and continuing 24 hours straight into Christmas Day. TBS takes a less reverential approach to Christmas with a 20-hour John Wayne movie marathon starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday with, get this, "The Quiet Man." WGN Channel 9's morning news revisits the best stories of the year from 6 to 8 a.m. Tuesday, but will also intersperse the holiday chestnuts "Suzy Snowflake," "Frosty the Snowman" and, of course, "Hardrock, Coco and Joe." By the way, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," making its return last week to broadcast TV after 14 years on cable, was the top-rated show in Chicago in its 7 p.m. time slot Friday on Channel 9.

CBS presents the annual "Kennedy Center Honors" special at 8 p.m. Wednesday on WBBM Channel 2. Walter Cronkite plays host to the induction of Julie Andrews, Van Cliburn, Quincy Jones, Luciano Pavarotti and none other than Jack Nicholson. ...Turner Classic Movies pays tribute to Marlene Dietrich with a new documentary, "Her Own Song," debuting at 7 p. …