Directing 'Sullivan & Son' a different story for 'A Christmas Story's' Peter Billingsley

Peter Billingsley may feel that any day he gets to produce or direct is like Christmas, but a particular yuletide is shared with him by countless fans.Lately a filmmaker who's worked with close pal Vince Vaughn on such comedies as "The Break-Up" and "Couples Retreat," Billingsley is forever famous as the child actor who played wide-eyed Ralphie -- he of the deep desire for a Red Ryder BB gun that his mother (Melinda Dillon) warned would "put your eye out" -- in the 1983 classic "A Christmas Story."Before TBS gives that movie its annual 24-hour marathon on Christmas Eve and Day, Billingsley directs Thursday's (Sept. 13) first-season finale of the cable network's sitcom "Sullivan & Son." Along with "Cheers" veteran Rob Long, Billingsley and Vaughn are executive producers of the show about a New York lawyer (comic Steve Byrne, also a "Sullivan" co-creator) who left that city and career to take over the family business,...


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