TV Marathons – A Big Part of Turkey Day

Every Thanksgiving, the sound of the television has always been in the background. If not a football game, it’s the Macy’s Day Parade, a cooking show or a favorite series or holiday movie. Here’s a list of just a few of the marathons scheduled for this upcoming Thanksgiving weeked.

All times are Eastern. You can always check to see what’s on your favorite channels by Googling their schedule (for example: Cloo Schedule). Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

 

Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen of IFC's "Portlandia". © Chris Hornbecker Photographer  Credit: IFC

Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen of IFC’s “Portlandia”. © Chris Hornbecker Photographer Credit: IFC

Thursday, Nov. 27

Adventure Time: 9am–2pm on Cartoon Network
Portlandia: 9am-2:30pm on IFC
Friends: 10am-5pm on TBS
Seinfeld: 5-8pm on TBS
Friday Night Lights: 10am–9pm on Pivot
Jurassic Park: 10am–2am Friday on AMC (I bet they air the trailer from the upcoming Jurassic Park movie coming to theaters this summer)
Modern Family: 10am-12am (Midnight) on USA
Transporter the Series: 11am-11:03pm on TNT
Alaska: The Last Frontier: 12pm-3am Friday on Discovery Channel
My Dirty Little Secret: 12pm-8pm on Investigation Discovery
The Millionaire Matchmaker: 3-10:30pm on Bravo
The Simpsons: 4-10pm followed by The Simpsons Movie on FXX
The Brady Bunch: 5:30-9pm on TV Land

Friday, Nov. 28

Helix: 6am–8pm on Syfy
Deadly Women: 6am–9pm on Investigation Discovery
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 9am–10pm on Pivot
Rambo: 11am–midnight on AMC
Star Trek: The Next Generation: 12pm–6am Saturday on BBC America
American Pickers: 1–11pm on History
Tanked: 2–9pm on Animal Planet
Gilligan’s Island: 3–9pm on TV Land
Gold Rush: 3–10pm on Discovery Channel
Mysteries: 3pm–4am Saturday on Travel Channel
Blue Bloods: 11am on Ion
Rookie Blue: 10pm on Ion

Saturday, Nov. 29


House: 6am–6am Sunday on Cloo
Manzo’d with Children: 6–10am on Bravo
The Leftovers: 8:45am–6:45pm on HBO Signature

Mark Harmon stars in NCIS. Photo: Jordin Althaus/CBS ©2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Mark Harmon stars in NCIS. Photo: Jordin Althaus/CBS ©2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

NCIS: 11am–midnight on USA
The Matrix: 11am–5am Sunday on AMC
Veronica Mars: 12pm–5pm on Pivot
Vikings: 3pm–4am Sunday on History
Homeland: 3pm–12am on Showtime
Z Nation: 11pm–5:30am Sunday on Syfy
Law & Order: Criminal Intent: 11am on Ion

 

Sunday, Nov. 30


NCIS: 6am-6am Monday on Cloo
Ax Men: 7am–1pm on History
Law & Order: SVU: 9am–11pm on USA
Roseanne: 10am–4pm on weTV (also on TV Land from 12–6pm)
Man v. Food Nation: 2–8pm on Travel Channel

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes - The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes – The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

The Walking Dead (Season 5): 1–10pm on AMC
The Real Housewives of Atlanta: 3–11:30pm on Bravo
The Affair: 4–11pm on Showtime

 

Independence Day Marathons + Walking Dead Marathon

All Independence Day Marathons listed begin at 7am CT on Friday, July 4, unless otherwise noted. When a program is listed at a specific time, i.e. 7am America’s Next Top Model, and the next program of a different title starts at 11am, the program listed at 7am runs in hour (or half hour) increments through until the new program starts at the new time. HD Channels of the networks listed below are showing identical line-ups only in High Definition.

A&E: 7am Dog the Bounty Hunter; 3pm Criminal Minds

AMC: 8am The Walking Dead Season 1, Episode 1; 2:30 The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 1; Saturday, July 5 at 4am Season 3, Episode 1; Season 4, Episode 1

Chris Hardwick, host of Talking Dead

Chris Hardwick, host of Talking Dead

There’s a special Talking Dead on Sunday, July 7 at 8 CT. Scott M. Gimple & Aisha Tyler joins Chris Hardwick and discuss what’s in store in Season 5.

American Heroes Channel: 7am The Revolutionary War

Animal Planet: 7am Crocodile Hunter; 8am Dirty Jobs; 3pm Treehouse Masters; 8pm The Pool Master

BBC America: 7am Star Trek: The Next Generation

BET: 7am The Game; 1:30pm Stomp The Yard; 4pm Just Keke; 5pm The Cookout; 7pm Gun Hill; 9pm Apollo Live!; 10pm The Message; 11pm The Wendy Williams Show

Bio: 7am The Inside Story: Jaws; 9am Downsized; 1pm Wife Swap; 5pm Flipping San Diego; 7pm Flipping Vegas

Bravo: 7am Tabatha Takes Over; 8:04am Games of Crowns; 8:35am The Real Housewives New Jersey; 2:16pm Speed; 4:52pm The Bourne Identity; 7:26pm The Bourne Supremacy; 9:56pm The Bourne Supremacy

Chill: 6am Truth or Die; 8am Brainscan; 10am Paintball; 12pm Cube 2: Hypercube; 2pm Cube Zero; 4pm Cube; 6pm The Ghostmaker; 8pm Needle; 10pm Cube; 12am The Ghostmaker

CLOO: 7am Whatever Works; 9:02am The Maiden Heist; 11am Glee – the 3D Concert Movie; 1pm Whatever Works; 9:02pm Fools Rush In; 5pm Dinner For Schmucks; 7:30pm The Back-Up Plan; 10pm Dinner For Schmucks

CMT: 7am Reba; 8am CMT Music; 10:30am CMT Music Awards; 1pm Miss Congeniality; 4pm Party Down South; 9pm Bruce Almighty

Comedy: 8:15am The Daily Show w/Jon Stewart; 8:47am The Colbert Report; 9:18am Nathan for You; 9:48am Drunk History; 10:49am Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity; 12:21pm Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos; 1:52pm It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; 3:25pm Futurama; 4:56 South Park; 5:27 Tosh.O; 5:58pm The Colbert Report; 6:29pm The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; 7pm Tropic Thunder; 9:30pm Tropic Thunder

Destination America: 7am BBQ Pitmasters; 7pm Mountain Monsters

DFH: 7am Maternity Ward; 8am Birth Day; 9am Trauma: Life in the ER

Discovery: 7am Cash Cab; 8am Nerve Center; 9am Manufactured; 10am Pyros; 11am Mighty Planes; 12pm Mayday; 1pm Megaspeed; 2pm Dallas Car Sharks; 3pm Overhaulin’ Top10; 4pm Overhaulin; 5pm How It’s Made; 6pm Salvage Hunters; 7pm Lords of the Car Hoards; 8pm Mayday;

E!: 7am Keeping Up With the Kardashians; 1pm Sex & the City; 11pm Kardashians

Puss in Boots: © 2011 DreamWorks Animation LLC.

Puss in Boots: © 2011 DreamWorks Animation LLC.

FXM: 6:45am The Adventures of Hajji Baba; 8:30am Dante’s Inferno; 10am The Alligator People; 11:30am The Day Mars Invaded Earth; 12:45pm The Horror of It All; 2pm Megamind; 4pm How to Train Your Dragon; 6pm Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa; 8pm Puss in Boots; 10pm Monsters vs. Aliens

FX: 7am Tron: Legacy; 9:30am Red Tails; 12pm The Incredible Hulk; 2:30pm Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer; 4:30pm Thor; 7pm Captain America: The First Avenger; 9:30pm Captain America: The First Avenger

Red Tails: © Lucasfilm Ltd. and TM. Credit: Jiri Hanzl

FXX: 7am The Hughleys; 8am Spin City; 10am Mad About You; 12pm Sports Night; 1pm Arrested Development; 2pm How I Met Your Mother; 4:30pm American Reunion; 7pm Grown Ups; 9pm Grown Ups; 11pm Freaks and Geeks

Hallmark: 7am The Golden Girls; 9am Home & Family; 11am Home & Family (different episode); 1pm The Christmas Spirit; 3pm Window Wonderland; 5pm Finding Christmas; 7pm The Christmas Ornament; 9pm Debbie Macomber’s Trading Christmas

History: 7am American The Story of Us; 7pm American Pickers

H2: 7am UFO Files; 8am Ancient Aliens; 11pm United Stuff of America

ID: 7am Nightmare Next Door; 8am Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?; 3pm Nightmare Next Door;

ION: 10am W.; 1pm Cold Case; 6pm Law & Order: CI

Lifetime: 7am Celebrity Wife Swap; 11am Little Women: LA; 5pm Flowers in the Attic; 7pm Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs; 9pm Petals on the Wind; 11pm Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs

LMN: 7am Deadly Wives; 9am The Babysitter’s Seductions; 11am Dark Desire; 1pm Homecoming; 3pm The Perfect Boyfriend; 5pm A Mother’s Rage; 7pm The Wife He Met Online; 9pm The Trainer; 11pm The Wife He Met Online

Logo: 7am The A-List: New York; 8am Boston Legal; 9am The Golden Girls; 11am Roseanne; 5pm Will & Grace; 7pm Designing Women

Nat Geo Wild: 7am Stranger than Nature; 8am Icy Killers; Secrets of Alaska’s Salmon Shark; 9am Sharkfest; 10am Deadliest Week Ever; 11am Monster Fish

NGC: 8am Life Below Zero

OWN: 7am Dr. Phill; 12pm Two Weeks Notice; 2:30pm The American President; 5pm Oprah: Where Are They Now

Oxygen: 7am America’s Next Top Model; 11am Preachers of L.A.; 7pm Stomp the Yard: Homecoming; 9pm Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins; 11:30pm Tattoos After Dark

Science Channel: 7am Outrageous Acts of Science 2; 8am MythBusters

John Carter: © 2011 Disney. JOHN CARTER™ ERB, Inc. Credit: Frank Connor

John Carter: © 2011 Disney. JOHN CARTER™ ERB, Inc. Credit: Frank Connor

Spike: 7am Shaun T’s Focus T25, 7:30am Cindy Crawford; 8am Bar Rescue; 10am Frankenfood; 11am Robin Hood; 2:30pm John Carter; 5:30 Raiders of the Lost Ark; 8:12pm Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom; 11:06pm The Fifth Element.

Syfy: 7am The Twilight Zone; 7pm WWE Firday Night SmackDown! 9pm Spartacus: Blood & Sand; 11:10 The Twilight Zone

TBS: 7am Are We There Yet? 7:30am TP’s Met the Browns; 8am TP’s House of Payne; 8:30am Ghosts of Girlfriends Past; 10:30am Definitely, Maybe; 1pm Knocked Up; 3pm Friends; 5pm Seinfeld; 7pm Family Guy; 9pm Funniest Wins

TLC: 7am A Very Duggar Wedding; 8am 18 Kids & Counting; 8:30am 19 Kids & Counting; 7:30pm Say Yes to the Dress;

Hulk: © 2003 Universal Studios.  All rights reserved.

Hulk: © 2003 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

TNT: 7am Charmed; 8am Supernatural; 11am Hulk; 2pm Spider-Man; 4:30 The Dark Knight; 8pm Cold Justice; 9pm Cold Justice; 10pm Limitless

Travel: 8am Food Paradise; 7pm Monumental Mysteries; 9pm America Declassified; 10pm Mysteries; 11pm Monumental Mysteries

truTV: 8am Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura; 10am Panic Button; 12pm Motor City Masters; 2pm Top 20 Most Shocking; 6pm Impractical Jokers; 7pm The Carbonaro Effect; 10pm Motor City Masters; 11pm The Carbonaro Effect;

USA: 7am NCIS Marathon; 7pm Modern Family; 11pm Royal Pains; 12am: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

We: 9am Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars

 

Christmas Day Marathons

Next to laying in bed and sleeping most of the day, watching television is on my list of what to do on Christmas Day. To round out the top 3 … laying on the couch. I bet you thought it was going to be “eating,” didn’t you? But since I got the word from my sister that she wasn’t doing Christmas this year, that would mean I would have to be fixing my own Christmas dinner.

No worries, I can cook just fine, even if I’m cooking for one. Here’s the list I’ve accumulated so far of who’s having a marathon on Wednesday, December 25 (all times are Eastern):

A&E
8am: Rodeo Girls
11am: Titanic
3:30pm: Duck Dynasty Marathon

AMC
8am: The Rifleman
9:30am: Rio Bravo
12:30pm: The Cowboys
3:30pm Cahill, United States Marshal
6pm: El Dorado
9pm: The Sons of Katie Elder

Animal Planet
12am: North America
6am: Beasts of the Bible
8am: Meerkat Manor
9am: Gator Boys: Xtra Bites

BBC America
3am: Doctor Who – Season 7.1 Episode 1 – Asylum of the Daleks
4am: Doctor Who – Season 7.1 Episode 2 – Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
5am: Doctor Who – Season 7.1 Episode 3 – A Town Called Mercy
8am: Doctor Who – Season 7.1 Episode 4 – The Power of Three
9am: Doctor Who – Season 7.1 Episode 5 – The Angels Take Manhattan
10am: Doctor Who – Season 7.2 Episode Marathon starting with episode 6 and concluding with episode 13 The Name of the Doctor
8pm: NEW – Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith
9pm: NEW – Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor

Biography (this seems to be their normal line-up for a Wednesday)
8am: Inside Story: The Santa Clause
10am: Find & Design
11am: Sell This House
1pm: Confessions of a Matchmaker
3pm: Cold Case Files
4pm: City Confidential
6pm: Notorious
7pm: The First 48

Cloo
5am: White Collar Marathon

FX
7am: Megamind
9am: Monsters vs. Aliens
11am: How to Train Your Dragon
1pm: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
3pm: Shrek Forever After
5pm: Kung Fu Panda
7pm: Kung Fu Panda 2
9pm: How to Train Your Dragon
11pm: Megamind

Hallmark Channel (a serious Holiday movie marathon)
8am: Hats Off to Christmas
10:30am Catch a Christmas Star
12pm The Christmas Spirit
1:30pm: Finding Christmas
3pm: Fir Crazy
4:30pm: Snow Bride
6pm: Window Wonderland
7:30pm: A Very Merry Mix-up
9pm: The Christmas Ornament
10:30pm: Let It Snow

History Channel
7am: Food Tech
8am: History’s Mysteries
10am: The Real Story of Christmas
11am: Banned from the Bible
1pm: Banned from the Bible II
3pm: Pawn Stars
5pm: Bible Secrets Revealed
10pm: Bible Secrets Revealed NEW

Ion Television
11am: Mandie & The Forgotten Christmas
1pm: Christmas Mail
3pm: A Christmas Kiss
5pm: A Golden Christmas
7pm: A Golden Christmas 2
9pm: A Golden Christmas 3
11pm: Holiday Road Trip
1pm Christmas Town

Nat Geo
5am: Rescue Ink
9am: Brain Games

Science Channel
12am: Futurescapes with James Woods
3am: The Unexplained Files
6am: Survivorman
3pm: Survivorman’s Survival Secrets
9pm: Survivorman: Lost Pilots

Spike
9am: Coming to America
11:32am: The Mummy
2:32pm: The Mummy Returns
5:30pm: Forrest Gump
9pm: Forrest Gump

Syfy
8am: The Twilight Zone
9am: Movie Marathon
2012: Ice Age
Syfy Original Movies
11am: Ice Spiders
1pm: Ice Road Terror
3pm: Yeti
5pm: Snow Beast
7pm: Ice Quake
9pm: Snowmageddon
11pm: Ice Twisters

TBS
6am-6pm 24 Hours of A Christmas Story
8pm-10:30pm: Big Bang Theory
11pm: Conan

TLC
6am: Extreme Christmas Trees
7am: Crazy Christmas Lights
8am: Invasion of the Christmas Lights
9am: Invasion of the Christmas Lights 2
10am: My Crazy Obsession: Christmas Collection
12pm: Undercover Boss Marathon

TNT: Limited Commercial Movie Marathon
9am: Race to Witch Mountain
10:45am: The Time Machine
12:30pm: Spider-Man
2:45pm: Rush Hour 3
4:15pm: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
7pm: End of the Limited Commercial – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
10pm: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

USA: Character Feast
6am: Paul
8am: Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (Uncut)
10:30am: Little Fockers
12:30pm: No Strings Attached (Uncut)
3pm: The Back-up Plan (Uncut)
5:30pm: Couples Retreat (Uncut)
8pm: Commercial Free Bridesmaids
10pm: Modern Family Marathon
1am: Replay of Couples Retreat Uncut

Thanksgiving Day Marathons

Are you ready for Turkey Day? As I was driving home this afternoon one of the radio DJs was giving advice on what potatoes made the best mashed. I received a terse text message from my sister over a week ago saying she wasn’t doing Thanksgiving till “well after 3pm on Friday.”

I think that was in reply to my “did you want me to bring anything for Thanksgiving?” text message. On a scale of 1-10 for families, mine’s a solid 1. But that’s okay, I don’t mind the solitude the Holidays and the days off from work gives me.

Anyway, I digress. I found these marathons by using my program guide on my DirecTV and forwarding ahead with my remote. I DIDN’T JUST read a bunch of press releases from networks weeks ago. So you can depend that these marathons are 85% correct.

If there’s a network I didn’t list, just Google it i.e. “A&E Schedule,” and 9 out of 10 times it will come up with a great listings schedule of what’s playing for the next week or so. It even lets you click on a timezone.

A&E, will be running their standard weekly programming (CT): 8am Criminal Minds; 10am CSI: Miami for two hours; 12pm Criminal Minds for two hours; 2pm The First 48 for three hours; 5pm The Duck Dynasty.

AMC, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory at 8:15am (CT); The Godfather at 10:30am; The Godfather 2 at 2:30pm till 7pm. The Godfather movies repeat the balance of the day. AMC is planning on showing The Walking Dead Season 3 on Sunday starting at 2:30pm (ET).

Animal Planet, 6am (CT) The Crocodile Hunter; 7am Call of the Wild; 8am Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice; 9am Wild Russia; 1pm Frozen Planet; 6pm River Monsters: Unhooked; 8pm Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives

BBCA, Star Trek: The Next Generation marathon starting at 7am (CT)

CLOO, White Collar Marathon starts at 5am (CT)

Discovery, (CT) 8am North America; 11am Alaska: The Last Frontier; 7pm Punkin Chunkin 2013

FX HD, Buffy at 6am (CT); 8am Ellen (30-minute segments) followed by Kung Fu Panda at 11am and then Kung Fu Panda 2 at 1pm and then replays most of the day of those two movies.

History Channel, 6am (CT) Swamp People; 4pm Swampsgiving; 5pm Pawn Stars; 8pm Swampsgiving 2 (the sequel?); 9pm Pawn Stars

ID, 6am (CT) Deadly Women; 12pm Deadly Devotion; 4pm Bloody Marys; 5pm Deadly Sins

Nat Geo, 8am (CT) starts a Life Below Zero Marathon

OWN, starting at 6am (CT) Dr. Phil; 12pm Too Cute!; 6pm Oprah’s Next Chapter; 8pm The Shawshank Redemption

Spike, Cops Marathon starting at 8am (CT) followed by Impact Wresting starting at 8pm for an hour and then back to Cops

Syfy, 2-Day James Bond Marathon starting at 7am (CT) with Dr. No followed by Thunderball

TBS, Friends Marathon starting at 9am (CT); 4pm The King of Queens followed by Seinfeld at 5pm; 6:30pm Family Guy followed by Big Bang Theory at 8pm.

TLC, 6am (CT) The Lottery Changed My Life; 1pm a Marathon of Undercover Boss.

TNT, Castle Marathon starting at 9am (CT) followed by Hawaii Five-O at 10pm

truTV, starts out with The Investigators at 8am (CT); Guiness World Record Unleashed at 10am followed by Wipeout at 2pm which runs the balance of the day.

WE, Roseanne starting at 9am (CT) followed by Will & Grace at 12pm followed by Braxton Family Values at 3pm.

Returning Series

Have you been wondering if your favorite TV series is returning? Well thanks to our friends at Channel Guide Magazine, here’s the latest list of returning series:

Name of Series, Name of Network, Date

Anger Management, FX, Jan. 17

Archer, FX, Jan. 17

American Idol, FOX, Jan. 16

Anger Management, FX, Jan. 17

Archer, FX, Jan. 17

The Bachelor, ABC, Jan. 7

Being Human, Syfy, Jan. 14

Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, NBC, Jan. 8

The Biggest Loser, NBC, Jan. 6

Body of Proof, ABC, Feb. 5

Celebrity Apprentice, NBC, March 3

Community, NBC, Feb. 7

Cougar Town, TBS, Jan. 8

Dallas, TNT, Jan. 28

Dancing With the Stars, ABC, March 18

Dancing With the Stars Results Show, ABC, March 26

Deadly Sins, Investigation Discovery, Jan. 12

Downton Abbey, PBS, Jan. 6

Enlightened, HBO, Jan. 13

Fringe, FOX, Jan. 18 (series finale)

Ghost Hunters, Syfy, Jan. 16

Girls, HBO, Jan. 13

Grimm, NBC, March 8

Justified, FX, Jan. 8

The Lying Game, ABC Family, Jan. 8

The Millionaire Matchmaker, Bravo, Jan. 10

Necessary Roughness,  USA Network, Jan. 23

Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family, Jan. 8

Revolution, NBC, March 25

Scorned: Love Kills, Investigation Discovery, Jan. 26

Shameless, Showtime, Jan. 13

Smash, NBC, Feb. 5

Southland, TNT, Feb. 13

Spartacus: War of the Damned, Starz, Jan. 25

Suburgatory, ABC, April 3

Suits, USA Network, Jan. 17

Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell, FX, Jan. 17

Touch, FOX, Feb. 8

True Crime With Aphrodite Jones, Investigation Discovery, Jan. 7

The Voice, NBC, March 25

White Collar, USA Network, Jan. 22