Turkeyday TV

Well, it’s that holiday time of year again when all you want is some mindless entertainment to spare you from dealing with your relatives and TV programmers screw with you by replacing all your familiar favorites with sappy specials and marathons of your least liked shows made more inpenetrable by the one line crawl of uselessness that TV Guide channel has become.

Thank goodness kindly uncle ek is here to highlight a few moments of blessed distraction as well as some of the potential pitfalls to be avoided.

I look on it as a public service.

My job is made a little easier because of a neat little network ‘day at a glance’ feature of Zap2it TV Listings.  Click on the channel name.  I’m going midnight to Paid Programming since you might be busy with late night preparations and early morning celebrations or shopping trips.  I’m putting the main meat below the fold because the table is too long for the Front Page.  It’s arranged by time and marathons (4 half hour episodes, 3 hour episodes, double features, themes, and Instapeats) may be noted earlier than you expect, but they do also include the running time so you know when they end.

Nothing like watching A Christmas Story 25 times in a row.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Midnight 11/25

  • DiscoveryMythbusters (premier Instapeat)
  • ESPNSports Center marathon until 8 pm (with an exception at 3 am for a repeat of Heat @ Magic)
  • NickGeorge Lopez marathon until 6 am
  • Turner Classic– I think I mentioned Top Hat

1 am

  • USAPsych marathon until 4 am

2 am

3 am

3: 30 am

5:30 am

6 am

  • CNBC– Business Documentaries until 2 am
  • TLCCake Boss marathon until 3 am
  • USABurn Notice marathon until 6:30 pm

7 am

  • FXKung Fu Panda x 9 (yup, until 1 am.  Hope you like Jack Black.  A lot.)
  • MSNBC– Pedophiles and Prisoners until 5 am.  Yum.
  • SpeedDangerous Drives marathon until 8 pm

8 am

  • A&EFirst 48 marathon until 4 am (if it happens to be your favorite)
  • History– Aliens! marathon (No, they’re really real.  How else would they be on the “History” channel until 3 am?  Breaks for The Real Story of Thanksgiving at 11 pm and 3 am.  I’ll bet there were Aliens! there too.)
  • LifetimeWill & Grace marathon until 11:30 am
  • OxygenRunning Russell marathon until noon
  • Sci FiThunderball (the good 1965 version with Sean Connery)
  • Turner ClassicA Man to Remember
  • TV LandI Dream of Jeannie marathon until 2 pm

9 am

  • CBSThe Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS (exclusive The Stars Hollow Gazette liveblog)
  • NBCMacy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (liveblog, yes the same one)
  • DiscoveryMythbusters marathon until 8 pm
  • National GeographicEarth-History marathon until 2 pm
  • ToonTom & Jerry marathon until 2:30 pm
  • TravelMan v. Food marathon until 4 am (thank goodness)

9:30 am

10 am

10:30 am

11 am

11:30 am


  • NBCThe National Dog Show (from the Kennel Club of Philadelphia)
  • ESPN2– College Hoopies, Boston College v. Texas A&M
  • NickiCarly (1 hour special)
  • OxygenSnapped marathon until 10 pm
  • TBSMajor Payne
  • TV GuideUgly Betty marathon until 2 am (told you they were fucking useless)

12:30 pm

1 pm

1:30 pm

2 pm

2:30 pm

3 pm

3:30 pm

4:30 pm

5 pm

5:30 pm

6 pm

6:30 pm

7 pm

  • DisneyThe Incredibles
  • ESPN2– College Hoopies, Georgia v. Notre Dame
  • FoodAlton, Meat Balls and Meat Sauce
  • LifetimeThe Break Up x 2 (repeat @ 11 pm)

8 pm

8:30 pm

9 pm

10 pm

10:30 pm

11 pm

  • DiscoveryMythbusters Punkin Chunkin (premier Instapeat)
  • ESPNSports Center marathon until noon (with an exception at 3 am for a repeat of A&M @ Texas)
  • TBS– New Conan!  What’s he doing working on Thanksgiving?  He hosts Jim Parsons, Marisa Miller, and Brendon Walsh
  • Vs.Rocky IV

11:30 pm

  • ESPN2– College Hoopies, Tulsa v. UNLV

Midnight 11/26

1 am

1:30 am

2 am

3 am

4:30 am

5:30 am

6 am


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  1. AMC has The Godfather and The Godfather Part 2.

    This was not posted yesterday!

  2. She was singing “Build me Up Buttercup.” Well after you get done laughing at me, I thought it was real uplifting and lots of fun.

    Well check this organic percussion out, much more fun and she has gone pro.

    I thinks that’s some real talent that reminds me of John Mayall’s “Room To Move.” I’m almost tempted to drive out to Brooklyn and see her tonight.

    I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving  

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