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A multitude of marathons for the New Year

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- I was going to use this week to reflect on the year's best shows, characters and actors, but that, combined with all the New Year's-related goodies, would have left you reading this column until, well, the new year, so I've put the "Best Of" selections off until next week. Besides, I haven't looked that far ahead yet, but if the TV schedule is anything like the rest of the entertainment landscape (movies, local activities, etc.), there won't be much going on to cover next week anyway.

So without further ado, let's launch into everybody's favorite holiday timewaster: the marathon. Here's a list of what's happening around the dial this long weekend that will leave you in a small-screen daze and your couch with a permanent butt print:

A&E: "Criminal Minds," noon Friday; "Dog the Bounty Hunter," 2 p.m. Saturday; "Storage Wars," noon Sunday; "Intervention," 7 a.m. and "Hoarders," 3 p.m. Monday.

AMC: "The Walking Dead," 11 a.m. Saturday; "Hell on Wheels," 3 p.m. Sunday (all episodes to date on both); "CSI: Miami," 5 p.m. Monday.

Animal Planet: "Hillbilly Handfishin,'" 9 a.m. and "Tanked," 2 p.m. Saturday; "River Monsters: Unhooked," 9 a.m. and "Finding Bigfoot," 2 p.m. Sunday; "Operation Wild," 9 a.m. and "Call of the Wildman," 1 p.m. Monday.

BBC America: "Top Gear Top 40," 6 a.m. Saturday; "Absolutely Fabulous," 7:15 a.m. Sunday through 6 a.m. Monday; "Top Gear," 8 a.m. Monday.

BET: ""The Game," 11 a.m. Sunday.

Bravo: "The Millionaire Matchmaker," noon Friday; "The Real Housewives" of various cities, 1 p.m. Saturday; "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," 10 a.m. Sunday; "The Rachel Zoe Project," 7 a.m. and "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," 5 p.m. Monday;

Cartoon Network: "Adventure Time with Finn & Jake," 1 p.m. Saturday; "Bleach," 12:01 a.m. and "Loony Tunes," 9 a.m. Sunday.

Discovery: "Dual Survival," 9 a.m. and "Gold Rush," 4 p.m. Friday; "Human Planet," 10 a.m. and "Moonshiners," 6 p.m. Saturday; "Gold Rush," 10 a.m. Sunday; "Mythbusters," 9 a.m. and "Moonshiners," 7 p.m. Monday.

Disney: "Best of 2011," 9 a.m. Sunday (fan favorite shows and movies)

Disney XD: "Phineas and Ferb," 11 a.m. Saturday.

E!: Kardashian shows 1 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday and 4 p.m. Monday; "Sex and the City," 10 a.m. Monday.

Hallmark: Christmas movies, 4 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday.

History: "American Pickers," 8 a.m. Friday and Monday; "Pawn Stars," 7 p.m. Sunday.

ION: "George Lopez," 1 p.m. Sunday.

MTV: "Jersey Shore," midnight today through 11 p.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday.

OWN: "The Oprah Winfrey Show," 3 p.m. (classic episodes) Sunday and 10 a.m. Monday; "Undercover Boss," 3 p.m. Sunday.

Oxygen: "Snapped," 1:30 p.m. Saturday; "House," 8 a.m. Sunday; "The Bad Girls Club," 7 a.m. Monday.

National Geographic: "Locked Up Abroad," noon Sunday; military/war programs, 9 a.m. Monday.

Spike: All start 9 a.m. "Best of Pride Fighting Championships," Friday; "Jaws" movies, Saturday; "Star Wars" movies, Sunday; "1,000 Ways to Die," Monday.

Syfy: "Sanctuary," 8:30 a.m. Friday; "The Twilight Zone," 9 a.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. Monday; "Star Trek: The Next Generation," 8 a.m. Monday.

TBS: "The Big Bang Theory," 7 p.m. Saturday.

TCM: Marx Brothers movies, 6 a.m. Saturday.

Teen Nick: "The Amanda Show," noon Saturday; "Degrassi: The Next Generation," 6 a.m. and "Queen Bees," 4 p.m. Sunday.

TLC: Wedding shows ("Four Weddings," "Say Yes to the Dress," etc.), 6 a.m. Friday; "Dateline: Real Life Mysteries," 1 p.m. Saturday; "Hoarding: Buried Alive," 3 p.m. Sunday; "Sister Wives," 7 a.m. and "Cake Boss: Next Great Baker," 3:30 p.m. Monday.

TV Land: "Murder, She Wrote," 2 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday.

TNT: "Law & Order," 4 a.m. Sunday.

USA: "CSI," 9 a.m. Friday; "NCIS," 10 a.m. Saturday; "Law & Order: SVU," 6 a.m. Sunday; "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," 4 a.m. Monday.

WE: "Braxton Family Values," 3 p.m. Saturday; "My Fair Wedding," 2 p.m. Sunday.

WGN: "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," 11 a.m. Saturday.

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New Year's Eve network specials (Saturday): ABC: "New Year's Rockin' Eve: The 40th Anniversary Party," 8 p.m., "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," 10 and 11:30 p.m. (performers: Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, LMFAO, Beyonce and many more); Fox: "American Country New Year's Eve Live," 11 p.m. (performers: Lauren Alaina and Rodney Atkins); NBC: "New Year's Eve Live with Carson Daly," 10 and 11:30 p.m., (performers: Drake, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, Tony Bennett and more); PBS: "Coldplay New Year's Eve: An Austin City Limits Special," 11 p.m.

New Year's Eve cable specials (Saturday): "NYE in NYC," 11 p.m., MTV (performers: Selena Gomez, Jason Derulo and more); "New Year. No Limits," 11 p.m., ESPN (extreme world record stunts); "106 & Party 2011," 11 p.m., BET; "New Year's Eve Dance Bash," 10 p.m., Fuse; "New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin," 11 p.m., CNN; "New Year's Eve with Carson Daly," 11:30 p.m., E! (performers: same as NBC coverage).

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Scripted series premieres: "Three Inches," 9 p.m. today, Syfy (superheroes with not-so-super powers); "Work It," 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, ABC (guys dress as girls to land jobs); "Jane By Design," 9 p.m. Tuesday, ABC Family (a teen lands a job as a fashion executive's assistant).

Reality series premieres: "Hook, Line and Sisters," 10 p.m. today, TLC (commercial fishing family); "Alaska: The Last Frontier," 10 p.m. today, Discovery (life in remote Alaska); "Oprah's Next Chapter," 9 p.m. Sunday, OWN (Oprah visits celebrities); "Gator Boys," 11 p.m. Sunday, Animal Planet (Florida gator capturers); "It's a Brad, Brad World," 10 p.m. Monday, Bravo (Rachel Zoe's former assistant); "Celebrity Wife Swap," 10 p.m. Monday, ABC; "Jamie's American Road Trip," 10 p.m. Tuesday, BBC America (Jamie Oliver food show); "I Get That A Lot," 8 p.m. Wednesday, CBS (hidden camera show with celebrities in regular jobs).

Season premieres: "NY Ink," 9 p.m. today, TLC; "Infested," 9 p.m. Friday, Animal Planet; "Mob Wives," 8 p.m. Sunday, VH1; "Finding Bigfoot," 10 p.m. Sunday, Animal Planet; "Extreme Clutter," 10 p.m. Sunday, OWN; "The Bachelor," 8 p.m. Monday, ABC; "Antiques Roadshow," 8 p.m. Monday, PBS; "Hoarders," 9 p.m. and "Intervention," 10 p.m. Monday, A&E; "Top Gear," 8 p.m. Monday, BBC America; "Alaska Wing Men," 10 p.m. Monday, National Geographic; "The Biggest Loser," 8 p.m. Tuesday, NBC; "Taboo," 9 p.m. Tuesday, National Geographic; "Nova," 9 p.m. Wednesday, PBS; "Dog the Bounty Hunter," 10 p.m. Wednesday, A&E.

Returning: "Man, Woman, Wild," 9 p.m. today, Discovery; "How I Met Your Mother," 8 p.m., "2 Broke Girls," 8:30 p.m., "Two and a Half Men," 9 p.m., "Mike & Molly," 9:30 p.m. and "Hawaii Five-0," 10 p.m. Monday, CBS; "Pretty Little Liars," 8 p.m. and "The Lying Game," 9 p.m. Monday and "Switched at Birth," 8 p.m. Tuesday, ABC Family; "Parenthood," 10 p.m. Tuesday, NBC; "Last Man Standing," 8 p.m. and "Body of Proof," 10 p.m. Tuesday, ABC; "NCIS," 8 p.m., "NCIS: Los Angeles," 9 p.m. and "Unforgettable," 10 p.m. Tuesday, CBS; "The Middle," 8 p.m., "Suburgatory," 8:30 p.m., "Modern Family," 9 p.m., "Happy Endings," 9:30 p.m. and "Revenge," 10 p.m. Wednesday, ABC.

Season finales: "Sanctuary," 10 p.m. Friday, Syfy; "Moonshiners," 10 p.m. Wednesday, Discovery.

Specials: "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown," 8 p.m. today, ABC; "Notarized: Top 11 Videos of 2011," 11 a.m. Saturday, BET; "Tournament of Roses Parade," 11 a.m. Monday, NBC; "Mobbed," 9 p.m. Wednesday, Fox (flash mob proposal).

Of note: NBC Sports Network replaces Versus, 4 p.m. Monday (featuring live sports events, news/talk shows and original NHL content); "CSI: Miami" debuts on AMC, 5 p.m. Monday.

Reach Amy Robinson at flipside@wvgazette.com.


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