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'Walking Dead' among July 4th marathons

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- TV show marathons used to be the domain of holidays, but now you're likely to find at least one on any given day.

Whether these were cherry picked to help viewers celebrate the Fourth of July or are just part of the channels' regular Thursday line-ups, here's a look at the marathons on TV Thursday:

A&E: "The First 48," 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

AMC: "The Walking Dead" Season 1, 1 to 8 p.m. Plus, Season 2, 1 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Season 3, 1 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday (There's some Season 3 overlap. If you watch/record all of Saturday, the remaining episodes of the season start at 4 p.m. Sunday.)

Animal Planet: "North America," 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (full mini-series) and "Call of the Wildman," 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

BBC America: "Star Trek: The Next Generation," 8 a.m. to midnight and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday (season three).

Cartoon Network: "The Amazing World of Gumball," 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CMT: Music! Actual music videos from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Discovery Channel: "Fast N' Loud," 2 p.m. to 3 a.m.

HGTV: "House Hunters" (original and spin-offs), 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

History Channel: "America: The Story of Us," 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (selected installments of the mini-series) and "Pawn Stars," 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.

MTV: Music! Actual music videos from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

MTV2: "Guy Code," 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

National Geographic: "Wicked Tuna," 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Oxygen: "I'm Having Their Baby," 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Spike: "Gangland," 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and "Cops," 2 to 9 p.m.

Style Network: "Tia & Tamera," 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. (season two)

Syfy: "The Twilight Zone," 8 a.m. to 6 a.m.

TLC: "Cake Boss," 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," 1:30 to 11 p.m. (all episodes to date)

Travel Channel: "Food Paradise," 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

TNT: "Castle," 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

TV Land: "The Andy Griffith Show," 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

USA: "NCIS," 6 a.m. to 4 a.m.

VH1: Music! Actual music videos from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Scripted series premieres: "Marvel's Avengers Assemble," 11 a.m. Sunday, Disney XD (superhero cartoon); "Drunk History," 10 p.m. Tuesday, Comedy Central (comics act out drunk conversations about historic events); "The Bridge," 10 p.m. Wednesday, FX (crime drama set on the U.S.-Mexico border); "Camp," 10 p.m. Wednesday, NBC (comedy/drama about a family summer camp).

Series premieres: "Warlocks Rising," 9 p.m. Friday, Discovery (an outlaw motorcycle gang); "Philly Throttle," 10 p.m. Friday, Discovery (vintage motorcycle builders); "Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls," 9 p.m. Monday, NBC (reality competition in New Zealand); "God, Guns & Automobiles," 10 p.m. Monday, History (brothers run a small-town car dealership); "Dangerman: The Incredible Mr. Goodwin," 10 p.m. Monday, BBC America (escape artist Jonathan Goodwin performs extreme stunts); "Property Envy," 10 p.m. Tuesday, Bravo (real estate/home decor talk show); "Airplane Repo," 10 p.m. Wednesday, Discovery (repossessing rich people's planes).

Season premieres: "Sunday Best," 8 p.m. Sunday, BET; "Masterpiece Mystery: Endeavor," 9 p.m. Sunday, PBS ("Inspector Morse" prequel); "Top Gear," 8:30 p.m. Monday, BBC America; "Hollywood Exes," 10 p.m. Monday, E!; "Giuliana & Bill," 8 p.m. Tuesday, Style; "Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis," 9 p.m. Tuesday, Bravo; "The Jeselnik Offensive," 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Comedy Central; "The Challenge," 10 p.m. Wednesday, MTV.

Series finale: "Family Tools," 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, ABC.

Season finales: "The Alectrix," 8 p.m. Saturday, MTV; "Brooklyn DA," 9 p.m. Saturday, CBS; "Warehouse 13," 10 p.m. Monday, Syfy; "Bad Girls All Star Battle," 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oxygen; "Betty White's Off Their Rockers," 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, NBC; "Exit," 10 p.m. Tuesday, Syfy; "Dig Wars," 10 p.m. Wednesday, Travel.

Fourth of July specials: "Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest," noon, ESPN2; "A Capitol Fourth," 8 p.m., PBS (hosted by Tom Bergeron, with Barry Manilow, Megan Hilty, Darren Criss and John Williams); "Macy's Fourth of July Spectacular," 8 p.m., NBC (hosted by Nick Cannon with Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw and Usher); "Philly 4th of July Jam," 8 p.m. VH1 (hosted by Kevin Hart with the Roots, Hunter Hayes, Ne-Yo, Jill Scott and John Mayer); "Chicago's Summer Blast," 10:30 p.m., WGN (fireworks from Navy Pier).

Special: "Anthem," 9 p.m. Sunday PBS2 (a study of how Francis Scott Key was inspired to write "The Star Spangled Banner").

Of note: Danny Pudi ("Community") guest stars on "Royal Pains," 10 p.m. Wednesday, USA.

Reach Amy Robinson at flipside@wvgazette.com.


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