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A weekend stuffed with TV marathons

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As much as turkey, stuffing, family and football, TV marathons have become a staple of Thanksgiving. Here's a look at the ones you can find today and the rest of the holiday weekend:

A&E: "Duck Dynasty," 6 p.m. to midnight today; "Barter Kings," 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and "The First 48," 4 p.m. to midnight Friday.

Animal Planet: "Tanked," 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; "Pit Bulls and Parolees," noon to 11 p.m. Saturday.

BBC America: "Star Trek: The Next Generation," 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. today; "Planet Earth," 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

BET: "Real Husbands of Hollywood," 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; "The Game," 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Cartoon Network: "Adventure Time," 3 to 10 p.m. today.

Discovery: "Alaska: The Last Frontier," noon to 8 p.m. today; "Fast N' Loud," 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; "Yukon Men," 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Disney XD: "Kickin' It," 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today.

Esquire: "Knife Fight," 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today; "The Getaway," 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

History: "Swamp People," 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. today; "Pawn Stars," 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.

MTV: "Ridiculousness," 3:15 to 10 p.m. today; "Awkward," 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday.

National Geographic: "Life Below Zero," 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. today; "The '80s: The Decade That Made Us," 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; "Alaska State Troopers," 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.

Nickelodeon: "SpongeBob Squarepants," 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

Oxygen: "Preachers of L.A.," 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today; "America's Next Top Model," 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; "Snapped," 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday.

Spike: "Cops," 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today.

TBS: "Friends," 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

TLC: "Lottery Changed My Life," 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and "Undercover Boss," 2 p.m. to 3 a.m. today; "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta," noon to 10 p.m. Friday.

TNT: "Castle," 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. today.

Travel: "Mysteries at the Museum," noon to 8 p.m. today; "Bizarre Foods America," 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

TruTV: "Impractical Jokers," 6 to 11 p.m. today.

TV Land: "The Andy Griffith Show," 1:15 to 8 p.m. today and 1:15 to 7:45 p.m. Friday

USA: "Modern Family," 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. today; "Law & Order: SVU," 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday.

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Scripted series premieres: "Rick and Morty," 10:30 p.m. Monday, Cartoon Network (the cartoon adventures of a sociopathic scientist and his unintelligent grandson; co-created by "Community's" Dan Harmon); "Kirstie," 10 p.m. Wednesday, TV Land (Kirstie Alley sitcom about a Broadway diva who's unexpectedly reunited with the adult son she gave up for adoption; co-starring Rhea Perlman and Michael Richards).

Series premieres: "Bakery Boss," 9 p.m. Monday, TLC (Buddy Valastro of "Cake Boss" helps struggling bakery; preceded by special episode at 8 p.m.); "Best Funeral Ever," 10 p.m. Monday, TLC (a Dallas funeral home creates themed funerals); "Sturgis Raw," 9 p.m. Wednesday, Travel (insider's view of the annual motorcycle rally); "Killer Contact," 10 p.m. Wednesday, Syfy (paranormal investigation at gruesome historical sites).

Miniseries premieres: "Mob City," 9 p.m. Wednesday, TNT (three-week, six-part, true story-based noir action/drama about a 1940s L.A. mob task force; from "Walking Dead" creator Frank Darabont); "Mud People," 11 p.m. Wednesday, Travel (three-part show about an off-roading park in Louisiana).

Season premieres: "Facing Evil," 8 p.m. Friday, ID; "Street Outlaws," 10 p.m. Monday, Discovery; "Best Ink," 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oxygen.

Season finales: "Hello Ross," 10 p.m. Friday, E!

Midseason finales: "The Walking Dead," 9 p.m. (season-to-date marathon starts at 2 p.m.), and "The Talking Dead," 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC.

Thanksgiving specials: "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," 9 a.m. today, NBC and CBS; "McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade," 9 a.m. today, WGN; "Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," 8 p.m. today, ABC.

Christmas specials: "Lady Gaga & The Muppets' Holiday Spectacular," 9:30 p.m. today, ABC; "Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas," 8 p.m., and "The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story," 8:30 p.m. Friday, CBS; "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," 8 p.m. Friday, ABC; "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer," 8 p.m. Friday, CW; "The Flight Before Christmas," 8 p.m., and "The Story of Santa Claus," 9 p.m. Saturday, CBS; "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii," 10:30 p.m. Saturday, PBS; "Christmas in Conway," 9 p.m. Sunday, CBS (Hallmark movie about a man, his ailing wife and their grinchy neighbor); "It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie," 8 p.m. Monday, CW; "Charlie Brown Christmas," 8 p.m., and "CMA Country Christmas" (hosted by Jennifer Nettles), 9 p.m. Monday, ABC; "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" (tree lighting and musical performances), 8 p.m., and "Saturday Night Live Christmas," 9 p.m. Wednesday, NBC.

Cable holiday specials: "Good Luck Jessie: NY Christmas, ," " 8 p.m. Friday, Disney ("Good Luck Charlie" and "Jessie" crossover); "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's: Clips, Carols and Confessions," 8 p.m. Saturday, OWN; "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," 9 p.m. Sunday, E!; "A Very Shelby Christmas," 10 p.m. Tuesday, History ("Swamp People" special).

Christmas episodes: "Liv & Maddie," 8 p.m., and "Austin & Ally," 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Disney; "Dads," 8 p.m., "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," 8:30 p.m., and "The Mindy Project," 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Fox.

Specials: "National Dog Show," noon today (repeats 8 p.m. Saturday), NBC; "Punkin Chunkin 2013," 8 p.m. today, Discovery (pumpkin-launching competition); "Jinxed," 7 p.m. Friday, Nickelodeon (TV movie about siblings who must break their family's bad luck curse).

Music specials: "Great Performances - Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn," 9 p.m. Friday, PBS; "Garth Brooks: Live from Las Vegas," 9 p.m. Friday, CBS; "CMT Crossroads: The Band Perry and Fall Out Boy," 11 p.m. Friday, VH1; "ACL Presents Americana Music Festival 2013," 10 p.m. Saturday, PBS; "2013 Soul Train Awards," 8 p.m. Sunday, BET.

Of note: "The Mentalist" jumps two years forward in its first post-Red John episode, 10 p.m. Sunday, CBS.

Reach Amy Robinson at flipside@wvgazette.com.

 


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