Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving Weekend TV Marathons 2008

List of television show marathons airing on U.S cable stations on Thanksgiving: Thursday November 27, the day after Thanksgiving: Friday November 28, Saturday November 29 and Sunday November 30th 2008.
(updated 6:35 pm EST, Tuesday 11-25-2008)

Click here for a 2010 list of Thanksgiving TV and movie marathons

Thanksgiving Thursday November 27th 2008:
A&E: Cold Case Files / The First 48

Animal Planet: Blue Planet: Seas of Life

BBC America: Gavin and Stacey

Bravo: Kathy Griffin Standup / Real Housewives

Cartoon Network: Chowder

Comedy Central: Reno 911!

Discovery: Dirty Jobs

Discovery Health: Plastic Surgery: Before & After

Discovery HD: Street Customs

Disney: The Suite Life

DIY: Cool Tools

E!: Keeping Up With the Kardashians

Fox Movie Channel: Planet of the Apes movies

Fox Reality: Hell's Kitchen

G4: Arrested Development

ID: Dateline

Logo: Sordid Lives

Military: Tank Overhaul

MSNBC: Lockup: Raw

MTV: Parental Control / Run's House

MTV2: Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew

The N: Drake & Josh

Oxygen: Bad Girls Club

Speed: Wrecked

Spike: CSI: New York

TBS: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

TLC: Jon & Kate Plus 8

The Closer

Travel: Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern

Toon Disney: Goof Troop / Goofy movies

TruTV: Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice / Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest Criminals

TV Land:
I Love Lucy

USA: House

Versus: Rocky movies

WGN: Newhart

Day After Thanksgiving: Friday November 28th 2008:

A&E: CSI: Miami

Animal Planet: Untamed & Uncut

BBC America: Monty Python's Flying Circus

Bravo: Million-Dollar Listing

Cartoon Network: Johnny Test

Discovery: Deadliest Catch

Discovery Health: Trauma: Life in the ER

Disney: Wizards of Waverly Place / Hannah Montana

Food Network: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Fox Movie Channel: Planet of the Apes movies

Fox Reality: Hell's Kitchen

FX: The Bernie Mac Show

G4: Ninja Warrior

History: Cities of the Underworld

ID: 48 Hours: Hard Evidence

MTV: True Life

MTV2: Life of Ryan / Run's House

The N: Drake & Josh

National Geographic: The Dog Whisperer

Nickelodeon: Spongebob SquarePants

Oxygen: Snapped / Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood

Planet Green: Greensburg

Sci-Fi: Mork & Mindy

Soap: Beverley Hills 90210 (original series)

Speed: PINKS All Out

Spike: CSI / CSI: NY

TLC: What Not To Wear

Travel: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

TruTV: Forensic Files / Speeders

TV Guide Network: Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp

TV Land:
Beverly Hillbillies / Sandford and Son / The Cosby Show

USA: The Starter Wife

VH1: The Greatest

WE: Amazing Wedding Cakes / My Fair Wedding

Saturday November 29th 2008:

BET: The Parkers

Bravo: Project Runway

Discovery: Mythbusters

Discovery Kids: Bindi The Jungle Girl

DIY: Cool Tools

Fox Movie Channel: Planet of the Apes movies

Fox Reality: Hell's Kitchen

Logo: Sordid Lives


The N: Drake & Josh

Oxygen: Real Housewives

Planet Green: Emeril Green

Sci-Fi: 3 Movies based on Stephen King books

Speed: Gearz / PINKS

TV Guide Channel: Look-A-Like

TV Land: I Love Lucy

VH1: I Love the New Millenium

Sunday November 30th 2008:

Animal Planet: Miami Animal Police

BET: Steve Harvey Show

Bravo: Real Housewives / Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Discovery Kids: Bindi The Jungle Girl

Discovery HD: Overhaulin'

Discovery Health: Dr. G: Medical Examiner

DIY: Cool Tools

E!: Keeping Up With the Kardashians

Fox Movie Channel: Planet of the Apes movies

Fox Reality: Solitary

G4: Whacked Out Videos

Green: Go for the Green

MTV2: From G's to Gents

Nickelodeon: Fairly OddParents

The N: Drake & Josh

Soap: General Hospital

Speed: Ultimate Factories

Style: Clean House

Planet Green: Go For The Green

TLC: Untold Stories of the ER

TNT: Lord of the Rings movie trilogy

Travel: Food Paradise

TruTV: Surf & Rescue: Dewey Beach / Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel

TV Land: I Love Lucy

WE: Bridezillas

I'll update this list as I find more marathons
(updated 6:35 pm EST, Tuesday 11-25-2008)

Check your local listings to confirm airings and times
Feel free to email me any marathons I may have missed
Here's a list of airings of Thanksgiving and Christmas specials

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Laura Foti Cohen said...

Thank you for this fabulous and useful list! I'm sorry there's no Twilight Zone marathon, which I think might have started this trend back in the 80s. But you can't go wrong with Monty Python.


Wendy said...

Fox Movie Channel has Planet of the Apes movies all day Friday, Nov. 28.

rubaina said...

this is a great public service! thanks for taking the time to put this together :-) i too was hoping for a "twilight zone" marathon...

Lisa said...

Hello all! Great list! There are a lot of marathons, but it is sad to see Sci Fi dump their "Twilight Zone Marathon". The concept of the TZ Marathon was first done in the 80's, as Laura said, in Boston (by WSBK, I believe), and was most successfully done by KTLA in Los Angeles, and then many stations who had TZ started doing it. Sci Fi took it over when they bought the series. I was head of Programming for KTLA and it was always a very popular and much anticipated event! It had the perfect combination of terrific episodes, half-hour length (which made it easy to pop in and enjoy an ep or two), and total pop culture exposure so that almost everybody had a favorite that they were excited to see again. Really, just the ideal marathon material.

Thanks again for this great list! I think these days many programmers just throw together a bunch of things thinking it makes a great marathon, but you have to have the right material and put it together with a little love, I think.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jean Pennie said...

thanks for all of your efforts!

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