There’s a very simple reason to love the holiday season (other than all the delicious food and goodwill, of course): television marathons!! If you’re not planning on catching the Sci-Fi Channel’s annual Twilight Zone marathon (45 hours of one the best shows that has ever aired, starting at 9 a.m. New Year’s Eve), try some of these other TV-athons instead.
-TBS is doing its 24-hour A Christmas Story bonanza yet again, from 8 p.m. Christmas Eve to 8 p.m. Christmas Day. Now, yes, we’ve all seen this movie approximately 14 times and can mockingly chant "You’ll shoot your eye out! You’ll shoot your eye out!" with the best of them. But this movie HOLDS UP, people. Writer/narrator Jean Shepherd’s wonderful Garrison Keillor-esque voice. Darren McGavin (who sadly passed away this year) as the gruff, yet affectionate father. That Santa who kicks Ralphie (Peter Billingsley, pictured) in the face. I love it! So should you. Watch it twice more.
-G4 is having a 24-hour long Arrested Development marathon, all day Dec. 25. You already know how we at EW feel about this show. You’ll lose our respect if you don’t watch every single episode.
-And, one more TV-related item. On ABC.com, you’ll now be able to catch up with all of this season’s episodes of Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, and a couple of other shows. With all this yummy TV, you won’t have time to actually eat.
Want to give the remote a holiday for a while? Here are some other options this weekend…
-New Yorker writer extraordinaire Calvin Trillin’s slim and adoring book about his late wife, About Alice, might seem a little sad for the holidays, but what would Christmas be without a bit of melancholy?
-You know what would go great with egg nog? An album by a disbanded Scottish post-punk quartet named after a Frank Kafka antihero. Surely, Josef K’s Entomology will only enhance the angst of having to go home for afew days.
-We’re really not trying to bring down your mood, but you absolutelyhave to check out Spike Lee’s angry, elegiac, superb four-hour longdocumentary about Hurricane Katrina, When the Levees Broke. Not only the best documentary of 2006, but one of the year’s best movies, period.
-Actually, we are trying to bring you down. Our final recommendation isfor Clint Eastwood’s companion piece to Flags of Our Fathers — Lettersfrom Iwo Jima. Apparently, almost everyone dies. But it is LisaSchwarzbaum’s Number 1 movie of the year, so check it out.