Weekend To-Do List (Christmas Edition)

154914__christmas_lThere’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 FathersLettersfrom Iwo Jima. Apparently, almost everyone dies. But it is LisaSchwarzbaum’s Number 1 movie of the year, so check it out.

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  • Frowny McBeard

    Having seen every episode of Arrested Development at least three times, I don’t need your respect. Who needs respect when you have a Bluth Company pint glass?

  • Lora

    I’ve seen every ep of AD too…can I have a job at EW?

  • Tony

    FX is also airing a marathon of sorts, showing Ice Age on Christmas Eve night and much of Christmas day. It’s the closest thing to a holiday classic in the FX line-up.

  • Jasper

    I LOVE Ralphie! But I also Love AD! I will be torn on Christmas especially since I want to go see Dreamgirls as well. Pity only having one head.

  • DL

    Wouldn’t it have been a great gesture to give the Arrested Development cast one of the “Entertainers of the Year” awards over Grey’s or Beyonce? Oh wait, that’d be you guys using your influence to support a show legitimately instead of complaining on the sidelines like you did for AD the entire time. I’ve been hoping you’d learn the lesson from that and apply it to a show like Scrubs, but not yet. There’s still time though….

  • Can I Get A What What

    Christmas TV Marathons

    Here is a list of all the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day TV marathons for your viewing pleasure. Merry Christmas. :o)

  • terry bucklet

    you can also look this site about dancing with the stars. have a good christmast eve.


  • kay24

    A Xmas Story is a Xmas tradition in our family–the holidays would not be the same without it. the blogger is correct when he says that it stands up–no matter how many times we watch it (the tv stays on tbs all 24 hours), it’s still hilarious. when santa kicks ralphie down the slide–pure genious!

  • Mark

    DL, you CLEARLY have no idea about the actual concept of what an Entertainer of the Year award is. It’s the person, or people, who had the greatest influence over entertainment for that year. The cast of a show living on the edge of cancellation its entire run DOES NOT HAVE INFLUENCE let alone enough to warrant being named entertainer of the year.

  • EP Sato

    Dude! Cartoon Network had a massive “Venture Brothers” marathon, I got to watch X mas story about a gadjillion times (yes, at my in-law’s house the movie was viewed more than once this weekend), AND it turns out my beloved “Galaxy High School” has been released on DVD!
    Even though this year’s gifts were kind of crappy (seriously, I got a pair of green mittens with Frankenstein’s face on them and some used DVDS of movies I’d already seen), the time spent with loved ones and my favorite movies n shows was a real treat.
    Happy holidays everyone, and to those who celebrate it, Merry Christmas.

  • dma69

    Cruz, how could you forget BAD SANTA on Comedy Central? Now THAT’S a Christmas movie…..for adults.

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