Image Credit: IFC; Everett Collection; Monty Brinton/CBSWhen it comes to TV marathons this Christmas, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a sampling: On CHRISTMAS EVE, networks embracing the holiday spirit include AMC, which will alternate between the movies Miracle on 34th Street and White Christmas from 10 a.m to 6 a.m ET, and FX, which will air Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! four times in a row starting at 6 p.m. ET. I think we can also give Animal Planet the benefit of the doubt: It’s showing Planet Earth from noon to 6 a.m. ET (peace on earth, and all). Networks that are clearly saying bah humbug, on the other hand, include A&E, which has Criminal Minds scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 a.m. ET, and ID (Investigation Discovery), which has programmed Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry? from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. ET. That’s my personal favorite. Less offensive counterprogramming includes History’s UFO Hunters marathon from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET (with Alien History of Planet Earth breaks at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET) and Syfy’s Star Trek: The Next Generation marathon from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. ET.
CHRISTMAS brings with it some cheer: AMC will show the movie Scrooged 10 times in a row, starting at 10 a.m. ET, and, of course, TBS will be continuing its 24 hours of A Christmas Story, which will have begun at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve. FX will once again push Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, this day airing it six times in a row starting at 7 a.m. ET. WE must have toys on the brain, booking the movie Big for three consecutive airings starting at 10:30 a.m. ET (and for those who can’t turn back the clock in the end, it leads into Golden Girls, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET). VH1, perhaps wanting to give parents spending the wee hours of the morning assembling presents something fun to have on in the background, has I Love the New Millennium running from 3 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET. (It’s followed by a Best of I Love The… marathon from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET — something fun to have on in the background while they nap?). Still, I’d argue IFC is the winner this day, programming a Freaks and Geeks marathon that starts at 6 a.m. ET on Christmas and doesn’t end until 6 p.m. on Dec. 26. Other contenders include BBC America, which has Doctor Who running all day from 12 a.m., leading into the Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol special at 9 p.m. ET; the predictable Discovery with MythBusters from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. ET; Travel Channel with Man v. Food from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET; and Bravo with The Real Housewives of New Jersey from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET. TNT gets points for originality, choosing to gamble on The Librarian trilogy, starring Noah Wyle, starting at 2:45 p.m. ET. The award for worst Christmas marathon goes to ID, which has the festive I (Almost) Got Away With It airing from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET.