Friday, December 23, 2011

2011 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day TV Marathons/Movies; Sitcom Stars On Talk Shows (Week of December 26, 2011)

Welcome to a special Christmas style edition of the News Blog! That means we will recap all of the holiday episode stunts, marathons and holiday movie stunts on TV this holiday weekend, includes Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!
Some of the major TV stunts we mentioned already were ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas concluding on Sunday after 25 days. That is our pick of course! TV Land's 12th Annual Merrython starts tomorrow night and runs into Sunday with classic holiday episodes of many TV series! Our pick of the weekend is on Antenna TV! Today they have a Mad About You marathon but this weekend they will have a Christmas episode marathon beginning at 1pm on Christmas Eve! MeTV Network will also have a "Merry-thon" of their own with holiday episodes and specials of their series. TV One will also celebrate the holidays with holiday episodes tonight starting at 9am on Christmas Eve with Christmas episodes of their sitcoms like Good Times and Martin! And finally, we also mentioned that ION Television will have a Christmas episode marathon of their series on Christmas Eve with episodes from Monk, Psych, George Lopez and My Name is Earl.

Some of the stuff we have not mentioned, first for Christmas Eve, are Boomerang's Christmas Party starting at 6am on Christmas Eve and continuing all day on Christmas Day with many holiday animated episodes and specials such as A Flintstone Christmas, Tis The Season To Be Smurfy and The Jetsons Christmas episode! Centric has a Sister, sister marathon on Christmas Eve from 11am-10:30pm and then again on Christmas Day from 6am-8pm. Nick at Nite has Christmas episodes of their sitcoms on Christmas Eve starting at 10pm and also on Christmas Day starting at 8pm with regulars like Friends, George Lopez, The Nanny and Family Matters. Oxygen spends Christmas Eve with a Roseanne marathon starting at 10:30am. TV Guide Network will also showcase holiday episodes of their sitcoms starting at 12:30pm on Christmas Eve and again on Christmas Day beginning at 4pm with Dharma & Greg, Ugly Betty, Cybill, Designing Women, and Veronica's Closet. USA Network has a NCIS marathon on Christmas Eve starting at 10am. Chiller has a Fear Factor marathon on Christmas Eve starting at 9pm, but before there there is a Harper's Island marathon starting at 6am. style has a Sex and the City marathon on Christmas Eve starting at 1pm, following a Tia & Tamera marathon. And it's time to play the feud with your family, spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with game show Family Feud with a marathon on Christmas Eve starting at 9am!

Some Christmas Day marathons we have not mentioned include, A&E's Christmas Day marathon of Criminal Minds starting at 5pm, BBC America's Doctor Who marathon starting at 6am, IFC has a Malcolm in the Middle Christmas Day marathon beginning at 12 noon, following a marathon of Freaks & Geeks from 6am-12pm. OWN will air an Oprah Winfrey Show marathon from 10am-8pm on Christmas Day, while Science Channel has a Firefly Christmas marathon from 9am-6am. The Sundance Channel will air the short-lived series My-So Called Life with a Christmas Day marathon from 10am-4pm. TeenNick spends Christmas Day with a marathon of Drake & Josh from 1-9pm. Like reality? style has a Supernanny marathon on Christmas Day from 6am-12pm.

Movie wise, for the 15th year in a row Turner will have its annual A Christmas Story (1983) 24-hour movie marathon on TBS from 8pm Christmas Eve through 8pm Christmas night! FX is doing a Holiday movie marathon featuring movies like Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who, Christmas with the Kranks & Alvin and the Chipmunks starting at 8am to 12am on Christmas Day. Spike TV has a Jaws movie marathon on Christmas Eve from 9am-4am. Lifetime, LMN, Hallmark and Hallmark Movie Channel continue holiday movies marathons on Christmas Eve and Day.
Check out a full holiday marathon list from our friends at TVTango.com, which even includes holiday episodes of series airing on their normal time.

Stay tuned this time next week for our annual look at marathons on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day! Join us then!




It's Friday, so it is time for "Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows" for the coming week. This is where we list what sitcom stars are appearing on talk shows for the coming week, the stars are both current and past sitcom stars, so this is for all sitcom fans of all eras!
For the week of December 26-30, 2011, we have many current sitcom stars and past sitcom stars on TV talk shows! All times listed are Eastern. So get your DVR's (or whatever you use) ready! Ready? Here is all what you need to know for the coming week!

Monday, December 26, 2011
  • Judy Greer (Two and a Half Men/Mad Love/Miss Guided) - Watch Judy on a repeat of the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Tom appears on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Kevin James (The King of Queens) - Kevin is a guest on a repeat of LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/The Golden Girls/The Mary Tyler Moore Show) - Betty drops by on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
  • Kathy Griffin (Suddenly Susan) - Kathy appears on the New Year's Eve show of Anderson, so check your local listings.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
  • Atticus Shaffer (The Middle) - Catch the young and talented Atticus on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) - Eric chats with the ladies of The View on a repeat on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Ana Gasteyer (Suburgatory) - Ana appears on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother/Doogie Howser, M.D.) - Neil guest co-hosts repeat of LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
  • Betty White (Hot in Cleveland/The Golden Girls/The Mary Tyler Moore Show) - Watch the legendary Ms. White on a repeat of the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show) - Steve appears on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Ariel Winter (Modern Family) - Ariel is a guest on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
  • Kevin Nealon (Weeds) - Kevin appears on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check listings.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
  • Louis C.K. (Louie) - Catch Louie on a repeat of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) - Tune in to see Jim on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC and later on a repeat of the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Damon Wayans, Jr. (Happy Endings) - Damon appears on a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:37am on NBC.
Friday, December 30, 2011
  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Watch Tom on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kathy Griffin (Suddenly Susan) - Kathy appears on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 12am on ABC.
  • Alan Alda (M*A*S*H) - Alan is a guest on a repeat of the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney chats with the ladies of The View on a repeat on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Ted Danson (Cheers/Becker) - Tune in to see Ted on a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
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New on DVD/Blu-ray (January)

The Cosby Show - Seasons 5 & 6 (Mill Creek) Married with Children - Seasons 7 and 8 (Mill Creek) The Facts of Life - The Complete Series Welcome Back, Kotter - The Complete Second Season

01/06 - The Cosby Show - Season 5 (Mill Creek)
01/06 - The Cosby Show - Season 6 (Mill Creek)
01/06 - The Cosby Show - Seasons 5 & 6 (Mill Creek)
01/06 - Girls - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
01/06 - Married with Children - Season Seven (Mill Creek)
01/06 - Married with Children - Season Eight (Mill Creek)
01/06 - Married with Children - Seasons Seven and Eight (Mill Creek)
01/13 - The Big House - The Complete Series
01/13 - Episodes - The Third Season
01/13 - The Facts of Life - The Complete Series (Shout! Factory
01/20 - Welcome Back, Kotter - The Complete Second Season
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, January 27

New Girl - "Landline" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
When Coach's liaison with the school nurse (guest star Erinn Hayes) gets messy, vice principal Jess must enforce a new, “no fraternization” policy among the teachers. But the tables soon get turned when she finds herself attracted to the hot new science teacher (guest star Julian Morris). Meanwhile, Nick is enjoying being Schmidt and Winston’s secretary, after the loft gets a new home phone.

The Mindy Project - "The Devil Wears Lands' End" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Mindy gets herself and Danny into trouble when she tries to fix the practice’s image in the eyes of the hospital’s new head of obstetrics. Meanwhile, Peter puts his grudge against Jeremy aside when he discovers that his colleague’s beer pong skills could help him beat TV creator Shonda Rhimes (guest-starring as herself), the reigning Dartmouth Alumni Match champion.

Parks and Recreation - "Gryzzlbox" (NBC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Leslie and Ben suspect that Gryzzl is invading the privacy of Pawnee residents. April addresses the new Parks and Rec interns, while Tom helps Andy renegotiate a contract.

Parks and Recreation - "Save J.J's" (NBC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Leslie holds a rally in an attempt to keep JJ’s Diner from closing. Tom surprises Donna with the ultimate pre-wedding gift.

Marry Me - "Friend Me" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
While preparing for the wedding, Annie (Casey Wilson) realizes that Jake (Ken Marino) needs more groomsmen to match her nine bridesmaids and makes a concerted effort to reunite Jake with his long lost friends. Once “The Boyz” are back in their lives however, Annie finds herself competing with them over who knows Jake the best. She also learns that Daniel (guest star Jerry O’Connell, “The League”) may be the real reason behind Jake’s falling out with his friends. Meanwhile, Gil (John Gemberling) persuades Dennah (Sarah Wright Olsen) to join him in his newest business venture - diet shakes.

About a Boy - "About a Hook" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
With the help of Andy (Al Madrigal), Will (David Walton) gets music mogul Johnny Idalis (guest star Greg Germann) to listen to a new song he wrote, however Johnny isn’t impressed with the hook. Meanwhile, Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) grows upset and frustrated with Chris (guest star Chris Diamantopoulos) and Fiona’s (Minnie Driver) growing relationship and flees to crash with Will, who is left struggling to juggle writing a catchy hook and the complications of his new roommate.

Ground Floor - "The Mansfield Who Came to Dinner" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Brody panics when Jenny invites the cultured and sophisticated Mansfield over to their zero bedroom, half bathroom 'palace' for dinner to thank him for paying for college. Harvard and Lindsay are the perfect couple who never, ever fight. That is until all their pent up tension explodes in the middle of Jenny's dinner party. When Threepeat gets his 15 minutes of fame as a financial correspondent, he freezes up until he gets a little on camera help from former childstar Derrick.

Cougar Town - "Waiting for Tonight" TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Grayson makes a reservation at the hottest restaurant in town, and he and Jules are determined to make it despite constant obstacles. Andy rents a special costume for Stan's birthday, but he has trouble getting it off. And Ellie starts ghost tweeting for Laurie, eventually getting lost in her new character.

Sirens - "Superdick" (USA Network, 10:00PM ET/PT)
After saving a landlord with a nut allergy, Johnny finds the perfect apartment to share with Theresa; Brian tries to understand his relationship with Voodoo.

Sirens - "Johnny Nightingale" (USA Network, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Johnny has an encounter with an overly grateful patient; Brian agrees to escort an injured girl to her prom.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of January 26) (All times ET unless noted)

Tuesday, January 27

  • Patton Oswalt (The Goldbergs/The King of Queens) - Catch Patton on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Tony Danza (Who's the Boss?/Taxi) - Tony stops by The Late Late Show at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jim Norton (Louie) - Jim appears on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
  • Rainn Wilson (The Office) - Rainn visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Whitney Cummings (Whitney) - Whitney drops by Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Wanda Sykes (The New Adventures of Old Christine/Wanda at Large) - Wanda is a guest on a repeat of The Queen Latifah Show on your local station or at 3am on BET.
  • Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Jeff appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Martin Short (Mulaney/The Martin Short Show) - Martin talks about It's Only a Play on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • Joel McHale (Community) - Joel will be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Michaela Watkins (Trophy Wife) - Michaela guest co-hosts The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Roseanne Barr (Roseanne) - Roseanne is a guest on Tavis Smiley on PBS, so check your local listings.
  • Steve Carell (The Office) - Steve visits LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.