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 (September)

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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, September 2


The Middle - "Mother's Day Reservations" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Tired of getting lousy Mother’s Day gifts year-after-year, Frankie informs Mike that she wants him to take her out for a proper afternoon tea. But Mike’s ineptness at setting up reservations online could end in disaster. Meanwhile, Mike orders Axl, Sue and Brick to put some effort into choosing a great Mother’s Day gift for Frankie; and Frankie doesn’t get the answers she was expecting when she asks each of the kids what things they would do differently than her when they become parents.

The Goldbergs - "Barry Goldberg's Day Off" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Inspired by the film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” Barry fakes sick and attempts to create an epic day of his own. But soon his day off turns out to be a disaster. To salvage what’s left of it, Pops and Adam join him but they make it worse.

Modern Family - "Patriot Games" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Alex’s worst nightmare is realized when she gets news that she has to share the Valedictorian title with her number one competitor, Sunjay! Both sets of parents get equally caught up in the rivalry and convince Principal Brown to let them break the tie via a gym grade they both have not completed – a one mile run. Elsewhere, Gloria is studying for her upcoming U.S. citizenship test and a visit from Javier (guest star Benjamin Bratt) throws her off her game, and Mitch and Cam blindly agree to join a protest against a local restaurant that they are actually secretly excited about.

black-ish - "The Nod" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Dre sets out to expand Andre Jr’s social circle to include more black kids after he discovers Andre Jr. is clueless about “the nod.” Meanwhile, hoping to inspire little Diane to become a doctor, Rainbow takes her to work at the hospital… on what turns out to be the worst day ever.


The Carmichael Show - "Kale" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
After forcing Joe (David Alan Grier) and Cynthia (Loretta Devine) to try kale, Joe has a minor heart complication. In addition to Joe's stubbornness, Cynthia's steadfast enabling pushes the family into a debate about health, death, and who will lead the family as Joe and Cynthia age.

The Carmichael Show - "Gender" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
When Jerrod's mentee reveals a secret about his sexuality, Jerrod, Maxine (Amber Stevens West) and his family discuss their opinions on gender roles. While Jerrod attempts to understand and support the teenage boy, his brother Bobby (Lil Rel Howery) is served with divorce papers.


Young & Hungry - "Young & Unemployed" (ABC Family, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Gabi tries to land unemployed Sofia an internship with Josh; Alan wants to meet Elliot's mother.

Kevin from Work - "Roommates from Work" (ABC Family, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Kevin's house rules force Roxie to move; Kevin believes Roxie is carrying on with her co-star.


The Jim Gaffigan Show - "Superdad" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT) (also airs on Nick at Nite)
“Time Out New York” features Jim on its cover, calling him “Superdad.” Jeannie is happy for him, but upset that the article leaves out any mention of her. Jim tries to make things right.

Impastor - "Bingo Tell It on the Mountain" (TV Land, 10:30PM ET/PT) (also airs on Nick at Nite)
A new family’s arrival in town could mean the end for Buddy. Dora asks Buddy to help her overcome a bizarre addiction. Schmidt has a rendezvous with Ashlee.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 31) (All times ET unless noted)

Wednesday, September 2

  • Amanda Peet (Togetherness/Bent) - Watch Amanda on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Bobcat Goldthwait (Unhappily Ever After) - Bobcat drops by Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) - Cobie is a guest on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Mark Duplass (The League/Togetherness/The Mindy Project) - Mark appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Matthew Perry (The Odd Couple/Go On/Mr. Sunshine/Friends) - Matthew is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Kevin James (The King of Queens) - Kevin visits LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
  • Elisha Cuthbert (One Big Happy/Happy Endings), Nick Zano (One Big Happy/2 Broke Girls/What I Like About You) and Kelly Brook (One Big Happy) - The stars of One Big Happy are guests on a repeat of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Joe Morton (Grady/Watch Your Mouth) - Joe appears on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Martin Sheen (Grace and Frankie/Anger Management) - Martin reveals he doesn't own a computer and dishes on his famous Grace and Frankie co-stars on a repeat of The Meredith Vieira Show, so check your local listings.
  • Mike Epps (Survivor's Remorse) - Mike appears on a repeat of The Queen Latifah Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jaleel White (Family Matters/Grown Ups) - Jaleel is a guest on a repeat of The Queen Latifah Show, so check your local listings.
  • Dania Ramirez (Entourage) - Dania guest hosts a repeat of The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Sofia Vergara (Modern Family/The Knights of Prosperity/Hot Properties) - Sofia will be on a repeat of Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Trinitee Stokes (K.C. Undercover) - Trinitee stops by Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Judy Greer (Married/Mad Love/Miss Guided - Judy discusses her upcoming comedy Addicted to Fresno on HuffPost Live at 1pm.
  • Malin Akerman (Sin City Saints/Trophy Wife) - Malin is a guest on People Now.