Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day 2014 TV Marathons; Top 10 Summer 2014 Television Picks

Happy Memorial Day! As usual, we have the holiday marathons on a holiday for you! We want to also give you a rundown of the top 10 series airing this summer on television once again! (Scroll below for that after our annual look at Memorial Day marathon on TV).

As we pay tribute to our troops every year on this day, let's have some fun as well watching TV marathons on the tube on this day off! If you're not going outside in the heat, then there are plenty of TV options for you on this day! Are you headed to the shore or would you rather watch some good TV marathons like Who's the Boss?? It's a brand new life! So bring out your lawn chair, throw some burgers on the BBQ, and watch some television!
Among the marathons today are the marathons we have previously mentioned, such as the Who's the Boss marathon in NY on WLNY-TV 10/55 from 7am-7pm. We also told you about the Maverick marathon on Cozi TV from 8am-5pm, followed by the primetime launches of Starsky & Hutch and Knight Rider from 8pm-12am! Sitcoms getting the marathon treatment on this day include Malcolm in the Middle on IFC from 6am-6pm. Logo will have a Roseanne marathon today from 10am-4pm. TVGN will celebrate Alan Thicke starting at 9:30am with both Growing Pains movies airing with episodes of his new series Unusually Thicke. TV One will spend the holiday with Martin Lawrence with a block of Martin from 11am-8pm. BET will have a marathon of its hit series The Game from 8am-7pm. Comedy Central will have a Tosh.0 marathon beginning at 11am and running to 11pm. Other sitcoms airing today will be in their regular blocks, like Saved by the Bell on MTV2 from 9am-12pm.

Moving on to dramas, INSP salutes the troops with a JAG marathon from 11am-7pm. Hallmark has a marathon of The Waltons beginning at 2pm today. If you like more current drama, then spend the day with Julianna Margulies with a marathon of The Good Wife on Hallmark Movie Channel beginning at 9am. It wouldn't be a holiday without marathons of Criminal Minds and once again ION and A&E will have marathons, with ION airing it from 11am-3am and A&E from 9am-4am. Another fitting marathon for this day is NCIS: Los Angeles and USA Network has a marathon of this spin-off series from 9am-8pm. TNT will have a promotional marathon for Falling Skies from 10am-8pm, which returns June 22 on TNT for its fourth season. Cloo has marathons of Law & Order: Criminal Intent from 6am-5pm, followed by Law & Order: SVU from 5pm-11pm. The short-lived drama Persons Unknown will get a marathon today on Chiller from 11am-6am with all 13 episodes airing. Other notable marathons include Defiance on Syfy and a Walker Texas Ranger marathon on TV Land. And kick butt with Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Pivot from 10am-10pm or Jessica Alba as Dark Angel on El Rey Network from 5-8pm. Reality series wise, CMT will showcase Party Down South with a marathon from 11am-9pm. Spend the day with Kim Kardashian (who got married this weekend) in Keeping Up with the Kardashians on E! from 9am-4pm. Other reality best bets for the day are Lizard Lick Towing marathon on truTV, The Real Housewives of Orange County marathon on Bravo, Family Feud marathon on GSN, Dr. Phil on OWN from 6am-1pm, Pawn Stars marathon on History and Undercover Boss marathon on TLC.

If you like movies on TV, watch Antenna TV's Memorial Day Cinema Salute begins at 7am. Ovation will have a marathon of the Rocky film franchise from 11am-12am. Fuse will have a House Party movie marathon. And you can of course catch movies all day on Lifetime, LMN, AMC, TCM and other networks that usually air movies.
For the full times of these marathons and much more marathons we didn't cover, check out the full list from our pals at TV Tango!


Now let's take a look at the top 10 summer series to watch (that haven't launched yet with their series or season premieres):

1. Mistresses (ABC, Mondays 10|9c beginning June 2) - Last summer's juiciest drama is back and it gets more steamier! 8 months have passed by in the storyline and you'll be surprised on what has happened since we last saw Savi, April, Karen, and Joss. We have some new characters and love interests this season that will spice things up even more. It is the perfect summer show with the perfect setting. The top pick for the second straight year with a sultry season premiere. Alyssa Milano rocks in everything she does!

2. Girl Meets World (Disney, Fridays 8:30|7:30c beginning June 28) - Cory and Topanga Matthews back together again! Yes, Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel return! This is one of the highly anticipated series this summer. The Boy Meets World continuation! Made for kids and families, Girl Meets World tells the wonderfully funny, heartfelt stories that Boy Meets World is renowned for - only this time from a tween girl's perspective. It focuses on relationships with family and friends and the important, indelible values therein, as the relatable and adventurous Riley and her bold best friend Maya traverse the twists and turns of teenage years at Manhattan's John Quincy Adams Middle School where Riley's dad is their History teacher. In the premiere episode, the typically studious Riley joins a homework rebellion in an attempt to be more like Maya, but it quickly leads to a rift between father and daughter. The top sitcom pick of the summer!

3. Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family, Tuesdays 8|7c beginning June 10) - The liars are back for an all-new season with season five! This is one of the best teen series of all-time and everyone wants to know who is on the A team. As usual, we will have 12 episodes in the summer with a Halloween special in October before the rest of the season airs next winter. ABC Family spreads the season out well and makes it into an event. We are getting closer and closer in finding out who "A" is and what will happen to Ezra? We shall see in the season premiere. The main four girls have ultra hot chemistry and Ashley Benson is the complete package with comedic fun even.

4. Rookie Blue (ABC, Thursdays 9|8c beginning June 19) - The fifth season of the Canadian drama returns and it just gets better and better. This is one of the best cop shows on television and it airs every summer. Missy Peregrym leads a great cast of rookie cops who are getting experience each season. The relationships on this show is like no other and reminds you of other ABC series like Castle and Grey's Anatomy. Will "McSwarek" return?

5. Jennifer Falls (TV Land, Wednesdays 10:30|9:30c beginning June 4) - TV Land's first-ever single camera comedy revolves around Jennifer Doyle (Jaime Pressly), a former high-powered executive who has fallen and hit every bump on the way down to rock bottom. With her teenage daughter (Dylan Gelula) in tow, Jennifer moves back in with her mother (Jessica Walter) and takes a job in the bar owned by her meek brother (Ethan Suplee) and passive-aggressive sister-in-law (Nora Kirkpatrick) as a last resort. There, she reunites with her former best friend (Missi Pyle) who turns out to be holding quite a grudge. But every cloud has a silver lining: there's nowhere to go but up.

6. Mystery Girls (ABC Family, Wednesdays 8:30|7:30c beginning June 25) - Another reunion! Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth of Beverly Hills 90210 are together again, this time on a sitcom. The comedy series follows two former detective TV show starlets brought back together by a real-life mystery. Charlie Contour (Garth) is a suburban housewife and mother, while Holly Hamilton (Spelling) longs for her glory days in the 90's when she was on television. Both of their lives are disrupted when Nick (Miguel Pinzon), a witness to a crime and a "Mystery Girls" fanatic, will only speak to the infamous duo, and the former friends must reunite and put their TV crime-solving skills to the test. The series is also executive produced by Spelling and Garth.

7. Witches of East End (Lifetime, Sundays 9|8c beginning July 6) - Last fall this was one of the best dramas to air. Now the second season will launch this summer and we cannot wait to see what the Beauchamp family will do next. Jenna Dewan Tatum shines in this series and is flawless. This season, with the portal to Asgard open, what comes through will forever change the lives of the Beauchamps. Darkness surrounds East End as a new stranger arrives. Joanna is still weak with poison in her blood as the Beauchamps search desperately for a cure. With the death of Penelope), Killian and Dash's warlock powers return.

8. Covert Affairs (USA Network, Tuesdays 10|9c beginning June 24) - The very fun and awesome series starring Piper Perabo as Annie Walker returns for a fifth season. Season five picks up with CIA operative Annie returning to the Agency after having faked her death to go deep undercover to find a traitor to the CIA. The new season will examine the price Annie will have to pay for this risky maneuver and the implications it will have on her relationships - both personally and professionally - as she attempts to re-emerge into the world she once knew. It's not as complicated as Alias (which was a great show), but this is more for the mainstream audience and it works well as that.

9. Young & Hungry (ABC Family, Wednesdays 8|7 beginning June 25) - From Ashley Tisdale, this new comedy stars Emily Osment. Two worlds collide when Josh (Jonathan Sadowski), a wealthy young tech entrepreneur, meets Gabi (Emily Osment), a feisty young food blogger, looking to be his personal chef. Gabi is desperate for the job and must prove herself, mostly to Josh's aide, Elliot (Rex Lee), who prefers a famous chef for the job. When Josh enlists Gabi to prepare a romantic meal for him and his girlfriend, the dinner goes awry and Gabi finds herself in a very awkward position. With the help of her best friend Sofia (Aimee Carrero) and Josh's housekeeper Yolanda (Kym Whitley), Gabi turns a difficult situation into an opportunity for employment and maybe even love.

10. Taxi Brooklyn (NBC, Wednesdays 10|9c beginning June 25) - Chyler Leigh and Jennifer Esposito lead this new drama series, which is an action-comedy police procedural. It is centered on the fractious, closely bonded partnership between a streetwise Marseilles-born New York City taxi driver and an intensely driven NYPD detective for whom this immigrant cabbie becomes chauffeur, insider on the streets and unofficial partner.

There are of course much more series airing but these are our ten best picks and ones you should make an effort to watch. Series that will run into summer a bit include Devious Maids, Hot in Cleveland, Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy. Other notables include reality staples America's Got Talent (NBC), Big Brother (CBS), Wipeout (ABC), The Bachelorette (ABC), So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) and some interesting newbies like Rising Star (ABC), along with scripted series options like Chasing Life (ABC Family), Falling Skies (TNT), The Last Ship (TNT), Undateable (NBC), Welcome to Sweden (NBC), Motive (ABC), Under the Dome (CBS) and the Halle Berry series Extant (CBS). Plenty of options in the summer and more than ever!


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, December 12

The Middle - "The Christmas Miracle" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
It’s Christmastime, and Frankie and Sue are devastated after Axl informs them that he’s not going to church this year because he’s beginning to question his faith. Meanwhile, Mike goes to war with the Glossner kids after they keep defacing his new, giant inflatable snowman; and Brick goes all out in an attempt to wrap his first present for a planned Christmas Yankee Swap.

Fresh Off the Boat - "Do You Hear What I Hear?" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
As head of the HOA Christmas committee, Jessica threatens to cut the neighborhood caroling this year due to last year’s rocky performance. However, Deirdre says that her friend Holly (Paula Abdul), who teaches “Performance and Movement,” will help get everyone into tip-top, melodic shape. Meanwhile, Marvin becomes suspicious of Honey when she goes to see “Titanic” at the movies without him; Nicole develops her first girl crush and struggles with how to get her attention.

black-ish - "Sugar Daddy" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Dre is diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and after talking to Pops, he’s resolved to curing himself. Things come to a head at the Stevens & Lido holiday party. Meanwhile, Jack is convinced that baby Devante hates him, so he enlists Junior and Diane’s help.

The Mayor - "Grey Christmas" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
After visiting a homeless shelter on Christmas Eve, Courtney realizes things for the needy could be improved and pledges to make it a joyous Christmas that every family deserves. But when he learns he doesn’t have the budget to deliver on his promise, Courtney loses hope and his holiday spirit which leads to a magical “It’s A Wonderful Life” moment that makes him realize he has the gift needed to pull off a Christmas miracle.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Game Night" / "The Favor" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Rosa asks for Jake's help to deliver important information to her parents, but their plan goes awry when they assume the two are in a relationship; Seamus Murphy comes back to redeem an ethically questionable favor owed by Capt. Holt.

Teachers - "Let It Flow" (TV Land, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Ms. Cannon discovers that one of her students is an artistic prodigy. Mrs. Adler and Ms. Watson take the mini-society competition to a new level.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 11)

Tuesday, December 12

  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Catch Tom on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about The Post on CBS This Morning sometime between 7-9am.
  • Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/30 Rock) - Jane appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ari Graynor (I'm Dying Up Here/Bad Teacher) - Ari is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Niecy Nash (The Soul Man/Getting On/Do Not Disturb/Reno 911!) - Niecy visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Bill Pullman (1600 Penn) - Bill stops by Steve, so check your local listings.
  • Miles Brown (black-ish) - Miles appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Ana Gasteyer (People of Earth/Lady Dynamite/Suburgatory) - Ana talks about Fox's A Christmas Story Live! on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Noah Galvin (The Real O'Neals) - Noah talks about Dear Evan Hansen on the BUILD Series at 4pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (November/December)

The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season Living Single - The Complete Third Season Alice - The Complete Sixth Season One Day at a Time - The Complete Series Fuller House - The Complete Second Season

11/07 - American Dad! - Volume 12
11/07 - Family Guy - Season Fifteen
11/07 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Third Season
11/14 - D.C. Follies - The Complete Series
11/21 - Living Single - The Complete Third Season
11/24 - Grandfathered - Season 1
12/05 - Alice - The Complete Sixth Season
12/05 - One Day at a Time - The Complete Series
12/05 - The Simpsons - The Eighteenth Season
12/05 - South Park - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
12/12 - Fuller House - The Complete Second Season
12/19 - South Park - The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray) / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11
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