Dick Van Dyke, 'White Collar':TV marathons for all tastes
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MARATHON MANIA. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant try to top last season's "An Idiot Abroad: The Bucket List" (Saturday 3-9 p.m., Science) with their latest prankfest -- Season 3 of "An Idiot Abroad" (tonight 9, Science), sending height-challenged Warwick Davis (HBO's "Life's Too Short") along as previous prankee Karl Pilkington retraces Marco Polo's epic journey. When miniseries were great: The 1980 masterwork "Shogun" (tomorrow 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Encore) stars Richard Chamberlain as a 17th century castaway in Japan. Stay spooked with "Tales From the Darkside" (Monday 6 a.m.-5 p.m., midnight-6 a.m., Chiller). Matt Bomer's "White Collar" (Monday 6 a.m.-Tuesday 10p.m., Cloo) runs consecutive hours from Seasons 2-4 before returning with new episodes Tuesday at 10 p.m. on USA. Also, nearly every episode of Callie Thorne's "Necessary Roughness" (Tuesday night at midnight-Wednesday 10 p.m., Cloo), leading into Wednesday's 10p.m. USA return. Idiocy online at sciencechannel.com/idiotabroad.
OLYMPICS/'WONDER YEARS'/'DWTS'/CHEESE FEST MASHUP. It's pretty much everything we've ever wanted to see, all in one place! Original movie "Tasmanian Devils" (Saturday night at 9, Syfy) stars medal-laden speed skater and "Dancing With the Stars" champ Apolo Ohno, plus former "Wonder Years" crush and math maven Danica McKellar. It's a tale of "daredevil base jumpers" who stir up "an ancient aboriginal curse." Add your own comment captions at syfy.com/movies.
SCRIPTS! SCRIPTS! They're not just for the networks. "MI-5'' star Matthew Macfadyen headlines "Ripper Street" (Saturday night at 9, BBC America), as Jack the Ripper-era cops clean up London's meanest streets. And then there's the sketch comedy of Nick Cannon's "Incredible Crew" (Thursday at 8 p.m., Cartoon). Meet the crewmates at cartoonnetwork.com/incrediblecrew.
STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW. Another week of unscripted overflow offers a few newbies that might prove worthy. "Stuff You Should Know" (Saturday night at 10, Science) brings the HowStuffWorks.com podcast to the tube. "Chasing The Saturdays" (Sunday at 10 p.m., E!) watches England's girl group try to take America. "Edge of America" (Tuesday at 9 and 9:30 p.m., Travel) checks out weird festivals for thrills like bull-testicle eating. And "Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., BBC America) finds the "Lost" star on the trail of Vietnam's giant water bugs. Preview Dom's dangerous encounters at bbcamerica.com/wild-things.
FILM FESTIVALS. Turner Classic Movies salutes the 100th birthday of entertainer Danny Kaye for 24 hours, from his 1963 TV variety hour, "The Danny Kaye Show" (Sunday at 6 a.m.), and a 1971 interview on "The Dick Cavett Show" (10:30 a.m.) to Hollywood gems including "The Kid From Brooklyn" (noon) and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (6 p.m.). Ride through all four flicks in the 1960-72 cycle of "The Magnificent Seven" (Sunday 6 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Encore Westerns). Before Dick Van Dyke gets next weekend's Screen Actors Guild life achievement award, he gets a five-film tribute, starting with his Debbie Reynolds pairing in "Divorce, American Style" (Monday at 8 p.m., TCM). More at tcm.com.
ALL ATTENBOROUGH. The three-part "Nature" retrospective "Attenborough's Life Stories" (Wednesday at 8 p.m., PBS/13; Thursday at 8 p.m., WLIW/21) starts by celebrating Sir David's 60 years of documentary filmmaking. Video and more at pbs.org/nature.