Labor Day weekend TV marathons

Harrison Ford and Sean Connery in "Indiana Jones Harrison Ford and Sean Connery in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1999) Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

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Home for the holiday this Labor Day weekend? TV stacks up plenty of good stuff to help keep you inside.


No more Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethon -- now it's just a two-hour Lewis-free Muscular Dystrophy Association fundraiser (Sunday 9-11 p.m., ABC/7). But there's a salute to the comic's 1960s movies, with 24 hours of Lewis titles like "Three on a Couch" and "The Big Mouth" (Monday 5 a.m.-Tuesday 5 a.m., Antenna).

Lonesome Dove: The Western miniseries classic with Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones (Saturday 1-9 p.m., AMC).

Indiana Jones: Steven Spielberg and George Lucas lead Harrison Ford's adventurer through four films (Saturday 1 p.m.-11:30 p.m., USA).

James Bond: Watch 007 evolve, in release order, from 1962's "Dr. No" through 1983's "Never Say Never Again" (Sunday 8 p.m.-Monday night 1:50 a.m., Encore).

Shark-o-rama! An entire day of trashy TV movies with teeth, including "Jersey Shore Shark Attack," "Sharktopus," "Ghost Shark," "Sharknado" (Monday 9 a.m.-3 a.m., Syfy).

The Story of Film: This eye-opening festival traces movie innovation across 125 years and features rare early films from Thomas Edison, the Lumiere brothers, Georges Melies and D.W. Griffith (Monday 8 p.m.- Tuesday 8 a.m., Turner Classic Movies). The first episode of "The Story of Film" series airs Monday at 10 p.m.


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New dramas take the opportunity to get us caught up on recent episodes. Among them: the costume portrait "The White Queen" (Saturday 9 p.m.-12:15 a.m., Starz; Monday noon-3:05 p.m., Starz Cinema) and David Tennant's murder-mystery nail-biter "Broadchurch" (Sunday 3-7 p.m., BBC America).

Drama, recent: "House" (Sunday 6 a.m.-Monday 6 a.m., Cloo); "Monk" (Saturday 3 p.m.-3 a.m., ion/31); "Law & Order: SVU" (Sunday 11 a.m.-2 a.m., USA); "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (Monday 6 a.m.-6 p.m., Oxygen); "NCIS" (Monday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., USA); "Castle" (Monday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., TNT); "Criminal Minds" (Monday 11 a.m.-3 a.m., ion/31).

Drama, vintage: "Perry Mason" movies (Saturday 6 a.m.-Tuesday 6 a.m., Hallmark Movie Channel); "T.J. Hooker" (Sunday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 p.m.-Monday 8 p.m., Monday 9 p.m.-6 a.m., Universal HD); "The Waltons" (Monday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Hallmark; Monday 11 a.m.-2 a.m., INSP).


New channel! Younger-skewing shows will fuel FXX -- yup, two Xs (taking over the old Fox Soccer slot) -- which launches with a marathon of "Parks & Recreation" (Monday 7 a.m.- midnight).

Comedy, recent: "The Game" (Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., BET); "Two and a Half Men" (Saturday 2-6 p.m., WPIX/11; Monday 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., FX); "Arrested Development" (Sunday 6 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday 6:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m., IFC); "China, IL" (Sunday 11 p.m.-1:30 a.m. and 2:30-5 a.m., Cartoon); "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Monday 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Nickelodeon); "Moesha" (Monday 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Centric); "Friends" (Monday 8 p.m.-3:25 a.m., Nick at Nite).

Sitcoms, vintage: "Three's Company" (Saturday 5 a.m.-noon, TV Land); "The Cosby Show" (Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Centric; Saturday noon-8 p.m., Sunday 3 a.m.-10:30 a.m., TV Land); "Roseanne" (Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., WE; Sunday and Monday 2-6 p.m., Logo); "The Andy Griffith Show" (Monday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., TV Land); "The Brady Bunch" (Monday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., WLNY/10/55).


"Survivorman" (Saturday 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Science); "Top Gear" USA (Saturday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., History) and "Top Gear" UK (Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday 5:30 p.m.-midnight, BBC America); Kelly Clarkson, Zooey Deschanel and more on "Who Do You Think You Are?" (Saturday 2-8 p.m., TLC); "The 50 Greatest Moments at Madison Square Garden" (Saturday 4-9 p.m., MSG); "How It's Made" (Sunday 9 a.m.-3 a.m., Science); "Snapped" (Sunday 10:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Oxygen); assorted "Real Housewives" (Sunday 2 p.m.- 3:15 a.m., Monday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-10 p.m., Bravo); "Pawn Stars" (Monday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., History).

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