Thanksgiving Day TV: marathons, movies, more
On the day you give thanks for everything else in your life, you can also give thanks for TV, with TV. The tube is offering comedy and drama marathons, film festivals and other viewing events, extending into the holiday weekend.
The Honeymooners (Thursday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., WPIX/11. Turkey Day selection of Jackie Gleason's "lost" sketches (not the filmed "classic 39" episodes).
More vintage comedy marathons. Leave It to Beaver (from late Wednesday midnight to Friday morning at 3 a.m., Antenna TV); Moesha (Thursday 8 a.m.-3 p.m., BET); Friends (Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., TBS); cartoon Rocky & Friends (Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.,
Hour shows. House (Thursday 6 a.m.-Friday 6 a.m., Universal HD); Psych(today 6 a.m.-Friday 6 a.m., Cloo); 1991 prime-time Dark Shadows (Thursday 6 a.m.-5 p.m., Chiller); Castle (Thursday 10 a.m.-11 p.m., TNT); Star Trek: The Next Generation (Thursday noon-Friday 6 a.m., BBC America); classic "Quartermainia" from General Hospital (Thursday 7 p.m.-midnight, SOAPnet); Kelsey Grammer's Boss (Saturday-Sunday 1-10 p.m., StarzCinema).
Unlikely Animal Friends. (Friday and Saturday 8-10 p.m., NatGeo Wild). New look at unusual emotional bonds: rhino and sheep, owl and cat, dog and donkey.
Unscripted marathons. Tattoo Nightmares (Thursday 9 a.m.-noon) and Ink Master (today, noon-8 p.m., Spike); Breaking Amish (Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., TLC); Mall Cops: Mall of America (Thursday 4 p.m.-Friday 7 a.m., Destination America).
The Karate Kid (Thursday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., again 5 p.m.-1 a.m., G4). All three of Ralph Macchio's martial-arts movies.
Film classics for kids (Thursday 8:45 a.m.-8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies). Studio-era family faves include Anne of Green Gables, Lassie Come Home, Little Women.
More movies/miniseries. The Kennedys (Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., again 8 p.m.-4 a.m., Reelz); The Godfather Parts 1-2 (Thursday at 11:30 a.m., again at 8 p.m., AMC); Hatfields & McCoys (Thursday 6 p.m.-midnight, History); Star Wars films (I-II, Friday 7 p.m.- 2 a.m.; I-IV, Saturday 10 a.m.- 11 p.m.; III-V, Sunday 1:30- 11 p.m., Spike); Lonesome Dove (Sunday 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Encore); The Wizard of Oz (Sunday at 3:45 p.m., TBS).
It's a SpongeBob Christmas (Friday at 9:30 p.m., CBS/2) premieres after CBS encores Frosty the Snowman (8 p.m.), Frosty Returns (8:30 p.m.), Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas (9 p.m.). Also new: Jingle and Bell's ChristmasStar (Friday at 8 p.m., Hallmark).
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (Sunday at 8 p.m., ABC Family). Comedy sequel debuts after 1990's original hit Home Alone (Sunday at 6 p.m., also Saturday at 8 p.m.).