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Off the Wall: Marathons are booming for July 4

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COMEDY MARATHONS How to spend this hot holiday weekend? TV is stacking up series, movies and more to keep you glued to the tube. Comedy Central lines up laughs with its 50-star standup weekend, beginning with "Henry Cho: What's That Clickin' Noise?" and "Brian Regan: The Epitome of Hyperbole" (Saturday at 8 and 10 a.m., Comedy Central) and running through Monday morning. Sitcom stacks include "The Andy Griffith Show" (Saturday 1:30-9 p.m., Sunday 1:30-8 p.m., TV Land), "Bewitched" (Monday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., TV Land), "The Golden Girls" (Monday 8 a.m.-4 a.m., Hallmark) and "Roseanne" (Monday 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Oxygen).

DRAMA / MYSTERY / ACTION MARATHONS Many plans come together on "The A-Team" (Saturday noon-6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Centric). Other hour-series marathons include "Monk" (Sunday 6 a.m.-Tuesday 6 a.m., Universal HD), "The Greatest American Hero" (Sunday 9 a.m.-5 a.m., Syfy), "NCIS" (Sunday 11 a.m.- 4a.m., USA), "House" (Monday 6 a.m.-6 a.m., Sleuth), "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (Monday 6 a.m.-6 p.m., USA) and the original "Law & Order" (Monday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., TNT). Catch up to "Mad Men" (Monday 8 p.m.-6 a.m., AMC) with weekly Monday overnight marathons leading up to the fourth-season premiere July 25.

REALITY MARATHONS Discovery blows out the weekend lineup for nonstop "Deadliest Catch" (Saturday 9 a.m.-3 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-3 a.m., Discovery). Among other nonscripted stuff: "Life" (Sunday noon- 6a.m., Animal Planet), "Cops" (Sunday 2:30-6:30 p.m., G4; Sunday 7-10 p.m., truTV), "Cake Boss" (Monday 6 a.m.- 3a.m., TLC) and MTV News' "True Life" (Monday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., MTV).

MOVIE MARATHONS John Wayne goes West and goes to war throughout AMC's weekend, starting with "The Shepherd of the Hills" (Saturday at 10:15 a.m., AMC). Natural disasters fill Syfy all day Saturday, climaxed by "Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York" (Saturday at 11 p.m., Syfy). Broadcast TV gets a rare run of "The Godfather" and "The Godfather Part II" (Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m., ion/31). Settle down for all six films in the saga called "Star Wars" (Sunday 9 a.m.-3 a.m., Spike). Steven Spielberg's "Jaws" (Sunday at 12:40, 2:50, 4:50 and 6:30 p.m., Encore) is followed by three sequels. Johnny Depp stars in all three "Pirates of the Caribbean" (Monday at 2, 5 and 8 p.m., Syfy).

AMITYVILLE EXPLAINED The area's infamous horror fills Bio's prime-time lineup: "First Person Killers: Ronald DeFeo," "Return of the Amityville Horror," and "Amityville: The Haunting" on "The Unexplained" (Saturday at 9, 10 and 11 p.m., Bio). More at bio.com.

A MAN AND HIS CAR To say goodbye to his vintage Volkswagen, Israeli director Yishai Orian goes on a road trip through the Middle East with "The Beetle" (Sunday at 9 a.m., 3 p.m. and 10 p.m., WLIW World). Preview at pbs.org/ itvs/globalvoices/beetle.html.

MUSIC & MORE Jennifer Lopez is seen "Behind the Music" (Sunday at 9 p.m., VH1). Lady Gaga hits the summer concert series on "Saturday" (July 9, 7-9 a.m., NBC/4). Kenny Chesney joins forces with the Steve Miller Band on "Crossroads" (July 9 at 9 p.m., CMT). And Ringo Starr headlines the season premiere of "Live From the Artists Den" (July 9 at 9:30 p.m., WNET/13; July 10 at 10 p.m., WLIW/21), also featuring Ben Harper and Joan Osborne, taped at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Video at wliw.org/artistsden.

SEASON PREMIERES Watch six first-season episodes of "Warehouse 13" (Tuesday 3-9 p.m., Syfy), before Tuesday's 9 p.m. second-season premiere. Watch last season's conclusion of "Eureka" (Friday at 8 p.m., Syfy) before July 9's 9 p.m. start of Season 4. That leads into the new Stephen King-inspired series "Haven" (July 9 at 10 p.m., Syfy). And there's a saboteur this time in CBS' summer reality ubiquity "Big Brother" (Thursday at 8 p.m., CBS/2), accompanied by the nightly peepfest "Big Brother After Dark" (Thursday night at midnight, Showtime 2).

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