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Memorial Day TV schedule: Movies and marathons to watch

John Cassavetes in

John Cassavetes in "The Dirty Dozen." Photo Credit: BPI / STF

Saluting those who gave all.

Memorial Day movies

War stories stretch back 100 years, to 1915's silent-film era, as Turner Classic Movies' weekend marathon honors soldiers' sacrifice. The battles go back even earlier, to the 1860s Civil War, in films as recent as 1989's "Glory" (Saturday at 10:30), and as rare as 1915's "The Coward" (Sunday morning at 4:30). Sunday overnight has two moving World War I classics -- silent star John Gilbert's hit "The Big Parade" and director Jean Renoir's "Grand Illusion" (12:15 and 3 a.m.). Monday's World War II focus includes "The Dirty Dozen" (2:45 p.m.) and George C. Scott's towering "Patton" (10:15 p.m., all on TCM). Another weekend marathon from AMC includes Saturday's "The Dirty Dozen" (11 a.m.), tomorrow's "Rambo" triple feature (noon-6:30 p.m., repeats 6:30 p.m.-1 a.m.), and Monday's "Saving Private Ryan" (10 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m., all on AMC). Full lineups at and


Series marathons

Want something new? Catch up to the current season of time-tripping fantasy fave "Outlander" (Saturday 2-10 p.m., Sunday 2:45-10 p.m., Starz), before next weekend's season-ender. Vintage marathons fill the day Monday -- Scott Bakula's fantasy fave "QuantumLeap" (6 a.m.-5 a.m., Cozi TV/4.2), hosted by comic Chuck Nice with special "Cosmic Queries" guest Neil deGrasse Tyson; those romping '60s rockers "The Monkees" (6:30 a.m.-6 p.m., IFC); and the Depression-set '70s family hit "The Waltons" (2-9 p.m., Hallmark).


Week(s) of the week

Animal Planet's Monster Week climaxes with the scripted movie "The Cannibal in the Jungle" (Sunday 9-11 p.m.), recounting an American scientist's 1977 experience, plus the "director's cut" of "River Monsters: Jurassic-Sized Prehistoric Terror" (Monday 8-10 p.m.). On Discovery Life, Psych Week kicks off with "Kids With Tourette's" (Monday at 10 p.m.). More at and psychweek.


Season finales

Wrapping it up this week: Christina Ricci's "The Lizzie Borden Chronicles" (Sunday at 10 p.m., Lifetime), short-lived quirkfest "Battle Creek" (Sunday at 10 p.m., CBS/2), game show stunt "500 Questions" (Thursday at 8 p.m., ABC/7), and ever incisive comedy "Louie" (Thursday at 10:30 p.m., FX; followed at 11 by standup hour "Louis C.K.: Live From The Comedy Store.


Those 'Entourage' guys

They're ubiquitous as their TV-sequel flick hits theaters June 3. Catch castmates Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara amid the mayhem of this week's "WWE Monday Night Raw" (8-11 p.m., USA), live from Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Ferrara chats it up on "Watch What Happens" (Wednesday at 11 p.m., Bravo), followed Thursday night by Connolly and Dillon. Revisit their HBO half-hours via


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