Archive for Sunday, December 26, 2010

Marathons come in big packages

December 26, 2010


AMC invites you to spend the day with “Scrooged” (9 a.m. through 5 a.m.). WE reels off seven hours of “Golden Girls” (5 p.m.). A “Mythbusters” (Discovery) starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 2 a.m. Syfy dedicates the big day to its water-themed movie shockers, from “Sea Snakes” (8 a.m.) to “Spring Break Shark Attack” (2 a.m.).

Over on the Fox Movie Channel, a marathon of a more vintage nature kicks off with “Fox Legacy: The Shirley Temple Story” (5 a.m., Fox Movie Channel), followed by a full day of Shirley Temple movies and shorts.

• “Masterpiece Contemporary” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) offers “Framed,” an arts-themed distraction set far from the museum.

After a spate of flooding, London’s prestigious National Portrait Gallery decides to make repairs and relocate its priceless collection to an abandoned mine located outside of a picturesque Welsh village filled with lovable eccentrics.

Trevor Eve (“David Copperfield”) plays a stuffy curator taken in by the charming natives who include cunning art thieves of the lovable sort. And who can blame him, what with a fetching, spunky school teacher (Eve Myles, “Little Dorrit”) turning up on her bicycle around every corner?

Based on a novel by Cottrell Boyce, “Framed” seems inspired by classic fish-out-water romantic comedies including “Local Hero” and “I Know Where I’m Going,” tales of stalwart and deluded urbanites seduced and educated by wise provincials. This also happens to be the plot to at least every other Hallmark movie, so lets hope this “Masterpiece Contemporary” doesn’t begin a trend.

More series marathons

• “Whale Wars” (8 a.m. through 5 a.m., Monday, Animal Planet)

• “NCIS” (8 a.m. to 5 a.m., USA)

• “American Choppers: Senior Vs. Junior” (10 a.m. through 2 a.m., Discovery).

• “Everybody Loves Raymond” (7 p.m. to 11 p.m., TV Land).

Today’s other highlights

• Former champions glide gracefully on “Brian Boitano Skating Spectacular” (3 p.m., NBC).

• Scheduled on “60 Minutes” (6 p.m., CBS): Kenya’s great wildebeest migration; elephants and language; the real dinosaur hunter who inspired “Jurassic Park.”

• A perky and plain novitiate-turned-governess (Julie Andrews) wins the heart of an anti-Nazi Austrian admiral (Christopher Plummer) and his gifted and charming children in the 1965 musical “The Sound of Music” (6 p.m., ABC).

• Encore stays in an ’80s mood with “The Big Chill” (5:10 p.m.), “St. Elmo’s Fire” (7 p.m.) and “About Last Night” (8:50 p.m.).

• Philadelphia hosts Minnesota on Sunday Night Football (7:15 p.m., NBC).

• Jane’s antics complicate a case on “The Mentalist” (9 p.m., CBS).

Sunday series

Mr. Big Shot mingles on “Undercover Boss” (7 p.m., CBS) ... On back-to-back episodes of “The Simpsons” (Fox), Christmas (7 p.m.), Halloween (7:30 p.m.) .. Peter becomes a big boss on “Family Guy” (8 p.m., Fox) ... Drea de Matteo guest stars on “Running Wilde” (8:30 p.m., Fox).


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