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Holiday cartoon transforms Martha Stewart

July 3, 2011

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Martha Stewart appears as an animated character in the Sunday morning cartoon special “Martha’s Fourth” (8 a.m., Hallmark). “Martha” depicts the domestic diva as a smart and enterprising 10-year-old. A Nancy Drew-type with a love for crafts. Can a “Lil’ Martha” cartoon series be far behind?

• Just short of Christmas, one of my favorite television traditions has to be the Fourth of July weekend “Twilight Zone” marathon on Syfy. The journey to the late Rod Serling’s dimension runs from 8 a.m. today to 3 a.m. Tuesday, with a three-hour break at dawn on Monday.

Last year, in a weird and unexpected move, Syfy replaced the annual “Twilight Zone” marathon with 20 hours of “The Greatest American Hero,” a move that must have brought howls of protest. It has since come to its senses and all is right with the black-and-white universe.

• The star of a Fox sitcom past returns to standup on “Christopher Titus: Neverlution” (8 p.m., Comedy Central).

• Guy Fieri guest-stars on a 90-minute installment of “The Next Food Network Star” (8 p.m., Food), featuring a return to Mel’s Drive-In.

Tonight’s other highlights

• Watch 16 hours of “Deadliest Catch” (9 a.m., Discovery) without getting wet.

• Fourteen hours of “I Love Lucy” (10 a.m., Hallmark) repeats unspool.

• Repeat reports scheduled on “60 Minutes” (6 p.m., CBS): an unsolved murder from the Civil Rights era; children traumatized by war; inside the Vatican library.

• David Suchet stars in “Poirot XI” on “Masterpiece Mystery” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings).

• Sookie makes up for lost time on “True Blood” (8 p.m., HBO).

• A killer round of roller derby on “CSI: Miami” (9 p.m., CBS).

• A murder too close to home on “Body of Proof” (9 p.m., ABC).

• Tracy Morgan, Susie Essman and Regis Philbin appear on “The Marriage Ref” (9 p.m., NBC).

• A killer arrives from Jim’s Chicago past on “The Glades” (9 p.m., A&E).

• A jazz festival breaks out as “Treme” (9 p.m., HBO) concludes.

• People learn a tad too late that friendly aliens are just too good to be true in the classic “Twilight Zone” (9 p.m., Syfy) episode “To Serve Man.”

Sunday series

Police policy provokes a raucous debate on “Blue Bloods” (8 p.m., CBS) ... Two repeats of “America’s Got Talent” (7 p.m., NBC) ... Homer goes undercover on “The Simpsons” (7 p.m., Fox) ... The bride wore khaki on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (7 p.m., ABC) ... Twixt 12 and 20 on “Cleveland Show” (7:30 p.m., Fox).

Less than fresh feelings on “Undercover Boss” (8 p.m., CBS) ... An hour-long “Star Wars” tribute on “Family Guy” (8 p.m., Fox) ... Lotteries and murder on “Castle” (8 p.m., ABC).

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