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Weekend TV: 'Walking Dead' mini-marathon, fireworks and 'True Blood'

July 4, 2013


July 04--TV gets patriotic, undead, pretty cold and downright canceled this weekend.

It's a classic

It wouldn't be Independence Day without an airing of the 1942 musical "Yankee Doodle Dandy" starring James Cagney as the larger-than-life Broadway legend George M. Cohan. It airs at 4:30 p.m. Thursday on TCM, cable 210. Cohan started his career in a family act in vaudeville and grew into a renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer.

Thursday marathons

AMC offers up a "Walking Dead" mini-marathon on cable 48, starting at noon Thursday with the pilot episode of the uber-hit series in which Sheriff Rick awakens from his coma and begins his search for his family. The mini-marathon continues to 2 a.m. Friday, runs noon Friday to 1:50 a.m. Saturday and again from noon Saturday to 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Other marathons include: Spike, cable 38, "Gangland" from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday followed by "Cops" from 1 to 8 p.m.; Syfy, cable 45, "Twilight Zone" from 7 a.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday; BBCA America, cable 176, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" from 7 a.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday; National Geographic Channel, cable 72, episodes of "Wicked Tuna" and "Tuna" starting at 8 a.m. and continuing through 2 a.m. Friday; TV Land, cable 62, is all "Andy Griffith" from 7 a.m. to 11:51 a.m. Thursday; and TNT, cable 29, has "Castle" episodes from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Light my fire

For Independence Day fireworks and concerts, turn to NBC, channel 2, cable 9, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. for Macy's 4th of July Spectacular; PBS, channel 11, 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. "A Capitol Fourth"; or VH1, cable 54, 7 p.m. for Philly Fourth of July Jam. Check Thursday's Scene section for a roundup of TV Fourth of July specials and a complete list of all talent.

New 'Blood'

Sookie comes face to face with her growing attraction to the mysterious Ben, Eric hits his nemesis where it hurts the most, and Bill gives Takahashi the task of synthesizing a new kind of blood. "True Blood" airs 8 p.m. Sunday, cable 300.


CBS, channel 6, airs the final episode of its spring series "Brooklyn DA" at 8 p.m. Saturday. It has been canceled.

Also canceled but airing the last few episodes are ABC's intriguing but too-slow-moving "Zero Hour" with Hank (Anthony Edwards) and Laila on the run in Strasbourg to beat the Pyrates in their quest for the True Cross while the search for an FBI mole has everyone asking "Who can I trust?" at 7 p.m. Saturday. It's followed by a repeat of a really creepy "666 Park Avenue" at 8 p.m. The latter episode focuses on Henry and Jane's engagement party, and we know that can't be good.

Going cold-koala

Luke tries to give up his favorite stuffed animal by spending a night without his koala on "Jessie," airing at 7 p.m. Friday on Disney, cable 32. It's one of two new episodes Friday night.

Save yourself

In case you missed it, NBC is repeating the pilot of its new mixed-format drama "Siberia" at 7 p.m. Friday on channel 2, cable 9. In this series about a fictional reality show, 16 contestants are dropped off in the wilderness in an effort to win a $500,000 prize. There are no rules and no help from producers, so the contestants from around the world must try to survive until winter with just the clothes on their backs.


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