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Labor Day TV marathons are all-day activities

September 2, 2013


Sept. 02--This Labor Day, you could be splashing in the cement pond, picnicking by the lake or you could be watching marathons of some of your favorite shows on TV.

Here's what you can look forward to on Monday.

The Waltons: Find out everything you want to know about the goings-on on Walton's mountain starting at 9 a.m. on Hallmark, cable 165, with a special and several two-hour episodes of the hit family series. The lineup includes: "A Decade of the Waltons," followed by "A Walton's Weddding," "A Day of Thanks on Walton's Mountain," "A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion," "Mother's Day on Walton's Mountain," and "A Walton Easter."

Andy Griffith: TVLand, cable 62, has planned a day with episodes featuring Mayberry's favorite sheriff airing from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Shark-o-rama!: You can waste an entire day watching "movies with teeth" or, as we like to call it, shark movie that jumped the shark on Syfy, cable 45. The lineup from 8 a.m. to Midnight includes: "Sand Sharks," "Jersey Shore Shark Attack," "Dinoshark," "Sharktopus," "Super Shark," Ghost Shark," "Sharknado," "2-Headed Shark Attack" and "Super Shark."

For film buffs: Turner Classic Movies, cable 210, is launching the documentary series "The Story of Film: An Odyssey" at 7 p.m. Monday. For 15 weeks, the series will tell the history of cinema through a worldwide lens and with a slate of 119 films and dozens of short subjects representing 29 countries across six continents. It was written, directed and narrated by award-winning film historian Mark Cousins. The lineup for Monday includes: 7 p.m., "An Edison Album" (U.S.A.); 8:30 p.m., "Lumiere's First Picture Shows"; (France), 9 p.m., "The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) -- Episode One: "The World Discovers A New Art Form (1895-1918)"; 10:15 p.m., "A Trip to the Moon" (1902) (France); 10:30 p.m., Alice Guy-Blache Shorts (U.S.A.): "Falling Leaves" (1912)," "Canned Harmony" (1912), and "A House Divided" (1913); "11:30 p.m., "The Squaw Man" (1914) (U.S.A.); 1 a.m., "The Birth of a Nation" (1915) (U.S.A.) and, 4:15 a.m., "Orphans of the Storm" (1921) (U.S.A.). For more information on the series and to see a promo, go online to

"Parks & Recreation": The new channel FXX, DirecTV 619, has a marathon of "Parks & Recreation" from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday.

Get squishy: The sponge and his pals are hanging out in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom with a "SpongeBob" marathon from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday on Nickelodeon, cable 33.

Second-hand stars: History Channel gets into "Pawn Stars," which follows daily life in the 24-hour World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, owned by Richard Harrison, and worked by his family including Rick, grandson Corey -- "Big Hoss" -- and Corey's friend "Chumlee" Russell. The marathon airs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on cable 55.

On our OWN: OWN, cable 106, is dedicating the day to back to back-to-back episodes of Tyler Perry's "The Haves and the Have Nots" from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Cheer on: Rah, rah! Go for team spirit on CMT Monday with a day of "Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders" airing from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on cable 44.

Other options: Also airing are a marathon of "Two and a Half Men" from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on FX, cable 35; a day's worth of "NCIS" from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on USA, cable 34; and, lastly, you can cool down with "Life Below Zero," airing 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. on NatGeo, cable 72.


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