Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot...
It's not all great. In fact, we question some of the choices — for example, Bravo's marathon of "The Biggest Loser" and the obvious lack of a "Law and Order" marathon on any station — but what better hangover cure than a day spent on the couch, flipping between "Looney Tunes" and "The Brady Bunch?" (Unless you have Time Warner in which case you may neither get to watch "Brady" nor "South Park," but pardon our collective bitterness). Channel Surfing bloggers Malavika Jagannathan, Adam Reinhard and Sara Boyd will give you some tips and hints on how to ring in the New Year with the best of, well, just the most of one show.
Travel Channel: "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations"
"Top Chef" fans may recall Anthony Bourdain's appearance as the guest judge on the infamous episode from last season that sent Dale home over the she-devil Lisa. Bourdain's Emmy-nominated show is a must-see for anyone who likes traveling or food. From 2 p.m. onward on New Year's Day, travel with the one-time chef to Jamaica, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay, Laos and other exotic locations as he samples the local cuisine (some of it downright frightening) and the local culture. Bourdain is a cantankerous bastard, but he's entertaining and adventurous with an ability to find fascinating people around the world. The Saudi Arabia episode is a must-see.
Discovery Channel: "Mythbusters"
What better way to ring in the new year than with the endless series of stunts, experiments, gunshots and explosions from the Mythbusters gang. Mindless television at its smartest, "Mythbusters" tests inquiries from viewers — such as "Can you build a cannon out of a tree trunk?", or "What's the best way to sneak past a guard dog?" — often with liberal doses of gun powder. It's one of those shows where you learn stuff without trying, and I imagine a whole day's worth of episodes would fly by.
E!: "Keeping Up with the Kardashians"
If for no other reason, watch it for the fascination of Kim Kardashian's huge ba-donk-a-donk. "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" is truly a guilty pleasure show to the T. No one watches the show because it's good but because we have the Hollywood sickness, that of nosiness and curiosity into the lives of these D-List (at best) celebrities. It's the show you pop on when there's nothing better to watch and so you think "I'll just watch a little bit." But then, by the second consecutive episode — you're hooked and there's no escaping. It's the perfect solution to the New Year's Day hang over — mindless television and a good amount of T and A but beware — keep one finger on the mute button if the Kardashian sisters start their bickering.
Cartoon Network: Looney Tunes
Say th-th-th-th-th-that's all, folks, to 2008 the right way — by dropping an anvil on its head. Or maybe by tying a knot in its shotgun barrel and letting it blow its own face off. I guess what I'm saying is 2008 stunk, and watching a bunch of classic cartoons with Bugs, Daffy, Elmer, Tweety and Wile E. Coyote for hour upon hour sounds like a great stress reliever.
For more marathons, check out Entertainment Weekly's list by clicking here. Happy New Year everyone! See you in 2009.
— Malavika Jagannathan, firstname.lastname@example.org ; Sara Boyd, email@example.com ; Adam Reinhard, firstname.lastname@example.org