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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot...

It's New Year's and that means one thing on television that's bigger than Ryan Seacrest's hair: lots and lots of marathons.

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, ; Sara Boyd, ; Adam Reinhard,

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Thanks for the heads up on the Looney Toons marathon, Adam. My kids were thoroughly exposed to the classic cartoon violence I grew up watching! Now to get them turned onto vintage WWF. I need to get the collections on DVD.

On a side note, did anyone notice that a few of the cartoons were edited? There was one in particular where Bugs and Daffy were in a show together and Daffy was jealous of Bugs getting top billing. Well the show is all about Daffy trying to sabotage Bugs' act while his act is a bore. The finale was supposed to be Daffy drinking all this explosive material and then swallowing a match )you know what comes next) and then the audience goes nuts. They totally cut that scene. I guess the exploding xylophone while playing "Those Endearing Young Charms" wasn't as traumatic :)

By Blogger Antony, At January 2, 2009 at 12:48 PM  

I didn't catch it on CN yesterday, Antony, but I know exactly the ending you're talking about. Daffy explodes, and Bugs himself applauds him, hooting "That's terrific, Daffy!" Then we see Daffy's ghost floating through the rafters as he says "Yeah, but I can only do it once!"

Myself, I think it teaches a valuable lesson to kids about harming yourself for entertainment purposes -- something they'll never get from MTV.


By Blogger Press-Gazette blogger, At January 2, 2009 at 4:23 PM  

Exactly. They are trained cartoon professionals, do not try that at home, kids.

By Blogger Antony, At January 3, 2009 at 10:27 AM  

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