What to Watch: Memorial Day Weekend Marathons, Specials and More!

If the weather doesn’t hold up for you, Memorial Day weekend won’t be spent grilling on the beach. But here’s the good news: There are plenty of TV marathons and specials to be found — plus, you’re being patriotic, in a way, by being an all-American couch potato. In addition to our What to Watch column (posting Sunday, and going weekly for the summer), here are some programs to keep on your radar.

3 pm – 11 pm Law & Order: SVU (USA Network) | If there’s one thing you can always count on, it’s for SVU to be marathoning somewhere.
5 pm – 3 am Saturday | America’s Most Wanted (Lifetime) | Don’t get this mixed up with the slew of procedurals on this weekend.
10 pm Under African Skies (A&E) | For the 25th anniversary of Paul Simon’s Graceland, this documentary chronicles the controversy of the album and his 2011 concert in Africa.
10 pm Mystery Diners (Food Network) | This new show might make you second-guess that dinner reservation.
10 pm Insane or Inspired? (Syfy) | Series premiere: A weekly countdown of the craziest and most exciting viral videos.

6 am – 6 am Sunday | The Tudors (BBC America) | Twelve hours of swoon-worthy English accents.
6 am – 6 am Sunday | Britney Spears Takeover (Fuse) | Twenty-four hours of non-stop Britney.
9 am – 11 pm NCIS (USA Network) | Kick it old school with Gibbs and the gang.
9 am – 5 am Sunday | Creature Features (Syfy) | Leading up to tonight’s premiere of Supershark at 9 pm, you’ll meet Dinoshark, Mega Shark, Crocosaurus, Dinocroc, Supergator and Sharktopus, in their respective TV-movies. That’s a lot of cross-breeding.
10 am – 10 pm The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Hallmark) | Have you heard what she can do with her smile?
10 am – 9 pm America’s Next Top Model (Oxygen) | Lots and lots of Tyra mail!
12 pm – 4 am Sunday | Tainted Love Weekend Marathon (Lifetime) | The 12-hour marathon includes Murder in Greenwich — starring SVU‘s Christopher Meloni and Lost‘s Maggie Grace — and many more “based-on-a-true-story” movies.
6 pm – 3 am Sunday | Psych (ION) | Get Psych‘d, you Psych-os!
8 pm How to Be a Gentleman (CBS) | Burn-off time!
9 pm The Firm (NBC) | In this double episode, Mitch represents a prostitute with a dangerous secret, and Abby’s trip home leads to a unprofessional relationship with her doctor (Ghost Whisperer‘s David Conrad).

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6 am – 6 am Monday | Beyonce Takeover (Fuse) | I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly.
9 am – 3:30 am Monday Theatrical Movie Bonanza (Syfy) | There’s a little something for everyone, including both Grindhouse films, Firefly‘s Serenity, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and more!
10 am – 3 am Monday | Tainted Love Weekend Movie Marathon (Lifetime) | Leading up to the premiere of Shadow of Fear at 9 pm, expect to see Supernatural‘s Misha Collins, That ’70s Show‘s Laura Prepon and John Stamos in new lights.
12 pm – 4 am Monday | Criminal Minds (A&E) | AKA the evolution of Reid’s hair.
12 pm Indianapolis 500: The 96th Running (ABC) | Vroom-vroom!
8 pm The National Memorial Day Concert (PBS) | Hosted by Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna with performances by Idol runner–up Jessica Sanchez, DAUGHTRY and more.
9 pm Shadow of Fear (Lifetime) | In this TV-movie premiere, Will Estes (Blue Bloods) stalks Amanda Righetti (The Mentalist) — but there’s always a twist.

6 am – 6 am Tuesday | Nicki Minaj Takeover (Fuse) | Featuring zero appearances by Sophia Grace and Rosie.
6 am – 9 pm NCIS (USA Network) | Just in case you didn’t get enough on Saturday.
6 am – 9 pm Cake Boss (TLC) | A 15-hour sugar high leading up to the Season 5 premiere at 9 pm.
8 am – 8 pm Top Gear (BBC America) | Twelve hours of race cars before a new episode pulls in at 8:30 pm.
8 am – 3 am Tuesday | Tainted Love Weekend Marathon (Lifetime) | The final day of this marathon includes Dean Cain as Scott Peterson and Marcia Gay Harden and Mena Suvari in a stripper’s story.
8:30 am – 3 am Tuesday | Movie Marathon (Syfy) | This random mish-mash includes Elektra, Stealth and Daniel Craig’s 007 films.
9 am – 11 pm South Park (Comedy Central) | Your childhood dreams just came true.
10 am – 7 pm Nathan & Haley, Always & Forever: One Tree Hill Marathon (SOAPnet) | This nine-hour run of early “Naley”-themed episodes will make you nostalgic and teary.
12 pm – 8 pm Law & Order (TNT) | It isn’t a holiday weekend until you’ve watched at least eight hours of Law & Order.
12 pm – 8 pm Sex and the City (Style Network) | Ditto to Law & Order blurb above.
1 pm – 3 am Tuesday | Criminal Minds (ION) | The first half of Season 6 marathoning in chronological order. Hooray!
10 pm Independent Lens: Hell and Back Again (PBS) | This Academy Award-nominated documentary follows adjusting veterans as they return from deployment.

Which of the above is must-see for you? Also, hit Comments to offer your own tune-in suggestions.

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