News & Notes
It’s Memorial Day and that means remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. But, it also means camping trips, family gatherings, backyard barbecues and of course, TV show marathons. There are some pretty good options today, like the short-lived Taye Diggs (Private Practice) starrer Day Break, Diff’rent Strokes, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, NCIS and Star Trek: Enterprise. Check out the full list below.
On cable tonight, ABC Family has the series finale of Wildfire, A&E has the miniseries premiere of The Andromeda Strain, E! has the series premieres of Denise Richards: It’s Complicated and Living Lohan, and MTV has the first season finale of The Paper.
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The Big Bang Theory (CBS): Repeat. Sara Gilbert (Roseanne) guest stars as a colleague that Leonard get together with when he realizes that pursuing Penny is pointless, in “The Hamburger Postulate.”
How I Met Your Mother (CBS): Repeat. The first episode from season two, “Where Were We?” replays, where Lily is in San Francisco and the rest of the gang is trying to cheer up Marshall.
Two and a Half Men (CBS): Repeat. Alan sets Charlie up with a woman more his age, in “Dum Diddy Dum Diddy Doo” from this past season.
Rules of Engagement (CBS): Repeat. Audrey gets a big promotion, but is upset when Jeff seems more interested in the score o the Knicks game, in “Game On” from season one.
CSI: Miami (CBS): Repeat. A dead body is found in a house about to be demolished because of the city’s use of eminent domain, in “Death Eminent” from season five.
Gossip Girl (The CW): Repeat. The “Pilot” episode replays, where people seem conflicted about Serena returning to Manhattan.
One Tree Hill (The CW): Repeat. The season five premiere episode, “4 Years, 6 Months, 2 Days” replays, where things jump ahead four years from where they ended in season four.
The Bachelorette (ABC): New. Well, watching the last hour of this is better than Dateline NBC, but can’t really recommend either of them. With only three choices in the third hour of primetime, sometimes picking the second best is troublesome.
Greek (ABC Family): New. With the campus restrictions lifted, Kappa Tau and Omega Chi throw competing parties. Rusty is trying to figure out his relationship with Tina. Plays again late night tomorrow and again before next week’s new episode.
The Andromeda Strain (A&E): Miniseries Premiere. A deadly pathogen from a U.S. satellite is spreading through Utah and a reporter has found out about a government conspiracy that may be behind it. Stars Benjamin Bratt (E-Ring), Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) and Ricky Schroder (NYPD Blue). Based on the novel by Michael Crichton. Plays again later. Part two plays tomorrow night. Runs two hours.
- Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives (Food Network): New. Guy takes “The Memphis Barbecue Tour.” Plays again later.
- Wildfire (ABC Family): Series Finale. Junior has a big decision to make and it is Kris and Wildfire’s big race. Plays again later.
- ESPN has NBA playoff action with the Boston Celtics at the Detroit Pistons in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
- ESPN2 has Arena Football action.
- Versus has NHL playoff action with the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Detroit Red Wings in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
- Burn Notice (USA): Repeat. Episode six, “Unpaid Debts,” replays. Episode seven plays late night Thursday.
- Last Comic Standing (USA): Repeat. The 90-minute season premiere episode replays, where comics from New York and Arizona get their shot.
Memorial Day TV Marathons
A&E has 13 episodes of CSI: Miami.
Animal Planet has five hours of It’s Me or the Dog episodes early followed by six episodes of Groomer Has It.
BBC America has 15 episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus starting early.
BET has 20 episodes of Diff’rent Strokes.
Bravo has 10 episodes of Top Chef.
Discovery Channel is all about the Deadliest Catch today.
Discovery Health has eight episodes of Mystery ER followed by seven episodes of Mystery Diagnosis.
Food Network is all about grilling and barbecuing today.
G4 has 28 episodes of Cops.
GSN has 12 episodes of Match Game early.
History Channel has 15 hours of Monsterquest episodes.
Investigation Discovery has 48 Hours: Hard Evidence episodes almost all day.
Lifetime has six two-hour TV movies with Sex in the title.
MTV is replaying the first season of the revamped American Gladiator.
National Geographic has 11 episodes of America’s Ports.
Nickelodeon has 13 episodes of Home Improvement late.
Science Channel has 18 hours of How It’s Made episodes.
Sci Fi has 20 episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise.
Spike has 12 hours of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episodes.
Style has eight episodes of Clean House tonight.
TLC has 25 episodes of Jon & Kate Plus 8.
TNT has 13 episodes of Law & Order.
TV Land has six episodes of High School Reunion early.
TV One plays the first 11 episodes of Day Break twice.
USA has 13 episodes of NCIS.
VH1 has nine episodes of I Love the ’70s Volume 2.