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Thanksgiving reality TV marathons

It’s Thanksgiving, and there is an alternative to Thursday’s orgy of calories and Friday’s orgy of consumerism: television. And along with day-long marathons of scripted shows, there are plenty of reality TV shows are here to provide comfort and fulfillment.

This year, that includes a rerun of the entire Glee Project, the summer’s sleeper competition hit, and the Mythbusters-hosted Punkin Chunkin 2011, both of which will definitely be more entertaining than fighting with someone over the last $9 VCR. And you can shop online instead.

Here’s a rundown of marathons over the next few days. Times are eastern, because that’s the best timezone. Have a great Thanksgiving.


  • Extreme Couponing [TLC, Wednesday at 3 p.m. to Thursday at 3 a.m.]
  • Mythbusters [Discovery, Wednesday at 9 a.m. to Thursday at 3 a.m.]
  • Top Chef [Bravo, 6 a.m. to noon]
  • Supernanny [Style, 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.]
  • Cake Boss [TLC, 6 a.m. to noon
  • America’s Next Top Model [Oxygen, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.]
  • Swamp People [History Channel, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.]
  • The First 48 [A&E, 8 a.m. to 4 a.m.]
  • American Guns [Discovery, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.]
  • Braxton Family Values [WEtv, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.]
  • Cake Boss: Next Great Baker [TLC, noon to 8:30 p.m.]
  • The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills [Bravo, noon to 6 p.m.]
  • Sons of Guns [Discovery, 2 to 6:30 p.m.]
  • Punkin Chunkin 2011 [Discovery, 6:30 to 10 p.m.]


  • Say Yes to the Dress [TLC, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.]
  • Storage Wars [A&E, 7 a.m. to 4 a.m.]
  • American Restoration [History Channel, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.]
  • Project Runway 4 [Style, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.]
  • Top Gear [BBC America, 8 a.m. to Saturday at 6 a.m.
  • Gold Rush [Discovery, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.]
  • Auction Hunters [Spike, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.]
  • The Glee Project [Oxygen, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.]
  • Millionaire Matchmaker [Bravo, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.]
  • Rocket City Rednecks [National Geographic Channel, 3 p.m. to 3 a.m.]
  • Paranormal State [Bio, 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.]

Saturday and Sunday

  • Pawn Stars [History Channel, Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.]
  • The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills [Bravo, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.]
  • America’s Next Top Model [Oxygen, Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.]
  • Deadliest Catch [Discovery, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.]
  • I Survived [Bio, Saturday, 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.]
  • Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares [BBC America, Sunday, 6 a.m. to Monday at 6 a.m.
  • American Pickers [History Channel, Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.]
  • Kourtney and Kim Take New York [E!, Sunday, 1 to 10 p.m.]

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