- The Washington Times - Friday, July 3, 2009

Whether worrying over rising gas prices or simply having no firm plans for the holiday, you can still enjoy the Fourth of July with a feast of television fare to celebrate America’s birthday.

Here’s a brief list that offers something for everyone:

Marathons

• Cheaters (7 p.m. Saturday, G4) — Follow the show’s detectives as they catch two-timing spouses and significant others on tape in five back-to-back episodes.

• Snapped (8 a.m. Saturday, Oxygen) — They did the crime, now they must do the time in this documentary series about real-life murders and the women who committed them.

• Clean House (8 a.m., Saturday, Style) — Get down and dirty from sunup to sundown as host Niecy Nash and her crew transform homes by removing clutter.

• The Twilight Zone (Through Sunday at 6 a.m., Sci Fi) — Respectfully submitted for your approval: the twice-yearly marathon of the classic CBS series of Rod Serling’s fantasy anthology. Made up of science-fiction vignettes, the series’ 156 episodes (92 penned by Mr. Serling) were seen during its original run (1959-1964) and will roll nonstop on Sci Fi over the next few days. Note to “Zone” aficionados: Visit the entertainment page at www.washingtontimes.com to vote for your favorite episode.

• Deadliest Catch (9 a.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Monday, Discovery Channel) — The cable network sets sail on this three-day odyssey of risky adventures at sea that will run continuously - with the exception of overnight programming breaks between 3 and 9 a.m.

• Sister, Sister (9 a.m. Saturday, BET) — Back-to-back installments of the ‘90s sitcom (originally seen on ABC) starring real-life twins Tia and Tamera Mowry, Jackee Harry and Tim Reid.

• Sitcom Marathon (11 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday, TV Land) — All your favorites from yesteryear are here: “Leave It to Beaver” (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), “The Andy Griffith Show” (3 to 8 p.m.) and “Roseanne” (8 p.m. to 8 a.m.).

• Nurse Jackie (8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Showtime) — The first four half-hour episodes of the black comedy starring Emmy winner Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”) as a brilliant but flawed emergency room nurse in Manhattan. The lineup: the pilot at 8, “Sweet ‘n All” at 8:30, “Chicken Soup” at 9 and “School Nurse” at 9:30.

Movies

Airing Saturday on Turner Classic Movies (TCM):

• The Howards of Virginia (10 a.m.) — A young Virginian joins the American Revolution despite his love for a beautiful Royalist. Cary Grant, Martha Scott and Cedric Hardwicke star.

• The Scarlet Coat (noon) — An American officer goes undercover to unmask a Revolutionary War traitor. With Cornel Wilde, Michael Wilding and Anne Francis.

• Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (3:30 p.m.) — Jimmy Stewart is the idealistic senator who takes on corruption in the nation’s capital in director Frank Capra’s 1939 masterpiece. Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold and Thomas Mitchell co-star.

• Yankee Doodle Dandy (5:45 p.m.) — James Cagney took home the best-actor Oscar for his spot-on portrayal of composer and Broadway star George M. Cohan, who in song proclaimed he was “born on the Fourth of July.” (Well, Mr. Cohan actually was born July 3.)

• 1776 (10:15 p.m.) — This 1972 film version of the Broadway musical about the Declaration of Independence features William Daniels as John Adams, Howard Da Silva as Benjamin Franklin and Ken Howard as Thomas Jefferson.

Specials

• A Capitol Fourth ( 8 p.m. Saturday, WETA-Channel 26 and WMPT-Channel 22) — Jimmy Smits hosts a celebration of America’s 233rd birthday, with Erich Kunzel conducting the National Symphony Orchestra from the West Lawn of the Capitol. Featured performers include Barry Manilow, Aretha Franklin, pop star Natasha Bedingfield, the “Jersey Boys” cast, vocalist Michael Feinstein, pianist Andrew von Oeyen, the “Sesame Street” Muppets … oh, and there will be fireworks, of course.

• Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular (9 p.m. Saturday, WRC-NBC4) — NBC offers its USA birthday extravaganza with performances by three-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rob Thomas, multiplatinum singer-songwriter Jewel and Tony Award winner Karen Olivo and the cast of Broadway’s “West Side Story.” The “Today” show gang is out in full force with NBC national correspondent Natalie Morales as host and “Today” correspondent/”Football Night in America” studio analyst Tiki Barber. The show will air in high definition.

• Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular (10 p.m. Saturday, WUSA9) — Neil Diamond performs some of his classic hits with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart as fireworks explode over the Charles River. Craig Ferguson hosts.

• Written and compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse

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