- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 31, 2006

Hangover cure

Many of you will be spending the first day of the new year on the couch, recovering from last night’s festivities. Luckily, many networks have made it possible for you to lie there without even pressing a button. Here’s a rundown of the best New Year’s Day marathons on TV: Bond, James Bond. What more do I need to say? Starz Encore is offering “Sean Connery in the morning and Roger Moore in the afternoon with a little Lazenby in the middle.” The cable channel starts its marathon at midnight and continues until 9 p.m. The full list: “Dr. No” at midnight, “From Russia with Love” at 2 a.m., “Goldfinger” at 4, “Thunderball” at 6, “You Only Live Twice” at 8:15, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” at 10:15, “Diamonds Are Forever” at 12:45 p.m., “Live and Let Die” at 3, “The Man with the Golden Gun” at 5:05 and “The Spy Who Loved Me” at 7:15.

Get your fill of the obsessive-compulsive detective on USA Network starting at 6 a.m. There are 15 episodes in today’s “Monk Cast Favorites Marathon.” You’ll have to watch to see which cast member including star Tony Shalhoub picked which episode. And that’s not the only “Monk” marathon this month. Starting 9 a.m. on Jan. 14, the cable channel will air a “Monk Viewer’s Choice Marathon,” featuring the 14 most popular episodes of the show. You can vote for your five favorites among the 50 episodes on www.usanetwork.com/series/monk until midnight tonight. Missed the Dec. 22 episode, “Mr. Monk and the Leper,” which was shown both in black and white and in color? The “Monk” Web site will let you view it free of charge.

Didn’t want to get committed to a new show without first seeing if it would last? “Heroes” is one of the most critically acclaimed shows of the new season. Catch up when NBC-4 airs three episodes in a row starting tonight at 8. Unfortunately, though, you won’t be able to catch up from the beginning: NBC has made the odd choice to show just the fifth, sixth and seventh episodes of the drama about a group of ordinary people who discover they’ve gained superpowers.

TV Land is kicking off a weeklong “M*A*S*H” marathon starting today. Every night from now until Sunday, the network will show episodes of the Korean War classic. They’ll be preceded by episodes of shows like “Bonanza” and “The Andy Griffith Show” that had “M*A*S*H” alumni as guest stars; some nights including tonight the episodes will be followed by an airing of the Robert Altman movie from which the show was spun. The fun starts at 8 p.m.

Maybe you could let the kids watch television, too. Starz Kids & Family earlier this year produced a well-done series of animated specials based on the “Eloise” books by Kay Thompson. The network is showing them all today starting at 6 a.m.

Compiled by Kelly Jane Torrance from staff reports.

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