- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 31, 2008

On tap today

• Twilight Zone Marathon ( 8 a.m., Sci Fi) - Twice each year (on July 4 and New Year’s Eve), the cable network reaches into the vault for its round-the-clock airing of this acclaimed CBS series.

Hosted by Rod Serling, its creator and chief writer, the series’ 156 original episodes ran from 1959 through 1964, with a stellar roster of famous guest stars - including Robert Redford, William Shatner, Burgess Meredith, Mickey Rooney, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Elizabeth Montgomery, Gladys Cooper and Carol Burnett - appearing in various installments.

Sci-fi kicks off its marathon with “The Thirty Fathom Grave” (at 8 this morning) and concludes with “Jess-Belle” - one of the series’ rare mediocre episodes - on Friday morning at 4:30.

In between, die-hard “Zone” fans can revel in dozens of the show’s most memorable installments. Among them: “To Serve Man,” “Where Is Everybody?” “The Passersby,” “I Sing the Body Electric” (written by master sci-fi author Ray Bradbury), “The Hitch-Hiker,” “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” “Will the Real Marian Please Stand Up?” “Eye of the Beholder” and “A Stop at Willoughby.”

• By Robyn-Denise Yourse

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