February 3, 2011 / 5:24 AM / 8 years ago

Networks airing marathons against Super Bowl

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Not into the big game? Don’t care about the commercials? Or just want to catch up the recent exploits of Snooki & Co?

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin (center) sits quietly as his team jokes around during their team photo shoot following media day for Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, February 1, 2011. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Not to worry. There are plenty of alternatives for viewers who couldn’t care less about the Super Bowl, which airs on Sunday.

New Jersey will be front and center on MTV and Style Network. MTV is airing a six-hour “Jersey Shore” marathon starting at noon ET/9 a.m. PT. The so-called Jersey Bowl will feature all of the third-season episodes that have aired so far along with a sneak peak at the rest of the season.

Meanwhile, Style’s Sunday lineup will consist of nothing but “Jerseylicious” episodes starting at 6 a.m.

Animal Planet will feature the seventh edition of its annual Puppy Bowl, starting at 3 p.m. ET/PT. “Players” include a shepherd mix named Big Red and cocker spaniel mix named Brownie Sundae.

Syfy and Travel Channel are going the ghostly route. Syfy is airing a 12-hour “Ghost Hunters” marathon starting at 9 a.m., while Travel Channel is programing “Ghost Adventures” all day long from 9 a.m.

TNT and USA will duel with “Law & Order” marathons. TNT will show 13 hours of the original starting at 5 a.m., while USA’s nearly all-day marathon of “SVU” starts at 10 a.m.

A&E also is going the procedural route with a “Criminal Minds” marathon starting at 5 p.m.

TBS is going after women with movies including the Julia Roberts flick “Pretty Woman,” the Cameron Diaz-Kate Winslet starrer “The Holiday,” Nia Vardalos’ “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and the network TV premiere of “Mammia Mia!” with Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried.

Also competing for female viewers are — naturally — Lifetime, Oxygen, WEtv and TLC.

Lifetime is airing a marathon of movies starring Kirstie Alley and Kelly Preston, among others, while Oxygen kicks the day off at 8 a.m. with seven hours of “America’s Next Top Model,” followed by a marathon of the crime show “Snapped.”

WEtv and TLC will feature wedding-themed series. WEtv’s lineup, starting at 9 a.m., includes multiple episodes of “Rich Bride, Poor Bride” and “My Fair Wedding With David Tutera,” among other shows.

TLC kicks off the day with a “Say Yes to the Dress” marathon at 9 a.m., finishing out the day with “Toddlers & Tiaras” episodes starting at 3 p.m.

E! Entertainment also is going after women with a “Sex and the City” marathon starting at noon that will be interspersed with episodes of “Holly’s World,” “Bridalplasty” and “Kourtney & Kim Take New York,” plus the movie “The Princess Diaries.”

Bravo will air marathons of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” starting at 3:30 p.m.

VH1 is keeping with both the sports and wives vibes, airing seven hours of “Basketball Wives” starting at noon.

Discovery Channel will split the day between marathons of “Gold Rush: Alaska” (starting at 11 a.m.) and “Destroyed in Seconds” (kicking off at 6 p.m.).

BBC America injects some testosterone with a daylong marathon of “Top Gear,” while male-targeted network Spike TV will air 11 hours of “1000 Ways to Die” starting at 1 p.m.

BET kicks off 11 hours of “The Mo’Nique Show” at noon.

Oh, and for those who actually do want to watch the Super Bowl — which a recent Hollywood Reporter poll reveals is expected to set ratings records — the football match airs at 6:30 p.m. EST/3:30 p.m. PST on Fox.

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