Here’s the thing about television over the holidays. If you’re expecting brand spanking new episodes of “Gossip Girl” and “Glee,” you are out of luck until further notice. But if you use this time to check out some of the more under-the-radar shows, you might uncover some real gems. Plus, for the holidays, networks bust out their best marathons! Here’s your guide for what to tune in to this week.
The Show: “Hoarders”
Set Your DVR For: Today, 10 p.m. EST, A&E
You won’t believe the insane amount of crap a person can have—and form a psychological attachment to—until you’ve watched this amazing A&E series. I won’t lie—it can be very depressing. In this week’s episode, a mom risks having her two daughters taken away from her unless she can decrappify her house.
The Show: “The Real World”
Set Your DVR For: Wednesday, 10 p.m. EST, MTV
Can you believe that “The Real World” is, gulp, on season 23? Yeah, I feel old now. We think there’s no way this series can compare to the amazingness that is “Jersey Shore,” but we’re willing to give it a chance anyway.
The Show: Alfred Hitchcock Marathon
Set Your DVR For: Thursday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, TCM
Holler! A full day of Alfred Hitchcock movies, including my favorites—“Vertigo,” “Rear Window,” and “Marnie.” Yes, and “Psycho,” too.
The Show: “Married with Children” Marathon
Set Your DVR For: Saturday 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST, TV Land
What’s even better than 8 hours of Alfred Hitchock? Eight hours of my favorite sitcom, “Married with Children.”
The Show: “Super Chef Battle: An Iron Chef America Event”
Set Your DVR For: Sunday, 8 p.m. EST, Food Network
Though they missed the opportunity to call this special “Iron Chef Goes To Washington,” I will still be watching the culinary smack-down. Michelle Obama invites the chefs to the White House to cook garden-grown fare.