9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22
Sci-Fi Channel (Comcast Ch. 36)
Just when you thought it was bad enough living in Japan, what with the 23-hour work days, raw fish lunches, tiny cars and kids having seizures from watching flashy cartoons about monsters that spring out of overpriced playing cards, along comes Godzilla. At 500 feet tall, with radioactive breath and bulletproof skin, Godzilla can really do some remodeling to your average cardboard-and-poster-paint city. Here, the Sci-Fi Channel presents a marathon of the Big Guy as he fights five classic battles, including scraps with Mothra, Gigan and Hedorah and the monster Battle Royale, “Destroy All Monsters.”
A HAUNTING IN …
9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23
Discovery Channel (Comcast Ch. 53)
If what’s on TV these days is any indication — shows like “Dead Tenants” on TLC, “Ghost Hunters” on Sci-Fi, and “Most Haunted” on the Travel Channel — people are kinda obsessed with things that go bump in the night. To that list of spooky tube offerings, add another: the new Discovery Channel show “A Haunting in …” Using reenactment and interviews with eyewitnesses, the show takes viewers to a different haunted place each episode. The results are often bone chilling, and might make you change your mind about what waits in the afterlife. This week, the show travels to Tucson, where a woman lives in fear of a dark figure stalking her house.
BEST YEAR EVER
1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23
VH-1 (Comcast Ch. 56)
While MTV has been steadily going down the crapper for about the last — oh, I don’t know — 15 years, its sister station VH-1 has broken out of its stodgy image recently to become one of cable television’s most reliable and funniest purveyors of pop culture trivia and news. Case in point is the show “Best Week Ever,” which features comedians dragging the week’s big-ticket entertainment news items — celebrities, weird news, politics — over the coals. Given that it’s the end of the year, now it’s time for “Best Year Ever,” a roundup of the top news of 2005, with biting criticism provided by the same slate of wise-asses. It makes for good fun at the expense of very rich people, which is almost never wrong.